136 entries in Match & Matchbox / Match / Miscellaneous
Creators Title Comments & References Year Source Page AA Categories
How to terrify such as are entirely unacquainted with the Nature of Phosphorus writing and drawing on walls, glowing in the dark, lighting a match
1784 96
Ein Licht anzünden, ohne dessen Docht zu berühren No. 3, blowing out a candle an igniting a match by being only near the wick
1900 158
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)
The Mysterious Match match blown out through sleeve
1909 332
Friedrich "Fritz" Hügli Materialisation einer Flamme vanish and production of a silk in flame of match
1927 69
Friedrich "Fritz" Hügli Die Striche auf den zwei Streichhölzern pencil marks on matches, paddle routine
1930 12
Friedrich "Fritz" Hügli Das empfindsame Streichholz blowing out a lit match through the sleeve
1930 13
Harry Valcarte The Reverso Match match reverses in fist, head always on other side
1933 36
A Match Gag "used by Maurice"
1933 2
Silent Mora Comedy Gag spectator given a lit match and then forgotten about
1933 3
Tom Sellers Match Monte finding burnt match between fingers
1935 4
Theodore Annemann, John Northern Hilliard More Higher Magic match is tossed to ceiling and hangs there on head
Related to 1936
The Jinx (Issue Winter Extra 1935/36)
Dr. Edward G. Ervin Inverted Match Through Fist match turns over as it is pushed through fist
1937 38
Striking a Match in the Air flourish
1938 828
Harry Stern Equine Matchistry creating horse figure out of paper matches
Feb. 1938
The Jinx (Issue 41)
Paul Lesser Light That Was blowing match out through sleeve with new method
Apr. 1939
The Jinx (Issue 55)
Franklin M. Chapman Impromptu Match Routine
  • blowing match out through sleeve
  • burnt match head pops off, invisible hair
  • vanish of pieces
  • jumbo match appears
June 1939
Chap's Scrapbook (Vol. 1 No. 12)
Franklin M. Chapman Match-Ic Numbers number appears on head of match, mental calculation
Sep. 1939
Chap's Scrapbook (Vol. 2 No. 3)
Abril Lamarque Match Gag gag in which match doesn't go out and is then put in pocket lightened
Jan. 1940
The Jinx (Issue 75)
Dr. Edward G. Ervin Tips on thin coins, matches and gamblers
May 1940
Chap's Scrapbook (Vol. 2 No. 11)
Match Folder Wager bet that spectator cannot light twenty matches in a row with one strike
1941 10
The Nazi Cross gag
1941 11
A. F. Vickland A Match for You “thought-of” number (after a mathematical process) appears on head of a burnt match, mathematical force of four
1941 5
Laurie Ireland Matchless Magic match is blown out normally and second one through the sleeve, then both are relighted and when blown at one both go out
Ireland's Yearbooks (Issue Yearbook 1942)
Franklin M. Chapman Dots paddle routine with dots on paper matches
1942 6
Byron Churchill First Fumes performer mimes rolling a cigarette, lights a match and later blows smoke from his mouth
Oct. 1943
The Phoenix (Issue 45)
John Batton Striking Experiment matchbook put in water, matches can still be ignited
June 1943 3
Jean Hugard The Long and Short of It "A Sure Force"
forcing an object by letting the spectator selects a match, short piece and normal match
July 1943 6
Richard Himber Match on Edge match on edge stunt with new method
1943/27 70
Self-igniting Match brief
1944 139
Milbourne Christopher A Match Tip a burning match is split in two
Mar. 1945
The Phoenix (Issue 80)
Shaman Shaman's Lucifers two matchboxes, in one the matches are burnt, then they change places with the unburnt matches in the other matchbox
Related to
  • Stuart Robson's "Tips on Flashpaper"
May 1945
The Phoenix (Issue 83)
Jean Hugard Cigar Gas gag with cigar and match
May 1945
Hugard's Magic Monthly (Vol. 2 No. 12)
A Light Interlude match goes out repeatedly just as a cigarette is about to be lit, same if spectator tries (chemically)
Nov. 1945 165
Frederick Braue Kwik Trik placing and removing lit match in various pockets
July 1947 334
George G. Kaplan The Fifteen Match-Sticks Puzzle game/puzzle
1948 279
Milt Kristt One Hand Strike! striking match with one hand, paper match
Feb. 1948 394
Joseph L. Barnett Fire Proof burning match held under hand without harm, cigarette in fist vanishes, hands are immune from injury presentation
Apr. 1948
Hugard's Magic Monthly (Vol. 5 No. 11)
Strike Match on Bill igniting match with Dollar bill
1949 4
Happy Birthday practical joke with matches
1949 11
Have a Light match balanced on finger and strike match behind ear
1949 11
Kiddie Kar practical joke with matches
