142 entries in Words & Letters / Miscellaneous
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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
1784 La Magie Blanche Dévoilée 104
Carl L. Curiel Die mysteriöse Geisterhand "Home" puppet hand writes named words by itself
Related to July 1896 Der Zauberspiegel (Vol. 1 No. 11) 173
Unknown Der Postkarten-Lese-Schlüssel mask to lay over postcard, words in cut-out holes make up a secret message
Sep. 1898 Die Zauberwelt (Vol. 4 No. 9) 142
Unknown Abracadabra letter pyramid with the word "abracadabra"
Related to Aug. 1900 Die Zauberwelt (Vol. 6 No. 8) 127
Unknown Aus und mit dem Leserkreise "by Dr. H. S.", comments on the letter triangles
Related to Oct. 1900 Die Zauberwelt (Vol. 6 No. 10) 160
Albert Sidney One Little Word chosen word found via dictionary directions
1938 The Jinx 1-50 (Issue 41) 280
Theodore Annemann Ten Word Telegram psychological gag
1941 The Jinx 101-151 (Issue 130) 750
Unknown The Unreversed Word words "choice quality" on Camel cigarette cases held in mirror, one remains readable
Also published here
  • "Ten After Dinner Tricks" (Harlan Tarbell)
1941 After the Dessert 6
R. M. Jamison Ykcowrebbj effect with mirror and the reflection of words
1946 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 backwards
Related to 1948 The Phoenix 101-150 (Issue 149) 597
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 handwriting
Related to 1949 The Phoenix 151-200 (Issue 182) 727
Tom Fitzgerald ABECEDARIAN stunt where alphabet is written alternately forwards and backwards
1949 The Phoenix 151-200 (Issue 190) 759
Unknown Swizzle Stick Gags reading sentences through swizzle stick fro different meaning, gag
1949 Over the Coffee Cups 29
Fred Fletcher Mentalexicon word is divined, with alphabet cards and a range of sixteen words
1952 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
1953 I'll Read Your Mind 16
Howard A. Adams Gruesome name chosen from list is divined
Variations 1960 The New Phoenix 351-400 (Issue 352) 237
Ernest Heldman Some Gruesome Comments simplification of Adams routine
Inspired by 1961 The New Phoenix 351-400 (Issue 354) 245
Bob Tilford Alphamentally selected letter is found threaded on rope
1961 The New Phoenix 351-400 (Issue 359) 264
Dr. Stanley Jaks Das Codetelegramm word from text selected with role of dice, use of progressive anagrams
Also published here 1961 Dr. Stanley-Jaks und seine Geheimnisse 112
Allessandro Magic Christmas Letters letters placed in a bag form Merry Christmas
1964 Ireland's Yearbooks (Issue Yearbook 1963-64) 39
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 places
Also published here Mar. 1967 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 1969 The Art of Close-Up Magic — Volume 2 74
Herb Runge X Equals Five text is folded and visible letters form card
1972 Tarbell Course in Magic — Volume 7 84
Glenn G. Gravatt Word Matching letters match to form word
1972 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 Aug. 1972 The Pallbearers Review Vol. 5-8 (Vol. 7 No. 10) 553
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
Apr. 1973 The Pallbearers Review Vol. 5-8 (Vol. 8 No. 6) 613
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
July 1973 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
July 1973 The Pallbearers Review Vol. 5-8 (Vol. 8 No. 9) 639
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
Feb. 1974 The Pallbearers Review Vol. 9-10 (Vol. 9 No. 4) 712
Unknown Calculator Spelling spelling words with upside down calculator
Related to Mar. 1974 The Pallbearers Review Vol. 9-10 (Vol. 9 No. 5) 714
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
June 1974 The Pallbearers Review Vol. 9-10 (Vol. 9 No. 8) 748
Phil Wye Blank Faces messages appear on blank cards
1975 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
1975 The Compleat Magick — Volume II (Issue 141) 701
Phil Wye Half & Half prediction with half word cards, based on a Steward James idea

1977 Pabular (Vol. 3 No. 9) 406
Jim Hooper Your Autograph, Please sentence appears on blank card
1977 Pabular (Vol. 3 No. 11) 437
Sid Lorraine Words, Words, Words word STARLING on slate, one letter erased at a time to form a new word, gag patter
