50 entries in Match & Matchbox / Match / Animation
Creators Title Comments & References Year Source Page AA Categories
Die gehorsamen Streichhölzer matches in water with heads toward center, the move out in star formation
Nov. 1896
Die Zauberwelt (Vol. 2 No. 11)
Antonio Molini Das furchtsame Streichhölzchen rubber-banded match shoots out when ignited
June 1897
Die Zauberwelt (Vol. 3 No. 6)
Das magnetische Streichhölzchen match moves by itself, blowing
June 1903
Die Zauberwelt (Vol. 9 No. 6)
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
Friedrich "Fritz" Hügli Wo sind die Streichhölzer? matches do not fall from machbox, then sort of monte with matchboxes
1930 10
William H. McCaffrey The Jumping Match or Toothpick
Related to 1938 830
George Sutcliffe, Tom Sellers Repel-Attract matches move apart between fingers, rubber tubing
Variations 1939
The Jinx (Issue Summer Extra 1939)
Theodore Annemann Klein aber fein two matches are put cross-wise on table, match starts moving when selection is held above
Hokus Pokus (Vol. 1 No. 2)
Ottokar Fischer Das behexte Zündholz match is balanced upright on sleeve, table, shoulder etc.
Hokus Pokus (Vol. 1 No. 5)
J. B. Ward Shooting the Match match and match box configuration on table, one match leaning against another shoots away
1941 11
Hans "Severus" Ernst, Van Balen-Blanken, Edwin Leist-Bernini 3x1 three ideas with matches
1. balancing match on table
2. matches move by themselves, held between fingers (Van Balen-Blanken)
3. animated matches (Leist-Bernini)
Also published here
  • Van Balen-Blanken's "Magnetische Zundhölzchen" in "Magie" 1938.
Hokus Pokus (Vol. 3 No. 2&3)
Al Baker The Flying Match Head
Also published here 1941 129
Tom Sellers The Match Jumper jumps from hand into air
1943 12
Al O'Hagan Allow Me matchbook opens and a match stands up on it's own
Dec. 1943
The Phoenix (Issue 51)
Rising and Falling Match match floats up and down in filled bottle
1943/27 71
Billy McComb William Amid the Fakirs gazing at a match causing it to ignite
1947 42
Milbourne Christopher "Doozy Dumbbell" Tip
Nov. 1947 367
George G. Kaplan Magnetic Thought Transference matches placed on seven-card row on table, another match reacts magnetic to match on chosen card
1948 105
U. F. Grant Rising and Vanishing Match match rises out of matchbox, vanishes in handkerchief
Oct. 1948 7
Grasshopper Matches jumping match
Also published here 1949 10
Have a Light match balanced on finger and strike match behind ear
1949 11
Rocket Matches match zooms across the room, gag
1949 12
, Jerry Lukins Mike and Ike matches in bottle with water sink and come back up again
1949 13
Match, Nickel, and Glass match balanced on edge of coin is moved, under glass
1949 25
Walter Essman It Floats match floats in front of hand
Oct. 1952
The Phoenix (Issue 265)
Matt Schulien The Jumping Match jumping match
Also published here 1959 66
Jochen Zmeck Das magnetische Zündholz match animation with hidden piece of rubber tube
1961 27
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
Anti-Gravico hydrostatic bottle, match slides in from below, then slides back down
June 1970 342
Stephen Minch Nervous Matches small items on table move, invisible thread
1975 35
Jumping Match
  • match lying on matchbox jumps up when touched with another match, flick method
  • metal foil method
  • jumps away as one is trying to light it
1976 204
Jim Ryan The Static Matches match jumps in the air when touched by second match
1977 1
Fred Robinson, Peter Wentworth, Wally Boyce Where There's Smoke
  • jumping match
  • match puzzle, breaking it with one hand
  • puzzle, match head falls off
Aug. 1978
Pabular (Vol. 4 No. 12)
The Jumping Match No. 20, match jumps when touched with other match
1981 22
It Floats! No. 75, toothpick / match sticks to hand and floats behind fingers
1981 92
Karl Fulves Zombie Match book of matches rises behind a handkerchief and floats, in the end one of the matches lights spontaneously
1982 38
George McAthy, Peter Wilker Die Geburt einer Idee match levitation behind interlocked hands, with notes on Zombie and Square and Circle by Wilker
Hokus Pokus (Vol. 43 No. 6)
Al Mann The Invisible Force effects with secretly magnetized needles
  • Psychic Motion (animation of matches)
1982 10
Pascal Monmoine Match Missile building a match missile
May 1984
Pabular (Vol. 8 No. 6)
David Ashton Focal Point burnt match starts to stand up on palm of the hand
Oct. 1984
Magick (Issue 341)
Gaëtan Bloom The Bloom vs. Kulagina Match all matches jump out of box, invisible thread
Variations 1986 46
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)
John Carney Suicide Match matchbox opens itself and match slides out
1991 128
Ken Meaux Bits and Pieces jumping mach done with splinters and vampire story, to answer questions
July 1992
Vibrations (Vol. 15 No. 1)
Richard Bartram, Jr. Match Made in Heaven match stands up in match box, then floats between hands
1993 83
Michael Close, Gaëtan Bloom Bloom in Your Hand thread set up to balance card on hand and making matches fly from matchbox
Inspired by July/Aug. 1993
The Magic Menu (Vol. 3 No. 18)
Michael Close Bloom On Your Hand matchbook cover stands on edge (I.T.R.), match animation
1994 32
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)
Mark Elsdon Reel Floating Match match floats over playing card, invisible thread strings around card
Jan. 1998
Magic (Vol. 7 No. 5)
Al Baker The Flying Match Head
Also published here 2003
The Secret Ways of Al Baker (Issue Magical Ways and Means)