103 entries in Pen/Pencil / Miscellaneous
Creators Title Comments & References Year Source Page AA Categories
Tom Sellers Spook Pencils four pencils of different color, spectator writes with one of them and performer knows which color has been used
1931 Magical Pleasantries 5
Tom Sellers An Amazing Dictionary Feat word selected as performer is out of the room is divined by him, secret message inside pencil
1933 More Secrets 13
Theodore Annemann Pencil Routine outline, combining puzzles, gags, effects
1936 The Jinx 1-50 (Issue 23) 142
David E. Swift The Pencil Fountain water is produced from borrowed pencil
1938 Greater Magic 831
Peter Warlock Pencil Note on Nail secret cue sheet, recipe
1939 The Jinx 51-100 (Issue 55) 390
John B. Ward Pencil & Peg Mystery three holes in pencil, small peg jumps from hole to hole
1939 Chap's Scrapbook (Vol. 1 No. 12) 4
Unknown A Dollar makes a "Break" bill to coins, bill breaks pencil (outstreched finger)
1943/27 Tarbell Course in Magic — Volume 3 127
Ralph W. Read Tapping Pencil spectator feels "impulses" that still pencil makes
1945 My Best 184
John Booth Pen-Plexity code a number to a medium with a fountain pen
1945 My Best 197
Robert A. Nelson Radar Pencil Mental Routine one of four cards is picked up secretly, card is detected, radar pencil
1945 Miracles in Mentalism and Psychic Experimentation 22
Dr. William Weyeneth Fabrication d'une cigarette dans la main paper and tabac transform into cigarette in fist, using pen, followed by german translation "Fabrikation einer Zigarette, frei in der Hand"
Jan. 1946 La Baguette Magique (Issue 7) 4
U. F. Grant Chalk Penetration chalk mark is rubbed through a table or surface and appears on the performer's other previously examined hand
Oct. 1948 Grant's Inner Circle Magazine (Vol. 1 No. 1 & 2) 14
Floyd Catlin Silk Vanishing Pencil same mechanism as silk vanishing wand, in paper cone
1949 Ireland's Yearbooks (Issue Yearbook 1949) 37
Jack Yeager Flying Ink ink from a pen and water in a glass transpose
Also published here
  • Jack Yeager's "Second Portfolio of Tricks"
1951 Ireland's Yearbooks (Issue Yearbook 1951) 8
Don Alan The Inflation Pencil gag pencil, to vanish objects
1951 Close-Up Time wit Don Alan 7
John Murray Murray's Muse ideas for Herpick's Phantom Pencil
1953 The Phoenix 251 — 300 (Issue 279) 1115
George Schindler Radar Magnet idea for the radar pencil
1953 The Phoenix 251 — 300 (Issue 279) 1115
Martin Gardner Pencilvania ideas for effects with pencils, with ribbon, naming color
1955 The New Phoenix 301-348 (Issue 334) 146
Everett Lyda Who Gets the Prize humorous routine for Loop Pencil puzzle, as competition with two spectators
1956 Ireland's Yearbooks (Issue Yearbook 1956) 6
Don Alan Ball Point Pen gag, ball appears on pen
1956 Pretty Sneaky 37
Don Alan It's a Small World gags with a small pencil sharpener globe
1956 Pretty Sneaky 42
Jerry Andrus Reversing Pen orientation of pen reverses in paper tube
1957 Up Close with Andrus 1
Tony Corinda (3) A Pocket Trick pencil is removed from a box, color is divined, fake pencil
1958 Pencil, Lip, Sound, Touch and Muscle Reading 42
Tony Corinda (1) The Billet Pencil loading a billet in an envelope
Related toVariations 1958 Predictions 86
Dr. Spencer Thornton The Fantastic Bill Transposition bill vanishes from handkerchief and appears inside envelope, using Corinda Billet Pencil
1959 Ireland's Yearbooks (Issue Yearbook 1959) 15
Tony Corinda Publicity Pencils branded pencils
1960 Publicity Stunts 385
Everett Lyda Impromptu Atomic Routine several tricks combined into a routine with atomic theme, Glorpy, Adam's Atomic Crystal Spot, break-away pencils
