110 entries in Propless / Fakir Stuff
Creators Title Comments & References Year Source Page AA Categories
Unknown To thrust a bodkin into your head without hurt thin knife through head with blade that slips into handle, optional sponge with blood or wine for additional gore effect
Related to 1584 The Discoverie of Witchcraft (Issue XXXIII) 196
Unknown To thrust a bodkin through your toong, and a knife through your arme: a pittifull sight, without hurt or danger gimmicked knifes with bend in middle
1584 The Discoverie of Witchcraft (Issue XXXIII) 197
Unknown To thrust a peece of lead into one eie, and to drive it about (with a sticke) betweene the skin and flesh of the forehead, untill it be brought to the other eie, and there thrust out lead put in one eye (really into hollow wand) and brought out the other
1584 The Discoverie of Witchcraft (Issue XXXIII) 197
Unknown To cut halfe your nose asunder, and to heale it againe presentlie without anie salve gimmicked knife with gap, apparently cut through nose
Related to 1584 The Discoverie of Witchcraft (Issue XXXIII) 197
Unknown To put a ring through your cheeke ring apparently through cheek (with slit), is taken off and put onto stick that two people hold
Related to 1584 The Discoverie of Witchcraft (Issue XXXIII) 197
Unknown To thrust a dagger or bodkin into your guts verie strangelie, and to recover immediatlie false belly with animal blood
1584 The Discoverie of Witchcraft (Issue XXXIII) 198
Unknown To drawe a cord through your nose, mouth or hand, so sensiblie as is woonderful to see crotch with thread through it, really inside the wood around nose
Related to 1584 The Discoverie of Witchcraft (Issue XXXIII) 199
Unknown How to seeme to cut ones nose halfe off knife with half-moon cut out
Related to 1634 The Art of Legerdemain Discovered 22
Unknown How to seeme to pull a rope through your nose crotch with thread through it, really inside the wood around nose
Related to 1634 The Art of Legerdemain Discovered 23
Unknown How to seeme to put a ring through ones cheeke ring apparently through cheek (with slit and spinning illusion), is taken off and put onto stick that two people hold
Related to 1634 The Art of Legerdemain Discovered 26
Unknown How to seeme to thrust a Bodkin in your fore-head knife through head with blade that slips into handle, optional sponge with blood for additional gore effect
Related to 1634 The Art of Legerdemain Discovered 27
Unknown How to breathe fire out of your mouth
1634 The Art of Legerdemain Discovered 29
Unknown Die Blutschrift der Fakire name of spectator appears on arm in red, chemical
Aug. 1895 Die Zauberwelt (Vol. 1 No. 8) 127
Carl Willmann Briefkasten answering letters, opening spring flower loads, Prof. Hermann (Herrmann), fire eating, sealing filled glasses for productions
Nov. 1895 Die Zauberwelt (Vol. 1 No. 11) 176
Unknown Der unverwundbare Zauberkünstler knife or nail through arm or hand, different gaffs
Sep. 1897 Die Zauberwelt (Vol. 3 No. 9) 137
Unknown Ein Wunder der Fakire apple on hand of spectator, performer cuts it in two halves with a knife or sword without harming the hand
Jan. 1897 Der Zauberspiegel (Vol. 2 No. 5) 72
Unknown A Rather Dangerous Trick stunt
1902 The Modern Conjurer 300
Otto Werner Wie man sich eine Nadel durch den Kopf schlagen kann needle apparently pushed into forehead and removed from back of head
June 1904 Die Zauberwelt (Vol. 10 No. 6) 94
Unknown Pulse Stopping
1928 Sub Rosa 81
Unknown Shot in the Eye shot grains swallowed, they come out of both eyes
