401 entries in Match & Matchbox / Matchbox & Matchbook
Creators Title Comments & References Year Source Page AA Categories
Emil Clauß Das wandernde Zweimarkstück marked coin to matchbox that is in the hand of the spectator
Aug. 1898
Die Zauberwelt (Vol. 4 No. 8)
Fr. Maubach Die schwedische Streichholzschachtel als Ringdose using matchbox as ring case to steal inserted ring out
Apr. 1900
Die Zauberwelt (Vol. 6 No. 4)
Joseph Michael Hartz Contrivances for "Passing Off" getting borrowed items behind stage
  • The Hartz Bottle
  • The Hartz Matchbox
Also published here 1903 49
To Exchange the Ring or Rings
  • ring placed on finger and dropped in glass, sleight-of-hand
  • ring slid on wand switched on way to stage
  • matchbox to steal out ring
1903 189
Buatier de Kolta Production from a Match-Box
1903 222
A. J. Die Streichholzschachtel im Dienste der Magie uses of match box in magic tricks, back palm with matchbox
1. appearing silk
2. vanishing silik
3. color change with matchbox cover as secret tube
4. matchboxes travel from one hat to another
5. vanishing matches
6. coin travels from box to box
7. double color changing silk in rolled up paper, silk to paper streamer
8. appearing spring flowers
July 1904
Die Zauberwelt (Vol. 10 No. 7)
Joseph Michael Hartz Contrivances for "Passing Off" getting borrowed items behind stage
  • The Hartz Bottle
  • The Hartz Matchbox
Also published here 1911 202
Friedrich "Fritz" Hügli Ein papierener Phönix bill travels from under handkerchief into a matchbox, then it is placed inside an envelope and burnt only to reappear inside second signed envelope
1922 38
Friedrich "Fritz" Hügli Paraffinade tändstickor utan svafel och fosfor. No. 6, deck of playing cards changes to matchbox, match is balanced on box and then broken and restored in handkerchief
1926 25
Tom Sellers Escapo match through matchbox
1927 3
Oswald Rae Box of Matches and Silk silk appears then it changes places with matches in a matchbox
1929 17
Oswald Rae Cigarette Production miser's dream with cigarettes and a hat, finally a matchbox is produced
1929 34
Friedrich "Fritz" Hügli Die ihren Platz tauschenden Streichhölzer matches travel from one matchbox to another
1930 7
Friedrich "Fritz" Hügli Wo sind die Streichhölzer? matches do not fall from machbox, then sort of monte with matchboxes
1930 10
Friedrich "Fritz" Hügli Eine Münze durchdringt eine Streichholzschachtel coin penetrates matchbox
1930 15
Joe Berg Match-Tip Monte monte in which a match tip must be followed under three match box drawers
1930 26
Nelson Hahne The Penetrating Match Box Drawer match box drawer penetrates handkerchief with matches
1930 45
Tom Sellers The Cut Tape and Match Box
1931 7
Tom Sellers The Phantom Domino domino vanishes from match box
1931 12
Tom Sellers Novel Silk Vanish matchbox covers stacked, silk pushed inside vanishes
1931 6
Tom Sellers The Revolving Match-Box matchbox spins between fingers, held with nails
1931 10
Lu Brent A Match Box Melange Dollar bill vanishes, travels to matchbox that was previously full of matches (matches have vanished, leaving only the bill)
1932 11
Lu Brent He Watches the Matches Three matchboxes, one full two empty. Matchbox monte routine, ending is all three boxes are empty (rattle box)
1932 13
Lu Brent The Traveling Cigarettes and Matches Matchbox and cigarette pack covered with cardboard covers, repeatedly change places
1932 17
Fred DeMuth A Divination with Matches number of remaining matches divined, see page 99 for improvement by Herbert R. Hood
VariationsAlso published here Aug. 1935
The Jinx (Issue 11)
Frank Lane, U. F. Grant Beans From Boston matchbox with six black and six white beans, mixed, performer separates colors behind back
1935 17
Edward Victor A Novel Matchbox Transposition content in matchboxes
1937 115
Edward Victor A Useful "Tip" gaffed matchbox, for back palming it, angles are improved
1937 117
A Match Divination number of matches in matchbook divined after tearing some out and adding digits
1937 88
Dr. Edward G. Ervin Match Box Monte rattle gimmick
1937 36
e. Faked Match Box
1937 14
d. With A Match Box
1937 19
Al Saal Silks and Matches silk and matches in match box transpose
1938 596
Three Useful Wrinkles - With a Matchbox as memory aid
1938 834
Minoe Matchless Pocket Trick two matchboxes in borrowed hat, one of them vanishes and travels to another hat
Dec. 1939
The Jinx (Issue 73)
Franklin M. Chapman, Jack Keyes Picture of a Prophecy matches in matchbook vanish and name of selection appears written inside
Feb. 1939
Chap's Scrapbook (Vol. 1 No. 8)
Howard Warringer Hoo-Matchpac manipulation idea with matchbook
Nov. 1939
Chap's Scrapbook (Vol. 2 No. 5)
Method for Obtaining First Coin for Miser's Dream from matchbook
Also published here 1939 58
The Matchbook Easel using a matchbook as a display stand for a card
Also published here 1940 413
Joseph Ovette Match-Ic Manipulation five matches vanish and appear in matchbox
Feb. 1940
Chap's Scrapbook (Vol. 2 No. 8)
