122 entries in Puzzle / Miscellaneous
Creators Title Comments & References Year Source Page AA Categories
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
A Handkerchief Puzzle tying a knot without letting go of the ends, no trick
1890 203
Scherz-Fragen gag questions, riddles
Mar. 1895
Die Zauberwelt (Vol. 1 No. 3)
To Lift Four Straws with a Fifth puzzle
1902 308
Friedrich "Fritz" Hügli Gegenstände durch ein enges Loch zaubern a disentanglement puzzle
1930 41
Gerald Kosky Swindle unsolvable puzzle is solved behind back
Also published here 1938
The Jinx (Issue Summer Extra 1938)
Clayton Rawson Puzzle From a Top Hat geometry puzzle
The Jinx (Issue Summer Extra 1938)
Theodore Annemann Contest Dept. square layout, mini-sudoku-type puzzle
The Jinx (Issue Winter Extra 1938/39)
Tom Darlington Tip Tap Top puzzle/bar bet with coin and cigarette pack
The Jinx (Issue Summer Extra 1939)
Arthur Dowler Beer Cap bar bet with beer cap, turning it over on table
Related to 1939
The Jinx (Issue Summer Extra 1939)
James G. Thompson Jr. Court of Intrigue verbal puzzle
July 1939
The Jinx (Issue 58)
James G. Thompson Jr. Court of Intrigue verbal puzzlepu
Aug. 1939
The Jinx (Issue 59)
Getting Coin in Glass paper on glass, coin on top, getting coin in glass without touching paper (no snap!)
The Jinx (Issue 93)
The Odd Estate puzzle with a story about a will
The Jinx (Issue 128)
Herb Runge The Weird Inn with rhyme
Variations 1941
The Jinx (Issue 128)
Bruce Elliott Elliott at Play puzzle/game "My Grandmother likes Tea"
The Jinx (Issue 137)
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)
Wilbur T. Kattner Axis Cut three rings linked, one is allowed to be cut to free all
Related to July 1943
The Phoenix (Issue 39)
L. Vosburgh Lyons Paper Puzzle a figure on a paper, has to be reorganized to form a square in no more than four cuts
Related to
  • page 203 for solution
Nov. 1943
The Phoenix (Issue 48)
L. Vosburgh Lyons Puzzle figure, what's the size of the surface, solution on page 246
Apr. 1944
The Phoenix (Issue 58)
L. Vosburgh Lyons Paper Puzzle turning a square of paper into an equilateral triangle
July 1944
The Phoenix (Issue 65)
Frederick Mosteller Fred Mosteller's Solution to No. 87 logic word puzzle, weight problem with a fake coin
Aug. 1945
The Phoenix (Issue 90)
Milbourne Christopher Steel Ball Puzzle idea for puzzle with ball in metal vase, ball should be lifted from vase
Nov. 1946 264
E. H. Borden Horses - A Number Quickie illogic puzzle, dividing horses under three sons
Related to May 1947
The Phoenix (Issue 126)
An After Dinner Diversion cutting skin of lemon, parts are interlocked
Also published here
  • "Journal de la Prestidigitation" No. 143, July-August. 1948.
Sep. 1948 462
Alan Barnert Dead Man's Chest trick with the "15 Puzzle", impossible arrangement
Sep. 1949
The Phoenix (Issue 186)
The Puzzling Loop Topological puzzle, loop of rope can escape from loop formed by a person's arm (person must be wearing vest)
1956 86
Reversing the Vest Person wearing vest, hands are clasped together. Vest can be turned inside out without unclasping hands.
1956 86
Removing the Vest Vest can be removed from body without removing coat
1956 87
Martin Gardner Fibonacci Series About the mathematics behind geometrical vanishes where the area of a shape changes. Based on work by V. Schlegel, E.B. Escott and Lewis Carroll
Related to
  • V. Schlegel, Zeitschrift fur Mathematik und Physik, Vol. 24, p. 123 (1879)
  • E. B. Escott, Open Court, Vol. 21, p. 502 (1907)
1956 134
Max Katz Strange Change
1957 22
Max Katz Wrong Number!
