130 entries in Scientific Amusement
Creators Title Comments & References Year Source Page AA Categories
Henri Decremps Premiere apparence de Mouvement Perpétuel. on a perpetual motion machine, compass needle moves constantly
1785 143
Henri Decremps Autre apparence de Mouvement Perpétuel. other perpetual motion machine, made from wood
1785 147
Henri Decremps Machine hydraulique exprimant la circulation du fang dans les veines & les arteres. hydraulic machine to simulate the circulation of the blood in the arteries, variations
1785 173
Henri Decremps Expériences nouvelles, & divers Tours d'équilibre. balancing different objects apparently impossible equilibrium
1785 268
Fontaine de circulation, paradoxe et disgression Liquide experience
1786 43
H. Röhl Perpetuum-mobile apparent perpetuum mobile construction
July 1895
Die Zauberwelt (Vol. 1 No. 7)
Die gehorsamen Streichhölzer matches in water with heads toward center, the move out in star formation
Nov. 1896
Die Zauberwelt (Vol. 2 No. 11)
Der optische Farbkreisel optical illusion with half colored spinner
Dec. 1896
Die Zauberwelt (Vol. 2 No. 12)
Antonio Molini Das furchtsame Streichhölzchen rubber-banded match shoots out when ignited
June 1897
Die Zauberwelt (Vol. 3 No. 6)
Antonio Molini Der kleine Springinsfeld paper figure on cork on card on top of full glass, suddenly jumps up
July 1898
Die Zauberwelt (Vol. 4 No. 7)
Das geheimnisvolle Papierfähnchen No. 12, piece of paper with grain and apple moves by itself, experiment
1900 162
Der elektrisierte Spazierstock moving a cane with a paper that has been rubbed and loaded with electricity
Related to Nov. 1900
Die Zauberwelt (Vol. 6 No. 11)
Zum Elektrisierten Spazierstock clarifying illustration for the effect
Related to Feb. 1901
Die Zauberwelt (Vol. 7 No. 2)
Der zerschlagene Stock wooden stick held by two paper rings, stick broken with a hit but paper remains intact
Apr. 1901
Die Zauberwelt (Vol. 7 No. 4)
Die frei an der Wand hängende Münze coin sticks to wall, no preparation
Aug. 1901
Die Zauberwelt (Vol. 7 No. 8)
Ein Ei je nach Wunsch auf der Oberfläche des Wassers schwimmen oder in dasselbe niedersinken zu lassen egg floats on water surface or sinks down as spectators wish
Sep. 1901
Die Zauberwelt (Vol. 7 No. 9)
Das Balancieren eines Eies balancing an egg on its tip, two methods
Sep. 1901
Die Zauberwelt (Vol. 7 No. 9)
Das rotierende Ei rotating an egg on a plate
Sep. 1901
Die Zauberwelt (Vol. 7 No. 9)
Antonio Molini Ein Zündholz mit einem Tropfen Wasser anzuzünden "lighting a match with a drop of water"
Oct. 1901
Die Zauberwelt (Vol. 7 No. 10)
Die rastlose Weintraube grape floating up and down in champagne
Oct. 1901
Die Zauberwelt (Vol. 7 No. 10)
A Bottle Cannon and Seidlitz Powder non-magical science experiment
1902 290
Shark in the Fish-pond non-magical science experiment
1902 291
A Dodge with a Sixpence non-magical science experiment
1902 293
Experiment with Corks non-magical science experiment
1902 293
Pins into a Small Glass already Full of Water non-magical science experiment
1902 294
Magnetised Paper non-magical science experiment
1902 294
A Simple Coin Trick coin in broken match into bottle, non-magical science experiment
1902 295
To Pick a Floating Indiarubber Ball up from a Basin of Water with the Mouth non-magical science experiment
1902 295
The Home-Made Cinematograph non-magical science experiment
1902 296
An Egg and Bottle Trick non-magical science experiment
Also published here 1902 297
Perpetual Motion non-magical science experiment
1902 299
Atmospheric Pressure liquid remains in glass swung around, non-magical science experiment
1902 301
A New Umbrella Stand non-magical science experiment
1902 303
Electricity on the Spot non-magical science experiment
1902 304
Cardboard Figures Blow Out and Light a Candle non-magical science experiment
1902 306
Superior to the Spirit Level non-magical science experiment
1902 307
Objects Suspended Without any Support vacuum, non-magical science experiment
1902 307
The Burnt Thread non-magical science experiment
1902 310
To Bore a Hole Through a Coin with a Needle non-magical science experiment
1902 311
How Water Deceives non-magical science experiment
1902 312
A Novel Way to Slice a Pear non-magical science experiment
1902 312
Magnetised Marionettes non-magical science experiment
1902 314
To Empty a Glassful of Water with a Bottle also Full of Water non-magical science experiment
1902 315
To Bore a Hole through a Pin with a Needle non-magical science experiment
