63 entries in Mental Magic / Effects / Russian Roulette Theme (guns, nails etc.)
Creators Title Comments & References Year Source Page AA Categories
Oscar Weigle Poison Trick chosen / poisoned glass is found, see also p. 849
Related toVariations Sep. 1950
The Phoenix (Issue 211)
Audley Walsh, Ken Allen, Gerald R. Blount, Leslie Spiewak, Mike Millet, Ken Beale Given Goblet chosen / poisoned glass is found, several methods
Related to Nov. 1950
The Phoenix (Issue 215)
Hen Fetsch Perfume Presto! chosen / poisoned glass is found
Related to Aug. 1951
The Phoenix (Issue 236)
Vic Koehler It's My Move chosen / poisoned glass is found
Inspired by Oct. 1952
The Phoenix (Issue 267)
Austin Dulin Dulin's Drink chosen / poisoned glass is found
Feb. 1953
The Phoenix (Issue 275)
Peter Warlock The Kiss of a Borgia six glasses one filled with milk, covered with newspaper
Ireland's Yearbooks (Issue Yearbook 1955)
F. William Kuethe, Jr. Given Goblet Gaff!! five glasses, one is poisoned
Oct. 1961
The New Phoenix (Issue 362)
Robert E. Neale, Karl Fulves Roulette russian roulette demonstration, "Readers unfamiliar with firearms are urged not to try this trick.", see p. 308 for reference and p. 312 for comment
Dec. 1969 305
Zorka Acid Test russian roullette with six glasses, acid, blindfolded
Magick (Issue 113)
Philip T. Goldstein Russian Roulette one of six cards is marked on the face and shuffled among other cards, performer turns over the other five cards and divines selection, russian roulette presentation
Magick (Issue 168)
Robert Cassidy A Good Tip using an assistant in the audience
Aug. 1980 2
Karl Fulves, Oscar Weigle, Bob Hummer The Borgia Cup No. 53, three cups, poisoned glass is found
1981 64
Scott Davis Tele-Squirt with five water pistols
Variations 1981
Magick (Issue 284)
Robert Cassidy Russian Roulette using four guns, created in 1976
1984 78
Charles "Cicardi" Scott Polish Roulette Hummer's mathematical 3 card monte with three water toy guns
Nov. 1986
Magick (Issue 381)
Gene Nielsen Snake Ayes five cans, in one is bill in other spring snakes
July 1987
Magick (Issue 392)
Ted Lesley Flame Proof! fee of performer is placed inside one of several envelopes, envelopes are shuffled and performer destroys all envelopes but the one with the bills
Jan. 1988
Magick (Issue 400)
Larry Becker Borgia's Goblets using invisible goblets which are destroyed with a real hammer, shattering noice can be heard, number of last goblet is predicted, using a Crazy Hammer
Aug. 1991
Magick (Issue 459)
Diabelli Russisch-Roulette russian roulette with seven cups, one is filled with acid, different color and paper dissolves inside as proof
1991 14
Diabelli Trank des Grauens "2" with three filled test tubes, aluminium ball is placed in last one where liquid starts to react as proof
Related to
  • "Trank des Grauens" in Diabelli's "Liber Äquinox"
1991 32
Larry Becker The Borgia Bash chosen / poisoned glass is found, number of chosen glass predicted
1992 171
Larry Becker Russian Roulette using three revolvers
  • The Double-Clutch Move
  • The Manhattan Close Call
1992 441
Ted Karmilovich Burned! three numbered envelopes, two are burnt in remaining one is check of performer
Variations Mar. 1993
Magick (Issue 486)
Scott Davis, Ted Karmilovich Closed Doors three numbered envelopes and two are discarded, instead of money, picture of baby inside envelope
Inspired by Apr. 1993
Magick (Issue 487)
C. James Rainho Ouch! nail under one of twelve cups, all but one cups are smashed
Nov. 1993
Magick (Issue 496)
Steve Dusheck The Acid Test six test tubes, one with acid, performer drinks five of them, the key inserted in final one starts to bubble
1993 102
Ron Spencer Four Gun Conclusion four guns, with assistant
May 1993
Vibrations (Vol. 15 No. 11)
Theophil "Philius" Weidmann Mental-Schlangen five boxes, spectator choses one which has a present, in the other four are snakes /snakes in a can gag
1995 14
Theophil "Philius" Weidmann Die Borgia-Party five glasses, one with poison, instruction game
1995 23
Mark Edward The Two Martini Hunch three glasses, two with Martini one with acid, when olive is placed inside acid it immediately starts bubbling
