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Amazing Magic Tricks You Can Learn Quickly- Card Tricks
IMPROMPTU CARD FIND
A card is selected by a spectator and placed back on top of the pack.
The pack is then cut several times and handed back to the magician.
A pile of cards suddenly falls off the pack, leaving the magician holding
the spectators card.
When the card is selected by the spectator, the card on the bottom of the
pack is crimped by the magician’s pinky.
The spectator’s card is then placed on the top of the pack and the pack is
This now means that the spectator’s card is underneath the crimped
The pack can be passed around the room to be cut several times and the
spectator’s card will always be under the crimped card.
The pack is then handed back to the magician who quietly puts his thumb
under the crimped card appearing to be clumsy and allows the cards
above his thumb to fall on the floor. The card under his thumb will be the
The magician can also allow the rest of the cards to fall, leaving only the
spectators card in his hand.
This trick looks amazing because the audience has seen that the
magician has not had a lot of contact with the pack and the whole routine
has been totally impromptu.
CARD ON THE CEILING
A spectator selects signs and returns a card to the deck.
The deck is then shuffled and the card that they signed, sticks to the
ceiling while the others fall.
You will need a pen, cards and a piece of magicians wax or sticky tape
that has been rolled in a loop with the sticky side out. (This should be
looped around your finger or under the table)
Have the spectator choose a card which is then, using your own favourite
method returned to the deck and shuffled to the top.
With their card face down on top of the pack you can either slip the
double sided sticky tape of your finger and on to the back of their card or
stick a small piece of magicians wax to it.
Then toss the pack hard at the ceiling, keeping it parallel. The spectator’s
card should stick and the rest of the pack will fall.
This trick is very impressive. It has been performed in different versions
by David Blaine and Michael Ammar.
A red 5 and a red 6 are shown to a spectator and given to the spectator
to place anywhere in a pack of cards.
The magician then takes the pack from the spectator and clasps his
hands round the pack with his arms outstretched. He appears to be
concentrating very hard, with his attention focused on the cards.
He then removes his hand and shows the pack to the spectator. On
turning over the top two cards of the pack, they are the red 5 and 6.
Give a 5 of diamonds and a 6 of hearts to the spectator to place in the
pack (do not draw attention to the suits, only that they are a red 5 and
To prepare for this trick, make sure that the pack has already got the 5 of
hearts and the 6 of diamonds on top face down before handing it to the
The spectator should not realize that the cards have changed as they are
the same co lour as the original ones.
The top card of the deck is turned face up to the audience.
The card is once again turned face down and removed from the deck.
The magician now places this card into the middle of the deck and then
squares the deck
The magician clicks his fingers and the card returns immediately to the
top of the deck.
You will need a deck of cards
This trick uses the principle of the double lift
When showing the top card actually performs a double lift and show the
card that was really second from the top of the pack.
Then remove the actual top card and place it into the middle of the deck.
The already shown card is still on the top of the deck and can be revealed
in any way that the magician wishes.
Make sure that the double lift is clean and bend the cards slightly to
ensure that they stay together as one.
A pack of cards is fanned out in front of a spectator. The magician runs
his fingers around the card fan and the spectator is asked to tell him
when to stop his fingers on a card .This card is shown to the audience ,
replaced in the pack and the pack handed back to the spectator to
shuffle . The magician then reveals the card which was chosen.
Ask a spectator to shuffle the card. When he/she hands them back to you
note the bottom card. That is going to be their card."
Start by fanning the cards out. Run your finger across them and ask the
spectator when to stop. When he/she says to stop, put your thumb on
While your thumb is on that point, use your other fingers to slowly work
the bottom card under your thumb. As you pull the cards off the top of
the deck with your thumb, slide the bottom card under the other cards
and pull them off the deck and show the spectator his/ her card. This is
where you take over. Since you already know the card you can have the
spectator cut, shuffle, e.g. . . .
Good routine to try out
Start flipping the cards from the top of the deck over onto the table.
When you flip their card over, continue flipping for another few cards,
then say, "I'll bet you that the next card I flip over will be yours!" They'll
think you messed up because their card is already flipped over on the
table. When they say, "you're on! reach over and flip their card , which is
already on the table , face down . They'll be amazed
MAGIC IN A GLASS
The magician takes a long-stemmed glass and announces that he's going
to perform a card trick. The thing about this card trick is that he won't be
able to touch the cards, because they'll be inside the glass the whole
Placing the pack face-out in the glass, the magician states that he's
going to find all four aces using special "Locator Cards". He reaches into
the glass and pulls out a red number card (we'll use the Ten of Hearts for
the example) and puts it in front of the rest of the cards in the deck so
that it is the card the spectator now sees looking at them through the
The magician then states that he will let that red 10 find a red ace.
Holding the glass by the stem, the magician passes a cloth napkin over
the glass quickly. When the napkin has completed its quick pass, the red
10 has been replaced by a red ace! The magician then takes the red ace
and puts it in back of the deck and passes the napkin again.
This time, the red 10 is replaced by the other red ace! Now the magician
gets a black number card (say, 6 of spades) for the "Locator" and puts it
in front of the red 10. A quick napkin pass, and there's a black ace!
The magician takes the ace and puts it in back of the deck. Another pass,
and there's the last black ace! Now pull out the pack and put it back in
the case, smiling as you take your bow. All of this magic occurs in the
glass, so there's apparently no way that you could've manipulated the
cards! People will fall down at your feet and worship your incredible
MAGIC IN A GLASS2
A slight amount of preparation work is required, but this is worth it.
