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Magic tricks for kids to do from stuff around the house. (1) Magic milk. (2) Amazing finger. (3) Incredible paper clips. (4) The nose knows. (5) Initially mysterious.
BETTER HOMES & GARDENS Oct 1997 (v.75#10) pg. 283

X-ray scope uses mirrors to "look through" a hand.
BOYS' LIFE Dec 1965 (v.55#12) pg. 73

"Magic Number" game uses punched cards to select chosen number.
BOYS' LIFE Sep 1966 (v.56#9) pg. 85

Magic tricks: mystic colored water, the marvelous mobius strip, the hypnotized audience, fish for the ice cube, and the puzzling glasses.
BOYS' LIFE Sep 1970 (v.60#9) pg. 73

Tricks and demonstrations that are both music and magic. (1) Sounds you can see, (2) a disappearing coin, (3) a melting coin, (4) a glass that hums, and (5) musical bottles.
BOYS' LIFE Dec 1972 (v.62#12) pg. 56

How to do a sleight-of-hand trick with two sticks of chewing gum.
BOYS' LIFE Feb 1975 (v.65#2) pg. 16

How to make a magic picture frame that makes a picture "disappear".
BOYS' LIFE Mar 1975 (v.65#3) pg. 15

How to make a magic "third eye".
BOYS' LIFE May 1975 (v.65#5) pg. 22

A magic spelling game.
BOYS' LIFE Jun 1975 (v.65#6) pg. 18

The magic ruler trick.
BOYS' LIFE Jul 1975 (v.65#7) pg. 18

How to perform the "Three times two is zero" trick with matchboxes.
BOYS' LIFE Dec 1975 (v.65#12) pg. 11

"Pop-top Takeoff" trick.
BOYS' LIFE Jan 1976 (v.66#1) pg. 8

Magic money clip trick.
BOYS' LIFE Feb 1976 (v.66#2) pg. 9

"Presto Package Tie" trick.
BOYS' LIFE Apr 1976 (v.66#4) pg. 12

"The pencil that writes by itself" trick.
BOYS' LIFE Jun 1976 (v.66#6) pg. 10

"Ring around a pencil" trick.
BOYS' LIFE Sep 1976 (v.66#9) pg. 12

"That's Inflation" trick uses a small balloon and play money.
BOYS' LIFE Oct 1976 (v.66#10) pg. 18

The pointing Finger trick. Predict answer on slip of paper in a sealed envelope.
BOYS' LIFE Jan 1977 (v.67#1) pg. 16

The Floating Pencil trick.
BOYS' LIFE Feb 1977 (v.67#2) pg. 18

Yoo Hoo! The magic telephone answering service trick with a scratch pad.
BOYS' LIFE Jun 1977 (v.67#6) pg. 20

"The Big Hang Up". How to produce a coat hanger out of an "empty" paper bag.
BOYS' LIFE Sep 1977 (v.67#9) pg. 18

The Auto-Magic Toothbrush. How to make a toothbrush appear to float through the air from hand to hand.
BOYS' LIFE Oct 1977 (v.67#10) pg. 22

Fly-Away Soap. How to make a bar of soap appear to vanish.
BOYS' LIFE Nov 1977 (v.67#11) pg. 16

The color-changing plate trick uses two paper plates and a newspaper.
BOYS' LIFE Jan 1978 (v.68#1) pg. 14

How to make a stick of gum push itself out of the pack when you whistle.
BOYS' LIFE Sep 1978 (v.68#9) pg. 20

"If I had a magic wand" involves making red & white paper balls switch places in a paper sack.
BOYS' LIFE Jan 1979 (v.69#1) pg. 14

(1) Floating body trick. (2) Disappearing Cub Scout Trick.
BOYS' LIFE Feb 1979 (v.69#2) pg. 40

"Magic Magazines" uses one magazine with a 3-way flap that shows any one of three covers.
BOYS' LIFE Mar 1979 (v.69#3) pg. 12

Quick as a blink trick makes a tissue ball appear in a glass.
BOYS' LIFE May 1979 (v.69#5) pg. 20

Jumping circles trick.
BOYS' LIFE Mar 1980 (v.70#3) pg. 12

The sock-away buck.
BOYS' LIFE May 1980 (v.70#5) pg. 8

The haunted book.
BOYS' LIFE Aug 1980 (v.70#8) pg. 6

The invisible hole. You "cut" through a jacket with a knife, but leave no trace of damage.
BOYS' LIFE Oct 1980 (v.70#10) pg. 20

