Edited by Bruce Elliott, until issue 72, 1944, together with Walter B. Gibson.
Written by Bruce Elliott, Walter B. Gibson
Work of Various
207 pages (Hardcover), published by unknown publisher
Illustrated with drawings
Language: English
1,555 entries
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Walter B. Gibson Pay Off spectator deals half the deck and tries to separate red and black, you predict the relations of the cards to the other half, two phases
Related toAlso published here 1 Jan. 1942 1
Bruce Elliott New Finger! Finger! performer divines amount of fingers two person hold up, with his back turned
Also published here 1 Jan. 1942 2
Bruce Elliott Grade-A-Vanish milk vanishes from glass, covered with a cardbord cylinder, see p. 8 for further idea with beer
1 Jan. 1942 2
Walter B. Gibson Mind Over Money memorizing the serial number of a bill and other ideas about quickly memorizing things on a bill
1 Jan. 1942 3
Bruce Elliott The Back Room on a telephone gag, Blackstone, John Brandon and Russell Swann performing, Jarrow's "Rope Magic" controversy
1 Jan. 1942 4
Bruce Elliott Hard Boiled Miracle nickel vanishes and travels into chosen hard boiled egg
2 Feb. 1942 5
Phoenix Jr. (reviewer) The Blackstone Show by Harry Blackstone 2 Feb. 1942 6
Walter B. Gibson Lost in the Shuffle medium reveals three cards, pocket writing on playing card
Variations 2 Feb. 1942 6
Walter B. Gibson Clip Color four different colored cards are cut into different amount of pieces and sealed in envelopes, chosen color is spelled and found
Also published here 2 Feb. 1942 7
Bruce Elliott The Back Room on the film version of Clayton Rawson "Miracles for Sale", Blackstone, Carlyle
2 Feb. 1942 8
Clayton Rawson Scrambled Thoughtwaves two cards are selected and deck put into pocket, cards transform into the thoughts of the spectator's (stripper, famous actor etc.) cards are eventually found and deck is normal again
3 Mar. 1942 9
Clayton Rawson Card Switch
Related to 3 Mar. 1942 10
Harry Baker Penny-Tration seven pennies counted in spectator's hand, one penetrates it
Related toAlso published here 3 Mar. 1942 11
Franklin V. Taylor Blow Up marked coin penetrates inflated balloon
3 Mar. 1942 11
Russel Swan Gaglets gag, doing the pass openly
3 Mar. 1942 12
Walter B. Gibson, Bruce Elliott The Back Room
3 Mar. 1942 12
Walter B. Gibson Ball-Istics four balls appear one by one and vanish again
Related to
  • corrections and improvements on p. 28
4 Mar. 1942 13
Alvin R. Plough Rehydration condensed pieces of "milk" put in water and they rise and fall for several hours
4 Mar. 1942 16
Bill Williston Willistons's Pull magician's gag
4 Mar. 1942 16
Walter B. Gibson, Bruce Elliott The Back Room Otis Manning, Keith Clark, Schlumpini
4 Mar. 1942 16
Bruce Elliott, S. W. Erdnase The Expert at the Card Table stacking three Aces in a four hands game, modified Erdnase System, openly shown
Inspired byRelated to
  • corrections on p. 28
5 Apr. 1942 17
Ann Y. Mous Slide-Less signed by performer and spectator, without the slide
5 Apr. 1942 18
Theodore Annemann Forecast three people think of a word, medium writes them on separate papers, numbers them and throws them in a hat, clever one ahead routine
Related to 5 Apr. 1942 19
Walter B. Gibson The Back Room on trick exposure
5 Apr. 1942 20
Walter B. Gibson Cut To Measure cut and restored tape measure
Also published here 6 Apr. 1942 21
Frank Thomas On the Head spectator thinks of a word, medium divines it and writes the word on a playing card
6 Apr. 1942 23
Deal Change
6 Apr. 1942 23
Walter B. Gibson The Back Room on Carl Brema's shop
6 Apr. 1942 24
Shaman The Farmer's Daughter thieves and sheep with hats and different colored blocks, gaffed
7 Apr. 1942 25
James G. Thompson Jr. Embers billet in envelope burnt and divined
7 Apr. 1942 26
Phoenix Jr. (reviewer) Carl Rosini In the Roosevelt Patio, Jacksonville, Florida. March 26, 1942 by Carl Rosini 7 Apr. 1942 27
Walter B. Gibson Topper
Also published here 7 Apr. 1942 27
Bruce Elliott, Walter B. Gibson The Back Room on Russel Swann and on Scarne and Rawson working on a series called "Magicians of the Underworld"
7 Apr. 1942 28
L. Vosburgh Lyons Call It A Puzzle six discs with a different sign on each side are thrown and turned over while spelling a word, then one disc is hidden and performer turns back, he reveals which side is up on the hidden disc
Related toVariations 8 May 1942 29
S.S. Henry Gaglet: Henry's Paper Switch getting rid of the torn napkin, when doing the torn and restored with fake explanation routine
8 May 1942 30
Walter B. Gibson One Good Trick...
