Nick was a master in creating amazing tricks and routines based on subtleties
rather than difficult sleight of hand. Due to the amazing success of the
three DVD set we produced and the numerous requests, here are the fourth
and the fifth in the series. This is a humble tribute to a very creative
of these tricks are impromptu and they all use a regular deck of cards.
Gathering Of The Court Cards:
A great nine-card assembly, with Jacks, Queens and Kings!
Slippery Aces: The Aces are sandwiched between the two red Jacks.
They disappear and reappear between the black Jacks!
Aces: The Aces are inserted in the middle of the deck which is
shuffled with some cards face up and some face down. At the end, all the
cards are face down except the Aces!
And Duck Poker: Ten cards are used. The spectator picks five
at random. You end up with a Royal Flush!
And Dice Prediction: Two dice and a deck of cards. A card is
selected by throwing the dice and the same dice find it!
A card is chosen and you show the entire deck card by card. The selection
is gone! It will re-appear face up in the middle of the deck!
Fifth Hotel Mystery: Queens and Kings are shuffled in pairs,
but at the end the Queens are all together and so are the Kings!
Miracle: A spectator Thinks of any card. You reveal it, without
any clue, with a method that will blow them away!
Cards: The name says it all. The classic elevator theme, the
On Al Koran's "Prediction Supreme": You place three predictions
on the table and three spectators pick a card each. The three selections
match your predictions!
Time: Approximately 36 mins
A freely selected card is lost in the deck and revealed by four cards
picked by a spectator!
Restless Court Cards: The twelve court cards are used. You place
them in three packets and then switch their positions. They follow each
other in their respective piles!
Equalizer Revealment: Two cards are freely selected and replaced.
The deck is shuffled face up and face down and at the end all the red
cards are face up except the black selection and vice-versa the black
cards are face up except the red selection!
Automatic Gambler: Some cards are shuffled by you and the spectator.
Three hands are dealt and your hand beats the other two!
A Date: A coin is borrowed and left in full view The deck is
shuffled and cut by a spectator and four cards are selected. The four
cards reveal the date of the coin!
Double Match: The deck is divided in half and two spectators
each take a half-deck and pick two cards. They match. The same thing is
repeated with the same result!
Royal Treatment: The four Queens are paired up with the four
Kings by a spectator, and they all match (Hearts with Hearts, Clubs with
Cut: A spectator cuts any amount of cards. Two cards are selected
from the remaining of the deck and they indicate the cards cut by the
Follow The Leader: The classic theme, the easy way, THE Nick
Cato Revelation: A sixteen-card packet is shuffled by a spectator
after two cards have been chosen. At the end, the two cards appear in
the opposite color pile!
Time Approximately: 45min
great packet tricks of Nick Trost. All the tricks require special cards
(not supplied but easily obtainable) or simply duplicates of some cards.
A beautiful prediction effect using blank-faced cards (the Un-Cards).
The selected card is shown to be the only red card of the packet. The
prediction says, "You Will Select The Red Card."
Cards: A stunning, visual effect! A fan of five miniature cards
(say A, 2, 3, 4 and 5 of Clubs) expands to large ones in a blink of an
eye! So easy to do. For close-up, walk-around, etc.
Kat: From two packets of cards you and a spectator take a card
each. The cards match and all the other cards are seen to be the same.
Everything can be examined!
You place a card on the table and try to print three duplicates
of that card from blank cards. The card is the 5D and you print three
10C....Mistake? The three cards change into all 5D's!
Packet Of Backs: Four cards turn out to be the same (all 10D),
then they are all double-backed cards, then blank-faced cards and finally,
they reveal a selected card!
Blanko: Four cards (say the four Queens) turn face down one at
a time and then all the cards become blank on both sides!
Two-Way Split: From cards cut in half two spectators picks the
two halves and they are seen to match. Not only that, you predicted that
card! What an amazing trick this is!
You show two predictions. Then a spectator shuffles quarters of jumbo
cards and at the end only four cards are face down in the packet. The
first prediction is correct. The four cards are assembled and they make
a whole card but with a mismatched corner. The other prediction is the
same card with the same mismatched corner!
A blue-backed packet and a red-backed packet are used. Two cards are selected
and they match! All the other cards are the same. Similar to "Kopy Kat"
but different method.
Cloning: You show a red card and two black cards. You produce
three more red cards and then the two black cards change into red as well!
Running Time Approximately: 39min
Magic with "Special Decks" by Nick Trost. All the tricks requires special
decks (not supplied but easy to make up).
Triumph: Four cards are selected from a red-backed deck. You
produce the four Kings and these have blue backs. At the end, these four
cards are the selected ones!
Miracle: Five cards are selected. Spectators help to select any
other five cards and these are seen to be the mates of the previously
In Paradise One card is selected from a blue-backed deck. A red-backed
deck is shown. The cards are counted and they are only 51. The selected
card from the blue deck is turned over and it is seen to be the missing
Deck: Using a deck of cards and two dice, you reveal a couple
of very strong coincidences and a stunning climax!
