85 entries in Numbers / Miscellaneous
  
Creators Title Comments & References Year Source Page AA Categories
Unknown How, on delivering a Ring to a Number of Persons, to find which Person has got it, which Hand it is on, which Finger, and which Joint. people seated in a row and numbered, calculation is made and result gives answers
1784 Breslaw's Last Legacy 40
Unknown Le Petit Chasseur automaton with a bow shoots arrow on a cardboard and hits selected number
1784 La Magie Blanche Dévoilée 42
Henri Decremps Démonstration de mémoire avec un livre de 100 pages de chiffres Memory demonstration with a 100-page book of numbers
1786 Testament de Jérôme Sharp 319
Adolphe "Magicus" Blind The Demon Digits three cards with numbers arrange themselves in requested order
Also published here 1911 Later Magic 581
Adolphe "Magicus" Blind The Demon Digits three cards with numbers arrange themselves in requested order
Also published here 1911 Magical Titbits 29
Edward Bagshawe A Tissue Paper Mystery number cards, one chosen, LIAR is seen on tissue paper, when turned over and AR removed, it reads 17 which is the chosen number
1924 Exclusive Problems in Magic 47
Oswald Rae The Elusive Digits four cards with numbers from one to four in a glass frame, arrange in wanted order, second set of cards in card stand
1926 Between Ourselves 34
Tom Sellers Double Date dates of two borrowed coins divined, dates written into grid on a paper by spectator
Variations 1931 Magical Pleasantries 8
Unknown Telling a Chosen Card Divine value of playing card via mathematical method (multiply by three, add six, divide by three)
1949 Tricks and Stunts With Playing Cards 25
Unknown The Elevens Stunt Mathematical stunt, place three cards on table, numbers can always be divided by eleven
1949 Tricks and Stunts With Playing Cards 20
Ronald B. Edwards Think of a Number business cards with number written on them, chosen number is spelled and card with same number is found
1954 The New Phoenix 301-348 (Issue 309) 34
Jack Yates Object in Mind divination of one of three objects, mathematical principle
1954 Minds in Close-Up 25
Royal Vale Heath Heath's "Tappit" Tapping the Hours type of trick, but with colored tiles and numbers printed on them
Inspired by 1956 Mathematics, Magic And Mystery 102
Will Blyth Blyth's Domino Box Dominoes in a box shifted, the spots on the dominoes will predict how many have been shifted
Variations 1956 Mathematics, Magic And Mystery 110
Martin Gardner The Mysteries of Seven Explains why the number nine has such weird properties
1956 Mathematics, Magic And Mystery 168
Lloyd E. Jones The Cyclic Number A packet containing six cards forming the number 142857, when multiplied by any number from 2 to 6, gives a result which the cards themselves reveal
1956 Mathematics, Magic And Mystery 9
Royal Vale Heath Heath's Bill Trick Serial number divination, very mathematical
1956 Mathematics, Magic And Mystery 52
Max Katz Favorite Number calculation in which favorite number appears nine times at the end
1957 26 Originals 23
Paul Swinford Time on my Hands twelve chips with numbers on one side and letters on other side, five color coded control cards (CCCC), clock layout, a chosen number is eventually revealed
1971 Lecture Notes 3
Martin Gardner Paradox Papers paper with numbers in a 4x4 grid is folded into small square, edges cut off, then all even numbers are one way and the odds another, application with cards, Steve Shimm suggestion, tapestry handling, see also p. 521 for Gene Nielson handling, H. E. Dudeney
Inspired by
  • Henry Dudeny puzzle from "Modern Puzzles" (1926)
Related toVariationsAlso published here
July 1971 The Pallbearers Review Vol. 5-8 (Vol. 6 No. 9) 429
Jerry Mentzer Numbers Game several numbers are written next to letters of the alphabet, one letter is selected with ABC cards and performer divines number
1972 The Compleat Magick — Volume I (Issue 65) 323
Sam Lloyd The Missing Digit spectator form two numbers from all ten digits, adds them and removes one digit from answer which the performer divines, from a Dover collection edited by Martin Gardner
Dec. 1972 The Pallbearers Review Vol. 5-8 (Vol. 8 No. 2) 578
Karl Fulves Mathemagic intro
June 1974 The Pallbearers Review Vol. 9-10 (Vol. 9 No. 8) 750
L. Vosburgh Lyons Add and Subtract number thing with desk calculator
June 1974 The Pallbearers Review Vol. 9-10 (Vol. 9 No. 8) 750
Stewart Judah Lightning Strikes Thrice three numbers and totals arrived at with blank cards, they are all identical, see p. 1053 for note by Johnnie Murray
Related toVariationsAlso published here Autumn 1974 The Pallbearers Review Vol. 9-10 (Vol. 9 No. 10th Folio (Part One)) 798
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
