Written by Martin Gardner

Work of Various

19 pages (Stapled), published by Louis Tannen
Illustrated with drawings by Nelson Hahne.
Language: English

(31 entries)


Creators Title Comments & References Page Categories
Martin Gardner Introduction 3
Unknown The Curious Fold bill folded and unfolded, then it is upside down 5
Dave Price, Unknown Naming the Date on a Borrowed Bill bills had certain years on them 5
Martin Gardner Four Piles and a Dollar Bill spectator deals pile into four piles, the values on top form the year on the bill 6
Unknown The Unreversed Word words "choice quality" on Camel cigarette cases held in mirror, one remains readableAlso published here
  • "Ten After Dinner Tricks" (Harlan Tarbell)
Sam Berman Biting the Cigarette lit cigarette produced from mouth, secretly bitten into two 7
Unknown The Magic Inhale no smoke comes from mouth after inhaling 7
Unknown Coin Through the Plate marked coin wrapped in paper and put on plate, plate on glass, paper burned, coin falls into glass 7
Joe Berg Vanishing Coin sleeving technique to be used when sitting 8
Matt Schulien, Dorny Testing a Half Dollar gag, glass hammered onto coin 8
Martin Gardner Lighting a Match Twice multiple methods 8
Paul LePaul Color Changing Heads 9
Fred DeMuth Folder Mathematics spectator tears out matches, number of matches divinedAlso published here 10
Unknown Match Folder Wager bet that spectator cannot light twenty matches in a row with one strike 10
J. B. Ward Shooting the Match match and match box configuration on table, one match leaning against another shoots away 11
Unknown The Nazi Cross gag 11
Martin Gardner Japanese Paper Bird bird fold that flaps its wings, application with flash paper and coin appearing from bird or traveling in birdInspired by
  • "Houdini's Paper Magic" (p. 117)
Related to
  • "Scientific Recreations" (Tissandier, 1881, French work)
Unknown Vanishing Coffee Steam steam suddenly stops 12
Unknown Tapping Table Objects spectator thinks of one of seven objects, performer taps them while spectator spells silently, at end of word performer taps thought-of object, progressive anagramAlso published here
  • "New Magician's Manual" (Walter Gibson)
Unknown Travelling Fountain Pen traveling from performer's inner pocket to a spectator's pocket, stooge 13
Laurie Ireland Table Knife Through Body knife wrapped up in napkin penetrates body 13
Bob Hummer Breaking the Spoon spoon apparently broken vanishes 14
Unknown Bending the Spoon against table, optical illusion gag, done for real as gag 14
Unknown Swallowing the Knife optional reappearance from a stooge's sleeve 14
Unknown Spoon to Knife spoon wrapped up in napkin changes into knife 15
Dorny The Musical Knife knife makes sound, gag finish 16
Unknown The Vanishing Spoon sleeving off the table 16
Unknown Character Reading from the Teeth verbal gag in which spectators must bite onto napkin 16
Unknown Improvised Brassiere folding brassiere out of napkinAlso published here 17
Unknown The Invisible Hair napkin or handkerchief animates as if drawn by invisible hair 17
Martin Gardner The Vanishing Salt Shaker covered with napkin, optional transformation into pepper shaker instead of vanish 18