284 entries in Games / Bar Bets & Puzzles
  
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Unknown To conveie one shilling being in one hand into another, holding your armes abroad like a rood sucker bet in which a coin is in each hand, it is proposed to bring them into one hand without the hands coming near each other
1584 The Discoverie of Witchcraft (Issue XXV) 187
Unknown Another conceipt to procure laughter two items held far apart, challenge to bring them into one hand without moving the hands together
1634 The Art of Legerdemain Discovered 37
Unknown How to rub out Twenty Chalks at five Times, rubbing out every Time an odd one puzzle or wager, chalk strokes on a board
1784 Breslaw's Last Legacy 44
Unknown To make a Person tired, or sweat, at carrying a small Stick of a Room bet / wager
1784 Breslaw's Last Legacy 52
Unknown A droll Trick played with a Fowl roasted fowl comes back to life when pierced with a fork, as a prank / wager
1784 Breslaw's Last Legacy 55
Unknown To make an Egg stand an end on a Table or on a Looking-Glass impromptu version
1784 Breslaw's Last Legacy 58
Unknown Der Salon-Herkules gag in which a spoon has to be moved with the mouth, it is secretly filled with mustard
Oct. 1895 Die Zauberwelt (Vol. 1 No. 10) 157
Unknown Das Balancieren mehrerer Münzen balancing two coins on their edges on top of each other between thumb and first finger
May 1896 Die Zauberwelt (Vol. 2 No. 5) 77
Unknown Kopf oder Wappen performer can tell whether coin lands heads or tails without looking, different sound
Nov. 1896 Der Zauberspiegel (Vol. 2 No. 3) 41
Unknown Der gebannte Korken bar bet with cork on a bottle
Mar. 1898 Die Zauberwelt (Vol. 4 No. 3) 45
Unknown Was verstehen Sie unter "kompakt"? gag question that results into predictably funny hand movements
May 1898 Die Zauberwelt (Vol. 4 No. 5) 78
Antonio Molini Das Glas als Lungenprüfer two glasses into each other, one has to remove the inner glass without touching either, solution is blowing
Oct. 1898 Die Zauberwelt (Vol. 4 No. 10) 158
Unknown Das Glas als Geldschrank small coin in shot glass, sealed with bigger coin that gets stuck halfway in glass, challenge to remove small coin without touching anything, blowing
Nov. 1898 Die Zauberwelt (Vol. 4 No. 11) 174
Antonio Molini Der widerspenstige Korken blowing a cork in the bottle
Jan. 1899 Die Zauberwelt (Vol. 5 No. 1) 14
Talmi Bellachini Ein Streichholzscherz burning a match with its head down without burning oneself
Apr. 1899 Die Zauberwelt (Vol. 5 No. 4) 62
Unknown Die gut sitzende Weste gag question that results into predictably funny movement to display vest
June 1899 Die Zauberwelt (Vol. 5 No. 6) 95
Unknown Scherz-Aufgabe cutting a paper circe into eight equal pieces with three cuts
July 1899 Die Zauberwelt (Vol. 5 No. 7) 111
Unknown Ein Vexierbild optical illusion with dice pattern
Sep. 1899 Die Zauberwelt (Vol. 5 No. 9) 142
Unknown Die mysterieuse Schlinge leather band rolled up, endless chain type game
Nov. 1899 Die Zauberwelt (Vol. 5 No. 11) 174
Unknown Der eigensinnige Billardball No. 5, finger spins ball on table, it rolls forward or backwards on command
1900 Der Amateurzauberer 159
Unknown Die behexten Würfel No. 8, holding three dice between thumb and first finger and letting center one drop, puzzle
Related to 1900 Der Amateurzauberer 160
Unknown Die durchdringende Münze cardboard with a hole smaller than a coin, challenge to pass coin through hole
Related to Nov. 1900 Die Zauberwelt (Vol. 6 No. 11) 175
Unknown Zur "Durchdringenden Münze" clarifying illustration
Related to Dec. 1900 Die Zauberwelt (Vol. 6 No. 12) 189
Unknown Der Mann mit den vier Köpfen four paper strips with design on them have to be combined to make a certain image
Jan. 1901 Die Zauberwelt (Vol. 7 No. 1) 14
Unknown Die Höhe eines Cylinderhutes zu bestimmen estimating height of top hat
Oct. 1901 Die Zauberwelt (Vol. 7 No. 10) 160
Unknown A Simple Coin Trick coin in broken match into bottle, non-magical science experiment
1902 The Modern Conjurer 295
Phantome Wie schwamm der Tote über die Donau? water poured on table, gag in which water is hit and everyone gets wet
Feb. 1902 Die Zauberwelt (Vol. 8 No. 2) 30
Carl Willmann Der Vexirschlüssel borrowed finger ring put onto ring even though it does not fit
Dec. 1903 Die Zauberwelt (Vol. 9 No. 12) 190