Matchbox Switch in action of opening matchbox drawer
Also published here
  • Robertson Keene’s “Novel Notions”
1940 ca. 83
Matches to Silk
The Jinx (Issue 123)
Fred DeMuth Folder Mathematics spectator tears out matches, number of matches divined
Also published here 1941 10
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)
Eddie Joseph The Super-Subtle Secret Introduction secretly loading a coin inside a match box, from clip position
1942 49
Eddie Joseph Super-Subtle Secret Extraction stealing a coin out of a match box
1942 51
Eddie Joseph The Basement Steal coin steal from out of match box with slit
1942 54
Dr. Stanley Jaks Die Wiederspenstige Zündholzschachtel do as I do with matchbox, gaffed
June 1942
Hokus Pokus (Vol. 4 No. 6)
Wilbur Nesbitt The Match Box Die Box idea
Ireland's Yearbooks (Issue Yearbook 1943)
Verne Chesbro, James G. Thompson Jr. Popper Upper match on business card covered by matchbook, penetrates it twice, match vanishes in the end
Related toVariations Sep. 1943
The Phoenix (Issue 43)
Al O'Hagan Allow Me matchbook opens and a match stands up on it's own
Dec. 1943
The Phoenix (Issue 51)
John Batton Striking Experiment matchbook put in water, matches can still be ignited
June 1943 3
Hans "Severus" Ernst Eine neue magnetische Zündholzschachtel balancing matchbox, translation on page 11 "une nouvelle boite d'allumettes magnétique"
Hokus Pokus (Vol. 5 No. 3)
Bruce Elliott Back To Back coin appears between two matchbooks
Jan. 1944
The Phoenix (Issue 52)
Milbourne Christopher, Bob Hummer Under Cover ideas with a matchbook, as an ambush for a list, for a shiner, to pick up daub, picking up a coin
Also published here Feb. 1944
The Phoenix (Issue 53)
Floyd G. Thayer Matchless steel ball through filled match box, angles
Oct. 1944
The Phoenix (Issue 71)
Theodore DeLand Home Made Magic gaffed matchbox, slide turns 180°, matches fall out
Oct. 1944
The Phoenix (Issue 71)
Will Goldston Diminuendo matchbox shrinks twice
Oct. 1944
The Phoenix (Issue 71)
LeRoy E. Larson Matchbook Hook transforming a matchbook so it can be used like a hooked coin
Apr. 1944
Hugard's Magic Monthly (Vol. 1 No. 11)
Dr. Lazlo Rothbart Der Prophet two piles with different amount of matches, selected one is predicted
Related to 1944
Hokus Pokus (Vol. 6 No. 2)
Fred DeMuth A Divination with Matches number of remaining matches divined
Also published here 1944 132
Ray H. Cason Cigarette Pack to Match Box
Ireland's Yearbooks (Issue Yearbook 1945)
Card Force with Matchbox big matchbox, card force
1945 26
Milbourne Christopher An Oldie with a New Twist coin travels into empty matchbox
Sep. 1945
The Phoenix (Issue 92)
Dr. William Weyeneth Zündholzschachtel und Geldstück coin penetrates matchbox, followed by french translation "La boite d'allumettes et la pièce"
Mar. 1945 4
Harold Rasmus The Crystal Flame spectators name selected cards by looking at flame of a match
Ireland's Yearbooks (Issue Yearbook 1946)
The Automized Coin coin dropped inside matchbox transforms to smoke and vanishes
Inspired by
  • a trick by Bardini in "The Owl"
Apr. 1946
Hugard's Magic Monthly (Vol. 3 No. 11)
Jet Propelled Match burnt match vanishes and appears back attached in matchbook, repeated
Aug. 1946 245
Rowland Brandwem Matchbook Discovery card is selected and shuffled back in the deck, second selection is placed unseen on the table, then 13 cards placed in a row and matchbox held over each card and one card sticks to it which turns out to be selection and unseen card's value matches position
Oct. 1946 261
Jack Miltour La boite d'allumettes magnétisée matchbox balanced on back of hand, opens and closes by itself, different model, followed by german translation "Die magnetisierte Zündholzschachtel"
Nov. 1946 6
Bruce Elliott Match? match book refills
Nov. 1947
The Phoenix (Issue 139)
Fragen und Antworten
  • trick with coaster, handkerchief appears from center, pierced with pencil
  • transposition of two marked matchboxes
  • on a trick called "Sympathetische Steine"
  • how to make a varnish for paper wands
Hokus Pokus (Vol. 8 No. 3&4)
Milt Kristt One Hand Strike! striking match with one hand, paper match
Feb. 1948 394
Don Tanner One in Five five design cards chosen, then one of those chosen, assistant comes from other room and knows which one, code via position of match in match book
Oct. 1948 12
3. Die Durchdringung der Materie coin penetrates hand, with matchbook
Hokus Pokus (Vol. 9 No. Sondernummer 1)
Dr. William Weyeneth La bouchon obéissant bar bet, card cannot be placed between cork and matchbox, followed by german translation "Der folgsame Korken"
June 1948 12
Jack Yeager As the Penny Flies matchbook as a tray, penny travels to other pennies
Ireland's Yearbooks (Issue Yearbook 1949)
Robert Lund A Story Goes With It one of four match boxes is predicted
Sep. 1949
The Phoenix (Issue 186)
George B. Anderson "Easy Money" Mindreading matchbook and carbon paper
Variations 1949 9
Jean Hugard Phantom Silk and Matchbox silk with chosen color appears in matchbox
June 1949 548
