88 entries in Cards / Effect Themes / Gags & Curiousities / Puzzle
Creators Title Comments & References Year Source Page AA Categories
To Arrange Twelve Cards is Rows, in such a manner that they will Count Four in every Direction puzzle
1876 58
To Place the Aces and Court Cards in Four Rows, in such a manner that neither Horizontally nor Perpendicularly shall there be in either Row two Cards alike either in Suit or Value puzzle
1876 58
Die Karte als Geduldspiel layout puzzle with cut-up card pieces
Related to May 1897
Die Zauberwelt (Vol. 3 No. 5)
Die Karte als Geduldspiel solution to puzzle
Related to June 1897
Die Zauberwelt (Vol. 3 No. 6)
To Pass Yourself through a Playing-Card non-magical stunt
1902 298
Friedrich "Fritz" Hügli Aufgabe für Sechsundsechzig Spieler card game puzzle
1930 96
Friedrich "Fritz" Hügli Die sichtbaren Bilder puzzle, arranging four cards in a special way
1930 96
Theodore Annemann Contest Dept. square layout, mini-sudoku-type puzzle
The Jinx (Issue Winter Extra 1938/39)
The Odd Estate puzzle with a story about a will
The Jinx (Issue 128)
Edwin Leist-Bernini Magische Tips aus meiner Sammlung: Zwei Kartenprobleme / Deux problèmes avec des cartes two puzzles with cards
Related to 1943
Hokus Pokus (Vol. 5 No. 2)
Edwin Leist-Bernini Magische Tips aus meiner Sammlung solution to posed problems using cards
Related to 1943
Hokus Pokus (Vol. 5 No. 3)
Magnetizing A Card Sticking a playing card to a wall with static electricity
1949 8
The Five Touching Cards Challenge audience to arrange five cards so that each card is touching the other four
1949 8
An Amusing Card Catch Five cards arranged on table. Remove two cards, add three cards to get the same arrangement of cards
1949 9
The Six-Card Lift Interlock six cards together so they can be picked up together
1949 10
The Old Army Game Which two Jacks were rejected by the American Army? (one-eyed)
1949 10
A Surprising Card Deal Down Under Deal on eight cards, result in a row of cards alternating face card and spot card
1949 11
One Card Under The Other How to hold a card under a King on the table, without moving the King
1949 12
The Master Aim How to drop a card into a hat without the card fluttering away
1949 12
To Make Four Fives Equal 16 Lay four Fives on the table so they total sixteen
1949 13
The Thirty-Card Race Spectator and magician pick up one to six cards from a pile of thirty, last person to take a card wins, magician always wins
1949 13
The One-Two-Three Card Race fifteen cards, take turns taking one, two or three cards, takes the last card is loser. Magician always wins
1949 14
Making a Card Invisible Challenge: make a card invisible to one person, but visible to everyone else
1949 14
Standing A Card On Edge
1949 15
Coin On Card Stunt Balance card and coin on finger, flick card out under the coin
1949 16
Card Cross Stunt Six cards used, form two rows of cards with four cards in each row
1949 17
All In Order Down Under Deal on thirteen cards, get Ace to King in order
1949 18
What's On Your Mind? Six cards dealt to two people, each person get three cards - spectator always gets three Queens (spectator always thinking about women?)
1949 19
The Elevens Stunt Mathematical stunt, place three cards on table, numbers can always be divided by eleven
1949 20
Changing The Rows
1949 41
The Add-To-18 Puzzle
1949 42
1949 43
The Sixteen-Card Puzzle
1949 43
Alternate Cards
1949 43
The Five-Kings Puzzle
1949 43
The Noble Lords and the Commoners
1949 44
Tricky Triangle
1949 45
1949 46
The Star Puzzle
1949 46
The Jealous Kings
1949 46
The Hourglass Puzzle
1949 47
The Eighteen-Card Circle
1949 48
A Card Brain-Twister
1949 49
How Can This Be?
1949 49
Card Pickup Puzzle
1949 50
Turn Over All But One
1949 51
The Give-and-Take Puzzle
1949 51
Odd Or Even?