Related toAlso published here 8 May 1942 30
Phoenix Jr. (reviewer) The Knights of Magic - April 25, 1942 8 May 1942 30
Walter B. Gibson Deserves Another predicting a card at a number, follow up
Inspired byRelated toAlso published here 8 May 1942 31
Walter B. Gibson Sooth Sayer with different colored paper instead of numbered slips
Inspired by 8 May 1942 31
Walter B. Gibson, Bruce Elliott The Back Room Dan Morris Russell Swann and Leonard Lyons
8 May 1942 32
Walter B. Gibson Cardee Foolee chinese writing cut in half reveals selection, published under Feng Huang
Related to 9 May 1942 33
Walter B. Gibson, Chung Ling Foo Filtration liquid vanishes after performance of the hydrostatic glass
9 May 1942 34
Chung Ling Foo, Walter B. Gibson Twister Chung Ling Foo's torn and restored paper with sucker element
9 May 1942 34
Walter B. Gibson Confetti of Cathay three cups, one filled with confetti, confetti vanishes and travels to another, published under Hee Foo You
9 May 1942 35
Walter B. Gibson Tip For Torn Paper and Hat Tearing
9 May 1942 36
Phoenix Jr. (reviewer) Chicago Assembly S.A.M. Annual Show - May 8th, 1942 9 May 1942 36
Walter B. Gibson Blackstone Anecdote
9 May 1942 36
Walter B. Gibson, Bruce Elliott The Back Room Greer Marechal, Clayton Rawson
9 May 1942 36
Roger Barkann, Audley Walsh Magician's Nightmare first impossible card location and then another card is spelled out from the spectator's pocket, four times thirteen Koran deck (Audley Walsh idea), clever fishing method
Related to
  • missing lines on p. 44
10 May 1942 37
James G. Thompson Jr. Silver Arrow
10 May 1942 38
John Northern Hilliard A Hilliard Vanish
Related to 10 May 1942 38
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
10 May 1942 38
Audley Walsh Two
  • presentation for vanishing a rabbit with the break-away box
  • invisible hair attached to deck, one card rises and is levered again
Also published here 10 May 1942 39
Phoenix Jr. (reviewer) The S.A.M. Convention Shows - May 22 and 23, 1942 show with artists like Dell O'Dell, Clayt Rawson, Al Baker and Cardini, later did not his famous act and got a bad review 10 May 1942 39
Bruce Elliott The Back Room Bert Allerton, Lu Brent
10 May 1942 40
Dave Spindell, Clayton Rawson Out of the Smoke paper match turns into light cigarette, three more cigarettes appear
Also published here 11 June 1942 41
Harry Burns String-Ring with duplicate ring
11 June 1942 42
Paul Morris Lady in Red picture of a dressed lady is folded, clothes removed and she is seen undressed on the picture
11 June 1942 42
Dr. Aaron Weiss Mathematics of Magic numbers are called and added, prediction
11 June 1942 43
Bruce Elliott The Back Room Fred Keating, John Scarne, Prince Mendez
11 June 1942 44
Lu Brent Together Again Ace Assembly type of routine, uses duplicates
VariationsAlso published here 12 June 1942 45
Clement de Lion Die Force Improvement one of four cards with rolling of die, see 202 Method of Forcing for original
12 June 1942 45
Lu Brent One Ahead Peek spectator peeks a card, which is glimpsed boldly
12 June 1942 46
Lu Brent How'd He Find It! selected card is taken out from the packet by touch
12 June 1942 46
Lu Brent Site-Unseen three selection are found by stabbing an unknown card reversed into the deck , cards next to the card and reversed card itself are selections
Also published here 12 June 1942 47
Lu Brent False Face Glimpse bold glimpse
12 June 1942 47
Bruce Elliott The Back Room telephone gag, Russell Swann, Jordan, Rawson
12 June 1942 48
George Armstrong Hegira two cards travel, envelopes and card changing tray
13 July 1942 49
George Armstrong The G.A. Card Changing Tray
13 July 1942 51
George Armstrong Hegira II impromptu version
13 July 1942 53
Bruce Elliott The Back Room on Keith Clark, Al Flosso, George Krage, a coin trick, a card rising gag by Henry Gordien and a joke by Al Plough
13 July 1942 54
Walter B. Gibson, Henry Hatton, Adrian Plate In the Pocket two different colors change places, hand and pocket
14 July 1942 55
Karl Germain Over the Top torn and restored cigarette paper
14 July 1942 56
Clayton Rawson No Corpse for the Coffin crimping selection, then "There It Is" with unload for transformation of wrong card into selection
Inspired byVariations 14 July 1942 58
George Armstrong What's On Your Mind? word from a book is predicted on a billet
14 July 1942 59
U. F. Grant, Danny Morris, Howcani Gaglet Department
  • idea for Al Baker's "Salt Trick" (Morris)
  • idea for cleaning slates, when done with chemical formula (Grant)
  • gag, where two eggs are cracked and one put in pocket, but still three yolks are seen (Howcani)
Inspired by 14 July 1942 59
Bruce Elliott The Back Room last ideas by Annemann, on Greer Marechal building a changing bag from a hat, newspaper clippings
14 July 1942 60
Theodore Annemann, Dave Spindell The Window Washer's Dream framed piece of a glass is penetrated by several objects, mime
14 July 1942 60
Edward Saint Influencing a Scale one of the pans depresses
Related to 14 July 1942 60
James G. Thompson Jr. Blackout Magic writing of three face down cards is revealed in darkness
Inspired byAlso published here 15 Aug. 1942 61
Bruce Elliott Blackout Magic - Adam's Apple wrists of performer held by spectator's, apple travels from one hand to the other
Related to 15 Aug. 1942 61
James G. Thompson Jr. Builder-Upper revelation of a writing, luminous paint
15 Aug. 1942 62
Han Ping Chien, George LaFollette, Danny Morris Gaglet Department
  • appearance and vanish of a bowl bit (Han Ping Chien)
  • on the Lota Bowls (Lafolette)
  • lose thread pulled from jacket gag (Morris)
15 Aug. 1942 62
James G. Thompson Jr., Bruce Elliott The Coin Dowser coin is found with a dowsing rod in the dark
15 Aug. 1942 63
Bruce Elliott The Back Room Dante appearing in a Laurel & Hardy Movie, on amateurs telling professionals what to do
15 Aug. 1942 64
Wilbur T. Kattner Ry for Mystery preparing OOTW while performing
16 Aug. 1942 65
Milbourne Christopher Match Stickler burnt match vanishes and appears in spectator's hand among unburnt matches
16 Aug. 1942 66
Horace Goldin Gaglet Department
  • on routining a fishbowl production/vanish (Goldin)
  • person vanish in cabinet bit
16 Aug. 1942 66
Bob Hanko Simplo-Transpo impromptu and ungaffed version
Inspired byVariations 16 Aug. 1942 67
Deal Change
16 Aug. 1942 67
Bruce Elliott The Back Room bar bet with a coin, gag with a bill (Al Cohn), on semantics, exposure, George Karger, Keith Clark and Bill Larsen
16 Aug. 1942 68
Greer Marechal Jr. Greer's Growth rice bowls with a appearing flower bouquet as a finish
17 Sep. 1942 69
Bob Hanko Gaglet Department
  • bit of business for the walking through a ribbon routine (Hanko)
  • deck transforms into a forcing deck gag
17 Sep. 1942 70
Danny Morris, Doc Hurwitz Betcha bar bet, drinking from a glass while arm is held by spectator, coin gag
17 Sep. 1942 70
Edward Saint Letter on how to catch fleas
Related to 17 Sep. 1942 70
Walter B. Gibson The Back Room on exposure, response to Bill Larsen, book exposure like Greater Magic, Modern Magic, Magician's Magic etc.
