Stop Trick

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Stop Trick is a classic card routine where a selected card is found in deck at the point a spectator says "Stop" as the cards are being dealt face down on to the table by the magician or the spectator. Another variation is for the magician to say "stop" while the spectator is dealing. See also Any Card at Any Number.

Variations

  • To Divise the Pack Into Several Packets on the Table, allowing the company to stop you at any moment and to cause the top card of the heap fast made to change into the chosen card, page 65 in Modern Magic by Prof. Hoffmann (1876)
  • "Stop" - Some New and Effective Methods by Lawrence B. Burrow in Sphinx (April 1918)
  • THE IMPENETRABLE STOP TRICK in HAND No. 1. IMPROMPTU CARD TRICKS as part of the THE SIGN OF EXCEPTIONAL MAGIC series. Originally sold in 1921.
    • This version, however, the magician says "stop". From the advertisement "After shuffling his own pack, anyone thrusts the joker in, noting the card lying above it. After cutting, he deals the pack into two heaps and hands you one of them, retaining the other. He thinks hard of his card and you both begin dealing from your packets in unison. When you stop he does, and turning up the card he stopped at he finds it is the one he selected."
  • "Another Moe Mental Force" by Moe Seidenstein described in Moe and his Miracles by William P. Miesel (1986) which is said to be from a manuscript called "Moe's Miracles" (1930). It was also published in "Moe's Five Dollar Manuscript" (1955).
  • The Stop Trick (Variante of Never-miss Stop Effect by Martin Gardner) in Card College, Vol. 4 (2000)

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