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Henri Decremps Sur un Vers Latin qu'on Peut Retourner de Plus de Trois Millions de Manieres, on Fait une Opération par laquelle il Semble qu'il Est Possible de Prévoir ou de Contraindre la Pensée d'autrui. "Autre Opération Mystérieuse Sur Deux Cents Mots, Dont les définitions réunies forment un logogryphe très - scientifique." (title continued)
box with latin words, words are arranged and order is divined as well as one word is predicted, with other word with bigger choice is divined with an optical box, multiple out prediction, Van Estin anecdote
La Magie Blanche Dévoilée 104
Albert Sidney One Little Word chosen word found via dictionary directions The Jinx 1-50 (Issue 41) 280
Theodore Annemann Ten Word Telegram psychological gag The Jinx 101-151 (Issue 130) 750
Unknown The Unreversed Word words "choice quality" on Camel cigarette cases held in mirror, one remains readableAlso published here
  • "Ten After Dinner Tricks" (Harlan Tarbell)
After the Dessert 6
R. M. Jamison Ykcowrebbj effect with mirror and the reflection of words The Phoenix 101-150 (Issue 113) 453
Edward Clinkscale, Eugene Taylor Thru the Looking Glass spectator writes something on paper and the paper is rolled into a ball, that ball is pressed into a mirror and removed again, now the writing of the spectator is backwardsRelated to The Phoenix 101-150 (Issue 149) 597
Tom Fitzgerald ABECEDARIAN stunt where alphabet is written alternately forwards and backwards The Phoenix 151-200 (Issue 190) 759
John Howie Eyes Right spectator writes his name on a paper and balls it up, performer divines name but written reversed and when the paper is opened the spectator's name is also reversed with his handwritingRelated to The Phoenix 151-200 (Issue 182) 727
Fred Fletcher Mentalexicon word is divined, with alphabet cards and a range of sixteen words The Phoenix 251 - 300 (Issue 255) 1019
Aage Darling A Thriller different colored cards with several words on it, spectator thinks of a word and puts all cards down, where the word does not appear, performer divines the word by reading from a crime novel, last word is the thought of I'll Read Your Mind 16
Howard A. Adams Gruesome name chosen from list is divinedVariations The New Phoenix 351-400 (Issue 352) 237
Bob Tilford Alphamentally selected letter is found threaded on rope The New Phoenix 351-400 (Issue 359) 264
Ernest Heldman Some Gruesome Comments simplification of Adams routineInspired by The New Phoenix 351-400 (Issue 354) 245
Dr. Stanley Jaks Das Codetelegramm word from text selected with role of dice, use of progressive anagramsAlso published here Dr. Stanley-Jaks und seine Geheimnisse 112
Dr. Jacob Daley, L. Vosburgh Lyons Mirror Mirror paper strip with mirror words (OTTO, WOW, ...), performer writes "TOP" and "BOTTOM" on either end, when held in mirror top and bottom change placesAlso published here The Pallbearers Review Vol. 1-4 (Vol. 2, No. 5) 85
Albert Spackman Miniature Rapping Hand miniature doll hand in box rapping and answering questions, different routine ideas,
- word and card divination and with spirit slates
- stop trick with cards
- whistle put into the box and the hand moves and the whistle blows
- gipsy thread is restored in the box, while hand moves
- in conjunction with "The Thing"
- card turnover
Related to The Art of Close-Up Magic - Volume 2 74
Herb Runge X Equals Five text is folded and visible letters form card Tarbell Course in Magic - Volume 7 84
Glenn G. Gravatt Word Matching letters match to form word Tarbell Course in Magic - Volume 7 176
James G. Thompson Jr. Think-A-Word cards with words, one chosen, performer divines it by rattling off all letters, can get one "no"Related to The Pallbearers Review Vol. 5-8 (Vol. 7, No. 10) 553
J. A. Lindon Shed another Tear paper with text torn and one half destroyed, other half reads as a coherent text, repeated, two examples, see also p. 758 for comment by Sam Dalal The Pallbearers Review Vol. 5-8 (Vol. 8, No. 9) 638
J. A. Lindon A Poem palindromic poems in which the sentences mirror, not the letters
- Doppelgänger
The Pallbearers Review Vol. 5-8 (Vol. 8, No. 9) 639
Stanley Collins Whisper Word two sets of word cards, one word chosen by one and five words by another spectator, performer finds out the word by first spectator, using words that spell differently but sound alike The Pallbearers Review Vol. 5-8 (Vol. 8, No. 6) 613
