170 entries in Propless / Body Magic
Creators Title Comments & References Source Page Categories
Unknown Egg Swallowing Related to More Magic 342
Unknown Von Auge zu Auge No. 9, grain pushed in one eye, comes out of other Der Amateurzauberer 130
Unknown Pulse Stopping Sub Rosa 81
Unknown Concussion of the Brain head apparently banged on door, knuckles apparently hit violently on table The Magic Annual for 1937 97
Eddie Joseph Man of Attraction The Human Magnet, sticky substance, prelude with some "body magic" stunts The Jinx 51-100 (Issue 64) 447
Dr. Van Deusen, Bruce Elliott Finger Finger number of held-up fingers divined repeatedly, see also page 476 for idea by Vosburgh LyonsAlso published here The Jinx 51-100 (Issue 65) 451
Lulu Hurst The Secret of the Georgia Wonder general information and:
- The Balance Test
- The Downward Thrust
- The Heavy Weight Lifting Test
- The Chair that Won'd be Forced
- The Umbrella Test
- The Uncontrollable Cane or Cue
- The Unruly Chair
The Jinx 51-100 (Issue 93) 575
Ralph W. Read Animal Magnetism Demonstrations with Common Objects, see following entries for details The Jinx 101-151 (Issue 118) 693
Bruce Elliott New Finger! Finger! performer divines amount of fingers two person hold up, with his back turned The Phoenix 1-50 (Issue 1) 2
Buatier de Kolta, Carl Brema With Whiskers De Kolta's beard pochette / topit The Phoenix 1-50 (Issue 27) 114
Walter B. Gibson Tom Dick & How Many? three people each raising a different amount of fingersInspired by The Phoenix 51-100 (Issue 74) 302
Jean Hugard Foiling the Iron Grip escaping a strong man's grip Hugard's Magic Monthly - Volumes I, II, III and IV (Vol. 2, No. 3) 64
Bruce Elliott Finger Finger Related to My Best 202
Tom Fitzgerald Hand(y) Magic - removing thumb and forefinger
- the pendulum (arm swing)
- arm control
- stretching arm and palms up
- hitting hand on the edge of a table, gag
My Best 234
Bruce Elliott Make the Pulse Go Faster The Phoenix 51-100 (Issue 91) 371
Laurie Ireland Betchas collection of bar bets, several reprints of the Phoenix Ireland's Yearbooks (Issue Yearbook 1945) 6
George Starke Elastic Fingers little finger seems to grow Hugard's Magic Monthly - Volumes I, II, III and IV (Vol. 3, No. 2) 133
Bill Frazee Stretching a Finger optical illusion Ireland's Yearbooks (Issue Yearbook 1950) 40
Ormond McGill Visible Astral Radiation radiating lines appear between fingertips of the hands, optical illusion Psychic Magic - Vol. 4 13
Ormond McGill The Human Aura making aura visible, with a lamp and black paper, optical illusion Psychic Magic - Vol. 4 14
Ormond McGill Distant Magnetic Force spectator has a sensation of coldness on his hand when performer points on his palm Psychic Magic - Vol. 4 15
Ormond McGill Animal Magnetic Presentation spectator feels presence and energy of performer Psychic Magic - Vol. 4 18
Ormond McGill Blood and Pulse Control stopping and starting pulse at will Psychic Magic - Vol. 5 25
Ormond McGill Black Death pulse in both arms and heart beat stops Psychic Magic - Vol. 5 27
Ormond McGill The Brain Illusion spectator looks through the flame of a candle and apparently sees his own brain, optical illusion Psychic Magic - Vol. 6 5
Nelmar Eyes in the Dark eyes glow in the darkRelated to
  • Nelmar's "20 Hypnotic Tricks"
Psychic Magic - Vol. 6 6
Dr. Spencer Thornton Pulse Control slow down, speed up and eventually stop the pulse, method without gimmick Thornton's Secrets of Mental Magic 2
Ernest Heldman A Hand-Y Bit three body stunts / gags
- finger are same size
- arm grows
- arm shrinks
The New Phoenix 351-400 (Issue 369) 303
Wizard Beal A Telling Beat method to make a visual and tactile heart beat, spectator feels heart beat of performer and gets card The Art of Close-Up Magic - Volume 1 170
Stuart P. Cramer The Parlor Yogi stopping pulse and blood flow HEX! 1
Wilbur T. Kattner The Arrow of Time performer slows down time in defined area, in there things falls slower, a pendulum swings slower, tuning fork changes pitch, pulse goes slower, then everything stops, then reverses, without methods posed as "exercise" The Pallbearers Review Vol. 5-8 (Vol. 5, No. 8) 341
Joe Karson No Feet - Some Feat legs disappear The Conjurors' Book of Stage Illusions 69