Inspired by
  • Rupert Slater item, The Magic Wand
1977 The Magic Book 150
Paul Rylander Word Test! card with words written on, chosen words are divined
1978 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
1979 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
1979 Another Book 155
Karrell Fox Code-Intro way to present name of next performer by highlighting his name on card with many letters
1979 Another Book 202
Karrell Fox King "Toots" Tablet scribblings on cardboard visible move to name or selected card
1979 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 writing
Related to 1979 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
1980 The Violet Book of Mentalism 4
Unknown Automatic Mirror Writing
Related to 1980 Color Quik 10
Alex Elmsley Honesty Test Liar's Matrix, spectator selects word column and reads out print color lying on one of them
1980 Curioser 31
Howard A. Adams Wordwave eleven cards with a letter and a written on them, chosen word is divined by performing, reversing the correct letters behind his back
1980 OICUFESP (Issue 5 - the SON of esp card & mental miracles) 5
Howard A. Adams Alpha 3 ten words written on cards, three are selected and divined by performing, removing the correct ABC cards to spell the words, anagram words
1980 OICUFESP (Issue 6 - the GHOST of esp card & mental miracles) 4
Karl Fulves The Word Machine on letter and word frequencies
1981 Origins 23
Karl Fulves Four-Letter Words
1981 Origins 24
Karl Fulves Loose Marbles
1981 Origins 24
Karl Fulves The Frequent E
1981 Origins 24
Karl Fulves Like English words that look like they belong to a language
1981 Origins 25
Karl Fulves Crossed Words on probabilistic word divination
1981 Origins 28
Karl Fulves Infinite Regress word play
1981 Origins 35
Karl Fulves Super Sentences paradox sentences
Related to 1981 Origins 40
Gene "Phantini" Grant Two Heads Better two packets of cards, one with word beginnings and one of word endings, two are chosen and they form a word
Inspired by 1981 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
1981 Self-Working Table Magic 96
Cicardi Eyes of Isis cards with words, several are selected and divined by performer
1981 The Compleat Magick — Volume III (Issue 289) 1441
Howard A. Adams Matheight Triple Threat divination of mentally selected card, word written of face of a card and name of concealed card, using eight playing cards
1981 OICUFESP (Issue 7 - Matheight Miracles) 7
Howard A. Adams Words of Wonda divination of chosen word, list of words and ABC cards in envelopes
1981 OICUFESP (Issue 8 - 21 Cidentaquin Variations) 15
Barrie Richardson Alphabet Mentalism with scrabble letters, prediction, coincidence and mindreading
Also published here 1983 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
1983 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 Fred
Related toVariations 1983 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
1983 The Trapdoor — Volume One (Issue 2) 17
Stanley Collins S.C. Expanded Anagrams word chosen, divined with lexicon deck
Also published here
  • "Nonpareil Book Mystery" (Stanley Collins)
1983 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, divined
VariationsAlso published here
  • "Anagramatic Facsimile" (Stewart James, Tops, March 1953)
1983 Astrology — The Hidden Force 10
Sam Schwartz Interlocking Anagrams same trick without knowing position
Inspired byAlso published here
  • "Word-A-Matic" (Sam Schwartz, 1963, Linking Ring)
1983 Astrology — The Hidden Force 11
Sam Schwartz The First GREAT SIN "GREATSIN", removing any letter, rest can be arranged into word ("deletion principle"), worked into Astrology book for fishing
1983 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 words
Related to 1983 Astrology — The Hidden Force 49
John Hamilton The Nine Mystery No. 1, "nine" spelled on paper without dot, dot appears, inversion
1983 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
1983 Self-Working Number Magic 3
Robert E. Neale Neale's Number No. 16, binary cards with four word cards
1983 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
1983 Self-Working Number Magic 100
