how to rub out twenty chalks at five times, rubbing out every time an odd one \n puzzle or wager, chalk strokes on a board \n unknown
1784
breslaw's last legacy
Unknown

How to rub out Twenty Chalks at five Times, rubbing out every Time an odd one

betcha \n bar bet, drinking from a glass while arm is held by spectator, coin gag \n danny morris \n doc hurwitz
1942
the phoenix 1-50 Danny Morris, Doc Hurwitz

Betcha

bar bet, drinking from a glass while arm is held by spectator, coin gag

axis cut \n three rings linked, one is allowed to be cut to free all \n wilbur t. kattner \n ring sation \n ken beale
1943
the phoenix 1-50 Wilbur T. Kattner

Axis Cut

three rings linked, one is allowed to be cut to free all

paper puzzle \n a figure on a paper, has to be reorganized to form a square in no more than four cuts \n l. vosburgh lyons \n page 203 for solution
1943
the phoenix 1-50 L. Vosburgh Lyons

Paper Puzzle

a figure on a paper, has to be reorganized to form a square in no more than four cuts

fred mosteller's solution to no. 87 \n logic word puzzle, weight problem with a fake coin \n frederick mosteller
1945
the phoenix 51-100 Frederick Mosteller

Fred Mosteller's Solution to No. 87

logic word puzzle, weight problem with a fake coin

horses - a number quickie \n illogic puzzle, dividing horses under three sons \n e. h. borden \n das erbe des alten arabers \n bob driebeek
1947
the phoenix 101-150 E. H. Borden

sam loyd's flag puzzle \n geometrical vanish, cut an american flag into two pieces, rearrange to form onto thirteen stripes instead of fifteen \n sam lloyd
1956
mathematics, magic and mystery Sam Lloyd

Sam Loyd's Flag Puzzle

Geometrical Vanish, cut an American flag into two pieces, rearrange to form onto thirteen stripes instead of fifteen

the vanishing rabbit \n geometrical vanish of a rabbit \n martin gardner \n deland's paradox \n theodore deland
1956
mathematics, magic and mystery Martin Gardner

fibonacci series \n about the mathematics behind geometrical vanishes where the area of a shape changes. based on work by v. schlegel, e.b. escott and lewis carroll \n martin gardner \n v. schlegel, zeitschrift fur mathematik und physik, vol. 24, p. 123 (1879) \n e. b. escott, open court, vol. 21, p. 502 (1907) \n langman's version \n harry langman
1956
mathematics, magic and mystery Martin Gardner

Fibonacci Series

About the mathematics behind geometrical vanishes where the area of a shape changes. Based on work by V. Schlegel, E.B. Escott and Lewis Carroll

Related to

V. Schlegel, Zeitschrift fur Mathematik und Physik, Vol. 24, p. 123 (1879)

langman's version \n rectangle changes in area when pieces are moved around, related to fibonacci series \n harry langman \n fibonacci series \n martin gardner
1956
mathematics, magic and mystery Harry Langman

Langman's Version

Rectangle changes in area when pieces are moved around, related to Fibonacci series

curry's paradox \n various geometrical vanishes of squares in rectangles and squares \n paul curry \n curry triangles \n martin gardner \n torn uncut card sheet \n tomas blomberg
1956
mathematics, magic and mystery Paul Curry

Curry's Paradox

Various geometrical vanishes of squares in rectangles and squares

curry triangles \n geometrical vanishes with triangles \n martin gardner \n curry's paradox \n paul curry
1956
mathematics, magic and mystery Martin Gardner

two-piece squares \n cut square into two pieces, rearrange to get hole \n paul curry \n martin gardner
1956
mathematics, magic and mystery Paul Curry, Martin Gardner

curved and 3-d forms \n discusses the possibilities of geometrical vanishes with 3-d shapes \n martin gardner
1956
mathematics, magic and mystery Martin Gardner

Curved and 3-D Forms

Discusses the possibilities of geometrical vanishes with 3-D shapes

the puzzling loop \n topological puzzle, loop of rope can escape from loop formed by a person's arm (person must be wearing vest) \n unknown
1956
mathematics, magic and mystery
Unknown