Karl Fulves Babel Dai Vernon, Skinner on Tonight Show, Houdini, George Daily, Doug Henning's "The Magic Show", lengthening fingers in candle by Ali Kasim Dheen (anecdote from Sphinx) The Pallbearers Review Vol. 9-10 (Vol. 9, No. 7) 732
Unknown Odd Optic the floating finger illusion, gag, produce a sausage Pabular (Vol. 2, No. 1) 157
Cicardi Up, Up, and Away... lifting someone up who is sitting on a chair, four people with two fingers The Compleat Magick - Volume II (Issue 152) 758
Fredric Broder Mind over Matter Hurst / Goergia wonder presentation, arm can be pushed down of spectator The Compleat Magick - Volume II (Issue 163) 812
Karrell Fox Quite a Mouthful fake tongue unrolls from mouth with mini card stuck on it Clever.... Like a Fox 72
Al Mann Imponderable Energy abnormal lift, person is lifted by four spectators on their index fingersRelated to
  • Professor Nika in Teral Garrett's "Psycho-Gizmo Vol. 4"
Psycho-Mentisis 14
Gene Nielsen May the Force Be with You spectator cannot bend performer's arm The Compleat Magick - Volume II (Issue 188) 938
Jim Ryan Cathy's Screwy Finger Bit first fingers slowly draw together Lecture Notes Bar Magic 8
Sandy Spillman Digital Divination spectator thinks of one finger, performer divines which one The Compleat Magick - Volume III (Issue 211) 1052
Stephen Mathews Gemini Rope rope around spectator's fourth finger, it's pulled and penetrates finger
- The Basic Method
- Stephen Mathews Notes
- Notes By Karl Fulves
Related to The Chronicles (Issue 17) 1225
Unknown Spirit Finger Control fingers attracted and they move towards each other Elastrix 36
Unknown How to Make Your Ears Wiggle string on back Elastrix 37
Unknown The Floating Hot Dog optical illusion, between outstretched fingers Elastrix 38
Unknown The Deceptive Hairpin one or two ends of wire pin put on spectator's arm, he doesn't know if one or two pins without looking, physics Elastrix 39
Stephen Minch The Stigmata of Cthulhu stigmata marks appear on skin of spectatorsVariationsAlso published here Lovecraftian Ceremonies 2
Bruce Elliott, L. Vosburgh Lyons Finger, Finger No. 60, number of held-up fingers divined repeatedlyAlso published here Self-Working Mental Magic 101
John Greget Pinpoint pulse is stopped and pushpin jammed into palm of hand The Compleat Magick - Volume III (Issue 223) 1112
Cicardi Mind Expander growing head illusion, hypno-disk on device to rotate it The Compleat Magick — Volume III (Issue 240) 1198
Paul Harris Biological Vanish small rubber ball transforms into finger tipVariations Close-up Fantasies - Book I 69
Unknown, George Starke Dexterous Digits No. 74, little finger is apparently stretched Self-Working Table Magic 91
Meir Yedid, Tony Lopilato, Joe Safuto The Vanishing Pinkie front and back display of handRelated to Meir Yedid's Finger Fantasies 13
Meir Yedid The Telescopic Pinkie Related to
  • Martin Gardner's "Encyclopedia of Impromptu Magic" in "Hugard's Magic Monthly" July 1949
Meir Yedid's Finger Fantasies 25
Meir Yedid Far Flung vanish of first, second and third fingerRelated toVariations Meir Yedid's Finger Fantasies 29
Meir Yedid, John Bentz Hitchhiker's Thumb thumb traveling Meir Yedid's Finger Fantasies 35
Meir Yedid The Amputation finger cut off with knife falls on floor, spare fake finger is attached to replace it Meir Yedid's Finger Fantasies 39
Stephen Tucker Pharoah Finger Tip chopped finger in box gag Babel (Issue 2) 29
Thomas Alan Waters SOREcery blister appears on thought of finger Mind, Myth & Magick (Issue Grymwyr) 245
Meir Yedid The Zig-Zag Thumb finger magic, thumb is movedAlso published here Fork Full of Appetizers 61
Stephen Tucker This Months Problems posed as problems:
- removing ink from banknote
- trick with spectator's finger
- ESP card prediction
Spell-Binder (Vol. 2, No. 17) 326
Joe Safuto, Meir Yedid The Travelling Thumb thumb penetrates table, with ring as proof Meir Yedid's Incredible Close-Up Magic 124
John Bentz Thumb Switch ring is switched on other thumb Meir Yedid's Incredible Close-Up Magic 125
Joe Safuto, Meir Yedid Thumb Through the Table glass through table, then thumb through table, seen in reversed glass on table Meir Yedid's Incredible Close-Up Magic 128