1962 Ireland's Yearbooks (Issue Yearbook 1962) 40
Leo Behnke Spot Everywhere spots drawn on sugar cube, cube is dissolved in water and spots found on spectator, stamp with the aid of sugar cube
1962 Entertaining Close Up 8
Peter Strange In the Pen message appears on pen
1963 The New Phoenix 351-400 (Issue 380) 348
Jack Yeager Tipsy Turvy Pencils using Blake's Rotating Pencil, do as I do presentation
1964 Ireland's Yearbooks (Issue Yearbook 1963-64) 29
Cecil Keech Gozinta Pencils two different colored pencils change places, tube and pocket, then both pencils are put into the tube, which should be too small
Variations 1967 The Art of Close-Up Magic — Volume 1 275
Unknown ¿Fuma Ud. Boligrafos? smoking a pen, with a match
1973 Aprenda Ud. Magia 21
Sam Dalal Double Vision two cards predicted on paper slips, using ballpoint pen with pencil lead, mirage deck
Also published here
  • Magigram (Rough-Smooth part, by Sam Dalal)
June 1974 The Pallbearers Review Vol. 9-10 (Vol. 9 No. 8) 743
Unknown A Puzzle drawing a circle and a dot on a paper without lifting the pen
1974 Tricks with Paper 34
Francis Carlyle Germain's Paper billet switch with pencil, unclear if by Germain or Jacques Remanaux
1975 The Magic of Francis Carlyle 126
Vic Perry The Perry Pen! x made in book, force, special two-sided pen
1975 Magick (Issue 118) 588
Karl Fulves (1) The Pencil That Remembers What It Writes after examining pencil, performer knows what was written with it, electronics, no details given
Related to 1976 Interlocutor (Issue 6) 20
Karrell Fox A Switch on Dave Hoy's Switch using pen with two tops instead of bulldog clips
Inspired byRelated to 1976 Clever.... Like a Fox 91
Barrie Richardson The Magnetic Force spectator is unable to pick up a pencil on performer's open hand
Also published here Dec. 1977 Pabular (Vol. 4 No. 4) 504
Unknown Salt Routine salt vanishes from hand, reappears in pen
1977 Close-up Cavalcade Finale 5
Al Mann The Frankenstein Affair several dead ants and a dead fly come back to life, ladybug recommandation
Related to 1977 Psycho-Mentisis 12
Karrell Fox On the Other Hand ideas for steel animal trap, Abbott's Daring Spring Trap, pencil snapped in two, fake hand in trap
1979 Another Book 253
Unknown Significant Digit No. 6, spectator writes number on one side of small paper, it is torn in half with writing down, performer knows which half has writing and the number, pencil writing transferred to moist finger
1979 Self-Working Mental Magic 8
David Himelrick Bio Test! building a pen with a prompter sheet, accessing word index
Variations 1980 Magick (Issue 266) 1328
Frederick M. Shields Brain Echoes book test, prompter
Inspired by 1980 Magick (Issue 272) 1358
Karl Fulves Satan's Hammer No. 5, cardboard hammer breaks pencil
1980 The Children's Magic Kit 5
Ken Brooke, Cecil Keech The Gozinta Tube two different colored pencils change places, tube and pocket, then both pencils are put into the tube, which should be too small
Inspired byAlso published here 1980 Ken Brooke's Magic — The Unique Years 205
Steve Dusheck E.S. Pen double writing with pen that has small pen hinged to it
Also published here 1980 ca. Lecture Notes 13
Unknown The Mind Dowser No. 44, paper balanced on the edge of a coin moves when pen comes close
1981 Self-Working Table Magic 54
Karl Fulves The Mind Transmitter No. 49, pen code, coin value divined by medium
1981 Self-Working Table Magic 60
Stephen Tucker, David Britland Gags? with books, cards and pens
1981 Spell-Binder (Vol. 1 No. 3) 44
Hen Fetsch Bleistiftfühlen feeling color of pencil behind back
Oct. 1982 Intermagic (Vol. 9 No. 3) 105