Dr. Boris Zola Doc Zola's Magnet Routine matches penetrate card, with matchbook
1949 13
The Hobo's Prayer penny changes into dime, with prepared matchbook
1949 15
Dr. William Weyeneth Ein unterhaltsamer Tischscherz cigarette is balanced on matchbox, magnetic
Hokus Pokus (Vol. 10 No. 1)
Robert Lund Lucifers! several spectators get different books of matches to hold, they turn out to be all the same
June 1950
The Phoenix (Issue 205)
Bruce Elliott Full! empty matchbook turns into a full one
Aug. 1950
The Phoenix (Issue 209)
Bill Nord Hairy Flare moving match box, with burning match
Sep. 1950
The Phoenix (Issue 211)
Robert Lund Levencenter dime is put in matchbook and does not fall out
Oct. 1950
The Phoenix (Issue 213)
Martin Gardner, Bill Simon It's a Natural No. 11, Spectator tears out matches from matchbook, performer uses number of matches to select card from seven-card packet, which is correctly predicted
VariationsAlso published here 1950 23
Jack Yeager The Flying Match match is torn from matchbook, vanishes and appears under napkin
Also published here
  • Jack Yeager's "Second Portfolio of Tricks"
Ireland's Yearbooks (Issue Yearbook 1951)
Jack Yeager Anti-Gravity Match matches stick to matchbook
Also published here
  • Jack Yeager's "Second Portfolio of Tricks"
Ireland's Yearbooks (Issue Yearbook 1951)
John Murray Murray's Muse matchbook gag
Feb. 1951
The Phoenix (Issue 223)
Don Alan You Have Wax in Your Match Box matchbox to obtain wax, daub etc.
1951 10
Walter Essman Matchic match book with two matches, match is broken and restored, then burnt and new again, the second match is found burnt in the match book eventually
May 1952
The Phoenix (Issue 255)
Bruce Elliott The Die is Cast invisible die is thrown and outcome predicted with a matchbox, see p. 1185 for additional ideas by Frank Huck
Related toVariations Oct. 1953
The Phoenix (Issue 292)
Ted Danson The Seance Card Trick Mini card matching selection appears in previously empty matchbox
Also published here 1953 27
Empty Matchbox Subtlety Technique to show matchbox empty; wedge mini card above drawer
1953 28
E. Padt Ein unsichtbarer Beginn ist die halbe Arbeit silk in chosen color appears in matchbox
Also published here
  • "Triks"
Hokus Pokus (Vol. 14 No. 2)
Oscar "Oscarelli" Rey Praktische Winke method to produce a burning match, matchbook as card stand and simple construction for a pull, see page 154 for illustrations
Hokus Pokus (Vol. 14 No. 5)
James F. Herpick Cork Tip, Please matchbox with hole, cigarette is pushed through, cigarette ends up bent in matchbox
Feb. 1954
The New Phoenix (Issue 301)
Karrell Fox They're All Aces - Take a Card any card ideas and gags
  • Old Money (bill with beard)
  • Bedroom Eyes (beds on glasses)
  • Genii Weenie (hot dog from Aladin lamp)
  • Bounced (rubber check joke)
  • Candelabra (original way to light three matches on a matchbook)
  • Nose Nonsense (spoon on nose gag)
  • Fan Fun (fan gag)
July 1954
The New Phoenix (Issue 311)
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)
Eddie Joseph The Travelling Ring borrowed finger ring travels from one matchbox to another
1954 24
Eddie Joseph Where is that Coin? three matchbox drawers and a coin, monte / shell game
1954 26
Friedrich "Fritz" Hügli Die Magische Streichholzschachtel matchbox drawer turns over
Hokus Pokus (Vol. 15 No. 5)
Blackstar Mystic Match Box rippon penetrates matchbox, three methods
1954/27 119
Dr. William Weyeneth Eine reizvolle Idee zur Eröffnung des "Chüngeltricks" opener for sponge rabbit routine, animated matchbox
Hokus Pokus (Vol. 16 No. 6)
Allessandro Allessandro's Cigarette Routine continuous production, vanish in handkerchief and production of cigarette, using matchbox
Ireland's Yearbooks (Issue Yearbook 1956)
James G. Thompson Jr., Verne Chesbro, William H. McCaffrey, Gerald Kosky Strike One longer routine with matchbooks and matches, matchbook appears, match penetrates card, color of head change color, paddle routine, prediction of amount of matches and eventually matches transform into salt
Related toAlso published here 1956 44
James G. Thompson Jr. Matchbook Switch
1956 46
Louis Jaeger Match Book Divination imaginary die is thrown, number revealed with matchbook
Inspired by Feb. 1956
The New Phoenix (Issue 341-2)
Fred DeMuth Match Folder Mind-reading Divine thought of number with matchbook of twenty matches, spectator is instructed to tear out matches in some mathematical way
Also published here 1956 55
Dr. William Weyeneth Seltsame Wanderung einer Münze coin travels from one matchbox to another
Hokus Pokus (Vol. 17 No. 4)
Allessandro Rattle Box Routine rattle monte with matchboxes, sucker element
Ireland's Yearbooks (Issue Yearbook 1957)
Al Hancuff Satan's Satin matches inside matchbox change into ribbon
Ireland's Yearbooks (Issue Yearbook 1958)
Ronald A. Wohl (Ravelli) Eine zündende Voraussage picture of selection on matchbox, published in "The Gen" with different method
Also published here
  • "The Matchin' Card" in "The Gen" 1955.
