137 entries in Puzzle
Creators Title Comments & References Source Page Categories
Unknown How to rub out Twenty Chalks at five Times, rubbing out every Time an odd one puzzle or wager, chalk strokes on a board Breslaw's Last Legacy 44
Unknown A Handkerchief Puzzle tying a knot without letting go of the ends, no trick More Magic 203
Unknown Scherz-Fragen gag questions, riddles Die Zauberwelt (Vol. 1 No. 3) 43
Unknown To Lift Four Straws with a Fifth puzzle The Modern Conjurer 308
Gerald Kosky Swindle unsolvable puzzle is solved behind back The Jinx 1-50 (Issue Summer Extra 1938) 324
Clayton Rawson Puzzle From a Top Hat geometry puzzle The Jinx 1-50 (Issue Summer Extra 1938) 324
Tom Darlington Tip Tap Top puzzle/bar bet with coin and cigarette pack The Jinx 51-100 (Issue Summer Extra 1939) 408
James G. Thompson Jr. Court of Intrigue verbal puzzle The Jinx 51-100 (Issue 58) 419
James G. Thompson Jr. Court of Intrigue verbal puzzlepu The Jinx 51-100 (Issue 59) 424
Theodore Annemann Contest Dept. square layout, mini-sudoku-type puzzle The Jinx 51-100 (Issue Winter Extra 1938/39) 373
Arthur Dowler Beer Cap bar bet with beer cap, turning it over on tableRelated to The Jinx 51-100 (Issue Summer Extra 1939) 413
Unknown Getting Coin in Glass paper on glass, coin on top, getting coin in glass without touching paper (no snap!) The Jinx 51-100 (Issue 93) 580
Unknown The Odd Estate puzzle with a story about a will The Jinx 101-151 (Issue 128) 739
Unknown The Weird Inn with rhyme The Jinx 101-151 (Issue 128) 739
Bruce Elliott Elliott at Play puzzle/game "My Grandmother likes Tea" The Jinx 101-151 (Issue 137) 780
Danny Morris, Doc Hurwitz Betcha bar bet, drinking from a glass while arm is held by spectator, coin gag The Phoenix 1-50 (Issue 17) 70
Wilbur T. Kattner Axis Cut three rings linked, one is allowed to be cut to free allRelated to The Phoenix 1-50 (Issue 39) 162
L. Vosburgh Lyons Paper Puzzle a figure on a paper, has to be reorganized to form a square in no more than four cutsRelated to
  • page 203 for solution
The Phoenix 1-50 (Issue 48) 198
L. Vosburgh Lyons Puzzle figure, what's the size of the surface, solution on page 246 The Phoenix 51-100 (Issue 58) 239
L. Vosburgh Lyons Paper Puzzle turning a square of paper into an equilateral triangle The Phoenix 51-100 (Issue 65) 267
Frederick Mosteller Fred Mosteller's Solution to No. 87 logic word puzzle, weight problem with a fake coin The Phoenix 51-100 (Issue 90) 366
E. H. Borden Horses - A Number Quickie illogic puzzle, dividing horses under three sons The Phoenix 101-150 (Issue 126) 506
Alan Barnert Dead Man's Chest trick with the "15 Puzzle", impossible arrangement The Phoenix 151-200 (Issue 186) 745
Martin Gardner Where Does the Easter Bunny Go? puzzle The Phoenix 251 - 300 (Issue 252) 1009
Martin Gardner Geometrical Vanishes - Part 1 chapter intro Mathematics, Magic And Mystery 114
Unknown The Line Paradox Line vanishes when paper is shifted Mathematics, Magic And Mystery 114
Sam Lloyd Sam Loyd's Flag Puzzle Geometrical Vanish, cut an American flag into two pieces, rearrange to form onto thirteen stripes instead of fifteen Mathematics, Magic And Mystery 117
Unknown The Vanishing Face Geometrical Vanish of a face Mathematics, Magic And Mystery 118
Sam Lloyd "Get Off The Earth" Geometrical vanish of a Chinese warrior by rotating paper globe Mathematics, Magic And Mystery 118
Theodore DeLand DeLand's Paradox Geometrical Vanish of a playing cardVariations Mathematics, Magic And Mystery 123
