384 entries in Mental Magic / Effects / Seance Stuff
Creators Title Comments & References Year Source Page AA Categories
To make a pot or anie such thing standing fast on the cupboard, to fall downe thense by vertue of words stooge with thread
1584 192
La Tête d'or Sautant & Dansant Dans un Verre, pour Répondre à Diverses Questions a golden miniature head moves in a glass to answer questions, with assistant
1784 35
Henri Decremps Tour Extraordinaire Nouvellement Inventé question is written on a piece of paper and the letter burnt, answer appears in a box in another pavilion written in the demanded colors, suddenly spooky phenomenons occur, presented by Van Estin, Impression Device method
1784 91
The Bewitched Skull answers yes/no questions
1890 424
The Talking Hand wax hand, answering yes/no questions
Related to 1890 427
Friedrich "Fritz" Hügli II. Blutschwitzen oder Stigmatisieren "Klerikale Wunder"
sweating blood & stigmata
Aug. 1896
Die Zauberwelt (Vol. 2 No. 8)
Das geheimnisvolle Kabinett glass sheet on two stands, spirit cabinet build on it, things happen inside it
Also published here Sep. 1896
Die Zauberwelt (Vol. 2 No. 9)
Das geheimnisvolle Kabinett second part of description
Also published here Oct. 1896
Die Zauberwelt (Vol. 2 No. 10)
Anna Eva Fay Das Tischrücken I. Nach Miss Fay
Apr. 1896
Der Zauberspiegel (Vol. 1 No. 8)
Das Tischrücken II. Methode
May 1896
Der Zauberspiegel (Vol. 1 No. 9)
Die Geisterstimme performer tied on chair, lights out, from different part of room comes a voice and talks or answers questions
Nov. 1896
Der Zauberspiegel (Vol. 2 No. 3)
Ein X-Strahlen-Zauberabend hand, violins and objects float and glow in dark room
Apr. 1897
Der Zauberspiegel (Vol. 2 No. 8)
Spiritistische Sitzung description of a seance
June 1897
Der Zauberspiegel (Vol. 2 No. 12)
Die Spiritistentafel oder "Das spiritistische Schreibmedium" on spirit writings on slates, Henry Slade
Related to Nov. 1901
Die Zauberwelt (Vol. 7 No. 11)
Die Spiritistentafel part two
Related to Dec. 1901
Die Zauberwelt (Vol. 7 No. 12)
The Trained Half Dollar "Animated Coin", borrowed coin dropped in glass jumps up and down, thread & assistant
1909 266
Anna Eva Fay The Anna Fay Method apparently Fey's method of billet reading, spectator keep the billet, medium is under a sheet or blindfolded, impression device in tablets and electronic transmitter (like a phone), with assistant
1911 25
Oswald Rae Mems From My Note Book "Being a selection of useful recipes gathered at various times from different sources too numerous to enumerate"
  • To Render Fabric Fireproof
  • Fireproofing Wood
  • To Clean Velvet or Plush
  • To Clean Glassware
  • To Gloss and Clean Ivorine Balls
  • Red Billiard Ball Dye
  • To Dye Flags, etc
  • Various Coloured Inks or Dyes (Red, Blue, Gold, White Ink)
  • Varnishes
  • To Harden a Felt Hat, etc.
  • Varnish Remover
  • Paint Remover
  • Luminous Paint
  • Porcelain Fekes, etc.
  • Celluloid Varnish
  • To Apply Sealing Wax Evenly
  • Pads for Thought Readers
  • Reading Through Sealed Envelopes
  • Ink for Lightning Artists
  • Stains
  • Black Crayon for Lightning Artists
  • Dull Black Paint
  • Spirit Gum Substitute
  • Gold Paint
  • Chemical Slate Writing
  • Trick Seals
1926 85
Friedrich "Fritz" Hügli Eine spiritistische Antwort questions are written on pieces of paper, one is chosen and answer appears inside envelope, newspaper black art
1927 94
Oswald Rae The Spirit Slate sum and name of actor appear on slate in paper bag, marked slates, Eureka flap
1928 68
Robert Gysel Spirit Light luminous paint on bottom of shoe
1933 1
Al Baker The One Man "Lights Up" Seance tie for hands
Also published here 1933 9
Theodore Annemann, Al Baker The Perfect Club Slate Routine name written up secretly on paper appears on slate
VariationsAlso published here 1934 22
Ralph W. Read The Spirit Pencil pencil taps by itself to answer questions
Related toAlso published here 1935 22
The Talking Coin coin dances in glass, answering questions, assistant
1935 40
Edward Bagshawe A Visitor from Down Under séance on stage with lights on, magician is tied to chair with screen around him and still from within the screen a bell rings, writing appears, knots tie in a rope, etc., trapdoor for assistant to reach under
1936 ca. 74
Arthur Monroe Voodoo hole coin on string is put in box and hidden, lights turned out, in glowing light performer is seen to have box again and coin drops off cord, combined with card divination on blank card
Related toAlso published here May 1937
The Jinx (Issue 32)
Dr. Edward G. Ervin A Table Levitation with gimmick and light table
1937 32
Charles Rose Problem Dept. facial expression changes in seance, witnessed by Charles Rose
Apr. 1939
The Jinx (Issue 55)
James Stewart Ghosto person vanishes from trunk and comes in from door, party/seance trick/gag
June 1939
The Jinx (Issue 57)
Theodore Annemann No Pain fakir stunt combination:
  • burning cigarette on tongue
  • needle through arm (real)
  • eating pepper
  • putting hand in trap
Related to Aug. 1939
The Jinx (Issue 59)
Kent Arthur Faker! one of four cards is signed and they're cut into deck, then three cards reverse with face-down in between which turns out to be signed card, medium/seance situation
Aug. 1939
The Jinx (Issue 59)
Stewart James Sefalaljia miniature spirit cabinet, ball moves, ring on tape, cigar lights itself, milk vanishes
Related toVariationsAlso published here Dec. 1939
The Jinx (Issue 69)
Die Macht des Willens named number appears in chosen color on rolled up cigarette paper, pocket writing with different colored pencils
Hokus Pokus (Vol. 1 No. 5)
Harry Blackstone Triumph of the Triumvirate rapping hand divines which key opens lock and which card was selected
Also published here 1940
The Jinx (Issue 99)
Ralph W. Read The Impulse stick/pencil taps by itself on spectator's hand
Also published here 1940
The Jinx (Issue 118)
Paul Studham, Laurie Ireland The Spirit Bar bar with bottles on table, drinks are wished and mixed by spirits, black art principle
Ireland's Yearbooks (Issue Yearbook 1940)
Howard Warringer The Flashing Fetish flashlight lights on it's own, also when batteries are removed, answers questions
Inspired by
  • "The Flashing Fetish" in "Genii" March, 1938. P. 232.
Mar. 1940
Chap's Scrapbook (Vol. 2 No. 9)
Harry Bertall Présentation inédite de la Cabine Spirite sans médium small spirit cabinet without medium, balloon blows up, rings separate etc.
Related to Nov. 1941
Hokus Pokus (Vol. 3 No. 11)
Balancing a Chair on Two Legs
1941 47
L. Vosburgh Lyons, Theodore Annemann Ball From Beyond steel ball between two soup plates, answers questions
Variations Oct. 1942
The Phoenix (Issue 20)
Syl Reilly Ghostly Card in the Dark card image appears in dark room, luminous paint
1942/27 373
Syl Reilly Date on a Borrowed Coin date appears as image in dark room, luminous paint
1942/27 375
Syl Reilly A Selected Word word appears as image in dark room, luminous paint
1942/27 375
Syl Reilly Spirit Answers word appears as image in dark room, luminous paint
1942/27 375
Syl Reilly "Ghostlite" in the Dark Seance The Evil Eye, Spooky Lights, Apparitions of Spirit Articles, Ghostly Faces, Ectoplasm, Ghost Materialization, using luminous paint
1942/27 379
Edward Saint Spirit Lights under Test Conditions seance style, luminous paint
1942/27 383
Elray Bughouse effects with metal bugs, those you can press a piece of steel to make a sound, in a box makes sound to answer questions
Mar. 1944
The Phoenix (Issue 57)
R. M. Jamison The Oracle Speaks answer to a question appears on slate, from Thayer Oracle Numbered Question Book, with change box for billets
July 1944 57
Stewart James Sefalaljia miniature spirit cabinet, ball moves, ring on tape, cigar lights itself, milk vanishes
  • The Ball in the Glass
  • The Knotted Handkerchief
  • The Ring on the Tape
  • The Smoked Cigar
  • Drinking the Milk
Also published here 1944 105
L. Vosburgh Lyons Taps ball between slates starts rapping
1944 119
Arthur Monroe Voodoo hole coin on string is put in box and hidden, light turned out, in glowing light performer is seen to have box again and coin drops off cord, combined with card divination on blank card
Also published here 1944 127
Harry Blackstone Triumph of the Triumvirate rapping hand divines which key opens lock and which card was selected
Also published here 1944 137
Robert A. Nelson Spirit Flashes in the Dark burning balls of red fire
1945 18
L. Vosburgh Lyons, Ronald B. Edwards, Clayton Rawson, Bruce Elliott, Walter B. Gibson Boxed piece of a magazine is put on a string and the ends of the string thread through two holes in a box, a word is selected and when checked on the piece on the string all words are crossed out except the selected one
Related to Apr. 1945
The Phoenix (Issue 81)
C. L. Boarde Prophetics mini slate, two flaps
Apr. 1945
The Phoenix (Issue 81)
C. L. Boarde Vest Pocket Seance seance program with a stack of business cards, coin appears, living and dead test, writing appears
Aug. 1946
The Phoenix (Issue 110)
Hen Fetsch Spirit Bumps ghost in handkerchief with Pop Up Tie
Sep. 1946
The Phoenix (Issue 112)
Jean Hugard Coin "Apport" coin appears in hand, seance presentation
Nov. 1946 266
A. Vantur La cabine spirite en miniature small spirit cabinet, different experiments with bell, slate etc., followed by german translation "Die spiritistische Kammer im Kleinen"
July 1946 4
A. Vantur Le crâne mystérieux skull answers questions on table, then it floats under handkerchief and vanishes, followed by german translation "Der mysteriöse Totenkopf"
Nov. 1946 2
Stuart P. Cramer Mortmain book test, word is written by a puppet hand, which moves on its own, thread
Also published here Feb. 1947
The Phoenix (Issue 119)
James G. Thompson Jr. Hoiman the Spirick comedy presentation for spirit buzzer, spirit bell, rapping hand etc.