17 Sep. 1942 71
Shaman Shear Nerve! cut and restored paper, unusual method
17 Sep. 1942 73
Dell O'Dell, James F. Herpick Kiss and Tell lipstick kissed card by female spectator is burnt and a blank card in an initialed envelope transforms into it
17 Sep. 1942 74
James F. Herpick Envelope Switch
VariationsAlso published here 17 Sep. 1942 74
Bruce Elliott, Walter B. Gibson Chance! Thought! Coincidence! with three different colored cardboards, one taken, one thought off and one stopped at by coincidence
18 Sep. 1942 75
Art Lyle Art Lyle Says: coin through handkerchief, how to make coins shiny and building an easy coin holdout
18 Sep. 1942 77
Walter B. Gibson, Han Ping Chien Gaglets
  • Gibson's wand vanish
  • Han Ping Chien swallowing billard ball vanishes
18 Sep. 1942 77
Lu Brent Self-Shuffle observing spectator's riffle shuffle, following the card
Related to 18 Sep. 1942 77
Dick Freytag Letter
18 Sep. 1942 78
Bruce Elliott The Back Room Dr. Hurwitz, Al Flosso, U.F. Grant, George Sands' non-make-up version to look like a chinaman, Orson Welles
18 Sep. 1942 78
Walter B. Gibson Super-Duper Speller clarification on page 90
19 Oct. 1942 79
Greer Marechal Jr. Streamlined Hoffmann
Inspired by 19 Oct. 1942 81
Danny Morris, Doc Hurwitz Betcha
  • coin jumps from mouth of empty bottle, without touching
  • pepper in glass is attracted or repelled by finger
19 Oct. 1942 81
Theodore Annemann Gaglets one object is revealed by medium on telephone
19 Oct. 1942 81
Bruce Elliott The Back Room credit information on the speller
19 Oct. 1942 82
L. Vosburgh Lyons, Theodore Annemann Ball From Beyond steel ball between two soup plates, answers questions
Variations 20 Oct. 1942 83
Louis Tannen Change, Please! bill into signed envelope, envelope is cut, bill vanishes and two coins fall out
Variations 20 Oct. 1942 84
Theodore DeLand Floating Smoke cigarette floats in hat, loop passed over it
20 Oct. 1942 85
Danny Morris, Doc Hurwitz Betcha
  • drinking from a sealed bottled without opening it
  • moving a coin without touching it
20 Oct. 1942 85
Walter B. Gibson The Furloined Rope Trick removing knots from rope
20 Oct. 1942 85
Bruce Elliott The Back Room Blackstone, Bert Kalmar
20 Oct. 1942 86
Wilbur T. Kattner Letter Genii rant
20 Oct. 1942 86
Theodore DeLand Cremation selection is burnt and a glass half filled with confetti is shown, the confetti vanishes and the selection is inside the glass
Variations 21 Oct. 1942 87
Stewart James Sefalaljia Jr. ring on string bit with safety pin from "Sefalaljia", under handkerchief
Inspired byAlso published here 21 Oct. 1942 89
Bruce Elliott Force forcing an ace with a special lighter
21 Oct. 1942 89
Danny Morris, Doc Hurwitz Betch
  • bar bet, predicting which side lands up, when tossing a match box
  • betting burning a handkerchief without injuring it
21 Oct. 1942 89
Arthur Gans Gaglet umbrella is stuffed into a hat
21 Oct. 1942 89
Wilbur T. Kattner Tricklet stamps are produced from a rolled up bill
21 Oct. 1942 89
Walter B. Gibson, Bruce Elliott The Back Room Dante, Ed Saint, Max Malini
21 Oct. 1942 89
Franklin V. Taylor Materialization coin appears with the help of a spring clothes-pin and a handkerchief
Variations 22 Nov. 1942 91
Solomon Stein Miracle Monte three cards on three coins, monte presentation, coins travel under one card
22 Nov. 1942 92
Theodore Annemann, Professor Hoffmann It Goes Double deck cut in half, top card on one packet is looked at and tells the top card of the other heap, repeated several times, as a finale both cards are named
Related toVariationsAlso published here 22 Nov. 1942 93
Theodore Annemann Glimpse glimpsing a card while transferring it from the deck on the palm
22 Nov. 1942 93
Gaglets with assistant, coin falls on the stage and assistant is looking for it during the show
22 Nov. 1942 93
Danny Morris, Doc Hurwitz Betcha word play bet with a coin and three matches
22 Nov. 1942 93
Bruce Elliott The Back Room on the Tabell Course Volume 2 and performing for children
22 Nov. 1942 94
John Scarne Scarne's Drunken Deal sucker
Also published here 23 Nov. 1942 95
John Scarne Strong Man ripping the cellophane paper of a cigar, spectator can't do it
23 Nov. 1942 96
Jack Chanin Gaglets handling for folded bill that turns upside down
23 Nov. 1942 96
Jimmy Grippo Clear Through! handkerchief put on deck and corner folded in, selection penetrates the silk
Also published here 23 Nov. 1942 97
Bruce Elliott The Back Room Bill Larsen and Genii rant, Annemann's bullet catch
23 Nov. 1942 98
Phoenix Jr. (reviewer) Magic's-A-Poppin IBM New York Ring 26, Dell O'Dell, Chaplain Willard S. Smith, Jay Marshall, Ann Garland, Arthur Elmer, Samy Birch, Richard Dubois, Jack Miller, Miaco 23 Nov. 1942 98
