175 entries in Match & Matchbox / Matchbox/Matchbook
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Unknown To Exchange the Ring or Rings - ring placed on finger and dropped in glass, sleight-of-hand
- ring slid on wand switched on way to stage
- matchbox to steal out ring
Later Magic 189
Buatier de Kolta Production from a Match-Box Later Magic 222
Joseph Michael Hartz Contrivances for "Passing Off" getting borrowed items behind stage
- The Hartz Bottle
- The Hartz Matchbox
Also published here Later Magic 49
Joseph Michael Hartz Contrivances for "Passing Off" getting borrowed items behind stage
- The Hartz Bottle
- The Hartz Matchbox
Also published here Magical Titbits 202
Tom Sellers Escapo match through matchbox Tricks That Work 3
Oswald Rae Box of Matches and Silk silk appears then it changes places with matches in a matchbox More Practical Patter 17
Oswald Rae Cigarette Production miser's dream with cigarettes and a hat, finally a matchbox is produced More Practical Patter 34
Tom Sellers The Cut Tape and Match Box Sellers' Secrets 7
Tom Sellers The Phantom Domino domino vanishes from match box Sellers' Secrets 12
Lu Brent A Match Box Melange Dollar bill vanishes, travels to matchbox that was previously full of matches (matches have vanished, leaving only the bill) Novel Magic 11
Lu Brent He Watches the Matches Three matchboxes, one full two empty. Matchbox monte routine, ending is all three boxes are empty (rattle box) Novel Magic 13
Lu Brent The Traveling Cigarettes and Matches Matchbox and cigarette pack covered with cardboard covers, repeatedly change places Novel Magic 17
Fred DeMuth A Divination with Matches number of remaining matches divined, see page 99 for improvement by Herbert R. HoodAlso published here The Jinx 1-50 (Issue 11) 55
Edward Victor A Novel Matchbox Transposition content in matchboxes Magic of the Hands 115
Edward Victor A Useful "Tip" gaffed matchbox, for back palming it, angles are improved Magic of the Hands 117
Al Saal Silks and Matches silk and matches in match box transpose Greater Magic 596
Unknown Three Useful Wrinkles - With a Matchbox as memory aid Greater Magic 834
Minoe Matchless Pocket Trick two matchboxes in borrowed hat, one of them vanishes and travels to another hat The Jinx 51-100 (Issue 73) 492
Howard Warringer Hoo-Matchpac manipulation idea with matchbook Chap's Scrapbook (Vol. 2, No. 5) 4
Frank Chapman, Jack Keyes Picture of a Prophecy matches in matchbook vanish and name of selection appears written inside Chap's Scrapbook (Vol. 1, No. 8) 3
Joseph Ovette Match-Ic Manipulation five matches vanish and appear in matchbox Chap's Scrapbook (Vol. 2, No. 8) 3
Unknown Matches to Silk The Jinx 101-151 (Issue 123) 717
Fred DeMuth Folder Mathematics spectator tears out matches, number of matches divinedAlso published here After the Dessert 10
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
Al O'Hagan Allow Me matchbook opens and a match stands up on it's own The Phoenix 51-100 (Issue 51) 210
Verne Chesbro, James G. Thompson Jr. Popper Upper match on business card covered by matchbook, penetrates it twice, match vanishes in the endRelated toVariations The Phoenix 1-50 (Issue 43) 176
Wilbur Nesbitt The Match Box Die Box idea Ireland's Yearbooks (Issue Yearbook 1943) 32
John Batton Striking Experiment matchbook put in water, matches can still be ignited Hugard's Magic Monthly - Volumes I, II, III and IV (Vol. 1, No. 1) 3
Bruce Elliott Back To Back coin appears between two matchbooks The Phoenix 51-100 (Issue 52) 215
Thayer Matchless steel ball through filled match box, angles The Phoenix 51-100 (Issue 71) 288
Theodore DeLand Home Made Magic gaffed matchbox, slide turns 180°, matches fall out The Phoenix 51-100 (Issue 71) 289
Will Goldston Diminuendo matchbox shrinks twice The Phoenix 51-100 (Issue 71) 290