Hen Fetsch Der Uri Geller Bleistift bending illusion with pencil, apparently soft
Oct. 1982 Intermagic (Vol. 9 No. 3) 106
Karl Fulves Sharpening Pencil in Card Case "the old pencil-sharpener in thumb tip gag"
1983 Ace Machine 6
Steve Dusheck I.O.U. finger ring vanishes, using gaffed ballpoint pen with hook
1984 Magic with Finger Rings 59
Daryl Martinez The Multi-Colored Pen starting with "pen writes any color"-gag, out to lunch principle
1986 The New York Magic Symposium — Collection 5 15
Unknown Kugelschreiber & Füllfederhalter four impromptu magic items and gags with pen and pencils
Dec. 1986 Intermagic (Vol. 12 No. 3&4) 131
Flip Hallema Pen Steal apparently putting pen in pocket
1988 Magical Arts Journal (Vol. 2 No. 7&8 Arcane) 3
Flip Hallema Body Holdout holding pen against body
1988 Magical Arts Journal (Vol. 2 No. 7&8 Arcane) 5
Karl Fulves Non-Working Trix #4
  • "Unexchange", pseudo-switch of two small items, like chess figures or Okito boxes
  • secretly exchanging the pen caps of two pens even though apparently nothing happens
Related to 1988 Interlocutor (Issue 50) 239
Steve Beam The Magic Maker marker is put in pocket without putting cap on it, big ink stain on shirt, then cap vanishes and reappears on pen and ink stain vanishes
1989 The Trapdoor — Volume Two (Issue 28) 489
Mike Rose Pen Gag steel ball from "ball point pen"
1991 The Trapdoor — Volume Two (Issue 40) 738
Karrell Fox The "Magic Marker" splotch of ink on shirt, gag
1991 Goodies 151
David Harkey Crib formula written on finger, it is smudged and than becomes clean writing again
1991 Simply Harkey 243
Steve Beam Unleaded several mechanical pencils, spectator removes lead from one which performer divines
1992 The Trapdoor — Volume Two (Issue 46) 825
Scotty York Scotty's Cigarette Switch Using a Fountain Pen
1993 For Your Eyes Only 85
Slydini Water Leak paper on pencil used to catch drops of water from apparent leak in ceiling
1993 Rigmarole (Issue 5) 53
Steve Dusheck E.S. Pen double writing with pen that has small pen hinged to it
Also published here 1993 Dusheck's Mental Magic 38
Ali Bongo Pick-A-Pencil / Pick-A-Lollipop bunch of pencils, all removed but one, prediction
Also published here 1994 Lecture Notes '94 3
Alan Shaxon Index Pen window in pen, can be turned to see other information
1994 Alan Shaxon Lecture 16
Felix Farrell Air-Brush handkerchief appears with the aid of a felt pen, vanishes and appears inside the pen
1995 Aus dem Effeff... 13
Alexander de Cova Der "Profi-Halter" impromptu multi-purpose holder (Universalhalter)
Mar. 1995 Intermagic (Vol. 19 No. 2) 48
Karl Fulves Penmanship "Unsolved Mysteries"
money maker roller principle with two pens, posed as a problem
1997 The Fine Print (Issue 6) 147
Larry White Un-Capped apparently uncapping pen while pushing it through fist
Sep. 1997 Mind & Magic Magazine (Vol. 1 No. 3) 9
Cecil Keech, Ken Brooke Die Gozinta-Tube two different colored pencils change places, tube and pocket, then both pencils are put into the tube, which should be too small
Inspired byAlso published here 1997 Intermagic (Vol. 21 No. 1) 29
Barrie Richardson Pencil Pusher spectator is unable to pick up a pencil on performer's open hand, small thread loop
VariationsAlso published here 1999 Theater of the Mind 71
Karl Fulves Hypodermic Needle Gag actually a pen, comedy prop
2000 Lost Vampire Secrets 151
Gene Raye Radar Coin pencil answers questions with sound in glass, glass in which billet is put in divined, secret sugar in glass, radar pencil
2001 Latter Day Secrets (Issue 5) 139
Christoph Borer Alcon words written on paper change color, clever switching pad
