Because you said the in the idiom, 'as many as you wish sticks', so I wasn't sure how it should be interpreted.
Sorry, probably I forgot to use italics to seperate that addition which was a simple continuation of one, two, ..... Next time I will be more careful:
e.g.,One, two, three,
(etc as many as you wish)stick(s)
Might as well look for something impossible to find, a wild goose chase?
Correct if you mean it refers to people or things that manage to escape and vanish into thin air.
Is this something to do with behaviour?
No, when I wrote sth, it was important cause it refers to things which are on the verge of a breakdown but still work, miraculously..There is sth on the thing.