Question by The Q: What is a good website for simple cool tricks?
I’m trying to find a site with cool bar tricks that require few items. I’m talking about tricks such as making money disappear or making water change colors, tricks of that type but I can’t think of any. They do not have to be magic tricks. Thanks!
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The magician shows a glass, upside down, and a coin on a sheet of colored paper.
He puts a handkerchief over the glass and moves it over.
He pulls the handkerchief off and Abracadabra! the coin has disappeared.
A sheet of construction paper (1), a clear glass, a handkerchief and a coin.
Trace the glass onto the sheet of paper and cut the circle out. Then tape it to the glass so when you put it onto a piece of paper the same color it blends in.
When you do the above put the glass onto a piece of paper and just basically move the paper covered glass over the coin while the whole thing is under the handkerchief so the glass covers the coin. Pull off the handkerchief. The coin will have “disappeared
Magic Bottle Trick
The magician asks for a volunteer from the audience who looks inside a bottle to make sure it’s a normal, empty container.
The volunteer returns the bottle and then examines a magic wand to ensure it is normal.
The magician drops the wand into the bottle (noting how easily it falls in).
He/she turns bottle over and lets go of the wand.
The wand magically remains suspended in the bottle.
~a magic wand (could use a pencil instead) that is taller than the bottle (when you drop the wand into the bottle, part of it should still be sticking up through the opening.
~a bottle that has an opening large enough to fit the wand in (but not too big). The bottle cannot be see-through
If you don’t have a bottle that is dark, you can put some dark paint inside the bottle and shake it around so the inside is painted.
Cut a piece off the eraser, just large enough to wedge the wand into the opening of the bottle. The eraser is what makes the trick work!
Pass the bottle to the volunteer and ask them to make sure its empty.
Take back the bottle and give your friend the wand. Meanwhile, slip the piece of eraser into the bottle without anyone seeing (you can have it in your pocket until this point). You’ll need to practice this a few times.
Take the wand back and drop it into the bottle.
Pick up the wand and bottle and turn them VERY SLOWLY upside down (mumble all sorts of enchantments while you’re doing this). Pull on the wand slightly when the bottle is turning over so the piece of eraser gets wedged into the opening (you’ll need to practice this a few times too).
Let go of the wand… PRESTO! It doesn’t fall out.
Slowly turn upright again. Let go of everything and PRESTO the wand remains suspended in the bottle (it doesn’t fall back down).
To remove the wand, push it slightly to release the rubber and then take it out.
Magic Envelope Trick
The magician asks for a volunteer to write down four numbers on a piece of paper.
The magician asks the volunteer to TOTAL up the numbers.
The magician opens a sealed envelope and it has the same number as the TOTAL!
(or have the magic puppet pull out an envelope and hand it to the magician. Have the puppet “whisper” to the magician to open up the envelope.)
~piece of paper
Before the show, write down a four figure number that is 2 times the current year’s date. For example, in the year 2000, the number would = 4000. In the year 2001, the number would = 4002
Seal the paper in the envelope.
At the show, ask a helper to write down the year he was born.
Ask him to write down the year of an important event in his life (for example, the year he started school or the year he lost his first tooth)
Ask him to write down his age
Ask him to write down the number of years that have passed since the important event
(these numbers HAVE to be right *grin*… if it’s been 4 years since the event and he writes down 3, the trick won’t work)
The years have to be whole numbers (he can’t say he’s 6 and a half years old)
Have the assistant TOTAL the 4 numbers.
Open the envelope. The TOTAL will be the same as the number you already wrote down!
Magician has cup with pepper and water.
Volunteer puts fingers in water trying to separate the pepper.
This will not work.
Magician puts fingers in water and the water separates.
(make sure there is a sink nearby so volunteer can wash hand)
Put water in a cup then regular pepper.
Before show, rub soap on your fingers (this will separate the pepper)
Holding a piece of rope, the magician places the ends of the rope into his hands and closes his fingers around the ends. The magician shakes the rope slightly, says a magic word, blows on his hands and drops one end of the rope. Magic! The end has a knot in it!
One long piece rope
The rope already has a knot in one end… Tie a knot in one end of the rope. Hide this end with the knot in your hand and bring the other end of the rope up next to it. Shake your hand as if you’re trying to knot it. Drop the end with the knot and it looks like you have tied a knot in the rope using one hand.
Sugar Cube Trick
The magician asks for a volunteer from the audience.
The volunteer picks a number between 1 and 10.
The magician writes the number on a sugar cube.
The magician drops the cube into a cup of water and holds the volunteer’s hand over the water.
He/she turns the volunteer’s hand over and Poof! the number is on the volunteer’s hand.
~a pencil (must be a pencil, pen will NOT work)
~a sugar cube (you can have several for effect)
~a glass of water
Have the volunteer pick a number.
Write it onto the sugar cube with a pencil (press hard).
Then, hold the cube between your thumb and one finger.
Hold it so the number transfers onto your thumb and say,” Now I will put this cube into the cup”.
Press the cube as hard as possible so the number is on your thumb.
Put the cube into the water and hold the volunteer’s hand above the water, make sure your thumb is in their palm so the number from your finger transfers onto the volunteer’s hand.
This is a good trick to show smaller kids because they are less likely to figure out the trick.
Walk Through Paper Trick
This is more of a “dare”/puzzle than it is a magic trick, but it’s still fun to do. The magician asks the audience if anyone thinks he can cut a piece of regular paper with a hole big enough for him to walk through.
Then the magician snips a piece of paper along the lines on the template (he can either use the template or memorize the snips) and walks through the giant hole that’s created!
NOTE: I suggest if the magician memorizes the snips that he or she still have a printed template handy, just in case they forget when they’re in front of an audience.
piece of paper (construction paper works well as it’s a bit sturdier) with or without template printed on it (depending on if magician memorizes the snips)
BEFORE THE TRICK:
This trick is more of a puzzle or a dare but it’s still fun to show an audience.
Print out the template and practice snipping it, stretching it out and walking through it a few times.
DURING THE TRICK:
Ask the audience if they think you can cut a hole large enough to walk through in a regular piece of paper.
Cut the template out as quickly as possible (you don’t have to be perfectly on the lines. Stretch the paper apart carefully and walk through it. You can hand the template out to the members of the audience so they can try it out at home!
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