Hokus Pokus (Vol. 19 No. 1)
Ronald A. Wohl (Ravelli) Unter der Zündholzschachtel spectator locates a chosen card with a matchbox, selection is predicted on back of matchbox
Related to 1958
Hokus Pokus (Vol. 19 No. 1)
Don Tanner It's a Steal No. 10, stealing spring flower bundle from within match box
1958 ca. 4
Don Tanner "Got a Light?" or Matchless Magic No. 37, match book changes into spring flower bouquet when tossed up
1958 ca. 11
Will Dexter (11) The Billet Switch (The Matchbox Switch - by Will Dexter) switching the billet in the action of burning it
1959 180
Eddie Joseph Self-Lighting Cigarette striking cigarette on matchbox
1959 5
Eddie Joseph The Invisible Influence several animation effects using a shimmed cigarette and a matchbox with magnet, lifting matchbox with knife and letting it fall on command
1959 8
U. F. Grant Rise a matchbox on table stand up by itself
Related to
  • Hugard's Magic Monthly 1954, Walter Price
Nov. 1960
The New Phoenix (Issue 351)
Dr. William Weyeneth Die mysteriöse Streichholzschachtel shiner in matchbox, picture duplication and card divination
Hokus Pokus (Vol. 21 No. 3)
Ralph Greenwood Balancing Glass on Book of Matches
Apr. 1961
The New Phoenix (Issue 356)
Paul Marcus More Natural Spectator tears out matches from matchbook, performer uses number of matches to select card from seven-card packet, which is correctly predicted
Inspired by Aug. 1961
The New Phoenix (Issue 360)
Leo Behnke "Allow Me" lighter transforms into matchbook
1962 11
Leo Behnke Matching Ads using branded matchbooks as publicity
1962 11
Peter "Cartier" Struppler Eine reizende Idee paper is burnt and from ash a bill is produced
Hokus Pokus (Vol. 25 No. 3)
Gerard "Bruno" Bruning The Invisible Match Box color of silk is chosen and invisible silk placed inside invisible matchbox, both appear inside handkerchief held by performer
Also published here 1966
Ireland's Yearbooks (Issue Yearbook 1965-66)
Stewart Judah The Coins and the Matchbooks coins travel around underneath matchbooks
Also published here 1966 452
Bento Sympathetic Matches two paddles, name appears, four matches from a matchbook separately on a handkerchief join in one corner with the paddle as cover, the matches are placed in a stand and are covered, they vanish and reappear in the matchbook
1967 127
Alan Alan Acrobatic Matchbox drawer rises and springs out, thread
1967 166
Dennis Patten Peep-O word divination, written on a paper covered with the drawer of a matchbox
1967 181
Arthur Setterington Push Through coin through matchbox
1967 7
Arthur Setterington Matchless Penetration empty matchbox penetrates handkerchief, when opened, it's full of matches
1967 8
Dr. William Weyeneth Trick oder Gag gag and penetration of matchbook on ribbon, under handkerchief
Hokus Pokus (Vol. 28 No. 6)
Paul Maurer Der Streichholzschachteltrick spectator looks at flame of a match and divines chosen card
Hokus Pokus (Vol. 28 No. 6)
Ernesto "Ernest" Pracchia Todos Locos silk appears in matchbox, with rubber band and named color of silk
1967 43
Ernesto "Ernest" Pracchia Otro Gags para el Mago
  • gag with watch and measuring tape
  • lighter changes to matchbox
  • cigarette starts to burn quicker than usual
1967 58
Ernesto "Ernest" Pracchia Las Cajas de Fosforos Sonantes y... Los Fosforos Magneticos empty and full matchbox, matches travel to other box (sound), in second routine, matches only fall out of box on command of performer
1967 86
Gerard "Bruno" Bruning Flight Thru Space color of silk is chosen and invisible silk placed inside invisible matchbox, both appear inside handkerchief held by performer
Also published here 1968
Ireland's Yearbooks (Issue Yearbook 1967-68)
David Hoy Hoy Deploy Q&A using gaffed matchbook to switch and steal billet, two methods
Ireland's Yearbooks (Issue Yearbook 1967-68)
Arthur Setterington Watch the Box two matchboxes filled with matches and an empty one are stacked in a tube, the empty one travels to the top middle and bottom of the stack
1968 13
Hans-Gerhard Stumpf, George Leitmayr Match Sword Box coin in matchbox is penetrated by six matches
1969 91
Aaron Wainer Matchbox & Die chosen number from 1 to 6 predicted in matchbox
Related to Jan. 1969 235
Alfred Zorn The X-Ray Match-Box bill is folded and cicled with rubber band then put in matchbox, serial number reading
1969 7
Eddie Joseph Human Magnet pencil clings to finger, routine with match box
1969 175
Ben Maghy König der Ausbrecher white silk knotted to black silks vanishes, placed inside matchbox
Hokus Pokus (Vol. 30 No. 3)
Alois Eisenlohr Ein physikalisches Grundgesetz two matchbox with different colored stickers, silk travels from one matchbox to the other
Hokus Pokus (Vol. 30 No. 3)
Harvey Rosenthal Match Go matches travel from one matchbook to another, see p. 415 for credit information
Related to
  • The Gen (June 1961)
Winter 1970
The Pallbearers Review Vol. 5-8 (Vol. 6 No. 4th Folio)
