Identification of Self-working Card Trick

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Postby Guest » 03/16/05 09:21 AM

Im trying to identify the original source of a self-working card trick my wife remembers doing herself as a child in the late fifties or early sixties. As far as she can remember, the trick involves 16 cards: Aces, Kings, Queens, and Jacks. The effect was the cards are dealt, one each into four mixed piles, but ultimately end up grouped together by rank.

The patter was along the lines of The four queens were visited by their four lovers, the four Jacks, but the four kings discovered them together and created such a ruckus that the police (four aces) were called to settle the disturbance.

At this point my wife does not remember the exact wrap-up or even the actual effect for certain. Is there anyone out there familiar with this trick? Can anyone point me to the original source for it? I have a modest library of magic books, mostly the standards, if it might be found in one of them.


Postby jimmycards » 03/16/05 01:44 PM

Almost sounds like a takeoff of the Hofzinser Card Problem!
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Postby NCMarsh » 03/16/05 05:07 PM

It sounds similar to a trick that many of the kids at the residential summer camp where I taught magic were doing...unfortunately I can't pass along a reference...


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Postby Bill Wheeler » 03/16/05 05:36 PM

This sounds like a variation to "The Card Puzzle" to me.

References to the Card Puzzle (found in Jennings 67):

Like Seeks Like by Charles Jordan 1919
The Card Puzzle by Dai Vernon (in the Twenty Dollar Manuscript) 1932

I'm sure it may be in another easily accessible source...
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