596 entries in Games / Bar Bets & Puzzles
Creators Title Comments & References Year Source Page AA Categories
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 187
Another conceipt to procure laughter two items held far apart, challenge to bring them into one hand without moving the hands together
1634 37
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 44
To make a Person tired, or sweat, at carrying a small Stick of a Room bet / wager
1784 52
A droll Trick played with a Fowl roasted fowl comes back to life when pierced with a fork, as a prank / wager
1784 55
To make an Egg stand an end on a Table or on a Looking-Glass impromptu version
1784 58
C. H. Wilson Chapter IV. Confidence and Short-Card Games chapter intro
1877 24
C. H. Wilson Slip-Jack No. 1, bar bet in which two separated Aces must be brought together
1877 24
C. H. Wilson The Top and Bottom Dice Game No. 3, using a mis-spotted die in a dice game in a "adding up to seven" game
1877 25
C. H. Wilson The Strap Game No. 4, rolled up leather strap
1877 25
C. H. Wilson The Padlock Game No. 6, sucker is taught how to open a gaffed lock, later in a bet he cannot do it
1877 26
C. H. Wilson The Dummy-Bags No. 7, small pouch with salt for tooth-ache, helper exchanges it with sawdust unbeknownst to operator, then it is bet that salt is still in it, which it is because of a switch
1877 26
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
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
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
Der gebannte Korken bar bet with cork on a bottle
Mar. 1898
Die Zauberwelt (Vol. 4 No. 3)
45
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
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
Die gut sitzende Weste gag question that results into predictably funny movement to display vest
June 1899
Die Zauberwelt (Vol. 5 No. 6)
95
Scherz-Aufgabe cutting a paper circe into eight equal pieces with three cuts
July 1899
Die Zauberwelt (Vol. 5 No. 7)
111
Ein Vexierbild optical illusion with dice pattern
Sep. 1899
Die Zauberwelt (Vol. 5 No. 9)
142
Die mysterieuse Schlinge leather band rolled up, endless chain type game
Nov. 1899
Die Zauberwelt (Vol. 5 No. 11)
174
Der eigensinnige Billardball No. 5, finger spins ball on table, it rolls forward or backwards on command
1900 159
Die behexten Würfel No. 8, holding three dice between thumb and first finger and letting center one drop, puzzle
Related to 1900 160
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
Zur "Durchdringenden Münze" clarifying illustration
Related to Dec. 1900
Die Zauberwelt (Vol. 6 No. 12)
189
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
Die Höhe eines Cylinderhutes zu bestimmen estimating height of top hat
Oct. 1901
Die Zauberwelt (Vol. 7 No. 10)
160
A Simple Coin Trick coin in broken match into bottle, non-magical science experiment
1902 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
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
Friedrich "Fritz" Hügli Wer nimmt das letzte Streichholz? puzzle, 15 matches on table 1, 2 or three can be removed at each turn, last one loses
1930 13
Friedrich "Fritz" Hügli Das Geldstück unter dem Streichholz bar bet, two matches balanced on matchbox and on coin, coin has to be removed
1930 14
Friedrich "Fritz" Hügli Ein Geldstück aus der Hand bürsten bar bet, spectator tries to remove coin from performer's hand with a brush and fails
1930 25
Al Baker Come Seven! placing three dice onto table in special configuration so different sides add up to seven, spectator cannot duplicate it
Also published here 1935 24
Knife and Egg Shell knife through egg shell stunt that cannot be duplicated by spectator
1937 95
Tom Darlington Tip Tap Top puzzle/bar bet with coin and cigarette pack
1939
The Jinx (Issue Summer Extra 1939)
408
Arthur Dowler Beer Cap bar bet with beer cap, turning it over on table
Related to 1939
The Jinx (Issue Summer Extra 1939)
413
Quong Yen Cig in Bottle bar stunt, paper circle on bottle, cigarette balancing on top
Oct. 1939
Chap's Scrapbook (Vol. 2 No. 4)
4
Professeur Boscar Denkaufgabe verbal puzzle
Related toAlso published here
  • in "Journal de la Prestidigitation"
1939