Charlie Miller The Delicate Touch of Charlie Miller signed paper napkin transposes with matches in matchbox, using the DeLand fake
Related toVariationsAlso published here 1970
Magick (Issue 2)
Charlie Miller Miller Revisited signed paper napkin transposes with matches in matchbox
Related to 1970
Magick (Issue 11)
Le tiroir qui se retourne dans sa boite ou 'Napoleon Mecontent' lid in matchbox turns over
Also published here
  • "Journal de la Prestidigitation" No. 273
Hokus Pokus (Vol. 31 No. 4)
La pochette d'allumettes recalcitrante gag, matchbook moves away when performer tries to take it from table
Also published here
  • "Journal de la Prestidigitation" No. 273
Hokus Pokus (Vol. 31 No. 4)
Roger Smith Will I Never Again coin is placed inside a triangle of matches and covered with a playing card coin vanishes
Oct. 1970
Necromancer (Vol. 1 No. 3)
Charlie Miller Die-Cast number on rolled die is predicted with matches in matchbook
Magick (Issue 35)
Audley Walsh Three Card Monte one card is marked with matchbook or paper clip
1972 67
Arthur Setterington 20th Century Matchboxes several matchboxes, matches from one matchbox travel into an empty matchbox
1972 40
Carl Hanson, Robert Tyson Matchless invisible matchbox and one of three invisible handkerchiefs is selected, matchbox appears inside is the chosen silk
Magick (Issue 55)
Herbert Hood Herb Hood's Match Packet As Card Stand No. 404, using a matchbook as a display stand for a card, with Dr. Jacob Daley improvement
Also published here 1972 110
Karl Norman Smoker's Interludes: I. Magnetic Matches cigarette clings to matchbook
1973 50
Charlie Miller Match Maneuvers signed napkin transposes with matches in matchbox
Related toAlso published here 1973 107
Arthur Emerson Match Weight four matchbooks, spectator removes a match from one, performer divines it, then matches vanish from a matchbooks
1973 161
La Cerilla Viajera match travels back in matchbook, attached to other matches
1973 23
Juan Tamariz Papel de Seda que resurge de sus Cenizas burnt and restored piece of paper
1973 64
Anonymous Clairvoyant! from T. Page Wright's notebooks, miniature cards in matchbox are divined
Magick (Issue 70)
Rick Johnsson Strike One routine with two matchboxes, boxes cling together in different ways, impromptu routine
1973 1
Paul Maurer Streichholzschachteln und farbige Kugeln three matchboxes and three different colored balls, performer divines which color is in which box
Hokus Pokus (Vol. 34 No. 1)
Karl Fulves Sleight of Crime four coins in four matchboxes, spectator secretly removes on coin and mixes the matchboxes, a match is light and goes out in front of the empty box, then the date of the coin is revealed
1974 36
Amedeo Vacca Acrobatic Matchbox longer routine
1974 47
Amedeo Vacca Something from Nothing pantomime cigarette, rolling imaginary cigarette, it becomes visible, using match book
1974 98
Bascom Jones Match-Write prediction of change inside cover of book of matches
Magick (Issue 94)
Patrick Page The Magic Matchbox coin placed in matchbox vanishes
1974 46
Barry Govan, Graham Etherington Match Card 2 Full matchbook is shown, a card is selected, and only an amount of matches remain corresponding to the value of the chosen card
Dec. 1975
Pabular (Vol. 2 No. 4)
, Alex Elmsley, Tony Faro, Ed Schuman Festive Fun a coin puzzle by Alex Elmsley and by Tony Faro, logic puzzles, making smoke powder by burning a striking surface, match problems by Tony Faro, medium card revelation, a number puzzle by Ed Schuman and how to stick a bottle on a wall

Dec. 1975
Pabular (Vol. 2 No. 4)
Madcap Matchbox acrobatic matchbox, thread
1975 89
Stewart Judah Penta-Match match on business card covered by matchbook, penetrates it
Inspired byAlso published here Winter 1975
The Pallbearers Review Vol. 9-10 (Vol. 10 No. 10th Folio (Part Two))
Jan Torell The Acrobatic Match-Box stands up on stretched out palm and lid opens
1975 29
Dr. Dan J. Alessini Match several matchbooks, spectator removes a match from one and performer divines which matchbook
Magick (Issue 139)
Paul Maurer, Fred DeMuth Ein "teurer" Mikrotrick number of remaining matches divined, see page 99 for improvement by Herbert R. Hood
Inspired by 1975
Hokus Pokus (Vol. 36 No. 6)
Gerald Kosky Match Folder Gimac matchbook to switch small objects
1975 124
Lawrence Nudelman Transform a Dollar Bill Into a Book of Matches
1975-1978 ca. 6
Jock Crombie A Gag From Crombo lighter gag
July 1976
Pabular (Vol. 2 No. 11)
Tony Slydini First Routine packet of matches vanishes and is reproduced via imp pass, any object possible
1976 45
Al Mann Test by Fire match box impression device, carbon
1976 7
Karl Fulves Fadeaway coin on table covered with playing card, coin vanishes
  • Fade-Away I
  • Fade Away III
  • Fade Away IV
  • Fade Away V
Variations 1976
The Pallbearers Review Vol. 9-10 (Vol. 10 No. Close-Up Folio #5)
Jerry Mentzer Matchbook to Silk
1976 1