The Puzzling Loop

Topological puzzle, loop of rope can escape from loop formed by a person's arm (person must be wearing vest)

reversing the vest \n person wearing vest, hands are clasped together. vest can be turned inside out without unclasping hands. \n unknown
1956
mathematics, magic and mystery
Unknown

Reversing the Vest

Person wearing vest, hands are clasped together. Vest can be turned inside out without unclasping hands.

the case of the missing hat \n cards with magicians and with hats, story trick \n paul curry \n "dirty tricks" \n paul curry \n seconds out... \n david britland \n the case of the missing hat \n paul curry \n ladies and gentlemen \n bob white \n spanish curry \n ramón riobóo
1965
magician's magic Paul Curry

heads i win \n wager/puzzle in which performer knows something about the number of circles the spectator secretly draws \n frederick pohl
1968
epilogue Frederick Pohl

Heads I Win

wager/puzzle in which performer knows something about the number of circles the spectator secretly draws

betcha! \n geometric puzzle in which an area must be divided into four or five equal pieces \n l. vosburgh lyons \n babel \n karl fulves
1969
the pallbearers review vol. 1-4 L. Vosburgh Lyons

Betcha!

geometric puzzle in which an area must be divided into four or five equal pieces

in the balance \n weighing puzzle, see also p. 312 for variation by ben braude \n paul curry \n in the balance \n paul curry
1969
the pallbearers review vol. 1-4 Paul Curry

In the Balance

weighing puzzle, see also p. 312 for variation by Ben Braude

a remarkable bet \n heads and tails bet with three coins, presentation for walter penney's coin flipping paradox \n karl fulves
1970
epilogue Karl Fulves

A Remarkable Bet

heads and tails bet with three coins, presentation for Walter Penney's coin flipping paradox

geometric puzzle \n die and card in corner, wanted is the height of a triangle, see p. 424 for clue to solution \n unknown
1970
the pallbearers review vol. 5-8
Unknown

Geometric Puzzle

die and card in corner, wanted is the height of a triangle, see p. 424 for clue to solution

all in a row \n coin layout puzzle \n emil jarrow \n theodore annemann \n dimes and pennies of confucius \n emil jarrow \n turnabout coins \n martin gardner
1970
the pallbearers review vol. 5-8 Emil Jarrow, Theodore Annemann

five into four \n five of diamonds is cut in fourth and puzzled together so a center section is missing, face changes to four of diamonds \n karl fulves \n center tear \n joseph k. schmidt \n the moving pip \n karl fulves
1971
the book of numbers Karl Fulves

Five Into Four

Five of diamonds is cut in fourth and puzzled together so a center section is missing, face changes to Four of diamonds

turnabout coins \n coin layout puzzle \n martin gardner \n all in a row \n emil jarrow \n theodore annemann \n turnabout \n martin gardner \n power of one \n karl fulves
1971
the pallbearers review vol. 5-8 Martin Gardner

babel \n death of george mcathy, credit statement on linking rubber bands, john scarne, geometric puzzle (for solution, see p. 470), paul cinquevalli's juggling closer \n karl fulves \n snap! \n harry lorayne
1971
the pallbearers review vol. 5-8 Karl Fulves

Babel

death of George McAthy, credit statement on linking rubber bands, John Scarne, geometric puzzle (for solution, see p. 470), Paul Cinquevalli's juggling closer

babel \n bruce elliott's card accident, 26th all-day magic convention, puzzle from playboy about perspective (solution on p. 582) \n karl fulves
1972
the pallbearers review vol. 5-8 Karl Fulves

Babel

Bruce Elliott's card accident, 26th All-Day Magic Convention, puzzle from Playboy about perspective (solution on p. 582)

chink-a-chink ideas \n puzzle pieces gather and assemble themselves, different versions, no methods given \n karl fulves
1976
the pallbearers review vol. 9-10 Karl Fulves