Also published here Feb. 1947
The Phoenix (Issue 119)
Peter Warlock Pieces of Slate writing appears, version without a flap, chalk can write permanent and nonpermanent
Sep. 1947
The Phoenix (Issue 134)
Frederick Braue Table Lifting
Dec. 1947 377
Greer Marechal Jr. Clipped Psyche writing appears on paper on clipboard, flap
Apr. 1948
The Phoenix (Issue 148)
James G. Thompson Jr. Pocket Seance blank cards, name is divined and message appears
May 1948
The Phoenix (Issue 150)
Hen Fetsch Not Far Fetsched ideas for the pop up tie
  • Pop Bell (spirit bell)
  • Pop Spots (luminous paint)
  • Pop Brush (spectator feels ghost brushing on face)
Nov. 1948
The Phoenix (Issue 164)
Jean Hugard A Spirit Seance medium tied to chair
Also published here Sep. 1948 457
Alyett L'empreinte à distance das le plâtre hand imprint appears in plaster, followed by german translation "Die spiritistische Hand im Gips"
Sep. 1948
La Baguette Magique (Issue 23&24)
U. F. Grant Cover Picture about U. F. Grant (on cover of this issue), image materializes in luminous paint in the dark
Aug./Sep. 1949
Grant's Inner Circle Magazine (Vol. 1 No. 11 & 12)
Bill Woodfield Automatic Writing automatic writing turns out to be the selected card, way to write in mirror writing, see also p. 842
VariationsAlso published here Aug. 1950
The Phoenix (Issue 210)
Don Tanner On a Business Card signed business card in coin envelope with a hole, message appears
Dec. 1950
The Phoenix (Issue 219)
Clayton Rawson Poltergeist in the Library book jumps from bookshelf
Jan. 1950 618
Dr. Howard B. Kayton Kayton's Ghost Writer blank card is clipped to board, names of chosen objects appear on it, rubber cement
Mar. 1950
Hugard's Magic Monthly (Vol. 7 No. 10)
Milbourne Christopher The Talking Frog clicking toy frog under cup answers questions by clicking, a la rapping hand
July 1950 683
Milbourne Christopher Spirit Telegrapher telegraphers sending key is covered with handkerchief, clicks to answer questions, a la rapping hand
July 1950 683
Jack Yeager The Amazing Ladies' Slipper rapping hand / skull with a shoe
Also published here
  • Jack Yeager's "Second Portfolio of Tricks"
Ireland's Yearbooks (Issue Yearbook 1951)
George Schindler Six Sided Spirit named geometrical figure appears on paper
Mar. 1951
The Phoenix (Issue 225)
Hen Fetsch Simulacrum spectator pushes needle through doll, performer knows where, voodoo
Related to Aug. 1951
The Phoenix (Issue 236)
Ormond McGill The Human Aura making aura visible, with a lamp and black paper, optical illusion
1951 14
Ormond McGill Let the Spirits Manifest
1951 5
Ormond McGill Spirit Communications thread with weight is attached in empty bottle and begins to move, pendulum
Related to 1951 6
Ormond McGill Ectoplasmic Lights luminous paint, two versions
1951 8
Ormond McGill Automatic Slate Writing spectator writes yes or know on a slate, general comments on automatic writing
1951 10
Ormond McGill, Dr. Q Dr. Q's Gyrating Tables table lift
1951 14
John Murray Murray's Muse
  • putting a bill tube into an ice cube
  • on glasses for the shrinking quarter to dime trick
  • on haunting a house
Apr. 1952
The Phoenix (Issue 253)
Don Tanner Let's Bury the Dead living dead test mixed with haunted pack
Also published here Nov. 1953
The Phoenix (Issue 293)
Robert Gysel Spirit Tie for the spirit cabinet
Also published here 1954/27 309
Vest Turning turning a vest inside out while tied up
Related to 1954/27 317
Stuart P. Cramer Mortmain book test, word is written by a puppet hand, which moves on its own, thread
Also published here 1956 218
James G. Thompson Jr. Hoiman, the Spirick routine für Dr. Taylor's Improved Spirit Buzzer, electronic
Also published here 1956 89
No. 11. A Mediumistic Effect message from a dead person
Related to
  • Joseph Rinn's " Searchlight of Psychical Research", 1954
1958 20
Tony Corinda 18. The White Swami writing appears between two slates
1958 22
William P. Miesel Another Spirit Slate after writing appears, slate is still wet
July 1958
The Cardiste (Issue 10)
John A. M. Howie Psychicoin spirit taps, with coin and ashtray, eventually coin penetrates ashtray
Inspired by
  • L. Vosburgh Lyon's "The Tapping Ball" in Bruce Elliott's "Magic as a Hobby"
The New Phoenix (Issue 348)
Harold Martin Idea for the Spirit Bell and a Dove Pan tip
Ireland's Yearbooks (Issue Yearbook 1959)
