39 entries in Doll & Puppet / Animation
Creators Title Comments & References Year Source Page AA Categories
Le Grand Sultan automaton who can divine a card by nodding with his head, the number of a rolled dice and in which compartment of a closed box a doll is placed, with assitant
1784 1
La Tête d'or Sautant & Dansant Dans un Verre, pour Répondre à Diverses Questions a golden miniature head moves in a glass to answer questions, with assistant
1784 35
The Demon's Head papier maché head rolls eyes and moves mouth, deck put in mouth, chosen cards fly out of mouth and appear between horns
Related to 1876 458
The Talking Hand wax hand, answering yes/no questions
Related to 1890 427
Die materialisierte Geisterhand No. 9, doll hand pulls selected cards out of deck
Related to 1895 75
Der Kopf des Ibikus skull answers question under glass dome with his mouth, thread
Mar. 1896
Die Zauberwelt (Vol. 2 No. 3)
Carl L. Curiel Die mysteriöse Geisterhand "Home" puppet hand writes named words by itself
Related to July 1896
Der Zauberspiegel (Vol. 1 No. 11)
Friedrich W. Conradi-Horster Die mysteriöse Geisterhand "Home" only the patter for Curiel's trick
Related to Aug. 1896
Der Zauberspiegel (Vol. 1 No. 12)
Die mysteriöse Geisterhand wax puppet hand pulls cards out of deck à la rising cards
Related to Dec. 1897
Der Zauberspiegel (Vol. 3 No. 6)
Der Kopf des Ibikus "neueste Ausführung", skull answers question on glass table, it also speaks, thread
June 1898
Der Zauberspiegel (Vol. 3 No. 12)
Der Kopf des Ibikus im Hut No. 15, fake head answers questions by nodding or shaking the head, discussing previous methods by Buatier de Kolta, Belachini-Strack
1900 140
H. F. C. Suhr Der Geistertisch bell on (gaffed) table answers questions, or ball rolls, rapping hand, electro-magnetic
Related to Feb. 1900
Die Zauberwelt (Vol. 6 No. 2)
Carl Willmann Die Geisterhand rapping puppet hand answers questions, thread
Feb. 1903
Die Zauberwelt (Vol. 9 No. 2)
Friedrich "Fritz" Hügli XXIII. Totentanz
  • 1. Das erscheinende Papp-Skelett (paper skeleton appears behind silk)
  • 2. Ein Ballett (skeleton starts to dance on table)
  • 3. Der zersprungene Spiegel (broken mirror is restored)
  • 4. Der Doppelgänger (mirror image from skeleton starts to become real and dances as well)
  • 5. Verwandlung von Milch in Tinte (glass of milk changes to ink, back to milk and then to water)
1903 204
The Knee Thread animating figure or puppet while sitting, puppet on floor, Pipitilla
1937 89
Dr. William Weyeneth Anitras Tanz wooden doll starts to dance on plate, followed by french translation "Anitra, la danseuse"
Mar. 1945 3
Stuart P. Cramer Mortmain book test, word is written by a puppet hand, which moves on its own, thread
Also published here Feb. 1947
The Phoenix (Issue 119)
Stuart P. Cramer Mortmain book test, word is written by a puppet hand, which moves on its own, thread
Also published here 1956 218
Robert L. Henderson Doll Production and Levitation and Vanish
Ireland's Yearbooks (Issue Yearbook 1957)
Joseph M. White Betty Hal-Astra Gal combination of several tricks, Grant's See Thru Cylinders, Ireland's Dove Thru Glass, Fabjance Miniature Levitation
Ireland's Yearbooks (Issue Yearbook 1967-68)
Albert Spackman Miniature Rapping Hand miniature doll hand in box rapping and answering questions, different routine ideas,
  • word and card divination and with spirit slates
  • stop trick with cards
  • whistle put into the box and the hand moves and the whistle blows
  • gipsy thread is restored in the box, while hand moves
  • in conjunction with "The Thing"
  • card turnover

Related to 1969 74
Dr. Stanley Jaks Dim The Lights small hand taps out value of first selection, then finds second selection by dragging top half away, see also p. 340
Related to Jan. 1970 316
Frederick M. Shields The Spirit of the Thing rapping glove / hand on table to answer questions
Magick (Issue 18)
Jochen Zmeck, Herbert Paufler Tsantsa (fake) shrunken head hangs inside transparent tube and pivots into direction of chosen card, magnetism
1972 20
John D. Pomeroy The Rapping Hand electronic
1973 27
Karl Fulves (6) The Mary Shelley Problem doll pieces examined and assembled, then comes to life, electronics, no details given, isoforms, also for non-thread animation of origami figures or Haunted Deck, pipe dreamy
Interlocutor (Issue 6)
Al Mann Merlin's Magic Marionettes puppet starts to move (wiggle, move head and hands) on performer's command
Related to 1977 17
Robert Parrish Do the Spirits Return? rapping hand answers questions, rising cards with the hand, card stands upright
Inspired byRelated to 1995 25
Michael Close The Haunted Deck named card, memorized deck, small hand
Related to 1996 148
Mike Rogers Magic Mouse animated puppet mouse, thread
Jan. 1998
Magic (Vol. 7 No. 5)
Don Alan Worm's Turn worm in basket finds chosen ABC card, snake in a basket
Also published here July 1999
Magic (Vol. 8 No. 11)
Don Alan Worm's Turn worm in basket finds chosen ABC card, snake in a basket
Also published here 2000 125
Alan Wakeling Scotland uv paint produces glowing assistant, and glowing skull which answers questions with his jaw (talking skull)
  • Notes (Jim Steinmeyer)
Sep. 2007
Genii (Vol. 70 No. 9)
John Gaughan Balsamo, the Living Skull
  • The Chamber of Secrets
skull apparatus that can answer questions
Oct. 2011
Genii (Vol. 74 No. 10)
John Gaughan Joseffy's Rapping Hand
  • The Chamber of Secrets
Nov. 2011
Genii (Vol. 74 No. 11)
Mike Caveney The Astral Hand rapping hand on glass table, discussion of the performance at the 2007 Los Angeles History Conference
  • The Thread
  • The Glass Dome
  • The Code
  • The Routine
2013 165
John Gaughan The French Peacock
  • The Chamber of Secrets
peacock apparatus located card or answers questions
Nov. 2014
Genii (Vol. 77 No. 11)
Technique wherein A Tatehina Moves About on Its Own secret magnet
  • Dan Sherer (additional comments)
  • Max Maven (additional comments and credit information)
Also published here
  • Hōkasen, 1764
May 2016
Genii (Vol. 79 No. 5)
John Gaughan The Head of Mephistopheles
  • Chamber of Secrets
devil's head that moves and can produce cards
June 2019
Genii (Vol. 82 No. 6)