Hokus Pokus (Vol. 1 No. 2)
3
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
A Penny - A Bet - A Drink guessing in which hand the coin is, bar bet, see also page 728
1941
The Jinx (Issue 123)
716
Art Lyle One Drop More bar bet
Aug. 1941
The Jinx (Issue 146)
816
Match Folder Wager bet that spectator cannot light twenty matches in a row with one strike
1941 10
Robert "Robelly" Rouet Un Pari Gagne a Coup Sur bar bet, first person who hits 80, using a die
Oct. 1941
Hokus Pokus (Vol. 3 No. 10)
8
Foscola Ein Streichholzscherz how to hold a burning match upside down for thirty seconds
Mar. 1941 7
Loop the Loop puzzle, removing loop of rope on arm while hand is in west pocket
1941 ca. 55
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
May 1942
The Phoenix (Issue 10)
38
Danny Morris, Doc Hurwitz Betcha bar bet, drinking from a glass while arm is held by spectator, coin gag
Sep. 1942
The Phoenix (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
Oct. 1942
The Phoenix (Issue 19)
81
Danny Morris, Doc Hurwitz Betcha
  • drinking from a sealed bottled without opening it
  • moving a coin without touching it
Oct. 1942
The Phoenix (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
Oct. 1942
The Phoenix (Issue 21)
89
Danny Morris, Doc Hurwitz Betcha word play bet with a coin and three matches
Nov. 1942
The Phoenix (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 Dec. 1942
The Phoenix (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 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 85
Eddie Joseph Right First Time quick way of counting high stack of coins, using coin as ruler
1942 103
Foscola Die Höhe einer Cylinderhutes zu bestimmen as F., bet on guessing the hight of a top hat
July 1942
Hokus Pokus (Vol. 4 No. 7)
2
Marcel Rousseau Un pari gagné und coup sûr bar bet, filling empty glasses with little rest of own glass
Nov. 1942
Hokus Pokus (Vol. 4 No. 11)
8
As-Thy Un changement de solide en liquide joke, changing coins of spectators to liquid
Dec. 1942
Hokus Pokus (Vol. 4 No. 12)
12
Bert Allerton A Close Fit optical illusion in which envelope seems to small to fit a playing card
Variations 1942 5
Naming the Card Cut performer announces that he can immediately name any card cut to, deck secretly reversed under cover card
Variations 1942 10
Richard Himber Paper Match Throwing match landing on the side, bar bet
Feb. 1943
The Phoenix (Issue 28)
118
James G. Thompson Jr. Coin Betcha
Feb. 1943
The Phoenix (Issue 28)
118
Albert Cohn Betcha holding a burning paper match upside down for 50 seconds
Apr. 1943
The Phoenix (Issue 32)
132
Hen Fetsch Betcha removing two coins balancing on rim of mouth of a galss, with one hand, bar bet
Apr. 1943
The Phoenix (Issue 33)
137
Hen Fetsch Betcha turning over a coin under a beer mug without touching the mug
Apr. 1943
The Phoenix (Issue 34)
140
Bar Bet letting bill fall and spectator has to catch it
May 1943
The Phoenix (Issue 35)
146
John R. Boyko, John McCormick Blitz-Match winning game
Related to
  • correction on page 154
May 1943
The Phoenix (Issue 36)
149
Hen Fetsch Betcha joke, bet that the bottom card is spectator's card, miniature card
June 1943
The Phoenix (Issue 38)
157
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
Tom Fitzgerald A Cute Betcha match balancing on edge of a match, everything is covered under a glass, removing match without touching anything
Feb. 1944
The Phoenix (Issue 53)
217
Tom Fitzgerald A Cute Betcha penknife sticked in top of door arch falls directly in a bottle
Apr. 1944
The Phoenix (Issue 59)
241
L. Vosburgh Lyons Paper Puzzle turning a square of paper into an equilateral triangle
July 1944
The Phoenix (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 Sep. 1944
The Phoenix (Issue 68)
279
Bob Hummer Latest Miser's Dream Gag verbal ambiguity, getting spectator's money
Also published here 1944 8
Laurie Ireland Betchas collection of bar bets, several reprints of the Phoenix
1945
Ireland's Yearbooks (Issue Yearbook 1945)
6
M. T. Coogan A Drop in the Bottle with a bottle, a cigarette and a paper loop
Also published here May 1945
The Phoenix (Issue 84)
343
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 189
