160 entries in Mental Magic / Effects / Living and Dead Test
  
Creators Title Comments & References Year Source Page AA Categories
Unknown The Quick or the Dead
1909 The Art of Magic 346
Al Baker Living and Dead Test
1920s The Secret Ways of Al Baker (Issue The Twenty-Five Dollar Manuscript) 471
Tom Sellers Living or Dead? olfactory method
1927 Tricks That Work 9
Tom Sellers A New Idea for the "Living and Dead" Effect watermark system
1933 More Secrets 11
Theodore Annemann Dead or Alive?
1934 The Jinx 1-50 (Issue 3) 11
Theodore Annemann Dead Men Tell No Tales!
Variations 1934 SH-H-H--! It's A Secret 44
Theodore Annemann Two Mindreading Publicity Effects center tear presentation as newspaper test or living/dead test
Related to 1935 The Jinx 1-50 (Issue 6) 24
Robert Parrish Slate Immortality living dead test on slate, or handwriting psychometry
Inspired byVariationsAlso published here 1935 The Jinx 1-50 (Issue Summer Extra 1935) 40
Tom Sellers Living and Dead billets on threads, only thread at dead name doesn't burn
1935 Quick Tricks 21
Theodore Annemann, Charles Peet A Living and Dead Combination combination with The Dead Name Test, p. 8
1935 Complete One Man Mental and Psychic Routine 20
Tom Sellers Death Flight! blank cards with names, card with dead name travels to another pile, envelopes, see page 172 for improvement by Andrew Brennan
1936 The Jinx 1-50 (Issue 18) 102
Theodore Annemann Living Dead Test Idea with flash paper
1936 The Jinx 1-50 (Issue 19) 103
Dr. Jacob Daley Death Divination flashy divination via flash paper
1936 The Jinx 1-50 (Issue 23) 146
Unknown The Acme Spirit Test living dead test with cards, one has sticky edges
1937 Encyclopedia of Card Tricks 114
U. F. Grant Living and Dead Test with one-way playing cards
1937 Encyclopedia of Card Tricks 153
Orville Wayne Meyer Dead!
1937 The Jinx 1-50 (Issue 38) 255
Oscar Weigle Alias Divination several spectators write names on slips which are later correctly assigned, one of the names divined as well
1937 You'd be Surprised 11
Unknown The Three Cigarette Papers paper with dead name moves by itself
1938 Greater Magic 832
James G. Thompson Jr. Gabbatha
1938 The Jinx 1-50 (Issue 50) 347
Tom Sellers Living and Dead rough/glazed paper
1939 Scots Magic 24
Eddie Joseph The Call of the East names of eastern cities are written on pieces of paper and folded, then mixed with other billets, the performer finds all the eastern cities, without opening the billets
1939 Strictly Magic 4
Henry Hardin The Ghost Hand living dead with rough smooth edge
1940 The Jinx 51-100 (Issue 97) 597
Al Baker Living and Dead Test Plus with assistent, number total, code
1941 The Secret Ways of Al Baker (Issue Magical Ways and Means) 236
Al Baker The Quick and the Dead living and dead test with reading of dead name
1941 The Secret Ways of Al Baker (Issue Magical Ways and Means) 265
L. Vosburgh Lyons, Bruce Elliott Entity Alone
1941 The Jinx 101-151 (Issue 133) 763
Eddie Joseph Stop! Fire! several cards chosen, highest card noted, all cards written on billets and burned one by one, performer stops burning of highest card's billet and names it
1942 Greater Card Tricks 24
U. F. Grant Ghost living and dead people's names written on slips, slip with dead person jumps in the air
1943 The Phoenix 1-50 (Issue 27) 114
Orville Wayne Meyer Dead!