Walter B. Gibson Voodoo sword cabinet with a pins and a voodoo doll in a box
24 Dec. 1942 99
Shaman 21 Plus spectator guesses in which row his card is, in the end the card is found by spelling "This is the card you took"
Related toAlso published here 24 Dec. 1942 101
James G. Thompson Jr., Charles Nyquist Daub securing it and what to use
24 Dec. 1942 101
Danny Morris, Doc Hurwitz, Walter B. Gibson Betcha
  • boiling water in a paper bag
  • beer bet
  • coin bet / puzzle ("One is not a nickel")
Variations 24 Dec. 1942 101
Gaglets when forcing one card, let him grab two and take one back
24 Dec. 1942 101
Walter B. Gibson, Bruce Elliott The Back Room on the "Barnstormer", Bob Hanko, Jean Hugard's dinner, Milbourne Christopher
24 Dec. 1942 102
Franklin V. Taylor Peek Deck
Related toVariationsAlso published here 25 Dec. 1942 103
Ken Crossen Elas-Trick two bands are apparently linked and unlink
Related toVariations 25 Dec. 1942 104
Walter B. Gibson Getting Away From Card Tricks while explaining a color change, a whiskey glass appears
25 Dec. 1942 105
Gaglets thumb tip, silk is not glued but attached with wax so it can be used for other things as well
25 Dec. 1942 105
Bruce Elliott The Back Room on Think-A-Drink-Hoffman, Fred Keating, a bar bet by Stuart Robson, Albenice, Orson Welles, Greater Magic, John Scarne
25 Dec. 1942 106
Clayton Rawson Twist for Ring and String hands tied with rope, ring on rope
25 Dec. 1942 106
Audley Walsh Coin in Bottle Idea spectator holds coin under handkerchief and lets it fall into a glass of water, that stands on a deck of playing cards and everything is balanced on a bottle, coin ends up in bottle
25 Dec. 1942 106
James G. Thompson Jr. Than Which No Whicher one of the kings is chosen, cards dealt and performer says stop when the king is reached
26 Jan. 1943 107
Charles Nyquist, James G. Thompson Jr. Sefalaljia III ring tied on string, without cover
Related toVariationsAlso published here 26 Jan. 1943 108
James G. Thompson Jr. Mystery on the Half Shell coin production, vanish and penetration of the pocket
26 Jan. 1943 109
Joe Berg Coin Vanish as a penetration, trouser pocket, fabric is folded over coin
26 Jan. 1943 109
Coin Change De Manche coin switch
26 Jan. 1943 109
James G. Thompson Jr. Digit-Telepathy medium reveals card
26 Jan. 1943 109
Bruce Elliott The Back Room presentation idea for 7 keys to baldpate by Fetaque Sanders, on Walter Gibson, Joseph Dunninger, John Scarne
26 Jan. 1943 110
Orville Wayne Meyer Gaglet cigarette is light without the use of a lighter
26 Jan. 1943 110
Walter B. Gibson The Back Room on Dorny, Hy Mayer and why this is the wacky issue
27 Jan. 1943 111
Gaglet borrowed watch is seemingly thrown away
27 Jan. 1943 111
Ultra Wacky cut and restored handkerchief, bluff
Related to 27 Jan. 1943 111
Walter B. Gibson, U. F. Grant Count Them Out false count based on words
27 Jan. 1943 112
Shaman Big Man! person grows and shrinks, gag
27 Jan. 1943 112
Stuart Robson, James Mc Knight Horrors! pins through tongue, lamb's tongue
27 Jan. 1943 113
N. M. Hopkins, Nuts! small elephant imitation appears and vanishes, see also Hopkins' "20th Century Magic"
27 Jan. 1943 113
Buatier de Kolta, Carl Brema With Whiskers De Kolta's beard pochette / topit
27 Jan. 1943 114
Line Up! twelve men appear in a cabinet, then a girl vanishes from that cabinet
27 Jan. 1943 114
Will Goldston Gone! water vanishes in midair, naphtha, from Goldson's "Tricks and Illusions"
27 Jan. 1943 114
27 Jan. 1943 114
U. F. Grant Ghost living and dead people's names written on slips, slip with dead person jumps in the air
27 Jan. 1943 114
Walter B. Gibson Billard Ball Act
  • perfect color change
  • extra ball getaway
  • down the ladder
  • through the pocket
  • gaining white ball
  • throw color change
  • the vanish getaway
  • instant ball to silk
  • the smash change
  • quick one to four
Related to 28 Feb. 1943 115
Bruce Elliott The Back Room Bill Larsen and genii rant, Jimmy Grippo, Bruce Elliott's baby
28 Feb. 1943 118
Richard Himber Paper Match Throwing match landing on the side, bar bet
28 Feb. 1943 118
James G. Thompson Jr. Coin Betcha
28 Feb. 1943 118
Roger Barkann, Richard Himber Duolette device for switching decks
29 Feb. 1943 119
Bruce Elliott Changing Tray Substitute
29 Feb. 1943 119
Roger Barkann The Perfect Steal selection vanishes from deck into envelope, with Duolette
29 Feb. 1943 119
Roger Barkann Magician's Nightmare selections is spelled out, with Duolette
29 Feb. 1943 119
James G. Thompson Jr. T.T.T.