First, find a wine or any other long-stemmed glass that will allow you to
set at least half a deck of cards in it.
There can be no design on the glass or stem!!! Next, take the two red
aces and glue them back to back. Make sure you make them look as
much like one card as possible!
Do the same with the two black aces. Now get two identical number
cards - one black and one red - from an identical deck. Glue one red and
one black back to back. Don't do this with the other ones. Finally, get a
cloth napkin that is big enough and dark enough to completely cover the
With this prep, you're set!
Set up the deck like this: The black 6 card face-up on top of the facedown
deck. Now, set the double-sided black ace on top of it. Now place
the double-sided red 10/black 6 card with the red 10 face-up. Next,
comes the double-sided red aces. And finally, the last red 10 FACE-DOWN
on the face-down deck.
The rest is showmanship. Place the deck in the glass with the bottom
card facing your spectator. Announce that you're going to do the trick
using a red locator card. Pull the red 10 off the top of the deck and put it
on the bottom, facing the spectator. You should now be looking at a red
ace. Holding the glass by the stem, you pass the napkin over the glass
and spin it around so that the ace is now facing the spectator.
It helps if you hold the glass with you fingers rigid and the stem in the
first bend of your finger. When you spin the glass, your thumb does the
work and your fingers look pretty much the same. Now take the ace and
put it on top of the deck.
You should now be looking at the other red ace. Perform the pass/spin
again, and your spectator sees the other red ace. Now say that you need
a black locator card. Take the red/black card off the top with the 6
facing. When you get to the black aces, if you stick the Ace of Spades on
top so that it's the first ace you'll show, you can ask the spectator to
name a black ace. Nine out of ten times, they'll say the Ace of Spades!
You then make it appear for them. If they happen to mention the Ace of
Clubs, just say "So that leaves the Ace of Spades," and make it appear.
THE THREE AMIGOS
Remove the four Jacks from the pack and place one jack face down on
the top of the pack
Start the trick by presenting three jacks and make up a story that they
are three best buddies and couldn’t stand being apart.
Continue to rant on how one day the three amigos were lost in the desert
and the best way to seek help was to go in different directions .The first
one to get help was to come and get the others, so off they went in their
Get the spectator to place one jack on top of the pack, one jack anywhere
in the middle and the last jack on the bottom of the pack.
Confirm with the spectator that he is happy that the jacks are well
separated, then get him to cut the pack ensuring that the bottom half of
the pack is put on top of the other half.
(This will bring the top and bottom jack together with the previously
The cards are then turned face up from the top off the pack eventually
turning over three jacks together near the center to the spectator’s
Conclude your story that in the end the friends were good to their word
and all lived happy ever after.
Mathematical discovery-- ask a person to choose a card. Tell him to
remember it's numerical value (ace = one, jack- = 11, queen = 12, king
= 13) ---also the suit of the card.
Tell them to double the value of the card
Then tell them to add three to the total
Then tell them to multiply the complete total by five
This done ask them to concentrate on the suit
If the card is a diamond they must add one
If the card is a club they must add two
If the card is a heart they must add three
If the card is a spade they must add four
They must then tell you the final total
From it you immediately know the chosen card
The secret is to mentally subtract 15 from the given total--you will have
a number of two figures- possibly three
The last figure gives you the suit(diamonds 1, clubs 2, hearts 3, spades
4.) while the first figure gives you the suit.
Example: Jack of clubs
11 doubled is 22, add 3--25, multiply by 5--125. add for clubs--makes
127. You are told that number
Subtract 15 mentally. result 112. Last figure (2) means clubs, first figure
(11) means jack.
This trick was performed by David Blaine where he made the spectator
sign a card; the card was put back in the pack and was made to appear
from between two aces.
Give the spectator, the two red aces and tell them to hold them.
Fan out the deck and tell the spectator to touch a card. Square the deck
up leaving their card stuck out to be signed and shown.
This is because you secretly put the card into "palm position" when you
square up the deck so you can easily palm the card when you want to.
It must stick out of the lower corner of the pack meeting your inner
Let them sign the card and then hand them the deck, secretly palming
After they are convinced that the card is well lost in the deck , ask for the
two aces and sandwich the face down palmed card between the aces ,
showing only the aces face up.
Tell them to hold the deck openly and start to shake the aces directly
over the pack , tell them to watch their card rise from the deck into the
two aces , shake a little more loosely and the card will appear to their
TWO CARD MONTE
(This is the trick that was performed on the David Blaine special and
requires a complete mastery of the double lift)
The magician shows the spectator, the queen of diamond son top of the
He then tells the spectator to hold the queen face down between his
The performer then shows the next top card, the other red queen.
After several fast sneaky switches of the cards, the spectator is told to
guess which card is where?
When he turns over his hand, he realizes he is holding no aces at all.
This trick is done with a regular set of cards
Before performing the trick, put the black ace on the bottom, preferably
the ace of clubs, it is less conspicuous.
On the top of the deck, place the queen of diamonds, then the ace of
spades, then the queen of hearts.
With the deck set up as above, first show the spectator the (actual) top
Tell them to hold it between their fingers, face down.
Then tell them to look at the card they have, so they are sure that there
was no fancy moves in play.
