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With Everyday Objects 110 Amazing Magic Tricks
With Everyday Objects
Compiled and Edited by Marvin Berglas,
Copyright by Marvin’s Magic, 2002
All rights reserved Published by Marvin’s Magic, 3 London Road, Herts AL3 8JL 04 Magic is a wonderful hobby.
We have selected 110 superb magic tricks, most of which can be
performed with simple everyday objects. Once learned, you will be
able to mystify and entertain no matter where you are. Read and
follow the illustrated instructions carefully and regularly practice and
rehearse the tricks until you feel completely confident - then get ready
to baffle, bewilder and amaze! But remember our magicians code and
NEVER REVEAL YOUR SECRETS! Have Fun!
Magically Yours Marvin Berglas - Marvin’s Magic Cup Through Table
Effect: A cup or glass vanishes when wrapped in a sheet of paper.
Secret: A piece of paper wrapped around the cup or glass will retain the shape of the cup – even after the
magician has secretly dropped the cup into his lap.
Props: A cup or glass, any small object and a sheet of newspaper or tissue paper.
Preparation: Select a piece of newspaper slightly larger than the cup so that it will cover it completely with
Presentation: Place the cup over any small object and wrap the paper around it. Ask the audience what is
under the cup. Everyone will, of course, suspect that you are about to vanish the object. Lift the paper and
cup to reassure everyone that the object is still on the table. Moving the wrapped cup slightly towards you,
just clear of the table relax your hold so that the cup is allowed to quietly drop into your lap, out of sight of
the audience, of course, whose attention is still focused on the object.The paper will retain the shape of the
cup. When you again place the paper over the object, you must maintain the illusion that you are replacing
both paper and cup. Wave your hand mysteriously over the "cup" and claim that you will make the object
vanish. When you lift the "cup" the object is still there. Remove the object but replace the "cup". Tell the
audience that something must have gone wrong and you are unable to vanish the object, so you have decided
to vanish the cup instead! At that moment dramatically smash your hand down onto the paper which will
flatten, giving the appearance that the "cup" has penetrated the table. Bring the cup from under the table
(removing it from your lap, in one smooth movement) and replace it on the table. Wand Power
Effect: The magician makes some mysterious passes around a wand or pencil which uncannily starts to
move on its own.
Secret: The magician secretly blows on the wand, which causes it to roll.
Props: Use a wand or pencil. A smooth, firm surface is essential.
Preparation: Practise blowing toward the wand gently and secretly.
Presentation: Lay the wand on the table and very slowly trace circles around the outside of the wand with a
finger. Then, as you move the finger away, the wand seems to follow. You claim to have created a static field
that pulls plastic like a magnet. The trick is that as you draw the finger away from you and from the wand,
you blow gently on the wand. The audience is so busy watching the movement of the finger, they won't
notice that you are blowing towards the wand, which causes it to roll easily on the flat surface. ★ ★
★ 2 ★ Ring And String
Effect: A ring threaded onto a loop is released, although a spectator is holding the string.
Secret: Read PREPARATION carefully to see how you can solve this puzzle.
Props: Any ring and one cord.
Preparation: Get someone to help you practise this item before presenting it. Tie one piece of cord into a
loop (circle). Slide the ring onto one end of the loop. Have your friend hold up his fingers. Put each end of
the loop over one finger (see figure 1) but not too tight. Take a section of this cord and make another loop
over the finger on the other side of the ring (see figure 2). Be sure you put the second loop below the first
loop on the finger. Take the original loop and carefully lift it above the finger (see figure 3). Tell the holder
to tighten up on the cord. As he does, you let go of your loop. The ring will fall free even though the string is
still on his fingers. You will have to practise this a number of times before you can expect to do it smoothly. Appearing Wand
Effect: From a small purse you produce a large solid magic wand or pencil.
Secret: Obtain a small money purse and cut a small hole at the bottom.
Presentation: Have the wand partly up your sleeve and the other end inside the purse, through the hole.
Show the purse, then open it and slowly pull out the large wand. This impressive illusion should be practised
in front of a mirror. It is a real fooler and worth the extra trouble in obtaining a suitable purse. Rubber Wand
Effect: The magician's solid wand or pencil seems to turn to soft rubber. On command, it turns solid again.
Secret: Hold the wand horizontally in front of you between thumb and forefinger about a third of the way
from the end. By moving your hand up and down in short quick moves, the wand will seem to become
flexible and appear as if it were made of rubber (see illustration). This is an excellent optical illusion.
Presentation: Tap the wand on something to show that it is solid. Say the magic word and now demonstrate
that it is wobbly and flexible. Another magic word and it turns solid again. ★ ★
★ 3 ★ Palm The Wand
Effect: To prove that you have magical powers, place the wand or pencil across the top of the palm of one
hand, with the back of the hand towards the audience. Slowly open your fingers and the wand apparently
sticks to the hand as if magnetised (see figure 1).
