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The Devil's Playthings

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The Devil's Playthings
AuthorRoy Walton
PublisherLewis Davenport Limited
Publication Date1969

The Devil's Playthings : A Collection of Card Tricks by Roy Walton.

Reviewed in Genii 1970 January


  • 9 Introduction
  • 11 Aperitif: a four card trick
  • 12 Mutual Mindreading: you read spectator's mind and then he reads yours
  • 14 Money Power
  • 15 Oil and Queens: oil and water card effect with surprise ending
  • 16 The Karl le Fong Trick: dice trick
  • 18 Mission Accomplished: card trick
  • 19 A Further Mission: card trick
  • 21 Stepping Stones. card trick
  • 24 The Wacky Card Trick: poker dice / cards
  • 26 The Leaper Again: cards across
  • 27 The X Plus One Ace Trick: where X is the number of ace tricks you already know
  • 29 Jay Bee Transposition: nice quick opening card effect
  • 30 Taking Two Again, Again: a transposition of a perfectly free selection of ANY one of three cards.
  • 31 Impact: Very nice packet trick. I've seen this sold commercially
  • 33 The Overworked Card: cards
  • 34 The Old Fashioned Way: cards
  • 36 Cannibal Cards: nice use of second deal. Also contains variation with color change ending.
  • 38 The Changeling: cards
  • 39 Happy Wanderers: cards
  • 40 Liberty: cards, stacked
  • 42 Almost Impromptu: variation of Liberty
  • 42 Suit Yourself: cards
  • 44 You Name It-I'll Change It: cards
  • 45 Finders Keepers: 2 cards are selected and found in a surprising way
  • 47 You Can't Cheat an Honest Man: cards
  • 48 Never Give a Sucker an Even Break: a 3 card trick
  • 51 Colour Magic: requires 4 cards with different color backs
  • 53 The Inconsistent Liar: lie detector with cards
  • 56 Elelensburgh Speller: uses a stacked deck
  • 57 Card Case: "Between your palms" variation using card case, includes an variation with transposition of a signature
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