Martin Gardner The Vanishing Rabbit Geometrical vanish of a rabbitInspired by Mathematics, Magic And Mystery 125
Mel Stover Stover's Variations Geometrical Vanish / transformation of objects, face becomes beer mug or red pencil becomes blue pencilInspired by Mathematics, Magic And Mystery 125
Unknown The Checkerboard Paradox Geometrical vanish of a square on a checkerboard Mathematics, Magic And Mystery 129
William Hooper Hooper's Paradox Rectangle rearranged to apparently increase the area Mathematics, Magic And Mystery 131
Unknown Square Variation Area of square changes after pieces are rearranged Mathematics, Magic And Mystery 132
Martin Gardner Fibonacci Series About the mathematics behind geometrical vanishes where the area of a shape changes. Based on work by V. Schlegel, E.B. Escott and Lewis CarrollRelated to
  • V. Schlegel, Zeitschrift fur Mathematik und Physik, Vol. 24, p. 123 (1879)
  • E. B. Escott, Open Court, Vol. 21, p. 502 (1907)
Mathematics, Magic And Mystery 134
Harry Langman Langman's Version Rectangle changes in area when pieces are moved around, related to Fibonacci seriesInspired by Mathematics, Magic And Mystery 137
Martin Gardner Curry Triangles Geometrical vanishes with trianglesInspired by Mathematics, Magic And Mystery 145
Paul Curry Curry's Paradox Various geometrical vanishes of squares in rectangles and squaresVariations Mathematics, Magic And Mystery 139
Unknown Four-piece Squares Cut square into four pieces, rearrange to get hole Mathematics, Magic And Mystery 151
Paul Curry Three-piece Squares Cut square into three pieces, rearrange to get hole Mathematics, Magic And Mystery 153
Paul Curry, Martin Gardner Two-piece Squares Cut square into two pieces, rearrange to get hole Mathematics, Magic And Mystery 153
Martin Gardner Curved and 3-D Forms Discusses the possibilities of geometrical vanishes with 3-D shapes Mathematics, Magic And Mystery 155
Unknown The Puzzling Loop Topological puzzle, loop of rope can escape from loop formed by a person's arm (person must be wearing vest) Mathematics, Magic And Mystery 86
Unknown Reversing the Vest Person wearing vest, hands are clasped together. Vest can be turned inside out without unclasping hands. Mathematics, Magic And Mystery 86
Unknown Removing the Vest Vest can be removed from body without removing coat Mathematics, Magic And Mystery 87
Max Katz Strange Change 26 Originals 22
Max Katz Wrong Number! 26 Originals 23
Max Katz A teaser calculation puzzle 26 Originals 23
Bert Allerton Magic Letter Square a cross-word puzzle The Close-Up Magician 54
Paul Curry The Case of the Missing Hat cards with magicians and with hats, story trickRelated toVariations Magician's Magic 248
L. Vosburgh Lyons Triangulation tiling puzzleRelated to
  • p. 70 for credits
The Pallbearers Review Vol. 1-4 (Vol. 2 No. 2) 72
Unknown Age Puzzle Related to
  • solution on p. 38
The Pallbearers Review Vol. 1-4 (Vol. 1 No. 7) 34
Frederick Pohl Heads I Win wager/puzzle in which performer knows something about the number of circles the spectator secretly draws Epilogue (Issue 4) 25
Bob Bergheim Coin Displacement Puzzle Related to The Pallbearers Review Vol. 1-4 (Vol. 3 No. 5) 166
Bob Bergheim Coin Puzzle solutionRelated to The Pallbearers Review Vol. 1-4 (Vol. 3 No. 6) 170
Unknown Past Time how to time 15 minutes with a 7 and 11 minute hour glass The Pallbearers Review Vol. 1-4 (Vol. 3 No. 12) 212