The rainbow pen. The words RED, BLUE, and GREEN are written on a card, and then change colors.
BOYS' LIFE Nov 1980 (v.70#11) pg. 10

The name that walks thru a plate. Strip of paper with name on it is crumpled and put in a cup. Ball of paper ends up in a second cup underneath a plate.
BOYS' LIFE Dec 1980 (v.70#12) pg. 13

The aunt trap magic trick. Torn-up pieces of blank paper reappear with pictures on them.
BOYS' LIFE Mar 1981 (v.71#3) pg. 16

Postage paid by magic trick. Make a postage stamp appear on an envelope.
BOYS' LIFE Jun 1981 (v.71#6) pg. 12

The snip apart straw trick. Cut a straw with scissors, then make it reappear as a whole straw.
BOYS' LIFE Sep 1981 (v.71#9) pg. 10

World's smallest spacecraft trick. Make a thumbtack appear to pass thru the bottom of a plastic cup.
BOYS' LIFE Oct 1981 (v.71#10) pg. 6

Dip for a dollar trick. Drop crumpled paper and a dollar bill into paper bag. Invite someone to reach in and keep whatever he pulls out. It will always be the paper.
BOYS' LIFE Dec 1981 (v.71#12) pg. 16

The dollar that says goodbye. Dollar bill in a paper cup turns into a piece of paper which says: "I'm gone. Goodbye".
BOYS' LIFE Feb 1982 (v.72#2) pg. 6

The anti-gravity ruler. The ruler rises up out of a paper bag.
BOYS' LIFE Apr 1982 (v.72#4) pg. 8

The money cutter. Cut a dollar bill in half, but it reappears whole.
BOYS' LIFE May 1982 (v.72#5) pg. 8

A magician's puzzle. Plunger hooks onto a rubber band which causes it to "snap" back when pulled, but only when the "magician" does the pulling.
BOYS' LIFE Aug 1982 (v.72#8) pg. 60

Magical chairs. A person chooses one of three chairs to sit in. You hand him a sealed envelope which selected the same chair he actually sat in.
BOYS' LIFE Nov 1982 (v.72#11) pg. 10

Pull a long red ribbon from an "empty" gift box.
BOYS' LIFE Feb 1983 (v.73#2) pg. 6

The invisible computer trick. Six pieces of paper have 12 numbers written on them. Have someone pick 2 slips and add up the numbers. They will always add to 26.
BOYS' LIFE Apr 1983 (v.73#4) pg. 9

The "strong man" flea. A "tame flea" bends a nail.
BOYS' LIFE Aug 1983 (v.73#8) pg. 8

Hot straw trick. A straw appears to "float" on your fingertips.
BOYS' LIFE Sep 1983 (v.73#9) pg. 6

The spell of the cat. Two letters (on slips of paper) are placed inside an envelope. When combined with the letter written on the outside of the envelope, they always spell "CAT".
BOYS' LIFE Nov 1983 (v.73#11) pg. 6

The sneeze stopper. Make a magic tissue appear out of nowhere.
BOYS' LIFE Feb 1984 (v.74#2) pg. 6

Thought symbols. Magic trick allows you to determine which of four shapes a person has selected.
BOYS' LIFE Mar 1984 (v.74#3) pg. 6

Sealed color flight. You seal a red disk in an envelope, but after you snip it open, a black disk comes out.
BOYS' LIFE Aug 1984 (v.74#8) pg. 8

The million to one wish. You ask for a dollar, though you could have asked for a million. Suddenly a dollar bill appears between the magic wishing cards.
BOYS' LIFE Nov 1984 (v.74#11) pg. 6

How to perform the "liquid thoughts" magic trick. Change the color of water from clear to brown.
BOYS' LIFE May 1985 (v.75#5) pg. 12

How to pull out a card from an envelope, "sight unseen", that has the exact time of day written on it.
BOYS' LIFE Jun 1985 (v.75#6) pg. 9

The straw game. Magic guessing game predicts exactly how many drinking straws (5,6,7,8,9, or 10) are to be found in an envelope.
BOYS' LIFE Oct 1985 (v.75#10) pg. 18