Arthur Hill Smart As Hell numbers written on slip, some chosen, person with higher total wins, amazingly the totals are equal
June 1975 The Pallbearers Review Vol. 9-10 (Vol. 10 No. 8) 969
Karl Fulves Math Trix intro
Oct. 1975 The Pallbearers Review Vol. 9-10 (Vol. 10 No. 12) 1057
Jack Bridwell Flash-Mental cards with simple math problems, selected one is divined
1976 The Compleat Magick — Volume II (Issue 148) 738
Harry Lorayne Number Magic
1977 The Magic Book 208
Harry Lorayne The Missing Digit spectator circles a digit and calls out the others, circled digit divined
1977 The Magic Book 211
Harry Lorayne Your Lucky Number after some calculation, all digits of the result are the lucky digit
1977 The Magic Book 217
Karl Fulves Numerology performer and spectator choose a digit from serial of a bill, after some calculation the spectator has a two-digit number with both those digits
1977 The Magic Book 36
Karl Fulves Change in Mind "as many pennies as you have, plus three more, plus enough left over...", trick that fooled Einstein with coins
Variations 1977 The Magic Book 83
Larry Becker The New Math Miracle six cards with numbers on both sides in envelopes, shuffled and turned over by spectator, total is divined
Inspired by 1978 World of Super Mentalism 29
Dr. Dan J. Alessini SH-H-! 25 number card with numbers from one to five, spectator divines if numbers match or not
1979 The Compleat Magick — Volume III (Issue 233) 1161
Sam Schwartz Hypno-Math No. 8, spectator cannot add two numbers correctly, upside-down numbers
1979 Self-Working Mental Magic 10
Howard A. Adams Numeru 52 number cards, one is removed without looking and performer removes two cards, cards are placed face-up where spectator cuts, deck is shown in numerical order and cards placed at correct spot, when both numbers are added the result equals the selection
1980 OICUFESP (Issue 4 - esp card & mental miracles RETURN) 7
Alex Elmsley Liar's Matrix 0-1-combinations, 1 bit changed in any line gives a unique line
1980 Curioser 29
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
Unknown Step Right Up No. 4, sixteen slips, half with "i owe you $1", half with "you owe me $1", spectator writes down 1, 2, 4, 8 in any order with plus or minus between and counts to a slip and loses
1983 Self-Working Number Magic 5
Stewart Judah Lightning Strikes Thrice No. 10, three numbers and totals arrived at with blank cards, they are all identical
Also published here 1983 Self-Working Number Magic 12
Unknown Computer Dating No. 2, two persons write a digit, calculation done with one digit leads to two-digit number composed of both original numbers
1983 Self-Working Number Magic 2
Martin Gardner Paradox Papers No. 9, paper with numbers in a 4x4 grid is folded into small square, edges cut off, then all even numbers are one way and the odds another, application with card values on paper or card layout (chosen card turned over is only odd-colored at the end)
Also published here 1985 Self-Working Paper Magic 18
Karl Fulves Mind Scan No. 57, two cardboards, one has triangle and circle cut out, other has some numbers, spectator puts first one on top of second one, adds numbers that are visible and announces total, performer knows numbers and which is in circle
Related to 1985 Self-Working Paper Magic 100
Unknown Mah Jongg Cubes colored squares with numbers on other side, number selected and spelled with mixed squares
1985 The Fred Braue Notebooks (Issue 1) 20
Martin Gardner The Binary System historical information and punch card sorting applications
  • sorting 32 punch cards in numerical order
  • divining selected number
  • solving logic problem
VariationsAlso published here
  • Scientific American, Dec. 1960
1986 The Cyberdeck 1
Karl Fulves Unlisted Numbers four discs with four numbers on each, spectator choses one disc, all put in pocket, performer finds right one without looking
1993 Easy-to-Do Magic Tricks for Children 28
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
Karl Fulves Jumble number up to twelve chosen, letters that spell the number taken from letter deck, second number as well, performer looks at all letters shuffled together and announced both numbers, with two more uses of Sallows Square
  • Crosswords
  • Si Minus (card counting analog)
1994 Verbatim (Issue 10) 137
Karl Fulves Matrix Notes
1994 Crooked Tales 74
Karl Fulves Jumbled Numbers No. 33, seven numbers on slips of paper are threaded onto safety pin in random order, performer takes it behind his back and tears off the numbers in order of spectator's phone number
1995 Easy Magic 46
Karl Fulves Down-Under Age Cards reporting a misplaced idea in which number cards are down-under dealt
1995 The Fine Print (Issue 1) 4
Karl Fulves Comment on Contest Influence five cards, one One and four Zeros, put in any order and the resulting number is paid out