Syzygy (Vol. 2 No. 11)
Richard Bartram, Jr. The Kevorkian Challenge Taste Test with tubes of water, one with acid
1997 137
Joseph Curcillo Time is of the Essence russian roulettes type using a hammer and five paper bags, four contain a light bulb and one a spectator's watch
Syzygy (Vol. 4 No. 1)
Tom Stone Aquatic Duel russian roulette with water pistols
Also published here 2000 13
Tom Stone Aquatic Duel with five water pistols, PATEO force
Inspired by July 2000
Genii (Vol. 63 No. 7)
Chris Wardle What's Your Poison? six bottles, bottle counted to
2000 21
Eric Mead Fizz Master Roulette six cans, one shaken up, roulette presentation
Inspired by Apr. 2001
Magic (Vol. 10 No. 8)
David Berglas Russian Roulette gun is loaded with five bullets and one empty chamber, spectator can choose shooting on plates or on performer, sketchy explanation
2002 270
Luke Jermay A Dangerous Opener two paper tubes, one is selected and crushed under the other one is a knife
Related to 2004 18
Patrik Kuffs Bottle Royale three paper bags, performer slaps down on two chosen by spectators, third one is shown to have beer bottle with top broken off
  • Dangerous Monte
2004 15
Paolo Cavalli, Massimo Tira Pendulumix (Three Experiments With The Dowsing Pendulum performer divines thought-of place on a map, word in magazine and finds card with the word poison among other drinks using a pendulum
Related to 2004 41
Paolo Cavalli, Massimo Tira Dove-It Out three paper bags, one chosen and smashed, shattered bottle or bird found in other bags
2005 36
Paolo Cavalli, Massimo Tira N.G.R.R. spike in one of three bags, verbal
Related to 2005 38
Christoph Borer Pralinen five spectators select a chocolate-truffle from a box, they are all brown, the one that is remaining is white, poison story
Also published here 2006 34
Christoph Borer Pralinen five spectators select a chocolate-truffle from a box, they are all brown, the one that is remaining is white, poison story, two methods
Also published here 2007 5
Tom Stone Wet Russian russian roulette with water pistols
Also published here 2007 11
Christoph Borer, Ulf "Borodin" Bolling Das Rosenbrett russian roulette type, chosen bag is the one with a rose under it, the other bags are crushed
Also published here 2010 11
Dan Sperry Cookie Cutter Russian roulette with razor blade hidden in Oreo Cookies
2010 39
Stéphane Bourgoin Silly String of Death Russian roulette routine with spray cans of silly string
Jan. 2010
Genii (Vol. 73 No. 1)
Paul Draper Escape from Sin one shot glass filled with vodka, six with water
Inspired by
  • idea from Andrew Mayne
2010 23
Tom Stone Wet Russian russian roulette with water pistols
Also published here 2011 25
Doug Edwards What an Epidemic! idea to make to Russian Roulette with nail and cups safer
2013 153
Markus Beldig Die Markus-Beldig-Finte idea for ending of roulette type routines
June 2013 29
Tomas Blomberg Hold your Gilbreath Russian Roulette type of effect using cardboard rectangles with thumbtacks, some pushed downward and some sticking up
2014 149
Colin McLeod Safe Opener with two bags, one filled with shards of glass, same basic concept as Cavalli's "N.G.R.R."
Related to 2014 88
Roberto Giobbi Russian Roulette story as introduction
Hidden Agenda (Issue Sep 23)
Jonathan Pendragon Stigmata
  • Panmagium
hand spike
Apr. 2016
Genii (Vol. 79 No. 4)
Ulf "Borodin" Bolling, Christoph Borer Das Rosenbrett russian roulette type, chosen bag is the one with a rose under it, the other bags are crushed
Also published here 2018 46
Christoph Borer Vorhersage mit Gefahr on predictions involving danger, russian roulette etc.
2018 153
Christoph Borer Gemälde-Suspense five easels on stage, on each a frame covered with paper, four are destroyed with a rapier, the remaining one contains precious painting
2018 154
Christoph Borer Glück mit Gift four bottles, one with poison
2018 159
Eugene Burger Trusting Fate presentation for Jon Allen's "The Pain Game"
2019 148
Christoph Borer Mit Scheren spielen Russian roulette, standing open scissors under last bag
2022 45
Rune Klan Put a Sock In It! roulette effect with two socks, knife found in one of them
Also published here
  • MAGIC, Apr. 2008
2022 730