77 entries in Paper / Animation
Creators Title Comments & References Year Source Page AA Categories
La figurine dans la main Figurine put in the spectator's hand begins to move
1786 33
La figurine dans la main expliqué Figurine put in the spectator's hand begins to move, from p. 33 explained
1786 81
The Dancing Sailor cardboard head danced between legs, thread
1876 323
Die dressierte Spinne fly stuck to bottom of paper spider, spider moves around, gag, also with other paper figures
Feb. 1895
Die Zauberwelt (Vol. 1 No. 2)
Die nach dem Takte der Musik tanzenden Pappfiguren paper figures dance, thread across stage
Aug. 1897
Der Zauberspiegel (Vol. 3 No. 2)
Indische Gaukelei tissue paper crumpled into a ball, clings to hand or finger or floats for a moment, thread from head to wax ball which is attached to a chair
Sep. 1897
Der Zauberspiegel (Vol. 3 No. 3)
Antonio Molini Der kleine Springinsfeld paper figure on cork on card on top of full glass, suddenly jumps up
July 1898
Die Zauberwelt (Vol. 4 No. 7)
Der schwimmende Papierfisch No. 2, paper fish moves forward on water, oil
1900 157
Das geheimnisvolle Papierfähnchen No. 12, piece of paper with grain and apple moves by itself, experiment
1900 162
Shark in the Fish-pond non-magical science experiment
1902 291
Perpetual Motion non-magical science experiment
1902 299
Alphonse Wunnenburger Eine elektrische Spielerei paper sticks to hand
Mar. 1902
Die Zauberwelt (Vol. 8 No. 3)
Friedrich "Fritz" Hügli IV. Mimikry routine with tissue paper and hat
  • 1. Die Papierfabrik in der Hand (paper ball changes to confetti with fan, snow storm)
  • 2. Vergehen und Erstehen (paper ball travel to cone inside a hat)
  • 3. Die sich vermehrenden Bälle (ball multiplies under hat and inside balls are presents for spectators)
  • 4. Das japanische Schmetterlingsspiel (butterflies are formed from paper and they start to fly with the aid of a fan, thread on forehead)
1903 86
Just a Cigarette Paper cigarette paper balanced on hat, nose and sleeve, with Cinquevalli anecdote
1937 17
The Three Cigarette Papers paper with dead name moves by itself
1938 832
The Butterfly on the Shoe butterfly from paper flaps its wings
1938 832
Ralph W. Read Static paper sticks to things, apparent magnetism
The Jinx (Issue 118)
Tom Sellers The Shooting Pellet signed paper jumps from tin
1941 2
U. F. Grant Ghost living and dead people's names written on slips, slip with dead person jumps in the air
Jan. 1943
The Phoenix (Issue 27)
Tom Sellers Ashes of the Sun four strips of different-colored paper, they are burned one by one but the chosen colored strip floats up
1943 4
Lemon Bug napkin moves eerie over table
Also published here 1949 18
Rising Cigar Wrapper
1949 19
Jumping Cigar Band from finger to finger
1949 20
Don Tanner The Dead Card Rise living dead test with the dead person rising out of a box, "Bakerize Box"
May 1949 14
Bill Nord Ex-straw-dinary paper from a straw twists like a snake when water is dropped on it, then when touched with a cigarette it vanishes
July 1951
The Phoenix (Issue 234)
Al Baker Magnetisn't with animation
Also published here 1951 90
Norman Houghton Shears invisible scissor is used to cut off two strips from a piece of paper, sight gag, two applications:
  • design of chosen card is cut from newspaper
  • ribbon in change bag is cut invisibly into as many pieces are the spectator chooses
Related to Sep. 1957
Ibidem (Issue 11)
Jochen Zmeck Die schwebende Jungfrau close-up Aerial Suspension, paper figure balances on two needles, then one is removed
  • 2. Methode
  • 3. Methode
1961 17
Morty Rudnick Hair, There and Everywhere imaginary invisible thread is used to animate various things
Variations 1972 294
Theo "Okito" Bamberg The Butterfly Trick tissue paper is torn and pieces placed in small chest, then paper butterflies fly through the air and back into the chest, with a fan
1973 55
Patrick Page The Revolving Snake
  • How to Make a Fascinating Novelty
Paper snake on wire is put on lamp and starts to spin as long as the lamp is alight
1974 9
The Magic Tipper paper fold that moves by itself
VariationsAlso published here
  • "Magic Tipper" (Origami in Action, Eric Kenneway)
May 1975 961
Karl Fulves The Dead Awake billet with dead person moves
May 1975 962
Martin Gardner He Does Tricks presentation for Tipper
Inspired by May 1975 962
Jack Bridwell PSI-Q lead of pencil in crumpled paper, named number appears, paper moves
Magick (Issue 160)
Karl Fulves, Martin Gardner Psychic Motors "Curiosities"
piece of paper spins on the tip of a needle
  • Martin Gardner's Method (Scientific American, April 1975)
  • Streamlined Psychic
  • Stop/Reverse
The Chronicles (Issue 11)
Karrell Fox King "Toots" Tablet scribblings on cardboard visible move to name or selected card
1979 275
The Twirling Cigarette Paper spins on tip of finger, physics
1979 38
Karl Fulves, Thomas Kovachevich, Martin Gardner, Jerry Andrus The Real Thing small paper parts come to life above hot water source, various ideas, see also p. 236
Interlocutor (Issue 43)
Karl Fulves More Real more ideas with the paper animation idea, flash paper application, fortune telling fish