Unknown Calculator Spelling spelling words with upside down calculatorRelated to The Pallbearers Review Vol. 9-10 (Vol. 9, No. 5) 714
Karl Fulves You're In The Army upside down number to word gag The Pallbearers Review Vol. 9-10 (Vol. 9, No. 8) 749
Martin Gardner Strange Bedfellows upside down number to word gag The Pallbearers Review Vol. 9-10 (Vol. 9, No. 8) 749
Wesley James, Noel Coughlin The James-Coughlin List list of words that can be read as words upside down on a calculator, see also p. 786 The Pallbearers Review Vol. 9-10 (Vol. 9, No. 8) 748
Robert E. Neale, Karl Fulves In the Mirror spectator writes number on mirror, performer on another mirror, numbers transpose in mirror writing, variation with words, see also p. 786 for comment by Reinhard Müller The Pallbearers Review Vol. 9-10 (Vol. 9, No. 4) 712
Phil Wye Blank Faces messages appear on blank cards Pabular (Vol. 2, No. 2) 166
Jack Bridwell Tell-Tale Tea! tea bag is ignited and vanishes, the tea leaves fall on piece of paper, some stick and form the word love The Compleat Magick - Volume II (Issue 141) 701
Phil Wye Half & Half prediction with half word cards, based on a Steward James idea
Pabular (Vol. 3, No. 9) 406
Jim Hooper Your Autograph, Please sentence appears on blank card Pabular (Vol. 3, No. 11) 437
Paul Rylander Word Test! card with words written on, chosen words are divined The Compleat Magick - Volume III (Issue 214) 1067
Philip T. Goldstein Intimate Spirit spirit writing appears on business card, signed on both sides by spectator Pabular (Vol. 5, No. 4) 667
Karrell Fox Straight Curves presentation to reveal a word, first straight lines drawn, then curved lines added to complete word Another Book 155
Karrell Fox Code-Intro way to present name of next performer by highlighting his name on card with many letters Another Book 202
Karrell Fox King "Toots" Tablet scribblings on cardboard visible move to name or selected card Another Book 275
Karl Fulves Hyperspace No. 51, slate under table pressed to table, spectator writes word, it goes through fourth dimension and is now in mirror writingRelated to Self-Working Mental Magic 81
Philip T. Goldstein Kirigami paper with letters, spectator folds and cuts it, then he forms a word with the either face up or face down letters The Violet Book of Mentalism 4
Alex Elmsley Honesty Test Liar's Matrix, spectator selects word column and reads out print color lying on one of them Curioser 31
Unknown Automatic Mirror Writing Related to Color Quik 10
Karl Fulves The Word Machine on letter and word frequencies Origins 23
Karl Fulves Four-Letter Words Origins 24
Karl Fulves Loose Marbles Origins 24
Karl Fulves The Frequent E Origins 24
Karl Fulves Like English words that look like they belong to a language Origins 25
Karl Fulves Crossed Words on probabilistic word divination Origins 28
Karl Fulves Infinite Regress word play Origins 35
Karl Fulves Super Sentences paradox sentencesRelated to Origins 40
Gene Grant Two Heads Better two packets of cards, one with word beginnings and one of word endings, two are chosen and they form a wordInspired by Phantini's Incredible Mental Secrets Volume Two 52
Martin Gardner, Karl Fulves, R. M. Jamison Looking-Glass Logic No. 78, sentences and letters in reflection of a mirror change meaning Self-Working Table Magic 96
Barrie Richardson Alphabet Mentalism with scrabble letters, prediction, coincidence and mindreading Pabular (Vol. 8, No. 2) 1177
Dr. Jacob Daley, David Hoy Doc Daley Subterfuge sit down subterfuge for Tossed Out Deck, here with scrabble letters Pabular (Vol. 8, No. 2) 1178
Steve Beam Upside Down Chinese compass effect with the words "up" and "down", square plaque, several moves, see also p. 51 for additional ideas and remarks by Martin Gardner, Dan Garrett and Sid Lorraine, more ideas on p. 990 by Lee FredRelated toVariations The Trapdoor - Volume One (Issue 1) 1
Steve Beam Name-Calling toy license plates, performer tries to divine spectator's name, holds up wrong plate and puts it in an envelope, name on plate transforms into name of spectator, comedy routine The Trapdoor - Volume One (Issue 2) 17
John Hamilton The Nine Mystery No. 1, "nine" spelled on paper without dot, dot appears, inversion Self-Working Number Magic 1
Unknown Resistible Rithmetic No. 3, spectator writes number with writing surface held away and gets it wrong (18 instead of 81), mirror writing Self-Working Number Magic 3
Robert E. Neale Neale's Number No. 16, binary cards with four word cards Self-Working Number Magic 23