Unknown Die Cigarre, welche von drei Herren zu gleicher Zeit geraucht werden kann "by A. H.", cigar can be smoked by three people simultaneously
Apr. 1904 Die Zauberwelt (Vol. 10 No. 4) 61
Unknown Knife and Egg Shell knife through egg shell stunt that cannot be duplicated by spectator
1937 The Magic Annual for 1937 95
Tom Darlington Tip Tap Top puzzle/bar bet with coin and cigarette pack
1939 The Jinx 51-100 (Issue Summer Extra 1939) 408
Arthur Dowler Beer Cap bar bet with beer cap, turning it over on table
Related to 1939 The Jinx 51-100 (Issue Summer Extra 1939) 413
Quong Yen Cig in Bottle bar stunt, paper circle on bottle, cigarette balancing on top
1939 Chap's Scrapbook (Vol. 2 No. 4) 4
Laurie Ireland The Coca Cola Bottle and Nipple Effect liquid from bottle is filled in tiny baby bottle nipple
1940 Ireland's Yearbooks (Issue Yearbook 1940) 5
Unknown A Penny - A Bet - A Drink guessing in which hand the coin is, bar bet, see also page 728
1941 The Jinx 101-151 (Issue 123) 716
Art Lyle One Drop More bar bet
1941 The Jinx 101-151 (Issue 146) 816
Unknown Match Folder Wager bet that spectator cannot light twenty matches in a row with one strike
1941 After the Dessert 10
Walter B. Gibson, Danny Morris Gaglet Department
  • card coding with name badges (Gibson)
  • card in balloon gag (Morris)
  • cut and restored tie performance at army shows without a stooge (Morris)
  • bar bet, naming three numbers of a serial number on a bill
1942 The Phoenix 1-50 (Issue 10) 38
Danny Morris, Doc Hurwitz Betcha bar bet, drinking from a glass while arm is held by spectator, coin gag
1942 The Phoenix 1-50 (Issue 17) 70
Danny Morris, Doc Hurwitz Betcha
  • coin jumps from mouth of empty bottle, without touching
  • pepper in glass is attracted or repelled by finger
1942 The Phoenix 1-50 (Issue 19) 81
Danny Morris, Doc Hurwitz Betcha
  • drinking from a sealed bottled without opening it
  • moving a coin without touching it
1942 The Phoenix 1-50 (Issue 20) 85
Danny Morris, Doc Hurwitz Betch
  • bar bet, predicting which side lands up, when tossing a match box
  • betting burning a handkerchief without injuring it
1942 The Phoenix 1-50 (Issue 21) 89
Danny Morris, Doc Hurwitz Betcha word play bet with a coin and three matches
1942 The Phoenix 1-50 (Issue 22) 93
Danny Morris, Doc Hurwitz, Walter B. Gibson Betcha
  • boiling water in a paper bag
  • beer bet
  • coin bet / puzzle ("One is not a nickel")
Variations 1942 The Phoenix 1-50 (Issue 24) 101
Eddie Joseph A Dose for the Smart Guy glass of water under newspaper, paper whipped away, as sucker trick, coins balanced on glass
1942 Coin and Money Magic 40
Eddie Joseph Perfect Timing two coins on table edge, pushed off table towards floor, one straight down one sharply forward, they hit floor together
1942 Coin and Money Magic 85
Eddie Joseph Right First Time quick way of counting high stack of coins, using coin as ruler
1942 Coin and Money Magic 103
Richard Himber Paper Match Throwing match landing on the side, bar bet
1943 The Phoenix 1-50 (Issue 28) 118
James G. Thompson Jr. Coin Betcha
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
Hen Fetsch Betcha removing two coins balancing on rim of mouth of a galss, with one hand, bar bet
1943 The Phoenix 1-50 (Issue 33) 137
Hen Fetsch Betcha turning over a coin under a beer mug without touching the mug
1943 The Phoenix 1-50 (Issue 34) 140
Unknown Bar Bet letting bill fall and spectator has to catch it
1943 The Phoenix 1-50 (Issue 35) 146
John R. Boyko, John McCormick Blitz-Match winning game
Related to
  • correction on page 154
1943 The Phoenix 1-50 (Issue 36) 149
Hen Fetsch Betcha joke, bet that the bottom card is spectator's card, miniature card
1943 The Phoenix 1-50 (Issue 38) 157
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
Tom Fitzgerald A Cute Betcha penknife sticked in top of door arch falls directly in a bottle
1944 The Phoenix 51-100 (Issue 59) 241
L. Vosburgh Lyons Paper Puzzle turning a square of paper into an equilateral triangle
1944 The Phoenix 51-100 (Issue 65) 267
Bruce Elliott The Back Room Richard Himber, a strange bar bet by Mystic Craig, idea by Paul Morris for Thompson's Double or Nothing, Puzzle
Inspired by 1944 The Phoenix 51-100 (Issue 68) 279
Bill Salisbury Bottle of Smoke whisky bottle filled with smoke, smoke has to be removed without touching the bottle