1949 52
The Twenty-Four Card Puzzle
1949 52
Silly Sam's Pack of Cards
1949 54
The Reverse-Order Puzzle
1949 54
Card Leapfrog Puzzle
1949 55
Put-Them-In-Order Puzzle
1949 56
Ace-Two-Three-Four Puzzle
1949 57
Stuart P. Cramer Card Counting Puzzle ten cards in a circle, turning over cards, puzzle
Mar. 1949
Hugard's Magic Monthly (Vol. 6 No. 10)
Bruce Elliott The Back Room on Frank Garcia, Puzzle by Charlie Arbuthnot, Dunninger, Carlo Menotti, Fred Keating, Martin Gardner, Bill Simon, Jean Hugard, Robert Harbin, Art Lyle, Frank Joglar
Feb. 1950
The Phoenix (Issue 196)
Eddie Fields Card Puzzle turning over eight cards
Ireland's Yearbooks (Issue Yearbook 1951)
Max Katz Tower of Hanai puzzle with playing cards, based on Tower of Brahma
May 1953
The Phoenix (Issue 280)
Dr. William Weyeneth Ein amüsanter Tisch-Scherz bar bet, turning over a card without touching it, apparently by "Musti"
Hokus Pokus (Vol. 16 No. 3)
Russell "Rusduck" Duck "Sneaky Pete" Repeat mathematical puzzle, cards as objects, story
Inspired by
  • Jack LeDair's "Tricks for Trouper" in "Abracadabra" April, 6/1946
May 1957
The Cardiste (Issue 2)
Paul Curry The Case of the Missing Hat cards with magicians and with hats, story trick
Related toVariations 1965 248
Karl Fulves The Compleat Gamester proposition bets
  • Birthday Bet (see p. 292 for Mel Stover comment)
  • Red And Black (Martin Gardner)
  • License Plate Poker
  • Ace-Deuce-Jack Variations
  • Black And White
  • Coin Swindles
  • 3-Card Poker
  • Odds On Favorite (Omega Bet, card pushed in reversed and pairs dealt off)
Related toVariationsAlso published here July 1969 272
Norman Osborn Card Layout Puzzle for solution see p. 427
May 1971 418
Paul Curry "Dirty Tricks" story trick, cards with donkeys (democrats) and elephants (republicans), missing hat puzzle, one card vanishes among four other cards
Related to 1976 1
Playing-Card into Chain constructing a linked chain of playing cards out of a single card with cutting
Interlocutor (Issue 27)
Larry Becker Pyramid Power pyramid power presentation, prediction of single card
Variations 1979 17
E. Leslie May A 'P.S.' or Pyramid Suggestion pyramid power presentation, prediction of tarot card
Inspired by Sep. 1979 4
Karten collection of three bar bets and puzzles with cards
Mar. 1980
Intermagic (Vol. 7 No. 1)
Coasters betting game with Ace through Seven or seven numbered coaster
Variations 1981 47
Terri Rogers A Jigsaw Puzzle card puzzle as a revelation, Four of Hearts instead of Five of Hearts
Inspired by 1981
Babel (Issue 2)
Terri Rogers Marvellous idea for Tucker's Jigsaw, unsolvable puzzle, four pieces of a card
Spell-Binder (Vol. 2 No. Special #2 (Xmas))
David Britland Seconds Out...
Inspired by Oct. 1983
Spell-Binder (Vol. 3 No. 30)
Catch Questions No. 59
1983 79
Ernest W. Brady Die Erbschaft mathematical problem, camels divided to sons, illustrated with cards
Also published here Jan. 1984
Intermagic (Vol. 10 No. 3 & 4)
Reaching through a Playing Card No. 29
1985 54
The Other Genius Test No. 34, card frame and other pieces have to be taken apart, puzzle
1985 59
Bob Farmer Square of Cards square layout, task to arrange then so the sides add up to the same total
Nov. 1994
Magic (Vol. 4 No. 3)
Bob Farmer Deck Indirect wording puzzle about which cards are in the box
Dec. 1994
Magic (Vol. 4 No. 4)
Bob Driebeek Wie man seine Freunde zum Narren hält - oder besser: Wie man sich Feinde macht cards with magicians and with hats, story trick
Inspired by 1996 45
Gerald Lynton Kaufman Rätsel gefällig? - 2. truth/liar puzzle with three cards on table
Intermagic (Vol. 22 No. 1)
Mickey MacDougall Mississippi Heart Hand puzzle with trump hand, see p. 113 for solution
1999 102
Mel Bennett Coasters winning strategy for betting game with Ace through Seven or seven numbered coaster
Inspired by 2000
Charlatan (Issue 2)
Paul Curry The Case of the Missing Hat cards with magicians and with hats, story trick
Related toVariations 2001 327
Román García El Juego que Yo no le Haria a René logic puzzle illustrated with cards, magical / transposition ending
2010 113
Tom Crosbie The Golden Peanut! (A Fun bit of Business) bar bet, card has to be flicked from card box so it bounces from wall and is caught
2013 134
Ramón Riobóo Spanish Curry A card vanishes from a group of cards.
Related to 2015 81
David Britland The Case of the Missing Hats
  • Cardopolis
adding an extra card for cleaner initial display
cards with magicians and with hats, story trick
Inspired by Mar. 2016
Genii (Vol. 79 No. 3)
David Britland The Weird Inn Revisited
  • Cardopolis
puzzle with Ace through Ten and rhyming patter, Ten Rooms paradox
Inspired by Dec. 2020
Genii (Vol. 83 No. 12)