1937 The Magic Annual for 1937 98
Unknown Cutting the Thumb apparently cut in thumb with blood
1937 The Magic Annual for 1937 99
Theodore Annemann No Pain fakir stunt combination:
  • burning cigarette on tongue
  • needle through arm (real)
  • eating pepper
  • putting hand in trap
Related to 1939 The Jinx 51-100 (Issue 59) 423
Unknown Yogi Stuff holding a cigarette at the burning end
1939 Chap's Scrapbook (Vol. 1 No. 8) 2
Joseph Ovette Impaled thumb covered with newspaper is pierced with needles
1939 Chap's Scrapbook (Vol. 2 No. 4) 2
John Houdi, Dr. George W. Crane The Houdini Breath Control Method
1940 The Jinx 51-100 (Issue 92) 571
Joseph H. Fries Painless Chirurgery cut in thumb heals
1941 The Jinx 101-151 (Issue 126) 730
Unknown Der Puls steht still... stopping the pulse
May 1942 Hokus Pokus (Vol. 4 No. 5) 4
Stuart Robson, James Mc Knight Horrors! pins through tongue, lamb's tongue
1943 The Phoenix 1-50 (Issue 27) 113
Tom Sellers The Disjointed Finger finger apparently disjointed with a cracking sound, spectator feels disjoint
1943 Twenty Tricks 4
Herb Runge Iron Finger! stopping an electric fan with the thumb
1944 The Phoenix 51-100 (Issue 73) 298
Jean Hugard Foiling the Iron Grip escaping a strong man's grip
Aug. 1944 Hugard's Magic Monthly — Volumes I, II, III and IV (Vol. 2 No. 3) 64
Laurie Ireland Betchas collection of bar bets, several reprints of the Phoenix
1945 Ireland's Yearbooks (Issue Yearbook 1945) 6
Bruce Elliott Make the Pulse Go Faster
1945 The Phoenix 51-100 (Issue 91) 371
C. R. Eaton Two Tips on Tricks
  • needle through thumb ( illusion of blood)
  • Silk to Egg (color of the eggs)
1946 Ireland's Yearbooks (Issue Yearbook 1946) 8
Unknown Fakir werden ist nicht schwer fakir tricks, needle through cheek and throat, nail in nose "Human Blockhead"
1946 Hokus Pokus (Vol. 8 No. 2) 9
Stuart P. Cramer Parlour Yoga
  • pulse stopping
  • blood flow
  • hand turns white
  • pin smashed in table with palm
  • hand removed from skunk trap
Related to 1949 The Phoenix 151-200 (Issue 178) 713
Unknown Fireproof Fingers holding burning cigarette between two fingers
1949 Over the Coffee Cups 25
Ormond McGill Blood and Pulse Control stopping and starting pulse at will
1951 Psychic Magic — Vol. 5 25
Ormond McGill Black Death pulse in both arms and heart beat stops
1951 Psychic Magic — Vol. 5 27
Ormond McGill Yogi Anesthetic human pincushion, needles are pushed in arm, needle through the flesh of a spectator
1951 Psychic Magic — Vol. 5 27
Ormond McGill The Trap Mystery activating a jump trap without being harmed
Related to 1951 Psychic Magic — Vol. 6 8
Nelmar Levitation of a Bar of Iron bar of iron is held by two spectators, it raises and lowers at the performer's fingertips, suggestion
Related to
  • Nelmar's "20 Hypnotic Tricks"
1951 Psychic Magic — Vol. 6 9
H. R. Benfer Electroizm spectator feels special sensation on hand, electric shock
1957 Ireland's Yearbooks (Issue Yearbook 1957) 25
Dr. Spencer Thornton Pulse Control slow down, speed up and eventually stop the pulse, method without gimmick
1958 Thornton's Secrets of Mental Magic 2
Edwin Leist-Bernini Eine unmögliche Möglichkeit light bulb lights up when placed inside mouth, eating candle
Also published here
  • in "Magie" 1938
1958 Hokus Pokus (Vol. 19 No. 5) 740
Dr. William Weyeneth Kein Witz temperature on thermometer increases a lot when placed inside fist
1959 Hokus Pokus (Vol. 20 No. 2) 800
Roger Klause Pin-E-Tration pin through skin of the finger and apparently painless into spectator's wrist
