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Karl Fulves

History

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 then 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.

Karl Fulves is most well-known for his series of "Self-Working" book series from Dover.

Periodicals

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.

Published Works

Most of the titles are published by Karl Fulves himself, under his own name or Gutenberg Press.

Title Date Pages
13 Prophets 1996 60
28 Card Tricks 1991 64
A History of the Brainwave Principle 1983 100
Ace Machine 1963 6
After Jordan 1983 12
And a Packet of Cards 1989 60
Animation 1979 12
Big Book of Magic Tricks 1994 ?
Binary Count Notes 1969 ?
Blocking Off ? ?
Bob Hummer's Collected Secrets 1980 106
Bob Ostin's New Submarine Card 1983 40
Calculator Tricks 1998 130
Card Counting 1982 48
Card Under Glass 1979 24
Cards #1 Four-card Brainwave 1978 20
Cards #2 51 Faces North 1978 24
Cards #3 Interlock 1980 72
Cards #4 Side Steal 1981 60
Cards #5 The Multiple Shift 1989 48
Charles Jordan's Best Card Tricks 1992 252
Charles T Jordan collected tricks 1975 315
Clockwork: Approaches to Card Counting ? ?
Close-up Mental Magic 1974 55
Color Capture 1986 30
Color Quick 1980 50
Combo 1998 55
Combo II ? ?
Command Colors 1997 22
Contemporary Handkerchief Magic, part 1 1987 30
Contemporary Handkerchief Magic, part 2 1987 28
Contemporary Rope Magic, part 1 1986 28
Contemporary Rope Magic, part 2 1986 28
Contemporary Rope Magic, part 3 1986 28
Covenant 1987 29
Crooked Tales 1994 129
Cryptology 1979 24
Curioser 1980 61
Deceptive Practices 1992 83
Deceptive Practices, Supplement 1992 28
Downs on Malini ? 11
NSOM : Dr Ken Krenzel's Incredible Card Tunnel 1975 6
Easy to do card tricks for children 1989 47
Easy to do magic tricks for children 1974 90
Epilogue 1993 312
Faro and riffle technique 1976 90
Faro and riffle techniques 1969 46
Faro and riffle technique; Supplement 1 1970 10
Faro and riffle technique; Supplement 2 1970 ?
Faro and riffle technique; Supplement 3 1970 ?
Faro possibilities 1967 ?
Faro possibilities 1979 36
Four color problems 1979 24
Fourcast 1981 36
Fr Cyprian's TV card rise 1982 40
Gambler's third lesson 1979 16
Gene Finnell's card magic 1973 76
Hardcore aces 1983 12
History of the brainwave principle 1983 100
Hocus Poker Fulves 1982
Hofzinser's Card Tricks ? ?
Hofzinser Notebook 2003 87
Impromptu holdouts 1977 50
Impromptu openers 1979 8
Inner sanctum 1979 48
Jack in the Box 1979 24
Jacob Daley's Notebooks (transcr. Csuri) 1975 194
Kaleidoscope Rope 1989 50
Kannibal Kards 1975 8
NSOM : Karl Fulves Technicolor Cards 1974 6
Magic Book 1977 195
Methods with Cards, part 1 1975 80
Methods with Cards, part 2 1975 80
Methods with Cards, part 3 1975 80
Mexican Monte 1972 32
Milennium Aces 1981 92
Money Moves 1989 34
More Self-working Card Tricks 1984 136
Mutus Nomen 1988 ?
Neale's Trapdoor Card 1983 12
New Card Rises 1996 62
Notes from the Underground 1973 61
Nyria Effect 1979 24
Octet 1981 76
Origins 1981 56
Packet Switches (part I) 1976 56
Packet Switches (part II) 1973 56
Packet Switches (part III, Harvey Rosenthal) 1977 76
Packet Switches (part IV Gene Maze) 1977 72
Packet Switches (part V Gene Maze) 1977 70
Pallbearers Review volume 1-4 1993 290
Pallbearers Review volume 5-8 1993 390
Pallbearers Review volume 9-12 1993 380
Parallel Lines 1980 40
Principles of Riffle Shuffle Set-ups 1968 30
Prolix
Prototype 1989 50
Punch out Puzzle Kit 1982 24
Quick Card Tricks 1989 50
Riffle Shuffle Control 1979 23
Riffle Shuffle Methods 1987 49
Riffle Shuffle Set-ups 1973 98
Riffle Shuffle Set-ups 1976 98
Riffle Shuffle Technique Preliminaries, Notes, Problems 1971 22
Riffle Shuffle Technique Preliminary Notes, part 1 1972 22
Riffle Shuffle Technique, part 1 1975 12
Riffle Shuffle Technique Preliminary Notes, part 2 1973 60
Riffle Shuffle Technique, part 2 1975 10
Riffle Shuffle Technique, part 3 1984 92
S-C contemporary money magic no 1, Robert E Neale's short change wallet 1985 21
S-C contemporary money magic no 2, Max Londono's After max 1985 16
S-C contemporary money magic no 3, Harvey Rosenthal's two and two 1985 16
S-C contemporary money magic no 4, Howard Wurst's paper money 1985 16
S-C contemporary money magic no 5, Robert E Neale's bill tube 1985 16
S-C contemporary money magic no 6, Howard Wurst's simplex switch 1985 16
S-C contemporary money magic no 7, Nick van Selter's one hand turnover 1985 16
Secret Ssession, part one 1987 29
Secret Session, part two 1987 28
Secret Session, part three 1987 28
Self-working Card Tricks 1976 113
Self-working Close-up Card Magic 1995 120
Self-working Coin Magic 1989 136
Self-working Handkerchief Magic 1989 184
Self-working Mental Magic 1979 121
Self-working Number Magic 1982 145
Self-working Paper Magic 1985 147
Self-working Rope Magic 1990 148
Self-working Table Magic 1981 122
Setting up Exercises 1995 111
Shape Changers 1979 44
Shuffle off 1983 12
Six Impromptu Card Tricks 1982 48
Swindle & Cheat - a collection of nontransitive games 1991 71
Teleportation Notes 1969 8
Teleportation Notes 1979 24
The Best of Slydini and More, vol 1 (text) 1976 108
The Best of Slydini and More, vol 2 (photos) 1976 126
The Book of Numbers 1971 47
The Book of Numbers, Supplementary Notes 1971 19
The Children's Magic Kit 1980 16+16
The Magic of Slydini and More, vol 1 (text) 1976 108
The Magic of Slydini and More, vol 2 (photos) 1976 126
The Magical World of Slydini, vol 1 (text) 1979 101
The Magical World of Slydini, vol 2 (photos) 1979 176
The Return Trip 1986 39
The Shamrock Code & the Parallel Principle 1979 48
Topological False Count 1979 18
Transpo Trix 1978 80
Trick with Dice 1970 ?
Vampire Chronicles 1997 92
Vampire Papers 1997 45
When Psychics Play Poker ? ?
Wireless II 1982 48
Word Play ? ?
Worknotes on Brainwave 1983 20


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.

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