144 entries in Light & Fire / Fire
Creators Title Comments & References Year Source Page AA Categories
How to breathe fire out of your mouth
1634 29
La Lampe Sympatique lamp can be blown out with a tube even when tube is pointed to other direction
1784 41
How to terrify such as are entirely unacquainted with the Nature of Phosphorus writing and drawing on walls, glowing in the dark, lighting a match
1784 96
The Bowls of Water and Bowls of Fire produced from a Shawl
1876 371
Der magische Name paper burnt, letters of a name remain unburnt, chemical
Feb. 1895
Die Zauberwelt (Vol. 1 No. 2)
Carl Willmann Der Zauberstab und seine verschiedenen Präparationen
  • wand for continuous cigarette production
  • wand to ignite candle, chemical or with match
  • coin catching wand, two versions (one with folding coin, continued in next issue)
Mar. 1895
Die Zauberwelt (Vol. 1 No. 3)
Carl Willmann Briefkasten answering letters, on Gustav Stampfl, Cumberland, chemical fire eating
Apr. 1895
Die Zauberwelt (Vol. 1 No. 4)
Carl Willmann Briefkasten answering letters, fireproof materials, flames of different colors, exposure in magazines
June 1898
Die Zauberwelt (Vol. 4 No. 6)
Samuel "St. Roman" Thiersfeld Licht dans Séances oder "mehr Licht" No. 3, candle blown out and lit again with only the fingers, repeat, hidden flame gimmick in hand or chemical method
1899 20
Red Fire with chemicals
1899 108
Selbstverbrennung einer Karte und ihre Wiederherstellung No. 16, card placed on stand, burns on command, reappears in bottle that is broken to get it out, flap folding card in bottle
1900 97
Ein Licht anzünden, ohne dessen Docht zu berühren No. 3, blowing out a candle an igniting a match by being only near the wick
1900 158
Die Flammenschrift writing burns into piece of paper
Nov. 1900
Die Zauberwelt (Vol. 6 No. 11)
H. F. C. Suhr Der bezauberte Fünfmarkschein bill vanishes in flash of fire, appears again, flash paper bill
July 1901
Die Zauberwelt (Vol. 7 No. 7)
Cardboard Figures Blow Out and Light a Candle non-magical science experiment
1902 306
Phantome Ein moderner Erfinder - 11. liquid catches fire by itself on spoon, chemical
Related to Jan. 1902
Die Zauberwelt (Vol. 8 No. 1)
Friedrich "Fritz" Hügli 3. Der Lichtanzünder transferring flame from candle to candle, held with the fingertips, special gimmick
1903 58
Friedrich "Fritz" Hügli V. Spiritistische Spiegelfechtereien
  • 1. Wanderung von Tinte und Wasser (ink and water transposition, glass and bottle)
  • 2. Die Macht der magischen Mixtur (silk vanish, one placed over candle vanishes in a flash, silk appears in small bottle)
  • 3. Feuer und Wasser (water starts to burn)
  • 4. Das verschwindende Wasserglas (glass filled with water vanishes under handkerchief)
1903 92
Friedrich "Fritz" Hügli XIII. Variatio Delectat
  • 1. Feuer in den Fingerspitzen (flame of candle is ignited again with fingers)
  • 2. Kerzen-Metamorphose (candle transforms into silk, wrapped in paper)
  • 3. Wanderschaft (Tuch- und Teller-Kunststück) (silk vanishes and appears under plate)
  • 4. Das Chamäleon-Tuch (silk changes color inside tube)
  • 5. Das verschwindende Seidentuch (silk vanishes in paper cone)
1903 140
Carl Willmann Die Feuerschale fire bowl production
Jan. 1904
Die Zauberwelt (Vol. 10 No. 1)
A. J. Verschiedenes on travels to China and tricks he has seen there (eggs appear under bowl, ball to bird head, hay catches fire)
July 1904
Die Zauberwelt (Vol. 10 No. 7)
Carl Anderson, William G. Edwards Tricks of the Trade compilation of tips on:
1. painting metal
2. glueing cloth
3. table tops
4. painting tables
5. table tops
6. "Anderson Inlaid Top"
7. silk handkerchief quality
8. sheet brass
9. soft & hard brass