Using this as misdirection, prepare to double lift the next two cards once
they have looked at their card.
Perform the double lift and show them the queen of hearts with the ace
Put the cards back on top of the deck, and then remove the ace without
showing them the face of the ace.
Then pretend to switch the cards, once or twice.
After this say “OK Imp going to teach you how to do this”
This time, perform the “switch” very slowly, actually switching the
(Make sure that they do not look at the ace in their hands)
Then, very quickly, making sure that they do not notice what you are
doing, take the queen of diamonds you are holding and put it on top of
Then steal the card off the bottom of the deck (Ace of clubs) and give it
Then ask them to tell you where the card is.
After you hear their guess, have them turn over their hand and be
The magician has a card selected and signed.
The card is then shuffled into the pack by the spectator and it is the
magician’s job to locate it.
Unfortunately, the magician cannot seem to get it right, but after a few
attempts, the magician seems to actually regurgitate a tightly folded
It is the spectator’s card, with their signature.
You need a pen and a deck of cards
Have the spectator select a card from the deck and show it to the
After the card is signed, control it to the top of the deck by means of a
Hindu Shuffle control or a revolving pass.
The deck is now held in the standard dealing position in the left hand
(with the chosen card at the top)
Get a finger break under the top card and palm it with your right hand
Flourish the rest of the deck with a one hand cut, or one hand shuffle
with your left hand and offer it to a spectator to simply mix up the cards.
Make sure the spectator starts to shuffle because some stubborn people
start to shuffle through the deck looking for their card.
Then turn your back making this move seem natural to show at there is
no possible way that you could know where the card is.
At this time you are folding the palmed card into eighths (The smaller the
better ) This is easy as your back is turned you can use both hands to do
this and then slip the tiny package in your mouth between your cheek
Turn around to face the audience as the card is folded so tightly in your
mouth, you can talk normally.
Take the cards and act as if you messed up.
Turn over a couple of cards to reveal what was supposed to be their
Do whatever you want, just make yourself look, bad.
As soon as people start to laugh at you, act as if your hurt, as if
something inside of you is wanting to get out.
Make the audience curious, and have the suspense build up.
As soon as they reach their peak, work the card out of your lips and
slowly spit the card out onto the palm of your hand.
Unfold it, and watch the audience scream at the chosen signed card.
It looks as if you somehow swallowed the card beforehand and
regurgitated it back up again.
CARD IN BOTTLE
The spectator is asked to sign a card and the card is placed back in the
deck. And the cards are shuffled.
The magician throws the cards at a bottle behind the spectators.
The signed card appears in the bottle.
David Blaine showed the spectators a different trick before this one
involving the same spectator signing a card of the same number and suit
that is forced when showing the card in the bottle trick following after
the card trick.
He then keeps the card and does another trick not involving cards and
slips the card to one of the camera men or lights crew. The guy then puts
the card in the bottle while David distracts the audience with the trick.
Then he goes on to perform the card in the bottle trick and the card is
forced, signed, and the trick is done.
He then throws the cards at the bottle and the card that was recently
signed is held on to.
He then tells everyone to look at the bottle and the card is slipped in his
CARD THROUGH WINDOW TRICK
The performer asks the spectator to pick a card without him seeing the
face and replace it in the pack.
The pack is then shuffled and the performer is apparently unsuccessful in
locating the card.
After a few attempts ,the cards are thrown against a window in a fit of
rage , on looking at the window , the chosen card is seen to be sticking to
it , even more surprising is the fact that the card is on the inside of the
You will need two identical packs of cards and a willing helper.
This trick should be performed in an area with a large window nearby
and with the spectator facing away from the window.
The spectator is asked to choose a card from a pack, memorize it and
without showing you, replace the card in the pack.
The pack is then shuffled and a couple of attempts at "is this your card "
tried followed by a look of disbelief when the spectator tells you that it
is not their card ( this is all part of the act as you don’t and don’t even
need to know the card).
After a few attempts you fake an angry outburst and making sure the
cards are squared up, throw the pack broadside at the window, where
they will hit the window and fall to the ground except the chosen card
which is sticking to the window.
Your helper was already positioned behind the window and spectator and
had an identical pack of cards. He was able to see the chosen card and
took the duplicate from his pack.
A small piece of looped sticky tape or magicians wax was attached to the
duplicate card and it was stuck to the inside of the window.
The helper should then have walked away from the window.
This trick creates a real surprise but it is important to pick up the fallen
cards quickly and to pocket the original chosen card.
Using a borrowed deck, a card is selected, signed, and placed pack into
The pack is put inside its box for its spectator to hold. The magic happens
in his hands, and slowly... miraculously... the card starts to rise from the
pack. The signed card is immediately taken by the spectator, and all can
Buy a spool of invisible elastic from the local magic shop. It won't cost a
lot but the effect it provides is well worth it.
With the elastic, cut off just a short enough thread to make a loop around
your wrist. Tie the loop, and as long as you wear it everywhere you go,
you're always ready for this effect.
You can borrow a pack of cards or open a new deck in front of your
Shuffle the pack to prove that they are in no particular order and give to
the spectator to cut in two piles and to choose any pile that they want
Take the other pile and tell them that they chose the pile they have for a
reason and that a certain card is probably attracting them to it and with
your back turned ask them to choose any card from the pile and to sign
When your back is turned, you secretly vertically wrap the loop of
invisible thread around your half of the pack
You can tell them that your turning the other way and that the selection
is pure honesty and that threes no way of knowing which card they
Take the rest of the cards and put them with your half of the pack
Tell the spectator that their card is unique and that there is no other card
in the world that looks like that one.