Secret: Grip your wrist with your other hand (see figure 2). Unbeknown to your audience, your right index
finger is holding the wand. Don't ever let the audience see the way you hold the wand. Find The Coin
Effect: A coin is covered with any one of three cups and the cups are then moved around. You can say
immediately which cup is covering the coin.
Secret: Attached to the coin is a long hair. When the coin has been covered the three cups can be moved
around as much as anyone wants. Although your back has been turned while this has been going on you can
easily locate which cup hides the coin. All you have to do is look for the hair sticking out from beneath one
of the cups and that tells you all you need to know! Reverse Loops
Effect: A cord, coiled around a magic wand or pencil and tied through a ring, is pulled free of the wand and
yet the ring remains securely tied.
Secret: As you wind on the cord, you secretly reverse the direction.
Props: A magic wand or pencil, a ring and a length of cord.
Preparation: Practise coiling the cord around the wand until you can do it without hesitation.
Presentation: Take the cord and wind it around the magic wand in one direction for the loops then stop as if
counting the loops with the first finger of the hand that is holding the wand. Leave the tip of the finger on the
wand, just past the third loop (see illustration). Then add three more loops but in the reverse direction.
Practise this carefully and try to get the ends of the cords to hang down about the same lengths. Cover all of
the loops with your free hand, now have someone tie a ring to the two loose ends of the cord. As you say a
magic word, have him pull straight down and the cord will come free from the wand. ★ ★
★ 4 ★ Sticky Wand
Effect: This effect is similar to "Palm the Wand" but takes a little more practice to do it correctly.
Secret: A combination of holding the wand or pencil in different ways will give the impression that it has
become magnetised and is sticking to your fingers magically.
Presentation: Hold the wand between your hands (see figure 1). Lift one thumb (see figure 2).
The audience will still think that your other thumb is holding the wand. Then lift the second thumb (see
figure 3). They will be amazed! Study figures 4 and 5 and you will see how the trick is achieved. Carefully
interlace your fingers so that one is folded inside your palms (see figure 4). The wand is held behind this
hidden finger (see figure 4). Pull your hands apart quickly and let the wand fall when the trick is over. Rising Pencil
Effect: The magician places a pencil into a bottle. It reacts to his commands and slowly rises and falls in the bottle.
Secret: The pencil is made to move with the aid of a very fine thread.
Props: A pencil, a vase or bottle and a fine thread.
Preparation: A very fine nylon or black cotton thread or even a long human hair (18 inches to 24 inches in
length) is tied, taped or applied with wax to one end of the pencil. The other end is tied to a button on the
Presentation: Drop the pencil (thread end first) into the bottle or vase (see illustration). By moving slightly
away from the table the thread will become tight and, on command, the pencil will either rise or fall,
depending on your movements. Dice Deception
Effect: You read someone's mind.
Secret: Whilst your back is turned (or you can be blindfolded) someone throws a die on the table. Ask him
to remember the number thrown and then to make another throw. Tell him to double the first number he
threw and to add five to the answer. He has now to multiply his answer by five and then add on the second
number thrown. Ask him what total he has reached. Mentally subtract 25 from the answer he gives.
You will end up with a two digit number – the first digit is the first number thrown and the second is the
second number thrown. Now pretend to read the spectator's mind and tell him what numbers he threw. ★ ★
★ 5 ★ Bewildering Beaker
Effect: A beaker vanishes.
Secret: The beaker is glued to a small wooden tray. In the centre of a scarf sew a circle of cardboard. Show
the beaker then cover it with the scarf or handkerchief. Lift the scarf (holding the cardboard disc so it looks
as if you are holding the rim of the beaker) and turn the tray towards you. Stand the tray against something
on your table – with the beaker side away from the audience. Everyone believes you are holding the beaker.
Throw the scarf in the air and catch it as it falls – the beaker has vanished. Ring On
Effect: A ring is magically threaded on a string.
Secret: Place the string and ring supplied on a table, together with a safety pin and a handkerchief. Cover
the string, ring and pin with the handkerchief. Allow the ends of the string to remain visible at all times.
Place your hands beneath the handkerchief and push the centre of the string through the ring. Open the pin
then close it so it goes around the right side of the loop and the rest of the string (see figure 1). Put your left
forefinger into the loop (see figure 2). Remove your right hand and lift up the right end of the string and ask
someone to hold it. At the same time move your left hand along the string (keeping your finger in the loop)
until you reach the end. Remove the handkerchief and show that the ring and pin are now on the string
(see figure 3). Floating Beaker
Effect: A plastic beaker floats in the air.
Secret: On one side of a plastic beaker attach a strip of strong paper. It is important that the paper is loose
along the centre portion. To make the beaker appear to float, you push your right thumb through the paper
loop. Place your left hand near your right hand and then lift your hands in the air. With practice it will appear
that the beaker is floating in the air. Keep the taped side of the beaker nearest your body so the audience do
not see it. ★ ★
★ 6 ★ The Removable Thumb
Effect: You appear to remove your thumb!
