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STOP Card Trick Revisited
by Jim Gerrish
The original Stop Card
Trick was used and described in 1868 by Robert-Houdin. It
was a pet effect of Frederick Bancroft (by 1897) and Nate
Leipzig (by 1909). These were accomplished by sleight of
hand, or gaffed cards, but involved no physical apparatus
beyond that. I cant find who first came up with a
prop solution, but Val Evans was a contender in that
contest, as was Jack Hughes who created
Attaboy in 1939. But while Attaboy makes use
of two secretly connected card houlettes, Val Evans makes
do with only one cleverly constructed houlette and a
length of ribbon.
Val Evans (1896-1981),
invented his version of the Stop Card Trick in the
1940's. Unlike Attaboy, it was not designed for kid
shows, but for adults and serious mentalism. Since it is
no longer available, I have made a "kitchen workshop
(no power tools)" version which can be presented on
stage, or up close, even tablehopping. As a bonus, I
include a cardboard version which can be made from a card
box and a pair of scissors - my Oracle Box from
You'll need a sheet of
1/8th inch thick 6" by 16" Basswood and some
1/4 inch thick 2" by 18" wood, plus a 12"
length of 3/4 inch square molding.
Regular playing cards are
needed to perform.
Kitchen tools - razor
knife, metal yard or meter stick, sandpaper. A hand drill
for use with a 2 inch hole saw is nice, but optional.
Wood glue and masking