Milbourne Christopher, Bob Hummer Under Cover ideas with a matchbook, as an ambush for a list, for a shiner, to pick up daub, picking up a coinAlso published here The Phoenix 51-100 (Issue 53) 218
LeRoy E. Larson Matchbook Hook transforming a matchbook so it can be used like a hooked coin Hugard's Magic Monthly - Volumes I, II, III and IV (Vol. 1, No. 11) 46
Unknown Card Force with Matchbox big matchbox, card force Miracles in Mentalism and Psychic Experimentation 26
Milbourne Christopher An Oldie with a New Twist coin travels into empty matchbox The Phoenix 51-100 (Issue 92) 374
Ray H. Cason Cigarette Pack to Match Box Ireland's Yearbooks (Issue Yearbook 1945) 33
Harold Rasmus The Crystal Flame spectators name selected cards by looking at flame of a match Ireland's Yearbooks (Issue Yearbook 1946) 19
Bruce Elliott Match? match book refills The Phoenix 101-150 (Issue 139) 559
George B. Anderson "Easy Money" Mindreading matchbook and carbon paper It Must Be Mindreading 9
Robert Lund A Story Goes With It one of four match boxes is predicted The Phoenix 151-200 (Issue 186) 744
Jack Yeager As the Penny Flies matchbook as a tray, penny travels to other pennies Ireland's Yearbooks (Issue Yearbook 1949) 26
Martin Gardner, Bill Simon It's a Natural No. 11, Spectator tears out matches from matchbook, performer uses number of matches to select card from seven-card packet, which is correctly predictedVariationsAlso published here Scarne on Card Tricks 23
Robert Lund Lucifers! several spectators get different books of matches to hold, they turn out to be all the same The Phoenix 201 - 250 (Issue 205) 820
Bruce Elliott Full! empty matchbook turns into a full one The Phoenix 201 - 250 (Issue 209) 836
Bill Nord Hairy Flare moving match box, with burning match The Phoenix 201 - 250 (Issue 211) 842
Robert Lund Levencenter dime is put in matchbook and does not fall out The Phoenix 201 - 250 (Issue 213) 853
John Murray Murray's Muse matchbook gag The Phoenix 201 - 250 (Issue 223) 893
Don Alan You Have Wax in Your Match Box matchbox to obtain wax, daub etc. Close-Up Time wit Don Alan 10
Walter Essman Matchic match book with two matches, match is broken and restored, then burnt and new again, the second match is found burnt in the match book eventually The Phoenix 251 - 300 (Issue 255) 1018
Unknown Empty Matchbox Subtlety Technique to show matchbox empty; wedge mini card above drawer "Come a little closer..." 28
Ted Danson The Seance Card Trick Mini card matching selection appears in previously empty matchbox "Come a little closer..." 27
Bruce Elliott The Die is Cast invisible die is thrown and outcome predicted with a matchbox, see p. 1185 for additional ideas by Frank HuckVariations The Phoenix 251 - 300 (Issue 292) 1166
James F. Herpick Cork Tip, Please matchbox with hole, cigarette is pushed through, cigarette ends up bent in matchbox The New Phoenix 301-348 (Issue 301) 3
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 They're All Aces - Take a Card any card ideas and gags
- Old Money (bill with beard)
- Bedroom Eyes (beds on glasses)
- Genii Weenie (hot dog from Aladin lamp)
- Bounced (rubber check joke)
- Candelabra (original way to light three matches on a matchbook)
- Nose Nonsense (spoon on nose gag)
- Fan Fun (fan gag)
The New Phoenix 301-348 (Issue 311) 42
Blackstar Mystic Match Box rippon penetrates matchbox, three methods Tarbell Course in Magic - Volume 6 119
James G. Thompson Jr. Matchbook Switch Top Secrets of Magic 46
James G. Thompson Jr., Verne Chesbro, William H. McCaffrey, Gerald Kosky Strike One longer routine with matchbooks and matches, matchbook appears, match penetrates card, color of head change color, paddle routine, prediction of amount of matches and eventually matches transform into saltRelated to Top Secrets of Magic 44
