58 entries in Chain
Creators Title Comments & References Year Source Page AA Categories
Unknown Die mysterieuse Schlinge leather band rolled up, endless chain type game
Nov. 1899 Die Zauberwelt (Vol. 5 No. 11) 174
Professor Hoffmann Concatenation Extraordinary thirty separate metal links links to chain in tumbler
  • thread and gaffed table method
  • A Simpler Method, with the Mirror Glass
1903 Later Magic 94
David Devant Concatenation Extraordinary - Devant's Method chain pieces link, glass with one foot but two bowls in right angle attached
1903 Later Magic 99
Oswald Rae The Mysterious Links separate links form into a chain, using a tray
Related to 1926 Between Ourselves 39
Oswald Rae The Mysterious Links very brief, details in Oswald Rae's "Between Ourselves", separate links form into a chain with tray
Related to 1929 More Practical Patter 32
L. Vosburgh Lyons Chain of Circumstance key chain travels from hand to hand, elaborate set-up in sleeve
1940 The Jinx 51-100 (Issue 100) 609
L. Vosburgh Lyons On the Barrel Head fast and loose with a rope
1943 The Phoenix 1-50 (Issue 40) 164
Walter Essman Bones miniature skull on chain, like ring and string
1953 The Phoenix 251 — 300 (Issue 286) 1142
Lewis Ganson The Figure Eight basic
  • handling the loop
  • 1. the move for catching the finger
  • 2. the false move
  • 3. a finger is placed in each side of figure 8
  • 4. laying out the chain with one finger
the novel moves
  • 1. knot of the loop
  • 2. the ring off the loop
outline of a routine
1967 The Art of Close-Up Magic — Volume 1 86
Ken MacFayden Necklace Necromancy bottom knot of borrowed necklace is cut off and separates the beads and the thread, performer takes everything in his mouth and the necklace is restored
1967 The Art of Close-Up Magic — Volume 1 252
Jack Salvin, Fred Lowe Triple Circle Routine with triple loop, routine
1967 The Art of Close-Up Magic — Volume 1 95
Arthur Setterington A Lock and a Chain and a Key chain fastened with a lock penetrates a wooden hand
1968 The Joe Smith Mysteries 19
Theo "Okito" Bamberg The Linking Chain Links loose chain links link together in a glass, uses the Substitution Principle
1973 The Oriental Magic of the Bambergs 115
Unknown The Chain Gang Escape chain with two rings and padlock
1976 The Big Book of Magic 301
Karl Fulves Robot Ring betting game like endless chain with ring and rope
  • The Win/Lose Option
  • The Must-Lose Option
  • The Must-Win Option
see p. 1149 for comment by Jerry Fulton
Related to 1978 The Chronicles (Issue 6) 1118
George Sands Platform Key-Rect "Two Tricks"
man and woman locked together with chain
1978 The Chronicles (Issue 8) 1135
Al Mann The Shattered Link a selected link from a chain breaks
Inspired by
  • a David Berglas routine
Related to
1979 Magic Castle Lecture 3
Unknown A Borrowed Loop endless chain type layout with rubber band, knowing when pencil or finger will be caught
1979 Elastrix 35
El Duco Chained Key key penetrates chain loop on and off
1980 El Duco's Lecture Notes 3
Jimmy Ray The Magic Figure 8
1980 A Ray of Magic 33
Wayne Dobson Chain Reaction ring appears on chain, with flash paper
Related toVariations 1982 Spell-Binder (Vol. 2 No. 16) 300
Neal Elias Cooper's Swindle
  • Straight Layout
  • Losing Layout
  • Reversed Straight Layout
  • Double Straight Layout: First Method, Seoncd Method
1982 Arcane (Issue 7) 75
Unknown The Spirit Collar No. 33, steal collar escape
1983 101 Psychic Tests 10
Unknown Breaking a Heavy Welded-Link Chain with the Chest Muscles! No. 75
1983 101 Psychic Tests 20
Robert L. Brooks All-in-Air Endless Loop no table handling
Sep. 1983 Apocalypse Vol. 6-10 (Vol. 6 No. 9) 817
Mark Lefler Challenge for Two ring from looped chain (as worn around neck)
July 1984 Apocalypse Vol. 6-10 (Vol. 7 No. 7) 937
Bobby Bernard "Can't Lose" Belt Loop
Sep. 1984 Apocalypse Vol. 6-10 (Vol. 7 No. 9) 968
Tony Miller In-De-Pendant ring off chain with medal on it
Jan. 1984 Apocalypse Vol. 6-10 (Vol. 7 No. 1) 868
John M. Bauman The Missing Link three chain links for "two in hand - one in pocket" with lock appearance finale