1949 11
Rocket Matches match zooms across the room, gag
1949 12
The Three Bears joke with matches
Also published here 1949 13
Russell Swann The Photographic Match No. 36, card is selected, match is lit and when extinguished, name of card appears on head of match
Related to 1950 65
Hans Kaiser "Matchic" heads of two matches jump around
1950 87
The Very Peripatetic Paddle paddle move and routine with knife and pieces of paper and matches
1953 46
Mayette Originelles Anzünden eines Streichholzes flourish way of lighting a match
Hokus Pokus (Vol. 14 No. 1)
Martin Gardner Mity Match two paper match routines, vanishing / appearing spots on match
  • Multiplying Spots
  • Diminishing Spots
May 1954
The New Phoenix (Issue 307)
Karrell Fox A Striking Interlude jokes with exploding match, chainsmoker and getting hump on back because of smoking Camel
1954 14
Eddie Joseph The Flame in the Bottle match is placed inside empty spirit bottle and flame and sound is produced, performer can repeat it but spectator will fail
1954 4
Eddie Joseph Hot Money coin held over match catches fire
1954 6
Eddie Joseph The Thin Man match turns over while pushed through fist, head on other side
1954 8
Der Kopf des Chinesen head of burnt match jumps off
Hokus Pokus (Vol. 15 No. 3)
Tricks mit Duoplast ideas with Duoplast, sticky magic with pencil, matched and cards
Hokus Pokus (Vol. 16 No. 6)
David E. Kirk Ireland Giant Match from the Coat Gag as Kirk the Magician
Ireland's Yearbooks (Issue Yearbook 1956)
Martin Gardner Matches intro
1956 55
Otto "Sasso" Lutz Eine kleine Sache von grosser Wirkung gag with matches
Hokus Pokus (Vol. 17 No. 2)
Walter Rollins The Time Machine time machine themed routine
  • small deck changes into large one (Micro Macro)
  • red and blacks separate
  • burnt matches
  • torn and restored bills
Ireland's Yearbooks (Issue Yearbook 1960)
Win Beaver Match-A-Magic spectator removes amount of matches, one match is burnt and number of removed matches appears on head of match
Feb. 1961
The New Phoenix (Issue 354)
Paul Marcus A Southern Exposure three selections are found with matches
Mar. 1963
The New Phoenix (Issue 378)
Dr. William Weyeneth Ein Tricklein als Apres-Lunch apparently igniting a match by rubbing it on an other match
Hokus Pokus (Vol. 26 No. 2)
Heinz "Durox" Rüegg Vom Gag zum Trick eating a lit match, flame appears from sleeve, while smoking
Related to
  • "Magie" 11/1964
Hokus Pokus (Vol. 27 No. 2)
Zwei Mini Gags
  • gag with matches for non-smokers
  • spectator sits on coin or card, date or value are divined when performer watches inside mouth
Hokus Pokus (Vol. 29 No. 3)
Eddie Joseph Match Mysteries chapter intro
1969 161
Jack Bateman The Super Duper Safety Match head of match jumps from end to end
Ireland's Yearbooks (Issue Yearbook 1969-70)
Ken De Courcy Part two - Match Magic chapter intro
1971 6
The Nothing-to-do Match Trick two matches put in two fists, they (apparently) change orientation
Also published here
  • Magigram
1971 7
Ken De Courcy The Ringed Match finger ring on match, match locket between first finger and thumb, hand is turned and when match comes back in view the ring vanished
1971 10
Witchwood match changes orientation in fist, vanish as climax
1971 14
Werner "Werry" Geissler Werry's Crazy Match Routine match changes orientation in fist several times, second match is shown and matches vanish
1971 16
The Marked Match one of ten matches marked by spectator, all mixed in hat, performer finds it by touch
1971 19
Ken De Courcy Part Four - Match Gags chapter intro
1971 32
Road Hog gag in which spectator is made to hold matches in funny way
1971 32
The Three Bears joke with matches
Also published here 1971 33
La Cerilla Acrobata match pushed through tube, turns over
1973 27
Juan Tamariz Cerillas Electricas electric matches, joke
1973 85
Eric Mason Uriker match slowly breaks in half
Sep. 1974
Pabular (Vol. 1 No. 1)
Karl Fulves Sleight of Crime four coins in four matchboxes, spectator secretly removes on coin and mixes the matchboxes, a match is light and goes out in front of the empty box, then the date of the coin is revealed
1974 36
Martin Gardner With Magnets picking up metal things with match, see also p. 834 for clarification, p. 874 for obtaining magnets
Related to Dec. 1974 829
T. Nelson Downs The Reversing Match Match reverses when pushed through hand
Variations 1975 182
Fred Robinson, Jan Heins Where There's Smoke
  • cigarette rolls over the table and back, version where it rolls to on side.