1967 The Art of Close-Up Magic — Volume 1 242
Stuart P. Cramer The Parlor Yogi stopping pulse and blood flow
1969 HEX! 1
David Ray Stigmata design cards, one design chosen with card sword (!), design appears on skin with luminous paint
1969 HEX! 63
J. "Rink" van Rinkhuyzen, Somerset Maugham Grand Guignol thumb is cut with a knife until the performer bleeds, wound is healed
Variations 1969 The Art of Close-Up Magic — Volume 2 126
Ken Samoray The Human Blowtorch gasoline swallowing presentation, flame from pipe and thumb
1970 Ireland's Yearbooks (Issue Yearbook 1969-70) 86
Unknown Acupuntura toothpick through finger
1975 Magia en el Bar 65
Burling Hull Yoga Pulse Test and Volta Light Test pulse and blood flow demonstration
1976 The Amazing World of Mentalism 43
John Greget Pinpoint pulse is stopped and pushpin jammed into palm of hand
1979 Magick (Issue 223) 1112
Unknown Cutting the Apple No. 26, apple on palm is hit by knife, apple splits in two but hand is unharmed
1983 101 Psychic Tests 8
Unknown Blood Writing No. 34, blood message appears on arm
1983 101 Psychic Tests 10
Unknown Real Blood Writing No. 35, blood writing appears on arm
1983 101 Psychic Tests 10
Unknown Stigmata! No. 36, hands placed on cardboards, blood imprint appears
1983 101 Psychic Tests 10
Unknown The Strangulation Test No. 59, rope is pulled around neck of performer
1983 101 Psychic Tests 16
Unknown The Brick Test No. 60, performer breaks brick with hand
1983 101 Psychic Tests 16
Unknown Bending a Bar of Steel! No. 61
1983 101 Psychic Tests 16
Unknown To Tear a Telephone Directory in Half No. 62
1983 101 Psychic Tests 16
Unknown Ripping a Deck of Cards No. 63
1983 101 Psychic Tests 17
Unknown The Nail Act: Driving a Nail into Wooden Plank with Your Bare Hand No. 64
1983 101 Psychic Tests 17
Unknown Driving a Nail through the Wall No. 65
1983 101 Psychic Tests 17
Unknown Bending a Large Thick Nail with Your Bare Hands! No. 66
1983 101 Psychic Tests 17
Unknown Bending a Nail with Your Teeth! No. 67
1983 101 Psychic Tests 17
Unknown Extracting Nails from a Wooden Board with the Fingertips! No. 68
1983 101 Psychic Tests 17
Unknown Pulling a Bus with Your Teeth! No. 69
1983 101 Psychic Tests 18
Unknown The Anvil Test No. 71, performer lies on bed of nails with anvil on chest, assistant beats on anvil with a hammer
1983 101 Psychic Tests 18
Unknown Breaking a Large Stone on the Chest of the Strongman with a Sledge Hammer as He Lays on a Bed of Nails No. 72
1983 101 Psychic Tests 19
Unknown A Car is Driven over the Body of the Strongman without Injury! No. 73
1983 101 Psychic Tests 19
Unknown Bending a Steel Bar with the Head! No. 74
1983 101 Psychic Tests 19
Unknown Breaking a Heavy Welded-Link Chain with the Chest Muscles! No. 75
1983 101 Psychic Tests 20
Unknown Lifting a Heavy Metal Tank Full of Water! No. 76
1983 101 Psychic Tests 20
Unknown Very Strong Ladies No. 77, several strongman stunts
1983 101 Psychic Tests 21
Unknown If a Young Lady Extends Her Arms and Places Her Hands Flat against the Wall, Half a Dozen Persons Cannot Push Her against the Wall! No. 78
1983 101 Psychic Tests 21
Unknown Eating Glass No. 84, dangerous method
1983 101 Psychic Tests 23
Wayne Kyzer Caught comedy routine with a bear trap, activating a jump trap without being harmed
Related to 1983 The Trapdoor — Volume One (Issue 2) 20
Rocco Silano Hot and Cold Cigarette lit cigarette touched on spectator's hand without burning him
1990 If it fits... Sleeve it! 34
Harald Kurz D - Daumen, brennender burning thumb
