55 entries in Match & Matchbox / Match / Puzzle
Creators Title Comments & References Year Source Page AA Categories
Unknown Streichholz-Rätsel layout puzzle
Feb. 1899 Die Zauberwelt (Vol. 5 No. 2) 31
Talmi Bellachini Ein Streichholzscherz burning a match with its head down without burning oneself
Apr. 1899 Die Zauberwelt (Vol. 5 No. 4) 62
Unknown To Lift Three Matches with One
1902 The Modern Conjurer 301
Unknown A Bridge of Matches
1902 The Modern Conjurer 314
Friedrich "Fritz" Hügli Wer nimmt das letzte Streichholz? puzzle, 15 matches on table 1, 2 or three can be removed at each turn, last one loses
1930 Zauberkunststücke 13
Friedrich "Fritz" Hügli Das Geldstück unter dem Streichholz bar bet, two matches balanced on matchbox and on coin, coin has to be removed
1930 Zauberkunststücke 14
Foscola Ein Streichholzscherz how to hold a burning match upside down for thirty seconds
Mar. 1941 La Baguette Magique (Issue 3) 7
Danny Morris, Doc Hurwitz Betcha word play bet with a coin and three matches
1942 The Phoenix 1-50 (Issue 22) 93
Unknown 7 kleine Tricks am Tisch
  • bet with matches
  • balancing a pencil
  • balancing three coins
  • balancing a glass on the table
  • coin penetrates filled beer glass and tabletop
  • magnetized cigarette
  • balancing a pencil, different method
Sep. 1942 Hokus Pokus (Vol. 4 No. 9) 3
Richard Himber Paper Match Throwing match landing on the side, bar bet
1943 The Phoenix 1-50 (Issue 28) 118
Al Cohn Betcha holding a burning paper match upside down for 50 seconds
1943 The Phoenix 1-50 (Issue 32) 132
John R. Boyko, John McCormick Blitz-Match winning game
Related to
  • correction on page 154
1943 The Phoenix 1-50 (Issue 36) 149
L. Vosburgh Lyons Match Puzzle eleven matches, triangle
Related to
  • page 171 for the solution
1943 The Phoenix 1-50 (Issue 40) 167
Tom Fitzgerald A Cute Betcha match balancing on edge of a match, everything is covered under a glass, removing match without touching anything
1944 The Phoenix 51-100 (Issue 53) 217
Unknown Match Puzzle
1947 The Phoenix 101-150 (Issue 120) 484
Unknown The Fifteen Match-Sticks Puzzle game/puzzle
1948 The Fine Art of Magic 279
Will Baffel The Girl with the Eggs puzzle with matches
Also published here 1951 The Phoenix 201 — 250 (Issue 232) 929
John Murray 20-16=7 match puzzle
1960 The New Phoenix 351-400 (Issue 352) 237
Dr. William Weyeneth Denksportaufgabe für Fortgeschrittene puzzle with matches
1965 Hokus Pokus (Vol. 26 No. 5) 81
Unknown Match Puzzle see p. 144 for solution
Related to
  • p. 172 for George Blake suggestion
Nov. 1967 The Pallbearers Review Vol. 1-4 (Vol. 3 No. 1) 132
George Blake Match Up climax for match puzzle in which matches are in both fists head up and down
Inspired by
  • item in Magigram, Nov/Dec 1967
Apr. 1968 The Pallbearers Review Vol. 1-4 (Vol. 3 No. 6) 174
Ken De Courcy Part one - Match Puzzles chapter intro
1971 At the Drop of a Match 4
Unknown Tantalising Cocktail layout puzzle
1971 At the Drop of a Match 4
Unknown Upstream - Downstream layout puzzle with fish
1971 At the Drop of a Match 5
Martin Gardner Fish Layout Puzzle
Variations Aug. 1974 The Pallbearers Review Vol. 9-10 (Vol. 9 No. 10) 776
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

Dec. 1975 Pabular (Vol. 2 No. 4) 192
Karl Fulves Things Equal "Math Trix"
match puzzle