You then take the card and plunge it into your half of the deck.
Take all the cards and place them in the card box leaving it opens.
You then hand the box to the spectator and ask them to hold it and
concentrate on the signed card.
The signed card should slowly rise from the box to the amazement of the
Take the card and show it to them before it has fully risen and while they
are inspecting it, take the rest of the cards out of the box and remove the
invisible thread where you can again slip it on your wrist.
Everything is now ready for inspection and you can walk away.
DAVID BLAINE AND BALDUCCI LEVITATION
The magician raises his arms up by his sides and slowly appears to rise a
few inches off the ground for a little while before returning to earth
The Baldacci method involves positioning your audience about 8 to 10
feet away at a 45 degree angle. You need to keep your audience small so
they are within this field of sight.
This is a very restrictive angle trick and it is essential that the angles are
practised, preferably with a friend or in front of a mirror.
The Baldacci levitation involves pretending to float off the ground by
going on to your tip toes on just one foot ( the one furthest from their
view ) while the nearest foot is raised a little off tithe ground.
This looks fantastic as the foot on your tip toe is hidden by your trousers,
the nearest foot and the angle they are watching at. You only rise a few
inches off the ground but the impression is fantastic. This trick is all in
the presentation with you appearing to rise slowly , wait for a second or
two and then return to the ground quickly so as the audience do not have
time to figure the trick out.
DAVID BLAINE VERSION
David Blaine used various camera shots in his TV special with the
audience reaction being filmed close up and linked to other clips of him
in mid air with some of the angles showing the Baldacci levitation.
The special did not show the number of times he mucked up the illusion
which is very easy to do.
The view that shows him rise a good few inches in the air and does not
show the audience and would have been done with a bar attached to a
pivot like a seesaw.
The end of the pivot would have had a hook which clipped onto a harness
attached to his belt and a member of the crew would have pushed down
on the other side of the bar lifting David up in the air. The camera angle
would have hidden the props.
This film would have been mixed in with the audience clips in the studios
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EFFECT A person becomes seemingly weightless and may be lifted from a
chair on the index fingers of four smaller people.
Although various explanations have been proposed, this classic stunt
continues to mystify and amuse.
The person to be lifted (choose a fairly heavy person) should be relaxed
but upright on a firm chair. Feet should be the floor and hands on the lap.
The four assistants should stand two on each side, one by each shoulder
and one by each knee.
Each assistant should make fists with both hands , then extend the two
forefingers and touch them together , gently but firmly the two
assistants standing by the shoulders , place their extended forefingers
under the seated persons right or left armpit .The other two assistants
place their forefinger under the seated persons left or right knee .
The person to be lifted thinks "down" and imagines him or herself to be
sinking into the chair.
In this position, the four assistants should try to lift the person.
The assistants should now place their palms on top of the seated persons
knee or shoulder and together, exert a steady downwards force.
While they are doing this someone counts out loud from one to ten.
On the count of nine, the four assistants quickly take their former
positions with extended forefingers under the armpit or knee. On the
count of ten, they try again to lift the person. The seated person should
think” up" and imagine himself or herself rising into the air.
If these instructions are followed carefully, the person will soar straight
up into the air on the forefingers of the assistants.
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FLOATING BILL AND SMALL OBJECTS LEVITATION
David Blaine demonstrated classic object levitation on his TV special
where he asks a spectator to watch while he picks up a leaf and causes it
to levitate above his hand.
This appeared to be totally impromptu which made it even more
This type of levitation is performed by using "invisible thread" which can
either be purchased as a proprietary brand from good magic suppliers or
by separating some fine polyester thread into individual strands and
using a single strand.
One end of this strand should be attached to some sticky tape and placed
in the mouth between the gum and cheek or a high shirt button while the
other end can be placed at the right moment to a solid object ( In David
Blains case , the tree.) The magician then stands at the correct distance
so that the string is tight and the object (a bill or a leaf) wrapped around
the thread which is above the magician’s hand)
This should look like the magician is just scrunching up the note in the
palm of their hand.
By using very small movements of the head or body, the magician can
then tighten the thread causing the note to rise and is also able to move
his hands around the object to show that it really is levitating.
The object can then be made to return to the palm and be examined by
The magician can then casually walk away, the thread breaking which is
not a problem as it is cheap.
CAN FLOATING ON AIR TRICK
A soda can be seen to be stuck in mid air whilst the performer
eerily moves his hand from the bottom to the top of the beer can. To
create the illusion that the can is suspended in mid air.
None, the use of either a soda or beer can, oh and slightly greasy fingers
may help although not compulsory.
Hold the can in your hand, thumb on one side, fingers on the other,
(towards the bottom of the can) simply release your grip slightly and the
can will start to slide downwards, as doing this the hand needs to be
gradually but slowly moving upwards, if the timing is right it will create
quite a nice illusion that the can is suspended in mid air, the upward
movement of the hand needs to be exactly the same as the downwards
movement of the can.
This is a very simple trick. It is all in the timing; therefore it is
worthwhile spending some time at home practicing. The result should be
a very visual trick which will have your onlookers dumbfounded and
maybe they will even pay out a drink for you.
