Fulves, Karl: Self-Working Paper Magic
81 Foolproof Tricks
©1985 Karl Fulves, Published by Dover Publishing
Illustrations by Joseph K. Schmidt
Paper, perfect-bound, 160 pages, 5.375x8.5"
Comments: 80 easy-to-perform paper miracles: make a piece of newspaper disappear, link paper rings magically, tricks with dollar bills, tricks with paper bags, animated paper folds, make "living" paper dolls, mind-reading tricks with file cards, much more. Essential tricks for amateur and professional alike. 367 illustrations.
1 Magic With Paper
1 Japanese Checkers (Shigeo Takagi): sheet of paper cut into 12 squares and dropped in bag, but when removed, all squares are connected
3 Probability Zero (Paul Curry): Magician writes numbers on cards and places them face down on table. Spectator points to cards one at a time, and they are numbered 1-9 and stacked in order. The spectator's numbers match the magicians. Clever use of a packet of about 20 cards.
5 Probable Poker: Two "pat" hands are removed from the deck. Spectator mixes them and directs magician to deal them into 2 piles, resulting in the 2 pat hands.
7 The Magic Mailbox (George Jarshaur): a sort of "Z-fold" wallet made from paper used in a mailbox theme. Other ideas could be developed.
11 X-It: Spectator draws an X on a paper behind his back and gives it to magician (still face down). Magician threads a needle through the paper behind his back, and it goes right through the center of the X. Has a bit of risk to it in my opinion, but presents another variation with less risk.
12 Catching the News: during a paper catching stunt, the paper vanishes and is found in the pocket. Only one ball of paper is used. Based on a coin vanish by William Ball featured in The Sphinx.
14 Matches to Go: Effect starts similar to above, but with a matchbook. Magician shows it is done "with his sleeves", and matchbook penetrates the sleeve.
15 Pendragon Rings: a cardboard ring moves from spectator's arm to his neck. Then a 2nd ring links to the 1st.
18 Paradox Papers (Martin Gardner): Paper with numbers is folded and cut up, and evens end up face-up, odds face-down. With presentation ideas.
21 Money Magic
21 Mind vs. Money: Magician tells serial numbers on borrowed bills
23 Double Your Money: folding a single dollar to look like two, with a suggested stunt
25 X Marks the Spot: 4 bills dropped in glasses. Spectator picks a room map and goes to the X. One bill has vanished from glass, and is found at the X.
27 Dollar Flight: a $5 and $1 change places under envelopes
30 The Coin Fold: the basic fold described
31 Bank by Mail: a coin vanishes from a "deposit slip" and is found in the bankbook. Uses coin fold.
33 Slow-Motion Money (U.F. Grant): a $1 and $5 bill switch using a slightly gimmicked $1
35 The Dollar-Bill Ring: how to fold it
37 Real or Counterfeit? a dollar ring and a spectator's ring are each placed in a different spectator's hand. Magician can tell who has the dollar ring.
38 Psychic Mysteries
38 Psychometric Detective: Magician solves a murder mystery using the center tear principle
40 The Hometown Test: Spectators address "letters" to their hometowns. Magician places them in a bag and pulls them out one at a time, revealing the hometown and returning the correct envelope to who wrote it.
42 Deluxe Headline Reading: Magician correctly predicts which headline will be selected by the spectator
45 A Name in Millions: Spectator selects name at random from a page in a telephone book in an unusual way. Magician determines the last name.
46 Celebrity Sweepstakes: Spectators shout out celebrity names which the magician writes down and puts in a hat. He writes a prediction, spectator selects a paper, and the prediction matches
47 Locked Thoughts: Three numbers provided by spectators are added and the total unlocks the combination lock (confederate)
48 Little Albert: Magician writes a prediction word on a card and initials the back. Spectator chooses any book and finds a word. Magician writes the word on a second card and writes the spectator's name on the back. Both cards are revealed, and the words match.
