The Punch Deal refers to a type of poker deal or other gambling demonstration which utilizes "punched" or "pricked" cards. That is, some of the cards (usually the high values) are marked with tiny bumps which can be felt by the dealer. The performer deals the cards normally until a "punched" card is felt, at which point he uses the Second Deal to keep the desired card on top of the deck, before eventually dealing it fairly to the hand of his choice.
Methods for marking cards date back almost as far as cards themselves! But most marked cards are determined by SIGHT, whereas punched cards are meant to recognized by FEEL alone. Early descriptions of the idea appeared in print by Robert-Houdin, John Phillip Quinn, and John Nevil Maskelyne.
In the 1930s, Walter Scott earned his nickname, "The Phantom of the Card Table," after fooling several of the top card magicians in the world (including Cardini, Al Baker, T. Nelson Downs, S. Leo Horowitz, and Max Holden) with his "Blindfold Deal," utilizing punched cards.
- The Punch (Walter Scott): Eddie McGuire, The Phantom of the Card Table (1931, pp. 22-25; 1969, pp. 47-51).
- The Blindfold Deal: Eddie McGuire, The Phantom of the Card Table (1931, pp. 18-22; 1969, pp. 53-62).
- Gazzo and David Britland, Phantoms of the Card Table (2002, pp. 224-226).
- The Punch Deal: Ed Marlo, Marlo in Spades (1947, pp. 18-19).
- Poker Prediction (pp. 20-21).
- The Perfect Stack (pp. 21-22).
- The Blind Fold Stack (p. 23).
- The Three Stacks: (pp. 23-24).
- Super Reading: (pp. 24-25).
- Putting in the Work: (pp. 25-26).
- For Cheaters Only: (p. 26).
- The Marlo Punch Deal: Ed Marlo, Marlo's Magazine, Vol. 4 (1980, pp. 1-6).
- Aces and Kings or Jacks and Queens (p. 6).
- The Multiple Combination (pp. 7-8).
- Rum Punch (Darwin Ortiz): Andrew Wimhurst, Jiggery Poker (2001).
- Raw Deal: Darwin Ortiz, Scams and Fantasies with Cards (2002, pp. 44-47).
- Rum Punch #2: Andrew Wimhurst, Jiggery Poker (2001).
- Rum Punch #3: Andrew Wimhurst, Jiggery Poker (2001).
- Mister Blister: Andrew Wimhurst, Jiggery Poker (2001).