29 Feb. 1943 120
Improved "The Eyes Have It"
Related to 29 Feb. 1943 120
Art Lyle Bottom Deal Second
29 Feb. 1943 120
Shaman 13 Steps by placing the deck on the stairs, different positions
29 Feb. 1943 121
Roger Barkann The Pluperfect Steal deck is shuffled face up and face down, four cards put in a box, the cards vanish and the deck is in order again, with Duolette
29 Feb. 1943 121
Bruce Elliott The Back Room on Jay Marshall, the book "English Rogue", Jules Romain
29 Feb. 1943 122
Clyde Cairy Hoomdangs result of some calculations with the serial number of a chosen bill, appear on slates
30 Mar. 1943 123
Charles Terraneau Card-Incidence deck is cut in two, spectator and performer's selection are found at the same position
Related to 30 Mar. 1943 124
George Armstrong Geomancy of the Gods Q & A with one envelope and sand as a reading tool
30 Mar. 1943 125
Bruce Elliott The Back Room on flames from the finger tips, Bob Hanko, Annemann, Dunninger, John Scarne, Houdini's library, Arthur Lloyd, Warner Perry, Harry Baker and Russel Swann
30 Mar. 1943 126
Bruce Elliott Coin Vanish nesting coins gaff, idea
30 Mar. 1943 126
Greer Marechal Jr. Greer's Gadget pull for making a handkerchief appear or disappear, clever design
31 Mar. 1943 127
E.S. Hoffman Cute Coin coin production gimmick
31 Mar. 1943 129
Walter B. Gibson Peeksie do as I do, but spectator probably fails finding performer's card
31 Mar. 1943 129
Bruce Elliott The Back Room on a show by the IBM ring NYC, John Scarne, Jimmy Grippo, how to soften a deck for back palming, two newspaper clippings from Dunninger
Related to 31 Mar. 1943 130
Bruce Elliott Psychic Ammeter card stand with arrow, arrow points to two selections without being touched
32 Apr. 1943 131
Albert Cohn Betcha holding a burning paper match upside down for 50 seconds
32 Apr. 1943 132
Joseph Dunninger Sealed Mystery sealed message reading system, razor thumb tip
Related to 32 Apr. 1943 133
Charles Nyquist, James G. Thompson Jr. Pointer card is secretly signed on one side of the face, put back and spread so the signature is not seen, card is found
32 Apr. 1943 133
Charles Nyquist, James G. Thompson Jr. Key Card Placement
32 Apr. 1943 133
Bruce Elliott The Back Room on the show of Dunninger, a letter by Second Deal Sam, Lloyd Jones "The Bat", an idea for Robson's "Leopard Cards"
32 Apr. 1943 134
Hen Fetsch Future-Hue card selected, thought of and unseen are all predicted board with three different colors
33 Apr. 1943 135
Hen Fetsch Past Present and Future card selected, thought of and unseen are all predicted by a medium on different colored papers
33 Apr. 1943 136
Hen Fetsch Betcha removing two coins balancing on rim of mouth of a galss, with one hand, bar bet
33 Apr. 1943 137
Hen Fetsch Gaglet presentation for disappearing wand in a piece of newspaper
33 Apr. 1943 137
Bruce Elliott The Back Room on Hen Fetch, John Scarne, James G. Thompson Jr. Orson Welles, Dunninger and Tom Osborne
33 Apr. 1943 138
Bruce Elliott, Theodore Annemann Biblio Thot no force, based on an Annemann Magazine Test
34 Apr. 1943 139
Walter B. Gibson Mickey Finn
34 Apr. 1943 140
Hen Fetsch Betcha turning over a coin under a beer mug without touching the mug
34 Apr. 1943 140
Hen Fetsch Gaglet idea for bowl of water from a table
34 Apr. 1943 140
Elray Cue It! code with a thread, routine wit cigarettes, a book, cards and numbers
34 Apr. 1943 141
Bruce Elliott The Back Room on Al Plough, mourning envelopes, Emil Jarrow
34 Apr. 1943 142
Bruce Elliott (reviewer) Funny Talk by Frank Lane 34 Apr. 1943 142
Clayton Rawson Slate Sleights with small slates, two routines
  • The Great Oriental Enigma (selected card appears written on slates, two flaps)
  • Ghost Writer's Cramp (four messages, one on each side)
35 May 1943 143
Tom Osborne Answer To Hey Magish! "Show Us A Trick" short changing in a routine, dime to penny but not revealing it
35 May 1943 145
Milbourne Christopher Paper Money crumpled piece of newspaper changes in a dollar bill
35 May 1943 145
Bruce Elliott The Back Room on Stuart Robson, Keith Clark, newspaper clippings
35 May 1943 146
Bar Bet letting bill fall and spectator has to catch it
35 May 1943 146
Walter B. Gibson Turnabout two decks, two cards are exchanged and match
36 May 1943 147
Elray Glass-Ic sealed message reading technique
36 May 1943 148
Alvin R. Plough Gaglet calculation and multiple outs
36 May 1943 148
Hen Fetsch Transition holder for folded silk, clever
36 May 1943 149
John R. Boyko, John McCormick Blitz-Match winning game
Related to
  • correction on page 154
36 May 1943 149
Bruce Elliott The Back Room on Harry Segal, table-lifting, Walter Gibson and Clayton Rawson
36 May 1943 150
Clayton Rawson The Backward Ghost two slate mysteries, different working and preparation
  • A Merlini Mystery
  • The Message From Nowhere
37 June 1943 151
Vivian St. John Disembodied C.P.A. lady from audience is blindfolded and reveals a result from a calculation
37 June 1943 153
Art Lyle Cute Cut three selections are cut to
37 June 1943 153
Art Lyle Slip Cut
37 June 1943 153
Bruce Elliott The Back Room on using adult methods when learning magic, John Scarne, James G. Thompson, Annemann, Miss Vivian St. John, Paul Curry and Russel Swann