10. velvet
11. brass tubing
12. "lighted candle from pocket"
13. candle oil
14. servante for glass of water
15. thread
16. wax
1909 289
L'Homme Masqué Magically Lighting a Candle or Cigarette gimmick on ring
1909 333
Albert Fellows, Stanley Collins Bottled Sunshine longer routine, tissue paper bursts into in fire, hole is burnt in a playing card with a reading-glass, three candles catch alight, third candle begins to melt
1920 90
Friedrich "Fritz" Hügli Das wandernde Licht flash produced from flame of candle, then candle is wrapped inside paper and vanishes in pocket, then lit candle is produced from inside jacket
1927 128
Frank Lane, U. F. Grant Our Pocket Fire Bowl fire bowl production from under handkerchief
1935 24
Jean Hugard Production of the First Thimble: Various Methods five ways to produce a single thimble in a dramatic manner, some involving fire/flash paper
1936 20
Fire-Eating routine with assistant and some byplay, relighting candle, candle bit off, smoke out of mouth, pole and ribbons from mouth, umbrella production
1937 107
Hindu Fire Eating classic, stick with fire into mouth
1937 114
Max Holden The Whole Art of Smoke Pictures blackening a plate with torch, then pictures are made by wiping out parts, longer write-up
1937 115
Roy Chapman A Practical Flashpot
1938 875
Lenz Glowing Embers eating fakir stunt
The Jinx (Issue Summer Extra 1939)
George Delaney A Magnetic Personality
  • magnetic/mesmerised cards
  • buzzing sound when touching metal
  • fire flash in the dark
Oct. 1939
The Jinx (Issue 61)
Oscar "Oscarelli" Rey Brennendes Wasser published as ORU, water in bowl starts burning, chemical
Hokus Pokus (Vol. 1 No. 2)
Abril Lamarque Match Gag gag in which match doesn't go out and is then put in pocket lightened
Jan. 1940
The Jinx (Issue 75)
Theodore Annemann Paper Burns by Itself phosphor spit on it
The Jinx (Issue 109)
Lloyd W. Chambers How Time Flies bowl of fire produced, fire changes to flowers, bowl changes to a clock, spring-hinged flap in bowl, clock drawn on bottom of bowl
1941 3
Eddie Joseph The Fire Fountain small firework from cup
1942 42
Eddie Joseph Firing the Cup fire from cups
Related to
  • "The Flaming Cups" (earlier Eddie Joseph book on Cups and Balls)
1942 43
Eddie Joseph Spontaneous Combustion palmed fire gimmick to produce fireworks from cup
1942 43
Earl Morgan Rising Flame flame from match floats up to light cigarette
Ireland's Yearbooks (Issue Yearbook 1943)
John Mulholland Magic Flame sugar lump ignites and burns with blue flame, spectator cannot replicate this even with sugar from same bowl, lump dipped in cigar/cigarette ash
1944 136
John Mulholland Jumping Flame two lit candles, after one is extinguished it is reignited from the other flame without touching it
1944 137
James Upchurch Cold Fire - The Magic Torch fake blow torch, effects with cold fire (bulb of flash light), melting metal, boiling water and more
Ireland's Yearbooks (Issue Yearbook 1945)
Joan Brandon The Flaming Punch flame from liquid, piece for a magic bar routine
1945 292
Joseph K. Schmidt Flash Paper Interlude flash appears, cigarette ignites palmed flash paper
Nov. 1945 164
L. Hopple, Ed. Prendergast Aladdin's Lamp handkerchief turns into lighted lamp
Ireland's Yearbooks (Issue Yearbook 1946)
Billy McComb William's Hot Book flames from a book
Related to 1947 32
Billy McComb William Amid the Fakirs gazing at a match causing it to ignite
1947 42
Milbourne Christopher M. C. Item production of bowl of fire, when someone asks for a lighter
July 1947 332
Frederick Braue Kwik Trik placing and removing lit match in various pockets
July 1947 334
Milbourne Christopher, Eddie Roberts The Phantom Flame flame is removed from lighter and placed back, Zippo style