Meir Yedid Disengaged Digit vanish of first finger
- Finger Back Palm
Close-Up Hallucinations 27
Unknown Diabolical Eyes No. 21, light shoots from eyes of medium in dark seance room 101 Psychic Tests 7
Unknown Blood Writing No. 34, blood message appears on arm 101 Psychic Tests 10
Unknown Real Blood Writing No. 35, blood writing appears on arm 101 Psychic Tests 10
Unknown Stigmata! No. 36, hands placed on cardboards, blood imprint appears 101 Psychic Tests 10
Unknown Very Strong Ladies No. 77, several strongman stunts 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. 78 101 Psychic Tests 21
Meir Yedid Thermo Crystal Vanish presentation of finger vanish with thermo paper that changes color with heat Off the Wall 11
Meir Yedid The Zig-Zag Thumb finger magic, thumb is movedAlso published here Off the Wall 12
Meir Yedid Ten And A Half (1 on 1) finger routine for one spectator, spectator counts nine fingers, half dollar produced Off the Wall 15
Meir Yedid Finger Funny screaming when card door is slammed and showing finger missing, practical joke Off the Wall 15
Meir Yedid Pet Shop Caper apparently bird bit off a finger in pet shop, practical joke Off the Wall 16
Steve Beam Leftovers two jokes by Michael Beam, one with a tooth and one with baseball mitts, on R.C. Buff, Henry Pettit, Harold Taylor, not using the restroom before the show, Jim Culver The Trapdoor - Volume One (Issue 4) 68
Stephen Tucker A Tip finger vanish Spell-Binder (Vol. 3, No. 34) 655
Jerry Andrus Standing-Kneeling Deception Gag Korem without Limits 152
Unknown To make your nose creak The Fred Braue Notebooks (Issue 1) 21
Al Baker The Lesson No. 51, spectator takes one of two things from high shelf, performer knows which one, color goes out of arm that is hold high Self-Working Paper Magic 90
Pat Hazell, Meir Yedid Finger Thru Head finger is apparently pushed through ear into mouth Finger Secrets 12
Meir Yedid Elongated Thumb stretching thumb with teethAlso published here Finger Secrets 9
Joe Berg Joe Berg's Finger Routine stretching first finger Finger Secrets 13
Pete Biro Knuckle Snap cracking knuckles of the fingers, illusion Finger Secrets 15
Meir Yedid Forced Finger classic forcing a finger Finger Secrets 17
Meir Yedid Telephone Finger Trick over phone, spectator choses a finger which is divined Finger Secrets 19
Joe Safuto Joe Safuto's Two Headed Thumb joke with the thumbs Finger Secrets 21
Meir Yedid Gloved Fingers finger sticks to glove, and is attached again to hand Finger Secrets 26
Meir Yedid Godzilla 2001 little finger vanish, apparently Godzilla puppet eats itRelated to Finger Secrets 27
Meir Yedid Vanishing Thumb Finger Secrets 29
Meir Yedid Acid Test finger is used to stir up acid and falls off the hand, bone remains in liquid Finger Secrets 30
Meir Yedid Jack and Jill double finger vanish, ring and littler fingerRelated to Finger Secrets 31
Meir Yedid Triple Finger Vanish angly, second, third and fourth finger vanishRelated to Finger Secrets 33
Meir Yedid Cautious Clapping finger falls from hand, because of clapping to hard, joke Finger Secrets 34
Steve Beam Bearded beard / toupee joke The Trapdoor - Volume One (Issue 20) 336
Steve Beam Hair Rising hair is stretched and cut from head The Trapdoor - Volume One (Issue 20) 338
Jim Hyams Up and Up gag, toupee rises on head The Trapdoor - Volume One (Issue 20) 340
Rhett Bryson, John Riggs Zombie gag, bald head zombie The Trapdoor - Volume One (Issue 20) 340
Steve Beam Comfort joke, jacket is removed and along with it goes performer's hair (toupee) The Trapdoor - Volume One (Issue 20) 342
Jim Hyams Splitting Hair gag, performer's toupee is split in two and given to spectator The Trapdoor - Volume One (Issue 20) 342
Jim Hyams The Traveling Toupee toupee vanishes from head and appears in clear plastic box, Crystal Casket The Trapdoor - Volume One (Issue 20) 344
Steve Beam, Wayne Kyzer Fallout gag, toupee jumps from one hand to the other The Trapdoor - Volume One (Issue 20) 346
Steve Beam Shampoo gag, more ideas with a toupee and a reel The Trapdoor - Volume One (Issue 20) 346
Martin Gardner Fingers-Nose Do-As-I-Do Magical Arts Journal (Vol. 2, No. 2) 13