1991 Hardcore 32
Joe Rindfleisch Needled #1 long needle pushed through neck, impromptu
1994 The Trapdoor — Volume Three (Issue 54) 1007
Joe Rindfleisch Needled #2 long needle pushed through neck, impromptu
1994 The Trapdoor — Volume Three (Issue 54) 1007
Gerd Winkler Makaber - Makaber performer removes his eye to find the selection, paper is stapled over eye
Also published here 1996 Inside Cardmagic — Band 2 200
Bill "Dusty" Miller The Telltale Timber stopping pulse, block of wood falls over, using the Telekinetic Timber
1996 Syzygy (Vol. 3 No. 14) 242
John Swomley Real World Rat Trap comedy routine, performer apparently puts hand in rat trap
1997 The Trapdoor — Volume Three (Issue 66) 1316
Andrew Mayne Lit cigarette is extinguished on tongue
1998 Mad Mojo 70
Karl Fulves Pulse Stopping with small skull that is produced afterwards
2000 Lost Vampire Secrets 159
Gerd Winkler Bizarre, Bizarre performer removes his eye to find the selection, paper is stapled over eye
Also published here 2000 Concertos for Pasteboard 215
Simon Lovell The Texas Chainthumb Massare or Grand Guignol Revisited thumb is cut with a knife until the performer bleeds, wound is healed
Inspired by 2000 Son of Simon Says! 135
Andrew Mayne Paperclip Through Arm
Inspired by
  • Harry Anderson's "Needle Through Arm"
2000 Shock Magic 16
Andrew Mayne Nail in Head Human Blockhead
2000 Shock Magic 19
Andrew Mayne Spike Though Tongue Act 1
2000 Shock Magic 25
Andrew Mayne Spike Through Tongue Act II spike through tongue and pulling it out
2000 Shock Magic 28
Andrew Mayne A Simple method for profuse bleeding method for fake bleeding
2000 Shock Magic 33
David Berglas Your Finger on the Pulse pulse stop with two spectators, stage presentation
2002 The Mind & Magic of David Berglas 368
Luke Jermay Stigmata to Go Please blood stigmata on palms of the hand
2003 Building Blocks 69
Ted Lesley Shop of Horrors cutting in thumb, after blood is washed no injury can be seen
2003 2003 U.S. Master Class Notes 11
Andrew Mayne Electric Lunch smashing light bulb in bag and apparently eating pieces
2003 Mayhem 16
Andrew Mayne Thumbtack pushing thumbtack in thumb
2003 Mayhem 18
Lee Earle Go For The Juglar pulse measured at neck stops, false pulse
2003 Syzygy (Vol. 5 No. 17) 426
Rick Bronson Needle Through What?!? needle through balloon supposed to be done blindfolded, when balloon is take with other hand, it is seen that the needle goes through the arm
Also published here
  • Genii, July 1991
2005 Seven By Rick Bronson 24
Darwin Ortiz The Fire Test lit match placed in hand
2006 Designing Miracles 134
Tom Stone Note 7 fake fire bowl for gag fakir stunts, then setting something on fire with it for real
Apr. 2009 Genii (Vol. 72 No. 4) 20
Unknown Hoo-Doo Guru stopping the pulse
2011 Mr. Mysto's Wizard Academy 36
Christoph Borer Die gerechte Strafe sword jammed in arm
2016 21 182
Unknown The Technique of Grasping Red Hot Iron chemicals applied to skin
  • Dan Sherer (additional comments)
  • Max Maven (additional comments)
Also published here
  • Hōkasen, 1764
May 2016 Genii (Vol. 79 No. 5) 80
Unknown The Technique of Biting Into A Pot eating metal
  • Dan Sherer (additional comments)
Also published here
  • Hōkasen, 1764
May 2016 Genii (Vol. 79 No. 5) 81
Wayne Houchin Thread Magician swallows thread, thread is pulled out of eye
2019 Houchin: Thread & Control 1
Wayne Houchin Control Pulse of magician is felt to slow down, stop, and then return to normal, no props needed, nothing under armpit
2019 Houchin: Thread & Control 13