1 glass, a matchbook, six quarters, and an ashtray with water.
Bet your friend’s one drinks that you can get the water out of the ashtray
using only the ingredients mentioned and without moving or tilting the
Make sure ashtray is filled with at most a quarter inch of water. Stack the
quarters in the center of the ashtray so the top two quarters are above
the water. Place four unlit matches on top of the quarters. Light the
matches and immediately cover the flame and quarters with the glass.
The water will be drawn into the glass. Collect your bets.
MAGNETIC MATCHES TRICK
Magician introduces that match sticks have a special property...they can
be made "magnetic". The magician pulls out a matchbox and opens it 1/4
of the way to show the heads of the matches and shake them around to
show they are loose, then closes the matchbox shut. The magician then
turns the matchbox over and waves a hand over the box claiming to
"magnetize" the matches. The magician then proceeds to open the box
upside down, holding the match head end of the box lightly between two
fingers. The matches do not fall. Then...with a quick shift of the hand, the
magician then "de-magnetizes" the matchbox and the matches fall to the
Take a box of wooden matchsticks, shorten one matchstick to the width
of the matchbox and press it into place ACROSS the other matchsticks at
the half-way point in the box. It should be tight enough to hold the other
matches in place and still allow you to open and close the matchbox. This
match holds the others in place. A gentle squeeze on the sides of the box
will cause the matches to fall out.
A friend is challenged to see who can smoke a cigarette the longest
distance without losing any ash.
You will need a packet of cigarettes and a paperclip
Everything starts off OK, but soon they realize that they are fighting a
losing battle as your entire cigarette refuses to let a single piece of ash
It's all in the hidden paperclip!
Simply straighten it out and slide it down your cigarette (taking care not
to punch a whole in the side in the process). Make sure it slightly digs
into the filter so as to give it some stability.
Now, snip off the end. This should give you a normal looking cigarette
with no protruding wire(s).
Light up and see for yourself. This looks great in the right context.
Just lighting one up in the pub makes you an instant magnet for girls (&
Remember you can add the wire to the cigarette at ANY TIME. The
cigarette 'tastes' normal (or so I'm told) so if someone thinks it is a fake
just let them have a drag.
If you are a good play actor then you can pretend to cast a 'hex' upon it.
Remember - a decent pub trickster always puts on a really good
performance when needed!
THE GLASS BALANCE
To balance 3 empty glasses on top of each other on their outer rims,
without the help of any other object whatsoever!
Firstly the glasses should be empty and identical.
The main secret of this little drink winner is that if you imagine a clock
face when you look at the glasses from above you must remember 10
o'clock and 2 o'clock.
Now the trick in 3 easy steps:
Place your first glass (A) down onto the bar.
Place the second glass (B) on top of (A) in the position of 10 o'clock,
Now place the third glass (C) on top of (B) in the 2 o'clock position.
This trick will take a bit of practice, but when you get it right a few times
it gets easier.
This is a great one to do in a bar just before you leave! It leaves the bar
CRAZY MANS HANDCUFFS
Two rubber bands separate from each other mysteriously. This is a
baffling and quite visible penetration.
Place one rubber band around the left thumb and forefinger. Your fingers
should make a C formation. Causing the rubber band to be tight between
your fingers. Point these fingers toward your audience. (This hand is set
and does nothing else).
Drape the other rubber band over your first finger on the right hand and
lower it behind the other rubber band. Slip your right thumb into the
bottom of the draped rubber band. The back of your right hand should be
facing your audience. This is the locked position. From here it should look
like that there is no way possible that the rubber bands can separate.
Stretch the rubber bands showing that they are behind each other.
If you do this a few times people begin to get lazy and not notice the
dirty work; stretch the rubber bands back towards your wrist. The middle
finger of the right hand slips through the bottom part of the rubber band
and your thumb releases it.
This should be hidden by the back of your right hand. The audience has
seen you make the same motions twice already so they don't expect
anything. Your thumb comes up and places itself next to your right
forefinger, sliding in behind around the rubber band. Bring your hands
back together and the rubber band slips off your middle finger as you
separate your forefinger and thumb.
Wave your hands magically and separate the rubber bands.
BROKEN AND RESTORED TOOTHPICK TRICK
A napkin is placed on the table, and then a toothpick is put on top and in
the center of the napkin.
Then you fold the napkin so that the toothpick is inside the folded
napkin, the spectator is asked to break the toothpick inside the folded
napkin, remember the spectator breaks the toothpick himself. As well as
this, everyone can double check it and even hear the sound of it
breaking. Then you can make some magical gesture over the folded
napkin and tooth pick. Then the spectator unfolds the napkin and
everyone can see that the toothpick has restored.
Fabric napkin with seams on the sides. 2 toothpicks
Secret and preparation:
Before this trick, insert 1 toothpick into the one of the seam on either
side of the napkin. This toothpick is the one which is going to be broken.
Then the trick is ready to be performed.
Show the audience a napkin on both sides then lay it on the table or bar.
You must remember on which side the seam with hidden toothpick is.
Then take out a toothpick from its box and place it on top of the napkin.
Then fold the napkin by bringing all 4 corners over the toothpick to the
opposite side, remembering where the last position of the seam with
hidden toothpick is. After the napkin is folded, grab the seam with the
hidden toothpick and ask a spectator to break the hidden toothpick, after
that you can let another spectator check the broken hidden toothpick
without opening the folded napkin. You should always hold the napkin to
make sure spectators don't do something that can mess the trick. Then
you make a magical gesture over the napkin then put it back on the
table, then unfold the napkin and find that the toothpick is restored.