1944 Ireland's Yearbooks (Issue Yearbook 1944) 25
Bob Hummer Latest Miser's Dream Gag verbal ambiguity, getting spectator's money
Also published here 1944 Six-Trix for 1944 8
M. T. Coogan A Drop in the Bottle with a bottle, a cigarette and a paper loop
1945 The Phoenix 51-100 (Issue 84) 343
Laurie Ireland Betchas collection of bar bets, several reprints of the Phoenix
1945 Ireland's Yearbooks (Issue Yearbook 1945) 6
Bernard the Magician A Bar Bet names of states on 20$ bill
1946 Ireland's Yearbooks (Issue Yearbook 1946) 29
Joseph P. Schmidt An Ancient Swindle Revivified pricking the garter, belt rolled up and spectator pushed stick in it
Jan. 1946 Hugard's Magic Monthly — Volumes I, II, III and IV (Vol. 3 No. 8) 189
Harry Solomon Betcha coin appears in match box, then a losing bet is made
Also published here 1948 The Phoenix 101-150 (Issue 142) 571
Al Baker Sugar Cube quickly unwrapping a sugar cube, bar bet
1948 The Phoenix 151-200 (Issue 152) 618
Bruce Elliott The Back Room on Roy Benson, the Jarrow dinner, Dr. Jaks and a bar bet by Ron Edwards
1948 The Phoenix 151-200 (Issue 153) 614
Unknown One Card Under The Other How to hold a card under a King on the table, without moving the King
1949 Tricks and Stunts With Playing Cards 12
Unknown Making a Card Invisible Challenge: make a card invisible to one person, but visible to everyone else
1949 Tricks and Stunts With Playing Cards 14
Unknown Standing A Card On Edge
1949 Tricks and Stunts With Playing Cards 15
Unknown Coin On Card Stunt Balance card and coin on finger, flick card out under the coin
1949 Tricks and Stunts With Playing Cards 16
Jack Yeager A Bar Gag finding the camel on a dollar bill
1949 Ireland's Yearbooks (Issue Yearbook 1949) 16
Hen Fetsch Magical Business
  • Buzz Watch (gag by Ed Heyel)
  • Dad Betcha (tearing a paper in half 9 times)
  • Plate Break (biting a plate)
  • Candle Out (blowing a candle out through sleeve, gimmicked)
  • Three Links (producing bottle from three linked rings)
1949 Ireland's Yearbooks (Issue Yearbook 1949) 34
Unknown Steady Hands puzzle / bar bet with sugar cubes
1949 Over the Coffee Cups 1
Unknown Five Cube Pick-Up bar bet with sugar cubes, lifting five cubes with one finger
1949 Over the Coffee Cups 1
Unknown Cubes, Papers, and Coin bar bet, three cubes are stacked on a coin and with piece of paper in between, slips and coins must be removed without touching the sugar
1949 Over the Coffee Cups 3
Unknown Mushroom, Key, and States folding Dollar bill to make picture of a mushroom
1949 Over the Coffee Cups 6
Unknown Cross of Knives special way to hold two knives, bar bet
1949 Over the Coffee Cups 7
Unknown Sixteen Coin Puzzle
1949 Over the Coffee Cups 21
Unknown Three Stunts with a Dime bets and gags with coins
1949 Over the Coffee Cups 21
Johnny Paul Spinning the Half Dollar spinning a coin on its edge without touching it
1949 Over the Coffee Cups 22
Unknown Sucker Bet gag with coins
1949 Over the Coffee Cups 22
Unknown Penny Puzzle how many letters on coin, puzzle
1949 Over the Coffee Cups 22
Unknown Brim to Brim two filled glassed placed mouth to mouth, puzzles
1949 Over the Coffee Cups 23
Unknown Problem of the Six Glasses puzzle with three empty and three filled glasses
Also published here 1949 Over the Coffee Cups 23
Unknown The Pyramid removing napkins between glasses
1949 Over the Coffee Cups 24
Johnny Jones Cross of Pepper pepper on water, making a cross with match
1949 Over the Coffee Cups 24
Unknown Match, Nickel, and Glass match balanced on edge of coin is moved, under glass
1949 Over the Coffee Cups 25
Unknown Glass and Check removing check under glass, with coin balancing on rim
1949 Over the Coffee Cups 25
Unknown Vanishing Smoke removing smoke from empty whisky bottle
1949 Over the Coffee Cups 27
Unknown Catching the Check catching check / bill between fingers
1949 Over the Coffee Cups 29
"Chic" Schoke Schoke's Wise Cracker gag, bar bet with cracker
1949 Over the Coffee Cups 33
Unknown Sailor and the Doughnut gag puzzle
1949 Over the Coffee Cups 33
Don Tanner Brain Tickler of the Month: Fill the Bath Tub
Mar. 1949 Grant's Inner Circle Magazine (Vol. 1 No. 5 & 6) 7
L. Vosburgh Lyons Lyons Den paper puzzle, solution on p. 833
1950 The Phoenix 201 — 250 (Issue 207) 825
Hen Fetsch Betcha!
