10 most common magic tricks explained
number 10 sword in half probably the most famous piece of magic that doesn’t
devolve on rabbit to respect British kid with a lightning scar the Canton half
trick has confused audiences since as early as 1806
and as its age suggests the trick isn’t a feat of complex machinery or camera
trickery instead it’s a case of a different person being in each half of
the fake box and there goes my Magic Circle membership now the contraption is
deceptively deep allowing for one a system to hide themselves in one side of
it then when the onstage assistant steps into the other side the first will put
their legs to a hole so it looks like one person is sticking out both ends
then the magician simply soars down and a premade split in the box and moves the
two halves apart before bringing them back together again and opening the box
one assistant will emerge unscathed and the other will be holed up again in
their half of the box also unscathed over some back pain I imagine provided
you make sure both assistants show the same race gender and amount of legs it’s
that simple to pull off number 9 levitation
the illusion of levitation takes many forms if you’re on a budget just stand
on the tiptoes of one foot with the camera pointed at you from the right
angle the next level up from that is the classic Street act that sees a performer
sitting cross-legged in the air seemingly only held up by a cane in this
case though the answer is a complex metal structure it has a metal base on
the floor leading to a framework supporting the performer concealed by
their baggy clothes yes say that Yoda but the hardest example to comprehend is
the one reserved for higher budget magic shows this is where an assistant lies on
the table and somehow floats a foot or two in the air to sell the trick to you
the magician may even pass a hoop over the body to assure there’s absolutely
nothing holding them up except yes there is something holding them up it’s an old
favorite yes that’s right an elaborate hydraulic crane system which lifts up
the platform the assistance is lying on the arm of this crane will typically
bend around the magician so their body obscures it it will also be designed
specially so a hoop can reach both ends of the body without having to cross the
metal arm that’s why that thing works and there you have it levitation
number eight bending a spoon as long as you have some access to some cutlery you
can perform this trick yourself and frankly if you don’t have access to
cutlery then you have bigger problems to worry about the magic tricks but despite
its simplicity the trick is a mainstay in the average magicians repertoire
self-proclaimed psychic Uri Geller practically based the whole career on
his ability to ruin cutlery just by rubbing it but that’s worth a winter
magic debunker James Randi came along he showed footage of the act from another
angle and it became clear that Geller was just bending the spoons manually
when the audience was distracted but the more common version of the spoon Bend
requires a silver coin which is held strategically to look like the handle of
the spoon poking out of your hand the performer just puts the spoon in their
hand and moves it keeping the coin in place to create the illusion that the
spoon is bending inside their hands without even showing the bent spoon the
magician appears to return it to its original shape
as if by magic which it isn’t number seven zigzag girl invented in 1965 by
magician Robert Harbin this exact girl was a clear descendant of the cotton
hard trick first of all an assistant usually a woman for her smaller frame
accepts into a box standard so far the magician then slide into metal blades
cutting her into thirds the middle fur then slides to the left as the assistant
continues to smile and wave her disembodied hand and foot through their
special holes the trick here is in the design of the box it often has faux
metal panels along the side which make the container look thinner than it
actually is in fact the assistant presses themself
against the side of the box where the metal blades are thin enough to just
miss them well hopefully anyway but they’re wide handles disguise to this
when the middle section and slides across who then simply moves her hand
with it but the rest of the body remains in the center of the contraption but the
real trick here is some classic sexism from an audience who would never expect
that the person in control of the trick it’s the woman in the box number 6
rabbit in a hat possibly dating back to 1814 it seems as
though the rabbit and the hat trick has been around for as long as magic shows
themselves but as long as it’s been around as a staple of the magician’s
practice most of us models have no idea how it’s done well that’s what we’re
here for and in fact the answer is one of three methods with varying levels of
complexity and difficulty the first require special apparatus
specifically the magicians hat and the table it’s placed on both contain a
secret hole in this case the magician reaches through both the Hat and the
table to a secret compartment within the table the houses of rabbits a voila the
second is less kind to the bunny which is stored in a hidden compartment inside
a specifically designed hat yeah don’t do that Peter we’ll be in a case there
the third method requires no specialist equipment but considerable sleight of
hand the rabbit sits in a bag hooked to the table on the magician side while
distracts in the crowd with one hand the magician transfers the rabbit from the
bag into the Hat with the other and then they miraculously retrieve it again
number five walking on water the hull walking on water thing was popularized
around 2,000 years ago by a guy called what is it oh Jesus yes whether or not