Shinkoh Twisting Arm Illusion hand on table is turned 360° Twisting Arm Illusion 2
Shinkoh The Real Work misdirection for the Twisting Arm Illusion Twisting Arm Illusion 3
Shinkoh Presentation Do As I Do presentation for Twisting Arm Illusion Twisting Arm Illusion 5
Gary Kurtz, Joe Monti, Meir Yedid, Shinkoh, Mark Mitton, David Oliver, Gaëtan Bloom Extra for Experts tips and ideas for the Twisting Arm Illusion by various people Twisting Arm Illusion 5
Karl Fulves Magnetic Fingers spectator cannot lift finger off chosen card Easy-to-Do Card Tricks for Children 38
Meir Yedid, Looy Simonoff Verlängerter Daumen long thumb, biting on thumb and stretching itAlso published here Meir Yedid 33
Meir Yedid Zig-Zag-Daumen finger magic, thumb is movedAlso published here Meir Yedid 36
Manuel Muerte, Guillaume le Grand Magic Fingers finger falls off hand, gag divination of thought-of number Hardcore 80
Meir Yedid Elongated Thumb stretching thumb with teethAlso published here Memorable Magic 3
Meir Yedid Zig-Zag Thumb finger magic, thumb is movedAlso published here Memorable Magic 11
Martin Gardner Force Field animating things on table, apparently no finger moves Rigmarole (Issue 2) 14
Joseph K. Schmidt Long Arm Stuff presentation for long arm gag Rigmarole (Issue 3) 26
Karl Fulves The Strength Test spectator cannot separate magician's hands when he puts on gloves, two tests Easy-to-Do Magic Tricks for Children 5
Karl Fulves Memory Plays Tricks item put in one pocket of magician, magician stands behind spectator but apparently cannot do anything because he is clapping constantly, item then in another pocket Easy-to-Do Magic Tricks for Children 12
Paul Gertner Ring Thing slide-thumb-off gag with ring on thumb Steel and Silver 129
Meir Yedid Balding Finger spectator's middle joint of first finger is made hairless, "It is all presentation - there is no method." Magical Wishes 23
Zelek Shadline So That's How It's Done performer shows little trapdoor in hand, when opened one can apparently see through the hand The Minotaur (Vol. 7, No. 1) 7
Joe Rindfleisch The Illusion Card zig-zag finger with playing card, first finger and thumb, four phases, eventually card is restored Semi-Automatic Card Tricks - Volume 2 143
Joe Rindfleisch The One-Handed Zigzag zig-zag finger with playing card, first finger Semi-Automatic Card Tricks - Volume 2 148
David Acer Hyperventilate air in lungs transposes with air in balloon, proven with smoke that is suddenly in balloonInspired byAlso published here Natural Selections 143
Karl Fulves Time Out No. 16, performer says stop after any given interval of multiple of ten seconds, using pulse as secret guide Easy Magic 21
Unknown Chair Lift No. 40, boy cannot lift chair near wall with book on it, but girl can Easy Magic 57
Unknown Raise Your Foot No. 41, stunt in which spectator cannot lift foot near wall but performer can Easy Magic 58
Unknown Strongman Stuff No. 52, coin pressed on head with hand, spectator cannot lift hand Easy Magic 74
Paul Harris Air "An Untested Idea for the Stage Worker", air in lungs transposes with helium in balloonVariationsAlso published here
  • Genii, Sept. 1985
The Art of Astonishment — Book 1 (Issue Misc. Pieces of Paul) 231
Tom Stone Impromptu Interlude hand through body of spectator The Warpsmith Returns 36
Chris "Doc" Dixon Crack Up joke, dandruffs fall from head The Trapdoor - Volume Three (Issue 61) 1189
Chris "Doc" Dixon Hard Headed knife tapped in hair resulting in a hard metallic sound, too much hairspray joke The Trapdoor - Volume Three (Issue 61) 1190
Chris "Doc" Dixon The Dry Look joke, apparently urinating whit powder because performer is dehydrated The Trapdoor - Volume Three (Issue 61) 1192
David Harkey, Eric Anderson Fingerling thumb of child pulled off and re-attachedInspired by Ah-ha! 9
Joshua Jay Fingertip Fingerip Magician removes end of pinky finger, and restores it A Teen's Routines 45
Steve Bedwell Thumbs Up thumb cut off with scissors during rope effect Flexing and Twisting 6
Karl Fulves Pulse Stopping with small skull that is produced afterwards Lost Vampire Secrets 159