Necklace with a magic guarantee. "Loose" beads are poured into a paper bag, shaken and pulled out strung back together.
BOYS' LIFE Jan 1986 (v.76#1) pg. 9

Hidden faces. Three dice tricks that involve "predicting" the totals of hidden faces of the dice.
BOYS' LIFE Apr 1986 (v.76#4) pg. 6

Sliced banana mystery. Yellow and green banana-shaped paper cutouts "grow" and finally join into one that is half green, half yellow.
BOYS' LIFE May 1986 (v.76#5) pg. 6

Cut a silhouette of someone's thoughts. Make a star-shaped cutout turn into a circle.
BOYS' LIFE Aug 1986 (v.76#8) pg. 16

The Houdini ribbon. Two ribbons are woven into a slotted card, but with a clap of the hands, one of them magically breaks free.
BOYS' LIFE Oct 1986 (v.76#10) pg. 17

The invisible cup of water. Put a cup of water into a paper bag and then rip the bag apart to show that it is empty.
BOYS' LIFE Nov 1986 (v.76#11) pg. 6

Hopscotch letters. You show five lettered cards, then put them in a folder. After casting a spell, you take them out and the letters have changed.
BOYS' LIFE Feb 1987 (v.77#2) pg. 6

Shopping by magic. At the "magic market", your groceries are bagged even before you choose them.
BOYS' LIFE May 1987 (v.77#5) pg. 6

Five-straw trick. Five straws turn into six. Throw two away, and you still have five straws.
BOYS' LIFE Jun 1987 (v.77#6) pg. 12

Treasure hunt. In this trick you borrow a dollar bill, make it vanish, and make it reappear inside a paper package.
BOYS' LIFE Aug 1987 (v.77#8) pg. 11

Magic finger counter. Paper napkin serves as a "disposable" calculator.
BOYS' LIFE Sep 1987 (v.77#9) pg. 10

Color-changing balls. An empty tube produces colored paper balls and a dollar bill.
BOYS' LIFE Dec 1987 (v.77#12) pg. 14

The fly-through ring. An ivory ring seems to pass through paper and thread itself on a knotted shoelace.
BOYS' LIFE Mar 1988 (v.78#3) pg. 16

Bag tag magic. You guess which of three cities a person is thinking about and turn up a luggage tag with that name.
BOYS' LIFE Apr 1988 (v.78#4) pg. 19

Henry, the library ghost. Someone picks a page in a book. Without looking, you know the first words printed on it.
BOYS' LIFE Jun 1988 (v.78#6) pg. 8

Tear-a-bill dollar. You tear up a play money dollar bill and put a rubber band around the pieces. When you remove the band, the bill has changed from play money into a real, untorn dollar.
BOYS' LIFE Sep 1988 (v.78#9) pg. 10

Checker mates. Mix red and black checkers in two bags. Magically, you get a bag of red and a bag of black.
BOYS' LIFE Oct 1988 (v.78#10) pg. 10

Easy mind-reading trick uses six postcards.
BOYS' LIFE Mar 1989 (v.79#3) pg. 16

Twisting the colors. Spools of colored thread change position when covered by a paper tube.
BOYS' LIFE May 1989 (v.79#5) pg. 6

Rainbow 'round a finger. A vanishing trick with colored tags.
BOYS' LIFE Aug 1989 (v.79#8) pg. 6

Comedy palm reading. Show how a fortune-teller predicts your rosy future.
BOYS' LIFE Sep 1989 (v.79#9) pg. 10

The most-for-your-money trick. A folded dollar bill changes into cards that spell "the most" and several pennies.
BOYS' LIFE Oct 1989 (v.79#10) pg. 10

Cards in the news trick. A newspaper "predicts" which cards your helper will place face-to-face.
BOYS' LIFE Nov 1989 (v.79#11) pg. 8

Happy Magic Day. An empty party horn is suddenly filled with dollar bills.
BOYS' LIFE Apr 1990 (v.80#4) pg. 10

Fly away - home again, a vanishing trick in which you make a streamer vanish from your fingertips.
BOYS' LIFE May 1990 (v.80#5) pg. 8

Pop-out postcard trick. Someone chooses one of six postcards. It pops out of the deck when that person merely thinks of the card.
BOYS' LIFE Jul 1990 (v.80#7) pg. 6