Also published here 2002 Anam Cara auf Zirkeltour 2002 7
Barrie Richardson The Power of Suggestion: The Heavy Pen
  • From My Thoughts
spectator is unable to pick up a pen on performer's open hand, small thread loop
Inspired by Jan. 2002 Genii (Vol. 65 No. 1) 60
Al Baker Developing Messages before the Audience secretly reading extruded messages, powder in pen
2003 The Secret Ways of Al Baker (Issue Notebooks) 708
Ali Bongo Pick-A-Pencil / Pick-A-Lollipop bunch of pencils, all removed but one, prediction
Also published here 2003 Lecture Notes — Morges 2003 3
Wesley James One-handed Pen Re-Cap
2004 Enchantments 175
Don Nielsen Supercharged Silver ring changes to coin, involving a magnetic coin that is moved from sleeve to hand with magnetic pen
Related to 2005 Latter Day Secrets (Issue 10) 414
Max Maven The Ruling Class
  • The Other Month
spectator moves fingers together under ruler, where they end up is predicted by length of pencil
Inspired byAlso published here July 2005 Genii (Vol. 68 No. 7) 32
Bob Ostin Transfusion plastic pen is placed over card and visibly ink fills up, color is missing from card
2005 Bob Ostin — A Lifetime of Magical Inventions 157
Christoph Borer Alcon words written on paper change color, clever switching pad
Also published here 2006 Compilation 14
Jack Avis Lipstick on Pen Point to detect what was written or crossed out first
2006 Rara Avis 36
Karl Fulves Breakage paper wrapped around pencil, pencil breaks inside by itself
2009 Prolix (Issue 6) 365
Max Maven The Ruling Class spectator moves fingers together under ruler, where they end up is predicted by length of pencil
Also published here 2009 Las Vegas Lecture 5
Max Maven The Ruling Class spectator moves fingers together under ruler, where they end up is predicted by length of pencil
Also published here 2010 Maven on Topic: Mentalism 3
Max Maven The Ruling Class spectator moves fingers together under ruler, where they end up is predicted by length of pencil
Also published here 2011 Hollywood Hyperbole 4
Max Maven The Ruling Class spectator moves fingers together under ruler, where they end up is predicted by length of pencil
Also published here 2011 Ideas by Max 4
Barrie Richardson Mesmer's Pencil
  • Phase I - The Rise (pencil stands up on hand, small thread loop)
  • Phase II - The Heavy Pencil (spectator cannot lift pencil off the performer's hand)
  • Phase III - The Feather Test (variation of Phase II with feather on top, Chuck Smith idea)
Inspired by 2011 Curtain Call 13
Barrie Richardson Billet Switching Rod pencil with two caps
Related to 2011 Curtain Call 75
Barrie Richardson The Click Switch using pencil with clip
2011 Curtain Call 213
Wayne Dobson Sharpie 2 four mini sharpies, spectator uses one, performer divines which one
Inspired by
  • "Sharpie" (Wayne Dobson, WD40)
2013 More Look No Hands 12
Kazu Katayama Penkerchief
  • Tokyo Workshop
silk pushed in hand with pen, it vanishes, silk reproduced from end of pen
Dec. 2013 Genii (Vol. 76 No. 12) 51
Daniel Madison Sharp Punch Using a Sharpie pen cap as a card punch
2014 Placebo 35
Roberto Giobbi Classy Sharpie
2016 Hidden Agenda (Issue Apr 12) 107
Jeff Prace Pb
  • Left-Handed
monte routine with mechanical pencils and lead that either rattles inside or not
Nov. 2016 Genii (Vol. 79 No. 11) 38
Rick Maue Maue's Pen humorous demonstration on controlling the spectator's decision
Also published here
  • Rick Maue, Raw, 2008 & The Road, 2010
2017 The Doors of Deception 89
Pierre Barry Thoughts Are Colorful one of three different-colored pencils is placed in a matchbox, performer divines the color
Mar. 2020 Genii (Vol. 83 No. 3) 76