Oct. 1975 The Pallbearers Review Vol. 9-10 (Vol. 10 No. 12) 1058
Unknown Cerilla-X match is marked on one side and thrown on the table, mark side is up, gag or bar bet
1975 Magia en el Bar 75
Karl Fulves Routined Magic match puzzle, then coin penetrates upwards through table into match box, example for routining two things
1977 The Magic Book 27
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
June 1978 Pabular (Vol. 4 No. 10) 588
Fred Robinson, Peter Wentworth, Wally Boyce Where There's Smoke
  • jumping match
  • match puzzle, breaking it with one hand
  • puzzle, match head falls off
Aug. 1978 Pabular (Vol. 4 No. 12) 609
Unknown Streichhölzer collection of thirteen bar bets and puzzles with matches
Mar. 1980 Intermagic (Vol. 7 No. 1) 21
William H. McCaffrey Die verheirateten Streichhölzer story illustrated with matches
Also published here
  • Genii, July 1977
Nov. 1980 Intermagic (Vol. 7 No. 3) 118
Unknown Primitive Calculator puzzle with matches
1981 Interlocutor (Issue 45) 178
Unknown Euclid's Triangle No. 10, puzzle, forming eight triangles with six matches
1981 Self-Working Table Magic 15
Unknown Squaring the Square No. 11
1981 Self-Working Table Magic 16
Unknown Four Square No. 12
1981 Self-Working Table Magic 16
Unknown The Roman Equation No. 13, roman numbers, changing point of view
1981 Self-Working Table Magic 17
Unknown A Fish Story No. 14, match puzzle, fishes has to swim in other direction by moving some matches
1981 Self-Working Table Magic 17
Unknown Tipsy Cocktail No. 15, match puzzle, glass with four matches and an olive inside, moving two matches to remove olive from glass
1981 Self-Working Table Magic 18
Unknown The Little House No. 16, Ann Ten, match Puzzle
1981 Self-Working Table Magic 19
Unknown World's Strongest? No. 17, lifting a matchbox with two fingers on a cigarette box, first and little finger
1981 Self-Working Table Magic 19
Will Baffel Die Eierfrau puzzle with matches
Also published here June 1981 Intermagic (Vol. 8 No. 2) 73
Stephen Tucker Star of Wonder match puzzle as revelation of star sign with ESP symbols
1982 Spell-Binder (Vol. 2 No. 20) 390
Rudolf Braunmüller Kuriositäten
  • 1. Einsteins Theorie
  • 2. Das Siebener-Problem
  • 3. Das 7-Streichhölzer-Problem
Oct. 1987 Intermagic (Vol. 13 No. 1) 22
Milbourne Christopher Ein Taschentrick layout puzzle with matches, ends with appearing matches
1997 Intermagic (Vol. 21 No. 2) 79
Unknown Matching Matches
  • "Dot Com - Tricks and stunts with numbers"
equation with matches
1998 The Fine Print (Issue 8) 246
Unknown Streichhölzer puzzles and impromptu effects
1999 Intermagic (Vol. 23 No. 2) 69
Unknown The Giraffe Puzzle match layout puzzle, see page 62 of next issue for solution
Also published here
  • Martin Gardner article in Games magazine, Oct. 1997
2000 Charlatan (Issue 4) 48
Martin Gardner Match Ace layout puzzle
2002 Latter Day Secrets (Issue 7) 264
Karl Fulves Match Maker layout puzzle about making words out of matches
2006 Prolix (Issue 2) 94
Karl Fulves Squarersville layout puzzle
2007 Prolix (Issue 3) 153
Roberto Giobbi The Matchstick Routine layout puzzles
  • First Part
  • Second Part
  • Third Part
  • Bonus Part
Oct. 2007 Genii (Vol. 70 No. 10) 18
Pekka Gunst Reindeer Puzzle match puzzle
2010 Secret Agenda (Issue May 28) 159
Unknown Matches matchstick puzzle
2016 Hidden Agenda (Issue May 14) 138