Gene Nielsen, Bascom Jones Psychic Lady person divines in which matchbox is her ring, mental version of bean monte
Magick (Issue 149)
Gene Nielsen Matchless Guile prediction in signed matchbox
Magick (Issue 149)
Rick Johnsson Sub-Gum close-up sub-trunk, two coins change places, one coin in a matchbox and one outside, held in place with rubber bands, using The Kick Change
1976 81
Jean Hugard Münze und Kerzenflamme from matchbook, coin production from flame of a candle
Also published here 1976
Hokus Pokus (Vol. 37 No. 1)
Warren Stephens Matchless matches appear in empty matchbook
1977 83
Bengt Nilsson, Allan Lambie Everything Happens to Ken Miller routine with cigarettes and money
(1) Brand-Changing Cigarette Packet
(2) Rising Cigarette
(3) Cigarette Packet to Banknote (Allan Lambie)
(4) Banknote to Matches
(5) Coin from Banknote
1977 15
Jeff Busby Busby's Billets billet switch using matchbook
Variations 1977
Magick (Issue 175)
Stephen Minch The Match Monster animated acrobatic matchbook, eyes stuck to it, thread
Variations 1977 69
Tommy Wonder Close-Up lighter to matchbox
Also published here 1977 9
Karl Fulves Testing the Power of Misdirection empty packet of matches is waved over hand, a full one appears
1977 23
Karl Fulves Routined Magic match puzzle, then coin penetrates upwards through table into match box, example for routining two things
1977 27
Fred DeMuth Match Mentalism number of remaining matches divined
Also published here 1977 127
Roy Johnson Matchick match blown out through sleeve, silk in hand transposes with matches in match box
1977 5
Jerry Andrus Match Book Magic routine with match book and coin
1977 8
Trapped Smoke Producing smoke from saucer. Uses the oily remnants from burning the striking pad on matchbox
1977 35
Scotty York IV. "Are You Hard to Fool?" two matches appear in matchbook, all other matches burnt
1977 3
Richard Chiswell Coin Transformation copper silver, in the end a match book appears
Apr. 1978
Pabular (Vol. 4 No. 8)
Fred Robinson Where There's Smoke
  • pipe grows
  • lighted end of cigarette put on handkerchief, which is spread on the palm, it does not burn
  • making smoke powder with a matchbox
May 1978
Pabular (Vol. 4 No. 9)
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)
Karrell Fox, Fred Robinson, Martin Breese, Fred Snooks Where There's Smoke
  • smoking thumb, by inhaling smoke of a match (sent in by Martin Breese)
  • smoke a matchbox
  • split a burning match to give fire
  • extinguish a match by blowing in the opposite sleeve, paper match (Karrel Fox)
  • joke, matches and water (Fred Snooks)
July 1978
Pabular (Vol. 4 No. 11)
Richard Mark Mantra Mental matchbook as impression device, impromptu
Inspired by 1978
Magick (Issue 198)
Harry G. Franke Window Lights method to read stolen center, matchbook
Magick (Issue 202)
Larry Becker Ultraffinity folded bill in one of several matchboxes is found by performer, then serial number is divined
Variations 1978 91
A Matchbook Move vanish and reproduction von matchbook
1978 215
David Stahl I'm Stuck on You But No Strings Attached bill changes into matchbook, matchbook on string placed under handkerchief and matchbook ends up glued shut, Match-o-Bill
1978 13
Nathan Stark Mind Press piece of matchbook is balanced on a pin and covered with a glas, starts turning
Magick (Issue 241)
Karrell Fox Dissa-Pointer drawer full of matches vanishes and is produced from sleeve
1979 57
Larry Becker Matchic prediction of ESP symbol, five ESp cards and big matchbox
1979 160
Matchbook Horse & Rider gag figure with matchbook
1979 39
Tumblebug match book tumbles around, animation
1979 41
The Figures Match No. 4, three-digit number divined after some calculation from spectator and removal of matches
1979 5
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)
Bob Hummer Graphite Matchbox Daub idea for preparing a matchbox to access daub at all times
Also published here 1980 2
Karl Fulves Murder in a Matchbox three match boxes, performer's back is turned and a small gun, a bill and a die are put in boxes, performer knows which object is where and what side is on top of the die
1980 69
Philip T. Goldstein 9th Dimension spectator counts matches in matchbook, card with matching number appears in chosen pile
Related to 1980
Magick (Issue 252)
Paul Harris Heart Burn corner of card stroken on match-book, ignites and burns
Also published here 1981 99
World's Strongest? No. 17, lifting a matchbox with two fingers on a cigarette box, first and little finger
1981 19
Bob Ostin Demonology signed card ends up with a burnt corner, name of card appears in a flash on tissue paper
Also published here May 1981
Spell-Binder (Vol. 1 No. 1)
Stephen Tucker Domino Match two dice put in match box, numbers are predicted with domino
Sep. 1981
Spell-Binder (Vol. 1 No. 5)
Stephen Tucker Steel Tray tray stolen from matchbox, as gag or trick
Nov. 1981
Spell-Binder (Vol. 1 No. 7)