you believe that is up to you but we can say with some certainty that everyone
who’s done it since has been faking it and with the right props so can you it’s
actually miraculously easy with a bit of prep work then that kids to perform the
trick in a man-made body of water like a pool ideally one with the flat surface
at the bottom other areas like lakes can be good for this – because muddy waters
will help the skies the platform you’re going to be walking across in fact if
the waters are unclear enough this could even be something like a table that
being said though the uneven ground in a river or lake could prove troublesome
typically magicians will use glass or plexiglass pillars laid on their side
which even in clear waters are almost invisible having other people swimming
normally if the side of the platform also will help to sell the illusion but
perhaps the most important ear ball try not to slip and fall off then BOOM all
the Instagram followers who was number four vanishing liquid in this
vegan-friendly illusion the magician will take a jug of soya milk because it
won’t spoil as quickly and pours it into a rolled-up newspaper to the amazement
of the audience the magician then unravels the paper receptacle completely
dry and without a drop of milk within it well how the heck did they do that oh
you’re here for its net to prove there’s nothing amiss about the junk the
magician can then pour the roni milk into a cup and even drink it depending
on how long it’s been out for the French fall but of course there is something
amiss about the jug which has been ordered in advance it’s a trick
container actually kitted out with a thin outer layer
that can be filled with a monk beforehand to give in the jug the
illusion of being full from the outside but when the jug is tipped slightly the
milk doesn’t pour out but instead filters back into the center of the jug
because as I keep saying there’s something amiss about the jug because
this area is wider the milk fills less of it making it look like it’s been
emptied now the milk can be poured out properly into a cup a voila
number three coffee into cash American magician and endurance artist David
Blaine pioneered a trick in his first TV special street magic that has since been
used many times over for the trick Blaine turned a homeless man’s cup of
coffee into a cup filled with coins you’d hope
the man was allowed to then keep the money even though it wasn’t actually his
cup in the first place also a couple of coins that can’t be that much money
connect anyway I’m missing the point in fact the man had been given a proper
cup with the smaller cup fitted on the inside and filled with coins beneath
this smaller cup is a sponge compressed on the bottom hiding a small hole at the
bottom of the cup after the coins have been covered by some coffee
the magician then puts their finger in the bottom of the hole and pushes up
this makes the coins magically rise to the top as the sponge expands absorbing
the coffee and making it appear to mysteriously disappear this trick is
actually quite easy to perform yourself with the right tools or the de Blaine
clip does mysteriously end before he hands over the cup because of the
obvious leakage problems you’ll encounter number two
ripping money a number of magic tricks play heavily on the audience’s abject
terror up seeing perfectly good cast ripped up in front of them now luckily
the cash is typically returned unharmed but most audiences have no idea how one
of the most famous versions of this trick comes from David Copperfield
he put a hundred dollar bill for a pencil and revealed it intact on the
other side much magic so Wow before doing this Copperfield passed a note
around the audience who verified its authenticity but interestingly though he
didn’t let them look at the pencil that’s because they would have found
that the pencil is equipped with what’s known as a gimmick the item would you
can make yourself from a plastic straw wrapped around the pencil and it’s
colored in the same to look like an extension of it it can’t diagonally so
when the pens have slides behind the bill it appears to go right through the
center more budget versions of the trick include two notes being glued together
on one half one is then folded back to conceal it from sites the unfolded note
is then ripped in half only for the magician to
reveal the folded note unharmed although cheaper this version will cost you an
extra dollar so is it worth it magic can be worth it
number one bullet catch the bullet catcher originates from a time when
loading a gun was a bit more of a complex procedure than it is today it
involved a device known as a ramrod which went down the guns barrel and
pushed the bullet against the Gunpowder in early versions of the trick the tip
of the ramrod was magnetized allowing the magician to remove the bullet from
the gun before it fired but the modern version is most famously performed by
duo Penn & Teller their act sees two signed bullets loaded into guns fitted
with laser sights they then 5 assigned a bullet into each other’s mouths through
a pane of glass this is to prove the bullet has actually been fired and this
one has been notoriously difficult to dissect in the magic community but the
best guess includes some very athletic stagehands art of the duo separate the
bullets from their cartridges they place them somewhere where stagehands can grab
them run around and place them in the other’s bulletproof vest then while they
slip into the bests they transfer the bullets into their mouths this is where
they appear to have been fired as wax bullets leave convincing holes in glass
panes and a voila that’s how you do it just don’t try that at home we don’t
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