1945 My Best 209
M. Van Reese Assisted by the Dead name appears on arm, ashes
1945 My Best 213
Eddie Clever The Living and Dead Test
1945/27 Tarbell Course in Magic — Volume 4 204
Unknown, Henry Hardin The Quick and the Dead nine methods
1945/27 Tarbell Course in Magic — Volume 4 248
Harvey P. Graham Slate Plate slate effects using a dinner plate, brief explanation of a living and dead routine, appearance of a writing and a design duplication
1946 The Phoenix 101-150 (Issue 109) 438
C. L. Boarde Vest Pocket Seance seance program with a stack of business cards, coin appears, living and dead test, writing appears
1946 The Phoenix 101-150 (Issue 110) 441
Bob Hummer Something New (and easy to do) living and dead test, spectator writes two names of living and one of dead person on playing cards, divination of which is which
Also published here 1947 3 Trix New Easy To Do 2
Unknown The Trance Quick-and-Dead Test impromptu
1948 The Fine Art of Magic 200
Tan Hock Chuan R. & S. Dead and Living Test paper cards treated with roughing fluid
1948 Rough & Smooth Possibilities 11
Dr. Stanley Jaks Pendle with male/ female and a pendulum
VariationsAlso published here 1948 The Phoenix 151-200 (Issue 151) 608
Bob Somerfeld Dead Letters on business cards, cards are not touched again, using assistant
1948 The Phoenix 151-200 (Issue 154) 620
Al Baker The Dead Man's Name
1949 The Secret Ways of Al Baker (Issue Mental Magic) 332
Al Baker Out of the Air
1949 The Secret Ways of Al Baker (Issue Mental Magic) 320
George B. Anderson The Human Equation living and dead test with signatures, cards in envelopes, spectator lets a coin fall on the right envelope
1949 It Must Be Mindreading 39
Howard A. Adams Burn billets are burnt, name divined at the end
1949 The Phoenix 151-200 (Issue 175) 701
U. F. Grant Zella Living and Dead Test using pencil that can change the color with repel/propel mechanism
Jan. 1949 Grant's Inner Circle Magazine (Vol. 1 No. 4) 3
Don Tanner The Dead Card Rise living dead test with the dead person rising out of a box, "Bakerize Box"
May 1949 Grant's Inner Circle Magazine (Vol. 1 No. 8) 14
Don Tanner Blind Vision nail nick
Sep. 1949 Grant's Inner Circle Magazine (Vol. 1 No. 11 & 12) 8
Cy Keller The Cat's Whiskers cat finds correct envelope
1950 The Phoenix 201 — 250 (Issue 218) 873
Robert "Bob" J. Gunther Dark Thoughts thoughts on the center tear, reading the piece in the dark
1950 Ireland's Yearbooks (Issue Yearbook 1950) 4
Al Baker Magnetisn't with animation
1951 The Secret Ways of Al Baker (Issue Pet Secrets) 438
Don Tanner Death's Angel billets are burnt, with a hat
1951 The Phoenix 201 — 250 (Issue 220) 880
Hen Fetsch Only the Magician Nose! with envelopes and blindfolded, perfume marking
1951 The Phoenix 201 — 250 (Issue 236) 943
Milbourne Christopher Out of Town living and dead test with people who live in town, one out of town
1952 One Man Mental Magic 6
Theodore Annemann Attention, Mentalists!
1952 Annemann's Buried Treasures 5
Bob Somerfeld On Second Thought with envelopes
1952 Pieces of Mind 5
Aage Darling A Test of Spirits one writes "milk" the other "whisky", behind back
1953 I'll Read Your Mind 42
Aage Darling Death's Name cards in envelopes, name is found and divined, other cards are burnt in the process
1953 I'll Read Your Mind 44
Don Tanner Let's Bury the Dead living dead test mixed with haunted pack
1953 The Phoenix 251 — 300 (Issue 293) 1171
Milbourne Christopher The Red Writing living and dead, with different theme
1954 More One Man Mental Magic 6
Karrell Fox That's the Spirit living / dead test, paper with living person bounces on table
1954 Kornfidentially Yours 13
John Derris A Matter of Life and Death pellets in small box
1955 Ireland's Yearbooks (Issue Yearbook 1955) 15
James G. Thompson Jr. Two Minds Get Together several things written on business cards are divined by performer, living and dead test
1956 Top Secrets of Magic 37
Al Baker No. 8. Living and Dead.