51 Paper Capers: stunts and puzzles
51 Visualization Test: a paper is folded and a single cut made: how many holes should result?
52 Decepta Die: a cut paper is opened and the holes shown to match the roll of a die
53 Living Doll: paper dolls "dance" above a cup of hot tea
54 Reaching Through a Playing Card: how to cut a "hole" in a card so you can put your whole arm through it.
55 Stretching a Dollar Bill: how to cut it so it can be "stretched" like an accordion
56 Square Dance (Henry Dudeny): challenge the spectator to cut a square with two clowns on it to form 2 smaller squares
58 Eight Squares (Kobon Fumimure): a pure puzzle to determine in what order a layer of papers were lain down
59 The Genius Test: can you remove the rings and string from the playing card without tearing it?
59 The Other Genius Test: another card puzzle
61 The Money Tree: making a newspaper tree, with an idea for adding a bit of magic
63 The Magic Flute: making paper flutes
65 Amazing Animals
65 Rupert the Great: Rupert the envelope creature helps locate the spectator's card
67 Hungry Dog: a dog "sits up" with this paper fold
69 Houdini Hound: a brown paper bag dog finds a card when his "dog bone" changes into the selection!
73 The Shadow: a dog picture is shown with a closed eye, but when put in an envelope, the shadow shows the eye is open
75 Snapper: a folded paper "duck" finds the paper that has the spectator's true weight on it (center tear)
77 Rabbit Ears (Jack Chanin): a paper fold to make a rabbit with flapping ears
78 The Educated Rabbit: the rabbit above answers questions by flapping when placed in a paper cup
80 More Paper Magic
80 Double Cross: a paper is torn into 8 and some x's placed on 4 pieces and burned. The x's transfer to the other papers
82 Murder by Memory: in a chosen book at a friends house, magician can describe any page chosen (choose method is a 1 of 4 force)
83 Take a Vacation: in this ruse, the magician apparently determines three cards chosen by three different audience members
85 Animal Crackers: a variation of the famous "paper balls over the head" effect
87 Sprightly Soda: a cup of soda in a paper bag is crushed, to find the cup back in a hat
88 The Buddha Papers: a coin is wrapped in paper, but when the paper is unwrapped, the coin is gone.
89 Improved Buddha Papers: One index from a set of 5 black cards is chosen and placed in the papers. When opened, only the selection is face up, and the other indexes have turned to red!
90 The Lesson (Al Baker): With two news articles on a high mantle, magician can tell which is selected by the spectator using this scientific principle
91 Darkroom Effect: a hole is torn in a napkin and it is placed around a table leg. Spectators hold down the table and the lights go out, yet when turned back on, the napkin has transferred to another table leg
92 Tell the Truth: a tricky method to determine who has the $5 bill vs. two others with $1 bills
93 Spot Remover: a pencil is apparently pushed through a spectator's sport coat.
96 Cardboard Conjuring
96 Tailor's Ghost: blank "shirt cardboards" are shown; spectator states shirt size, and this appears on one board (must know spec's shirt size before starting)
99 A Winter's Tale: spectator picks the caption that matches the photo chosen by the magician
100 Mind Scan: mathematical puzzle using two cardboards to reveal the spectator's choice
102 V.I.P. (Aage Darling, George Kaplan): Magician determines the names of 6 Presidents written down by the spectators
105 Jet Thought: (J.G. Thompson, Jr.): Magician writes a city name on a card, Spectator guess the card when given a free choice of 6
107 Think of President: version with naming a president
108 Soup To Nuts (Martin Gardner): Spectator picks items of menu cards, total price matches Magician's prediction. Clever!
111 Robert E. Neale's Paper Magic
111 Confetti: Confetti seems to vanish in a paper tube, then pours out
112 The Trapdoor: Spectator holds a cut playing card such that the card is above his hand, yet when he closes his eyes, magician causes it to rest below his hand. The spectator's grip never leaves the card
114 TV Puzzle: puzzle is to fold a given paper such that a happy face appears in a cut out hole
116 Inside Out: A tube is flexed and seems to instantly turn inside out
117 Stripes Make You Thinner: box above used in a cute trick
118 Stretchit: Companion to Inside Out - this tube changes shape
119 Flexible Transpo: an effect using two Stretchit tubes where they seem to change placed
120 Stretch a Bill: variation using a dollar bill
121 Neale's Shortage Wallet: a switching wallet made from a single sheet of paper
123 The Con Artist: a swindle demonstration using the shortage wallet
127 Further Paper Magic
127 The Mystic Star (Will Goldston): teaches a nice false turnover move
130 Almost Certainly: above move used to present a spirit message
131 Endpapers: Spectator and magician fold papers, and magician punches through his, making what should be 4 holes. When opened, only three holes are found, one has transferred to the spectator's paper.
133 Sharpshooter: Performer makes a "bang gun" out of paper that reveals the card selection
135 The Boys from the Girls: a mix of boys and girls names written on a paper are cut, and come out in a different mix than anticipated
137 Correcting Fluid: clever paper fold changes a wrong prediction to a right one
138 The Captain's Shirt: a clever newspaper tearing story with boats, hats, and a shirt!
142 Almanac Affinity: four page numbers from a newspaper are added, that page is turned to in an almanac, and the performer knows what's on that page
144 "Mirror, Mirror": Spectator's first and last name "reverse" when seen in a mirror in an unexpected way
146 Magic with Paper Magic: a prediction effect using a feature that's built-into the Self-Working Paper Magic book!
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Author of hundreds of books on magic, both for the expert and beginner. Inventor of the Self-Correcting Setup, amongst thousands of other things.