L. Vosburgh Lyons Betcha! geometric puzzle in which an area must be divided into four or five equal piecesRelated to The Pallbearers Review Vol. 1-4 (Vol. 4 No. 7) 260
Paul Curry In the Balance weighing puzzle, see also p. 312 for variation by Ben BraudeRelated to The Pallbearers Review Vol. 1-4 (Vol. 4 No. 9) 269
Paul Curry In the Balance solution to weighing puzzleRelated to The Pallbearers Review Vol. 1-4 (Vol. 4 No. 10) 274
Karl Fulves A Remarkable Bet heads and tails bet with three coins, presentation for Walter Penney's coin flipping paradox Epilogue (Issue 10) 77
Unknown Number Equation Puzzle The Pallbearers Review Vol. 5-8 (Vol. 5 No. 4) 318
Ed Morrisey Word Completion Puzzle see p. 348 for Sid Lorraine puzzles and p. 352 The Pallbearers Review Vol. 5-8 (Vol. 5 No. 6) 332
Sid Lorraine, John Holt Etcetera word puzzles The Pallbearers Review Vol. 5-8 (Vol. 5 No. 9) 348
Unknown Geometric Puzzle die and card in corner, wanted is the height of a triangle, see p. 424 for clue to solution The Pallbearers Review Vol. 5-8 (Vol. 6 No. 1) 372
L. Vosburgh Lyons Hexed layout puzzle with seven paper hexagons, see also p. 602 The Pallbearers Review Vol. 5-8 (Vol. 6 No. 4th Folio) 378
Emil Jarrow, Theodore Annemann All In A Row coin layout puzzleRelated to The Pallbearers Review Vol. 5-8 (Vol. 6 No. 2) 386
Karl Fulves Five Into Four Five of diamonds is cut in fourth and puzzled together so a center section is missing, face changes to Four of diamondsRelated toVariations The Book of Numbers 42
Martin Gardner Turnabout Coins coin layout puzzleRelated toVariations The Pallbearers Review Vol. 5-8 (Vol. 6 No. 5) 412
Karl Fulves Babel death of George McAthy, credit statement on linking rubber bands, John Scarne, geometric puzzle (for solution, see p. 470), Paul Cinquevalli's juggling closerRelated to The Pallbearers Review Vol. 5-8 (Vol. 6 No. 10) 436
Karl Fulves Babel Bruce Elliott's card accident, 26th All-Day Magic Convention, puzzle from Playboy about perspective (solution on p. 582) The Pallbearers Review Vol. 5-8 (Vol. 7 No. 12) 564
Steve Spillman Another Dimension using puzzle cube with card indices on each part The Compleat Magick - Volume 1 (Issue 49) 243
Unknown A Puzzle drawing a circle and a dot on a paper without lifting the pen Tricks with Paper 34
Arthur Day Holidaze logic puzzle Pabular (Vol. 3 No. 4) 339
Karl Fulves Chink-a-Chink Ideas puzzle pieces gather and assemble themselves, different versions, no methods given The Pallbearers Review Vol. 9-10 (Vol. 10 No. Close-Up Folio #5) 929
Mitsunobu Matsuyama Paradox geometrical puzzle with a playing card that makes a full card face-down, but a piece is left over when assembled face-up
- The Turnover Tactic
- Business Card Variation
- Reference File
Variations The Chronicles (Issue 18) 1235
Unknown Snap Back puzzle apparatus in which stick must apparently inserted in tube and attached to rubber band Elastrix 17
Paul Curry The Disappearing Rabbit Variations Curioser 2
Karl Fulves Rabbit Reunion Curry's effect with 2 rabbits vanishing one by oneInspired by Curioser 6
Karl Fulves Notes By Karl Fulves on Curry's effectRelated to Curioser 9
Karl Fulves The Moving Pip pip missing on card that is cut in pieces, when re-arranged pip movedRelated to Curioser 9
Karl Fulves Powerdox rectangle puzzle, two pieces one by one removed but still a rectangleInspired by Curioser 10
Karl Fulves Dice on Slate idea in which dice drawn on slate become real Curioser 12
Martin Gardner Euclid's Vanish number of objects drawn on a slate changes from seven to six, sliding partVariations Curioser 11