  • reading the date of a coin through a paper
  • predicting the right card, gag (two versions)
  • showing five kings in a deck
1951 The Phoenix 201 — 250 (Issue 236) 944
Martin Gardner, "Chic" Schoke Easy Aces Aces in the deck stay in the same order after spectator riffle shuffled the deck three times
1952 The Phoenix 201 — 250 (Issue 249) 997
John Scarne Scarne Puzzle logic puzzle, solution to puzzle from p. 1073
1952 The Phoenix 251 — 300 (Issue 269) 1076
Lu Brent Making a Production out of the Pyramid Puzzle using the Magic Pyramid Puzzle for Do As I Do, then Two in the Hand
1952 Ireland's Yearbooks (Issue Yearbook 1952) 7
Unknown Bar Bet verbal trap
1953 The Phoenix 251 — 300 (Issue 291) 1165
Tom Fitzgerald Cute Coins eight-pointed star, coins have to be moved, puzzle, see also p. 48 and p. 52
Also published here 1954 The New Phoenix 301-348 (Issue 306) 22
Unknown Paris in the the Spring bar stunt, reading sentence, two times "the"
1954 The New Phoenix 301-348 (Issue 308) 32
John Howie Match Box Bet lifting the tray of a matchbox on its cover with only the first and fourth finger
1954 The New Phoenix 301-348 (Issue 314) 58
Karrell Fox A Sure Bet joke, coin transforms into match
1954 Kornfidentially Yours 13
Audley Walsh Box Office Math math question
1956 The New Phoenix 301-348 (Issue 341-2) 177
Unknown Garter Tricks Pricking the Garter, basic version, can use belt too
1956 Mathematics, Magic And Mystery 81
Unknown The Giant's Garter More complex version of Pricking the Garter using a closed loop of string
1956 Mathematics, Magic And Mystery 82
John Murray 20-16=7 match puzzle
1960 The New Phoenix 351-400 (Issue 352) 237
Ernest W. Brady The Missing Dollar missing dollar puzzle, verbal
1960 Ireland's Yearbooks (Issue Yearbook 1960) 53
E. J. Partington Table Trick scam with two coins
1961 Ireland's Yearbooks (Issue Yearbook 1961) 29
Max Malini The Inertia Trick glasses covered with a tray, on the tray are tubes with eggs, tray is knocked away and eggs fall into glass
1962 Malini and His Magic 40
Unknown Card Flip Bar Stunt
Sep. 1966 The Pallbearers Review Vol. 1-4 (Vol. 1 No. 11) 57
Peter Alexis A Friendly Game betting game with dice, proposition bet
Related to
  • p. 155 for George Henbeck comment
Winter 1967 The Pallbearers Review Vol. 1-4 (Vol. 3 No. 1st Folio) 136
Karl Fulves The Compleat Gamester proposition bets
  • Birthday Bet (see p. 292 for Mel Stover comment)
  • Red And Black (Martin Gardner)
  • License Plate Poker
  • Ace-Deuce-Jack Variations
  • Black And White
  • Coin Swindles
  • 3-Card Poker
  • Odds On Favorite (Omega Bet, card pushed in reversed and pairs dealt off)
Related toVariations July 1969 The Pallbearers Review Vol. 1-4 (Vol. 4 No. 9) 272
Martin Gardner The Compleat Gamester Addition red-black betting game with eight cards
Inspired by Mar. 1970 The Pallbearers Review Vol. 5-8 (Vol. 5 No. 5) 324
Stewart James, Gene Gray A Match for Gravity watch and match tied to thread, over stick, see p. 337 for reference
Apr. 1970 The Pallbearers Review Vol. 5-8 (Vol. 5 No. 6) 330
W. Mason Bet-A-Bill betting game, the last digit of which bill is highest
Dec. 1970 The Pallbearers Review Vol. 5-8 (Vol. 6 No. 2) 387
Bradley Efron Las Vegas Dice non-transitive dice, also as packets of cards, see also p. 410 for idea by Stewart Olney
Jan. 1971 The Pallbearers Review Vol. 5-8 (Vol. 6 No. 3) 393
Unknown Cigarette Puzzle bar bet
1974 Pabular (Vol. 1 No. 4) 49
Ken Brooke Coin Riddle bar bet
Related to 1974 Pabular (Vol. 1 No. 4) 50
Unknown Wong How Was A Chinaman bar bet, one has to repeat exactly the actions of the performer
1974 Pabular (Vol. 1 No. 4) 50
Unknown Drinking Bar Bet performer bets, that he he drink three beers quicker than the other guy drinks three whiskies
1974 Pabular (Vol. 1 No. 4) 50
Unknown Drinking Bar Bet performer bets he can drink a measure of brandy from an unopened bottle
1974 Pabular (Vol. 1 No. 4) 51
Amedeo Vacca Balancing Dice Puzzle moisture
1974 Amedeo's Continental Magic 43
Unknown The Lira Swindle bar bet, short-change type swindle
1974 Amedeo's Continental Magic 93
Karl Fulves Step Right Up collection of proposition bets, see following entries
Jan. 1974 The Pallbearers Review Vol. 9-10 (Vol. 9 No. 3) 700
Martin Gardner Parity Bet eleven cards on table with one free section, sliding task for spectator as bet
Jan. 1974 The Pallbearers Review Vol. 9-10 (Vol. 9 No. 3) 700
Mel Stover Chess Bet see also p. 782 for additional information
Jan. 1974 The Pallbearers Review Vol. 9-10 (Vol. 9 No. 3) 701
Ken Beale Odd/Even Bet play on words
Jan. 1974 The Pallbearers Review Vol. 9-10 (Vol. 9 No. 3) 701
Unknown Checkerboard Bet tracing path in checkerboard
Jan. 1974 The Pallbearers Review Vol. 9-10 (Vol. 9 No. 3) 701
Unknown The Nile River Bet does nile flow south or north, exploiting misprint
Jan. 1974 The Pallbearers Review Vol. 9-10 (Vol. 9 No. 3) 701
Robert Connelly "Say Red" betting game whether next card is red
Jan. 1974 The Pallbearers Review Vol. 9-10 (Vol. 9 No. 3) 702
Unknown Five Quick Bets see also p. 782 for credit information
Jan. 1974 The Pallbearers Review Vol. 9-10 (Vol. 9 No. 3) 702