R. J. Cooper A Table Interlude balancing a Dime on a folded bill, on the table
June 1947 329
Milbourne Christopher Head Through Card putting head through business card, puzzle
Related to July 1947 332
Milbourne Christopher Head Through Card putting head through business card, different cutting system, see p. 370 for idea by Joe Schmidt
Related to Sep. 1947 354
Harry Solomon Betcha coin appears in match box, then a losing bet is made
Also published here Jan. 1948
The Phoenix (Issue 142)
571
Al Baker Sugar Cube quickly unwrapping a sugar cube, bar bet
June 1948
The Phoenix (Issue 152)
618
Bruce Elliott The Back Room on Roy Benson, the Jarrow dinner, Dr. Jaks and a bar bet by Ron Edwards
June 1948
The Phoenix (Issue 153)
614
Francis J. Rigney Another Cutting Up weird method to cut an apple
Oct. 1948 473
Dr. William Weyeneth Gagnez vos paris coin in bottle filled with water is removed under handkerchief without spilling, followed by german translation "Um Ihre Wette zu gewinnen"
Jan. 1948 5
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
One Card Under The Other How to hold a card under a King on the table, without moving the King
1949 12
Making a Card Invisible Challenge: make a card invisible to one person, but visible to everyone else
1949 14
Standing A Card On Edge
1949 15
Coin On Card Stunt Balance card and coin on finger, flick card out under the coin
1949 16
Robert Stull The Problem of the Stacked Dice puzzle, five dice stacked with coins on top, naming top numbers of each die
  • Counter-clockwise Dice
  • Clockwise Dice
Variations Jan. 1949 502
Table Tricks - A Delicate Balance bar bet, using three dice
Apr. 1949
Hugard's Magic Monthly (Vol. 6 No. 11)
530
Robert Stull, Ned Rutledge, Wallace, Royal Vale Heath The Problem of the Stacked Dice puzzle, more solutions to Stull's problem posed on p. 502
Inspired by Apr. 1949
Hugard's Magic Monthly (Vol. 6 No. 11)
532
A Cigarette Enigma puzzle, six cigarettes placed on table so every cigarette touches the others
Related to May 1949
Hugard's Magic Monthly (Vol. 6 No. 12)
543
Table Tricks spinning egg on plate, puzzle
Aug. 1949 569
Milbourne Christopher Drinking a Glass Full glass fills up while drinking, gag
Oct. 1949 596
Francis J. O'Rourke A Cigarette Enigma puzzle, six cigarettes placed on table so every cigarette touches the others
Related to Dec. 1949 616
Steady Hands puzzle / bar bet with sugar cubes
1949 1
Five Cube Pick-Up bar bet with sugar cubes, lifting five cubes with one finger
1949 1
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 3
Mushroom, Key, and States folding Dollar bill to make picture of a mushroom
1949 6
Cross of Knives special way to hold two knives, bar bet
1949 7
Sixteen Coin Puzzle
1949 21
Three Stunts with a Dime bets and gags with coins
1949 21
Johnny Paul Spinning the Half Dollar spinning a coin on its edge without touching it
Also published here 1949 22
Sucker Bet gag with coins
1949 22
Penny Puzzle how many letters on coin, puzzle
1949 22
Brim to Brim two filled glassed placed mouth to mouth, puzzles
1949 23
Problem of the Six Glasses puzzle with three empty and three filled glasses
Also published here 1949 23
The Pyramid removing napkins between glasses
1949 24
Johnny Jones Cross of Pepper pepper on water, making a cross with match
1949 24
Match, Nickel, and Glass match balanced on edge of coin is moved, under glass
1949 25
Glass and Check removing check under glass, with coin balancing on rim
1949 25
Vanishing Smoke removing smoke from empty whisky bottle
1949 27
Catching the Check catching check / bill between fingers
1949 29
Charles "Chic" Schoke Schoke's Wise Cracker gag, bar bet with cracker
1949 33
Sailor and the Doughnut gag puzzle
1949 33
Don Tanner Brain Tickler of the Month: Fill the Bath Tub
Mar. 1949 7
L. Vosburgh Lyons Lyons Den paper puzzle, solution on p. 833
July 1950
The Phoenix (Issue 207)
825
Al Baker, John Mulholland Subway Sorcery apparently entering through subway turnstyles without paying
Oct. 1950 712
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
Also published here Aug. 1951
The Phoenix (Issue 236)
944
Apples (1)
  • ⁠⁠Martin Gardner's Encyclopedia of Impromptu Tricks
breaking apple with bare hands
Mar. 1951
Hugard's Magic Monthly (Vol. 8 No. 10)
