92 entries in Scientific Amusement
  
Creators Title Comments & References Year Source Page AA Categories
Henri Decremps Premiere apparence de Mouvement Perpétuel. on a perpetual motion machine, compass needle moves constantly
1785 Supplément A La Magie Blanche Dévoillée 143
Henri Decremps Autre apparence de Mouvement Perpétuel. other perpetual motion machine, made from wood
1785 Supplément A La Magie Blanche Dévoillée 147
Henri Decremps Machine hydraulique exprimant la circulation du fang dans les veines & les arteres. hydraulic machine to simulate the circulation of the blood in the arteries, variations
1785 Supplément A La Magie Blanche Dévoillée 173
Henri Decremps Expériences nouvelles, & divers Tours d'équilibre. balancing different objects apparently impossible equilibrium
1785 Supplément A La Magie Blanche Dévoillée 268
Unknown Fontaine de circulation, paradoxe et disgression Liquide experience
1786 Testament de Jérôme Sharp 43
H. Röhl Perpetuum-mobile apparent perpetuum mobile construction
July 1895 Die Zauberwelt (Vol. 1 No. 7) 104
Unknown Die gehorsamen Streichhölzer matches in water with heads toward center, the move out in star formation
Nov. 1896 Die Zauberwelt (Vol. 2 No. 11) 173
Unknown Der optische Farbkreisel optical illusion with half colored spinner
Dec. 1896 Die Zauberwelt (Vol. 2 No. 12) 190
Antonio Molini Das furchtsame Streichhölzchen rubber-banded match shoots out when ignited
June 1897 Die Zauberwelt (Vol. 3 No. 6) 93
Antonio Molini Der kleine Springinsfeld paper figure on cork on card on top of full glass, suddenly jumps up
July 1898 Die Zauberwelt (Vol. 4 No. 7) 109
Unknown Das geheimnisvolle Papierfähnchen No. 12, piece of paper with grain and apple moves by itself, experiment
1900 Der Amateurzauberer 162
Unknown Der elektrisierte Spazierstock moving a cane with a paper that has been rubbed and loaded with electricity
Related to Nov. 1900 Die Zauberwelt (Vol. 6 No. 11) 174
Unknown Die frei an der Wand hängende Münze coin sticks to wall, no preparation
Aug. 1901 Die Zauberwelt (Vol. 7 No. 8) 127
Unknown Ein Ei je nach Wunsch auf der Oberfläche des Wassers schwimmen oder in dasselbe niedersinken zu lassen egg floats on water surface or sinks down as spectators wish
Sep. 1901 Die Zauberwelt (Vol. 7 No. 9) 137
Unknown Das Balancieren eines Eies balancing an egg on its tip, two methods
Sep. 1901 Die Zauberwelt (Vol. 7 No. 9) 138
Unknown Das rotierende Ei rotating an egg on a plate
Sep. 1901 Die Zauberwelt (Vol. 7 No. 9) 139
Antonio Molini Ein Zündholz mit einem Tropfen Wasser anzuzünden "lighting a match with a drop of water"
Oct. 1901 Die Zauberwelt (Vol. 7 No. 10) 159
Unknown Die rastlose Weintraube grape floating up and down in champagne
Oct. 1901 Die Zauberwelt (Vol. 7 No. 10) 159
Unknown Zum Elektrisierten Spazierstock clarifying illustration for the effect
Related to Feb. 1901 Die Zauberwelt (Vol. 7 No. 2) 30
Unknown Der zerschlagene Stock wooden stick held by two paper rings, stick broken with a hit but paper remains intact
Apr. 1901 Die Zauberwelt (Vol. 7 No. 4) 61
Unknown Experiment with Corks non-magical science experiment
1902 The Modern Conjurer 293
Unknown Atmospheric Pressure liquid remains in glass swung around, non-magical science experiment
1902 The Modern Conjurer 301
Unknown How Water Deceives non-magical science experiment
1902 The Modern Conjurer 312
Unknown Pins into a Small Glass already Full of Water non-magical science experiment
1902 The Modern Conjurer 294
Unknown A New Umbrella Stand non-magical science experiment
1902 The Modern Conjurer 303
Unknown A Novel Way to Slice a Pear non-magical science experiment
1902 The Modern Conjurer 312
Unknown Magnetised Paper non-magical science experiment
1902 The Modern Conjurer 294
Unknown Electricity on the Spot non-magical science experiment
1902 The Modern Conjurer 304
Unknown Magnetised Marionettes non-magical science experiment
1902 The Modern Conjurer 314
Unknown A Simple Coin Trick coin in broken match into bottle, non-magical science experiment
1902 The Modern Conjurer 295
Unknown Cardboard Figures Blow Out and Light a Candle non-magical science experiment
1902 The Modern Conjurer 306