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Born New Jersey, U.S.
Occupation magician, author, publisher
Known for card magic, self-working tricks
Karl Fulves is an author of hundreds of books on magic.
Karl Fulves lives in Fairlawn, New Jersey, and is a private person who has repeatedly turned down all requests for interviews. There is not much known about him other than his incredible output of magic literature. He has taught thousands of beginners, young and old, to perform remarkable feats of sleight of hand through the books he has published.
Fulves is most well-known for his "Self-Working" book series from Dover.
Karl Fulves took over The New Phoenix magazine from Don Tanner. He published three more issues and then at issue 400 in October 1965 stated "The bird will be fondly laid to rest." He then started a new magazine called The Pallbearers Review which continued until 1975.
He also started another periodical called Epilogue from 1967 until 1976.
In 1970, Joseph K. Schmidt submitted Fulves a coin flourish complete with illustrations. The contribution was published in Volume 5, Issue #10 of Pallbearers. Fulves was very impressed with Schmidt's artistic abilities and, coincidentally, was looking for an artist to illustrate some of the lengthier routines. He asked Schmidt to illustrate an effect called Canterbury Cups and Schmidt agreed. Fulves and Schmidt's relationship grew. Fulves was the first person to refer to Schmidt as an "artist". Schmidt has illustrated over 75 books, manuscripts and booklets for Fulves, including Swindle Sheet, Cheat Sheet, Rigmarole, and Verbatim.
Shortly after concluding Pallbearers and Epilogue he announced the birth of a new periodical, The Chronicles Limited to 36 issues, The Chronicles took from 1978 to 1988 to complete, and during those ten years, some of the finest close-up magic of the period was explained in its pages.
Fulves published many more periodicals over the years including CHARLATAN, UNDERWORLD accompanied by FINE PRINT, INTERLOCUTOR, and MIDNIGHT MAGIC MONTHLY (13 issues, a complete file of which is virtually unobtainable).
List of periodicals published by Karl Fulves:
Alfredson/Daily - Fernandes numbers, titles, year of publication and number of issues in a complete file:
15505..Charlatan 1999 - in progress
15550..Cheat Sheet 1990-1992 10 issues
1580...Chronicles 1978-1988 36 issues
19657..Discoverie 1999 - in progress
2130...Epilogue 1967-1975 25 issues
22102..Fine Print, The 1995-1999 10 issues
2955...Interlocutor 1975-1988 52 issues
29505..Interim Report 1993 1 issue
3262...Lamplighter (with Jim Sarles) 1963-1964(?) 7(?) issues
32627..Latter Day Secrets 1999 - in progress
4850...Midnight Magic Monthly 1959-1960 12+3 issues
5180...New Phoenix 1965 4 issues 397-400
5335...Notebooks no information available
5510...Pallbearers Review original series ?-1965 22 issues
5515...Pallbearers Review 1965-1975 120 issues
58955..Rigmarole 1993-1994 10 issues
6055...S-C 1985 7 issues
65703..Swindle Sheet 1990-1992 10 issues
69206..Underworld 1995-1999 10 issues
69800..Verbatim 1993-1994 10 issues
Karl Fulves current publications, started in 1999, are Discoverie, Charlatan and Latter Day Secrets.
Most of the titles are published by Karl Fulves himself, under his own name or Gutenberg Press.
13 Prophets 1996
28 Card Tricks 1991
A History of the Brainwave Principle 1983
Ace Machine 1963
After Jordan 1983
And a Packet of Cards 1989
Big Book of Magic Tricks 1994
Binary Count Notes 1969
Blocking Off ?
Bob Hummer's Collected Secrets 1980
Bob Ostin's New Submarine Card 1983
Calculator Tricks 1998
Card Counting 1982
Card Under Glass 1979
Cards #1 Four-card Brainwave 1978
Cards #2 51 Faces North 1978
Cards #3 Interlock 1980
Cards #4 Side Steal 1981
Cards #5 The Multiple Shift 1989
Charles Jordan's Best Card Tricks 1992
Charles T Jordan collected tricks 1975
Clockwork: Approaches to Card Counting ?
Close-up Mental Magic 1974
Color Capture 1986
Color Quick 1980
Combo II ?
Command Colors 1997
Contemporary Handkerchief Magic, part 1 1987
Contemporary Handkerchief Magic, part 2 1987
Contemporary Rope Magic, part 1 1986
Contemporary Rope Magic, part 2 1986
Contemporary Rope Magic, part 3 1986
Crooked Tales 1994
Deceptive Practices 1992
Deceptive Practices, Supplement 1992
Downs on Malini ?