Variations Jan. 1948 385
Don Tanner Writing with Fire lit cigarette touched on paper, a flame starts burning along a line on the paper, writing a word or design, chemical
Dec. 1948 11
Ed Heyl Whistle Flame variation on Roberts routine, instead of shaking lighter, performer whistles to bring flame back
Inspired by Apr. 1949
Hugard's Magic Monthly (Vol. 6 No. 11)
Indestructible Bill bill soaked in whiskey burns without damage
1949 6
Felix Korim Flame from Candle to Bulb flame carried from candle to light bulb
June/July 1949 14
U. F. Grant Atomic Energy fire explosion in glass
Aug./Sep. 1949
Grant's Inner Circle Magazine (Vol. 1 No. 11 & 12)
Milbourne Christopher, Sid Lorraine Flame Up piece of newspaper is touched with blown-out match and starts to burn
June 1950 671
Floyd Catlin Magic Flame rolling up a newspaper an blowing through it, with lighted match, flame comes from tube
Ireland's Yearbooks (Issue Yearbook 1951)
Eugene L. Bulson May I Borrow Your Light, Sir? clever gimmick to remove a flame from lighter / candle
Ireland's Yearbooks (Issue Yearbook 1953)
Eddie Joseph The Flame in the Bottle match is placed inside empty spirit bottle and flame and sound is produced, performer can repeat it but spectator will fail
1954 4
Allessandro A Cigarette Routine cigarettes are produced, then removing flame from candle and vanishing candle with handkerchief
Ireland's Yearbooks (Issue Yearbook 1958)
Tony Corinda Novel Revelation of a Selected Word page is set on fire, everything burns down except a circle with the selected word
1959 212
Al Hancuff Book a Blaze self-made burning book
Ireland's Yearbooks (Issue Yearbook 1961)
Heinz "Durox" Rüegg Vom Gag zum Trick eating a lit match, flame appears from sleeve, while smoking
Related to
  • "Magie" 11/1964
Hokus Pokus (Vol. 27 No. 2)
Ernesto "Ernest" Pracchia, Oscar Lopez Keller Liquido Mágico paper becomes hot in the hand of spectator, using mercury acid
1967 78
Sam Lebeoff A Canticle candle does not extinguish underneath glass, but when it is removed
Jan. 1969 233
Eddie Joseph Yogi's Gaze newspaper catches fire by itself, chemical
  • My Introduction to "Yogi's Gaze"
  • Preparation
  • The Prime Presentation
  • Points to Remember
  • Alternative Presentation
Related to 1969 259
Jack Bateman Flaming Torch to Cane
Ireland's Yearbooks (Issue Yearbook 1969-70)
Pete Biro Funkenring Fun
Ireland's Yearbooks (Issue Yearbook 1969-70)
Billy McComb Hot Stuff foil gets hot, chemical
1972 141
Amedeo Vacca Flash Teatro fire flashs appear in the hands, opening
1974 18
Jock Crombie A Gag From Crombo lighter gag
July 1976
Pabular (Vol. 2 No. 11)
Jan Heins, Carl Lauchli Firewater gag, with a lighter a burst of flame comes from a half empty drink
Dec. 1976
Pabular (Vol. 3 No. 4)
Al Mann Dinner Table Yoga playing with a burning cotton ball, eventually eating it
1976 10
Burling Hull Ball of Paper Held by Spectator Bursts into Flame chemical
1976 32
Burning Sugar Cube
1976 215
Die zögernde Flamme performer takes a candle from a jacket and then the flame to lit candle and cigarette
Hokus Pokus (Vol. 38 No. 1)
Fred Robinson, Mark Weston, Tommy Wonder Where There's Smoke pencil gag, magnetic (Mark Weston)
flame of a lighter and handkerchief (Jos Bema / Tommy Wonder)
Jan. 1978
Pabular (Vol. 4 No. 5)
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)
Karrell Fox, Fred Robinson, Martin Breese, Fred Snooks Where There's Smoke
  • smoking thumb, by inhaling smoke of a match (sent in by Martin Breese)
  • smoke a matchbox
  • split a burning match to give fire
  • extinguish a match by blowing in the opposite sleeve, paper match (Karrel Fox)
  • joke, matches and water (Fred Snooks)
