good ole' Mr. Stebbins

Discuss your favorite close-up tricks and methods.

Postby Guest » 06/01/06 04:15 PM

Im a fan of the si stebbens set up, and am considering memorizing the stack (Hacker Stack).

But unfortunately i only know a couple of tricks that utilize this set up.

So i was hoping some of you can point me in the direction to where i can find some routines that utilize this system (books, magazines, pamphlets, lecture notes, etc.).

Some i know of: Do as I Did (Ortiz), Si Stebben sorcery (Marlo), and one from Anneman.

Thanks guys.

Postby Guest » 06/01/06 06:13 PM

"Si Stebbins Unplugged" available at with a lot of good information.

Postby Guest » 06/02/06 08:39 PM

I use Si Stebbins alot. Usually I use a regular deck to do a trick, then some other magic, then I pick up my Stebbins set up deck. Try looking through Steve Beams Semi Automatic Card Tricks. There are 5 volumes with many Stebbins tricks. He even give you a great false shuffle.

Postby Guest » 06/03/06 01:31 AM

Also, don't forget that if you want to get into Si Stebbins from a new deck, you must get At the Card Table by Darwin Ortiz, where he teaches you his Si Stebbins secret. After that you can go into any trick using it. There is a thread similar to this one which I started asking a similar question at the Chris Aguilar's site, . Enjoy the thread.

Postby Guest » 06/03/06 02:32 PM

Gene Anderson published a routine for $3.00 that was excellent. Included in the Anderson Routine, at the end, is a Lie Detector Plot that is Nick Trost's. That alone makes it worth the time to find either the Anderson routine OR the Nick Trost reference that Gen got it from...

The Anderson manuscript is all Stebbins, and includes effects like weighing the cards, naming the card at a random number, revealing the number/location of a randomly named card, naming a group of freely selected cards, and the Lie Detector. And his presentation, as I recall, is pretty good. Talks about using highly developed natural skills, like the five senses. You flip thru the deck and retain a "visual image" of the order, then ask for the name of a card and reveal it's location. Shuffle the deck, flip thru again, and ask for a number. You name the card at that number. That's sight. Touch is the weighing thing. He stretches a bit for sound, but it will work. And on and on. Regardless, the thing is the best three dollars I've spent - look for it.

Trost, I understand, has several Stebbins items in print, but I believe they are scattered, so may be harder to collect. Again, though, they're worth looking for. Hope this was helpful.

I first learned Si Stebbins from that wonderful little paperback that was in every joke store for fifty cents when I was a kid: "Howard Thurston on Card Tricks". In another thread Clay Shevlin talks about his sentimental favorites. This would be mine. The first book I ever bought, and full of stuff I knew was BS. No one could do that thing they called a "Pass" without getting caught! And "Top Change" a card? Utterly ridiculous! But, at the back of the book there was that arrangement of a deck of cards that allowed me to do "miracles" that fooled my father, even! So, that's another source...

William S. Coffrin, better known as "Si Stebbins", actually put out a little book on his system. It is different from what we've come to know as Stebbins. The cards are four apart, not three. He describes numerous effects, and it is another interesting read...

Best, PSC

Postby Guest » 06/03/06 10:52 PM

You may also want to check out Patrick Page's 'The Pa Pa System' - published in the March 1999 issue of GENII.

Postby Guest » 06/03/06 11:37 PM

Wow, you guys are great!!! i love the genii forum. I will research the material suggested.

thanks again...

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Postby Guest » 06/04/06 12:34 AM

Lennart GREEN LITE VOLUME 7 DVD includes a very good effect with Si Stebbins Stack.

Postby Guest » 06/04/06 07:25 AM

The Learned Pig (
Has an electronic reprint of the orignal Stebbins Manuscript...It's well worth the asking price ;)


Jim Swain's last two books ("Miracles With Cards" &/or "21 Century Card Magic") have some OUTSTANDING Stebbin's material.

Postby misdirects » 03/30/14 05:36 PM

If you are interested in memorized decks and algorithmic stacks, you may be interested in The Bart Harding Secret, which, like Darwin Ortiz's Si Stebbins Secret, allows you to go from New Deck Order (NDO) to stack order (and vice versa), quickly and easily. (As reflected by the name, the Bart Harding Secret concerns the Bart Harding Stack, which is an incredible algorithmic stack from 1962.) More information on the manuscript, and download links, are available at:
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