Tony Corinda Introduction on medium / seance effects
1959 275
Tony Corinda Mediumistic Patter
1959 276
Tony Corinda Establishing "Atmosphere" in the Seance Room
1959 277
Tony Corinda The Stage Medium
1959 278
Tony Corinda Reference to Mediumistic Effect in Other Steps
Related to 1959 278
Tony Corinda Bibliography - Reference Books on Mediumship
1959 279
Tony Corinda (1) Spirit Writing on slate, chemical
1959 280
Tony Corinda (2) Spooky Stunts for a Blackout
1959 281
Tony Corinda (3) Astral Signs signs in mid air in the dark, luminous paint
1959 281
Tony Corinda (4) The Spirit Hand hand appears and tries to grasp at the audience, luminous paint
1959 281
Tony Corinda (5) Carboard Skeleton luminous paint
1959 281
Tony Corinda (6) Fire Balls table tennis balls and luminous paint
1959 281
Tony Corinda (7) "It" luminous appearance, paint
1959 281
Tony Corinda (10) Spirit Lights small sparks of light, wire wool and battery
1959 281
Tony Corinda (8) Ectoplasm producing ectoplasm, luminous paint
1959 282
Tony Corinda (9) Apports tapping noises in the dark
1959 282
Tony Corinda (11) The Icy Hand weird touches in the dark, wet and cold
1959 283
Tony Corinda (12) The Message in Mid Air writing appears in mid air then it vanishes, luminous paint
1959 283
Tony Corinda (13) The Spirit Candles three candles go out one by one
1959 283
Tony Corinda (14) The Waistcoat Escape removing waistcoat and leaving jacket on, while one hand is held by spectator
1959 284
Tony Corinda (15) The Stage Spirit Cabinet different effects (instruments etc.) special rope
1959 286
Punx (16) Telekinecards ESP cards on a board move on their own, as the spectator wishes, third hand gimmick
1959 288
Eusapia Palladino (17) The Palladino Table Lift one person table lift, with ring
Related to 1959 289
Tony Corinda (18) Table Lifting with Arm Hooks two person method
1959 291
Tony Corinda (19) Table Lifting with Waist Hooks two person method
1959 291
Tony Corinda (20) The Haunted Ball tennis ball rolls from table
1959 292
Tony Corinda (21) Spirit Guide ghostly figure appears, luminous paint
1959 293
Tony Corinda (22) The Dead Hand Writes dead hand in a box marks billet with the dead name
1959 293
Tony Corinda (23) Corinda's Ghost Walk ghost appears, luminous paint
1959 294
Tony Corinda (24) Spirit Moulding ghost mould his hand in wax, as a proof
1959 295
Tony Corinda (25) Phoney Business no medium, four cards and a letter
1959 296
Al Koran, Tony Corinda (28) The Ouija Board
1959 299
Tony Corinda (29) Spirit Writing on a Slate writing appears, with assistant
1959 299
Loel Nelson Spirit Kisses spectators feel kisses in the dark
Variations 1959 20
Robert A. Nelson Spirit Portraits portrait of selected VIP appears on a slate
1959 22
Mahendra Voices from the Grave whispering sounds from trumpet, ventriloquism
1959 29
Tony Corinda The Challenge Seance challenge a medium
1960 383
Robert Parrish Coptic Enigma automatic writing turns out to be the name of selection, when looked at in mirror
Inspired by 1961 7
Dick Johnson The Spirit Speaks thread with weight is attached in empty bottle and begins to move, pendulum
Related to 1961 29
Dr. Stanley Jaks Die Miniaturklopfhand rapping noise from a small box
Also published here 1961 74
Malcolm McCallum Cat's Eyes reading in the dark, method
Ireland's Yearbooks (Issue Yearbook 1962)
The Anna Eva Fay Act spirit cabinet type, playing instruments
Ireland's Yearbooks (Issue Yearbook 1963-64)
Paul Curry Chapter Twelve: The Quick and the Dead on spiritualism, seance, Fox Sisters, Davenport brothers
1965 205
Paul Curry A Simple Spirit Séance
1965 224
Ned Rutledge The Instant Darkroom thought of symbol, number and letter appear on blank cards
Also published here 1967 43
James G. Thompson Jr. A Dark Secret same card is reversed in the deck, spirits turned cards over in the dark
Also published here 1967 47
Ernesto "Ernest" Pracchia, Osmar "Mister Curdis" Moreno Fantsma apparently a ghost is trapped inside a folded handkerchief
Related to 1967 83
Karl Fulves Babel Willard's thumb tie presentation, coding with dog whistle over telephone (see also p. 68), ectoplasm
May 1968 176
Francis J. Baker Marley's Ghost behind a screen a bell rings and coins move from jar to table, p. 241 for further reference
Dec. 1968 229
James Auer More Visual Ideas floating medium and message materialize in toy goldfish