Karl Fulves The Geometric Slate three-way multiple out predictionInspired by Curioser 12
Martin Gardner The Vanishing Rabbit No. 16, rabbit changes into egg via geometrical vanish The Children's Magic Kit 16
Dick Zimmerman Puzzle Wit spectator removes piece from a solved puzzle, performer finds the same piece in a pile of pieces from the same unsolved puzzle, performed on TV by Romark The Compleat Magick — Volume III (Issue 254) 1267
Terri Rogers A Jigsaw Puzzle card puzzle as a revelation, Four of Hearts instead of Five of HeartsInspired by Babel (Issue 2) 20
Martin Gardner Quant Quirk 4x4 square of 16 cards, some face-up some face-down randomly, with certain allowed turnover moves one has to get all cards in one direction, sucker game Octet 18
Karl Fulves Quant Notes notes on preceding "Quant Quirk" Octet 21
Stephen Tucker Magic Square spectator mixes numbers in a plastic sliding numbers sorting puzzle, magic square Spell-Binder (Vol. 2 No. 20) 391
Karl Fulves Saturn's Snake pieces of paper must be arranged in a certain way, layout puzzle Punch-Out Puzzle Kit 7
Karl Fulves Space Station tower of Hanoi variation Punch-Out Puzzle Kit 8
Karl Fulves The Jupiter War tokens have to be placed on a grid to satisfy certain conditions Punch-Out Puzzle Kit 9
Karl Fulves Mars City moving five objects around in a grid to reach requested final layout Punch-Out Puzzle Kit 10
Karl Fulves Sailing Ships layout puzzle, forming square out of several pieces Punch-Out Puzzle Kit 11
Karl Fulves The Monorail problem of moving cars around on tracks Punch-Out Puzzle Kit 13
Karl Fulves Found on Pluto forming three squares from some straight bars, layout puzzle Punch-Out Puzzle Kit 14
Karl Fulves Reversing the Computer moving eight objects around in a 3x3 grid to reach requested final layout Punch-Out Puzzle Kit 15
Karl Fulves Lunar Traffic Jam moving objects around in grid according to rules Punch-Out Puzzle Kit 17
Karl Fulves Splitting the Atom layout puzzle in which alternating chips must be made to be separated Punch-Out Puzzle Kit 18
Unknown The Paradox No. 41, paper with numbers cut up, can be arranged so that center misses Self-Working Number Magic 66
Unknown What's Next No. 51, continuing a series of letters Self-Working Number Magic 76
Unknown Square Dance No. 31, cutting a design up in a certain way, puzzleAlso published here
  • Henry Dudeney's scrapbook
Self-Working Paper Magic 56
J. C. Coy Visualization Test No. 26, puzzle in which the number of holes has to be guessed when corners are cut off folded paper, there are noneRelated to Self-Working Paper Magic 51
Kobon Fumimure Eight Squares No. 32, squares are arranged in a design and observer has to label them from up to down Self-Working Paper Magic 58
Unknown The Genius Test No. 33, puzzle in which a paper, string and finger ring arrangement has to be taken apart Self-Working Paper Magic 59
Masao Atsukawa Fair Exchange two jigsaw puzzles fit face down but not face up The New York Magic Symposium - Collection 5 90
Rick Johnsson Nailed twisted nail puzzle, two bent nails linked, one-handed linking, apparently linked and unlinked when shaken in jarAlso published here
  • "Nailed" (Rick Johnsson, MUM, Feb. 1981)
The Chronicles (Issue 35) 1408
Karl Fulves Marketable idea for jigsaw puzzle with cards Interlocutor (Issue 50) 232
Karl Fulves State of Mind spectator choses a state from map puzzle which is predicted Interlocutor (Issue 50) 240