Inspired by
  • "Contest Influence" (Robert Ecklund, Ed Mellon's "Mental Wise")
Variations
1995 The Fine Print (Issue 2) 31
Maurice Kraitchik Age Cards Automaton
Also published here
  • Mathematical Recreations
1996 The Fine Print (Issue 4) 68
Max Abrams Contest Influence Solutions five cards, one One and four Zeros, put in any order and the resulting number is paid out, two methods, velleda
Inspired byRelated to 1996 The Fine Print (Issue 4) 90
Alex Elmsley Tailpiece revealing a number typed into the calculator of a windows computer
1996 Mouse Magic 51
Mel Bennett Millennium Minus 5 properties of the number 1995
1996 The Fine Print (Issue 4) 67
Martin Gardner, Dr. Irving Joshua Matrix A New Year Curiosity "Dot Com - Tricks and stunts with numbers"
apparently random calculation with a 3x3 matrix, 1997 arrived at
VariationsAlso published here
  • REC Newsletter (Michael Ecker)
1997 The Fine Print (Issue 5) 127
Sam Schwartz A Very Good Year "Dot Com - Tricks and stunts with numbers"
apparently random calculation with a 3x3 matrix, 1998 arrived at
Inspired by 1997 The Fine Print (Issue 6) 163
Karl Fulves Pick A No. "Short Takes"
way to get a small number when required
1998 The Fine Print (Issue 8) 231
Karl Fulves Your Better Half "Dot Com - Tricks and stunts with numbers"
age revealed after some number calculation
1998 The Fine Print (Issue 8) 250
Karl Fulves Totalizer "An impromptu trick with four dice"
four dice put on table with One-Two-Five-Six sides up, spectator follows some instructions or not while back is turned and covers dice, performer arranges dice so that two left dice have same total as right dice
2001 Latter Day Secrets (Issue 5) 128
David Berglas Cryptomania board to transcribe letters into numbers, names become numbers etc
2002 The Mind & Magic of David Berglas 455
Karl Fulves Alpha Numeric further notes on Combo system and number systems
  • The Octal System
  • The Hexadecimal System
  • Binary To Hex
2005 Combo II 112
Karl Fulves Odd Bits self-similar sequence oddity
2005 Combo II 118
Karl Fulves Binary Basics explaining binary numbers
2005 Combo II 5
Mel Bennett Easy As Abc calculator option for simplifying task to spectators in division tricks
Inspired by
  • Zangbar Zackleback Problem (Genii, June 1952, Oct. 1958, Ibidem #12-14)
Related to
2006 Prolix (Issue 2) 109
Karl Fulves Digit Daze memorizing digits
2007 Word Play 49
Robert E. Neale Breaking Bread Small pieces of bread placed in groups that form a square, even though some are eaten, the amount of bread stays the same, mathematical principle (edge counting)
Inspired by 2008 This Is Not a Book 16
Robert E. Neale I Bless Bile Cards with numbers on them used to spell various words when turned upside down, then flipped over to reveal a skull picture
Inspired by 2008 This Is Not a Book 87
Mel Bennett Nothing Test numbers chosen and put in calculator, divided by numbers chosen from deck of cards, remainder given out in money, it is zero three times
2010 Prolix (Issue 7) 435
Karl Fulves Perpetual "In Order"
four cardboard pieces with numbers on both sides are in envelopes, with his back turned the performer orders them in numerical order
Variations 2011 Prolix (Issue 9) 571
Karl Fulves Perpetual Notions "Notes on 'Perpetual'"
four cardboard pieces with numbers on both sides are in envelopes, with his back turned the performer orders them in numerical order
  • Tight Circle
  • In Color
  • Picking Numbers
  • Perceptual
  • Using Windows
  • Perpetual Numbers
Inspired by 2011 Xtra Credit (Issue 9) 57
G Amnesia (失忆症) You make spectator forget a number you wrote down: you write four numbers, spectator only remembers three
2014 Inspiration 51
Roberto Giobbi Name a Number other ways to arrive at a number instead of just asking for one
2016 Hidden Agenda (Issue Feb 19) 54
Roberto Giobbi How to Lie With Statistics
2016 Hidden Agenda (Issue Mar 28) 92
Roberto Giobbi 52! = 8.07 x 1067 as presentational hook
2016 Hidden Agenda (Issue July 20) 208
Roberto Giobbi Formula X on mathematics & magic
2016 Hidden Agenda (Issue Nov 26) 339
Roberto Giobbi Mathematical Curiosities (2^2)^2 = 2^(2^2), presentational idea
2016 Hidden Agenda (Issue Jan 8) 11
Roberto Giobbi Fibonacci Numbers about hidden structures and curiosities
2016 Hidden Agenda (Issue Feb 5) 40
殷欣 (Sion) 暧昧 (Ambiguous) Magician correctly divines spectator's birthdate and astrological sign, propless
Related to 2017 暧昧 12
Bob Farmer The Trinary Number System "Don't be afraid of the math - it is your friend."
2017 The Bammo Tarodiction Toolbox 40
Jon Allen, Shimon Nahamani Numballoon Prediction Use numbered balloons to predict serial number on dollar bill
2017 The Interrobang Lecture 12
Bob Farmer 1 to 53 in Standard Ternary table
2017 The Bammo Tarodiction Toolbox 56