Interlocutor (Issue 43)
Karl Fulves Stop & Go No. 11, paper card with holes slides down a string and stops on command
1980 11
Russell Sharp Magie aus Japan tissue paper torn and crumpled up, it animated up and down in glass, then is shown restored, then a phase with paper streamer, then snowstorm
Also published here
  • Pentagram, Mar. 1958
Mar. 1980
Intermagic (Vol. 7 No. 1)
The Psychic Motor No. 46, piece of paper on a pin sticks in a cork, starts to turn by itself
1981 56
Mike Yin Diviner part of a paper is ton away, rest can bend up as a dowsing device
Nov. 1981
Spell-Binder (Vol. 1 No. 7)
Paul Harris Fan Dance spectator's initials on small piece of cardboard, it moves up and down a fan and vanishes, initials appear on selection
1984 50
Living Doll No. 28, paper figures move on cloth that is over hot steam
1985 53
Jerry Andrus Moving Writing cut-out paper letters are filmed, they move around and end up in perfect configuration
1985 54
Eric Kenneway Hungry Dog No. 38, design folded from square stands up
1985 67
Karl Fulves The Educated Rabbit No. 43, paper rabbit on glass flaps ears to answer questions
1985 78
Dr. Dan J. Alessini One-Man Seance seance style routine,
  • paper balls with names of songs, one starts to float and tune can be heard
  • name appears on index card
  • handkerchief moves (Glorpy)
Apr. 1986
Magick (Issue 368)
Terri Rogers Self-Inflating Plastic Bag with large sponge ball as gimmick
Also published here 1986 76
Terri Rogers Riesen-Schaumgummiball self-inflating plastic bag
Also published here July 1989
Intermagic (Vol. 14 No. 4 & 5)
Keiichi Yamamoto Notes on Wazuma historical notes and ideas on three routines
  • 1. Flying Butterfly and Hyoko
  • 2. Goldfish Fishing & Goldfish Transportation
  • 3. A Tune of a Fan
1990 103
Gordon Jeppesen Turning Point paper tube is balanced on two glasses, one glass moves away then, paper tube turns to audience
Mar. 1991
The Minotaur (Vol. 3 No. 1)
Ralf "Braco" Wichmann Routine number on paper is crumbled and moves up and down corresponding to the number
Feb. 1994
Vibrations (Vol. 16 No. 8)
Karl Norman The Polish Rocket tissue paper starts to lifts off into the air when lighted, gag
1995 71
Karl Fulves Snake On A Tape "Unsolved Mysteries"
calculator with paper tape, it comes out straight up and has a snake printed on it, posed as a problem
1996 77
Jon LeClair Defying Death paper with living person levitates
1997 89
Martin Gardner Psychic Motor
  • Martin Gardner's Corner
paper balancing on needle spins, heat
Sep. 1998
Magic (Vol. 8 No. 1)
Barrie Richardson Mental Motor paper napkin unfolds by itself
Also published here
  • Club 71, Mayday 1991
1999 57
R. Paul Wilson The Camel's Back standing paper falls by itself, three phases, with straw in which air is apparently stored
2001 12
Al Baker Magnetisn't with animation
Also published here 2003
The Secret Ways of Al Baker (Issue Pet Secrets)
Al Baker Magnetisn't billet with special name on it moves, air through tubing in sleeve
Also published here
  • marketed 1931
The Secret Ways of Al Baker (Issue Instructions)
Alain Nu Post Bent spoon drawn on post-it note, paper bends, ends clean
Related toAlso published here Feb. 2004
Magic (Vol. 13 No. 6)
Tom Stone Dachebox various unfinished ideas for Stewart James' Sefalaljia
Also published here 2007 9
Patrick Martin Dreams in Barcelona paper moth torn from napkin moves in glass, is burnt, and napkin shown restored
Related to May 2008
Genii (Vol. 71 No. 5)
Karl Fulves Drawing Straws straw wrapping paper moves away and towards straw, static electricity
Prolix (Issue 6)
Karl Fulves Zombie For Kids rolled up paper napkin clings to hand
Prolix (Issue 8)
Tom Stone DacheBox various unfinished ideas for Stewart James' Sefalaljia
  • Silks from Another Century
  • Wired (featuring idea for Ted Lesley's "Mind Bender")
  • Ceiling Thoughts
  • Shivers
  • Vanishing Sefalaljia
Also published here 2011 29
John Carney Creepy Crawly Creature napkin moves eerie over table
Also published here 2011 32
Hiroshi Sawa ピアノ・トリック (The Piano Trick) Mini piano keyboard is constructed from pieces of white and black paper. Music is heard when you play on the paper keyboard.
2013 61
Mike Caveney Snake Charmin strip of toilet paper levitates à la dancing handkerchief
  • Stripping Thread
  • Thread Management
  • Animating the Snake
  • Cleaning Up the Thread
  • Making Thread Invisible
  • Broken Thread
2013 314
The Technique Wherein a Heihku Moves on its own paper ornament moves on its own
  • Dan Sherer (additional comments)
Also published here
  • Hōkasen, 1764
May 2016
Genii (Vol. 79 No. 5)
Nested Paper Cup Animation two paper cups are nested, the inner one moved up and down
Mar. 2017
Genii (Vol. 80 No. 3)
Allan Zola Kronzek Creepy Crawly crumpled straw wrapper moves
Also published here
  • "Grandpa Magic"
Dec. 2018
Genii (Vol. 81 No. 12)
Alain Nu Post Bent spoon drawn on post-it note, paper bends, ends clean
Also published here 2022 267
Anson Chen Wishstone wish written on paper and paper is set on fire, paper rises up into the air and performer turns ashes into crystal, paper rocket
2023 20