763
Apples (5)
  • Martin Gardner's Encyclopedia of Impromptu Tricks
apple in handkerchief is cut in half without injuring the cloth
Mar. 1951
Hugard's Magic Monthly (Vol. 8 No. 10)
763
Apples (7)
  • Martin Gardner's Encyclopedia of Impromptu Tricks
solution for party game, Halloween apples
Mar. 1951
Hugard's Magic Monthly (Vol. 8 No. 10)
763
Apples (8)
  • Martin Gardner's Encyclopedia of Impromptu Tricks
bar bet, cutting apple in half without touching apple or knife
Mar. 1951
Hugard's Magic Monthly (Vol. 8 No. 10)
763
Balloon (10)
  • Martin Gardner’s Encyclopedia of Impromptu Tricks
picking up a bottle with a balloon
Mar. 1951
Hugard's Magic Monthly (Vol. 8 No. 10)
766
Balloon (11)
  • Martin Gardner’s Encyclopedia of Impromptu Tricks
balloon is inflated by putting it on bottle and using water and seltzer
Mar. 1951
Hugard's Magic Monthly (Vol. 8 No. 10)
766
Balloon (13)
  • Martin Gardner’s Encyclopedia of Impromptu Tricks
sticking balloon on wall or ceiling, static electricity
Mar. 1951
Hugard's Magic Monthly (Vol. 8 No. 10)
766
Bill (4)
  • Martin Gardner’s Encyclopedia of Impromptu Tricks
bet, spectator tries to catch bill
Apr. 1951
Hugard's Magic Monthly (Vol. 8 No. 11)
781
Bill (11)
  • Martin Gardner’s Encyclopedia of Impromptu Tricks
igniting a bill without damaging it
Apr. 1951
Hugard's Magic Monthly (Vol. 8 No. 11)
781
Purvis W. Miller Table Stunts - A Bottle and a Bill bottle reversed on bill, how to remove bill without touching bottle
Apr. 1951
Hugard's Magic Monthly (Vol. 8 No. 11)
783
Bill (16)
  • Martin Gardner’s Encyclopedia of Impromptu Tricks
how to throw a bill with thumbtack on ceiling so it sticks
May 1951
Hugard's Magic Monthly (Vol. 8 No. 12)
787
Bill (25)
  • Martin Gardner’s Encyclopedia of Impromptu Tricks
bet that spectator can not name three digits of serial number of borrowed bill
May 1951
Hugard's Magic Monthly (Vol. 8 No. 12)
787
Bill (29)
  • Martin Gardner’s Encyclopedia of Impromptu Tricks
finding the key on dollar bill, puzzle
May 1951
Hugard's Magic Monthly (Vol. 8 No. 12)
787
Bill (30)
  • Martin Gardner’s Encyclopedia of Impromptu Tricks
finding the names of more than 20 states on bill
May 1951
Hugard's Magic Monthly (Vol. 8 No. 12)
787
Bill (31)
  • Martin Gardner’s Encyclopedia of Impromptu Tricks
how many times does "one" (word or number) appear on bill, puzzle
May 1951
Hugard's Magic Monthly (Vol. 8 No. 12)
787
Bill (32)
  • Martin Gardner’s Encyclopedia of Impromptu Tricks
bill under glas has to be removed
May 1951
Hugard's Magic Monthly (Vol. 8 No. 12)
787
Bill (33)
  • Martin Gardner’s Encyclopedia of Impromptu Tricks
turning folded bill over by blowing on it, puzzle
May 1951
Hugard's Magic Monthly (Vol. 8 No. 12)
787
Bill (34)
  • Martin Gardner’s Encyclopedia of Impromptu Tricks
turning head of Washington upside down
May 1951
Hugard's Magic Monthly (Vol. 8 No. 12)
787
Bill (35)
  • Martin Gardner’s Encyclopedia of Impromptu Tricks
folding puzzle for bill, Al Smith
May 1951
Hugard's Magic Monthly (Vol. 8 No. 12)
787
Bill (36)
  • Martin Gardner’s Encyclopedia of Impromptu Tricks
puzzle, fold bill to produce picture of mushroom
May 1951
Hugard's Magic Monthly (Vol. 8 No. 12)
787
Bill (37)
  • Martin Gardner’s Encyclopedia of Impromptu Tricks
puzzle, how to make a "five" from a one Dollar bill
May 1951
Hugard's Magic Monthly (Vol. 8 No. 12)
789
Bill (38)
  • Martin Gardner’s Encyclopedia of Impromptu Tricks
puzzle, balancing glass on bill while bill is put over two glasses
May 1951
Hugard's Magic Monthly (Vol. 8 No. 12)
789
Bill (39)
  • Martin Gardner’s Encyclopedia of Impromptu Tricks
finding a certain number on a bill, puzzle
May 1951
Hugard's Magic Monthly (Vol. 8 No. 12)
789
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
Related to 1952
Ireland's Yearbooks (Issue Yearbook 1952)
7
Martin Gardner, Charles "Chic" Schoke Easy Aces Aces in the deck stay in the same order after spectator riffle shuffled the deck three times
Related to Feb. 1952
The Phoenix (Issue 249)
997
John Scarne Scarne Puzzle logic puzzle, solution to puzzle from p. 1073
Nov. 1952
The Phoenix (Issue 269)
1076
Bar Bet verbal trap
Oct. 1953
The Phoenix (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 May 1954
