208 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)
Joe Berg The Balancing Dime dime balanced on wire of hanger, hanger spun around finger
1937 14
Breaking A Pencil With A Dollar Bill
1937 20
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
The Phoenix (Issue 84)
Martin Gardner Beery salt spilled in beer rises to top, see also p. 758
Oct. 1949
The Phoenix (Issue 188)
A Table Illusion moth balls in water mysteriously ascent and descent
June 1949 553
Francis J. Rigney Hats Off to This flying hat stunt, using a mirror in front of face
Dec. 1949 609
Victor Farelli "Optical" Magic on afterimage optical illusions, using playing cards
May 1950
Hugard's Magic Monthly (Vol. 7 No. 12)
Joseph H. Fries The Heavenly Helicopter making a helicopter from a card
Aug. 1950 695
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)
Martin Gardner Stick Up bar bet with bent paper clip and paper match, creator unknown
Oct. 1959
Ibidem (Issue 18)
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
Martin Gardner The Bent Playing Card
  • Martin Gardner's Corner
leaning card seems to bend, optical illusion
Oct. 1994
Magic (Vol. 4 No. 2)
Martin Gardner The Waltzing Egg Shell
  • Martin Gardner's Corner
egg shell waltzes around on plate
Nov. 1994
Magic (Vol. 4 No. 3)
Martin Gardner Colored Shadows
  • Martin Gardner's Corner
colors of shadows of red and green light bulbs are reversed
Dec. 1994
Magic (Vol. 4 No. 4)
Karl Fulves Reverso No. 39, numbers, words and designs appear in mirror image through glass of water
1995 56
Martin Gardner Rotating Egg
  • Martin Gardner's Corner
raw vs. boiled egg
Jan. 1995
Magic (Vol. 4 No. 5)
Martin Gardner Curious Feedbacks
  • Martin Gardner's Corner
moving fingers together under a stick, pulling on a rope with two different-sized knots
Feb. 1995
Magic (Vol. 4 No. 6)
Martin Gardner Two Corking Good Challenges
  • Martin Gardner's Corner
two challenges with a cork swimming in glass of water
Mar. 1995
Magic (Vol. 4 No. 7)
Martin Gardner The Candle See-Saw
  • Martin Gardner's Corner
balancing candle that is burning on both sides
Apr. 1995
Magic (Vol. 4 No. 8)
Martin Gardner Headline
  • Martin Gardner's Corner
Bernoulli effect demonstration be blowing on balancing ruler
May 1995
Magic (Vol. 4 No. 9)
Martin Gardner Blacker Than Black
  • Martin Gardner's Corner
white paper appearing blacker than black paper
June 1995
Magic (Vol. 4 No. 10)
Martin Gardner Mysterious Circles
  • Martin Gardner's Corner
card with straight lines is spun and circles are visible
July 1995
Magic (Vol. 4 No. 11)
Martin Gardner The Enchanted Die
  • Martin Gardner's Corner
hollow form optical illusion
Aug. 1995
Magic (Vol. 4 No. 12)
Martin Gardner The Frustrating Papers
  • Martin Gardner's Corner
tearing a piece of paper into three pieces in one go
Related to Oct. 1995
Magic (Vol. 5 No. 2)
Martin Gardner Stabbing an Eggshell
  • Martin Gardner's Corner
piercing a piece of egg shell with a knife
Nov. 1995
Magic (Vol. 5 No. 3)
Martin Gardner Light From The Wrong End
  • Martin Gardner's Corner
bottom end of just-blown-out match light another match
Dec. 1995
Magic (Vol. 5 No. 4)
Martin Gardner Der esoterische Glas-Trick air bubbles in upside down glass filled with water
Intermagic (Vol. 20 No. 2)
Martin Gardner The Mysterious Balloon
  • Martin Gardner's Corner
inflating a balloon inside a bottle
Jan. 1996
Magic (Vol. 5 No. 5)
Martin Gardner A Square That Ain't There
  • Martin Gardner's Corner
optical illusions
Feb. 1996
Magic (Vol. 5 No. 6)
Bob Farmer Thugs & Tugs bet about tearing a piece of paper into three pieces in one go
Related to Mar. 1996
Magic (Vol. 5 No. 7)
Martin Gardner Transporting an Olive
  • Martin Gardner's Corner
moving an olive with a glass upside down around
May 1996
Magic (Vol. 5 No. 9)
Martin Gardner Somersault Shell
  • Martin Gardner's Corner
half an egg shell is put in water, it turns over as it sink, spectator cannot duplicate this
June 1996
Magic (Vol. 5 No. 10)
Martin Gardner An Illusion of Weight
  • Martin Gardner's Corner
haptic weight/gravity illusion with large and small can
July 1996
Magic (Vol. 5 No. 11)
Martin Gardner The Cartesian Matches
  • Martin Gardner's Corner
matches floating up and down in bottle of water
Aug. 1996
Magic (Vol. 5 No. 12)
Martin Gardner Roly-Poly Folder
  • Martin Gardner's Corner
empty and bent match book somersaults on the table
Nov. 1996
Magic (Vol. 6 No. 3)
Martin Gardner Pepper presentation for the stunt in which pepper in water rushes to the edge of the glass, soap
1997 154
Martin Gardner Balancing A Book
  • Martin Gardner's Corner
book balanced on three fingers which move together to always the same spot
Jan. 1997
Magic (Vol. 6 No. 5)
Martin Gardner Magnetized Pencils
  • Martin Gardner's Corner
two pencils held together with force, they seem to cling together then
Feb. 1997
Magic (Vol. 6 No. 6)
Martin Gardner A Mirror Paradox
  • Martin Gardner's Corner
phrase that reflects lengthwise in the mirror but not sideways
Mar. 1997
Magic (Vol. 6 No. 7)
Martin Gardner Which Thread?