1958 The Swami Gimmick 19
Archie Byford Living and Dead Test
1958 Pencil, Lip, Sound, Touch and Muscle Reading 40
Tony Corinda (7) Another Application of the Touch Reading Envelope several ideas of identifying envelopes by touch, envelope index tip
1958 Pencil, Lip, Sound, Touch and Muscle Reading 49
Tony Corinda, Punx (3) The Magnetic Blindfold detecting metal objects, idea for sex detecter routine, seven keys to baldpate and playing cards
1958 Blindfolds & X-Ray Eyes 136
Bob "Hardell" Ecklund Lie Detector in Person with three people, memories are written down
1958 The Cardiste (Issue 9) 11
Dr. Spencer Thornton The Sensitive Touch spectators write billets with names of american and foreign cities, wand points automatically to several billets and divides the american cities from the foreign ones
1958 Thornton's Secrets of Mental Magic 11
Allessandro Lie Detector with years of birth written on business cards, only one is true, shimmed
1958 Ireland's Yearbooks (Issue Yearbook 1958) 14
Dr. Stanley Jaks The Crystal Locket with a pendulum, finding the female names among male names, based on a Steward James idea
VariationsAlso published here 1959 Billets 187
Tony Corinda Presenting the L & L Test presentation
1959 Billets 192
Tony Corinda The Flames of Zor with flash paper and water
1959 Billets 194
Tony Corinda (22) The Dead Hand Writes dead hand in a box marks billet with the dead name
1959 Mediumistic Stunts 293
Gerald Kosky Prayer for the Dead several spectators sit in a circle, one selects to be "dead", performer divines him
1959 More Miracles in Mentalism 29
Dr. Raymond L. Beebe My Favourite Living and Dead Test spiralbound block marking
1960 Magic of the Mind 38
Ken De Courcy This Person is Dead with Cecil Keech's bottomless tumbler
1960 Magic of the Mind 40
George Armstrong Living or Dead? rough smooth cards
1960 Magic of the Mind 41
Len Belcher Turn in your Grave
1960 Magic of the Mind 42
Delvin Alive or Dead with cigarette paper pellets
1960 Magic of the Mind 43
Unknown Living and Dead Test marked paper clip
1961 The New Phoenix 351-400 (Issue 357) 258
Dr. Stanley Jaks Dr. Jaks Pendel with male/ female and a pendulum
Also published here 1961 Dr. Stanley-Jaks und seine Geheimnisse 49
Theodore Annemann A Slate Secret peek mirror
Related to Mar. 1968 The Pallbearers Review Vol. 1-4 (Vol. 3 No. 5) 163
Don Nielson, J. W. Sarles Dead Test marking with tape
Winter 1968 The Pallbearers Review Vol. 1-4 (Vol. 4 No. 2nd Folio) 220
Karl Fulves Mathematical Slates two slates filled with names according to rules
1968 Riffle Shuffle Set-Ups 56
North Bigbee Star Living-or-Dead Test large envelopes and paper
1969 HEX! 79
Douglas Francis Idento six discs attached to a string, on one is a number written by a spectator, performer detects that one behind his bag by touch only
1969 The Art of Close-Up Magic — Volume 2 59
Unknown Living and Dead billets in hat
1969 Entertaining Mental Miracles 9
Unknown Mystic Ashes same names are written down by performer
1969 Entertaining Mental Miracles 10
Eddie Joseph Secret Ballot spectator makes an X next to a name on a list, then an X to all the others, first name is divined, lipstick on pen
1969 The Art of Eddie Joseph 274
Robert "Bob" J. Gunther Dark Side of the Room living and dead test, one piece of paper, handling for Center Tear, apparently in the dark
Variations 1970 The Compleat Magick — Volume I (Issue 2) 9
Tan Hock Chuan The Quick and the Dead blindfolded, card is found and name revealed, see Bigbee in #41 for other sources
Related toVariations 1971 The Compleat Magick — Volume I (Issue 34) 167
Bascom Jones Astro-Simple with zodiac sign
Inspired by 1971 The Compleat Magick - Volume I (Issue 34) 170
Blake Edward Maxam Dagger of the Dead! dagger moves to card with dead person's name