Karl Fulves A Dice Proposition
Also published here Jan. 1974 The Pallbearers Review Vol. 9-10 (Vol. 9 No. 3) 702
Robert E. Neale A Trick with Sandpaper two pieces of sandpaper are folded together, performer can pull them apart but spectator cannot
  • Thumb Variation
  • Lock Position
  • Warnings
Oct. 1974 The Pallbearers Review Vol. 9-10 (Vol. 9 No. 12) 811
Unknown A Puzzle drawing a circle and a dot on a paper without lifting the pen
1974 Tricks with Paper 34
Unknown A Balancing Trick balancing a glass on a bill
1974 Tricks with Paper 48
Unknown Pure Skill small piece of paper strip is cut off, while it falls on the floor, no skill method
1974 Tricks with Paper 50
Unknown There She Blows coin spins on glass, stunt
1974 Tricks with Coins 23
Unknown To Spin a Coin without Touching it
1974 Tricks with Coins 24
Unknown Sneak it Out coin under glass is moved without touching glass, bar bet
1974 Tricks with Coins 48
Unknown Snap a Coin bar bet with coin, coin turns over on wrist
1974 Tricks with Coins 49
Unknown Betcha Can't coin pressed on spectator's forehead gag
1974 Tricks with Coins 54
Unknown The Balanced Coin on finger, with card
1974 Tricks with Coins 61
Harry Solomon "Wollen wir Wetten" coin appears in match box, then a losing bet is made
Also published here Oct. 1974 Intermagic (Vol. 2 No. 2) 31
Fred Robinson Edge Spinners bar bets and flourishes with coins
  • Finger Flicker, coin spinning
  • Thumb It, coin spinning with two hands
  • Tri-Van, sleeving technique while coin spins
  • Bottoms Up, coin spins on reversed tumbler
  • Nicked, how to hear on which side a coin lands on
  • Off Balance, coin lands always on the same side
  • Smash and Grab, spun coin vanishes by hitting a match box on it
  • For Two Pins, coin spins held by two pins
  • Skittled, coin is knocked over with an other coin
1975 Pabular (Vol. 1 No. 9) 106
Unknown El Terrón de Azúcar que Arde performer is able to set a sugar cube on fire
1975 Magia en el Bar 18
Unknown Las Ultimas Gotas bar bet, how many drops of liquid will drop from an empty bottle
1975 Magia en el Bar 41
Unknown Palillos-Muelle long distance shot of a toothpick
1975 Magia en el Bar 67
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
Unknown Cigarrillo Anudado bending a cigarette, without breaking it
1975 Magia en el Bar 90
Unknown Apuesta Imposible bar bet with cigarette
1975 Magia en el Bar 91
Unknown Moneda en la Frente (I) gag, spectator can not remove coin from forehead
1975 Magia en el Bar 101
Unknown Moneda que Gira Sin Tocarla bar bet with a coin, spinning it without touching
Also published here
  • in Martin Gardner's "Over the Coffee Cups" 1949.
1975 Magia en el Bar 106
Karl Fulves Psychik Dice rolling an eight and six with two dice before two sevens, odds apparently beaten, see also p. 926
1976 The Pallbearers Review Vol. 9-10 (Vol. 10 No. Close-Up Folio #5) 930
Unknown All in a Row six glasses, three filled, they have to be alternated by switching adjacent glasses, puzzle
Also published here 1977 The Magic Book 51
Unknown Three Tumblers do as I do with three glasses that have to be turned up and down
1977 The Magic Book 52
Unknown Drop Out three dice held between two fingers, dropping only the center one
Also published here 1977 The Magic Book 54
Unknown Balancing Act three dice balanced in apparently impossible way
1977 The Magic Book 56
Karl Fulves Mental Dice bet about rolling a six and an eight before two sevens with two dice, probability bet
1977 The Magic Book 56
Karl Fulves Ace-Deuce-Jack proposition bet, Ace, Two or Jack has to appear at the bottom of any of three piles
Related to 1977 The Magic Book 163
Karl Fulves A Dice Proposition
Also published here 1977 The Magic Book 166
Martin Gardner The Red-Black Swindle two red and two black cards under table, one brought out, proposition bet about the next card matching
1977 The Magic Book 168
Karl Fulves More Proposition Bets
  • five random cards, two have the same suit
  • three random cards, one is a picture card
  • "Three-Card Poker"
Related to 1977 The Magic Book 171
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
1978 Pabular (Vol. 4 No. 10) 588
Karl Fulves Pluto Bet bet regarding what's the planet furthest from the sun
1979 The Chronicles (Issue 15) 1210
Kurt A. Christoff Petals around the Rose roll of five dice is assigned a value, the puzzle is to find the rule, originally from "Mathematics Teacher"
Related toVariations 1979 Interlocutor (Issue 39) 154
Karrell Fox Poka-Cola bet: getting cigarette into bottle while spectator hold coin on its mouth, penetration
1979 Another Book 55
Unknown Betcha-Can't putting rubber band around spectator's hand that he cannot remove one-handed
Related to 1979 Elastrix 11
Unknown Challenge Interlace Interlude doing a one-handed interlace design faster than spectator
1979 Elastrix 25
Unknown Try Your Hand at This putting rubber band around spectator's hand that he cannot remove one-handed
Related to 1979 Elastrix 28
Unknown Bracelet and Band removing bracelet that is around one finger while tips of fingers are banded with rubber band