  • Martin Gardner's Corner
heavy item hanging on middle of a thread, one pulls at the bottom thread, question about whether the thread breaks above or below the object
Apr. 1997
Magic (Vol. 6 No. 8)
Martin Gardner Sneaky Switches
  • Martin Gardner's Corner
light bulb and switch board
May 1997
Magic (Vol. 6 No. 9)
Randy Wakeman Elastorama pencil seems to be made from rubber, then it is put in a glass tube and both seem to bend, optical illusion
May 1997
Magic (Vol. 6 No. 9)
Martin Gardner The Rising Marble
  • Martin Gardner's Corner
dry rice with marble is shaken and marble rises, also with mix of small and large nails
Sep. 1997
Magic (Vol. 7 No. 1)
Martin Gardner Retinal Retention
  • Martin Gardner's Corner
moving board with slit up and down a page
Oct. 1997
Magic (Vol. 7 No. 2)
Martin Gardner Water Level Riddle
  • Martin Gardner's Corner
small glass swims in water
Nov. 1997
Magic (Vol. 7 No. 3)
Ted Bohmann Gesellschaftsscherze getting smoke out of bottle, two phases
Intermagic (Vol. 22 No. 1)
Martin Gardner The Ball That Rolls Uphill
  • Martin Gardner's Corner
experiment with two pencils and a ping pong ball
Jan. 1998
Magic (Vol. 7 No. 5)
Martin Gardner How Far Apart?
  • Martin Gardner's Corner
puzzle with object between two mirrors
Mar. 1998
Magic (Vol. 7 No. 7)
Martin Gardner The Unreversed Reflection
  • Martin Gardner's Corner
curiosity with reflected image, bent mirror surface
Apr. 1998
Magic (Vol. 7 No. 8)
Martin Gardner Two Stunts With A Bottle
  • Martin Gardner's Corner
trapping air under pressure in a bottle to blow out a candle, and coin on top of (cold) bottle moves
June 1998
Magic (Vol. 7 No. 10)
Martin Gardner Psychic Motor
  • Martin Gardner's Corner
paper balancing on needle spins, heat
Sep. 1998
Magic (Vol. 8 No. 1)
Martin Gardner The Pulfrich Illusion
  • Martin Gardner's Corner
swinging pendulum swing unexpectedly when viewed through 3d glass lens
Oct. 1998
Magic (Vol. 8 No. 2)
Martin Gardner Swinging Cups
  • Martin Gardner's Corner
two hanging and swinging coffee mugs behave unexpectedly with one starting the swinging when the other one stops
Nov. 1998
Magic (Vol. 8 No. 3)
Martin Gardner The Revolving Circle
  • Martin Gardner's Corner
circle on spinning top
Dec. 1998
Magic (Vol. 8 No. 4)
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)
Martin Gardner Dice Catch
  • Martin Gardner's Corner
bet of getting two dice held at side of glass into glass
Jan. 1999
Magic (Vol. 8 No. 5)
Martin Gardner Apparition
  • Martin Gardner's Corner
after-picture after staring at an image
Feb. 1999
Magic (Vol. 8 No. 6)
Martin Gardner Tabletops Illusion
  • Martin Gardner's Corner
classic optical illusion
Mar. 1999
Magic (Vol. 8 No. 7)
Martin Gardner Three Balls High
  • Martin Gardner's Corner
height of cylinder that contains three tennis balls is less than the circumference of one ball
Apr. 1999
Magic (Vol. 8 No. 8)
Martin Gardner Zero Gravity
  • Martin Gardner's Corner
water doesn't run out of holes in a bottle if the bottle falls
May 1999
Magic (Vol. 8 No. 9)
Martin Gardner Climbing Bear
  • Martin Gardner's Corner
paper carton figure climbs up when pulling on string
June 1999
Magic (Vol. 8 No. 10)
Martin Gardner The Jumping Pencil
  • Martin Gardner's Corner
pencil jumps out of plastic bottle with balloon insert
Aug. 1999
Magic (Vol. 8 No. 12)
Martin Gardner Reverse Jack's Profile
  • Martin Gardner's
seeing one-eyed Jacks through glass of water, mirror writing
Sep. 1999
Magic (Vol. 9 No. 1)
Martin Gardner Two Stunts With Eggs
  • Martin Gardner's Corner
black egg is silver under water, egg floats in middle of glass, salt in water
Oct. 1999