Ireland's Yearbooks (Issue Yearbook 1969-70)
Robert Gysel Lights Out way to prove that performer is standing at the wall in dark room when he is actually free to move around
June 1970 341
James A. Conley Madam Fifi's Haunted House writing appears on signed paper, feather moves inside toy house
Magick (Issue 8)
Marvyn Roy One-Man Seance glass moves, ABC cards, candle blows out and table moves
Magick (Issue 9)
Marvyn Roy Spook Light small flash light is dropped in a bottle, starts to move
Magick (Issue 14)
Frederick M. Shields The Spirit of the Thing rapping glove / hand on table to answer questions
Magick (Issue 18)
John Dowdell Pocket Seance ideas for Glorpy
Magick (Issue 32)
Stan Blumenthal Magic's New Team....You and Houdini card appears in cigarette case, presentation of talking to Houdini's ghost, spirit telephone
Magick (Issue 33)
Billy McComb, Ken De Courcy Uncle's Will Slates messages appear on slates, comedy
1972 13
Arthur Setterington All Hallows Eve spooky presentation, word chosen from a book appears on picture in a frame
1972 43
Bascom Jones, Sid Fleischman Japanese Haunted House haunted box, bell rings etc, using a jap box
Related to 1972
Magick (Issue 59)
Sid Fleischman Haunted House Plus Two using Jap Box, moving silk
Related to 1972
Magick (Issue 61)
Stewart James Psycho-Dyne dark room, card travels to chosen location
1972 26
Chandler Mason Personal Voodoo voodoo doll on paper, x-mark appears at same position on second and signed drawing
Variations 1973
Magick (Issue 66)
Carl Herron Personal Talisman drawn talisman appears on a card
Magick (Issue 76)
Michael P. Hades Only from the Dead! spectators write down names of deceased people, rapping sounds divination and allocation of names by medium
Magick (Issue 85)
Charles Cameron Demon Doll voodoo doll on cardboard, prediction of name, color and body part
Magick (Issue 88)
John D. Pomeroy The Rapping Hand electronic
1973 27
Karl Fulves Money Talks spirit raps with two coins and a pencil
1974 44
Bill Joy Revelry in a Haunted House doll house used for seance effects
1974 78
Robert Parrish Floating Table seance type
Summer 1974
The Pallbearers Review Vol. 9-10 (Vol. 9 No. 9th Folio)
Charles "Cicardi" Scott PolaRay! ghost photography, selfie with polaroid camera
Magick (Issue 94)
Richard Lyn Mind Mirror name secretly written on paper sealed in envelope appears on paper
Magick (Issue 97)
Al Mann Suspended Animation thread with weight is attached in empty bottle and begins to move, pendulum, different bottles, with threads of different lengths
Related toAlso published here 1976 22
Al Mann, Harry Faber, Samuel Berland The Spirit of the Faberlands two slates, flapless, apparently showing all four sides empty, message appears on two sides
Inspired by
  • Faberlands' "Spirits?" in "The Sphinx" Vol. 20, No. 3
1976 1
Al Mann Spirits by the Number two slates, flapless, apparently showing all four sides empty, message appears on one side, numbered sides
1976 5
Al Mann Messages from Babel four seance slate methods, several ungimmicked slates
1976 8
Al Mann Many Voices nine small slates and a bigger one, messages appear on two slates
1976 9
Al Mann, Henry Slade The Ultimate Slate Test
1976 15
Al Mann, J. F. Orrin The 13th Veil normal slate
1976 17
Stewart James Unique Slate Test
Also published here
  • in "The Sphinx" Vol.29 #1, 1930
1976 18
Jack Bridwell PSI-Q lead of pencil in crumpled paper, named number appears, paper moves
Magick (Issue 160)
Stephen Minch Mind-Link! object in box makes rapping sound, microphone used
Magick (Issue 162)
Sid Lorraine Voodoo Revisited voodoo doll on paper, x-mark appears at same position on second and signed drawing, carbon paper
Inspired by 1976
Magick (Issue 167)
Thomas Alan Waters Beyond Chance spectator's question on business card changes into answer, in nest of envelopes
Magick (Issue 168)
Al Mann The Voice from the Abyss chosen card or word appears on a blank paper sealed in a signed envelope, Abyss envelope
1977 7
Al Mann The Reach of the Mind box with several pendulums of different lengths, chosen one starts to move
Related to 1977 16
Al Mann The Secret of the Ancients levitation off a chair, brief discussion on seance levitation
Inspired by
  • U.F. Grant's "Bodies in Orbit", 1963
1977 18
Chip Cotton Shutter Bug spirit photograph presentation, covered lens of photograph, picture of ghostly hand