1957 23
Max Katz A teaser calculation puzzle
1957 23
Bert Allerton Magic Letter Square a cross-word puzzle
1958 54
Bill Elliott The O. H. Puzzle layout puzzle with geometrical shapes
Oct. 1959
Ibidem (Issue 18)
Paul Curry The Case of the Missing Hat cards with magicians and with hats, story trick
Related toVariations 1965 248
Age Puzzle
Related to
  • solution on p. 38
May 1966 34
Frederick Pohl Heads I Win wager/puzzle in which performer knows something about the number of circles the spectator secretly draws
Nov. 1968
Epilogue (Issue 4)
Bob Bergheim Coin Displacement Puzzle
Related to Mar. 1968 166
Bob Bergheim Coin Puzzle solution
Related to Apr. 1968 170
Past Time how to time 15 minutes with a 7 and 11 minute hour glass
Oct. 1968 212
L. Vosburgh Lyons Betcha! geometric puzzle in which an area must be divided into four or five equal pieces
Related to May 1969 260
Paul Curry In the Balance weighing puzzle, see also p. 312 for variation by Ben Braude
Related to July 1969 269
Paul Curry In the Balance solution to weighing puzzle
Related to Aug. 1969 274
Karl Fulves A Remarkable Bet heads and tails bet with three coins, presentation for Walter Penney's coin flipping paradox
Nov. 1970
Epilogue (Issue 10)
Number Equation Puzzle
Feb. 1970 318
Ed Morrisey Word Completion Puzzle see p. 348 for Sid Lorraine puzzles and p. 352
Apr. 1970 332
Sid Lorraine, John Holt Etcetera word puzzles
July 1970 348
Geometric Puzzle die and card in corner, wanted is the height of a triangle, see p. 424 for clue to solution
Nov. 1970 372
L. Vosburgh Lyons Hexed layout puzzle with seven paper hexagons, see also p. 602
Winter 1970
The Pallbearers Review Vol. 5-8 (Vol. 6 No. 4th Folio)
Emil Jarrow, Theodore Annemann All In A Row coin layout puzzle
Related to Dec. 1970 386
Martin Gardner Turnabout Coins coin layout puzzle
Related toVariationsAlso published here Mar. 1971 412
Karl Fulves Babel death of George McAthy, credit statement on linking rubber bands, John Scarne, geometric puzzle (for solution, see p. 470), Paul Cinquevalli's juggling closer
Related to Aug. 1971 436
Karl Fulves Babel Bruce Elliott's card accident, 26th All-Day Magic Convention, puzzle from Playboy about perspective (solution on p. 582)
Oct. 1972 564
Steve Spillman Another Dimension using puzzle cube with card indices on each part
Magick (Issue 49)
A Puzzle drawing a circle and a dot on a paper without lifting the pen
1974 34
Gerald Kosky Swindle trick with ring on block puzzle, impossible object
Also published here 1975 229
Arthur Day Holidaze logic puzzle
Dec. 1976
Pabular (Vol. 3 No. 4)
Karl Fulves Chink-a-Chink Ideas puzzle pieces gather and assemble themselves, different versions, no methods given
The Pallbearers Review Vol. 9-10 (Vol. 10 No. Close-Up Folio #5)
Bill Elliott The "Oh" Puzzle layout puzzle, pieces have to be arranged in square
Also published here
  • Ibidem
1977 156
Snap Back puzzle apparatus in which stick must apparently inserted in tube and attached to rubber band
1979 17
Dick Zimmerman Puzzle Wit spectator removes piece from a solved puzzle, performer finds the same piece in a pile of pieces from the same unsolved puzzle, performed on TV by Romark
Magick (Issue 254)
Martin Gardner Quant Quirk 4x4 square of 16 cards, some face-up some face-down randomly, with certain allowed turnover moves one has to get all cards in one direction, sucker game
1981 18
Karl Fulves Quant Notes notes on preceding "Quant Quirk"
1981 21
Jean de Merry, Don Tanner Puzzle puzzle solves by itself, with missing piece proof