The New Phoenix (Issue 306)
22
Paris in the the Spring bar stunt, reading sentence, two times "the"
May 1954
The New Phoenix (Issue 308)
32
John A. M. Howie Match Box Bet lifting the tray of a matchbox on its cover with only the first and fourth finger
Variations Aug. 1954
The New Phoenix (Issue 314)
58
Karrell Fox A Sure Bet joke, coin transforms into match
1954 13
Eddie Joseph The Flame in the Bottle match is placed inside empty spirit bottle and flame and sound is produced, performer can repeat it but spectator will fail
1954 4
Jules D'Hotel Eine kitzlige, zuckersüsse Sache lifting pile of sugar cubes, bar bet
1955
Hokus Pokus (Vol. 16 No. 2)
272
Dr. William Weyeneth Ein amüsanter Tisch-Scherz bar bet, turning over a card without touching it, apparently by "Musti"
1955
Hokus Pokus (Vol. 16 No. 3)
305
Tom Bowyer Maybe Make Three shuffled deck cut in half, performer takes three values out of one half, three cards chosen freely from other half, most of the time some values match, proposition bet
Related to Aug. 1955
Ibidem (Issue 2)
5
Audley Walsh Box Office Math math question
Feb. 1956
The New Phoenix (Issue 341-2)
177
Garter Tricks Pricking the Garter, basic version, can use belt too
1956 81
The Giant's Garter More complex version of Pricking the Garter using a closed loop of string
1956 82
Tom Ransom Puzzle: Shear Madness puzzle about cutting out a Greek cross of a folded paper with one cut
Related to Apr. 1956
Ibidem (Issue 5)
9
Tom Ransom Puzzle Solution: Shear Madness
Related to July 1956
Ibidem (Issue 6)
14
Mel Stover, Tom Ransom, Norman Houghton Puzzle: Cubes arranging five objects to make a cube
Related to July 1956
Ibidem (Issue 6)
14
Martin Gardner Flexa Tube Puzzle flexagon-related puzzle about folding a tube inside out in a certain way
Related to Sep. 1956
Ibidem (Issue 7)
13
Mel Stover, Tom Ransom, Norman Houghton Puzzle Solutions: Cubes
Related to Sep. 1956
Ibidem (Issue 7)
15
Norman Houghton Puzzle Solution: Cubes
Related to Dec. 1956
Ibidem (Issue 8)
13
Tom Ransom Flexa-Tube Solution
Related to Mar. 1957
Ibidem (Issue 9)
12
L. Vosburgh Lyons Cubeb puzzle with cubes that have six different colors in different arrangements
Related toVariations Dec. 1957
Ibidem (Issue 12)
8
C. "Cajano" Baumgartner Eine lustige Wette bet, currency has to be divided in several envelopes
1958
Hokus Pokus (Vol. 19 No. 1)
594
C. "Cajano" Baumgartner, Werner "Walt Nelson" Nussbaumer Die verhexte schrift writing on camel cigarette pack changes when read with mirror
1958
Hokus Pokus (Vol. 19 No. 1)
594
Tom Ransom Puzzle: Fist Through Cigarette Paper walking through a playing card variation
Mar. 1958
Ibidem (Issue 13)
4
Martin Gardner Two Puzzles
  • arranging seven cigarettes so they all touch
  • arranging four matches into a square that becomes smaller and smaller
Related to Mar. 1958
Ibidem (Issue 13)
5
Yarborough Problem probability of getting no card higher than Nine in a quarter of the deck, quote from "Mathematics and Logic" by Sir Edmund Taylor Whittaker
Sep. 1958
Ibidem (Issue 14)
5
Martin Gardner Puzzle Solution: Seven Cigarettes arranging seven cigarettes so they all touch
Related to Dec. 1958
Ibidem (Issue 15)
11
Martin Gardner Odd! Monty Hall discussion, bet with three cards
Variations Oct. 1959
Ibidem (Issue 18)
3
Martin Gardner Glass House both hands hold a glass and set it down reversed, really only one glass is turned over, two applications:
  • 1. old three-glass trick parity puzzle
  • 2. parity puzzle with six glasses
Oct. 1959
Ibidem (Issue 18)
4
Martin Gardner Stick Up bar bet with bent paper clip and paper match, creator unknown
Oct. 1959
Ibidem (Issue 18)
7
L. Vosburgh Lyons, P. Howard Lyons Cubeb solution to puzzle with cubes that have six different colors in different arrangements
Inspired by Oct. 1959
Ibidem (Issue 18)
9
P. Howard Lyons Stuff Page
  • proposition bet in which spectator writes nine different numbers on nine cards and turns them up one at a time, performer calls stop before the highest number is turned up
  • 5x5 magic squares
Related to Oct. 1959
Ibidem (Issue 18)
18
Bill Elliott The O. H. Puzzle layout puzzle with geometrical shapes
Also published here Oct. 1959
