72 entries in Cards / Principles / Stacked Deck Stuff / Spelling Stack / Partial
Creators Title Comments & References Year Source Page AA Categories
The "Spelling" Trick spelling every value in a thirteen-card packet
1889 Tricks with Cards 75
The "Spelling" Trick from thirteen-card packet every value from Ace to King is spelled out
1890 More Magic 31
Charles T. Jordan Cremo! Card Restoration Extraordinary card forced via spelling procedure, duplicate in deck
1921 The Four Full Hands (Issue Four Full Hands of Down to the Minute Magical Effects) 33
Mental Spelling progressive spelling set-up
1935 Mental Magic with Cards 17
Ralph W. Hull Hull's "Joker" Spelling Trick No. 4, thirteen card packet, values are spelt out one by one, but when spectator tries it, he always gets the joker
  • A Variation
Also published here 1935 Card Tricks that are Easy to Learn, Easy to Do 5
Knock-Out Spelling Trick No. 26, riffle shuffle, Hearts and Diamonds are removed, one suit is turned up one by one and each card spelled out from the other suit
1935 Card Tricks that are Easy to Learn, Easy to Do 27
James Kater Thompson Kater's Improved Spelling Trick No. 28, one from a bank thought of and then spelled out
1935 Card Tricks that are Easy to Learn, Easy to Do 29
Bob Hummer The Puzzling Speller progressive set-up, dealing placement
Related toAlso published here 1936 The Jinx (Issue Winter Extra 1935/36) 83
Ralph W. Hull The Joker Spelling Routine thirteen card packet, values are spelt out one by one, but when spectator tries it, he always gets the joker
Also published here 1937 Encyclopedia of Card Tricks 59
Theodore Annemann Think of a Card one of eighteen, card spelled out, short card
1937 Encyclopedia of Card Tricks 65
Charles T. Jordan Cremo Card Restoration card forced via spelling procedure, duplicate in deck
1937 Encyclopedia of Card Tricks 220
Martin Gardner Use Your Head spectator shuffles packet, remembers bottom card ans spells it, packet pressed against performer's forehead where selection sticks
1942 Cut the Cards 10
Jean Hugard, Frederick Braue The Silent Speller ten twelve-letter card set-up
1943 Tricks and Sleights 15
John Mulholland Magic Spelling three spelling-themed tricks:
  • I. Selection is spelled to
  • II. Values of entire suit spelled to in order
  • III. All court cards spelled to
1944 The Art of Illusion 29
Magic Spelling - II all cards of a suit are removed from deck in a packet and each is spelled to in sequential order
1944 The Art of Illusion 32
Magic Spelling - III similar to above, all court cards are removed from deck in a packet and each is spelled to in Jack-Queen-King order by suits
1944 The Art of Illusion 34
Vern Schoneck Spellbound two variations of a speller, spectator thinks of a card in the deck, performer puts cards on by one on spectator's hand, who spells his card in his mind, the last letter is his card
1948 The Phoenix 101-150 (Issue 142) 570
Ronald B. Edwards X-Spell-I-Mental mental speller
1948 The Phoenix 151-200 (Issue 161) 648
Jiffy Speller progressive set-up
1949 52 Amazing Card Tricks 61
Cardini Cardini's Mind Reading Card Trick No. 16, one of six cards thought-of, shuffled back in half the deck, then spelled to, six duplicates and progressive spelling set-up
1950 Scarne on Card Tricks 33
Edward Marlo Peek Spelling small progressive spelling set-up
Related to 1956 Fingertip Control 8
Charles T. Jordan Spelling the Spades Packet of Ace to King of Spades, spell Ace to King one after another, originally titled The Improved Chevalier Card Trick
Related to 1956 Mathematics, Magic And Mystery 23
Russell "Rusduck" Duck Tele-Mental one to four spectators get cards, think of one, mental speller
1958 The Cardiste (Issue 7) 8
Al Leech Spell and Count simplified handling (Clue trick originally from Sept. 1966 MUM)
Inspired by 1966/2004 A Last Look at Leech 28
Dai Vernon Mental Spell one of ten, multiple out, setup??