1902 315
Egg Spinning non-magical science experiment
Also published here 1902 316
To Suspend a Glass Full of Water non-magical science experiment
1902 317
The Travelling Egg non-magical science experiment
1902 318
Alphonse Wunnenburger Eine elektrische Spielerei paper sticks to hand
Mar. 1902
Die Zauberwelt (Vol. 8 No. 3)
Carl Willmann Der Radiograph "Ein amerikanisches Wunder", Gee-haw whammy diddle (Hui-Maschine), toy
Sep. 1903
Die Zauberwelt (Vol. 9 No. 9)
Joey Hoppensack poses a problem and its answer... string melts into ice cube, physics
The Jinx (Issue 138)
Martin Gardner Japanese Paper Bird bird fold that flaps its wings, application with flash paper and coin appearing from bird or traveling in bird
Inspired by
  • "Houdini's Paper Magic" (p. 117)
Related to
  • "Scientific Recreations" (Tissandier, 1881, French work)
1941 11
Eddie Joseph A Dose for the Smart Guy glass of water under newspaper, paper whipped away, as sucker trick, coins balanced on glass
1942 40
Eddie Joseph The Kick coin stack on table, coin rolls towards it and knocks out selected coin
Related to 1942 48
Eddie Joseph Perfect Timing two coins on table edge, pushed off table towards floor, one straight down one sharply forward, they hit floor together
1942 85
Eddie Joseph Good Shootin' coin stack on table, coin rolls towards it and knocks out selected coins
Related to 1942 105
M. T. Coogan A Drop in the Bottle with a bottle, a cigarette and a paper loop
Also published here May 1945 343
Martin Gardner Beery salt spilled in beer rises to top, see also p. 758
Oct. 1949 754
Ormond McGill The Pendulum: In Performance
  • constructing the pendulum
  • operating the pendulum
  • powers of the pendulum
  • individuality in working with the pendulum
  • experimental evidence with the pendulum
  • and as to miracle
1951 24
Zum Dessert special way to cut a lemon, peel is linked
Hokus Pokus (Vol. 14 No. 3)
C. James McLemore Stop-Go two balls are tied to two strings and hanging down, they swing back and forth on command
Variations 1954/27 32
Carl "J. N. Teroga" Schnetzer Der magische Propeller Hui-Maschine, propeller on stick turns and changes direction
Hokus Pokus (Vol. 19 No. 1)
Max Malini The Inertia Trick glasses covered with a tray, on the tray are tubes with eggs, tray is knocked away and eggs fall into glass
Also published here 1962 40
Whisky-Water Transposition glass with whisky is placed inverted on glass with water, liquids transpose, physics, see p. 94 for more information
1962 48
Hans Herrmann Kleinzauberei zum Hausgebrauch
  • Wolken über leeren Tassen (clouds appear in cups)
  • Papier auf eine brennende Kerze zu halten, ohne es zu verbrennen (paper does not burn when held over flame)
Related to 1962
Hokus Pokus (Vol. 23 No. 6)
Hans Herrmann Kleinzauberei zum Hausgebrauch
  • Ein Ei auf die Spitze stellen (make an egg stand upright)
  • Ein Ring aus einem Teller mit Wasser nehmen, ohne sich die finger nass zu machen (removing ring from water, without the fingers getting wet)
  • Einen Apfel in vier Teile schneiden, ohne die Schachtel zu beschädigen (cutting apple, sewing method)
  • Ein Geldstück unter einem Hut hervorbringen, ohne den Hut zu berühren (removing a coin from under a hat, without touching the hat)
Related to 1963
Hokus Pokus (Vol. 24 No. 1)
Eddie Joseph Indian Rice Stabbing Illusion first one cup of rice fills six cups, then glass jar of rice clings to stick or knife
Related to 1969 225
Astus Les Boules Capricieuses white balls rise and sink in liquid, chemical experiment
Hokus Pokus (Vol. 30 No. 4)
Stewart James, Gene Gray A Match for Gravity watch and match tied to thread, over stick, see p. 337 for reference
Apr. 1970 330
Patrick Page The Revolving Snake
  • How to Make a Fascinating Novelty
Paper snake on wire is put on lamp and starts to spin as long as the lamp is alight
1974 9
Patrick Page An Impromptu Propellor little tray formed from cigarette paper, spins on finger,
1974 12
Patrick Page The Balancing Note on the nose and on the finger
1974 14
Patrick Page Ping-Pong on the Nose balancing a paper tube on the nose and throwing balls into it
1974 15
Picture Gallery paper can be folded so it shows different pictures
1974 41
Moving Pictures how to make a flick book
1974 62
How to Make a Parachute
1974 56
There She Blows coin spins on glass, stunt
1974 23
Jochen Zmeck Der J. Z. Kartenbalken stick of wood with card suits and values, finger are moved together and where they meet the suit and then value are found to match a previous selection