1971 The Compleat Magick - Volume 1 (Issue 38) 189
Paul Siegel Beyond the Shadows billets are burnt, performer stops spectator while burning billet with name of dead person
1972 Doorway to Delusion 11
North Bigbee Quicker Quick and the Dead credits and variation for The Quick and the Dead, Fillman Principle
Inspired by 1972 The Compleat Magick — Volume I (Issue 41) 202
Sam Dalal The Skull of Tamoa-mi-ber as Sam Delal, skull pendulum, card found by spectator
1972 The Compleat Magick - Volume 1 (Issue 42) 207
Robert (Bob) Hess Flame Test two paper slips, on one the spectator draws a demonic symbol, this vanishes in a flash
Sep. 1973 The Pallbearers Review Vol. 5-8 (Vol. 8 No. 11) 653
Ben Christopher Dead Slate living dead test, names written on a slate, assistant divines
Sep. 1973 The Pallbearers Review Vol. 5-8 (Vol. 8 No. 11) 659
Chandler Mason Punk Chow! living and dead test, with food spectator likes and one he does not like, divined with pendulum
1973 The Compleat Magick — Volume I (Issue 71) 353
Bob Ostin Vampire- A Method for a Living & Dead Test small cards on one is written "Vampire", cards are folded and stapled, see also page 87 for additional ideas by Bob Ostin and Bob Byrne
Related to 1974 Pabular (Vol. 1 No. 4) 39
Emil Loew, Karl Fulves Other Applications of the "Educated Envelope"
Related to July 1974 The Pallbearers Review Vol. 9-10 (Vol. 9 No. 9) 754
Carl Herron Secret of the Tarot! names on business cards, dead name found with Tarot card
1974 The Compleat Magick — Volume II (Issue 104) 517
George Blake On Vampire other marking system
Inspired by 1975 Pabular (Vol. 1 No. 6) 76
Karl Fulves The Dead Awake billet with dead person moves
May 1975 The Pallbearers Review Vol. 9-10 (Vol. 10 No. 7) 962
Gerald Kosky Strike Out! using only one spectator, list
1975 The Compleat Magick — Volume II (Issue 130) 648
Dr. J. Konstantin Garmisch Dowser! business cards with the names sand and one with water, dowser / rod made from paper moves over water card
1975 The Compleat Magick — Volume II (Issue 132) 658
Philip T. Goldstein Desire spectators write destinations on a business card, five write a place where they have been and one a place he desires to go, all cards are correctly attributed and the last, desired place is named without looking at it, see also Larry Becker's "Sneak Thief"
Related toVariations 1976 The Blue Book of Mentalism 4
Philip T. Goldstein, Arthur Emerson 'tis the Season to Be Lying four name tags, spectator finds the one with the real name, based on Arthur Emerson's "Liar's License" in Sam Dalal's Swami magazine, marking method
1976 The Blue Book of Mentalism 10
Burling Hull, U. F. Grant "The Spirits Know All" - A Living and Dead Combination name of dead person appears gradually on slate
  • The Grant Method
  • Burling Hull Method
  • Another Hull Materialization
  • Volta Name Appearance
  • The Daring Volta Method
  • Mediums Dead and Alive Discovery
Related to 1976 The Amazing World of Mentalism 82
Roy Kenney The Nose Knows sent method
1977 The Compleat Magick — Volume II (Issue 173) 862
Jack Bridwell Spectre ideas for person paper which cannot be torn
Related to 1977 The Compleat Magick — Volume II (Issue 191) 952
Karl Fulves Living and Dead Test based on torn edges of paper
1977 The Magic Book 133
Karl Fulves (D) Pendant living-dead test in which slip with dead person travels into a container, posed as problem
1978 Interlocutor (Issue 24) 94
Theo "Okito" Bamberg Okito Living and Dead with buddha and globe that starts to light
1978/76 More Classic Magic with Apparatus 252
Robert Parrish Telltale Slate No. 45, five spectators write favorite tv show on slate, first spectator's one divined