Unknown Bamboozled No. 78, percentage bet concerning the letters in spelled-out numbers
1983 Self-Working Number Magic 100
Karl Fulves Mirror Writing credit information
1983 Worknotes On Brainwave 108
Phillip Young Autograph Hound gag on autograph collecting, additional idea by Dexter Cleveland
1985 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 magician
Related to 1985 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 places
Also published here 1985 Self-Working Paper Magic 144
Karl Fulves Anagrams with words on dollar bills
1985 S-C — Contemporary Money Magic (Issue 2) 33
Karl Fulves Crypto Coins "Penny Papers", letters in an equation stand for letters or coins
1985 S-C — Contemporary Money Magic (Issue 4) 70
Karl Fulves Snow "Penny Papers", puzzle question about phrase on a bill, anagram
1985 S-C — Contemporary Money Magic (Issue 6) 104
Philip T. Goldstein Numper word from list divined, progressive anagram credit information
Related to 1986 Amperthand 12
Philip T. Goldstein Numpersona telephone application with astrological sign revelation
Inspired by 1987 Doth 12
Steve Beam Armchair Painter toy letters on a slate forming a message, some fall down and forming name of selection
1988 The Trapdoor — Volume One (Issue 25) 428
Karl Fulves Kcab! Kcab! on songs that may have hidden meaning when played in reverse
1988 Interlocutor (Issue 47) 187
Unknown Snow No. 33, looking for anagram of "night snow" on dollar bill
1989 Self-Working Coin Magic 43
Karl Fulves Smiley Faces
1992 Typecast 105
R. J. Reynolds A Topsy-Turvy Word word on cigarette pack turns upside down
1993 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
1994 The Collected Works of Alex Elmsley — Volume 2 97
Philip T. Goldstein Pangmaster letter/word tiles used for a coincidence
1994 Thabbatical 27
Philip T. Goldstein, Stewart James Shufflegram inspired by Stewart James "Webster Had A Word For It" (Linking Ring)
  • First Avenue
  • Second Avenue
1994 Thabbatical 38
Philip T. Goldstein Unigram word built with alphabet cards divined
1994 Thabbatical 44
Philip T. Goldstein Duplex alphabet cards
Inspired by 1994 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
1994 The Trapdoor — Volume Three (Issue 52) 952
Mel Bennett What Happened To Eve? palindrome comes out on calculator, numbers letters correlation
Inspired by
  • "Flip Flop Number Prediction" (D. Altman, MUM, Oct. 1983)
1994 Rigmarole (Issue 7) 84
Mel Bennett S.P.A.T. letters associated with numbers, credit information
Inspired by
  • Lee Sallows idea in Word Ways, Feb. 1990
1994 Verbatim (Issue 10) 133
Karrell Fox The Applause Sign sign on which the message changes, Tommy Windsor prop, trade show presentation
1995 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. 26
Related to 1995 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 word
Inspired by
  • "The Count of Monte Carlo" (Stewart James in Print, p. 716)
1995 Underworld (Issue 1) 12
Karl Fulves Loaded credit notes
Related to 1995 The Fine Print (Issue 1) 3
Karl Fulves Red Magic No. 34, some words are reversed in mirror and some not
1995 Easy Magic 48
Karl Fulves Reverso No. 39, numbers, words and designs appear in mirror image through glass of water
1995 Easy Magic 56
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
1996 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
1997 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 1998 The Fine Print (Issue 9) 284
John Paulos Mind Bending excerpt from book
Related toAlso published here
  • A Mathematician Reads the Newspaper (John Paulos)
1999 The Fine Print (Issue 10) 352
Barrie Richardson Alphabet Mentalism scrabble pieces in clear change bag, Trick that Fooled Einstein, followed by letter divination (tossed-out deck principle)
Also published here 1999 Theater of the Mind 126
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
2000 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
2001 Hex Squared 63
Christoph Borer Alcon words written on paper change color, clever switching pad
Also published here 2002 Anam Cara auf Zirkeltour 2002 7
Marty Kane The Anna Graham Scam with letters on the back to form words
Related to
  • Marty Kane's "Anna Graham's Magic Spells" in "Precursor" #76.