  • light a match with a cigarette and smoke it (Jan Heins)
  • cigarette is smoked through without any ash falling off
Nov. 1977
Pabular (Vol. 4 No. 3)
Jim Ryan Off with its Head! invisible hair, head of match pops off
1977 2
John Chia I have your Number Matches in spectator's hand is the same number as the magician's matches
1977 35
Fred Robinson, Bob Hamilton Where There's Smoke
  • bar bet with a match box
  • matchbox and coin, divine if heads or tails, stooge
  • match in hand, matchbox balanced on back of the hand, box is tossed and match ignited
  • remove flame from lighter to light cigarette, gag
June 1978
Pabular (Vol. 4 No. 10)
Karrell Fox, Fred Robinson, Martin Breese, Fred Snooks Where There's Smoke
  • smoking thumb, by inhaling smoke of a match (sent in by Martin Breese)
  • smoke a matchbox
  • split a burning match to give fire
  • extinguish a match by blowing in the opposite sleeve, paper match (Karrel Fox)
  • joke, matches and water (Fred Snooks)
July 1978
Pabular (Vol. 4 No. 11)
John Cornelius Fireworks "Curiosities"
lit match is placed behind back and comes out out (gag), then in repeat it comes out lit again
The Chronicles (Issue 12)
Karl Fulves Notes Sarles story about driving a match into wood, linking rings with alternative objects (phone wire, tires), psychics and spirit raps story by Jay Weiler
The Chronicles (Issue 22)
Karrell Fox The "Holy-Head" Match blowing a match out that is held over the head with paper matches
1979 61
John Fealey Smokey smoke from mouth, with match, smoking thumb
June 1979
The Talon (Issue 4)
William H. McCaffrey Die verheirateten Streichhölzer story illustrated with matches
Also published here
  • Genii, July 1977
Nov. 1980
Intermagic (Vol. 7 No. 3)
Ken Brooke The Twirling Match stunt in which flame on lit match spins
1980 46
Who Pays the Bills? No. 18, bar bet, matches broken in half, one who takes the last one has to pay, favorite of Nate Leipzig
1981 20
Robert Harbin Das hilfreiche Streichholz match lights apparently by itself
Hokus Pokus (Vol. 42 No. 1)
Tom Mullica Schizophrenia crazy cigarette - match - potpourri
1982 75
Reinhard "Stutt" Stuttman Chinese Numbers party stunt with matched
Variations July 1982
Apocalypse (Vol. 5 No. 7)
Sid Lorraine Apocalypse Variations Or Additions party stunt
Related to Apr. 1983
Apocalypse (Vol. 6 No. 4)
Striking a Match Magically! No. 23, flourish
1983 7
The Light Touch effects and gags with match, cigarette, silk that bounces back from floor
1985 21
Miscellaneous Forces
  • forcing four cards with (re)dealing
  • odd-even number of things to force one of two spectators (matches or corners of newspaper)
1985 30
Gary Hipp Scorcher match burns and apparently performer forgets it, it burns without burning the fingers
1987 323
Christoph Borer 4. Der geschickte Zauberer matchbox is thrown into the air and match is lit
Also published here 1988 8
Fantasio Feuerzeug zu Streichholz match is removed from a non-working lighter and ignited
1988 10
Christoph Borer 3. Der Geschickte Zauberer matchbox is thrown into the air and match is lit
Also published here 1989 22
Ken Krenzel Turn-Tail Match match turns over when pushed through fist
Inspired by 1990 28
Tomo Maeda Match Transposition match is torn out of matchbook and lit, it transposes with all the unlit matches in the matchbook
1992 37
The Mysterious Cross mark appears on spectator's hand, with match
1993 61
William H. McCaffrey The Newlywed Match Trick paddle effect with paper matches and story