Chink-a-Chink Ideas

puzzle pieces gather and assemble themselves, different versions, no methods given

paradox \n geometrical puzzle with a playing card that makes a full card face-down, but a piece is left over when assembled face-up
- the turnover tactic
- business card variation
- reference file \n mitsunobu matsuyama \n powerdox \n karl fulves \n a jigsaw puzzle \n terri rogers \n inflation bite \n jon charles \n mitsunobu matsuyama \n from jim snapp \n jim snapp
1979
the chronicles Mitsunobu Matsuyama

Paradox

geometrical puzzle with a playing card that makes a full card face-down, but a piece is left over when assembled face-up

the moving pip \n pip missing on card that is cut in pieces, when re-arranged pip moved \n karl fulves \n five into four \n karl fulves
1980
curioser Karl Fulves

The Moving Pip

pip missing on card that is cut in pieces, when re-arranged pip moved

powerdox \n rectangle puzzle, two pieces one by one removed but still a rectangle \n karl fulves \n paradox \n mitsunobu matsuyama
1980
curioser Karl Fulves

Powerdox

rectangle puzzle, two pieces one by one removed but still a rectangle

euclid's vanish \n number of objects drawn on a slate changes from seven to six, sliding part \n martin gardner \n the geometric slate \n karl fulves
1980
curioser Martin Gardner

Euclid's Vanish

number of objects drawn on a slate changes from seven to six, sliding part

puzzle wit \n spectator removes piece from a solved puzzle, performer finds the same piece in a pile of pieces from the same unsolved puzzle, performed on tv by romark \n dick zimmerman
1980
the compleat magick — volume iii Dick Zimmerman

Puzzle Wit

spectator removes piece from a solved puzzle, performer finds the same piece in a pile of pieces from the same unsolved puzzle, performed on TV by Romark

a jigsaw puzzle \n card puzzle as a revelation, four of hearts instead of five of hearts \n terri rogers \n paradox \n mitsunobu matsuyama
1981
babel Terri Rogers

A Jigsaw Puzzle

card puzzle as a revelation, Four of Hearts instead of Five of Hearts

quant quirk \n 4x4 square of 16 cards, some face-up some face-down randomly, with certain allowed turnover moves one has to get all cards in one direction, sucker game \n martin gardner
1981
octet Martin Gardner

Quant Quirk

4x4 square of 16 cards, some face-up some face-down randomly, with certain allowed turnover moves one has to get all cards in one direction, sucker game

reversing the computer \n moving eight objects around in a 3x3 grid to reach requested final layout \n karl fulves
1982
punch-out puzzle kit Karl Fulves

Reversing the Computer

moving eight objects around in a 3x3 grid to reach requested final layout

visualization test \n no. 26, puzzle in which the number of holes has to be guessed when corners are cut off folded paper, there are none \n j. c. coy \n paper caper \n karl fulves
1985
self-working paper magic J. C. Coy

Visualization Test

No. 26, puzzle in which the number of holes has to be guessed when corners are cut off folded paper, there are none

eight squares \n no. 32, squares are arranged in a design and observer has to label them from up to down \n kobon fumimure
1985
self-working paper magic Kobon Fumimure

Eight Squares

No. 32, squares are arranged in a design and observer has to label them from up to down

the genius test \n no. 33, puzzle in which a paper, string and finger ring arrangement has to be taken apart \n unknown
1985
self-working paper magic
Unknown

The Genius Test

No. 33, puzzle in which a paper, string and finger ring arrangement has to be taken apart

fair exchange \n two jigsaw puzzles fit face down but not face up \n masao atsukawa
1986
the new york magic symposium — collection 5 Masao Atsukawa

nailed \n twisted nail puzzle, two bent nails linked, one-handed linking, apparently linked and unlinked when shaken in jar \n rick johnsson \n "nailed" (rick johnsson, mum, feb. 1981)
1988
the chronicles Rick Johnsson

Nailed

twisted nail puzzle, two bent nails linked, one-handed linking, apparently linked and unlinked when shaken in jar

armchair golfer \n mel stover's vanishing pencil (version of the magic egg puzzle), pencil on paper changes places with pencil on initialed paper \n tom craven
1992
the trapdoor — volume two Tom Craven

