126 entries in Games / Bar Bets
Creators Title Comments & References Source Page Categories
Unknown To conveie one shilling being in one hand into another, holding your armes abroad like a rood sucker bet in which a coin is in each hand, it is proposed to bring them into one hand without the hands coming near each other The Discoverie of Witchcraft (Issue XXV) 187
Unknown How to rub out Twenty Chalks at five Times, rubbing out every Time an odd one puzzle or wager, chalk strokes on a board Breslaw's Last Legacy 44
Unknown To make a Person tired, or sweat, at carrying a small Stick of a Room bet / wager Breslaw's Last Legacy 52
Unknown A droll Trick played with a Fowl roasted fowl comes back to life when pierced with a fork, as a prank / wager Breslaw's Last Legacy 55
Unknown To make an Egg stand an end on a Table or on a Looking-Glass impromptu version Breslaw's Last Legacy 58
Unknown A Simple Coin Trick coin in broken match into bottle, non-magical science experiment The Modern Conjurer 295
Tom Darlington Tip Tap Top puzzle/bar bet with coin and cigarette pack The Jinx 51-100 (Issue Summer Extra 1939) 408
Arthur Dowler Beer Cap bar bet with beer cap The Jinx 51-100 (Issue Summer Extra 1939) 413
Quong Yen Cig in Bottle bar stunt, paper circle on bottle, cigarette balancing on top Chap's Scrapbook (Vol. 2, No. 4) 4
Laurie Ireland The Coca Cola Bottle and Nipple Effect liquid from bottle is filled in tiny baby bottle nipple Ireland's Yearbooks (Issue Yearbook 1940) 5
Unknown A Penny - A Bet - A Drink guessing in which hand the coin is, bar bet, see also page 728 The Jinx 101-151 (Issue 123) 716
Art Lyle One Drop More bar bet The Jinx 101-151 (Issue 146) 816
Unknown Match Folder Wager bet that spectator cannot light twenty matches in a row with one strike After the Dessert 10
Danny Morris, Doc Hurwitz Betcha - coin jumps from mouth of empty bottle, without touching
- pepper in glass is attracted or repelled by finger
The Phoenix 1-50 (Issue 19) 81
Danny Morris, Doc Hurwitz Betcha word play bet with a coin and three matches The Phoenix 1-50 (Issue 22) 93
Walter B. Gibson, Danny Morris Gaglet Department - card coding with name badges (Gibson)
- card in balloon gag (Morris)
- cut and restored tie performance at army shows without a stooge (Morris)
- bar bet, naming three numbers of a serial number on a bill
The Phoenix 1-50 (Issue 10) 38
Danny Morris, Doc Hurwitz Betcha bar bet, drinking from a glass while arm is held by spectator, coin gag The Phoenix 1-50 (Issue 17) 70
Danny Morris, Doc Hurwitz Betcha - drinking from a sealed bottled without opening it
- moving a coin without touching it
The Phoenix 1-50 (Issue 20) 85
Danny Morris, Doc Hurwitz Betch - bar bet, predicting which side lands up, when tossing a match box
- betting burning a handkerchief without injuring it
The Phoenix 1-50 (Issue 21) 89
Danny Morris, Doc Hurwitz, Walter B. Gibson Betcha - boiling water in a paper bag
- beer bet
- coin bet / puzzle
The Phoenix 1-50 (Issue 24) 101
Richard Himber Paper Match Throwing match landing on the side, bar bet The Phoenix 1-50 (Issue 28) 118
James G. Thompson Jr. Coin Betcha The Phoenix 1-50 (Issue 28) 118
Al Cohn Betcha holding a burning paper match upside down for 50 seconds The Phoenix 1-50 (Issue 32) 132
Hen Fetsch Betcha removing two coins balancing on rim of mouth of a galss, with one hand, bar bet The Phoenix 1-50 (Issue 33) 137
Hen Fetsch Betcha turning over a coin under a beer mug without touching the mug The Phoenix 1-50 (Issue 34) 140
Unknown Bar Bet letting bill fall and spectator has to catch it The Phoenix 1-50 (Issue 35) 146
John R. Boyko, John McCormick Blitz-Match winning gameRelated to
  • correction on page 154
The Phoenix 1-50 (Issue 36) 149
Hen Fetsch Betcha joke, bet that the bottom card is spectator's card, miniature card The Phoenix 1-50 (Issue 38) 157
Tom Fitzgerald A Cute Betcha match balancing on edge of a match, everything is covered under a glass, removing match without touching anything The Phoenix 51-100 (Issue 53) 217
Tom Fitzgerald A Cute Betcha penknife sticked in top of door arch falls directly in a bottle The Phoenix 51-100 (Issue 59) 241
L. Vosburgh Lyons Paper Puzzle turning a square of paper into an equilateral triangle The Phoenix 51-100 (Issue 65) 267
