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Fred Trick

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Fred Trick was the card routine created by Fred Lowe (with Paul Marcus) originally called "Christened Reverse". The magician predicts that a freely selected playing card will be named "Fred" by showing that it has the word "Fred" written the back.

Paul Marcus discusses in May-June 1982 issue of Magicana (New Zealand) how he developed an effect in the 1950s based on an old vaudeville gag of someone yelling out the name "Bill" when asked to "name a card". When asked by Bill Madsen to contribute an item for his upcoming book "Hex" in 1969, Marcus offered up his "A Card Named Bill".[1]

When Fred Lowe was marketing his effect "Christened Reverse" (using a different method and presentation), he was told of Marcus performing a version of the effect, so he added him as fellow inventor.

It was seen by Dave Campbell in 1971, who developed another method to create "Fred the Card" trick (as a dedication to Fred Lowe).

Phil Goldstein developed a version in the early 1980s, entitled "Final Fred" which he presented at a 1985 FISM convention lecture in Madrid.

It was reinvented years later by Trevor Duffy, coincidentally calling it the "Phil" Trick.[2]


  • A Card Named Bill (Paul Marcus): Bill Madsen, Hex! (1969).[3]
  • Christened Reverse (Fred Lowe): Marketed item, 1970. Lowe co-credited Paul Marcus, despite a different method and presentation.
  • Fred (Joe Riding)
  • Fred the Card (Dave Campbell): The Thistle, circa 1971. Named in dedication to Fred Lowe.
  • I'll Name Your Card marketed by Magic City (1973) - Per Gerald Kirchner, Aldini and Nick Trost collaborated on the original version of this effect in the late sixties or early seventies.
  • Oscar (Nick Trost): Marketed item, 1980.
  • A Card Named Fred or Christened Reverse the Second (Ali Bongo): Abracadabra, Vol. 73, No. 1874 (Dec. 26, 1981, pp. 83-85). Popularized by Don Alan under the title "Clyde" and "Fido."
  • Appelation (Stephen Tucker): Spell-Binder, Vol. 2, Special No. 2 (Christmas 1982). Also marketed separately.
    • Appellation (Stephen Tucker): Spell-Binder, Vol. 2, Special No. 2 (Christmas 1982).
    • It's a Swindle! (Bill Worsley: Spell-Binder, Vol. 3, No. 33 (Jan. 1984, pp. 663-664).
  • The Dream (Denny Laub & Gary Inglese): The Smagorad (1983). Inspired by "Say It Again Sam" marketed by Stoner's Magic Shop, a card was selected mentally by a woman in the audience from a deck that had different names written on their backs. The mentally selected card had the woman's name.
  • Final Fred (Phil Goldstein): Early 1980s. Presented at a 1985 FISM convention lecture in Madrid.
  • Female (Ed Marlo): Thirty Five Years Later (1986). All the cards have a different name on the back and the card selected is the only card with the spectator's name on it.
  • The Devil's Deck (Eugene Burger): The Experience of Magic (1989).
  • Name It (Gary Kurtz): Unexplainable Acts (1990).
  • Nomen Omen (David Acer): Camirand Academy, 1990.
  • Krueger's Revenge (Peter Duffie): Hidden Agenda (1992). Includes a blank deck kicker.
  • Erma La Fource (Michael Close): Workers #4 (1993).
  • Name That Card (Bob Solari): 1994.
  • Grandpa's Deck (Danny Archer): 1999.
  • X-Deck (David Forrest): 2005. Uses an "X" rather than a predicted name.
  • Wish Upon a Star (Matthew Johnson): Secret Art Of Monkey Business Vol. 2 DVD (2009).
  • Bertha (John Hostler): Cryptical Envelopment ebook (2012)


  1. Paul Marcus, Magicana (New Zealand) Volume 30,No. 175 (May-June 1982)
  2. Nick Trost's Subtle Card Creations, Vol. 3, page 759, (2011).