David Berglas Vitonette by the aid of a spinning wheel dye colors are selected and the performer changes the hair of the assistant to the chosen colors, with sucker explanation using twins and wigs The Mind & Magic of David Berglas 236
David Berglas Your Finger on the Pulse pulse stop with two spectators, stage presentation The Mind & Magic of David Berglas 368
David Berglas Put Your Best Food Forward spectator feels touching of one food but not of other The Mind & Magic of David Berglas 373
Jack Avis, Lewis Jones The third eye three unknown cards in a face-down row, spectator choses one, his eyes are closed and performer touches both eyes with his (supposedly) two hands, card divined anyway Ahead of the Pack 68
Luke Jermay A Strange Garden spectator looks at leaf and patter of it seems to move, then circle inside triangle force Building Blocks 141
Luke Jermay Blowing Bubbles spectator gets the sensation of a thought leaving his mind, addition to an older versionRelated to The Coral Fang 27
David Acer Breakneck Neck cracking gag with candy in mouth Random Acts of Magic 239
Karl Fulves Sobriety Test challenge in which one spins on a chair and has to move hands and foot in a certain way Latter Day Secrets (Issue 9) 341
Unknown Another Martial Arts Feat Spectator unable to separate your clenched fists from each other (pseudo strength demo) Coin Snatching 147
Jim Steinmeyer Automatic Palmistry hand spelling stunt, left or right divined Further Impuzzibilities 3
Hector Chadwick Head Magnet Large man unable to lift arm off of head of petite lady The Mental Mysteries of Hector Chadwick 175
Ken De Courcy A Real Pocket Trick comedy presentation for number force for fiveInspired by
  • a number force in Annemann's "202 Method of Forcing"
Prolix (Issue 5) 316
Karl Fulves Finger Pointing on the phantom finger stunt in which a flesh ball appears between two forefingers held in front of the eyes, also making it real with rubber finger or cocktail frank Xtra Credit (Issue 2) 8
Stephen Minch The Stigmata of Cthulhu stigmata marks appear on skin of spectators, with sound effects from hidden sound device, stooge faintsAlso published here The Book of Forgotten Secrets 17
Marty Kane Cursed by an Evil Spell after spelling on fingers a number is divinedInspired by Semi-Automatic Card Tricks - Volume 8 220
Marty Kane, Steve Beam Finger Flinger alternate handlingInspired byRelated to Semi-Automatic Card Tricks - Volume 8 221
Roberto Giobbi Presentation and Handling for Six Guests in Five Rooms mathematical puzzle performed with finger Secret Agenda (Issue Jan 2) 4
Roberto Giobbi Magic of the Hands handling of trick using only the fingers Secret Agenda (Issue May 7) 138
Roberto Giobbi More and Further Magic of the Hands handling of trick using only the fingers Secret Agenda (Issue May 8) 139
Roberto Giobbi Ultimate Magic of the Hands handling of trick using only the fingers Secret Agenda (Issue May 11) 142
Unknown Relative Circles arm movement stunt Secret Agenda (Issue Sep 4) 265
Unknown Finger Questions puzzles with fingers Secret Agenda (Issue Nov 12) 336
Jim Steinmeyer Fingertip Mindreading Verbal Magic counting trick with fingers on one hand Subsequent Impuzzibilities 3
Lennart Green Magical Supination an Pronation turning the hand 180% without moving the wrist, puzzle Secret Agenda (Issue Oct 15) 307
Steve Mayhew A Bird in the Hand audience selects finger through counting procedure - middle fingerInspired byRelated to Full Frontal Mayhew 13
Patrick Page Six Inches More child grows on stage Magic Page by Page 319
Patrick Page The Eye Chart child can't read letters on a board Magic Page by Page 319
David Acer Hyperventilate air in lungs transposes with air in balloon, proven with smoke that is suddenly in balloonAlso published here More Power to You 65
Roberto Giobbi Body Magic Act Hidden Agenda (Issue Nov 17) 330
Roberto Giobbi Yet Another Extraordinary Ability simultaneous speaking skill Hidden Agenda (Issue Nov 18) 331
Jim Steinmeyer An Audience on Mars No. 7, spectators chose between an ear or the nose according to instructions, nose is forced Unexpected Impuzzibilities 15
Wayne Houchin Control Pulse of magician is felt to slow down, stop, and then return to normal, no props needed, nothing under armpit Houchin: Thread & Control 13