1994 1111
Chad Long Insta-Match match touched to striking surface lights, when touched on other side goes out
1994 14
Marc Paul, Anthony Owen Matchmaker two signed matches travel back in the hand, then they fuse together
Mar. 1995
The Minotaur (Vol. 7 No. 1)
Angelo Carbone Striking Art performer removes match from drawn matchbox on a pad and strikes it on striking surface on paper
Mar. 1995
The Minotaur (Vol. 7 No. 1)
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)
Yuji Yamamoto Perfekter Alladin Streichholz appearing burning match, building the holder
1996 8
David Harkey, Eric Anderson Bonfire matches in shot glass start to burn by themselves, chemical
Related to 1997 60
Christoph Borer, Michel Gammenthaler Boga-Boga matchbox is thrown in the air and a match is lit
Also published here 2000 23
Marty Kane Card Craps two sets of Ace through Six are shuffled and dealt into pairs, all equal 7
2000 146
Rudolf Braunmüller Eine Kerzen- und Streichholz-Kombination gag sequence with candle that cannot be blown out and gag matches
Intermagic (Vol. 23 No. 4 & 5)
Chris Wardle The Perfect Match card chosen, it is predicted inside a paper match that turns out to be a rolled up piece of paper
2000 9
James G. Thompson Jr. Matching Matches match pushed into fist, comes out the other way
Discoverie (Issue 5)
Eric Mead Everything Matches matched poured on paper, ESP card chosen, matches blown off the paper and a few remain in square shape which match the symbol
Apr. 2001
Magic (Vol. 10 No. 8)
Don Miller Clearly Dry Bag dry match taken out of wet change bag
Aug. 2001
Magic (Vol. 10 No. 12)
Christoph Borer, Michel Gammenthaler Boga-Boga matchbox is thrown in the air and a match is lit
Also published here 2002 12
Giovanni Livera A Light for Lola burning match is balanced on thumb
Feb. 2002
Genii (Vol. 65 No. 2)
Al Baker Card and Safety Match Trick name of card appears on tip of burned match
2003 686
Anthony Owen, Marc Paul Perfect Match two matches signed by performer and spectator travel and eventually fuse together
Also published here Jan. 2004
Magic (Vol. 13 No. 5)
Christoph Borer, Michel Gammenthaler Boga-Boga matchbox is thrown in the air and a match is lit
Also published here 2006 24
Christoph Borer 3. Der geschickte Zauberer matchbox is thrown into the air and match is lit
Also published here 2006 159
Darwin Ortiz The Fire Test lit match placed in hand
2006 134
Docc Hilford Ma7ch Mat1cal "Match Matical", three spectators select different amount of matches, performer divines them in different ways, last with ashes on arm
2006 21
Patrick Page God Bless Cardini gag to strike a match on the shoe
2011 288
Ken Brooke Another OOOOOOOHH! gag, bundle of matches are ignited at once
2011 293
Alexander de Cova Flamethrower Match large flame appears on lighted match, match given out, tube with gas
Inspired by
  • "Flamethrower Match" (John Kennedy)
Also published here
Nov. 2013 12
Alexander de Cova Flamethrower Match large flame appears on lighted match, match given out, tube with gas
Inspired by
  • "Flamethrower Match" (John Kennedy)
Also published here
2015 254
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)
Anthony Owen, Marc Paul The Perfect Match two matches signed by performer and spectator travel and eventually fuse together
Also published here 2017 155
Anthony Owen, Marc Paul Perfect Match two matches signed by performer and spectator travel and eventually fuse together
Also published here 2022 258