Magick (Issue 196)
Al Mann, Bobby Hughes Bottle BanG-G-G! thread with weight is attached in empty bottle and begins to move, pendulum, different bottles, with threads of different lengths
Related to
  • David Abbott "Behind the Scenes with the Mediums", 1907
Also published here
Magick (Issue 206)
Karl Fulves The Talking Card Box on Marvin Berger card box with plastic strip that generates sentence when clicked with finger nail, bottle application
Related to 1979
Interlocutor (Issue 28)
Karl Fulves (D) The Haunting light and sound effects from card castle, posed as problem
Interlocutor (Issue 37)
Gordon Hoener Grave's End automatic writing with a pencil, pencil breaks in two eventually
Magick (Issue 238)
George Kemp The Force manifestation of the force / ghost under handkerchief, impromptu glorpy with spoon
Magick (Issue 239)
Larry Becker Seance signatures of famous magicians appear on chosen blank cards
1979 89
Larry Becker Bell...Book...& Candle occult book test, number formed with pentagram
Related to
  • Tom Harris' "Conjuring for the Cognoscenti" in Genii, 1959.
1979 112
Larry Becker Date-A-Cation prediction of date from a chosen coin
1979 156
Stephen Minch The Stigmata of Cthulhu stigmata marks appear on skin of spectators
VariationsAlso published here 1979 2
Stephen Minch The Music of Erich Zann séance performance, metronome starts moving and violin and music box start playing under glass bowl
Also published here 1979 36
U. F. Grant Ein Tip für Trickspiritisten spectators apparently hold on to both thumbs of the performer through a cloth
Aug. 1979
Intermagic (Vol. 6 No. 2)
Thomas Alan Waters Selectrick typewriter rings bell on command
Also published here 1980
Magick (Issue 263)
Brenda Bell, Book, and... Brenda! turning key, self extinguishing candle and Ball from Plate for two people, using assistant on stage
Inspired by 1980
Magick (Issue 270)
George B. Anderson The Floating Table four spectators have hand on table, table starts moving
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 Remote Psycho-Motion pendulum in bottle begins to swing without touching the bottle nor the table with the hands
1981 15
Thomas Alan Waters Miscellaneous Notes
  • With A Medium
  • In The Dark (in a Seance)
  • Trayce (method to see in the dark)
  • GiveAway Collecting Box (by Edmund Rowland)
  • Contact Mindreading)
Mind, Myth & Magick (Issue Psychometry)
Thomas Alan Waters Variant Routine answer appears on slate, Double-Locking Addition Slate
Mind, Myth & Magick (Issue Scrypt)
Leo Kostka Psychic Stigmata ESP sign appears on hand of performer and on various spectator, sugar cube as stamp
Inspired by 1981
Magick (Issue 285)
Leo Kostka The Jupiter Effect tuning fork held by spectator starts to sound
Magick (Issue 287)
Stan Blumenthal Light Source crystal ball starts to glow green
Magick (Issue 293)
Norman van Tubergen Cube Power rubik's cube solves under cover, without touching, sound of moving cube can be heared
Magick (Issue 295)
Leo Kostka Aura Effect flash cube flashes by concentrating on it
Magick (Issue 296)
Thomas Alan Waters Elementeerie the four elements are written on a slate by spectator and the slate put in an envelope, three elements are chosen and found to be crossed out on the slate, clear flap
Mind, Myth & Magick (Issue Grymwyr)
Thomas Alan Waters Amorte sitter in seance feels as getting a kiss
Inspired by 1982
Mind, Myth & Magick (Issue Grymwyr)
Thomas Alan Waters Chronomadic "impromptu" seance at staged party, picture transforms and guest vanishes
Mind, Myth & Magick (Issue Grymwyr)
Thomas Alan Waters Demon Key demon appears in the dark, monkey
Mind, Myth & Magick (Issue Grymwyr)
Thomas Alan Waters Selectrick typewriter rings bell on command
Also published here 1982
Mind, Myth & Magick (Issue Octasm)
Dennis Draginis Horror House one side of a small Rubiks Cube solves itself under handkerchief, Glorpy
Aug. 1982
Magick (Issue 309)
Al Bertini Al Bertini's Geistesblitze: Der Geist apparently a ghost is trapped inside a folded handkerchief
Also published here 1982
Hokus Pokus (Vol. 43 No. 2)
Al Mann Impromptu Objects apparently move, self-cutting deck
  • A book flies away when the hand of the psychic approaches it
  • The same move can be made with a deck of cards or business cards
  • By the same move a pencil is made to fly away also