Inspired by
  • version in Magie and "Das große Buch der Magie"
1974 20
Karl Fulves Zero Gee Lunaball (scientific toy), light metal sphere with magnetic outer surface, close-up levitation
Related to Jan. 1975 841
Joseph Dunninger Trick Sugar sugar cube thrown in bowl of water, it first sinks but then rises back to surface, chemical
Mar. 1975 869
Newman the Hypnotist Telekinesis construction spins under glass cylinder, physics
Also published here
  • "Telekinesis" (Sphinx, April 1923, Vol. 22 No. 2)
1975 53
Karl Fulves, Martin Gardner Psychic Motors "Curiosities"
piece of paper spins on the tip of a needle
  • Martin Gardner's Method (Scientific American, April 1975)
  • Streamlined Psychic
  • Stop/Reverse
The Chronicles (Issue 11)
Karl Fulves Solid Liquid "Curiosities"
seesaw set-up with two filled glasses, ruler and pencil, it swings when water is pushed and thus water is apparently solid, physics
Inspired by
  • Martin Gardner's "Science Puzzlers"
The Chronicles (Issue 12)
Karl Fulves Einstein Centennial thoughts on various ideas in physics
  • Bang Bang
  • 90% Paradox (Sturgeon's Law)
  • Time Out
Interlocutor (Issue 29)
Karl Fulves Time Turned Backwards physics musings
Interlocutor (Issue 38)
Crash - Diving Submarine raisins in club soda rise up and down, physics
1979 38
The Twirling Cigarette Paper spins on tip of finger, physics
1979 38
The Deceptive Hairpin one or two ends of wire pin put on spectator's arm, he doesn't know if one or two pins without looking, physics
1979 39
The Ghost and the Arrow arrow reverses when viewed through glass of water, physics
1979 40
Fire Power No. 24, compass needle moves, iron in staple in matchbook influences needle
1979 36
M. T. Coogan Der Sturz in die Flasche with a bottle, a cigarette and a paper loop
Also published here June 1981
Intermagic (Vol. 8 No. 2)
Larry White Ein Stroh-Voller Trick liquid in straw apparently flows upwards
Also published here
  • Genii, Feb. 1978
Jan. 1983
Intermagic (Vol. 9 No. 4)
Barrie Richardson Blowout filled glass jar of rice clings to knife
Also published here Nov. 1986
Magick (Issue 380)
Gläser seventeen impromptu magic items and gags with a glass
Dec. 1986
Intermagic (Vol. 12 No. 3 & 4)
Reflexes No. 26, bill dropped through fingers, cannot be caught
1989 38
Metal bending No. 27, coin apparently soft and bent back and forth
1989 39
Martin Gardner Rattle Rock Spoon making rattle rock from bowl of plastic spoon, reverses direction when spun on table
Cheat Sheet (Issue 7)
Karl Fulves Theory Only bet with polarizing light filters
Also published here
  • "The Dancing Wu Li Masters" (G. Zukav, 1979)
Cheat Sheet (Issue 7)
Martin Gardner Blow Up marshmallow grows to twice the size in vacuum and then instantly collapses again
Rigmarole (Issue 1)
Joseph K. Schmidt Star Burst "four psychic tricks" No. 3
broken toothpicks rearrange themselves into star configuration under paper cover, water makes them unbend, quirting lighter
Rigmarole (Issue 3)
Martin Gardner Rising Marble marble rises to the top in rice-filled glass
Also published here
  • "Physics Teacher" (Sept. 1994)
Rigmarole (Issue 10)
David Zver Crystal Dust breaking of a Rubert's Pearl / Devil's Teardrop in open hands
Syzygy (Vol. 1 No. 6)
The Psychic Pulse strange animation of two toothpicks in the hand
1994 159
Karl Fulves Reverso No. 39, numbers, words and designs appear in mirror image through glass of water
1995 56
Martin Gardner Der esoterische Glas-Trick air bubbles in upside down glass filled with water
Intermagic (Vol. 20 No. 2)
Martin Gardner Pepper presentation for the stunt in which pepper in water rushes to the edge of the glass, soap
1997 154
Ted Bohmann Gesellschaftsscherze getting smoke out of bottle, two phases
Intermagic (Vol. 22 No. 1)
Karl Fulves Cold Cash spectator should guess which coin is heavier with closed eyes, they are the same but colder coin seems heavier
Discoverie (Issue 1)
Gary Rand Quicksand small ball sinks into paper cup filled with rice, then rises up again when shaken, thread
Discoverie (Issue 3)
Karl Fulves X-Eyes distorted writing on paper or two index fingers becomes a prediction or revelation when put near the eyes and eyes are thrown out of focus
Discoverie (Issue 4)
Mac King, Mark Levy Too Gross, Too Hard, Too Lame, Too Strong What Mac King and Mark Levy left out of their new book "Tricks With Your Head"
  • Locked Room Mystery
  • The Whisker
  • Let's Play Submarine!
