80 entries in Silk & Handkerchief / Vanish / Bare Handed
Creators Title Comments & References Year Source Page AA Categories
Unknown The Hand Box, for Vanishing a Handkerchief secret container attached to hand
Related to 1876 Modern Magic 263
Unknown To "Vanish" a Handkerchief (Sundry methods.) false transfer
1890 More Magic 207
Unknown Throw Vanish as handkerchief is apparently thrown into air
1890 More Magic 209
Buatier de Kolta The Buatier "Pull"
Related to 1890 More Magic 209
Buatier de Kolta The "Bare-armed Vanish" pull without sleeve
1890 More Magic 211
Buatier de Kolta Another bare-armed Vanish
Related to 1890 More Magic 213
Buatier de Kolta The Dissolving Handkerchiefs two handkerchiefs vanish and reappear underneath upside down plate
Related to 1890 More Magic 214
Carl Willmann Der künstliche Finger about the fake finger, vanishing and appearing silk application, also with tip of finger removable, flower production application
June 1895 Die Zauberwelt (Vol. 1 No. 6) 94
Jenkins 1. Die Fadenschlinge nach Jenkins loop around hand to fixate and hide silk
July 1895 Die Zauberwelt (Vol. 1 No. 7) 102
Unknown Das Verschwinden eines Tuches in freier Hand with extra dummy corner
Nov. 1895 Die Zauberwelt (Vol. 1 No. 11) 167
Carl Willmann Willmann's auslösbare Zugmechanik für Tücher lockable silk pull system, detailed
Related to Dec. 1896 Die Zauberwelt (Vol. 2 No. 12) 182
Friedrich W. Conradi-Horster Die neue Zugmechanik "Einige Hilfsmittel der Magie"
lockable pull mechanism
Related toVariations Sep. 1896 Der Zauberspiegel (Vol. 2 No. 1) 1
Unknown Das Tuch auf Reisen silk appears and vanishes in bare hands
Oct. 1896 Der Zauberspiegel (Vol. 2 No. 2) 18
Unknown Der Verschwindungscylinder "Einige Hilfsmittel der Magie"
small black container/cylinder on a pull to vanish objects
Dec. 1896 Der Zauberspiegel (Vol. 2 No. 4) 49
Friedrich W. Conradi-Horster Die höchste Potenz der Geschwindigkeit four large different-colored silks vanish at once, dummy with four corners to fake existence of silks in hand
Related toAlso published here May 1897 Der Zauberspiegel (Vol. 2 No. 9) 132
Carl Willmann Willmann's Cigarrenklammer holder for cigar, for vanishing
Sep. 1897 Die Zauberwelt (Vol. 3 No. 9) 134
Unknown Die Blechattrappe "Einige Hilfsmittel der Magie"
container with lids sticking out to hold it between fingers behind hand
Feb. 1897 Der Zauberspiegel (Vol. 2 No. 6) 81
Carl Willmann Die Tuchmechanik discussions of different pulls, pendulum, sleeve, celluloid container
Variations May 1898 Die Zauberwelt (Vol. 4 No. 5) 71
Carl Willmann Zum Tuchverschwinden on the silk vanish with black celluloid egg
Inspired by Nov. 1898 Die Zauberwelt (Vol. 4 No. 11) 170
Fr. Maubach Das Verschwinden von vier verschiedenfarbigen Tüchern four large different-colored silks vanish at once, dummy with four corners to fake existence of silks in hand, pull
Related to Aug. 1899 Die Zauberwelt (Vol. 5 No. 8) 119
Unknown Das aus freier Hand verschwindende Tuch
Nov. 1899 Die Zauberwelt (Vol. 5 No. 11) 168
Unknown Das Eskamotieren vanishes without a false-transfer
  • one-handed back palm coin vanish
  • one-handed silk vanish (with rubber band at back of hand)
Related to 1899 Jedermann Zauberkünstler! 142
Unknown Die sich vermehrenden Tücher three silks produced in bare hands, then vanished again, secret pockets in silks and loop for thumb
Also published here Sep. 1900 Die Zauberwelt (Vol. 6 No. 9) 140
Carl Willmann Der künstliche Finger triangle finger attachment with bigger loading chamber, American origin
Mar. 1901 Die Zauberwelt (Vol. 7 No. 3) 41
Buatier de Kolta Die Wanderung der Tücher six different-colored silks vanish, first two, then three, then last one
Dec. 1902 Die Zauberwelt (Vol. 8 No. 12) 183
Friedrich "Fritz" Hügli 1. Der Verschwindungsapparat für Tücher methods to vanish silks, pulls, holdouts and false finger gimmick