1979 Elastrix 31
Unknown Gambling Scam betting game with cards, odds in performer's favor
Related to
  • John Scarne's "Complete Guide to Gambling"
1979 The Compleat Magick — Volume III (Issue 246) 1229
Al Smith, Arthur Day, Fred Snooks Fumdubulators
  • producing false teeth and a skull
  • floating crisp
  • producing a potato from a crisp bag (Arthur day)
  • Irish Key Ring, key ring on false end of a key, gag (Arthur Day)
  • bar bet with matchbox (Fred Snooks)
1980 Pabular (Vol. 6 No. 4) 836
Bob Hummer Latest Miser's Dream Gag verbal ambiguity, getting spectator's money
Also published here 1980 Bob Hummer's Collected Secrets 24
Karl Fulves Digital Dollars over the phone game, to win highest value bill
Related toVariations 1980 Bob Hummer's Collected Secrets 68
Unknown Coasters betting game with Ace through Seven or seven numbered coaster
1981 Octet 47
Father Cyprian Knockout Poker spectator shuffles and gives half the cards to performer, both construct strong poker hand, performer wins
1981 Octet 54
Karl Fulves Notes on Knockout spectator shuffles and gives half the cards to performer, both construct strong poker hand, performer wins
Inspired by 1981 Octet 55
Karl Fulves ESP and Dice con bet with dice rolls
1981 Origins 16
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
Unknown Who Pays the Bills? No. 18, bar bet, matches broken in half, one who takes the last one has to pay, favorite of Nate Leipzig
1981 Self-Working Table Magic 20
Unknown Dice Catch No. 22, two dice held outside of a cup, puzzle throwing both dice inside with one hand
1981 Self-Working Table Magic 26
Unknown Controlled Dice Shot No. 23, betting that with two dice most of the times a one or a six is thrown
Related to 1981 Self-Working Table Magic 27
Unknown The New Dropout No. 26, three dice held between two fingers, dropping only the center one
Also published here 1981 Self-Working Table Magic 30
Unknown The Great Bottle Mystery No. 36, cigarette balanced on a paper ring which stand on a bottle, ring has to be taken away so cigarette falls into bottle
1981 Self-Working Table Magic 47
Unknown Strong Man Stunt No. 38, rolled up napkin can only be torn apart by performer
1981 Self-Working Table Magic 48
Alex Elmsley Twister No. 54, performer twist rubber band and spectator holds it, he cannot untwist it
Also published here 1981 Self-Working Table Magic 67
Unknown Bet a Band No. 57, rubber band on finger which is held by spectator is freed, as a bar bet
1981 Self-Working Table Magic 70
Neal Thomas Strange Interlude No. 62, rubber band configuration between fingers
Also published here 1981 Self-Working Table Magic 75
Unknown The Knot Paradox No. 66, knot in handkerchief without letting go of the ends
1981 Self-Working Table Magic 80
Unknown The Second Paradox No. 67, knot in handkerchief without letting go of the ends, without table
1981 Self-Working Table Magic 81
Karl Fulves Quick Release No. 86, quickly unlink safety ins as a bar bet
1981 Self-Working Table Magic 108
Sam Lloyd Buttonholed No. 89, pen with looped string through button hole, puzzle
1981 Self-Working Table Magic 112
Ken Allen Loophole Logic No. 90, pen with looped string through handle of mug, puzzle
Also published here 1981 Self-Working Table Magic 114
G. W. Hunter The Snapper No. 91, snapper with cap and pen
1981 Self-Working Table Magic 114
Unknown The Hands Only No. 92, pen clipped between thumbs is twisted in other position which is impossible to duplicate
1981 Self-Working Table Magic 115
Unknown, Peter Kane An Ancient Coin Con Game stack of coins sits on table, betting on orientation of bottom coin
  • With Cards (deck shuffled face-up/face-down, betting on orientation of bottom card)
1982 Kane 15
Unknown The Unreachable Matchbox No. 79 chalk line, matchbox cannot be reached
1983 101 Psychic Tests 22
Unknown Catch Questions No. 59
1983 Self-Working Number Magic 79
Unknown Scrambled States No. 60, puzzle about states name
1983 Self-Working Number Magic 80
Unknown The Fortune 100 No. 77, bet about the numbers from one to hundred which do not contain eight specific letters
1983 Self-Working Number Magic 100
Unknown Bamboozled No. 78, percentage bet concerning the letters in spelled-out numbers
1983 Self-Working Number Magic 100
Unknown Telefooled No. 82, percentage bet about last two digits in phone numbers
1983 Self-Working Number Magic 104
Unknown License-Plate Showdown No. 83, percentage bet about license plate numbers
1983 Self-Working Number Magic 104
Karl Fulves The Omega Bet No. 73, card pushed face-up in center and deck dealt in pairs, pair with face-up card matches or not, multiple phases
Related toVariations 1984 More Self-Working Card Tricks 107
Unknown Face-up Poker No. 75, poker hands drawn from face-up spread, yet performer wins, with variation "Revenge Poker"
1984 More Self-Working Card Tricks 112
Karl Fulves How Many "Penny Papers", number One appears ten times on dollar bills
1985 S-C — Contemporary Money Magic (Issue 3) 53
Karl Fulves How Many Eyes? "Penny Papers", on a dollar bill
1985 S-C — Contemporary Money Magic (Issue 3) 54