Louis Jaeger Match Book Divination imaginary die is thrown, number revealed with matchbookInspired by The New Phoenix 301-348 (Issue 341-2) 177
Will Dexter (11) The Billet Switch (The Matchbox Switch - by Will Dexter) switching the billet in the action of burning it Billets 180
U. F. Grant Rise a matchbox on table stand up by itselfRelated to
  • Hugard's Magic Monthly 1954, Walter Price
The New Phoenix 351-400 (Issue 351) 233
Ralph Greenwood Balancing Glass on Book of Matches The New Phoenix 351-400 (Issue 356) 254
Paul Marcus More Natural Spectator tears out matches from matchbook, performer uses number of matches to select card from seven-card packet, which is correctly predictedInspired by The New Phoenix 351-400 (Issue 360) 268
Stewart Judah The Coins and the Matchbooks coins travel around underneath matchbooks The New Modern Coin Magic 452
Alan Alan Acrobatic Matchbox drawer rises and springs out, thread The Art of Close-Up Magic - Volume 1 166
Dennis Patten Peep-O word divination, written on a paper covered with the drawer of a matchbox The Art of Close-Up Magic - Volume 1 181
Arthur Setterington Push Through coin through matchbox Stranger Mysteries 7
Arthur Setterington Matchless Penetration empty matchbox penetrates handkerchief, when opened, it's full of matches Stranger Mysteries 8
Bento Sympathetic Matches two paddles, name appears, four matches from a matchbook separately on a handkerchief join in one corner with the paddle as cover, the matches are placed in a stand and are covered, they vanish and reappear in the matchbook The Art of Close-Up Magic - Volume 1 127
Arthur Setterington Watch the Box two matchboxes filled with matches and an empty one are stacked in a tube, the empty one travels to the top middle and bottom of the stack The Joe Smith Mysteries 13
Hans G. Stumpf, George Leitmayr Match Sword Box coin in matchbox is penetrated by six matches The Art of Close-Up Magic - Volume 2 91
Aaron Wainer Matchbox & Die chosen number from 1 to 6 predicted in matchboxRelated to The Pallbearers Review Vol. 1-4 (Vol. 4, No. 3) 235
Alfred Zorn The X-Ray Match-Box bill is folded and cicled with rubber band then put in matchbox, serial number reading Entertaining Mental Miracles 7
Harvey Rosenthal Match Go matches travel from one matchbook to another, see p. 415 for credit informationRelated to
  • The Gen (June 1961)
The Pallbearers Review Vol. 5-8 (Vol. 6, No. 4th Folio) 379
Audley Walsh Three Card Monte one card is marked with matchbook or paper clip Tarbell Course in Magic - Volume 7 67
Arthur Setterington 20th Century Matchboxes several matchboxes, matches from one matchbox travel into an empty matchbox Straight Line Mysteries 40
Karl Norman Smoker's Interludes: I. Magnetic Matches cigarette clings to matchbook Close-up Cavalcade 50
Charlie Miller Match Maneuvers signed napkin transposes with matches in matchbox (first in Magick #2 & #11) Close-up Cavalcade 107
Arthur Emerson Match Weight four matchbooks, spectator removes a match from one, performer divines it, then matches vanish from a matchbooks Close-up Cavalcade 161
Unknown La Cerilla Viajera match travels back in matchbook, attached to other matches Aprenda Ud. Magia 23
Juan Tamariz Papel de Seda que resurge de sus Cenizas burnt and restored piece of paper Aprenda Ud. Magia 64
Karl Fulves Sleight of Crime four coins in four matchboxes, spectator secretly removes on coin and mixes the matchboxes, a match is light and goes out in front of the empty box, then the date of the coin is revealed Close-Up Mental Magic 36
Amedeo Vacca Acrobatic Matchbox longer routine Amedeo's Continental Magic 47
Amedeo Vacca Something from Nothing pantomime cigarette, rolling imaginary cigarette, it becomes visible, using match book Amedeo's Continental Magic 98