Sep. 1985 Apocalypse Vol. 6-10 (Vol. 8 No. 9) 1110
Sol Stone Linking Rings a pair of chain links links and unlinks, several phases and ideas
1985 Best of Friends — Volume II 232
Robert E. Neale Off The Barrelhead stand-up endless chain routine
  • Introduction (credit information)
  • Simple Pickup
1. Right Loop Catches
2. Left Loop Catches
3. Neither Loop Catches
4. Both Loops Catch
  • Advanced Pickups
  • Basic Routine: String Game
  • Advanced Routine: Cord Con
  • Notes
1986 Contemporary Rope Magic — Part III 71
Karrell Fox The "Liquid Chain" Escape Siberian Chain Escape, handcuff escape under cloth with glass production
1988 My Latest Book 121
Karl Fulves Cloverleaf Bet "On the Barrelhead", three loops formed from rope
1988 The Chronicles (Issue 34) 1402
Karl Fulves Non-Working Trix #5 endless chain idea with three loops
1988 Interlocutor (Issue 51) 242
Terri Rogers, Mel Stover Off Key Magic key off chain
Also published here 1988 More Secrets 40
Terri Rogers, Mel Stover Schlüssel-Magie key off chain
Also published here July 1989 Intermagic (Vol. 14 No. 4&5) 161
Karl Fulves Chain Reaction endless chain as game between two participants
1991 Swindle & Cheat 35
Anthony Lindan Forget to Remember business cards threaded on chain, one marked by spectator turns over
1991 The Minotaur (Vol. 3 No. 1) 1
Gene Maze What's the Catch? Routine
Oct. 1991 Apocalypse Vol. 11-15 (Vol. 14 No. 10) 1981
Douglas Cameron Ring of Fire "Professional Routines"
ring appears on chain, with flash paper
Inspired by 1992 Profile (Issue 8) 10
Unknown The Siberian Chain Escape wrists are locked with chain
1993 Tarbell Course in Magic — Volume 8 225
Karl Fulves Catch - No Catch endless chain type routine with piece of string
1993 Easy-to-Do Magic Tricks for Children 30
Unknown Striking the Hour swinging pendulum, unconscious muscular movement
1994 More Greater Magic 1242
Karl Norman The Carnival Loop knot appears on a solid metal chain, knot is plugged off the chain, loop pentetrates spectator's thumb
1995 40 Years at the Forks 72
Robert L. Brooks Fast and Loose Clover no table
May 1996 Apocalypse Vol. 16-20 (Vol. 19 No. 5) 2641
Harold Cataquet The Mouse Trap using string
Aug. 1997 Apocalypse Vol. 16-20 (Vol. 20 No. 8) 2821
Fred Lowe Mein Kettelziehen
1997 Intermagic (Vol. 21 No. 4&5) 165
Dave Robertson The Pin Thing safety pin links to endless chain
Inspired by
  • different method by Franz Biemans
1998 Five Times Five — Scotland 86
David Acer Endless Chain: The Finger Ring Subtlety with a ring on a loop of rope
1999 Natural Selections — Volume II 121
David Berglas Breaking the Chain link on a chain is selected, performer breaks it
Related to 2002 The Mind & Magic of David Berglas 491
Bill Wisch Chain of Events
2010 Prolix (Issue 8) 494
Persi Diaconis, Ron Graham, Robert E. Neale Inside-Outside Endless Chain / Pricking the Garter

  • A Fair Throw
  • A Cheating Throw
  • A Superfair Throw
2012 Magical Mathematics 164
Unknown Five-Finger Exercise with rope, in-the-hands
  • The Apparatus
  • The Can't Win option
  • The Can't Lose Option
  • A Twist To The Tale
2012 Prolix (Issue 10) 660
Dai Vernon A Dai Vernon Trick Chain wrapped around fingers of magician and spectator, chain can escape
2012 Magical Mathematics 171
Paul Vigil Our Kind of Gir(d)l(e) "or Playing Fast and Loose"
chain is made into a figure eight, spectator has to choose which loop is the winning loop, but can never win
2014 Classic Fantastic 93
Paul Vigil Three New Throws formed in the air
  • Throw One (Lose/Lose)
  • Throw Two (Lose/Win)
  • Throw Three (Win/Lose)
2014 Classic Fantastic 106
Unknown A Classic Throw A: The One-Finger Throw (Win/Lose)
B: The One-Finger Throw (Lose/Lose)
2014 Classic Fantastic 115
Christian Scherer, Sveroni Fischerlatein fish on cardboard change size with scale, magic trick based on Jastrow optical Illusion, medal on chain vanishes
Inspired by
  • Toru Suzuki's "Sakkaku Scale" in Richard Kaufman's "Tenyoism - Volume Two", p. 843.
Related to
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