Unknown Six Glasses No. 69, six glasses, three filled, they have to be alternated by switching adjacent glasses, puzzle Self-Working Rope Magic 146
Tom Craven Armchair Golfer Mel Stover's Vanishing Pencil (version of the Magic Egg Puzzle), pencil on paper changes places with pencil on initialed paper The Trapdoor - Volume Two (Issue 44) 787
Michael DeMarco Give Piece a Chance five envelopes with cut up paper puzzle, four are complete, spectator finds envelope where one piece is missingInspired by
  • Stewart James' "Shape of Things to Come"
The Minotaur (Vol. 4 No. 4) 9
Karl Fulves Twisted Logic effect with twisted nail puzzle, tossed from hand to hand, then one of the two nails travels to other hand Rigmarole (Issue 10) 111
Karl Fulves Lucky Lollipop No. 29, lollipops on three pieces of paper, number changes when papers are rearranged Easy Magic 40
Martin Gardner The 3 Switch Problem "Dot Com - Tricks and stunts with numbers"
puzzle about three switches on the wall
Related to The Fine Print (Issue 7) 203
Karl Fulves Balloons and Strings "Dot Com - Tricks and stunts with numbers"
puzzle, connecting balloons with strings without crossing the strings
The Fine Print (Issue 7) 203
Martin Gardner The 3 Switch Problem "Dot Com - Tricks and stunts with numbers"
Related to The Fine Print (Issue 8) 249
Ali Bongo Here's Some Magic You Can Do vanishing Leprechaun / Disappearing Dwarf / Hat puzzle, Bongo design Lecture Notes - Geneva 2002 13
David Regal Piece of My Mind piece of puzzle is divined Constant Fooling 2 104
Jim Steinmeyer Understanding the Bermuda Triangle counting trick with triangle formation of objects Impuzzibilities 15
Steve Beam Imaginary Vanish mathematical problem, dividing moneyInspired by
  • Stewart James' "One-Cent Tale" in "The James File" p. 1931.
Semi-Automatic Card Tricks — Volume 4 111
Karl Fulves Off The Wall puzzle how to attach a candle to the wall from "Reader's Digest" Prolix (Issue 2) 82
Unknown Family Plan twist on the river-crossing puzzle Prolix (Issue 3) 162
Roberto Giobbi Presentation and Handling for Six Guests in Five Rooms mathematical puzzle performed with finger Secret Agenda (Issue Jan 2) 4
Unknown Out of Proportion puzzle Secret Agenda (Issue Apr 5) 106
Pekka Gunst Reindeer Puzzle match puzzle Secret Agenda (Issue May 28) 159
Unknown Puzzle of the Nine Letters Secret Agenda (Issue Oct 13) 305
Roberto Giobbi Trick Questions Secret Agenda (Issue Aug 11) 240
Roberto Giobbi The Ghoti is a Fish why ghoti means fish, pronunciation gagRelated to Secret Agenda (Issue Aug 14) 243
Roberto Giobbi Four Number Problems Secret Agenda (Issue Aug 15) 244
Unknown Number Puzzles Secret Agenda (Issue Sep 29) 291
Tomas Blomberg Torn Uncut Card Sheet uncut sheet which contains all the cards of the deck, magician rearranges the pieces of the sheet to make a previously selected card disappear from it, "52 on 1 Gag"Inspired by Blomberg Laboratories 130
John Lovick President Handsome riddle/illogicality with bills in which money is spent but apparently everyone, including the spender, walks away with profitInspired by
  • "The Secret" (David Regal, Genii, June 2008)
  • "Borderline Case" (Maurice Fogel, In Search of the Sensational, 2007)
The Performance Pieces & Divertissements of the Famous Handsome Jack, etc. 77
Roberto Giobbi Credit Crunch Solved puzzle story Hidden Agenda (Issue Oct 23) 304
Christoph Borer Die wahre Liebe glass puzzle, fits in box even when piece added, storytelling presentation, fairy tale 21 198