Unknown The Fortune 100 No. 77, bet about the numbers from one to hundred which do not contain eight specific letters Self-Working Number Magic 100
Stanley Collins S.C. Expanded Anagrams word chosen, divined with lexicon deckAlso published here
  • "Nonpareil Book Mystery" (Stanley Collins)
Astrology - The Hidden Force 9
Stewart James Anagram Matrix six cards with word lists of six words, spectator names position and remembers a word on any card, divinedVariationsAlso published here
  • "Anagramatic Facsimile" (Stewart James, Tops, March 1953)
Astrology - The Hidden Force 10
Sam Schwartz Interlocking Anagrams same trick without knowing positionInspired byAlso published here
  • "Word-A-Matic" (Sam Schwartz, 1963, Linking Ring)
Astrology - The Hidden Force 11
Unknown Bamboozled No. 78, percentage bet concerning the letters in spelled-out numbers Self-Working Number Magic 100
Karl Fulves Mirror Writing credit information Worknotes On Brainwave 108
Sam Schwartz The First GREAT SIN "GREATSIN", removing any letter, rest can be arranged into word ("deletion principle"), worked into Astrology book for fishing Astrology - The Hidden Force 34
Karl Fulves The Anagrammer how to present the word after the letters have been called out, using calculator upside down to reveal word from a list of eight wordsRelated to Astrology - The Hidden Force 49
Phillip Young Autograph Hound gag on autograph collecting, additional idea by Dexter Cleveland The Trapdoor - Volume One (Issue 11) 183
Steve Beam Expanded Autograph Hound black card with full of signatures, a magician is named and all autographs are erased except the one from the named magicianRelated to The Trapdoor - Volume One (Issue 11) 184
Dr. Jacob Daley, L. Vosburgh Lyons Mirror, Mirror No. 80, paper strip with mirror words (OTTO, WOW, ...), performer writes "TOP" and "BOTTOM" on either end, when held in mirror top and bottom change placesAlso published here Self-Working Paper Magic 144
Philip T. Goldstein Numper word from list divined, progressive anagram credit informationRelated to Amperthand 12
Philip T. Goldstein Numpersona telephone application with astrological sign revelationInspired by Doth 12
Steve Beam Armchair Painter toy letters on a slate forming a message, some fall down and forming name of selection The Trapdoor - Volume One (Issue 25) 428
Karl Fulves Kcab! Kcab! on songs that may have hidden meaning when played in reverse Interlocutor (Issue 47) 187
Unknown Snow No. 33, looking for anagram of "night snow" on dollar bill Self-Working Coin Magic 43
Karl Fulves Smiley Faces Typecast 105
R. J. Reynolds A Topsy-Turvy Word word on cigarette pack turns upside down Tarbell Course in Magic - Volume 8 59
Alex Elmsley Verbum Veritas Liar's Matrix, spectator selects word column and reads out print color lying on one of them The Collected Works of Alex Elmsley - Volume 2 97
Philip T. Goldstein Pangmaster letter/word tiles used for a coincidence Thabbatical 27
Philip T. Goldstein, Stewart James Shufflegram inspired by Stewart James "Webster Had A Word For It" (Linking Ring)
- First Avenue
- Second Avenue
Thabbatical 38
Philip T. Goldstein Unigram word built with alphabet cards divined Thabbatical 44
Philip T. Goldstein Duplex alphabet cardsInspired by Thabbatical 67
Robert E. Neale (E)VIL(E) four cards with letters e,v,i,l are put down to form different words, one back changes color The Trapdoor - Volume Three (Issue 52) 952
Mel Bennett What Happened To Eve? palindrome comes out on calculator, numbers letters correlationInspired by
  • "Flip Flop Number Prediction" (D. Altman, MUM, Oct. 1983)
Rigmarole (Issue 7) 84
Mel Bennett S.P.A.T. letters associated with numbers, credit informationInspired by
  • Lee Sallows idea in Word Ways, Feb. 1990
Verbatim (Issue 10) 133
Karrell Fox The Applause Sign sign on which the message changes, Tommy Windsor prop, trade show presentation Much Ado About Something 94
Karl Fulves Loaded cards with letters in scale layout, spectator thinks of a letter and says whether it would tip to left or right, binary, gray code, see also p. 26Related to Underworld (Issue 1) 11
Mel Bennett Half Now calculation, then psalm in bible found according to number, prediction from only vertical lines is complete to the wordInspired by
  • "The Count of Monte Carlo" (Stewart James in Print, p. 716)
Underworld (Issue 1) 12
Karl Fulves Loaded credit notesRelated to The Fine Print (Issue 1) 3
