later Holden edition used
Written by Martin Gardner
Work of Various
19 pages (Stapled), published by Louis Tannen
Illustrated with drawings by Nelson Hahne
Language: English
31 entries
Cover photograph
Creators Title Comments & References Page Categories
Martin Gardner Introduction
The Curious Fold bill folded and unfolded, then it is upside down
Dave Price, Naming the Date on a Borrowed Bill bills had certain years on them
Martin Gardner Four Piles and a Dollar Bill spectator deals pile into four piles, the values on top form the year on the bill
The Unreversed Word words "choice quality" on Camel cigarette cases held in mirror, one remains readable
Also published here
  • "Ten After Dinner Tricks" (Harlan Tarbell)
Sam Berman Biting the Cigarette lit cigarette produced from mouth, secretly bitten into two
The Magic Inhale no smoke comes from mouth after inhaling
Coin Through the Plate marked coin wrapped in paper and put on plate, plate on glass, paper burned, coin falls into glass
Joe Berg Vanishing Coin sleeving technique to be used when sitting
Also published here 8
Matt Schulien, Dorny Testing a Half Dollar gag, glass hammered onto coin
Also published here 8
Martin Gardner Lighting a Match Twice multiple methods
Martin Gardner Color Changing Heads
Also published here 9
Fred DeMuth Folder Mathematics spectator tears out matches, number of matches divined
Also published here 10
Match Folder Wager bet that spectator cannot light twenty matches in a row with one strike
J. B. Ward Shooting the Match match and match box configuration on table, one match leaning against another shoots away
The Nazi Cross gag
Martin Gardner Japanese Paper Bird bird fold that flaps its wings, application with flash paper and coin appearing from bird or traveling in bird
Inspired by
  • "Houdini's Paper Magic" (p. 117)
Related to
  • "Scientific Recreations" (Tissandier, 1881, French work)
Vanishing Coffee Steam steam suddenly stops
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
Also published here 12
Travelling Fountain Pen traveling from performer's inner pocket to a spectator's pocket, stooge
Laurie Ireland Table Knife Through Body knife wrapped up in napkin penetrates body
Bob Hummer Breaking the Spoon spoon apparently broken vanishes
Also published here 14
Bending the Spoon against table, optical illusion gag, done for real as gag
Swallowing the Knife optional reappearance from a stooge's sleeve
Spoon to Knife spoon wrapped up in napkin changes into knife
Variations 15
Dorny The Musical Knife knife makes sound, gag finish
The Vanishing Spoon sleeving off the table
Character Reading from the Teeth verbal gag in which spectators must bite onto napkin
Also published here 16
Improvised Brassiere folding brassiere out of napkin
Related toAlso published here 17
The Invisible Hair napkin or handkerchief animates as if drawn by invisible hair
Martin Gardner The Vanishing Salt Shaker covered with napkin, optional transformation into pepper shaker instead of vanish
Data entered by Denis Behr, August 2017.