37 June 1943 154
Franklin V. Taylor Headline Speller silent spelling
38 June 1943 155
Paul C. Krank Knots To You disc with hole on rope goes in between knots
38 June 1943 156
Gerber Thrice Right thought of number is counted from the deck and cross sum as well, another spectator does the same without looking at the card, prediction matches the card from first spectator and when the card by the second spectator is turned over ist is the same as well
Inspired by
  • a routine by Stewart James in "The Jinx"
38 June 1943 157
Hen Fetsch Betcha joke, bet that the bottom card is spectator's card, miniature card
38 June 1943 157
Bruce Elliott The Back Room on Jerry Gale and paper puppets, N. Majahara, Bert Kalmar and Edgar Bergen
38 June 1943 159
N. Majahara Destroyed and Restored Dress hem of a dress is cut, burnt and restored
38 June 1943 159
Shaman Mental Mirror word and card are divined by medium, cards code word
39 July 1943 160
Kolmar Silken Switch
Inspired by 39 July 1943 162
Wilbur T. Kattner Axis Cut three rings linked, one is allowed to be cut to free all
Related to 39 July 1943 162
Bruce Elliott The Back Room on Jack Trepel performing magic on the radio, Jay Marshall, Shaman
39 July 1943 163
Frances Ireland Marshall Letter to Bruce Elliott on Majahara's trick
Related to
  • page 159
39 July 1943 163
L. Vosburgh Lyons On the Barrel Head fast and loose with a rope
40 July 1943 164
Hen Fetsch Destined Dart dart thrown on dartboard, where several cards are displayed, spectator throws the dart and hit card is found in an other deck reversed
40 July 1943 165
R. C. Buff Middle Deal center deal presentation
Related to 40 July 1943 166
Bruce Elliott The Back Room on the Great Ballantin, Jean Hugard and Fred Braue, Orson Welles, a bingo fraud, Bill Gresham gives some tips on knife throwing
40 July 1943 167
L. Vosburgh Lyons Match Puzzle eleven matches, triangle
Related to
  • page 171 for the solution
40 July 1943 167
Hen Fetsch Cute! Huh! one of two coin penetrates a slate, name of selection appears on slate
41 Aug. 1943 168
E.E. Hammill Websterian Wizardry prediction of a chosen word from a dictionary
41 Aug. 1943 168
Walter B. Gibson Pick Me Up number between one and thirty is named, an indicator card is inserted at that position and the card card named
Related to 41 Aug. 1943 169
Audley Walsh Pin Perplexer six safety pins link in hand
41 Aug. 1943 170
Bruce Elliott The Back Room on why this issue is called G.I. Stuff, the solution to Dr. Lyons match puzzle from page167, Bob Gysel and Annemann's bullet catching
41 Aug. 1943 171
Paul Rosini Suave Silk knot travels from one handkerchief to handkerchief hold in spectator's palms
42 Aug. 1943 172
Jean Hugard, Instantaneous Knot with Both Hands
Related to
  • Jean Hugard's "Silken Sorcery" page 65
42 Aug. 1943 172
E.E. Hammill Psychic Uncle Sam "P$ychic Uncle $am", result of calculation shows initial number
42 Aug. 1943 173
The Brain Guys Collected Thoughts medium and group calculation, result is predicted
42 Aug. 1943 174
Bruce Elliott The Back Room on the nadir of publicity, Rajah Raboid and a picture of Bruce Elliott
42 Aug. 1943 175
Joseph Dunninger The Umbrella Servante
42 Aug. 1943 175
Verne Chesbro, James G. Thompson Jr. Popper Upper match on business card covered by matchbook, penetrates it twice, match vanishes in the end
Related toVariations 43 Sep. 1943 176
Clyde Cairy Sympathy
Variations 43 Sep. 1943 177
Bob Hanko Papo-Leaso signed paper ring penetrates rope under a handkerchief
43 Sep. 1943 178
Bruce Elliott The Back Room on Dante selling his show, a Blackstone anecdote, Jay Marshall, J. A. Melrose, Russ Swann, Jack Marshall, Captain Harry Baker
43 Sep. 1943 179
John R. Boyko Letter to Bruce Elliott on fake explanations
43 Sep. 1943 179
Walter B. Gibson 91¢ Miracle three spectators select a different color envelope each and can than put one coin out of five in it, when performer turns over and sees the remaining two, he knows who chose which coin
Related to 44 Oct. 1943 180
Art Lyle The Similarity Is In the Difference spectators write names on blank cards, deck in pocket, cards are found
44 Oct. 1943 182
Greer Marechal Jr. Marechal's Mirage producing a flower in a vase under handkerchief, bottomless vase
44 Oct. 1943 182
Bruce Elliott The Back Room on Frances Ireland, Greer Marechal, Jr., Dunninger, Ogden Nash, John Scarne
44 Oct. 1943 183
E.E. Hammill, Frank N. Dodd, John Scarne Cleromantic Chicanery page of newspaper is crumbled and page number is the prediction, three dice are stacked and the hidden numbers added
Related to 45 Oct. 1943 184
Shaman Cagliostro's Spectacles spectator puts on special glasses when the cards are spread in front of him, he names all of the selections
Inspired by
  • an idea of DeLands, credit reference on page 191
Related toVariations
45 Oct. 1943 185
Jerry Sorensen "-and having writ-" sealed message reading, mixed with psychometry and handwriting analysis
45 Oct. 1943 186
Bruce Elliott The Back Room on Stuart Robson and the war
45 Oct. 1943 187
Willard S. Smith Special Sale coins and slate idea, with defense stamp
45 Oct. 1943 187
Harrison Kimball Letter to Bruce Elliott on his trip to the east, the mango trick, cups and balls