Karl Fulves Words Worth ten words on a list read once by spectator, then twenty words on another list given to spectator and he should say how many were on the first list, "memory coin" held in fist The Fine Print (Issue 4) 66
David Devant Reverse Writing "Unsolved Mysteries"
writing on blotting paper is not reversed/mirrored, posed as problem
Also published here
  • Linking Ring, August 1956
The Fine Print (Issue 5) 120
Karl Fulves Fake Memory "Dot Com - Tricks and stunts with numbers"
on false memories, a list of words is read, and later it apparently disappears from the list but was never really there
Related to The Fine Print (Issue 9) 284
John Paulos Mind Bending excerpt from bookRelated toAlso published here
  • A Mathematician Reads the Newspaper (John Paulos)
The Fine Print (Issue 10) 352
Karl Fulves Matrix With Words "Problems"
matrix force with words, composing something like a card or a condition "red kings are reversed", posed as a problem
Latter Day Secrets (Issue 4) 107
Karl Fulves Homing Device 4x4 layout with life themed words, two phase routine in which first phase gives idea that any word is possible Hex Squared 63
Christoph Borer Alcon words written on paper change color, clever switching padAlso published here Anam Cara auf Zirkeltour 2002 7
David Berglas Would You Make a Reliable Witness? routine with Reality/Fantasy ambigram, Lubor Fiedler's Posi-Negative and stroop-effect, people read words and experience them differently then others The Mind & Magic of David Berglas 364
Karl Fulves Wordsmith stack with word cards When Psychics Play Poker 15
Karl Fulves Blocking Function work week cards (monday through friday) shuffled and dealt in groups of five, performer divines which days are duplicated and where in the packet When Psychics Play Poker 49
Karl Fulves Write Stuff mirror writing ideas, actual mirror, exercises, writing different words with both hands simultaneously Latter Day Secrets (Issue 9) 338
Sam Schwartz, Karl Fulves Alphabet Square 5x5 square, numbers are converted to letters to spell out namesInspired by Latter Day Secrets (Issue 10) 409
Christoph Borer Alcon words written on paper change color, clever switching padAlso published here Compilation 14
Christoph Borer Anagramm-Wahl from a piece of newspaper two selected words are mixed up to form a message, anagramRelated toAlso published here Compilation 131
Christoph Borer Abwasserleitung pieces of newspaper are chosen and words selected, letters in selected words reveal card selection Seminarnotitzen 2007 1
Christoph Borer Anagramm-Wahl from a piece of newspaper two selected words are mixed up to form a message, anagramAlso published here Seminarnotitzen 2007 7
Kevin Dunn Haiku Rumba Word divination done with a series of Japanese haikus Word Work II 31
Robert E. Neale Spins and Waves Routine with plastic "rattleback" toy, when spun one way, it will spin backwards after a while. Uses plastic's refractive properties to cause written words to transpose This Is Not a Book 302
Unknown Speaking of Colors colors written on paper in another color, difficulty of reading the colors of writing Prolix (Issue 6) 366
Roberto Giobbi 2nd December on palindromesRelated to Secret Agenda (Issue Dec 2) 358
Roberto Giobbi Anagrams Related to Secret Agenda (Issue Dec 3) 359
Unknown Spirit Writing making writing look like shaky spirit writing Prolix (Issue 9) 569
Christoph Borer Die Verwandlung der Schrift message transformation, thorough study and lots of ideasRelated to Endlose Möglichkeiten 14
Christoph Borer Der Vertrag spectator signs contract, when opened up again content has changed and he gave his soul to the devilRelated to Endlose Möglichkeiten 16
Michael Weber 4 Sided Triangle - Weber Notes variation with a word instead of cardsInspired by The Black Book of Mentalism 15
Max Maven Kirigami paper with letters, spectator folds and cuts it, then he forms a word with the either face up or face down lettersRelated to The Black Book of Mentalism 17
Roberto Giobbi China ambigram "effect" Hidden Agenda (Issue June 4) 160
Roberto Giobbi Wizard on the word "wizard" Hidden Agenda (Issue Aug 21) 241
Roberto Giobbi More Word Curiosities Related to Hidden Agenda (Issue Aug 9) 228
Christoph Borer Der Vertrag content of contract changes, signed by spectatorRelated to 21 49
Christoph Borer Die Anagramm-Wahl from a piece of newspaper two selected words are mixed up to form a message, anagramRelated toAlso published here 21 210