Unknown To Empty a Glassful of Water with a Bottle also Full of Water non-magical science experiment
1902 The Modern Conjurer 315
Unknown To Pick a Floating Indiarubber Ball up from a Basin of Water with the Mouth non-magical science experiment
1902 The Modern Conjurer 295
Unknown Superior to the Spirit Level non-magical science experiment
1902 The Modern Conjurer 307
Unknown To Bore a Hole through a Pin with a Needle non-magical science experiment
1902 The Modern Conjurer 315
Unknown A Bottle Cannon and Seidlitz Powder non-magical science experiment
1902 The Modern Conjurer 290
Unknown The Home-Made Cinematograph non-magical science experiment
1902 The Modern Conjurer 296
Unknown Objects Suspended Without any Support vacuum, non-magical science experiment
1902 The Modern Conjurer 307
Unknown Egg Spinning non-magical science experiment
1902 The Modern Conjurer 316
Unknown Shark in the Fish-pond non-magical science experiment
1902 The Modern Conjurer 291
Unknown An Egg and Bottle Trick non-magical science experiment
1902 The Modern Conjurer 297
Unknown The Burnt Thread non-magical science experiment
1902 The Modern Conjurer 310
Unknown To Suspend a Glass Full of Water non-magical science experiment
1902 The Modern Conjurer 317
Alphonse Wunnenburger Eine elektrische Spielerei paper sticks to hand
Mar. 1902 Die Zauberwelt (Vol. 8 No. 3) 45
Unknown A Dodge with a Sixpence non-magical science experiment
1902 The Modern Conjurer 293
Unknown Perpetual Motion non-magical science experiment
1902 The Modern Conjurer 299
Unknown To Bore a Hole Through a Coin with a Needle non-magical science experiment
1902 The Modern Conjurer 311
Unknown The Travelling Egg non-magical science experiment
1902 The Modern Conjurer 318
Carl Willmann Der Radiograph "Ein amerikanisches Wunder", Gee-haw whammy diddle (Hui-Maschine), toy
Sep. 1903 Die Zauberwelt (Vol. 9 No. 9) 142
Unknown Joey Hoppensack poses a problem and its answer... string melts into ice cube, physics
1941 The Jinx 101-151 (Issue 138) 784
Martin Gardner Japanese Paper Bird bird fold that flaps its wings, application with flash paper and coin appearing from bird or traveling in bird
Inspired by
  • "Houdini's Paper Magic" (p. 117)
Related to
  • "Scientific Recreations" (Tissandier, 1881, French work)
1941 After the Dessert 11
Eddie Joseph A Dose for the Smart Guy glass of water under newspaper, paper whipped away, as sucker trick, coins balanced on glass
1942 Coin and Money Magic 40
Eddie Joseph The Kick coin stack on table, coin rolls towards it and knocks out selected coin
Related to 1942 Coin and Money Magic 48
Eddie Joseph Perfect Timing two coins on table edge, pushed off table towards floor, one straight down one sharply forward, they hit floor together
1942 Coin and Money Magic 85
Eddie Joseph Good Shootin' coin stack on table, coin rolls towards it and knocks out selected coins
Related to 1942 Coin and Money Magic 105
Martin Gardner Beery salt spilled in beer rises to top, see also p. 758
1949 The Phoenix 151-200 (Issue 188) 754
Ormond McGill The Pendulum: In Performance
  • constructing the pendulum
  • operating the pendulum
  • powers of the pendulum
  • individuality in working with the pendulum
  • experimental evidence with the pendulum
  • and as to miracle
1951 Psychic Magic — Vol. 6 24
Unknown Whisky-Water Transposition glass with whisky is placed inverted on glass with water, liquids transpose, physics, see p. 94 for more information
1962 Malini and His Magic 48
Eddie Joseph Indian Rice Stabbing Illusion first one cup of rice fills six cups, then glass jar of rice clings to stick or knife
1969 The Art of Eddie Joseph 225
Stewart James, Gene Gray A Match for Gravity watch and match tied to thread, over stick, see p. 337 for reference
Apr. 1970 The Pallbearers Review Vol. 5-8 (Vol. 5 No. 6) 330
Patrick Page Ping-Pong on the Nose balancing a paper tube on the nose and throwing balls into it
1974 Tricks with Paper 15
Unknown Picture Gallery paper can be folded so it shows different pictures
1974 Tricks with Paper 41
Unknown Moving Pictures how to make a flick book
1974 Tricks with Paper 62
Unknown How to Make a Parachute
1974 Tricks with Handkerchiefs 56
Unknown There She Blows coin spins on glass, stunt
1974 Tricks with Coins 23