!! This can be a real shocker!!
A fork, knife or spoon.
A coffee milk / cream container.
When you're at a restaurant or bar with some friends and your feeling
kind of down....
Very slyly grab one of those coffee milk / cream containers and hide it in
your hand. Now with the other hand, pick up a knife, fork or spoon.
Start talking to yourself, saying "I hate my life, I just don't feel like I can
take it anymore." until everyone at the table starts to look at you in a
Then take the hand with the container concealed in it and hold it up to
your eye with the paper side down, and take the spoon and act like
you're shoving it into your eye. (Take care here, it is better to use a blunt
object such as a spoon handle) A bunch of white milk / cream will come
squirting out on everybody. If you want to make it more dramatic scream
and fall on the floor, and start having convulsions.
Ask someone to lend you £20 to put in an empty matchbox, you then also
put £20 in. (You must make this obvious that you have also put in £20)
Say to them that you will sell them the matchbox for £30. Believing that
they are in for a bargain (spending £30 to buy a £40 matchbox). But the
trick is that because they already have put in £20 they are in fact losing
£10. (In total they have spent £50 for a £40 matchbox, and you get £30
instead of the £20 you started with) I hope you don’t already know this
trick and I hope to here from you soon.
PENETRATING ASHES TRICK
The magician takes a cigarette and rubs some of the ashes into the
spectators clenched fist until they disappear
He then says some magic words and asks the spectator to open there fist
and the ash has penetrated onto their palm.
Put some ash on your middle finger
Tell the spectator to stand in front of you and hold their hands out
towards you, palms down.
Tell them to come a little closer and physically grab their hands to gently
pull the person a little closer.
At the same time touch their palm lightly with the ash on your middle
finger. Ask them to close their fists, borrow a lit cigarette which you use
to flick some ash on their fist and rub in until it disappears.
You can then say some magic words and ask them to open their hands
when the ash seems to have penetrated their fist.
A spectator is asked to drop 3 dice into a glass of water, raise the glass
over their head and count the total of the dice on the bottom.
The spectator then sets the glass back down; the bartender dips his
finger in the water, rubs his finger on his forehead and after a little
concentrating, announces the total of the dice on the bottom to the
You will need a glass of water and 3 dice
All you have to do is add up the total of the numbers on top of the dice
and subtract this total from 21.
This will give you the bottom total. Amazing.
THE JUMPING RUBBER BAND
EFFECT: A classic trick that can be performed anytime, anywhere. The
magician places a rubber band over two of his fingers, with one snap of
the fingers of the other hand, the rubber band jumps visibly off the
fingers on to the next two fingers.
SECRET: You start by placing the rubber band over the first and second
fingers of the left hand. Turn the hand, palm upwards and lift the rubber
band up with the right hand
This lifting of the rubber band is prove that it really is on the two fingers.
In fact this is where the secret move takes place. Three things happen
almost at one and the same time.
As you close all four fingers of the left hand, you place those four fingers
inside the loop of the outstretched rubber band.
You allow the rubber band to snap back on to all four fingers
You turn the left hand over
The rubber band is pulled over to the right. This is to make it easy for you
to get those four fingers in!. Straighten out all four fingers of the left
hand the rubber band will jump over on to the third and fourth fingers.
You can repeat this trick by making it jump back again by lifting up the
rubber band as before and inserting all four fingers into it again. Do not
let anyone see you inserting your fingers into the loop at any time; try to
time it so that as you turn your hand down the band snaps and your
fingers go in all at the same time.
A name is written on a piece of paper on a notepad by the spectator; the
paper is torn off unseen by the magician, crumpled up and placed in an
It is then set alight.
The ashes are then rubbed on the magicians arm and the name of the
person written on the paper mysteriously appears.
You will need a small notepad, pen, ashtray, lighter and a small piece of
soap or wax.
The spectator is asked to write the name of a person or favourite
anything of theirs on a notepad.
Then too tear of the sheet of notepaper, crumple it up and place it in the
ashtray, where the magician then sets the paper alight.
The magician takes the notepad of the spectator and should be able to
see the imprint of the name written on the paper above in the next sheet
of the notepad.
Looking at the pad should not be made obvious and some misdirection
carried out while he carefully takes the small piece of wax or soap and
writes the name on the imprint on his arm or hand (this will not be
visible to anyone).
The magician can then take some ash from the ashtray and rub it over
the wax where it will stick and create an impression of the spectator’s
word to their amazement.
This is a great trick but depends on the magician creating an atmosphere
with an entertaining routine and patter about black magic to enhance the
effect and create misdirection to allow him time to pull off the trick.
You are walking down the street and casually pick any spectator,
You ask them to come with you to a nearby car and pick a dead fly off the
You hold it in your hand do a few passes with the other hand and appear
to be really concentrating and the fly slowly comes back to life to the
surprise of the spectator.
Freeze the fly
You need to catch a fly and freeze it which puts it in a temporary coma;
this can be done by swatting the fly hard enough to immobilize it then
placing it in a small container in the freezer.
The fly then needs to be quickly taken to a suitable windscreen IN THE
SHADE and placed there.
It is important that the car is in the shade to prevent the fly from
defrosting too quickly.
