42 entries in Pen & Pencil / Animation
Creators Title Comments & References Year Source Page AA Categories
Der magnetisierte Bleistift pencil lies off-balanced on fingers and erects, needle comes out of one end, also with wire in cigarette
Dec. 1899
Die Zauberwelt (Vol. 5 No. 12)
Friedrich "Fritz" Hügli Hypnose und Wanderung im Reiche des Unorganischen pencil erects on hand, then it vanishes from envelope and appears inside paper cone
1927 90
Ralph W. Read The Spirit Pencil pencil taps by itself to answer questions
Related toAlso published here 1935 22
Ralph W. Read Ascension rising stick/pencil on hand
The Jinx (Issue 118)
Ralph W. Read The Impulse stick/pencil taps by itself on spectator's hand
Also published here 1940
The Jinx (Issue 118)
7 kleine Tricks am Tisch
  • bet with matches
  • balancing a pencil
  • balancing three coins
  • balancing a glass on the table
  • coin penetrates filled beer glass and tabletop
  • magnetized cigarette
  • balancing a pencil, different method
Sep. 1942
Hokus Pokus (Vol. 4 No. 9)
Ralph W. Read Tapping Pencil spectator feels "impulses" that still pencil makes on back of his hand, or on table or box
Also published here 1945 259
Ralph W. Read Tapping Pencil spectator feels "impulses" that still pencil makes on back of his hand, or on table or box
Also published here 1945 184
Jimmy Sanders Perpetual Pencil bullet-type pencil with disk rolls on table until order is given
1945 185
Milbourne Christopher The Floating Pen with gimmick, pen sticks to fingers
  • Floating Wand
Aug. 1949 569
Eddie Joseph The Mesmerized Swizzle Stick stick clings to hand, stick starts turning, also possible with pencil
1952 4
Charlie Miller The Rising Pencil - Charlie Miller Rising pencil on palm
Related to 1975 181
Karl Fulves Lines of Force pencil moves towards drawn magnet on paper, blowing
1977 128
Gordon Hoener Grave's End automatic writing with a pencil, pencil breaks in two eventually
Magick (Issue 238)
The Dancing Pencils gag
1979 17
Steve Beam Impromptu Pen Suspension
1979 85
Die Katapult-Daumenspitze pen jumps out of hand (catapult thumb tip), as card location
Aug. 1979
Intermagic (Vol. 6 No. 2)
Ray Grismer Gift of the Illuminati pencil and cards adhere to hand
Magick (Issue 262)
Hen Fetsch Der emporsteigende Bleistift pencil moves up and down in bottle, thread
Oct. 1982
Intermagic (Vol. 9 No. 3)
Al Mann Impromptu Objects apparently move, self-cutting deck
  • A book flies away when the hand of the psychic approaches it
  • The same move can be made with a deck of cards or business cards
  • By the same move a pencil is made to fly away also
  • Business cards (or playing cards) fly away as the hand of the sitter approaches
  • Apports
1982 2
Al Mann Ideo-Motion moving objects based on ideomotor phenomenon
  • The key
  • The mystic door
  • The pen of Dr. Faust
  • The psychic marble
1982 14
The Animated Pencil No. 8, pencil stands up on hand
1983 3
Michael Weber Buster pencil visibly breaks in two halves
1984 46
Karl Fulves Helium glass covered with silk, pen or other items pushed in glass with silk shoot out again
Also published here 1987 2
Pat Conway The Rising Pencil out of a bottle
1987 138
Martin Gardner Hydrick's Bill Trick "four psychic tricks" No. 1
bill spins on needle under inverted glass tank, also spinning pencil on table
Rigmarole (Issue 3)
Karl Fulves Dating Game three names written on paper, one is the girlfriend, pencil on rubber band moves to answer questions
Related to
  • "Pendulum" (Bob Ostin)
1993 20
Rising Pencil pencil moves to stand upright on hand, brief
1997 53
Simon Lovell Self-Writing Pen pen writes/moves by itself
1997 222
Karl Fulves Suspender "Unsolved Mysteries"
pencil clings to hand, apparently held by other hand's first finger but when turned over the first finger is underneath pencil, posed as a problem
1998 233
Jay Sankey Mightier than the Sword cap springs back onto pen as if it were magnetic, spectators cannot remove cap, "Snapper" Move
Also published here Feb. 1999
Genii (Vol. 62 No. 2)
Robert Cassidy Psychokinetic Powers key bending, then pen falls off edge
1999 241
Tom Sellers The Finder Pencil pencil moved over row of tabled cards, it moves at selection, pencil threaded through finger ring
Discoverie (Issue 1)
Gene Raye Radar Coin pencil answers questions with sound in glass, glass in which billet is put in divined, secret sugar in glass, radar pencil
2001 139
Todd Karr Prince Rainier's Plume animated feather dips into ink and draws a portrait by itself on a signed piece of paper
Inspired by
  • John Carney's animated pen routine
2003 307
Jay Sankey Mightier than the Sword cap springs back onto pen as if it were magnetic, spectators cannot remove cap
  • The "Snapper" Move
Also published here 2004 67
Mark Lewis, Johnny Neptune Spooky Pencil animated coin and pencil
  • The Coin Trick and the Spooky Pencil
  • The Pencil Rises in the Fist
  • The Pencil Moves Across the Hand
  • The Pencil Rises Across the Fingers
  • The Pencil Rises from the Bottle
2006 7
Barrie Richardson Mesmer's Pencil
  • Phase I - The Rise (pencil stands up on hand, small thread loop)
  • Phase II - The Heavy Pencil (spectator cannot lift pencil off the performer's hand)
  • Phase III - The Feather Test (variation of Phase II with feather on top, Chuck Smith idea)
Inspired by 2011 13
Tomo Maeda Re-Psychle pen placed inside empty card case starts to move and writes name of selection
2013 64
Jindai Nishikawa Floating Pencil pencil clings to hand, then floats
Nov. 2016
Genii (Vol. 79 No. 11)
Mike Pisciotta Proustian Omens stop trick using a falling Telekinetic Pen/Timber as stopping sign
2020 31
Gregg Webb String & Pencil pencil dangling from string moves pendulum like
Inspired by
  • Bob McAllister idea with knife and shoelace
Also published here
  • MAGIC, May 2005
2022 402