  • Business cards (or playing cards) fly away as the hand of the sitter approaches
  • Apports
1982 2
Al Mann Catapults book is thrown across the room while no one is near
1982 5
Al Mann Medusa's Book spectator wants to select a book from library, one book falls from shelf, envelope is pushed anywhere in the book and prediction in envelope matches first line
1982 6
Al Mann Discobolus various animation ideas using a jumping disc
  • The jumping spoon
  • The cascading dominoes
  • The spirits ring a bell
  • The expanding beer cans
1982 12
Al Mann Ideo-Sight spectator sees color in candle and toothpick in water moves, ideomotor phenomenon
1982 17
Al Mann Slade's Flying Chair
1982 18
Al Mann Wind from Java three different dishes are filled with liquid, only liquid from chosen dish starts to spill, ideomotor phenomenon
1982 19
Joseph Dunninger Spirits? assistant does pocket writing of questions from the sitters
1983 7
Joseph Dunninger The Method of Obtaining (?) Spirit Communication describtion of a spirit message reading with John Slater
1983 12
Vest Turning No. 13, hands tied, vest turns inside out
Related to 1983 5
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 Ghost Making No. 18, appearing ghost
1983 6
Many Ghosts! No. 19, ghosts appear near mouth of bottle
1983 6
Fingertip Ghosts No. 20, luminous paint
1983 6
Diabolical Eyes No. 21, light shoots from eyes of medium in dark seance room
1983 7
Luminous Eyes No. 22, eyes on poster glow in the dark, luminous paint
1983 7
Al Mann Causing Beutifull Explosions in the Seance Room No. 25, glowing bubbles explode when set on fire
1983 7
Cutting the Apple No. 26, apple on palm is hit by knife, apple splits in two but hand is unharmed
1983 8
Al Mann Apparitions No. 27, face of ghost appears, gets bigger and smaller and eventually disappears
1983 8
Al Mann A Magical Substitution No. 28, for stage or seance room, trunk substitution of two persons
1983 8
The Spirit Snooperscope! No. 29, using night vision goggles in a seance room
1983 8
'Spirit' Noise Maker No. 30, matchbox makes noise when it's liftet from table
1983 9
The Spirit Rapper No. 31
1983 9
The Spirit Collar No. 33, steal collar escape
1983 10
Al Mann Cagliostro's Message! No. 39, question locked in box is answered
1983 11
The Whispering Seashell No. 86, hearing a whisper from a seashell, palpitator gimmick
1983 24
The Tongues of Hades No. 91, flames are seen in dark seance room
1983 26
The Spirit Violin No. 96, violin starts to play in dark room
1983 27
The Spirit Harmonica No. 97, harmonica plays on its own
1983 27
The Spirit Trumpet No. 98, trumpet plays on its own
1983 27
Al Mann The AME Spirit Lock No. 101, lock that can be opened with key and with bare hands, construction details
1983 28
Leo Kostka Shadow Seance impromptu Ouija board, shadow appears on wall using a candle
Jan. 1983
Magick (Issue 314)
Piet Forton Das Zauberpfeiflein whistle starts to make sounds, different sport results in envelopes, whistle divines only possible one
1983 9
Alan Shaxon Eine neue Räucher-Blech-Routine two baking trays are blackened with soot, a coin is placed in between and suddenly date of coin appears written in soot
Also published here 1983 15
Thomas Alan Waters Bellsamo self-ringing bell, divination of a tarot card
Mind, Myth & Magick (Issue Spyryt)
Thomas Alan Waters Palimptest subtlety for appearing message on a slate
Mind, Myth & Magick (Issue Spyryt)
Thomas Alan Waters Trayf tray to make a hand tapping, a skull clicking the teeth, a spirit buzzer, spirit bell, dancing shoe, an alarm clock spinning its hand
Mind, Myth & Magick (Issue Spyryt)
Thomas Alan Waters HCI tarot cards haunted deck in a handkerchief, two versions, glorpy, plate-lifter gimmick
Related to 1984
Mind, Myth & Magick (Issue Spyryt)
Al Mann Spirit Calling! spirit rings in a reading / seance, morbid
1984 18
Robert Cassidy The Seance complete presentation of Cassidy's Seance
1984 57
Tony "Doc" Shiels Irish Eyes performer writes message which can only be read with mirror, automatic writing presentation
Feb. 1985
Magick (Issue 346)
Bascom Jones Levitating Tables
  • "Mind Control"
  • Progressive Pandemonium
  • The Paladino Phenomenon
  • The No-Gimmick Method
  • Type of Table to Use
  • And the Type of Spectator
  • The Role of the Performer
Feb. 1985
Magick (Issue 347)
Dr. Dan J. Alessini Sounds of Music a tune is selected and predicted with a music box, when the music box is opened, it's found empty