Then go and find a spectator and take them back to the car which should
appear to be randomly picked.
The heat of your hand will revive the fly which should soon start to move.
A lot of this trick is in the actions of you reviving the fly.
It may be necessary to practice how long it takes for the fly to revive
Freezing the fly with dry ice or even one of these aerosol canned air
products for cleaning computers is a better way of freezing the fly as it is
quicker and causes less damage to the fly.
PAUL XENON TAX DISC REMOVAL SECRET
The magician invites a spectator to stand near a car, he then asks the
spectator to check that the car tax disc is inside the windscreen.
The spectator agrees, the magician then places his hands over the disc
and pulls it out through the solid glass.
This trick needs a long piece of fishing line, two identical tax discs, a car
and a spectator.
Attach a piece of fishing line to the tax disc inside the car and run it out
to the trunk and out to the back of the car.
Have your assistant ducking down behind the back of the car holding the
line, where the spectator cannot see him.
Palming the duplicate disc, the spectator is asked to check that the disc
is inside the car.
With the disc in your right hand, cover the tax disc with your hands.
This is your cue to the assistant.
He pulls the line and keeps pulling until the disc is ripped of the
windscreen and pulled right inside the trunk at the back and out of view
of the spectators...
Meanwhile, you pretend to struggle to pull the disc from inside the car,
hand it to the spectator and casually walk off...
It is good to really look like your putting a lot of effort into getting the
tax disc through the windscreen.
STRING MAGIC TRICK
This trick was performed very well by David Blaine.
The magician is seen to roll some thread into a ball in his fingers.
The thread is then placed in his mouth and he appears to swallow it.
The magician appears to be in pain, when he bares his stomach and
visibly pulls the thread out from it.
Thread, you will need two pieces of the same colored thread.
"New skin" latex clear paint for covering cuts and grazes or other brand
of latex paint. This liquid paint is normally available from pharmacies. &
make up shops.
You need to paint a one to two inch square area on your stomach with
the latex .When it dries you can pull it gently away from the skin to form
a pocket .
Place one piece of thread in the pocket, leaving a small piece sticking
Cover the latex pocket with make up to match the colour of your skin.
The latex pocket can alternatively be made by attaching a piece of skin
colored latex that has been cut from a Halloween mask. This could be
attached by using the latex paint as glue.
The performance is done by the magician rolling one of the pieces of
thread into a ball and then either pretending to place the thread in his
mouth , retaining the thread between his thumb and finger or the thread
can be placed between the gum and cheek . Then he pretends to swallow
The rest of the trick depends on acting, the pain enhancing the illusion
that the thread has pushed its way through the magician’s stomach.
The thread can then be pulled from the latex pocket.
A glass is covered with a paper tube .The glass and tube is then placed
over a coin on a table.
When the paper tube is removed, the coin has vanished and has actually
traveled through the table.
You will need an ordinary glass.
Three sheets of white paper approx 8 inches by 12 inches
Glue and scissors and a coin.
Place some glue round the rim of the glass and place the glass upside on
a sheet of white paper and allow the glue to dry.
When the glue is dry cut round the rim of the glass with the scissors so
the mouth of the glass is covered by a paper circle.
Turn the glass upside down and wrap a second sheet of paper round it to
form a loose fitting tube and glue this and allow to dry.
Place a coin on a third sheet of paper laid on the table and a second coin
of the same value should be attached by tape or wax under the table.
Announce to a spectator that you are going to make a coin travel through
a solid table.
Take the paper tube and place it over the glass which is already on the
table upside down on top on the sheet of paper.
Lift the tube covered glass and place it over the coin with the glass still
being upside down.
Remove the tube from the glass and the coin appears to have
Give the tube to the spectator for inspection.
The coin is actually under the paper rim of the glass which is invisible as
it is the same colour as the paper sheet on the table.
If you wish to increase the effect you can reach under the table and
remove the other coin and tell the spectator that the coin has actually
traveled through the table.
The magician borrows a coin from the spectator and is seen to take a bite
out of the coin.
Take a quarter and file one side of it down so it looks like someone has
bitten a chunk of it off.
Approach a spectator and ask them to borrow a quarter.
You have already the gimmicked quarter between your thumb and
forefinger of your right hand.
Take the quarter from the spectator and quietly move your finger and
thumb and switch the coins.
Their coin is now slid to the back of your finger.
Pretend to be biting and tearing of a section of what is now your
gimmicked coin and eventually tug it free of your mouth to show the
spectator who should look amazed.
COIN OPTICAL ILLUSION
A magician has two coins in his hand when he starts to rub them it looks
like a third is appearing and when he opens his hand there are now three
Hold two coins flat on top of each other between your thumb and
forefinger, sideways to the audience. Say you will make an extra coin by
rubbing them together.
Rub the coins quickly backwards and forwards against each other. It
looks as if there are three coins, not two.
It is almost certain that a spectator will mention that this is only an
Now is the time to close your fist and re open it showing the three coins
You need a hidden coin in a classic palm position. (That is when a coin is
squeezed between the fleshly base of your thumb and palm.)
This trick needs practice to get the rubbing of the coins to look that a
third one is appearing, once you got it, it looks very effective.
MINUS YOUR MONEY
The magician clearly has three one dollar bills and magically, one
disappears leaving the two left untouched, right before the audiences
Secretly take out of your pocket/purse a dollar bill and fold it over about
two thirds across, take the other bill and place it over the crease of the
fold hiding the fold from view, the two bills should now look somewhat
like three dollar bills.