NSOM : Dr Ken Krenzel's Incredible Card Tunnel 1975
Easy to do card tricks for children 1989
Easy to do magic tricks for children 1974
Faro and riffle technique 1976
Faro and riffle techniques 1969
Faro and riffle technique; Supplement 1 1970
Faro and riffle technique; Supplement 2 1970
Faro and riffle technique; Supplement 3 1970
Faro possibilities 1967
Faro possibilities 1979
Four color problems 1979
Fr Cyprian's TV card rise 1982
Gambler's third lesson 1979
Gene Finnell's card magic 1973
Hardcore aces 1983
History of the brainwave principle 1983
Hocus Poker Fulves 1982
Hofzinser's Card Tricks ?
Hofzinser Notebook 2003
Impromptu holdouts 1977
Impromptu openers 1979
Inner sanctum 1979
Jack in the Box 1979
Jacob Daley's Notebooks (transcr. Csuri) 1975
Kaleidoscope Rope 1989
Kannibal Kards 1975
NSOM : Karl Fulves Technicolor Cards 1974
Magic Book 1977
Methods with Cards, part 1 1975
Methods with Cards, part 2 1975
Methods with Cards, part 3 1975
Mexican Monte 1972
Milennium Aces 1981
Money Moves 1989
More Self-working Card Tricks 1984
Mutus Nomen 1988
Neale's Trapdoor Card 1983
New Card Rises 1996
Notes from the Underground 1973
Nyria Effect 1979
Packet Switches (part I) 1976
Packet Switches (part II) 1973
Packet Switches (part III, Harvey Rosenthal) 1977
Packet Switches (part IV Gene Maze) 1977
Packet Switches (part V Gene Maze) 1977
Pallbearers Review volume 1-4 1993
Pallbearers Review volume 5-8 1993
Pallbearers Review volume 9-12 1993
Parallel Lines 1980
Principles of Riffle Shuffle Set-ups 1968
Punch out Puzzle Kit 1982
Quick Card Tricks 1989
Riffle Shuffle Control 1979
Riffle Shuffle Methods 1987
Riffle Shuffle Set-ups 1973
Riffle Shuffle Set-ups 1976
Riffle Shuffle Technique Preliminaries, Notes, Problems 1971
Riffle Shuffle Technique Preliminary Notes, part 1 1972
Riffle Shuffle Technique, part 1 1975
Riffle Shuffle Technique Preliminary Notes, part 2 1973
Riffle Shuffle Technique, part 2 1975
Riffle Shuffle Technique, part 3 1984
S-C contemporary money magic no 1, Robert E Neale's short change wallet 1985
S-C contemporary money magic no 2, Max Londono's After max 1985
S-C contemporary money magic no 3, Harvey Rosenthal's two and two 1985
S-C contemporary money magic no 4, Howard Wurst's paper money 1985
S-C contemporary money magic no 5, Robert E Neale's bill tube 1985
S-C contemporary money magic no 6, Howard Wurst's simplex switch 1985
S-C contemporary money magic no 7, Nick van Selter's one hand turnover 1985
Secret Ssession, part one 1987
Secret Session, part two 1987
Secret Session, part three 1987
Self-working Card Tricks 1976
Self-working Close-up Card Magic 1995
Self-working Coin Magic 1989
Self-working Handkerchief Magic 1989
Self-working Mental Magic 1979
Self-working Number Magic 1982
Self-working Paper Magic 1985
Self-working Rope Magic 1990
Self-working Table Magic 1981
Setting up Exercises 1995
Shape Changers 1979
Shuffle off 1983
Six Impromptu Card Tricks 1982
Swindle & Cheat - a collection of nontransitive games 1991
Teleportation Notes 1969
Teleportation Notes 1979
The Best of Slydini and More, vol 1 (text) 1976
The Best of Slydini and More, vol 2 (photos) 1976
The Book of Numbers 1971
The Book of Numbers, Supplementary Notes 1971
The Children's Magic Kit 1980
The Magic of Slydini and More, vol 1 (text) 1976
The Magic of Slydini and More, vol 2 (photos) 1976
The Magical World of Slydini, vol 1 (text) 1979
The Magical World of Slydini, vol 2 (photos) 1979
The Return Trip 1986
The Shamrock Code & the Parallel Principle 1979
Topological False Count 1979
Transpo Trix 1978
Trick with Dice 1970
Vampire Chronicles 1997
Vampire Papers 1997
When Psychics Play Poker ?
Wireless II 1982
Word Play ?
Worknotes on Brainwave 1983
Fulves also wrote the text for a number of the Stars of Magic manuscripts, including Chris Capehart's 3-Ring Routine, Joe de Stefano's Chinatown Poker, Max Londono's Eternal String, Metalogic (Fred Baumann) and David Roth Okito Box routine.
Awards and honors
The Academy of Magical Arts awarded Karl Fulves the Literary Fellowship.