Bruce Elliott The Back Room Richard Himber, a strange bar bet by Mystic Craig, idea by Paul Morris for Thompson's Double or Nothing, PuzzleInspired by The Phoenix 51-100 (Issue 68) 279
Bill Salisbury Bottle of Smoke whisky bottle filled with smoke, smoke has to be removed without touching the bottle Ireland's Yearbooks (Issue Yearbook 1944) 25
M. T. Coogan A Drop in the Bottle with a bottle, a cigarette and a paper loop The Phoenix 51-100 (Issue 84) 343
Laurie Ireland Betchas collection of bar bets, several reprints of the Phoenix Ireland's Yearbooks (Issue Yearbook 1945) 6
Bernard the Magician A Bar Bet names of states on 20$ bill Ireland's Yearbooks (Issue Yearbook 1946) 29
Harry Solomon Betcha coin appears in match box, then a losing bet is made The Phoenix 101-150 (Issue 142) 571
Al Baker Sugar Cube quickly unwrapping a sugar cube, bar bet The Phoenix 151-200 (Issue 152) 618
Bruce Elliott The Back Room on Roy Benson, the Jarrow dinner, Dr. Jaks and a bar bet by Ron Edwards The Phoenix 151-200 (Issue 153) 614
Unknown One Card Under The Other How to hold a card under a King on the table, without moving the King Tricks and Stunts With Playing Cards 12
Unknown Making a Card Invisible Challenge: make a card invisible to one person, but visible to everyone else Tricks and Stunts With Playing Cards 14
Unknown Standing A Card On Edge Tricks and Stunts With Playing Cards 15
Unknown Coin On Card Stunt Balance card and coin on finger, flick card out under the coin Tricks and Stunts With Playing Cards 16
Jack Yeager A Bar Gag finding the camel on a dollar bill Ireland's Yearbooks (Issue Yearbook 1949) 16
Hen Fetsch Magical Business - Buzz Watch (gag by Ed Heyel)
- Dad Betcha (tearing a paper in half 9 times)
- Plate Break (biting a plate)
- Candle Out (blowing a candle out through sleeve, gimmicked)
- Three Links (producing bottle from three linked rings)
Ireland's Yearbooks (Issue Yearbook 1949) 34
L. Vosburgh Lyons Lyons Den paper puzzle, solution on p. 833 The Phoenix 201 - 250 (Issue 207) 825
Hen Fetsch Betcha! - reading the date of a coin through a paper
- predicting the right card, gag (two versions)
- showing five kings in a deck
The Phoenix 201 - 250 (Issue 236) 944
Martin Gardner, "Chic" Schoke Easy Aces aces in the deck stay in the same order after spectator riffle shuffled the deck three times The Phoenix 201 - 250 (Issue 249) 997
John Scarne Scarne Puzzle logic puzzle, solution to puzzle from p. 1073 The Phoenix 251 - 300 (Issue 269) 1076
Unknown Bar Bet verbal trap The Phoenix 251 - 300 (Issue 291) 1165
Tom Fitzgerald Cute Coins eight-pointed star, coins have to be moved, puzzle, see also p. 48 and p. 52 The New Phoenix 301-348 (Issue 306) 22
Unknown Paris in the the Spring bar stunt, reading sentence, two times "the" The New Phoenix 301-348 (Issue 308) 32
John Howie Match Box Bet lifting the tray of a matchbox on its cover with only the first and fourth finger The New Phoenix 301-348 (Issue 314) 58
Karrell Fox A Sure Bet joke, coin transforms into match Kornfidentially Yours 13
Audley Walsh Box Office Math math question The New Phoenix 301-348 (Issue 341-2) 177
John Murray 20-16=7 match puzzle The New Phoenix 351-400 (Issue 352) 237
Max Malini The Inertia Trick glasses covered with a tray, on the tray are tubes with eggs, tray is knocked away and eggs fall into glass Malini and His Magic 40
Unknown Card Flip Bar Stunt The Pallbearers Review Vol. 1-4 (Vol. 1, No. 11) 57
Peter Alexis A Friendly Game betting game with dice, proposition betRelated to
  • p. 155 for George Henbeck comment
The Pallbearers Review Vol. 1-4 (Vol. 3, No. 1st Folio) 136
Karl Fulves The Compleat Gamester proposition bets
- Birthday Bet (see p. 292 for Mel Stover comment)
- Red And Black
- License Plate Poker
- Ace-Deuce-Jack Variations
- Black And White
- Coin Swindles
- 3-Card Poker
- Odds On Favorite
Related toVariations The Pallbearers Review Vol. 1-4 (Vol. 4, No. 9) 272
Martin Gardner The Compleat Gamester Addition red-black betting game with eight cardsInspired by The Pallbearers Review Vol. 5-8 (Vol. 5, No. 5) 324