July 1978
Pabular (Vol. 4 No. 11)
John Cornelius Fireworks "Curiosities"
lit match is placed behind back and comes out out (gag), then in repeat it comes out lit again
The Chronicles (Issue 12)
Van Cleve Curse of Darkness "Curiosities"
candle is lighted, flame shrinks to glow and expands again
Also published here
  • "Curse of Darkness" (Van Cleve, Weird Magic)
The Chronicles (Issue 15)
Shogen / Zen Heat Wave medallion becomes really hot, foil
Magick (Issue 255)
Terry Tyson Burn, Witch with evil name, wrapped in foil, becomes hot
Magick (Issue 269)
Tony Andruzzi Hot Stuff paper with information starts to burn, information is revealed
Magick (Issue 271)
Bob Fitch Productions - Steals - Loads stealing from the topit, with applications
  • XII-A. Direct Steal
    • 1) Egg on fan
    • 2) Invisible deck
    • 3) Cups & Balls
    • 4) Dye Tube
    • 5) Produce scissors
    • 6) Balloon to Dove
    • 7) Flames from Hands
    • 8) Fishbowl production
    • 9) Fountain of Silks
  • XII-B. Indirect Steal
    • 1) Rabbit and Tray
    • 2) Molding a Rabbit
1980 5
Ken De Courcy, Billy McComb The Blood Feast of the Sun tissue paper crumpled up by spectator, it bursts into flames by itself, chemical
1980 ca. 2
Al Mann Pyro-Sorcery newspaper starts burning by willpower, eight methods
1981 1
Arrested Oxidation paper does not burn until performer wants to
1981 5
Paul Harris Heart Burn corner of card stroken on match-book, ignites and burns
Also published here 1981 99
Fireworks No. 14, orange peeling squeezed over flame
1983 6
Al Mann Card Location No. 15, selection is found by holding it over a flame and little fireworks is seen
1983 6
Al Mann Fireballs No. 17, in dark seance room
1983 6
Al Mann Causing Beutifull Explosions in the Seance Room No. 25, glowing bubbles explode when set on fire
1983 7
The Tongues of Hades No. 91, flames are seen in dark seance room
1983 26
Michael Ammar, Adam Fleischer, Paul Harris, Daryl Martinez Freeze Dried Flame flame from match is removed and freezes, flame is placed back on match
1983 104
Paul Maurer Paul Maurer's Magische Intermezzi: Der brennende Daumen igniting thumb, thumb wrapped in handkerchief
Hokus Pokus (Vol. 44 No. 4)
The Flame Thru the Hanky flame of lighter is moved around handkerchief, no harm
1984 6
Steve Beam Flash Finale flames from coin purse, as a finale to The Thing, gag
1985 196
John Kennedy Haunted Candle Flame candle flame travels around
Mar. 1987
Magical Arts Journal (Vol. 1 No. 8)
Gary Hipp Scorcher match burns and apparently performer forgets it, it burns without burning the fingers
1987 323
Asako Suda Cane from Fireball
1988 43
Karl Fulves Sparky spark-plug releases sparks in hand, posed as problem
Interlocutor (Issue 52)
Karrell Fox A "Hot" Item trade show presentation for flaming book
1988 128
Rocco Silano Fire and Ice: The Formal Presentation cotton burned in flash, ice produced from flame, sleeving
1990 45
Rocco Silano Shaken, Not Stirred cotton touched to lips and then burned in flash, to prove that gasoline was drunk, gag
1990 48
Rocco Silano Flash Paper Ring on Cigarette method to produce fire from cigarette
1990 51
Rocco Silano Funkenring Tip "Trio of Tips"
1990 52
Michael Weber Flame Thrower improvised flash device, flame thrower
1991 92
Harald Kurz D - Daumen, brennender burning thumb
1991 32
Harald Kurz F - Feuerring on appearing flame in hand
1991 33
John Scarne Traveling Flame flame taken off lighter and tossed back, credit information, lighter covered with silk and use of Storm King lighters
Rigmarole (Issue 5)
Shawn McMaster The Fox Sisters' Table piece of wood falls over by itself and animates out of a glass jar, then it starts to burn for a short while
June 1994
