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I had it as a kid and lost it in 1978. I don’t remember the title but I think it was like the biggest book of magic...

One story was about a guy who invented or found a tube and when he held it up, looked through and blinked, it left a hole in whatever was in view.

Another story (though it might be from a different book) was about a guy who finds clay pebbles in a cave and passed the time tossing them off a cliff. He sticks a couple in his bag and when he gets home from his vacation he discovers that the clay was covering perfect precious gems.

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    The second story is The Balls of Clay, found in the book Strangely Enough! by C.B. Colby.
    – Frock
    May 30, 2018 at 5:20
  • @Frock Post that as an answer, even if you can't identify the collection.
    – b_jonas
    May 30, 2018 at 9:37

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The first story is Seven-Day Terror by R. A. Lafferty. First appeared in Worlds of If, March 1962

The second story is The Balls of Clay, from Strangely Enough! by C. B.[Carroll Burleigh] Colby.

I can't find an anthology where they were published together, though.

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