Armchair Golfer

Mel Stover's Vanishing Pencil (version of the Magic Egg Puzzle), pencil on paper changes places with pencil on initialed paper

give piece a chance \n five envelopes with cut up paper puzzle, four are complete, spectator finds envelope where one piece is missing \n michael demarco \n stewart james' "shape of things to come"
1992
the minotaur Michael DeMarco

Give Piece a Chance

five envelopes with cut up paper puzzle, four are complete, spectator finds envelope where one piece is missing

twisted logic \n effect with twisted nail puzzle, tossed from hand to hand, then one of the two nails travels to other hand \n karl fulves
1994
rigmarole Karl Fulves

Twisted Logic

effect with twisted nail puzzle, tossed from hand to hand, then one of the two nails travels to other hand

das erbe des alten arabers \n illogical puzzle, dividing money under three sons, done with real coins \n bob driebeek \n horses - a number quickie \n e. h. borden
1996
aenigmas rätsel Bob Driebeek

Das Erbe des alten Arabers

illogical puzzle, dividing money under three sons, done with real coins

wie man seine freunde zum narren hält - oder besser: wie man sich feinde macht \n cards with magicians and with hats, story trick \n bob driebeek \n the case of the missing hat \n paul curry
1996
aenigmas rätsel Bob Driebeek

Wie man seine Freunde zum Narren hält - oder besser: Wie man sich Feinde macht

the 3 switch problem \n "dot com - tricks and stunts with numbers"
puzzle about three switches on the wall \n martin gardner \n the 3 switch problem \n martin gardner
1998
the fine print Martin Gardner

The 3 Switch Problem

"Dot Com - Tricks and stunts with numbers"
puzzle about three switches on the wall

balloons and strings \n "dot com - tricks and stunts with numbers"
puzzle, connecting balloons with strings without crossing the strings \n karl fulves
1998
the fine print Karl Fulves

Balloons and Strings

"Dot Com - Tricks and stunts with numbers"
puzzle, connecting balloons with strings without crossing the strings

the 3 switch problem \n "dot com - tricks and stunts with numbers"
solution \n martin gardner \n the 3 switch problem \n martin gardner
1998
the fine print Martin Gardner

The 3 Switch Problem

"Dot Com - Tricks and stunts with numbers"
solution

here's some magic you can do \n vanishing leprechaun / disappearing dwarf / hat puzzle, bongo design \n ali bongo
2002
lecture notes - geneva 2002 Ali Bongo

Here's Some Magic You Can Do

vanishing Leprechaun / Disappearing Dwarf / Hat puzzle, Bongo design

imaginary vanish \n mathematical problem, dividing money \n steve beam \n stewart james' "one-cent tale" in "the james file" p. 1931.
2002
semi-automatic card tricks — volume 4 Steve Beam

Imaginary Vanish

mathematical problem, dividing money

Inspired by

Stewart James' "One-Cent Tale" in "The James File" p. 1931.

presentation and handling for six guests in five rooms \n mathematical puzzle performed with finger \n roberto giobbi
2010
secret agenda Roberto Giobbi

Presentation and Handling for Six Guests in Five Rooms

torn uncut card sheet \n uncut sheet which contains all the cards of the deck, magician rearranges the pieces of the sheet to make a previously selected card disappear from it, "52 on 1 gag" \n tomas blomberg \n curry's paradox \n paul curry
2015
blomberg laboratories Tomas Blomberg

Torn Uncut Card Sheet

uncut sheet which contains all the cards of the deck, magician rearranges the pieces of the sheet to make a previously selected card disappear from it, "52 on 1 Gag"

president handsome \n riddle/illogicality with bills in which money is spent but apparently everyone, including the spender, walks away with profit \n john lovick \n "the secret" (david regal, genii, june 2008) \n "borderline case" (maurice fogel, in search of the sensational, 2007)
2016
the performance pieces & divertissements of the famous handsome jack, etc. John Lovick

President Handsome

riddle/illogicality with bills in which money is spent but apparently everyone, including the spender, walks away with profit

Inspired by

"The Secret" (David Regal, Genii, June 2008)

"Borderline Case" (Maurice Fogel, In Search of the Sensational, 2007)