The Lemniscate (Vol. 1 No. 1)
Fantasio Flammende Daumenspitze building a thumb tip flame, removing flame from lighter
1995 21
Jay Scott Berry Flame Tip thumb tip variation that can support a fire flame
1995 3
Jay Scott Berry Frozen Fire flame picked off a candle with bare hands, flame changes into two silks, using Flame Tip
1995 23
Paul Harris Heartburn corner of card stroken on match-book, ignites and burns
Also published here 1996
The Art of Astonishment — Book 3 (Issue Close-up Fantasies Finale)
David Harkey, Eric Anderson Bonfire matches in shot glass start to burn by themselves, chemical
Related to 1997 60
Karl Fulves Heat Rises tinfoil gets hot on spectator's hand, voodoo type presentation
Related to 1997
Underworld (Issue 5)
Richard Bartram, Jr. Burning a Big One after burnt match appears back in matchbook, matchbook bursts into flames
1997 113
Karl Fulves Blow Out "Unsolved Mysteries"
candle in glass, lit candle outside, blowed on glass, outside candle goes out and other one is now lit, posed as a problem
1998 268
Bobby Bernard Utility Altar Light transposition of flames of flame from candle to candle, with glasses
Inspired by
  • Gen Grant's "Altar Light"
Apr. 1998
Mind & Magic Magazine (Vol. 1 No. 10)
Masklyn ye Mage Hell Dollars fake bill starts burning
Also published here
  • The New Invocation, Dec. 1989
Oct. 2000
Genii (Vol. 63 No. 10)
Rudolf Braunmüller Der unsichtbare Flammenflug flame travels from candle to candle, candle that cannot be blown out
Intermagic (Vol. 23 No. 4 & 5)
Jay Sankey Voodoo Card signed and lost in deck, a white index card is folded in quarters and selected card is found folded in the deck. Then corner of selected card is burnt, and index card is found to be burnt in the corner too
Twenty Years Of Magic (Issue Amazing Tricks)
Jeff McBride Fire on using fire
2003 58
Jeff McBride The Fireball fireball production from empty hands
2003 58
Jeff McBride McBride's Candle flame of candle is taken off and brought back
2003 59
Jeff McBride Flashing Knives two knives are hit onto each other and spark
2003 61
Jeff McBride The Fire Knife fire-eating torches
2003 62
Jeff McBride Fire Manipulation with Fickle Fire gimmick
2003 62
Jeff McBride The Phoenix Flower flame becomes spring flower bouquet
2003 63
Jeff McBride, Michael Marlin Alchemy of the Elements routine with fire, knives, hourglass and some of the previously described items
2003 69
Oliver Meech Flaming Voodoo Paper held by performer bursts into flames
2009 64
Tom Stone Note 7 fake fire bowl for gag fakir stunts, then setting something on fire with it for real
Also published here Apr. 2009
Genii (Vol. 72 No. 4)
Tom Stone Note 7 fake fire bowl for gag fakir stunts, then setting something on fire with it for real
Also published here 2009 3
John Houdi Burning Things on Stage tip to avoid failing lighter
2010 172
Alexander de Cova Flamethrower Match large flame appears on lighted match, match given out, tube with gas
Inspired by
  • "Flamethrower Match" (John Kennedy)
Also published here
Nov. 2013 12
Alexander de Cova Flamethrower Match large flame appears on lighted match, match given out, tube with gas
Inspired by
  • "Flamethrower Match" (John Kennedy)
Also published here
2015 254
G Fire Spell (火炎咒) Paper with "fire" written on it suddenly bursts into flames
2016 72
Manifesting Demon-Fire
  • Dan Sherer (additional comments)
Also published here
  • Hōkasen, 1764
May 2016
Genii (Vol. 79 No. 5)
Dibya Guha, Jonathan Friedman Hot Divination burning match waved below matchbox drawer, drawer is scorched except for two heart symbols which match the selection (Two of Hearts)
Mar. 2021
Genii (Vol. 84 No. 3)
Nathan Kranzo Fire Wallet Opener Gag
2021 52