Barry Govan, Graham Etherington Match Card 2 Full matchbook is shown, a card is selected, and only an amount of matches remain corresponding to the value of the chosen card Pabular (Vol. 2, No. 4) 189
Unknown, Alex Elmsley, Tony Faro, Ed Schuman Festive Fun a coin puzzle by Alex Elmsley and by Tony Faro, logic puzzles, making smoke powder by burning a striking surface, match problems by Tony Faro, medium card revelation, a number puzzle by Ed Schuman and how to stick a bottle on a wall
Pabular (Vol. 2, No. 4) 192
Unknown Madcap Matchbox acrobatic matchbox, thread Another Close-up Cavalcade 89
Stewart Judah Penta-Match match on business card covered by matchbook, penetrates itInspired by The Pallbearers Review Vol. 9-10 (Vol. 10, No. 10th Folio (Part Two)) 853
Jan Torell The Acrobatic Match-Box stands up on stretched out palm and lid opens Magic by Jan Torell 29
Jock Crombie A Gag From Crombo lighter gag Pabular (Vol. 2, No. 11) 280
Slydini First Routine packet of matches vanishes and is reproduced via imp pass, any object possible The Best of Slydini ...and More 45
Al Mann Test by Fire match box impression device, carbon Mental-Ettes 7
Karl Fulves Fadeaway coin on table covered with playing card, coin vanishes
- Fade-Away I
- Fade Away III
- Fade Away IV
- Fade Away V
Variations The Pallbearers Review Vol. 9-10 (Vol. 10, No. Close-Up Folio #5) 931
Warren Stephens Matchless matches appear in empty matchbook Close-up Cavalcade Finale 83
Bengt Nilsson, Allan Lambie Everything Happens to Ken Miller routine with cigarettes and money
(1) Brand-Changing Cigarette Packet
(2) Rising Cigarette
(3) Cigarette Packet to Banknote (Allan Lambie)
(4) Banknote to Matches
(5) Coin from Banknote
Continuous Cigarette Production 15
Richard Chiswell Coin Transformation copper silver, in the end a match book appears Pabular (Vol. 4, No. 8) 557
Fred Robinson Where There's Smoke - pipe grows
- lighted end of cigarette put on handkerchief, which is spread on the palm, it does not burn
- making smoke powder with a matchbox
Pabular (Vol. 4, No. 9) 576
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
Karrell Fox, Fred Robinson, Martin Breese, Fred Snooks Where There's Smoke - smoking thumb, by inhaling smoke of a match (sent in by Martin Breese)
- smoke a matchbox
- split a burning match to give fire
- extinguish a match by blowing in the opposite sleeve, paper match (Karrel Fox)
- joke, matches and water (Fred Snooks)
Pabular (Vol. 4, No. 11) 603
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 Graphite Matchbox Daub idea for preparing a matchbox to access daub at all timesAlso published here Bob Hummer's Collected Secrets 2
Karl Fulves Murder in a Matchbox three match boxes, performer's back is turned and a small gun, a bill and a die are put in boxes, performer knows which object is where and what side is on top of the die Bob Hummer's Collected Secrets 69
Paul Harris Heart Burn corner of card stroken on match-book, ignites and burns Close-up Fantasies Finalé 99
Unknown World's Strongest? No. 17, lifting a matchbox with two fingers on a cigarette box, first and little finger Self-Working Table Magic 19
Bob Ostin Demonology signed card ends up with a burnt corner, name of card appears in a flash on tissue paper Spell-Binder (Vol. 1, No. 1) 6
Stephen Tucker Steel Tray tray stolen from matchbox, as gag or trick Spell-Binder (Vol. 1, No. 7) 127
Stephen Tucker Domino Match two dice put in match box, numbers are predicted with domino Spell-Binder (Vol. 1, No. 5) 85
Karl Fulves Zombie Match book of matches rises behind a handkerchief and floats, in the end one of the matches lights spontaneously Wireless II 38
Russ Burns Four the Hard Way using 2 matchbooks Apocalypse Vol. 6-10 (Vol. 6, No. 10) 834
John Carney Card in Matchbox lighter changes to matchbox into which the selected card ends up (uses duplicate) Carney Knowledge 27