Poker Deal: A spectator shuffles the deck and you deal poker
hands and, of course, you will win with the best hand!
You show a deck half blue and half red. One card is selected from each
half and these two cards match. All the other cards are seen to be all
duplicates of an entirely different card!
Wild: Probably the most famous routine by the late Nick Trost.
A deck is cut into two. Two half cards are selected: They match and they
are seen to be the only normal cards because one half of the deck has
no faces and the other half has no backs!
A spectator thinks of a card in the deck and you name it "Oscar." You
show all different names on the backs of the cards and the selected card
has the name Oscar on its back!
Brainwave: You place a blue-backed card on the table. A card
selected from a blue-backed deck turns out to have a red back. Your blue-backed
card matches the selected one!
Change: After a selected card has been revealed to be the only
different colored card in the deck, you will produce a series of stunning
color changes with the appearances of a Rainbow Deck!
Running Time Approximately: 50min
Vol 8 Contents:
Using only the spot cards, a spectator selects four pairs and they are
laid on four selected cards. These cards are seen to be the Nines. Each
pair totals 9!
Or Deal Blackjack: A spectator shuffles eight cards and then
separates them in four pairs. At all time the cards are in the spectator's
hands. He has formed four blackjack hands: Each pair consists of a Jack
and an Ace!
Suit: One card of each suit is placed on the table for 'targets.'
A spectator freely selects cards from small groups and places the on the
'targets'. When finished, it is shown that the suits all match the target
20/20 Prediction: Using only 16 cards you produce a series of
fantastic coincidences, where the number 20 is predominant!
In Color: A spectator picks a card and it matches your prediction
(say these are the two black Jacks). All the other cards are red!
Insurance Card I: You place an envelope marked "insurance"
on the table. A spectator shuffles the deck and deals four cards to start
a poker hand. The missing card to make a straight flush is the 8D. The
card in the envelope is the 8D!
In A Row: You place the AC through 5C on the table and magically
the cards reverse their order!
Coincidence: Two spectators each select three cards from the
deck. Three cards appear face up in the deck. When the spectators turn
the cards over, they match the reversed cards!
Ace To Five: You show five cards, the AC to 5C. Each card rises
to the top of the packet and finally the 5C changes into the 5D!
Royal Pair Puzzler: A spectator shuffles the deck and deals the
cards turning two cards face up at the same time. In so doing, a 'royal
pair' is made!
Running Time Approximately: 38mins
Vol 9 Contents:
Four indifferent cards change into four duplicates of a selection and
revert back to indifferent cards!
On Hamman's "Magic Cards": Three Jokers, when added
to one of the three selections, change to the same value as the selection.
Then the Jokers change to the same value of the second selection and then
Royal Flush: A spectator locates a royal flush in a deck of cards!
Grand Slams: Two spectators each deal a half-deck into two piles.
The piles are shuffled together a couple of times. The deck is divided
into four packets. Each pile contains all Clubs, the other all Hearts
and so on, four grand slams!
Mystic Threes: A spectator cuts the deck three times and the
top card is laid aside. Now he cuts the deck into three piles. He finds
that the top card of each pile and the card laid aside earlier are the
"Even Money"-Improved: A spectator separates the red
and the black cards!
Reunited Family: The face cards (Jacks, Queens and Kings) are
shuffled by a spectator. At the end, each 'family' is found to be reunited!
At Poker: You and a spectator after shuffling the deck, find
a straight each (10 to Ace)!
Married Hearts And Four Cupids: A cute story of the 'married
hearts,' the King and the Queen of hearts and four Cupids (Jacks)!
Concordant: You lay down three cards. A spectator pushes out
three cards from the deck. The three pairs are seen to be matching!
Running Time Approximately: 41mins
Pinochle With An Elevator Finish: Four cards, two JD's and two
QS's change into four Aces. Then the Aces travel up and down through the
Four-Ace Vanish And Recovery:
The four Aces are seen to vanish in a deck of cards and then they reappear
face up in the middle of the deck!
Intuition: A spectator
reverses a card in a deck and you reverse a card in another deck. When
the decks are dealt the two cards appear at the same time, but not only
that, they match!
Bottoms, Seconds And Centers Demonstration:
In this funny and pseudo gambling demonstration, three difficult sleights
are (apparently) 'exposed' - the bottom deal, the second deal and the
Horse Race: You play
a horse race where three spectators pick a horse (Ace) leaving one to
you and, of course, you win the race. Fun routine with great audience
Automatic Poker: A spectator
selects five cards from five pairs. Yet, you win with a better hand!
An effective opener with the revelation of the four Aces!
Lineup: The deck is shuffled
with the cards face up and face down. Two packets are taken and you try
to secretly arrange the cards in the same order. When the two packets
are dealt in unison, the cards match!
Seven Card Count: A funny
Six-Card Repeat effect entirely self-working and totally impromptu!
Believe It Or Not!: Half
of the deck is left aside. The other half is shuffled with the cards face
down and face up. This half is spread and all the cards are facing the
same way. The other half is spread and is now a mixture of face-up and