Ibidem (Issue 18)
23
Mel Stover Puzzle: Black Chinese Checkers
Related to Dec. 1959
Ibidem (Issue 19)
31
Ernest W. Brady The Missing Dollar missing dollar puzzle, verbal
1960
Ireland's Yearbooks (Issue Yearbook 1960)
53
John Murray 20-16=7 match puzzle
Dec. 1960
The New Phoenix (Issue 352)
237
Mel Stover, Leo Moser, P. Howard Lyons, Martin Gardner A Short Shot proposition bet in which spectator writes nine different numbers on nine cards and turns them up one at a time, performer calls stop before the highest number is turned up
Related to May 1960
Ibidem (Issue 20)
19
E. J. Partington Table Trick scam with two coins
1961
Ireland's Yearbooks (Issue Yearbook 1961)
29
Martin Gardner Brain Popper spectator writes "yes" or "no" on a card to predict whether an event will take place, logic paradox
Related toVariations Mar. 1961
Ibidem (Issue 23)
23
Ronald A. Wohl (Ravelli) Improbable head/tail proposition bet in which spectator throws two coin and performer one coin
Dec. 1961
Ibidem (Issue 24)
24
Max Malini The Vanishing Whisky at a bar, secretly drinking Whisky of friend
Also published here 1962 53
P. Howard Lyons Greedy gag in which one gets a large amount of peanuts out of a vending machine
Sep. 1962
Ibidem (Issue 26)
29
P. Howard Lyons Belling the Bell fake demonstration in which one gets a coin from a pay phone
Sep. 1962
Ibidem (Issue 26)
29
Hans Herrmann Kleinzauberei zum Hausgebrauch
  • Ein Ei auf die Spitze stellen (make an egg stand upright)
  • Ein Ring aus einem Teller mit Wasser nehmen, ohne sich die finger nass zu machen (removing ring from water, without the fingers getting wet)
  • Einen Apfel in vier Teile schneiden, ohne die Schachtel zu beschädigen (cutting apple, sewing method)
  • Ein Geldstück unter einem Hut hervorbringen, ohne den Hut zu berühren (removing a coin from under a hat, without touching the hat)
Related to 1963
Hokus Pokus (Vol. 24 No. 1)
4
Mel Stover Dirty Old Mel small plate is locked into jacket in both sleeves, gag
Aug. 1963
Ibidem (Issue 29)
20
Dr. William Weyeneth Denksportaufgabe für Fortgeschrittene puzzle with matches
1965
Hokus Pokus (Vol. 26 No. 5)
81
Card Flip Bar Stunt
Sep. 1966 57
Peter Alexis A Friendly Game betting game with dice, proposition bet
Related to
  • p. 155 for George Henbeck comment
Variations
Winter 1967
The Pallbearers Review Vol. 1-4 (Vol. 3 No. 1st Folio)
136
Jack Ketch Jack Ketch's Nonsense Knot bar bet or gag, knot shall appear on rope without letting go of ends, writing knot on rope
1968 27
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 toVariationsAlso published here July 1969 272
Martin Gardner The Compleat Gamester Addition red-black betting game with eight cards
Inspired by Mar. 1970 324
Stewart James, Gene Gray A Match for Gravity watch and match tied to thread, over stick, see p. 337 for reference
Apr. 1970 330
W. Mason Bet-A-Bill betting game, the last digit of which bill is highest
Dec. 1970 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 393
Dai Vernon Vernon's Poker Challenge Demonstration No. 83, performer wins despite changing one of his cards for any freely chosen card from the remainder, will end up with flush or/and straight
1972 25
Cigarette Puzzle bar bet
Dec. 1974
Pabular (Vol. 1 No. 4)
49
Ken Brooke Coin Riddle bar bet
Related to Dec. 1974
Pabular (Vol. 1 No. 4)
50
Wong How Was A Chinaman bar bet, one has to repeat exactly the actions of the performer
Dec. 1974
Pabular (Vol. 1 No. 4)
50
Drinking Bar Bet performer bets, that he he drink three beers quicker than the other guy drinks three whiskies
Dec. 1974
Pabular (Vol. 1 No. 4)
50
Drinking Bar Bet performer bets he can drink a measure of brandy from an unopened bottle
Dec. 1974
Pabular (Vol. 1 No. 4)
51
Amedeo Vacca Balancing Dice Puzzle moisture
1974 43
The Lira Swindle bar bet, short-change type swindle
1974 93
Karl Fulves Step Right Up collection of proposition bets, see following entries
Jan. 1974 700
Martin Gardner Parity Bet eleven cards on table with one free section, sliding task for spectator as bet
Jan. 1974 700
Mel Stover Chess Bet see also p. 782 for additional information
Jan. 1974 701
Ken Beale Odd/Even Bet play on words
Jan. 1974 701