1902 Moderne Magie 55
Carl Willmann Improved "Pulls"
  • Willmann's Vanisher
vanishing handkerchief application
1903 Later Magic 33
Friedrich W. Conradi-Horster, Unknown To Vanish Four Handkerchiefs Simultaneously dummy with four small silks sewn together blendo-like to fake existence of all four
Also published here 1903 Later Magic 287
Joseph Michael Hartz The False Thumb
1903 Later Magic 214
Maurice Garland A Postscript
  • Handkerchief to Egg with ping-pong ball
  • Silk & Egg shown, silk vanishes
1903 Later Magic 345
Professor Hoffmann Methods of "Vanishing" a Handkerchief
1903 Later Magic 268
Unknown The Rubber Ring rubber band put around silk which then vanishes, loop allows it to hang on back of hand
1903 Later Magic 268
Unknown A New Handkerchief Vanisher
Related to 1903 Later Magic 269
August Roterberg Roterberg's Vanisher, and Passes Therewith
1903 Later Magic 270
C. O. Williams Another Method of Using the Vanisher container gimmicks
1903 Later Magic 273
John Hamley An Ingenious Device to Facilitate the Palming and Vanishing of a Handkerchief rolling handkerchief into ball, rubber piece to hold it together
1903 Later Magic 278
Laurie Ireland Come and Go Silk Gimmick metal ball type gimmick
1931 Ireland Writes a Book 10
Unknown A Novel Vanish of a Silk using spectator's lapel as servante
1938 Greater Magic 585
Unknown A Study in Red and Green silk appears, vanishes, changes color
1938 Greater Magic 592
Nelson Hahne The Penetrating Silk silk produced, penetrates borrowed handkerchief, vanishes
1938 Greater Magic 606
Tom Sellers Two Silks Vanish three handkerchiefs in the closed hand, two vanish
1939 Scots Magic 11
Unknown A Silk Interlude silk vanishes in flash, actually flash paper
1939 The Magic Annual for 1938 and 1939 66
Robert Parrish Silks of a Color Follow Each Other two orange and two blue silks put in paper bag
  • Part One: spectator removes a silk, its color mate appears outside, only other color remains in bag
  • Part Two: knotted silk vanishes from magician's hand and reappears in bag
  • Part Three: repeat with variation
1939 Do That Again! 52
Eric Williams Sucker Dummy gag for silk vanish with sucker/soother
1939 The Jinx 51-100 (Issue Summer Extra 1939) 410
Theodore Annemann The $10,000 Challenge Silk Vanish pull to confederate
1939 The Jinx 51-100 (Issue 65) 452
Theodore Annemann The Invisible Pull thumb tip at pull, applied to paper restoration, silk/cigarette vanish
Related to 1940 The Jinx 51-100 (Issue 86) 546
Thirteen of Magic, Stanley Collins, Tom Sellers A Trick routine with vanishes and productions of three silks, also featuring a small mirror tube/box for silk productions by Tom Sellers
1940 The Jinx 101-151 (Issue 111) 661
Unknown Silk Vanish with Pull choreography
1940 The Jinx 101-151 (Issue 111) 662
Unknown A "Sucker" Handkerchief Vanish
1941/27 Tarbell Course in Magic — Volume 1 399
Unknown Repeat Handkerchief Vanish some credit to Oswald Williams, using pull, final transformation to egg
1941/27 Tarbell Course in Magic — Volume 1 404
Unknown The Handkerchief Ball universal gimmick with loop, handwashing displays
1942/27 Tarbell Course in Magic — Volume 2 317
Milbourne Christopher Colored Flash Paper uses for colored flash paper for: silk vanish, torn and restored tissue, silk to egg, lapel flower
Jan. 1946 Hugard's Magic Monthly — Volumes I, II, III and IV (Vol. 3 No. 8) 184
Al Baker The Al Baker Lightning Pull
Variations 1951 The Secret Ways of Al Baker (Issue Pet Secrets) 386
Eddie Turner My Own Repeat Silk Vanish repeat silk vanish, assistant always finds it in performer's pocket, comedy routine
1953 Ireland's Yearbooks (Issue Yearbook 1953) 34
Yellowstone Tricky Tidbits ideas, gags and puns
  • Joy Buzzer
  • Flexible Glass
  • Bill in Cigarette
  • Sucker Silk Vanish
  • Coin in Egg
  • Dancing Hanky
  • Egg Bag Finish
  • Swallowing Wand Gag
  • Stamp Album