1967 Ultimate Secrets of Card Magic 41
Paul Swinford Duo Spell two mentally chosen cards spelled out, see p. 206 for references and mention of Swinford & Cairy's "Computer Cards"/"Cyberdeck"
Related toVariationsAlso published here July 1968 The Pallbearers Review Vol. 1-4 (Vol. 3 No. 9) 194
Edward Marlo Multiple Mental Spell four spectators spell down to mentally selected cards, stack, second method with bank of twenty-four duplicates (page 182)
1969 Expert Card Mysteries 179
Jules Lenier Try It Again Ace through King packet, each value spelled to, spectator always gets Joker, last card blank
1970 Try It Again 2
Roger Smith Think-Spell - And the Great Invisible Pass thought-of card spelled to, then put in center and comes back to top, progressive set-up
1975 Smith's Mini-Lecture Notes No. 1 5
Roger Smith, Steve Saunders, Ron Hicks The Spell of a Good Magician three thought-of cards spelled to, they then change to Aces to match a fourth card, faro
1977 Innovative Magic No. 1 9
Harry Lorayne Cast and Instant Spell progressive spelling set-up
1977 The Magic Book 151
Tan Hock Chuan Spell your Card Spectator thinks of one card from a group of six, spells to find it
1977 The Magic of Tan Hock Chuan 13
Bob Hummer The Puzzling Speller progressive set-up, dealing placement
Also published here 1980 Bob Hummer's Collected Secrets 1
Peter Marshall Bicycle! with Bicycle cards, words on case are spelled to and royal flush comes out
Inspired byVariations Jan. 1981 Apocalypse (Vol. 4 No. 1) 437
Max Abrams Max Abrams version for puzzling speller and highlighting mistake in original description
Related to 1981 Bob Hummer's Collected Secrets 112
Allan Slaight "1984" Card Trick story trick with spelling and selection
Also published here 1984 Epoptica (Issue Yearbook) 280
Paul Swinford Duo Spell No. 84, two mentally chosen cards spelled out
Also published here 1984 More Self-Working Card Tricks 126
Frederick Braue The Thought Stealer one of six cards, progressive spelling, using Braue Memorized Deck
1992 The Fred Braue Notebooks (Issue 6) 4
Frederick Braue, Dai Vernon Vernon Plus Braue thought-of cards from eight-card packet found via a spelling and down-under procedure
Related to 1992 The Fred Braue Notebooks (Issue 6) 4
Edward Marlo Predicted Mental Spell spelling effect with predictions on billets
1993 The Olram File (Issue 16) 3
Karl Fulves Birthday Value - Birthday Suit spectator spells birth month from one packet and birth day from another, suit and value are used to arrive at a card which is predicted
Related toVariations 1993 Rigmarole (Issue 3) 27
Peter Duffie The Psychic Speller with packet of ten cards
1993 Card Selection 9
Philip T. Goldstein Twice in Half two cards removed from half deck and spelled down, card there predicted
Related to 1994 Thabbatical 15
Philip T. Goldstein Van John
Inspired by
  • Tom Seller's "The Name Speller" (Immediate Magic)
Also published here
1994 Thabbatical 99
Simon Aronson Spell Check three cards spelled to consecutively starting with random card, selection at end of last spell, declining letter spells
1995 Simply Simon 139
Scott Robinson Sigh Stebbins spectator spells guesses about selection, with value of last card selection is found
1995 Semi-Automatic Card Tricks — Volume 2 49
Peter Duffie Elucidation one of thirteen thought of
1997 N.D.E. — A Near Deck Experience 11
Peter Duffie Ouija card spelled to, spelling piles reveal four-of-a-kind
1997 N.D.E. — A Near Deck Experience 14
Joe Rindfleisch Mental Spell packet routine
Oct. 1998 Onyx (Issue 5) 24
Ellis Stanyon Reversible "Spelling B" No. 1, spelling three chosen cards
1999 Ellis Stanyon's Best Card Tricks 99
Ellis Stanyon The Alternate Card Trick - Simple No. 2, spelling through all values in thirteen-card packet