Patrick Page The Revolving Snake
  • How to Make a Fascinating Novelty
Paper snake on wire is put on lamp and starts to spin as long as the lamp is alight
1974 Tricks with Paper 9
Patrick Page An Impromptu Propellor little tray formed from cigarette paper, spins on finger,
1974 Tricks with Paper 12
Patrick Page The Balancing Note on the nose and on the finger
1974 Tricks with Paper 14
Newman the Hypnotist Telekinesis construction spins under glass cylinder, physics
Also published here
  • "Telekinesis" (Sphinx, April 1923, Vol. 22 No. 2)
1975 Mind & Matter 53
Karl Fulves Zero Gee Lunaball (scientific toy), light metal sphere with magnetic outer surface, close-up levitation
Related to Jan. 1975 The Pallbearers Review Vol. 9-10 (Vol. 10 No. 3) 841
Joseph Dunninger Trick Sugar sugar cube thrown in bowl of water, it first sinks but then rises back to surface, chemical
Mar. 1975 The Pallbearers Review Vol. 9-10 (Vol. 10 No. 5) 869
Karl Fulves Solid Liquid "Curiosities"
seesaw set-up with two filled glasses, ruler and pencil, it swings when water is pushed and thus water is apparently solid, physics
Inspired by
  • Martin Gardner's "Science Puzzlers"
1978 The Chronicles (Issue 12) 1182
Karl Fulves, Martin Gardner Psychic Motors "Curiosities"
piece of paper spins on the tip of a needle
  • Martin Gardner's Method (Scientific American, April 1975)
  • Streamlined Psychic
  • Stop/Reverse
1978 The Chronicles (Issue 11) 1168
Unknown The Ghost and the Arrow arrow reverses when viewed through glass of water, physics
1979 Elastrix 40
Unknown Fire Power No. 24, compass needle moves, iron in staple in matchbook influences needle
1979 Self-Working Mental Magic 36
Karl Fulves Einstein Centennial thoughts on various ideas in physics
  • Bang Bang
  • 90% Paradox (Sturgeon's Law)
  • Time Out
1979 Interlocutor (Issue 29) 111
Karl Fulves Time Turned Backwards physics musings
1979 Interlocutor (Issue 38) 152
Unknown Crash - Diving Submarine raisins in club soda rise up and down, physics
1979 Elastrix 38
Unknown The Twirling Cigarette Paper spins on tip of finger, physics
1979 Elastrix 38
Unknown The Deceptive Hairpin one or two ends of wire pin put on spectator's arm, he doesn't know if one or two pins without looking, physics
1979 Elastrix 39
Unknown Reflexes No. 26, bill dropped through fingers, cannot be caught
1989 Self-Working Coin Magic 38
Unknown Metal bending No. 27, coin apparently soft and bent back and forth
1989 Self-Working Coin Magic 39
Martin Gardner Blow Up marshmallow grows to twice the size in vacuum and then instantly collapses again
1993 Rigmarole (Issue 1) 10
Joseph K. Schmidt Star Burst "four psychic tricks" No. 3
broken toothpicks rearrange themselves into star configuration under paper cover, water makes them unbend, quirting lighter
1993 Rigmarole (Issue 3) 30
Martin Gardner Rising Marble marble rises to the top in rice-filled glass
Also published here
  • "Physics Teacher" (Sept. 1994)
1994 Rigmarole (Issue 10) 115
Karl Fulves Reverso No. 39, numbers, words and designs appear in mirror image through glass of water
1995 Easy Magic 56
Martin Gardner Pepper presentation for the stunt in which pepper in water rushes to the edge of the glass, soap
1997 The Fine Print (Issue 6) 154
Barrie Richardson Letting Go! presentation for James's effect, mug tied on a string is dropped, but the string loops around a pencil just before object fall on floor
Inspired by 2005 Act Two 175
Barrie Richardson The Astonishing Rice Jar Suspension filled glass jar of rice clings to knife
Also published here
  • Concepts & Deceptions Lecture Notes, 1999
2005 Act Two 196
Karl Fulves Crushed filling plastic bottle with hot water, emptying it and capping it, it deforms, variation with special brand
2005 Latter Day Secrets (Issue 10) 398
Michael Powers Science Friction straw balanced on saltshaker, straw moves and is animated, static electricity
Related to 2006 Power Plays 229
Stewart James A Match for Gravity Bar bet, looping pendulum, heavy expensive object tied on a string is dropped, but the string loops around a pencil just before object fall on floor
VariationsAlso published here
  • Linking Ring, Sep 1926
2007 The Essential Stewart James 5