  • Diminishing Bills Finale
  • Torn and Restored Paper
  • Floating Bulb
  • Milk in Light Bulb
  • Handkerchief Frame
  • Hat Production
1954 Ireland's Yearbooks (Issue Yearbook 1954)
Tony Cole Haunted Silk white silk clings to black silk, then moves up and behind black silk and vanishes, reel
July 1966 The Pallbearers Review Vol. 1-4 (Vol. 1 No. 9) 43
Wilfrid Jonson Swindles comedy patter about swindles, silk vanishes and reappears, paper fold vanish of coin with flash paper, coin reappears in orange, borrowed watch vanishes and does not reappear with gag, see also p. 565 and p. 585
Inspired by
  • a monologue by G. W. Hunter in an early Wizard or Magic Wand issue
Also published here
  • "Swindles" (Thayer's Trick Of The Month Club, Series 2, No. 10, April 1933)
June 1972 The Pallbearers Review Vol. 5-8 (Vol. 7 No. 8) 529
Unknown Vanish of a Handkerchief bare handed, silk is rolled up
1973 Aprenda Ud. Magia 70
Patrick Page The Handkerchief Pull
Related to 1976 The Big Book of Magic 240
Mitchell Dyszel Silks To Go "Thumb Trix"
two silks vanish in fist, with wand
1976 The Pallbearers Review Vol. 9-10 (Vol. 10 No. Close-Up Folio #4) 917
Karrell Fox A "Chanin-ized" Silk Vanish corner in thumb tip
1979 Another Book 181
Jim Cellini Thumb Fun Slik vanish and reappearance, two thumb tip ditches (arm pit, shirt)
1982 The Close-up Magic of Frank Garcia - Part II 64
Patrick Page The Handkerchief Pull different designs
Related to 1987 The Pull Book 7
Oswald Williams, Patrick Page Oswald Williams' Repeat Vanishing Handkerchief special design of pull
1987 The Pull Book 9
Alexander de Cova Silk-Vanish open thumb tip handling, silk vanishes at fingertips
Also published here 1991 Das Alexander de Cova Seminar 9
Alexander de Cova Seidentuchverschwinden silk vanish handling with thumb tip
1991 Avantgarde Magic (Vol. 1 No. 1) 18
Steve Dusheck A Reel Thumb Tip for silk vanish, as sucker gag with second thumb tip, with other suggestions
Related to 1991 Dusheck's Thumb Tip Magic 21
Steve Dusheck A Trip Down the Garden Path silk vanishes
1991 Dusheck's Thumb Tip Magic 31
Alexander de Cova Silk Vanish open thumb tip handling
Also published here 1992 Ein Profi packt aus... 165
Steven Hamilton Silk and Sponge "Professional Routines"
silk vanishes, appear in rolled-up bill, changes into sponge ball which splits in two, sponge routine
Also published here 1992 Profile (Issue 9) 5
Unknown Loop Ball gimmick to vanish handkerchief
1993 Tarbell Course in Magic — Volume 8 58
Steve Dusheck Down the Garden Path apparently without thumb tip
Mar. 1993 Apocalypse Vol. 16-20 (Vol. 16 No. 3) 2188
Alexander de Cova Silk Vanish by Misdirection for large silks, fake corner in fingertip
1994 Secrets No. 1 112
Karl Norman Sucker Egg - Easy Method Stodare egg turns into a real egg
1995 40 Years at the Forks 69
Jack Avis Christmas Coin Vanish Christmas party cracker as coin holder or coin clip
1998 Vis à Vis 11
John Carney Rubbed Away lightning pull
  • Release Position
  • Threading the Loop
Inspired byRelated to
  • Buatier de Kolta Pull
2002 The Book of Secrets 22
John Carney Vanish from the Hands silk becomes smaller and vanishes, lightning pull
2002 The Book of Secrets 30
Nicholas Einhorn Finger Tip Silk Vanish
2004 World Tour Lecture Notes - Set 2 8
Steven Hamilton Silk & Sponge silk vanishes, appear in rolled-up bill, changes into sponge ball which splits in two, sponge routine
Also published here 2013 The Magic of Steven Hamilton 154
José Carroll Preliminary Techniques
  • 1. The Loading of the Thumb Tip into the Left Hand
  • 2. The Insertion of the Handkerchief into the Thumb Tip
  • 3. The Stealing of the Loaded Thumb Tip from the Left Hand
  • 4. The Showing of the Hands
    • Before the vanish
    • After the vanish
  • 5. The Reappearance of the Handkerchief
  • 6. Color Change
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