Magic (Vol. 9 No. 2)
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)
A Startler For a Careful Housekeeper balancing stunt with knifes and cork
Also published here
  • Mahatma, Vol. 1 No. 4, June 1895
Jan. 2000
Magic (Vol. 9 No. 5)
Martin Gardner Two Rollers and a Yardstick
  • Martin Gardner's Corner
experiment with stick on two tissue rolls
Apr. 2000
Magic (Vol. 9 No. 8)
Martin Gardner Match Penetration
  • Martin Gardner's Corner
match is pinned on safety pin and penetrates other pin side when snapped
May 2000
Magic (Vol. 9 No. 9)
Martin Gardner The Electric Grape
  • Martin Gardner's Corner
flashes from grapes in microwave
May 2001
Magic (Vol. 10 No. 9)
Martin Gardner Shuffled Pages
  • Martin Gardner's Corner
shuffling two books together by their pages, cannot be pulled apart
June 2001
Magic (Vol. 10 No. 10)
Martin Gardner A Pinhole Paradox
  • Martin Gardner's Corner
small hole in paper cover at end of tube, one sees three holes
July 2001
Magic (Vol. 10 No. 11)
Martin Gardner A Slinky Problem
  • Martin Gardner's Corner
dropping an extended slinky toy
Aug. 2001
Magic (Vol. 10 No. 12)
Martin Gardner Broken Symmetry
  • Martin Gardner's Corner
experiment with cards standing upright in a circle and then falling down
Sep. 2001
Magic (Vol. 11 No. 1)
Martin Gardner The Water Knot
  • Martin Gardner's Corner
three water streams can be adhered together
Oct. 2001
Magic (Vol. 11 No. 2)
Martin Gardner The Rotating Face
  • Martin Gardner's Corner
negative mask that follows
Nov. 2001
Magic (Vol. 11 No. 3)
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 Knock Off the Match
  • Martin Gardner's Corner
knocking a match off a coin under a glass, static electricity
Feb. 2002
Magic (Vol. 11 No. 6)
Mac King, Mark Levy Big Ben string to ear to make sound louder
Also published here
  • Tricks With Your Head
Mar. 2002
Magic (Vol. 11 No. 7)
Martin Gardner A Watermark Code
  • Martin Gardner's Corner
wet writing
Apr. 2002
Magic (Vol. 11 No. 8)
Martin Gardner The Magic Jigger
  • Martin Gardner's Corner
shot glass with marble, image underneath cannot be seen until water is filled in
May 2002
Magic (Vol. 11 No. 9)
Martin Gardner Spooky Rotation
  • Martin Gardner's Corner
optical illusion with two circles
Oct. 2002
Magic (Vol. 12 No. 2)
Martin Gardner Mysterious Glass Straw
  • Martin Gardner's Corner
siphon made out of glass straw
Jan. 2003
Magic (Vol. 12 No. 5)
Martin Gardner Water Down
  • Martin Gardner's Corner
water runs along string into glass
Mar. 2003
Magic (Vol. 12 No. 7)
Martin Gardner The Twirled Ring
  • Martin Gardner's Corner
ring spins on a string held at both ends, string pulled tighter
June 2003
Magic (Vol. 12 No. 10)
Martin Gardner Suspended Bottle
  • Martin Gardner's Corner
bottle filled with rice is lifted with stick
Aug. 2003
Magic (Vol. 12 No. 12)
Martin Gardner Bronx Cheer Syndrome
  • Martin Gardner's Corner
sound distorts picture on old television
Oct. 2003
Magic (Vol. 13 No. 2)
Martin Gardner Unbroken Tissue
  • Martin Gardner's Corner
paper tube sealed with tissue paper and filled with rice, paper cannot be broken by pressing on rice on other side
Nov. 2003
Magic (Vol. 13 No. 3)
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
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Dec. 2018
Genii (Vol. 81 No. 12)
Augustin Charpentier The Three Deck Illusion stack of three card cases, haptic weight/gravity illusion
2020 206
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
The Belt Balancing Illusion belt balances on pointed stand at table edge in seemingly impossible way
May 2023
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