Variations Feb. 1986
Magick (Issue 365)
Walter B. Gibson Thsakw alphabet cards are shuffled and placed inside box, box starts to move and letters on top are divined by performer
Mar. 1986
Magick (Issue 366)
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)
Tommy Tucker Music on the Spheres sound waves are placed inside a handkerchief, music can be heard
June 1986
Magick (Issue 373)
Carlyle Spirit Bell bell without clapper is attached to string starts to ring
Dec. 1986
Magick (Issue 382)
Eugene Burger 2. Point of Departure on Seances
1986 13
Eugene Burger 3. Spirits
1986 15
Eugene Burger 4. Spirit Theater
1986 20
Eugene Burger 5. Seances for Fun and Profit
1986 22
Eugene Burger 12. Character and Claims performance tips for seances
1986 72
Eugene Burger, Max Maven 16. Seance Presentation
1986 99
Eugene Burger 17. The Dark Room with lists of seance effect examples
1986 107
Eugene Burger 20. History
1986 166
Eugene Burger 21. Investigation
1986 171
Eugene Burger 22. Manifestations
1986 177
Eugene Burger 23. Performance
1986 181
Allan Slaight Brahms' Lull composer is selected and music starts to play from nowhere
Inspired by Mar. 1987
Magick (Issue 386)
Dr. Dan J. Alessini Ulta-plus! Close-up Mental Act multi-phase routine
  • one of several bottle caps is chosen, matching beer is produced from jacket
  • name of person written on paper is burnt and divined by performer
  • chosen zodiac sign appears on boiled egg, inside the shell
  • chosen tune is heard from box, which is later to be shown empty
Aug. 1987
Magick (Issue 394)
John Cornelius Impromptu Solid Ghost impromptu Glorpy
1988 12
Tommy Tucker Talk of the Town! named word appears on blank index card
Nov. 1988
Magick (Issue 413)
Rudy T. Hunter Odin's Voice runes placed on dish, sound can be heard
Dec. 1988
Magick (Issue 415)
Karl Fulves Haunted House chapter intro
1989 113
Sandy Spillman Spill-Master pendulum in bottle, bottle starts to shift slightly, plate lifter
Aug. 1990
Magick (Issue 443)
Jonathan Cooke Ghost Show Daze on midnight Ghost Shows
  • Not Just One Performance
  • Three Facets
  • The Q&A Act
  • Horoscope Pitch
  • Ladies' Matinee
  • Kids' Magic Show
Related to Aug. 1990
Magick (Issue 443)
Rudy T. Hunter Gimlet number is revealed using a Ouija board
Sep. 1990
Magick (Issue 445)
Jonathan Cooke Ghost Show Daze - Part II on midnight Ghost Shows
  • The Ghost Show
  • Well-Mixed Program
  • Imploding Tin Can
  • Dancing Skull
  • Spirit Touches and Hypnosis
  • The Black Out
  • The Alternate Black Out
Related to Sep. 1990
Magick (Issue 445)
Karl Fulves Psychic Rope Ties chapter intro
1990 130
Watch the Watch No. 65, borrowed watch appears on wrist of performer despite him being tied up
1990 138
Robert Gysel Gysel Spirit Tie No. 66
Also published here 1990 140
Amazing James Randi Spirit Music No. 67, accordion plays despite performer being tied up
1990 142
Alex Elmsley The Nodding Skull small skull is nodding as the performer wants it to
1991 154
Diabelli Bizarr bizarr routine, prediction of a Tarot card, amulet breaks into pieces and skull appears on paper
1991 47
Homer M. Scarborough, Jr. Ghost Wheel presentation for Laser Spinning Dazer Disk, optical illusion, fog and clicking noice
1991 59
Tom Fitzgerald Thomphitz Cricket toy metal cricket placed inside a cup, makes sound to answer questions
Variations May 1992
Magick (Issue 471)
Jonathan Cooke Cricket II using the Spirit rapper, sound made in glass to answer questions
Inspired by Oct. 1992
Magick (Issue 478)
Ken Meaux Bits and Pieces jumping mach done with splinters and vampire story, to answer questions
July 1992
Vibrations (Vol. 15 No. 1)
Sandy Spillman Something on My Mind: Your Own Houdini Seance on the Magic Castle Seance, Ed Fowler / E. Raymond Carlyle
Sep. 1992
Vibrations (Vol. 15 No. 3)
Jim Magus Arcana: Moonlight Serenade routine on Glenn Miller, paper plane dissolves in water, music slows down at thought of song
Sep. 1992
Vibrations (Vol. 15 No. 3)
Sandy Spillman Something on My Mind: Your Own Houdini Seance Part 2 various seance effects
Oct. 1992
Vibrations (Vol. 15 No. 4)
The Dark Seance at the Table things with tambourine, bell, and the like happen in the dark
1993 22
The Dark Circle everybody sits in a circle and hold everybody's hand, but performer gets one hand free
1993 28