Karl Fulves How Many People? "Penny Papers", on a Ten Dollar Bill
1985 S-C — Contemporary Money Magic (Issue 3) 54
Karl Fulves The Marrakech Game betting game with coins, guessing value of hidden coins
1985 S-C — Contemporary Money Magic (Issue 4) 60
Karl Fulves Lincoln Up "Penny Papers", sucker bet of which side a bill with land
1985 S-C — Contemporary Money Magic (Issue 4) 71
Karl Fulves Two Headed "Penny Papers", bet about head on both sides of a penny
1985 S-C — Contemporary Money Magic (Issue 5) 86
Karl Fulves Catchbets No. 6, on bets in which the sneak solution does not work as expected
  • coin on strip of paper on edge of glass has to be put into glass
  • three coins in a row, some can be touched, some moved
  • tearing a strip of paper, one hand on each end, into three pieces, posed as a problem
Related to 1985 S-C — Contemporary Money Magic (Issue 6) 93
Karl Fulves Dates "Penny Papers", puzzle question about date on a bill
1985 S-C — Contemporary Money Magic (Issue 6) 104
Karl Fulves Snow "Penny Papers", puzzle question about phrase on a bill, anagram
1985 S-C — Contemporary Money Magic (Issue 6) 104
Karl Fulves Key & Scale "Penny Papers", bet questions on design of dollar bill
1985 S-C — Contemporary Money Magic (Issue 7) 123
Karl Fulves Catch Q's two catch questions
Related to 1988 Interlocutor (Issue 47) 193
Karl Fulves Betcha adding digits on coin
1988 Interlocutor (Issue 48) 211
Karl Fulves Catch Questions twenty-six questions
Related to 1988 Interlocutor (Issue 52) 265
Peter Kane The Great Purse Swindle spectator can apparently win money but never does, using five flat purses and ten cards
1988 ca. Kane's Variant 5
Unknown Stay Put No. 23, balancing-on-finger stunt
1989 Self-Working Coin Magic 35
Unknown Reflexes No. 26, bill dropped through fingers, cannot be caught
1989 Self-Working Coin Magic 38
Unknown Dates No. 32, finding the year 1776 on a dollar bill
1989 Self-Working Coin Magic 43
Unknown Snow No. 33, looking for anagram of "night snow" on dollar bill
1989 Self-Working Coin Magic 43
Unknown How Many Eyes? No. 39, "how many eyes on a dollar bill?", catch question
1989 Self-Working Coin Magic 45
Unknown Betting Lincoln No. 40, trick question about tossing a bill up
1989 Self-Working Coin Magic 46
R. J. Cooper Balancing Act No. 46, balancing coin on bill
1989 Self-Working Coin Magic 47
Unknown Six Glasses No. 69, six glasses, three filled, they have to be alternated by switching adjacent glasses, puzzle
Also published here 1990 Self-Working Rope Magic 146
Bob Farmer Double-Headed Coins bar bets with double-headed coins
  • Con of the Realm
  • Pocket Change
  • Two Heads are Better than One
  • Two Out of Three Ain't Bad
  • None out of Three
  • Two out of Three Ain't Badder
  • Heads I Win, Tails You Lose
1994 Beat 'em, Cheat 'em, Leave 'em Bleedin' 6
Bob Farmer The Game of 31 Ace through Six on table, numbers added until in turn until 31 is reached, performer always wins
Related to 1994 Beat 'em, Cheat 'em, Leave 'em Bleedin' 18
Bob Farmer Loaded Dice bets with loaded and mis-spotted dice
  • 7-11 Dice - Load and Fire
  • Another Game of 31
  • Bone Try
  • Pair of Dice by the Dashboard Light
1994 Beat 'em, Cheat 'em, Leave 'em Bleedin' 30
John Scarne Brazil Bet betting that the large brazil nuts are on top in can
Related to 1994 Rigmarole (Issue 10) 115
Mel Bennett, Karl Fulves Petals & Roots more on the dice puzzle
Related to 1994 Verbatim (Issue 10) 122
Steve Dusheck Last Straw two straws in hand, spectator always picks short one
1994 Dusheck's Close-Up Magic 151
Karrell Fox Fantom Fire performer can make paper napkin flash when touched with cigarette, spectators cannot
1995 Much Ado About Something 26
Martin Gardner Cornered bar bet with checkerboard pattern and coins
1995 Underworld (Issue 2) 23
Karl Fulves The Dome con game in which Aces are dealt and if first two are of different color, player wins
Related to 1996 Blocking Off 114
Bob Driebeek Das Erbe des alten Arabers illogical puzzle, dividing money under three sons, done with real coins
Related to 1996 Aenigmas Rätsel 37
Pat Hennessy, Dai Vernon Dai's Wager dice bet with odds in performer's favor
Related to 1997 Virtual Foolery 14
Simon Lovell, Ken Brooke Any Dog Called For! any dog apparently appears under a glass, "puddle" gag
1997 Simon Says! 226
Steve Beam Nectar of the Cups humorous bar bet routine, with cups and balls
1998 The Trapdoor — Volume Three (Issue 70) 1478
Karl Fulves 4 In A Row "Dot Com - Tricks and stunts with numbers"
betting game with Ace through Ten and sequences within the row that are decreasing or increasing
Related to 1998 The Fine Print (Issue 7) 207
Karl Fulves Harness Hitch Bet
Related to 1998 The Fine Print (Issue 9) 274
Ellis Stanyon "Thirty-one" (Simple Version) No. 12, "A Cardsharp's Trick", game in which cards are drawn alternately and the sum of the values cannot exceed thirty-one
Related toVariations 1999 Ellis Stanyon's Best Card Tricks 63
Karl Fulves Supplementary Note version of the game with paper-clipped pairs, another version without a system given posed as problem