Stewart James, Gene Gray A Match for Gravity watch and match tied to thread, over stick, see p. 337 for reference The Pallbearers Review Vol. 5-8 (Vol. 5, No. 6) 330
W. Mason Bet-A-Bill betting game, the last digit of which bill is highest The Pallbearers Review Vol. 5-8 (Vol. 6, No. 2) 387
Bradley Efron Las Vegas Dice non-transitive dice, also as packets of cards, see also p. 410 for idea by Stewart Olney The Pallbearers Review Vol. 5-8 (Vol. 6, No. 3) 393
Unknown Cigarette Puzzle bar bet Pabular (Vol. 1, No. 4) 49
Ken Brooke Coin Riddle bar betRelated to Pabular (Vol. 1, No. 4) 50
Unknown Wong How Was A Chinaman bar bet, one has to repeat exactly the actions of the performer Pabular (Vol. 1, No. 4) 50
Unknown Drinking Bar Bet performer bets, that he he drink three beers quicker than the other guy drinks three whiskies Pabular (Vol. 1, No. 4) 50
Unknown Drinking Bar Bet performer bets he can drink a measure of brandy from an unopened bottle Pabular (Vol. 1, No. 4) 51
Amedeo Vacca Balancing Dice Puzzle moisture Amedeo's Continental Magic 43
Unknown The Lira Swindle bar bet, short-change type swindle Amedeo's Continental Magic 93
Karl Fulves Step Right Up collection of proposition bets, see following entries The Pallbearers Review Vol. 9-10 (Vol. 9, No. 3) 700
Mel Stover Chess Bet see also p. 782 for additional information The Pallbearers Review Vol. 9-10 (Vol. 9, No. 3) 701
Martin Gardner Parity Bet eleven cards on table with one free section, sliding task for spectator as bet The Pallbearers Review Vol. 9-10 (Vol. 9, No. 3) 700
Ken Beale Odd/Even Bet play on words The Pallbearers Review Vol. 9-10 (Vol. 9, No. 3) 701
Unknown Checkerboard Bet tracing path in checkerboard The Pallbearers Review Vol. 9-10 (Vol. 9, No. 3) 701
Unknown The Nile River Bet does nile flow south or north, exploiting misprint The Pallbearers Review Vol. 9-10 (Vol. 9, No. 3) 701
Robert Connelly "Say Red" betting game whether next card is red The Pallbearers Review Vol. 9-10 (Vol. 9, No. 3) 702
Unknown Five Quick Bets see also p. 782 for credit information The Pallbearers Review Vol. 9-10 (Vol. 9, No. 3) 702
Karl Fulves A Dice Proposition The Pallbearers Review Vol. 9-10 (Vol. 9, No. 3) 702
Robert E. Neale A Trick with Sandpaper two pieces of sandpaper are folded together, performer can pull them apart but spectator cannot
- Thumb Variation
- Lock Position
- Warnings
The Pallbearers Review Vol. 9-10 (Vol. 9, No. 12) 811
Fred Robinson Edge Spinners bar bets and flourishes with coins
- Finger Flicker, coin spinning
- Thumb It, coin spinning with two hands
- Tri-Van, sleeving technique while coin spins
- Bottoms Up, coin spins on reversed tumbler
- Nicked, how to hear on which side a coin lands on
- Off Balance, coin lands always on the same side
- Smash and Grab, spun coin vanishes by hitting a match box on it
- For Two Pins, coin spins held by two pins
- Skittled, coin is knocked over with an other coin
Pabular (Vol. 1, No. 9) 106
Karl Fulves Psychik Dice rolling an eight and six with two dice before two sevens, odds apparently beaten, see also p. 926 The Pallbearers Review Vol. 9-10 (Vol. 10, No. Close-Up Folio #5) 930
Fred Robinson, Bob Hamilton Where There's Smoke - bar bet with a match box
- matchbox and coin, divine if heads or tails, stooge
- match in hand, matchbox balanced on back of the hand, box is tossed and match ignited
- remove flame from lighter to light cigarette, gag
Pabular (Vol. 4, No. 10) 588
Karl Fulves Pluto Bet bet regarding what's the planet furthest from the sun The Chronicles (Issue 15) 1210
Kurt A. Christoff Petals around the Rose roll of five dice is assigned a value, the puzzle is to find the rule, originally from "Mathematics Teacher"Variations Interlocutor (Issue 39) 154
Al Smith, Arthur Day, Fred Snooks Fumdubulators - producing false teeth and a skull
- floating crisp
- producing a potato from a crisp bag (Arthur day)
- Irish Key Ring, key ring on false end of a key, gag (Arthur Day)
- bar bet with matchbox (Fred Snooks)
Pabular (Vol. 6, No. 4) 836
Bob Hummer Latest Miser's Dream Gag verbal ambiguity, getting spectator's money (1944) Bob Hummer's Collected Secrets 24
Karl Fulves Digital Dollars over the phone game, to win highest value billRelated toVariations Bob Hummer's Collected Secrets 68