Checkerboard Bet tracing path in checkerboard
Jan. 1974 701
The Nile River Bet does nile flow south or north, exploiting misprint
Jan. 1974 701
Robert Connelly "Say Red" betting game whether next card is red
Jan. 1974 702
Five Quick Bets see also p. 782 for credit information
Jan. 1974 702
Karl Fulves A Dice Proposition
Also published here Jan. 1974 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 811
A Puzzle drawing a circle and a dot on a paper without lifting the pen
1974 34
A Balancing Trick balancing a glass on a bill
1974 48
Pure Skill small piece of paper strip is cut off, while it falls on the floor, no skill method
1974 50
There She Blows coin spins on glass, stunt
1974 23
To Spin a Coin without Touching it
1974 24
Sneak it Out coin under glass is moved without touching glass, bar bet
1974 48
Snap a Coin bar bet with coin, coin turns over on wrist
1974 49
Betcha Can't coin pressed on spectator's forehead gag
1974 54
The Balanced Coin on finger, with card
1974 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
May 1975
Pabular (Vol. 1 No. 9)
106
El Terrón de Azúcar que Arde performer is able to set a sugar cube on fire
1975 18
Las Ultimas Gotas bar bet, how many drops of liquid will drop from an empty bottle
1975 41
Palillos-Muelle long distance shot of a toothpick
1975 67
Cerilla-X match is marked on one side and thrown on the table, mark side is up, gag or bar bet
1975 75
Cigarrillo Anudado bending a cigarette, without breaking it
1975 90
Apuesta Imposible bar bet with cigarette
1975 91
Moneda en la Frente (I) gag, spectator can not remove coin from forehead
1975 101
Moneda que Gira Sin Tocarla bar bet with a coin, spinning it without touching
Also published here 1975 106
Red and Black Wager five red and two black cards, performer fails to turn up three red cards in several tries
1975 16
Two Reds and Two Blacks bet about order of two red and black cards
1975 18
Suit Bet proposition bet about suit distribution in three selected cards
1975 18
Pair Bet proposition bet about matches in turned-up pairs
1975 18
Ace, Deuce or Jack Bet bet about values of bottom cards of three cut packets
  • Variations
1975 19
Queen Bet proposition bet with six cards, two of them being Queens
  • Variation
1975 19
Deck Cutting Bet proposition bet about spectator not cutting to a named card in twenty-six tries
1975 19
Two-Together Bet proposition bet about a named value and suit being next to each other
  • Variation
1975 20
Four Ace Proposition proposition bet about not turning all four Aces up in thirty-nine cards
1975 20
Combination Bet two values named, they are either among top three cards or next to each other in the deck, proposition bet
1975 20
Four-Heap Combination Bet proposition bet about suit distribution in some randomly dealt packets
1975 20
Two Deck Bet proposition bet about a match occurring when dealing through two shuffled deck simultaneously
1975 21
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
Peter Wilker Rätselhafte Logik two logic puzzles, one by Raymond Smullyan
1976
Hokus Pokus (Vol. 37 No. 3)
72
Ken De Courcy Even Stephen intro to multi-phase proposition bet routine with cards, see following entries
1976 2
Ken De Courcy Bet 1 proposition bet about finding a value next to a suit so they match a named card
1976 3
Ken De Courcy Bet 2 proposition bet about having two cards of same suit amongst four random cards
1976 4
Ken De Courcy Bet 3 proposition bet about having one of three values on top of three cut packets
1976 4
Ken De Courcy Bet 4 proposition bet about dealing two cards of same value amongst any random six cards
1976 5
Ken De Courcy Bet 5 proposition bet about finding a black card when turning over any three cards of a seven card group with two blacks
1976 5
Ken De Courcy Bet 6 proposition bet about having a black card in a random row or column of a 3x3 matrix with only two blacks
1976 6
Ken De Courcy Bet 7 proposition bet about not being able to cut to a named card in twenty-six tries
1976 8
Ken De Courcy Bet 8 proposition bet about not finding all Aces in the top thirty-nine cards
1976 8
Ken De Courcy Bet 9 proposition bet about the spectator cutting an odd number of piles containing an odd number of cards