Also published here 1979 Self-Working Mental Magic 73
Terry Tyson Psi-rcle pendulum held by spectator reacts different over billets with male and female names
1979 The Compleat Magick — Volume III (Issue 247) 1232
George B. Anderson One of Five living and dead with male female theme, pendulum finds female
1980 The Magic Pendulum 8
Paul Lackey Million Dollar Mind Reader four methods
1980 Close-up Fantasies - Book I 63
Karl Fulves More Real more ideas with the paper animation idea, flash paper application, fortune telling fish
1980 Interlocutor (Issue 43) 170
Bob Hummer Something New living and dead test, spectator writes two names of living and one of dead person on playing cards, divination of which is which
Also published here 1980 Bob Hummer's Collected Secrets 37
Jules Lenier Think Again seven envelopes, with coins
1980 The Compleat Magick — Volume III (Issue 256) 1278
Terry Tyson Burn, Witch with evil name, wrapped in foil, becomes hot
1980 The Compleat Magick — Volume III (Issue 269) 1341
Bob Fillman Emotions three names, one is person spectator likes
1980 The Compleat Magick — Volume III (Issue 272) 1359
Al Mann Azrael different colored pens, performer divines dead name and chosen color
1981 Phanta-Graphs 16
Philip T. Goldstein Death... by Hanging! envelopes hanging on an easel
1981 The Compleat Magick — Volume III (Issue 283) 1411
Tom Craven Poof! pellets wrapped in aluminium foil and held over flame, paper with dead name vanishes inside foil
1981 The Compleat Magick — Volume III (Issue 288) 1438
Thomas Alan Waters (P)ocean amulet in water bottle with names held behind, sinks and rests in front of the dead name
1982 Mind, Myth & Magick (Issue Grymwyr) 257
Thomas Alan Waters Outlander
Inspired by
  • Gene Grant's "Phantini's Mental Key" p. 22.
1982 Mind, Myth & Magick (Issue Octasm) 319
Al Mann The L and D Test No. 16, fireworks and Living/Dead test
1983 101 Psychic Tests 6
Piet Forton Das Zauberpfeiflein whistle starts to make sounds, different sport results in envelopes, whistle divines only possible one
1983 Je geschickter desto Zauberer 9
Philip T. Goldstein Paper Chase
1985 Pabular (Vol. 8 No. 9) 1276
Karl Fulves, Henry Hardin Snapper No. 41, spectator writes real and fake weight on paper, a duck folded from paper divines correct one
1985 Self-Working Paper Magic 75
Gary Lee Williams Friends & Lovers un-morbid living and dead test with lovers-presentation
1986 The New York Magic Symposium — Collection 5 121
Theophil "Philius" Weidmann "Living or Dead" - Test
1987 Gimmick (Issue 8) 8
Paul Hallas Mail and Female sex detector plot, cards in envelopes
1990 Mental Mix 12
Toni Forster Aura - Prediction spectator writes city on cardboard, other cities on other cardboards, mixed, spectator marks one with X below table, it's also predicted
Inspired by
  • routine from Ashton III (Magick No. 354)
Also published here
1993 Avantgarde Magic (Vol. 2 No. Sonderausgabe No. 1) 35
Unknown A Ghostly Problem on billets
1993 The Quick and the Dead 2
David P. Abbott, Al Mann, Dr. Louis Schlesinger Schlesinger's Seance annotated reprint from Abbott's "Behind the Scenes with the Mediums", first divination of which billet contains the dead name, then the name is revealed, method for knowing the relation of the names to the spectator
1993 The Quick and the Dead 5
Al Mann Empty Graves first divination of which billet contains the dead name, then the name is revealed, among several blank billets
1993 The Quick and the Dead 11
Karl Fulves Dating Game three names written on paper, one is the girlfriend, pencil on rubber band moves to answer questions
Related to
  • "Pendulum" (Bob Ostin)
1993 Easy-to-Do Magic Tricks for Children 20
William H. McCaffrey Mac's Dead Name Test "An improvement on Annemann's method."