45 Oct. 1943 187
Byron Churchill First Fumes performer mimes rolling a cigarette, lights a match and later blows smoke from his mouth
45 Oct. 1943 187
James G. Thompson Jr. "Peek-Deck" Pappy Taylor's Peek Deck, as a code
Related toVariations 46 Oct. 1943 188
R. C. Buff The $64.00 Word Taylor's Peek Deck combined with a dictionary book test
Related to 46 Oct. 1943 189
The Brain Guys Weirdo Double two predictions
Inspired by 46 Oct. 1943 190
Bruce Elliott The Back Room on Dunninger, Vantine and Cazan
46 Oct. 1943 191
Ken Crossen Letter to Bruce Elliott about Bob Weill's and Eddie Clever's writing on Ted Annemann in "The Linking Ring"
46 Oct. 1943 191
L. Vosburgh Lyons Slip, Snap, Spoof linking and unlinking pins
Related to
  • Jerry Andrus' routine, same gimmick
47 Nov. 1943 192
Clyde Cairy Ode to The Jinx three piles, one card from one pile selected and packet counted, card is found in performer's pocket
47 Nov. 1943 193
Jean-Eugène Robert-Houdin Primapara with cards
47 Nov. 1943 194
Bruce Elliott The Back Room on an article in the Sunday Mirror Magazine about spotting gambling, John Scarne, Frances Ireland, Kolmar, Shaman
47 Nov. 1943 195
Shaman Half-Head/Half-Tail Coin for rubbing-two-coins-together illusion
Related to 47 Nov. 1943 195
Francis Carlyle Carlyle's Card idea by Fred Braue on page 214, see reference, for credit information see also "Informant" reference
Related toVariationsAlso published here 48 Nov. 1943 196
Bob Hanko Confetti Spaghetti confetti turns into a multicolored paper band
48 Nov. 1943 197
Bruce Elliott Buckram "Out" thought of card travels to book, as an out for the think of a card you see plot
48 Nov. 1943 198
L. Vosburgh Lyons Paper Puzzle a figure on a paper, has to be reorganized to form a square in no more than four cuts
Related to
  • page 203 for solution
48 Nov. 1943 198
L. Vosburgh Lyons Key Chart to the 91¢ Miracle
Related to 48 Nov. 1943 198
Bruce Elliott The Back Room on L. Vosburgh Lyons, a demonstration where a doc is beheaded, an improvement to Taylor's Peek Deck by James G. Thompson Jr., Fred Mosteller and his spelling trick ("Bravo!")
48 Nov. 1943 199
An Egg Gag when proving that an egg is real, a spectator holds a glass and the egg is cracked open, bottomless glass
48 Nov. 1943 199
Frederick Mosteller Bravo! five decks, multiple phase mental speller, suits spelled and values counted (count-spell), see Back Room reference for corrections
Related toVariations 49 Dec. 1943 200
Tom Fitzgerald "Take It Off" knot is slid on rope then taken off
49 Dec. 1943 202
Slip Knot
49 Dec. 1943 202
Bruce Elliott The Back Room on Stuart Robson, Al Chris describing a miracle from India, Dell O'Dell, Russ Swann, selling and promotion
49 Dec. 1943 203
Robert Gable Lota Bowl and Sand Cup idea for humorous presentation
49 Dec. 1943 203
Franklin V. Taylor, Bruce Elliott "Visible But Unseen" Or " The Pocket Index That Ain't" card prediction, index in deck, switch in hat
Inspired by 50 Dec. 1943 204
L. Vosburgh Lyons Okito Outdone okito box with a rectangular box
50 Dec. 1943 205
Walter B. Gibson Deferred Coincidence three cards are selected from a red and from a blue deck, they match
50 Dec. 1943 206
Clayton Rawson A Sucker Bet performed as a bet
Related to
  • page 211 for a variation
50 Dec. 1943 207
James G. Thompson Jr. Duo-Finale three spectators think of something, write it down and seal their thought in an envelope, performer divines all three
51 Dec. 1943 208
Al O'Hagan Allow Me matchbook opens and a match stands up on it's own
51 Dec. 1943 210
Phil Weisbecker 3 Jacks & A Pat two hands, spectator always gets thee Jacks, royal flush finale
Related toAlso published here 51 Dec. 1943 210
Bruce Elliott The Back Room on Dunninger and Stuart Robson
51 Dec. 1943 211
Bruce Elliott The Back Room on Ireland's Yearbooks, an effect Annemann used to do, Lou Tannen, the death of Ben Ehrens, Tommy Dowd, a scam with bills and John Scarne
52 Jan. 1944 212
Louis Tannen Yankee Vase rope and vase, without cork
52 Jan. 1944 213
, Walter B. Gibson "Free" French Drop like spider grip vanish, as a fake french drop, as a switch, pretending to be a master sleever
52 Jan. 1944 213
Jay Marshall On and Off gag, showing two openings in the key ring
Also published here 52 Jan. 1944 214
Bruce Elliott Back To Back coin appears between two matchbooks
52 Jan. 1944 215
Paul Curry Out of this Phone Book book, opened freely, line is forced, Franklin V. Taylor's peek deck principle with a book
Related toVariationsAlso published here 53 Feb. 1944 216
L. Vosburgh Lyons Nine forcing nine
Also published here 53 Feb. 1944 217
Tom Fitzgerald A Cute Betcha match balancing on edge of a match, everything is covered under a glass, removing match without touching anything
53 Feb. 1944 217
Shaman Bifocals eight people look at a card individually, they all see the same card, glasses presentation
Related to 53 Feb. 1944 218
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 coin
Also published here 53 Feb. 1944 218
Bruce Elliott The Back Room Frances Ireland, female magicians, Orson Welles, Tommy Dowd
53 Feb. 1944 219
Tommy Dowd Pick Pocket Idea pretending to steal
53 Feb. 1944 219
