Cannibal Cards is a classic plot in card magic developed by Lin Searles, marketed in 1959, where cards disappear when sandwiched between other cards (that is, they are "eaten" by the "cannibal" cards.) The original routine uses gimmicked cards, which eat various small objects (such as a paper clip) in addition to other cards.
Later, magicians began developing sleight of hand versions. The prototypal version was created by Matt Corin.
- The Devil's Playthings by Roy Walton (1969).
- Matt Corin in Kabbala #1 (1971).
- Bob Stencel's in Pallbearers Review December 1972.
- Ed Marlo in Linking Ring Vol. 55, No. 02, feb, 1975, p. 73.
- W.J's. Ascanio and Cannibal Cards by Wesley James in Epilogue Special No. 4 (1976).
- The Ascanio Spread (book) (1976) written by Jon Racherbaumer.
- Drawing Room Deceptions by Guy Hollingworth (1999).
- Cardivore by Jay Sankey in DVD Revolutionary Card Magic (2004).
- Jean-Jacques Sanvert did a version for his FISM act. See The Lost Pages of Kabbala by Jon Racherbaumer, page 47, Cannibals French Style, 1981.