Stephen Tucker Stephen Tucker Strikes Again matchbox opens by itself
Babel (Issue 1)
David Britland Pandora's Boxes sympathetic matchboxes, lids open and close
Variations 1981
Babel (Issue 2)
Karl Fulves Zombie Match book of matches rises behind a handkerchief and floats, in the end one of the matches lights spontaneously
1982 38
Michael D. Pettitt Solutions - Coin Problem coin to match box
Inspired by Sep. 1982
Spell-Binder (Vol. 2 No. 17)
Hen Fetsch Eine Frage des Gewichts spectator tears out a match in one of five match books, performer finds right one by weight
Oct. 1982
Intermagic (Vol. 9 No. 3)
Russ Burns Four the Hard Way using two matchbooks
Oct. 1983
Apocalypse (Vol. 6 No. 10)
John Carney Card in Matchbox lighter changes to matchbox into which the selected card ends up (uses duplicate)
VariationsAlso published here 1983 27
John Carney Straightforward Card in Balloon impromptu, balloon bursts in contact with hot match
Variations 1983 30
Mark Weston Repeat Burned Match lit match reappears in match book
Pabular (Vol. 7 No. 10)
'Spirit' Noise Maker No. 30, matchbox makes noise when it's liftet from table
1983 9
The Unreachable Matchbox No. 79 chalk line, matchbox cannot be reached
1983 22
Michael Ammar Yeast Card ambitious card with card to match book finale, folded
1983 24
David Britland Supermatch matchbox with slit, coin penetrates tray and matches
Mar. 1983
Spell-Binder (Vol. 2 No. 23)
Alessandro de Luca, Theophil "Philius" Weidmann Klein - aber oho! spectator writes word on torn cover of matchbook, which is then placed behind matches, word is divined
1983 15
Piet Forton Münzenwanderung coin vanishes from handkerchief and appears in matchbox
1983 18
Karl Fulves Matches to Go No. 7, initialed matchbook placed on elbow vanishes, then it is put into sleeve and penetrates it
Inspired by 1985 14
Mark Vincent Sessions with Mark Vincent paddle move routine with arrow on match, then match turns into matchbook
Gimmick (Issue 1)
Karl Fulves Bic Flicker matchbox produced from dollar bill
Related to 1985 98
Karl Fulves Clipper coin produced from bill, then matchbook from bill
Related to 1985 114
Stewart Judah Streichholzereien match on business card covered by matchbook, penetrates it
Also published here July 1985
Intermagic (Vol. 11 No. 3 & 4)
Stewart Judah Münzen und Streichholzheftchen coins travel around underneath matchbooks
Also published here July 1985
Intermagic (Vol. 11 No. 3 & 4)
Stewart Judah Eine Aufsitzer-Routine routine with coins and matchbook
July 1985
Intermagic (Vol. 11 No. 3 & 4)
Tom Craven The Match miniature card of selection is found in matchbox
1986 254
Eugene Burger The Animated Matchbox "magic along the way", thread
1987 70
Jay Sankey, Richard Sanders Twice Lit match torn out of match book is lit, blown out, lit again, vanishes and reappears attached inside
1987 20
Jamy Ian Swiss Hidden Assistance card in matchbook, animated matchbook phase
Inspired by 1987 36
Rich Marotta Matchic Trick signed paper napkin transposes with matches in matchbox
Inspired by 1987 1
Pat Conway Matchbox Turnover cover and drawer of matchbox transpose multiple times, cover travels from pocket back to tray, matches penetrate box and hand
1987 13
Pat Conway The Immatcherial Cigarette version of Sympathetic Matchboxes (also originally invented by Conway), as one matchbox is closed, another one opens, boxes separated by cigarette packet
1987 19
Pat Conway The Moving Matchbox
1987 139
Pat Conway The Joke Matchbox gag matchbox with folding lid but looks like it has a drawer
1987 142
Pat Conway The Vanishing Matchbox
1987 145
Pat Conway The Tie Matchbox Vanish matchbox vanishes behind tie
1987 147
Michael Weber Under Cover Transposition signed bill transposes with paper match, signed bill appears stapled inside matchbook
Also published here 1987 5
Michael Rubinstein Matchbox Treasury using matchbox
Variations June 1988
Apocalypse (Vol. 11 No. 6)
William Goodwin Psychic Matchbooks name written on flap of one of several matchbooks, matchbook and name divined
1988 11
Christoph Borer 4. Der geschickte Zauberer matchbox is thrown into the air and match is lit
Also published here 1988 8
Christoph Borer Tüchlein, Du musst wandern handkerchief vanishes in a pyro flash and appears in matchbox, gaffed matchbox
Also published here 1988 12
David Britland Hell Fire match box closes by itself, elastic thread loop
1988 33
Mike Bornstein Double Matchit card chosen and lost, dollar bill changes into matchbook, mini card inside which matches selection
VariationsAlso published here 1988 8
David Harkey Match-Mate matchbox is removed from its sleeve, the two parts visually reunite
Sep. 1989
Epoptica (Issue 12)
Karl Fulves, Don Nielsen Outboxed coin through table upwards into matchbox, also as coin through ceiling downwards
1989 25
Simon Lovell Chinese Ring in Rat Borrowed ring to matchbox, but has long racist interlude where magician wears fake teeth, pretends to be Chinese and speaks in a stereotypical accent and bad English in order to produce a rat