1994 More Greater Magic 1111
Al Baker 3 Cigarette Papers
1994 More Greater Magic 1244
Theophil "Philius" Weidmann Lebend, tot oder lange nicht gesehen
1995 Hellsehen... ...kinderleicht 25
Paul Lackey Million-Dollar Mind Reader four methods
1996 The Art of Astonishment - Book 2 (Issue Close-up Fantasies 1 & 2) 215
Karl Fulves Portable Crystals clear balloon as "portable crystal ball", billet appears inside, posed as problem
Inspired byRelated to 1996 The Fine Print (Issue 3) 58
Christoph Borer Feuer und Tod cards in front of burning candles, candle with dead person in front extinguishes
Also published here 1997 Seminar 1997 7
Toni Forster Aura-Prediction spectator writes city on cardboard, other cities on other cardboards, mixed, spectator marks one with X below table, it's also predicted
Inspired by
  • routine from Ashton III (Magick No. 354)
Also published here
1997 Mind & Magic Magazine (Vol. 1 No. 1) 13
Paul Alberstat Ideas Galore
  • idea for triple prediction coin routine
  • idea for Living and Dead test
  • Q&A with Jap Box
  • Coin force with folder
1998 Mind & Magic Magazine (Vol. 1 No. 9) 11
Al Baker Checking the Dead Name using a slate
2003 The Secret Ways of Al Baker (Issue Instructions) 547
Al Baker Living and Dead Problem
2003 The Secret Ways of Al Baker (Issue Instructions) 560
Al Baker Magnetisn't billet with special name on it moves, air through tubing in sleeve
2003 The Secret Ways of Al Baker (Issue Instructions) 562
Al Baker Living Dead Test using sharp pencil ruse
2003 The Secret Ways of Al Baker (Issue Magazines) 631
Al Baker Impromptu Living and Dead Trick
2003 The Secret Ways of Al Baker (Issue Notebooks) 718
Al Baker Improved Living and Deack Trick
2003 The Secret Ways of Al Baker (Issue Notebooks) 719
Eric Mead An Auspicious Occasion
Also published here 2003 Connexions 19
Eric Mead An Auspicious Occasion
Related toAlso published here 2006 Tangled Web 219
Christoph Borer Feuer und Tod cards in front of burning candles, candle with dead person in front extinguishes
Also published here 2006 Compilation 137
Jack Avis Lipstick on Pen Point to detect what was written or crossed out first
2006 Rara Avis 36
Román García Test de Vivos y Muertos five blank cards with names, spectator writes years since passing on a paper which is burnt and ashes rubbed on back of the cards, on the card with the dead person the number appears
2010 Nanomagias 103
Barrie Richardson All Gone spectator writes name on one paper, the other have the word "Gone", miscalling
Also published here
  • The Magician, Spring 2007
2011 Curtain Call 67
Dr. Stanley Jaks Crystal Locket with a pendulum, finding the female names among male names
Also published here 2014 The Incredible Dr. Jaks 127
Jared Kopf Living and Dead Dreams suggestion
2016 Vaticinium ex Eventu 41