Inspired by 1999 Ellis Stanyon's Best Card Tricks 64
Ellis Stanyon "Thirty-one" No. 45, "A Cardsharp's Trick", more elaborate version
Related to 1999 Ellis Stanyon's Best Card Tricks 80
Simon Lovell Matchbox Betcha number of matches in matchbox divined, mathematical
2000 Son of Simon Says! 121
Eric Mason Matchbox Betcha Number Two! matchbox drawer balanced on cover under glass, bet to get drawer into cover without touching
2000 Son of Simon Says! 123
Simon Lovell Two Pieces of Silliness - Cancan "Silly Stunt Number Two"
can is crushed flat in two seconds
2000 Son of Simon Says! 132
Simon Lovell Coins, Dice and Grandfather's Beer! some bar bets, then full glass of beer produced
  • Stage One - Selling the Roll Out
  • Stage Two - Selling the Six Dice Stack
  • Stage Three - Grandfather's Beer
2000 Son of Simon Says! 143
Walter Brusa Flip Cap bar bet with beer cap, turning it over on table, other solutions
Related to 2001 Latter Day Secrets (Issue 5) 134
Karl Fulves Bill Bet bar bet using feature (ghost image) of new bills
2001 Latter Day Secrets (Issue 6) 190
Unknown Coffee Cup Bet rubber band around wrist and one finger, cup hanged on same finger, rubber band has to be maneuvered into cup, spectator has to close eyes and touch finger
Related to 2002 Latter Day Secrets (Issue 7) 234
Unknown Latch Bottle Bar Bet
Also published here
  • The Boy Mechanic (1915)
2003 Latter Day Secrets (Issue 8) 328
Unknown Do As I Do - Experiment old sucker puzzle, inverting two of three glasses
2003 2003 U.S. Master Class Notes 6
Karl Fulves Counterfeat spectator removes any card from shuffled deck, performer removes full house and bets that spectator cannot beat him with straight flush that includes his card
Related to 2005 Clockwork 9
Karl Fulves Counterfeit credits for "Counterfeat" betting game in which spectator and performer construct poker hand from face-up spread
Related to 2005 Clockwork 65
Barrie Richardson Letting Go! presentation for James's effect, mug tied on a string is dropped, but the string loops around a pencil just before object fall on floor
Inspired by 2005 Act Two 175
Dai Vernon Three Covers and a Nickel Monte
Also published here
  • MUM, Dec. 2001
2006 Secrets of an Escamoteur 27
Lewis Jones Value for Money betting game trick, dealing through cards and naming values in a row, every hit costs a dollar, spectator has some hits and performer has none
Inspired by
  • Tom Bowyer's "The Frequent Miracle" in "The Sphinx" Vol. 39, Nr. 3. P. 67. 1940.
2006 Semi-Automatic Card Tricks — Volume 6 148
Stewart James A Match for Gravity Bar bet, looping pendulum, heavy expensive object tied on a string is dropped, but the string loops around a pencil just before object fall on floor
VariationsAlso published here
  • Linking Ring, Sep 1926
2007 The Essential Stewart James 5
Dan Buck, Dave Buck Rigged Method to control a coin flip
2008 Organic 14
Robert E. Neale Counterfeit Bar bet with American penny (heads or tails), a bit of a gag with a strange ending
2008 This Is Not a Book 293
Karl Fulves Hidden Deity bet about locating "In God We Trust" on a coin
2008 Prolix (Issue 4) 220
Fred Robinson The Coin Con bar bet
2009 The Magic of Fred Robinson 240
Karl Fulves Skye's The Limit dice throw vs. coin toss, odds betting game
2009 Prolix (Issue 6) 402
Karl Fulves Trisection trisecting a paper square by folding (three equal parts), bet
  • The Folding Process
Related to 2009 Prolix (Issue 6) 409
Unknown Bar Bet probability bet
2010 Secret Agenda (Issue Oct 8) 300
Unknown Another Bar Bet coin removed from underneath object
2010 Secret Agenda (Issue Oct 9) 301
Ken Beale Even or Odd five heaps, bet that there are more piles with even number of cards than odd
2010 Prolix (Issue 7) 432
Karl Fulves Dice On Ice bet with five dice in a box
2010 Prolix (Issue 7) 488
Karl Fulves Mind Scam three digits chosen, deck shuffled and cut into three piles, a chosen value is shown on top or bottom of piles most of the time, proposition bet
2010 Xtra Credit (Issue 7) 38
Karl Fulves Paper Caper "Unexplained"
bet in which spectator cannot guess how many separated pieces there are after a folded paper piece has been torn, posed as a problem
Related to 2012 Prolix (Issue 10) 680
Tomas Blomberg Simplex Non-Transitiv Poker Die die with four poker cards on each side
2014 Blomberg Laboratories 315
Tomas Blomberg Three Bar Scams intro
2014 Blomberg Laboratories 318
Tomas Blomberg Four Heads coin flipped four times, bet is that it shows head every time
2014 Blomberg Laboratories 318
Tomas Blomberg Two-Upped con game with tossing of two coins
2014 Blomberg Laboratories 319
Tomas Blomberg Between the Cheats bet involving how many cards are between two random values
2014 Blomberg Laboratories 320
Roberto Giobbi Betchas routining betachs and using real money
2016 Hidden Agenda (Issue Feb 9) 44
Unknown Knot in Rope Bar Stunt
2016 Hidden Agenda (Issue May 29) 153
Unknown Yet Another Bar Bet liquid in conical glasses
2016 Hidden Agenda (Issue July 21) 209
Noah Wu Dice Stacking Tips on dice stacking plus two bar bets with dice
2016 The Ace Assembly All-Star Lecture Notes 16