1999 Ellis Stanyon's Best Card Tricks 100
Chas. Shepperd The Magic Spell early spelling trick
Also published here
  • The Sphinx, March 1908
2000 Latter Day Secrets (Issue 3) 66
Karl Fulves Fate in Numbers No. 30, numbers rolled by dice spelled out, corresponding values are revealed
2001 New Self-Working Card Tricks 46
Peter Duffie, Aldo Colombini, Robin Robertson Double Killer Speller two selections, using Killer Count
2004 Killer Koncepts 10
Juan Tamariz Spelling a Thought-of Card
2004 Mnemonica 44
Joseph K. Schmidt Computer Virus Killer "A Novel Revelation of Two Thought Cards"
two spectators think cards from a five-card and six-card group, involving virus gag card
  • The History (credit information and references)
Inspired by
  • "Brain Twister" (Ben Braude, Hugard's Magic Monthly, Oct. 1946)
2005 Latter Day Secrets (Issue 10) 429
Karl Fulves Virus Variation
Inspired by 2005 Latter Day Secrets (Issue 10) 431
Robin Robertson, Peter Duffie R & D's Count Spell Extra composite card, count-spelling to any card composed by suit and value separately chosen
2006 Prolix (Issue 2) 101
Harry Riser One Way to Spell
Also published here
  • MUM, March 2000
2006 Secrets of an Escamoteur 68
Philip T. Goldstein Van John
Also published here 2007 7-7-7 50
Jacques Terrien The Missing Card unknown card placed under wallet, card selected by dealing and stopping at a card and taking its suit, then spelling to another card to arrive at a value, that card is found inside wallet and unknown card is blank, four-way out
Related to Oct. 2007 Antinomy (Vol. 3 No. 3) 31
Jack Parker Gut Feeling one of four poker hands chosen, card thought of, everything collected and thought-of card is spelled to
VariationsAlso published here
  • The Second Deal website, Nov. 2002
2007 The First Five 21
Jerry K. Hartman Princesst spectator A thinks of card in packet, spectator B randomly picks card from packet and loses it in deck, spectator A’s card is seen to not be in packet anymore, it is in correct spelling position in deck
2007 Card Dupery 365
Jerry K. Hartman Spells and Spear-Its two spectators think of a card in deck, first spectator mentally spells out his card as magician deals and final card of spelling is his card, second spectator stabs cocktail sword into deck next to his card
Inspired by
  • "Hot Thought" (Jerry K. Hartman, After Craft, 1995, p. 265)
2007 Card Dupery 373
Karl Fulves Shark Hunt seven four-card packets, spectator exchanges some packets, cards gathered, spelled through values from deck
Inspired byVariations 2008 Prolix (Issue 4) 224
Allan Slaight "1984" Card Trick story trick with spelling and selection
Also published here 2008 Spins & Needles 85
Karl Fulves Jinx Extra spelling to find four-of-a-kind
Inspired by
  • "Quickie Set Up Effect" (Theodore Annemann)
2010 Prolix (Issue 7) 452
Tom Gagnon Double Miracle card thought of from a group, another card selected, one card spelled to and the other found at named number, using Versatile Spread Control
2011 Avant-Cards 58
Harapan Ong Count or Spell random values are counted or spelled to as the spectator wishes, leads to four Aces
2018 Principia 234
David Solomon Perfect Spelling card chosen from a list of playing cards is spelled to, progressive spelling set-up
2018 Solomon's Secrets 113
Sylvain Juzan The Winning Triplets three cards thought of from packet, three more cards selected and lost, thought-of cards are spelled out without actually finding them, other three selections are then on top, using Triple Dealing Principle (with credit information)
2021 Every Card You Take 53
George McBride Computer Cards count-spell of a thought-of cards from
Inspired by 2022 The Glasgow File — Volume 1 32