Hokus Pokus (Vol. 42 No. 2)
Stephen Tucker Magic Square spectator mixes numbers in a plastic sliding numbers sorting puzzle, magic square
Dec. 1982
Spell-Binder (Vol. 2 No. 20)
Karl Fulves Saturn's Snake pieces of paper must be arranged in a certain way, layout puzzle
1982 7
Karl Fulves Space Station tower of Hanoi variation
1982 8
Karl Fulves The Jupiter War tokens have to be placed on a grid to satisfy certain conditions
1982 9
Karl Fulves Mars City moving five objects around in a grid to reach requested final layout
1982 10
Karl Fulves Sailing Ships layout puzzle, forming square out of several pieces
1982 11
Karl Fulves The Monorail problem of moving cars around on tracks
1982 13
Karl Fulves Found on Pluto forming three squares from some straight bars, layout puzzle
1982 14
Karl Fulves Reversing the Computer moving eight objects around in a 3x3 grid to reach requested final layout
1982 15
Karl Fulves Lunar Traffic Jam moving objects around in grid according to rules
1982 17
Karl Fulves Splitting the Atom layout puzzle in which alternating chips must be made to be separated
1982 18
What's Next No. 51, continuing a series of letters
1983 76
Dr. Dan J. Alessini Puzzle prediction using a dexterity puzzle, spectator tries solve it (small puzzle where balls have to be placed inside holes), prediction of missed holes, erasable marker
Oct. 1985
Magick (Issue 358)
J. C. Coy Visualization Test No. 26, puzzle in which the number of holes has to be guessed when corners are cut off folded paper, there are none
Related to 1985 51
Square Dance No. 31, cutting a design up in a certain way, puzzle
Also published here
  • Henry Dudeney's scrapbook
1985 56
Kobon Fumimure Eight Squares No. 32, squares are arranged in a design and observer has to label them from up to down
1985 58
The Genius Test No. 33, puzzle in which a paper, string and finger ring arrangement has to be taken apart
1985 59
Rick Johnsson Nailed twisted nail puzzle, two bent nails linked, one-handed linking, apparently linked and unlinked when shaken in jar
Also published here
  • "Nailed" (Rick Johnsson, MUM, Feb. 1981)
The Chronicles (Issue 35)
Karl Fulves Marketable idea for jigsaw puzzle with cards
Interlocutor (Issue 50)
Karl Fulves State of Mind spectator choses a state from map puzzle which is predicted
Interlocutor (Issue 50)
Michael DeMarco Give Piece a Chance five envelopes with cut up paper puzzle, four are complete, spectator finds envelope where one piece is missing
Inspired by
  • Stewart James' "Shape of Things to Come"
Dec. 1992
The Minotaur (Vol. 4 No. 4)
Steve Dusheck Six Easy Pieces one of six puzzle pieces chosen, it's the one missing
1993 64
Jim Steinmeyer Understanding The Bermuda Triangle counting trick with triangle formation of objects
VariationsAlso published here Aug. 1993
Magic (Vol. 2 No. 12)
Karl Fulves Twisted Logic effect with twisted nail puzzle, tossed from hand to hand, then one of the two nails travels to other hand
Rigmarole (Issue 10)
Steve Dusheck Beady puzzle in which small beads have to be rolled into holes, performer does it behind his bag
1994 124
Utz Napierala Preis-Puzzle-Party "Ein mental-magisches Scherzo"
puzzle pieces in envelopes, performer finds missing one that completes puzzle
Intermagic (Vol. 19 No. 4 & 5)
Bob Driebeek Das Erbe des alten Arabers illogical puzzle, dividing money under three sons, done with real coins
Related to 1996 37
Bob Driebeek Wie man seine Freunde zum Narren hält - oder besser: Wie man sich Feinde macht cards with magicians and with hats, story trick