John Carney Straightforward Card in Balloon impromptu, balloon bursts in contact with hot matchVariations Carney Knowledge 30
Mark Weston Repeat Burned Match lit match reappears in match book Pabular (Vol. 7, No. 10) 1116
Unknown 'Spirit' Noise Maker No. 30, matchbox makes noise when it's liftet from table 101 Psychic Tests 9
Unknown The Unreachable Matchbox No. 79 chalk line, matchbox cannot be reached 101 Psychic Tests 22
Michael Ammar Yeast Card ambitious card with card to match book finale, folded Encore III 24
Tom Craven The Match miniature card of selection is found in matchbox The Trapdoor - Volume One (Issue 15) 254
Eugene Burger The Animated Matchbox "magic along the way", thread The Performance of Close-Up Magic 70
David Harkey Match-Mate matchbox is removed from its sleeve, the two parts visually reunite Epoptica (Issue 12) 569
William Goodwin Psychic Matchbooks name written on flap of one of several matchbooks, matchbook and name divined Lecture 1988 11
Christoph Borer 4. Der geschickte Zauberer matchbox is thrown into the air and match is litAlso published here Seminarheft 8
Christoph Borer Tüchlein, Du musst wandern handkerchief vanishes in a pyro flash and appears in matchbox, gaffed matchboxAlso published here Seminarheft 12
David Britland Hell Fire match box closes by itself, elastic thread loop Card Kinetics 33
Karl Fulves, Don Nielsen Outboxed coin through table upwards into matchbox, also as coin through ceiling downwards Money Moves 25
Simon Lovell Chinese Ring in Rat Borrowed ring to matchbox, but has long racist interlude where magician wears fake teeth, pretends to be Chinese and speaks in a stereotypical accent and bad English in order to produce a rat Close Up Magic To Tapdance To 113
Christoph Borer 3. Der Geschickte Zauberer matchbox is thrown into the air and match is litAlso published here Seminarheft 22
Michael Rubinstein Firefly matchbox passed through hand, cover vanishes, later cover penetrates hand Spectacle 119
Jay Sankey Maaatchbox drawer of matchbox is stretched 100% Sankey 32
Ken Krenzel The Matchbook Dervish matchbook moves on hand, impromptu Close-up Impact! 25
Dan Harlan Spread 'Em matchbook with four matches, matches are piled up and then spread still attached to the matchbook The Minotaur (Vol. 2, No. 1) 8
Dan Harlan Under Covers name of card appears in matchbook, Himber matchbook The Minotaur (Vol. 2, No. 3) 9
Alan Alan Matchplay Matches disappear and reappear in pocketVariations Apocalypse Vol. 11-15 (Vol. 14, No. 7) 1947
John Carney Suicide Match matchbox opens itself and match slides out Carneycopia 128
Michael Weber Inside Matchic signed matchbook turns inside out Square One 9
Michael Weber Knot the Truth knot in rubberband divines selected matchbook, animation Life Savers 54
Michael Weber Moxie monte with match boxes, one is filled, in the end the game is only played with two boxes, matches appear in box which was put away before Related to Life Savers 44
Michael Weber Flame Thrower improvised flash divice, flame thrower Life Savers 92
Michael Weber Undercover Transposition signed bill transpose with paper matches and is stapled to its cover Life Savers 96
Keith Walker The Elusive Penny several coins, penny penetrates lid of matchbox, then travel to second lid The Minotaur (Vol. 3, No. 3) 10
Reinhard Müller Apocalypse Variations Or Additions Inspired by Apocalypse Vol. 11-15 (Vol. 15, No. 3) 2049
Tomo Maeda Match Transposition match is torn out of matchbook and lit, it transposes with all the unlit matches in the matchbook Five Times Five - Japan 39
Ken Kuroki Illusion Box two matches are left in matchbook, their positions change... Five Times Five - Japan 60
Michael Weber Match Cutie Gizmo match put in bottle and covered with a bill and a matchbook, bottle can be lifted and bill removed, bottle clings to matchbookRelated to
