A nice effect as you and a visitor enter your
Wizard's Den, is to have various candles around the room suddenly
sparkle and light themselves.
This article explains how to make the
self-lighting candles, and also how to make a self-lighting oil
lamp variation called "The Night Club Tipster" for
those who work for tips in night clubs.
In a Night Club setting, Tipster can be blown
out by the spectators as a way of indicating that they want you
to come and perform magic at their tables. During the course of
your table magic routine, you cause the oil lamp to mysteriously
light up again. Other people in the club who see this happening
will then be inspired to blow out their candles just to see if
you can do the same trick at their tables, which, of course, you
can, if you know how to adapt these little Dollar Store oil
A bonus item was added in 2007: A Self-Lighting
AND Self-Extinguishing Candle that is manually operated (no
electricity nor electronics).