Inspired by 1996 45
Lee Earle Puzzling Perception solved jigsaw puzzle is displayed, one piece is removed and placed among pieces of an identical jigsaw, spectator removes handful of pieces and spectator locates missing piece
Syzygy (Vol. 4 No. 2)
Martin Gardner The 3 Switch Problem
  • "Dot Com - Tricks and stunts with numbers"
puzzle about three switches on the wall
Related to 1998 203
Karl Fulves Balloons and Strings
  • "Dot Com - Tricks and stunts with numbers"
puzzle, connecting balloons with strings without crossing the strings
1998 203
Martin Gardner The 3 Switch Problem
  • "Dot Com - Tricks and stunts with numbers"
Related to 1998 249
Terri Rogers Twisted - The Afghan Border Race Puzzle - magician can predict who can complete a maze on paper the fastest
1998 59
Mel Stover Welcome to Melsville bonus insert after page 60, version of Sam Loyd's "Horse and Rider Puzzle"
Sep. 1999
Genii (Vol. 62 No. 9)
David Regal Piece of My Mind piece of puzzle is divined
2002 104
Jim Steinmeyer Understanding the Bermuda Triangle counting trick with triangle formation of objects
Also published here 2002 15
Steve Beam Imaginary Vanish mathematical problem, dividing money
Inspired by
  • Stewart James' "One-Cent Tale" in "The James File" p. 1931.
2002 111
Nicolai Friedrich, Sagiv Levy Independent Invention
  • Mail
credit claims, on the Mona Lisa puzzle
Oct. 2002
Magic (Vol. 12 No. 2)
Karl Fulves Off The Wall puzzle how to attach a candle to the wall from "Reader's Digest"
Prolix (Issue 2)
Family Plan twist on the river-crossing puzzle
Prolix (Issue 3)
David Regal The Secret presentation for mathematical paradox with bills
Inspired by
  • "Borderline Case" (Maurice Fogel - In Search of the Sensational, 2007)
June 2008
Genii (Vol. 71 No. 6)
Tony Fatseas Sam Loyd: The Puzzle King about several classic puzzles
Oct. 2008
Genii (Vol. 71 No. 10)
Josh Mandel Cryptic Crossword No. 1: A Basic Guide to Solving Cryptic Crosswords
Jan. 2009
Genii (Vol. 72 No. 1)
Roberto Giobbi Presentation and Handling for Six Guests in Five Rooms mathematical puzzle performed with finger
Secret Agenda (Issue Jan 2)
Out of Proportion puzzle
Secret Agenda (Issue Apr 5)
Pekka Gunst Reindeer Puzzle match puzzle
Secret Agenda (Issue May 28)
Roberto Giobbi Trick Questions
Secret Agenda (Issue Aug 11)
Roberto Giobbi Four Number Problems
Secret Agenda (Issue Aug 15)
Number Puzzles
Secret Agenda (Issue Sep 29)
Puzzle of the Nine Letters
Secret Agenda (Issue Oct 13)
Steve Cohen Too Puzzling pieces of puzzle assemble magically and form image of chosen animal
2012 45
Michael Weber, Tim Trono Overbooked Test six business cards and six room key cards, story presentation
Inspired by Nov. 2013
Real Secrets (Vol. 2 No. 20)
John Lovick President Handsome riddle/illogicality with bills in which money is spent but apparently everyone, including the spender, walks away with profit
Inspired by 2016 77
Roberto Giobbi Credit Crunch Solved puzzle story
Hidden Agenda (Issue Oct 23)
Christoph Borer Die wahre Liebe glass puzzle, fits in box even when piece added, storytelling presentation, fairy tale
2016 198
David Britland The Case of the Missing Hats
  • Cardopolis
adding an extra card for cleaner initial display
cards with magicians and with hats, story trick
Inspired by Mar. 2016
Genii (Vol. 79 No. 3)
David Regal Brown Paper Change Bag
  • Material Concessions
switching device made from paper bag, application to change loose wooden pieces into assembled 3D puzzle
Feb. 2023
Genii (Vol. 86 No. 2)