  • Al O'Hagan's "Al-Levito"
The Minotaur (Vol. 4, No. 3) 10
Michael Close Bloom On Your Hand matchbook cover stands on edge (I.T.R.), match animation Workers Number 4 32
Karl Norman Matchbox Routine variaton of the "sympathetic matchboxes", climax: Ribbon through Steelplate 40 Years at the Forks 57
Martin Gardner Self-Suspending Matches without pre-wedged broken match Arcane (Issue 14) 200
Marc Paul, Anthony Owen Matchmaker two signed matches travel back in the hand, then they fuse together The Minotaur (Vol. 7, No. 1) 1
Tommy Wonder Fifty Percent Lighter lighter to matchbox The Books of Wonder - Volume 2 26
Paul Harris Heartburn corner of card stroken on match-book, ignites and burns The Art of Astonishment - Book 3 (Issue Close-up Fantasies Finale) 65
Michael Close The Unreality Machine matchbook transforms into folded piece of paper Workers Number 5 103
James Swain Matchbox Switch Miracles with Cards 25
Andreas Affeldt, Helge Thun Loading method for Bombshell (Matchbox) under cover of the jacket The Book 64
Helge Thun Loading method for Bombshell (Matchbox) impromptu The Book 65
Helge Thun Loading method for Bombshell (Matchbox) impromptu, divided into several steps The Book 66
Joshua Jay Matchbox Restoration Matchbox gimmick used to restore torn card, vanish, produce or shrink a cardAlso published here A Teen's Routines 42
Richard Osterlind Puff Pasteboard miniature duplicate of selected card inside matchbook, cigarette transforms into selection (pull) Dynamic Mysteries 23
Joshua Jay A Striking Appearance Matchbox contains only one match. Match is lit and waved over fist, magician produces fistful of matches Magic Atlas 28
Joshua Jay Matchbox Restoration Matchbox gimmick used to restore torn card, vanish, produce or shrink a cardAlso published here Magic Atlas 119
David Regal Got a Light? Two matchboxes perform a series of animations, drawers open and close by themselves, thread hook-up Close-Up & Personal 73
Christoph Borer, Michel Gammenthaler Boga-Boga matchbox is thrown in the air and a match is litAlso published here Anam Cara 23
Ron Bauer The Bauer Befuddler "Presentation Four", bill changes into mis-made bill and inverted bill, using matchbox Bar Bill Stunt 20
David Regal Speed of Light box of matches jumps from one hand to the other Constant Fooling 1 226
Ray Kosby Mismatched matchbook turns inside out Penumbra (Issue 2) 3
Michael Weber Don't Judge a blank matchbook is magically printed Penumbra (Issue 2) 6
Michael Weber Internal Script spectator's initals jump from the outside of a matchbook to inside Penumbra (Issue 2) 6
Daniel Garcia No Smoking Unburnt match reattaches onto matchbook filled with burnt matches, smoke produced from mouth Next 2
Christoph Borer, Michel Gammenthaler Boga-Boga matchbox is thrown in the air and a match is litAlso published here Anam Cara auf Zirkeltour 2002 12
David Ben Matchless Psychometry spectators write phone numbers inside matchboxes, performer returns each to spectator Tricks 113
Jay Sankey A Match By Any Other Name... Lit match used to set all the matches in a matchbook on fire. Original match is restored, and then whole matchbook is restored to original condition Twenty Years Of Magic (Issue Memorable Images) 11
David Acer Unflappable Torn and restored matchbook Random Acts of Magic 205
Wesley James Matchbox Switch Enchantments 330
Christoph Borer, Michel Gammenthaler Boga-Boga matchbox is thrown in the air and a match is litAlso published here Compilation 24
Christoph Borer Tüchlein, Du musst wandern handkerchief vanishes in a pyro flash and appears in matchbox, gaffed matchboxAlso published here Compilation 43
Christoph Borer 3. Der geschickte Zauberer matchbox is thrown into the air and match is litAlso published here Compilation 159
Tom Stone Matchbox Calculator writing on matchbox changes Vortex 73