Karl Fulves ESP and Dice con bet with dice rolls Origins 16
Unknown Coasters betting game with Ace through 7 or seven numbered coaster Octet 47
Father Cyprian Knockout Poker spectator shuffles and gives half the cards to performer, both construct strong poker hand, performer wins Octet 54
Karl Fulves Notes on Knockout spectator shuffles and gives half the cards to performer, both construct strong poker hand, performer winsInspired by Octet 55
Unknown 17. World's Strongest? lifting a matchbox with two fingers on a cigarette box, first and little finger Self-Working Table Magic 19
Unknown 18. Who Pays the Bills? bar bet, matches broken in half, one who takes the last one has to pay, favorite of Nate Leipzig Self-Working Table Magic 20
Unknown 22. Dice Catch two dice held outside of a cup, puzzle throwing both dice inside with one hand Self-Working Table Magic 26
Unknown 23. Controlled Dice Shot betting that with two dice most of the times a one or a six is thrownRelated to Self-Working Table Magic 27
Unknown 26. The New Dropout three dice held between two fingers, dropping only the center one Self-Working Table Magic 30
Unknown 36. The Great Bottle Mystery cigarette balanced on a paper ring which stand on a bottle, ring has to be taken away so cigarette falls into bottle Self-Working Table Magic 47
Unknown 38. Strong Man Stunt rolled up napkin can only be torn apart by performer Self-Working Table Magic 48
Alex Elmsley 54. Twister performer twist rubber band and spectator holds it, he cannot untwist itAlso published here Self-Working Table Magic 67
Unknown 57. Bet a Band rubber band on finger which is held by spectator is freed, as a bar bet Self-Working Table Magic 70
Neal Thomas 62. Strange Interlude rubber band configuration between fingersAlso published here Self-Working Table Magic 75
Unknown 66. The Knot Paradox knot in handkerchief without letting go of the ends Self-Working Table Magic 80
Unknown 67. The Second Paradox knot in handkerchief without letting go of the ends, without table Self-Working Table Magic 81
Karl Fulves 86. Quick Release quickly unlink safety ins as a bar bet Self-Working Table Magic 108
Sam Lloyd 89. Buttonholed pen with looped string through button hole, puzzle Self-Working Table Magic 112
Karl Fulves 90. Loophole Logic pen with looped string through handle of mug, puzzle Self-Working Table Magic 114
G. W. Hunter 91. The Snapper snapper with cap and pen Self-Working Table Magic 114
Unknown 92. The Hands Only pen clipped between thumbs is twisted in other position which is impossible to duplicate Self-Working Table Magic 115
Unknown The Unreachable Matchbox No. 79 chalk line, matchbox cannot be reached 101 Psychic Tests 22
Karl Fulves Catch Q's two catch questionsRelated to Interlocutor (Issue 47) 193
Karl Fulves Betcha adding digits on coin Interlocutor (Issue 48) 211
Karl Fulves Catch Questions twenty-six questionsRelated to Interlocutor (Issue 52) 265
Karl Fulves The Dome con game in which Aces are dealt and if first two are of different color, player wins Blocking Off 114
Pat Hennessy, Dai Vernon Dai's Wager dice bet with odds in performer's favorRelated to Virtual Foolery 14
Steve Beam Nectar of the Cups humorous bar bet routine, with cups and balls The Trapdoor - Volume Three (Issue 70) 1478
Karl Fulves Counterfeat spectator removes any card from shuffled deck, performer removes full house and bets that spectator cannot beat him with straight flush that includes his cardRelated to Clockwork 9
Karl Fulves Counterfeit credits for "Counterfeat" betting game in which spectator and performer construct poker hand from face-up spreadRelated to Clockwork 65
Fred Robinson The Coin Con bar bet The Magic of Fred Robinson 240
Unknown Bar Bet probability bet Secret Agenda (Issue Oct 8) 300
Unknown Another Bar Bet coin removed from underneath object Secret Agenda (Issue Oct 9) 301
Roberto Giobbi Betchas routining betachs and using real money Hidden Agenda (Issue Feb 9) 44
Unknown Knot in Rope Bar Stunt Hidden Agenda (Issue May 29) 153
Unknown Yet Another Bar Bet liquid in conical glasses Hidden Agenda (Issue July 21) 209
Noah Wu Dice Stacking Tips on dice stacking plus two bar bets with dice The Ace Assembly All-Star Lecture Notes 16