Take the already set dollar bills in your hand and announce that you are
about to do what most people dread, make your money disappear. Take
the top of the two bottom edges of the dollar bill. When they are in
between your thumb and pointer finger, shake the bill wildly so the top
edge of the bill flops backward making the folded bill unfolded. Then,
take your bills and show that three one dollar bills have magically
changed into two genuine dollar bills.
EASY COIN VANISH
A coin is placed onto the table and it vanishes
Put the coin onto the table with your left hand.
Say something like "check this out" and reach over with your right hand.
Then press down on the coin with your middle, index and third finger
with your hand and arm parallel with the table.
Slide the coin towards you remembering that it should be completely
covered up Slide the coin off the table so it falls on your lap without the
Touch your thumb to your middle finger as if you are picking up the coin
as it reaches the edge of the table. Keeping your fingers still closed;
stare at where the coin should be as you slowly move your hand away
from you back to about 6 inches from where the coin originally was.
Start moving your thumb in a circular motions as if the coin s
disappearing... Slowly turn your hand around and spread your fingers
Now the rest is up to you.
The more surprised you act the more people will believe that they have
seen a real coin vanish
You ask the spectator to hold out his or her hand palm up. You in turn
place your hand on top of theirs, palm down... With your other hand you
place a coin on top of your hand and explain to the spectator that with
one quick slap of the coin you will make it pass through your hand and
Materials needed 2 identical coins, a small piece of transparent adhesive
tape or magicians wax, (for advanced magicians super fast slight of hand
When you place your hand on top of the spectators open hand, you will
already have the coin in your palm. If you place your hand on theirs
quickly enough, the coin will not fall nor will the spectator already feel it
in their hand! You then place the "other" coin on top, on the back of your
On the palm of your hand which is not touching the spectators, is where
the tape or wax will be. Then with a quick motion, you smack the top of
the coin, which actually gets stuck to the tape/wax. .Slowly removes
your other hand to let the surprised spectator see how it "magically"
passed through your hand! For those advanced magicians out there (you
know who you are) you can grab the quarter instead of using the
tape/wax. If you do not wish to use the spectators hand you can do the
same trick on your lap, but in their hand sells the trick much better.
TWISTING ARM ILLUSION
After asking a spectator to copy the action of you putting your hand on
the table, you are able to twist your arm a full 360 degrees while others
look at you in disbelief
Just a long sleeve shirt. Everything else is impromptu.
THE SECRET MOVE (WITH THE RIGHT HAND): on the table, have your
fingers pointing towards your body. This may seem a bit uncomfortable,
but the effect is well worth it, now, you should have your fingers pointing
to the left, now turn your palm up (still having the fingers pointing left)
but keep turning the hand over the same way until it is face down again.
With a long sleeve shirt, it looks as if your hand is just turned sideways
to the left (in reality, it's twisted 270 degrees to the right).
Hand on the table (or sidewalk... wherever you want to perform).Tell him
to do exactly what you're doing and start slowly twisting your arm
When your fingers start to point to the left, distract him from what you're
doing, say something like
"You doing it wrong; do exactly what I'm doing!" Or "maybe you should
back up a bit to get a better view of my directions."
With that, point to his hand or push him away a bit with your other hand,
and do the secret move while his eyes are concentrated on himself. When
you have the secret move done, it's a simple matter of him trying to do
what you're doing again. But little does he know you're simply
UNTWISTING your arm instead of twisting it like himself.
By putting a plastic cup or hard cellophane tucked under your armpit,
you can make a bone crunching noise by pressing gently as you twist
your arm to add to the effect.
This trick is very clearly explained in the Twisting arm illusion video
which can be ordered online from many illusion sites. It will allow you to
perform this fantastic illusion to great effect very quickly.
PSYCHO KINETIC TIME
David Blaine did this trick on his second national TV special. A watch is
borrowed; the magician does not carry anything! After showing the
watch to those nearby who notice the current time, you place the watch
face down in the spectator’s hand. His hand is closed over the watch. The
magician doesn't not touch the watch again.
The magician then asks the spectator to name a number and then to
concentrate on that number and the watch. He opens his hand, turns
over the watch and sees that the hands of the watch have moved that
many minutes! This trick does not require any gimmicks.
Someone wearing an analogue watches (a watch with an long stem
that's easy to manipulate quickly. i.e.: SEIKO watches)
You need to wear a watch of your own with the wrong time.
Ask your victim for his watch with an excuse like, "I think my time is
wrong can I see yours for a second?"
Borrow the watch for a minute and examine it look at it, state what time
it has, and say, "is this the right time, I need to know."
Now glance at the time on YOUR watch, and draw attention to it by
setting its time. While they looking at you, set the time on your watch.
Your other hand is moving their stem so THEIR time moved forward 25
minutes. Now have them sandwich their watch between their hands, and
ask them to pick a number from 10 through 30. Most people will pick 25
if they pick 20; they won't notice it's off by five minutes when you reveal
that the hands of their watch have moved forward in time.... If they pick
something below that number, tell them to make it harder, and pick a
higher number. It gets them every time... just remember to give a great
patter when doing this trick.
TIPS: I recommend trying to do this on nervous or shy people so they
don't know what you're doing. The key to this trick is misdirection, but
it's very easy to get caught.