38 entries in Paper / Envelopes / Peeking
Creators Title Comments & References Year Source Page AA Categories
Carl Willmann Briefkasten answering letters, on using "professor", Embryoskop (Prof. Dr. W. Preyer), reading letter inside envelope (alcohol), x-rays, colored ashes from bowl of water (sand-like)
May 1896 Die Zauberwelt (Vol. 2 No. 5) 80
Unknown Magische X-Strahlen performer is able to read content of envelope, x-ray patter, alcohol
Mar. 1897 Der Zauberspiegel (Vol. 2 No. 7) 106
Unknown Making Envelope Transparent alcohol, method with box and sponge in pocket
Related to 1911 Mind Reading Secrets and Sealed Billet Reading 22
T. Page Wright Envelope Card Reading cards in envelope, performer names them one by one
1933 Page Wright's Notebook 19
Robert Parrish The Ultimate One Man Sealed Message Reading System 1. Collecting the Envelopes
2. Reading the Messages
3. Returning the Card and Envelope
4. Returning the Next to the Last Message
5. Reading the Last Message
1937 You'd be Surprised 22
Unknown Making Envelope transparent alcohol
1939 The Jinx 51-100 (Issue 56) 398
Frank Kelly A Telepathic Experiment number and geometric design divined
1939 The Magic Annual for 1938 and 1939 116
Unknown Making Envelope transparent alcohol
1940 The Jinx 101-151 (Issue 114) 674
Unknown Glimpse Envelope to glimpse single card in envelope
1941/27 Tarbell Course in Magic — Volume 1 200
Fredric Kolb Envelope Switch and Peek
1945 Miracles in Mentalism and Psychic Experimentation 10
Harlan Tarbell Postal Inspection card is placed in envelope and divined, peek envelope
1945 Miracles in Mentalism and Psychic Experimentation 30
John Brown Cook, Arthur H. Buckley The Open Window divination of a city, written on paper and sealed in envelope
1947 Gems of Mental Magic 90
Harold Braunhut Thoughts Afire secret reading method for text written on postcard put in envelope
1948/27 Tarbell Course in Magic — Volume 5 166
George B. Anderson Getting the Impression questions are written on paper and put into envelopes, after the questions have been answered the envelopes are burnt in a bowl
Variations 1949 It Must Be Mindreading 15
C. E. Young The Invisible Window special design for window envelope, peek
1951 Ireland's Yearbooks (Issue Yearbook 1951) 26
Sydney Bergson Sid's Seer sponge with alcohol dispenser for sealed message reading
Related to 1954 The New Phoenix 301-348 (Issue 313) 55
Gene "Phantini" Grant Challenge Dollar Bill Test bill in envelope and between slates, still performer divines serial number
1955 Phantini's Lost Book of Mental Secrets 10
Tony Corinda (3) The Window Envelope
1959 Question and Answer (Readings) 345
Max Lister Easy Message Reading alcohol to make envelope transparent
1972 Tarbell Course in Magic — Volume 7 62
James G. Thompson Jr. Third Eye window envelope handling, see p. 527 for idea by Bob Still
Winter 1972 The Pallbearers Review Vol. 5-8 (Vol. 7 No. 6th Folio) 492
James G. Thompson Jr. Improved Question Reading envelopes
  • Part Two (shorter test with only three envelopes)
  • Part Three (as a two-person act)
Also published here Winter 1972 The Pallbearers Review Vol. 5-8 (Vol. 7 No. 6th Folio) 494
James G. Thompson Jr. Strongest Thought five spectators write stuff on billets, secret instructions on what type of information to write on billet, sealed envelope reading method, chalk with razor blade
Winter 1972 The Pallbearers Review Vol. 5-8 (Vol. 7 No. 6th Folio) 498
Al Mann Instant Mindreader
June 1974 The Pallbearers Review Vol. 9-10 (Vol. 9 No. 8) 744
Robert Parrish Great Slate Test chosen card divined on slate and duplicate writing appears on another slate, repeated with random name written down by spectator
Inspired by
  • Laurie Ireland's "Three Slate Routines" (1930s)
Summer 1974 The Pallbearers Review Vol. 9-10 (Vol. 9 No. 9th Folio) 765
Ronnie Gann It's About Time! time is set behind back and put in envelope, time is divined
1976 The Compleat Magick — Volume II (Issue 147) 733
Al Mann The Sibylline Messages cards in envelopes with questions and messages on it are divined and answered
1977 The Sibylline Messages 1
Al Mann The Preparation constructing The Sibylline Envelope
1977 The Sibylline Messages 2
Al Mann The Flight of the Griffins spectator writes a question and drops it addressed to the performer into the mail box, performer does the same with the answer, the next day they find out it is correct, with Sibylline envelopes
Inspired by
  • Spencer Thornton's "Anytime, Anywhere - For Newspaper Publicity" in "Secrets of Mental Magic"
1977 The Sibylline Messages 9
Al Mann Notes ideas and tips for the Sibylline Envelope
1977 The Sibylline Messages 11
James G. Thompson Jr. Modernes Zettellesen envelopes
  • Teil 2 (shorter test with only three envelopes)
  • Teil 3 (as a two-person act)
Also published here July 1977 Intermagic (Vol. 4 No. 3) 117
Theodore Annemann Verschiedene Spezialdaumenspitzen - 1. sponge in thumb tip with chemical that makes envelopes translucent
Aug. 1979 Intermagic (Vol. 6 No. 2) 72
Mike Caveney A Bloody Prediction murder story, prediction of a stabbing wound, comedy routine
1981 Magicomedy 57
Al Mann Peeking Envelope with window
1982 Of Gifts and Talents 2
Robert Cassidy The Two Envelope Test (Also knwon as The White Dwarf) information written on card and sealed inside two envelopes is divined, see-through
1984 The Art of Mentalism 35
Robert Cassidy A Picture and A Word messages written and sealed inside two envelopes, using The White Dwarf principle
1984 The Art of Mentalism 36
James G. Thompson Jr. Der Gedankenfänger spectator thinks of an umbrella word, five spectators write down a word belonging to that category, performer divines category and gives words back to correct spectators
1998 Intermagic (Vol. 22 No. 1) 33
Basil Horwitz Challenge Body Language Zodiac Test divination of a chosen zodiac, zodiac cards, one put in envelope
2004 The Mental Magick of Basil Horwitz — Volume 5 17
Barrie Richardson The Osmosis Envelope gimmicked pay envelope, spectator can seal message inside, yet performer can access and glimpse content
2011 Curtain Call 181