Bruce Elliott The Back Room idea for Curry's "Out of this Phone Book", eliminating the cards and presentation for card frame both by Audley Walsh
Related to 54 Feb. 1944 220
Jay Marshall Letter to Bruce Elliott on Marshall's plan of putting out an own magazine and on the Phoenix
54 Feb. 1944 220
Charles Arbuthnot Letter to Bruce Elliott experience while performing "Back to Back"
Related to 54 Feb. 1944 220
Al Baker Climax shrinking card as climax for last card in Cards To Pocket
Also published here 54 Feb. 1944 221
Jay Marshall Foo pochette in sleeve for sleeving a coin
54 Feb. 1944 221
Al Baker One Night idea for dagger chest illusion
54 Feb. 1944 221
Receptacle for Dye Tube
54 Feb. 1944 221
Al Baker Al Baker's Best Card Trick two cards, duplicate bank
54 Feb. 1944 222
Al Baker Dear Harold in the "Letter to Harold" tradition from "The Sphinx"
54 Feb. 1944 223
Harry Blackstone, Walter B. Gibson Super Magic two in the hand, one in the pocket with paper balls and variations
55 Mar. 1944 224
L. Vosburgh Lyons Dizzy Discs speed summation and subtraction with number discs
55 Mar. 1944 226
Russell "Rusduck" Duck Stack It spectator stacks the hand while apparently losing the cards in the deck, as Rusduck
Related to 55 Mar. 1944 226
Bruce Elliott The Back Room on Richard Himber, Stuart Robson, Charley Larson, Dai Vernon, Tommy Dowd, Ducrot
55 Mar. 1944 227
Bill Nord Card Trick from Sphinx deck put on the wall held by flash paper, when ignited all cards fall down except selection
55 Mar. 1944 227
Bill Nord Card from Deck to Envelope
55 Mar. 1944 227
James G. Thompson Jr. The Phoenix Routine - Accent on Extemporaneous Variety no cards program with tricks from Phoenix
56 Mar. 1944 228
The Brain Guys, Charles T. Jordan Brain Guys & Jordan (Double Prediction) two cards remembered from twenty, in the hands antifaro, prediction of places
56 Mar. 1944 229
Bob Hanko Flash light cigarette transforms into a silk with a flash
56 Mar. 1944 230
Bruce Elliott The Back Room on Joseph Dunninger, Richard Himber, Dell O'Dell, John Scarne, John Mulholland
56 Mar. 1944 231
Al Lasher In Your Hat coins displayed in the space between the hat band and the crown of the hat, one coin after the other is put under a handkerchief and vanishes
Variations 57 Mar. 1944 232
Elray Bughouse effects with metal bugs, those you can press a piece of steel to make a sound, in a box makes sound to answer questions
57 Mar. 1944 233
Otis Manning Seven Cent Sorcery while trying to snatch a coin from spectator's hand, it transforms into an other coin
57 Mar. 1944 233
James G. Thompson Jr. Life Liberty Or - trick performing for friends over phone
Related toAlso published here 57 Mar. 1944 234
Bruce Elliott The Back Room on Richard Himber, Joseph Dunninger, Paul Rosini, Bob Novak
57 Mar. 1944 235
Frederick Mosteller Encore! spelling to the thought of card, gaffed deck, count-spell
Inspired byVariationsAlso published here 58 Apr. 1944 236
Tom Fitzgerald Daffy Dime! coin transforms wrapped in paper (Buddha papers), transforms again (Adam's penny and dime trick) then travels into silver boxes inside of wool
58 Apr. 1944 236
Max Sterling The Magic of Japan program of Max Sterling
58 Apr. 1944 237
Art Lyle Gone! cigarette vanishes under handkerchief
58 Apr. 1944 238
Bruce Elliott The Back Room on Al Baker, Carl Rosini, Paul Rosini, Max Sterling, Jay Marshall and some gambling ruses
58 Apr. 1944 239
L. Vosburgh Lyons Puzzle figure, what's the size of the surface, solution on page 246
58 Apr. 1944 239
Walter B. Gibson, Bruce Elliott Gold Seal Mystery coins, objects and colors are chosen and predicted, in an envelope and the coin in a box and inside wool
59 Apr. 1944 240
Tom Fitzgerald A Cute Betcha penknife sticked in top of door arch falls directly in a bottle
59 Apr. 1944 241
Gerald Kosky Touch-Me-Not finding hidden object, fake, code
59 Apr. 1944 242
Jay Marshall The Difference spoon bend on table
Related to 59 Apr. 1944 242
Bruce Elliott The Back Room on Mr. and Mrs. Nicola, Bert Kalmar, Jay Marshall, Bob Novak, Mike Supa, John Mullholand
59 Apr. 1944 243
James G. Thompson Jr. One Way to One-Way using slop shuffle for orientating a borrowed deck which has a one-way feature
60 May 1944 244
James G. Thompson Jr. Fantasy in Red and Black slop shuffle red black separation, card location, lead in for a red black riffle shuffle set-up
60 May 1944 245
James G. Thompson Jr. Yoo Hoo, Dear! several cards are remembered by putting a knife somewhere in the deck
60 May 1944 245
Red-Black Riffle Shuffle
60 May 1944 245
Red-Black Overhand Shuffle
60 May 1944 245
Theodore Annemann Any Deck One-Way making a one way deck, dirt
60 May 1944 246
Theodore Annemann One-Way Mark Located how to spot a one way deck (or any marked deck)
60 May 1944 246
Phil Thomas Neat Slop Shuffle different handling for the slop shuffle triumph
Related to 60 May 1944 246
Bruce Elliott The Back Room on John Garfield, Kolma, Tommy Dowd, Carl Wiesinger
60 May 1944 247
Louis Tannen Tri-Umph prediction of a number, written on paper in envelope
61 May 1944 248
Russell "Rusduck" Duck Build Up six hands, two rounds, as Rusduck
Related toVariations 61 May 1944 249
Orson Welles Fruit Cup coin in egg in lemon in orange in grapefruit using a clothespin
Inspired byAlso published here 61 May 1944 250