2002 Semi-Automatic Card Tricks — Volume 4 83
Jon Allen Changing Faces (Oralgami) paper with text is folded several times and unfolded again, text is longer than paper has surfaces
2003 Jon Allen's Lecture — The Director's Cut — The Sequel 15
Karl Fulves Wordsmith stack with word cards
2004 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
2004 When Psychics Play Poker 49
Karl Fulves Write Stuff mirror writing ideas, actual mirror, exercises, writing different words with both hands simultaneously
2004 Latter Day Secrets (Issue 9) 338
Ron Frost Sticky Words Word divination, words on a paddle keeps changing
2004 After The Force 140
Sam Schwartz, Karl Fulves Alphabet Square 5x5 square, numbers are converted to letters to spell out names
Inspired by 2005 Latter Day Secrets (Issue 10) 409
Christoph Borer Alcon words written on paper change color, clever switching pad
Also published here 2006 Compilation 14
Christoph Borer Anagramm-Wahl from a piece of newspaper two selected words are mixed up to form a message, anagram
Related toAlso published here 2006 Compilation 131
Mick Ayres Subliminal Message words on white board are erased, some letters remain and form name of selection
Inspired byRelated to 2006 Semi-Automatic Card Tricks — Volume 6 17
Mick Ayres Cue-Cards words on whiteboard are erased, some letters remain and form other message, humorous routine
Inspired by 2006 Semi-Automatic Card Tricks — Volume 6 18
Christoph Borer Abwasserleitung pieces of newspaper are chosen and words selected, letters in selected words reveal card selection
2007 Seminarnotitzen 2007 1
Christoph Borer Anagramm-Wahl from a piece of newspaper two selected words are mixed up to form a message, anagram
Also published here 2007 Seminarnotitzen 2007 7
Stewart James The Purloined Letters A poem that predicts a selected card, has three different outs to predict three different cards
Also published here
  • Marketed by SJ, 1948
2007 The Essential Stewart James 102
Kevin Dunn Haiku Rumba Word divination done with a series of Japanese haikus
2008 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
2008 This Is Not a Book 302
Unknown Speaking of Colors colors written on paper in another color, difficulty of reading the colors of writing
2009 Prolix (Issue 6) 366
Trevor Lewis Guilty / Not Guilty cards with faces on one side and letters on the other, one is selected and found, word guilty is spelt, murder theme
2009 Routines Matter 85
Roberto Giobbi 2nd December on palindromes
Related to 2010 Secret Agenda (Issue Dec 2) 358
Roberto Giobbi Anagrams
Related to 2010 Secret Agenda (Issue Dec 3) 359
Unknown Spirit Writing making writing look like shaky spirit writing
2011 Prolix (Issue 9) 569
Christoph Borer Die Verwandlung der Schrift message transformation, thorough study and lots of ideas
Related to 2012 Endlose Möglichkeiten 14
Christoph Borer Der Vertrag spectator signs contract, when opened up again content has changed and he gave his soul to the devil
Related to 2012 Endlose Möglichkeiten 16
Tomas Blomberg Mxyzptlk word "mirror" written on back of card, another chosen word on another card, both words change to mirror writing
Inspired by 2014 Blomberg Laboratories 222
Michael Weber 4 Sided Triangle - Weber Notes variation with a word instead of cards
Inspired by 2015 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 letters
Related to 2015 The Black Book of Mentalism 17
Roberto Giobbi More Word Curiosities
Related to 2016 Hidden Agenda (Issue Aug 9) 228
Roberto Giobbi Wizard on the word "wizard"
2016 Hidden Agenda (Issue Aug 21) 241
Christoph Borer Der Vertrag content of contract changes, signed by spectator
Related to 2016 21 49
Christoph Borer Die Anagramm-Wahl from a piece of newspaper two selected words are mixed up to form a message, anagram
Related toAlso published here 2016 21 210
Kieron Johnson Hot Deck prediction of wrong card on card case visually melts/changes into right one, electronics
2018 The Time Traveller 83
Ben Hart Written in Your Blood needle through arm, blood drops onto cloth, it is used to divine a word chosen from a book
2020 The Darkest Corners 260