Flying buckaroo magic trick. A dollar bill appears when a piece of string is tied into a large loop and pulled.
BOYS' LIFE Aug 1990 (v.80#8) pg. 10

Magical con-fusion: The levitating ball trick. A paper ball floats up and down in a glass using "fusion" energy.
BOYS' LIFE Sep 1990 (v.80#9) pg. 8

Snip snap. A rubber band is cut in half, but reappears whole.
BOYS' LIFE Dec 1990 (v.80#12) pg. 8

Quicker Than a Needle's Eye magic trick. Rubber band threaded through the eye of a plastic needle links and unlinks magically.
BOYS' LIFE Jun 1991 (v.81#6) pg. 14

Magic money guess. Pull from a paper bag the exact number of play-money bills (from 10 to 20) that a spectator guesses.
BOYS' LIFE Aug 1991 (v.81#8) pg. 8

Sleight of Foot magic trick. Small name tag tossed into the air disappears and is recovered from beneath the magician's foot.
BOYS' LIFE Sep 1991 (v.81#9) pg. 19

Stretch! magic trick causes a rubber band to grow in length.
BOYS' LIFE Oct 1991 (v.81#10) pg. 6

Bill and rubber band magic trick makes a dollar bill appear from thin air.
BOYS' LIFE Dec 1991 (v.81#12) pg. 10

Seeing through metal magic trick. Magician calls out serial number of dollar bill wrapped in aluminum foil and inserted in an envelope.
BOYS' LIFE Jan 1992 (v.82#1) pg. 6

Hard-boiled soap bubbles magic trick. Three white balls, dropped into a paper bag, turn into a solid bar of soap.
BOYS' LIFE Mar 1992 (v.82#3) pg. 15

Mixed-up magic. Correctly guess the number that someone is about to choose from a bunch of mixed-up numbers.
BOYS' LIFE Mar 1994 (v.84#3) pg. 6

Pop-off handkerchief magic trick. Hankies tied around two ropes pop-off when the ropes are pulled.
BOYS' LIFE Jan 1996 (v.86#1) pg. 19

Turn a newspaper back into a tree magic trick.
BOYS' LIFE Oct 1997 (v.87#10) pg. 36

Copycat Papers magic trick. Mysterious marks appear on sheets of blank paper.
BOYS' LIFE Dec 1997 (v.87#12) pg. 6

The Mysterious Paper Shuffle magic trick. Colored squares of paper change position.
BOYS' LIFE Aug 1998 (v.88#8) pg. 6

Hidden Dot magic trick involves 3 dice and 21 beans (or other small objects).
BOYS' LIFE Oct 1998 (v.88#10) pg. 8

Math magic. Four interesting tricks based on mathematical patterns.
BOYS' LIFE Nov 1999 (v.89#11) pg. 18

The secret square trick. Name which of two drawings have been chosen from a group of 18 designs painted on squares of cardboard.
BOYS' LIFE Jan 2000 (v.90#1) pg. 10

The amazing spy machine magic trick. Four cards with names and telephone numbers and a pocket calculator enable you to determine which of the four cards has been picked.
BOYS' LIFE Mar 2000 (v.90#3) pg. 6

Topsy-turvy bill trick. Folding and unfolding a $5 bill turns President Lincoln's picture upside down.
BOYS' LIFE Feb 2001 (v.91#2) pg. 14

Build the Color-blind Illusion, a magic trick which is an electronic version of the three-shell game and three-card Monte trick. Est. cost: $45 (kit).
POPULAR ELECTRONICS [2] Dec 1996 (v.13#12) pg. 43

Thievin' box. Put a dollar in the drawer of this small box and the dollar "disappears" when the drawer is closed.
POPULAR WOODWORKING #104 Sep 1998 (v.18#4) pg. 33

Doug Henning shares the secrets of six magic tricks.
WOMAN'S DAY Oct 25 1983 (v.47#2) pg. 80

Tip on making a wooden ball on a string that will stop sliding on command.
WOODWORKER Aug 1995 (v.99#8) pg. 84

Money printer. Insert a blank piece of paper between the rollers, turn the crank, and out comes a real dollar bill.
WOODWORKER'S JOURNAL Mar-Apr 1979 (v.3#2) pg. 15