1976 9
Ken De Courcy Bet 10 proposition bet about cutting an even number of piles containing an odd number of cards
1976 10
All in a Row six glasses, three filled, they have to be alternated by switching adjacent glasses, puzzle
Also published here 1977 51
Three Tumblers do as I do with three glasses that have to be turned up and down
1977 52
Drop Out three dice held between two fingers, dropping only the center one
Also published here 1977 54
Balancing Act three dice balanced in apparently impossible way
1977 56
Karl Fulves Mental Dice bet about rolling a six and an eight before two sevens with two dice, probability bet
1977 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 163
Karl Fulves A Dice Proposition
Also published here 1977 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 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 171
Tan Hock Chuan A Very Tight Knot How to untie a knot in a human hair, bar bet
1977 18
Fred Robinson, Bob Hamilton Where There's Smoke
  • bar bet with a match box
  • matchbox and coin, divine if heads or tails, stooge
  • match in hand, matchbox balanced on back of the hand, box is tossed and match ignited
  • remove flame from lighter to light cigarette, gag
June 1978
Pabular (Vol. 4 No. 10)
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
Gambling Scam betting game with cards, odds in performer's favor
Related to
  • John Scarne's "Complete Guide to Gambling"
1979
Magick (Issue 246)
1229
Karrell Fox Poka-Cola bet: getting cigarette into bottle while spectator hold coin on its mouth, penetration
1979 55
Betcha-Can't putting rubber band around spectator's hand that he cannot remove one-handed
Related to 1979 11
Challenge Interlace Interlude doing a one-handed interlace design faster than spectator
1979 25
Try Your Hand at This putting rubber band around spectator's hand that he cannot remove one-handed
Related to 1979 28
Bracelet and Band removing bracelet that is around one finger while tips of fingers are banded with rubber band
1979 31
Ein Reaktionstest bar bet about catching a dropped bill
Dec. 1979
Intermagic (Vol. 6 No. 3 & 4)
106
Ein Balance Problem balancing a coin on a bill
Dec. 1979
Intermagic (Vol. 6 No. 3 & 4)
108
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)
Apr. 1980
Pabular (Vol. 6 No. 4)
836
Bob Hummer Latest Miser's Dream Gag verbal ambiguity, getting spectator's money
Also published here 1980 24
Karl Fulves Digital Dollars over the phone game, to win highest value bill
Related toVariations 1980 68
Rudolf Braunmüller Bierwetten und Rätsel article on bar bets and puzzles, intro
Mar. 1980
Intermagic (Vol. 7 No. 1)
16
Karten collection of three bar bets and puzzles with cards
Mar. 1980
Intermagic (Vol. 7 No. 1)
17
Münzen collection of eight bar bets and puzzles with coins
Mar. 1980
Intermagic (Vol. 7 No. 1)
18
Streichhölzer collection of thirteen bar bets and puzzles with matches
Mar. 1980
Intermagic (Vol. 7 No. 1)
21
Verschiedenes collection of eleven bar bets and puzzles with various things and numbers
Mar. 1980
Intermagic (Vol. 7 No. 1)
24
Edmund Rowland Zifferntricks twelve puzzles and tricks with numbers
Also published here
  • Abracadabra #576-579, Feb. 1957
Nov. 1980
Intermagic (Vol. 7 No. 3)
106
Ken Brooke A Betcha gag bet about emptying a glass of beer without being in the room
Also published here 1980 44
Coasters betting game with Ace through Seven or seven numbered coaster
Variations 1981 47
Father Cyprian Knockout Poker spectator shuffles and gives half the cards to performer, both construct strong poker hand, performer wins
1981 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 55
Karl Fulves ESP and Dice con bet with dice rolls
1981 16
World's Strongest? No. 17, lifting a matchbox with two fingers on a cigarette box, first and little finger
1981 19
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 20
Dice Catch No. 22, two dice held outside of a cup, puzzle throwing both dice inside with one hand
1981 26
Controlled Dice Shot No. 23, betting that with two dice most of the times a one or a six is thrown
Related to 1981 27
The New Dropout No. 26, three dice held between two fingers, dropping only the center one
Also published here