  • Gay Spray
  • Fire and Naked Chicks
Apr. 2002
Genii (Vol. 65 No. 4)
Egg Balanced on the Rim of a Bottle non-magical science experiment
Also published here 2002 97
Spinning an Egg on a Plate non-magical science experiment
Also published here 2002 98
Eggs, Spool, and Glasses - First Method eggs balanced on tubes on tray on top of glasses, tray whipped away
Also published here
  • Howard Thurston, 400 Tricks You Can Do, p. 104
2002 99
John Weiss Eggs, Spool, and Glasses - Second Method eggs balanced on tubes on tray on top of glasses, tray whipped away
Also published here
  • "Eggs, Tray and Glasses" (The Linking Ring, Vol. 34 No. 11, Jan. 1955, p. 73)
2002 99
Eggs, Spool, and Glasses - Third Method eggs balanced on tubes on tray on top of glasses, tray whipped away, two layers
Also published here
  • Jean Hugard, Hugard's Annual of Magic 1937, p. 75
2002 101
Hubert Lambert Meet the Odd Ovum egg sucked into bottle
Also published here
  • The Gen, Vol. 15 No. 11, Mar. I960, p. 270
2002 249
The Crush-proof Egg egg cannot be crushed between hands
Also published here
  • Martin Gardner in Hugard's Magic Monthly, Vol. X No. 3, Aug. 1952, p. 975
2002 254
Martin Gardner Coin That Floats Japanese 1-yen coin floats on water, then sinks on command
  • KF note (Karl Fulves)
Discoverie (Issue 9)
Karl Fulves Crushed filling plastic bottle with hot water, emptying it and capping it, it deforms, variation with special brand
2005 398
Barrie Richardson Letting Go! presentation for James's effect, mug tied on a string is dropped, but the string loops around a pencil just before object fall on floor
Inspired by 2005 175
Barrie Richardson The Astonishing Rice Jar Suspension filled glass jar of rice clings to knife
Also published here 2005 196
Michael Powers Science Friction straw balanced on saltshaker, straw moves and is animated, static electricity
Related to 2006 229
Stewart James A Match for Gravity Bar bet, looping pendulum, heavy expensive object tied on a string is dropped, but the string loops around a pencil just before object fall on floor
Related toVariationsAlso published here
  • Linking Ring, Sep 1926
2007 5
Dave's Proposition vacuum bar bet, sucking water into glass with burning match
2007 105
Robert E. Neale See it Slant optical illusion with slant tower of Pisa on two cards
  • Handling on the Table
  • Handling in the Air
Feb. 2011
Genii (Vol. 74 No. 2)
Jim Steinmeyer A Hole in Your Head
  • Conjuring
hole in hand optical illusion with tube, then ribbon penetrates hand visually
Inspired by
  • "The Penetrating Ribbon" (Gordon Howatt, The Restless Spook, 1940s)
Dec. 2014
Genii (Vol. 77 No. 12)
Emil Jarrow Match under Glass Bet paper match balances on a coin on edge under a glass, bet about removing the match, comb with static electricity
Also published here
  • The Sphinx, Vol. 50 No. 5, Sep. 1951
Mar. 2016
Genii (Vol. 79 No. 3)
Allan Zola Kronzek Creepy Crawly crumpled straw wrapper moves
Also published here
  • "Grandpa Magic"
Dec. 2018
Genii (Vol. 81 No. 12)
Max Malini Whisky-Water Transposition shot glasses with water and whiskey are opening-to-opening with a playing card in between, liquids transpose
2022 221
Max Malini The Eggs in Glasses glasses covered with a tray, on the tray are tubes with eggs, tray is knocked away and eggs fall into glass
Also published here 2022 406