Master magicians are bringing renewed interest to magic and drawing sell-out crowds with tricks to amaze. You can also amaze your friends at home with a few simple tricks and this article will cover a couple to mesmerize your audience.
The first is the “block of ice” trick and just takes a little preparation. It is fairly simple to do and involves pouring some water in a cup and whispering some magic words to it. Then when you turn the cup over all that will come out is a block of ice.
The trick is done by using a sponge in the bottom of the glass that prevents the water from pouring out. The ice that is already resting on top of the sponge simply falls out of the cup.
To prepare for the trick place the sponge in the bottom of the cup so it does not fall out, then place the ice on top and your ready. It may take a little practice to learn the right amount of water to pour into the cup. You don’t want it to be too little, but too much will mean that some water will come out of the cup with the ice.
Another trick is “Movie Predictor” where you ask your friends to each name a movie. You then write down the name of each movie on separate pieces of paper and place them in container. At all the movies are in the container, take one more piece of paper and write one of the movies on there as a prediction and show everyone.
A volunteer then reaches in the container and pulls out one of the papers. It will be the movie you predicted. How is this done?
When the first person says the movie title of say “Star Wars” you write it down. Then for every subsequent movie mentioned you continue to write down “Star Wars” without letting anyone actually see what you’re writing. At the end you write “Star Wars” down as your prediction and can’t help but be correct.
Here are a couple things to make your tricks seem more realistic.
Never give in to the temptation of revealing how the trick was done and don’t use the same tricks more than once for the same audience. If they see it more than once it becomes easier to figure it out.
When you borrow items to use from others in the audience it makes it more believable. They are less likely to think you prepared something to trick them.
Stay excited during the performance and your audience will also be excited.
And always practice your tricks prior to doing them in front of an audience. Don’t do it in front of anyone until you are well versed with the trick.