1989 113
Christoph Borer 3. Der Geschickte Zauberer matchbox is thrown into the air and match is lit
Also published here 1989 22
Bob Ostin Dämonologie signed card ends up with a burnt corner, name of card appears in a flash on tissue paper
Also published here Oct. 1989
Intermagic (Vol. 15 No. 1)
Michael Rubinstein Firefly matchbox passed through hand, cover vanishes, later cover penetrates hand
1990 119
Jay Sankey Maaatchbox drawer of matchbox is stretched
1990 32
Ken Krenzel The Matchbook Dervish matchbook moves on hand, impromptu
1990 25
Dan Harlan Spread 'Em matchbook with four matches, matches are piled up and then spread still attached to the matchbook
Mar. 1990
The Minotaur (Vol. 2 No. 1)
Dan Harlan Under Covers name of card appears in matchbook, Himber matchbook
Sep. 1990
The Minotaur (Vol. 2 No. 3)
Ben Harris The Creeps matchbox opens by itself, rubber band as secret power
Related toVariations 1990 38
Ben Harris The Strange Little House Upon The Hill card folded to matchbox that opens by itself
Inspired by 1990 43
Mike Bornstein Match and Rematch borrowed marked coin vanishes, bill changes to matchbox, matches vanish and coin and bill are found inside box
1990 24
Docc Hilford Nero's Number roman number is divined, on matchbook
1990 6
Alan Alan Matchplay Matches disappear and reappear in pocket
Variations July 1991
Apocalypse (Vol. 14 No. 7)
John Carney Suicide Match matchbox opens itself and match slides out
1991 128
Michael Weber Inside Matchic signed matchbook turns inside out
Related toAlso published here 1991 9
Michael Weber Moxie monte with match boxes, one is filled, in the end the game is only played with two boxes, matches appear in box which was put away before
Related to 1991 44
Michael Weber Knot the Truth knot in rubberband divines selected matchbook, animation
1991 54
Michael Weber Flame Thrower improvised flash device, flame thrower
1991 92
Michael Weber Undercover Transposition signed bill transpose with paper matches and is stapled to its cover
Also published here 1991 96
Keith Walker The Elusive Penny several coins, penny penetrates lid of matchbox, then travel to second lid
Sep. 1991
The Minotaur (Vol. 3 No. 3)
Russ Burns Matchbook Assembly four matches under four matchbooks assemble underneath one
VariationsAlso published here 1991 9
Dan Garrett Matchbook Assembly Plus four matches under four matchbooks assemble underneath one, last match is lit and burnt match then appears under matchbook
Inspired byAlso published here 1991 11
Ali Bongo Streichholzschachtel-Kümmelblättchen monte with matchboxes and a coin
Also published here 1991 6
James G. Thompson Jr. Streichholzereien longer routine with matchbooks and matches, matchbook appears, match penetrates card, color of head change color, paddle routine, prediction of amount of matches and eventually matches transform into salt
Also published here Dec. 1991
Intermagic (Vol. 16 No. 4 & 5)
David Harkey Under Fire selection ends up stapled into match book
1991 91
David Harkey Two to Tangle rubber band around match box penetrates to around inner drawer, then ends up linked with shell
1991 222
Tomo Maeda Match Transposition match is torn out of matchbook and lit, it transposes with all the unlit matches in the matchbook
1992 37
Kennichi Kuroki Illusion Box two matches are left in matchbook, their positions change...
1992 60
Reinhard Müller Apocalypse Variations Or Additions
Inspired by Mar. 1992
Apocalypse (Vol. 15 No. 3)
Michael Weber Match Cutie Gizmo match put in bottle and covered with a bill and a matchbook, bottle can be lifted and bill removed, bottle clings to matchbook
Related to
  • Al O'Hagan's "Al-Levito"
Sep. 1992
The Minotaur (Vol. 4 No. 3)
Bob Ostin The Lucifer Load dice stacking with match box cover, here only final load of many matches
Also published here Aug. 1992
Profile (Issue 9)
Russ Burns Matchbook Assembly four matches under four matchbooks assemble underneath one
Also published here 1992 9
Dan Garrett Matchbook Assembly Plus four matches under four matchbooks assemble underneath one, last match is lit and burnt match then appears under matchbook
Also published here 1992 11
Helge Thun Matchbox Trilogy three loading methods
Also published here July 1993
Apocalypse (Vol. 16 No. 7)
Tony Madden Color Control prediction of chosen matchbox, different colors
June 1993
Magick (Issue 491)
Richard Bartram, Jr. Match Made in Heaven match stands up in match box, then floats between hands
1993 83
Harry Anderson One In a Million matchboxes are thrown into audience, one contains bill and person finding it is used for experiment
1993 81
Michael Close Bloom On Your Hand matchbook cover stands on edge (I.T.R.), match animation
1994 32
Meir Yedid Mental Match Up 1-0-1 stack, ESP card predicted in envelope, also remaining matches in match book