Secret: Practise this in front of a mirror. Hold out your left hand with the palm facing you. Bend your left
thumb in half towards your body. Bend your right thumb in half and place it alongside the left (see figure 1).
Place your right forefinger over the front of the two thumbs where they touch (see figure 2). Move your right
hand to the right and it looks as if you have removed your thumb (see figure 3). This trick should be done
only to people who are directly facing you. Folding Money
Effect: A currency note turns itself over.
Secret: Hold the note in your left hand then fold it in half lengthways towards you. Next fold it in half away
from you. Finally, fold the note in half again, this time towards your body. Now slowly unfold the note from
the front, making each movement in the same direction. The note is now upside down! Strangely enough,
this trick is more baffling if you do it really slowly but, like all tricks, you must practise it thoroughly to
make sure you can do it perfectly before showing it to anyone. Stop!
Effect: A matchbox obeys your commands.
Secret: Run a thread through the end of a matchbox drawer (see figure 1). Put a small eraser or a block of
wood in the drawer on top of the thread (see figure 2) then close the box. You are now ready to show the
trick. Hold each end of the thread, with one hand above the other. The matchbox should be near the top of
the thread. If you hold the thread loosely the box will slide down the thread but if you secretly tighten the
thread the box will stop (see figure 3). With practice you can make it stop or go at your command. ★ ★
★ 7 ★ Kings And Aces
Effect: Two playing cards make a mysterious journey.
Secret: You need a special playing card. First glue an Ace of Spades and a King of Diamonds back to back.
Cut an Ace of Clubs in half lengthways. Glue this on top of the Ace of Spades. Now glue a smaller strip of
another King of Diamonds on top of that. Hold a King of Hearts against the special card and it looks like
four cards. Place the four cards in a box. Bring out the King of Hearts and place it in another box. Secretly
turn the special card over and bring it out, showing the King of Diamonds. Also place this in the other box.
Show the first box empty. The Aces have vanished. Take all four cards (really only two) from the second
box, showing them as you did before. It seems that the Aces have magically travelled across. Spelling Bee
Effect: Ten cards are counted in a magical manner.
Secret: The cards you use have been secretly arranged in the order shown. The actual suits do not matter.
Run the cards, one at a time, from hand to hand. This reverses the order so the Nine is now on the top. Place
the 10 cards on the pack. To show the trick count off 10 cards (this gets the arrangement back to normal,
with the Three on top). Take the cards one at a time from the top of the packet and place them on the bottom
as you spell A C E (one card to each letter). Turn over the card on the E and it is an Ace. Drop this card on
the table. Now spell T W O – again moving one card from the top to the bottom of the packet for each letter.
Turn over the "O" card, a Two, and drop it on the table. Continue spelling in this way until you get to 10. For
the 10th card you have only one card left but pretend to spell the letters as before to amuse your audience. ★ ★
★ 8 ★ A Neat Escape
Effect: You escape from a rope.
Secret: Ask someone to tie your wrists together with a large scarf. A long length of soft rope is now placed
between your wrists and someone holds the ends. Another scarf is thrown over your bound wrists. As soon as
your hands are out of sight move your hands back and forth to cause the rope to form a loop between your
wrists. Keep working the rope until you can get one hand into the loop. When you have done this ask the
person who is holding the rope to pull – the rope will come free and yet your wrists are still securely tied! Pencil Vanish
Effect: A pencil disappears.
Secret: Show a pencil or pen and drape a large handkerchief over it. As soon as the pencil is out of sight,
secretly extend your forefinger under the handkerchief as you allow the pencil to drop down your sleeve.
Take the handkerchief with the other hand as if holding the pencil through the material. Throw the
handkerchief into the air and the pencil has vanished! ★ ★
★ 9 ★ Knot From Nowhere
Effect: A knot mysteriously appears in the corner of a handkerchief.
Secret: Before your performance, secretly tie a knot in one corner of a handkerchief. Show the handkerchief
but hold it with the knot hidden in your right hand. The left hand now lifts the bottom end of the
handkerchief and places it in the right hand along with the top corner. Give the handkerchief a shake and
drop the unknotted end. Repeat this two or three times. On the second or third attempt allow the knotted
corner to drop, retaining your grip on the other corner. All you have done is change the corner you are
holding but it appears that the knot has formed by magic. Card To Matchbox
Effect: A playing card changes into a matchbox.
Secret: Trim a playing card and glue it to the top of a matchbox. Carefully fold the card over the box as
shown. Glue a matchbox label on the back of the card so when the card is folded it looks like an ordinary
matchbox. Show your audience the playing card. The matchbox is hidden behind it. Bring your hand over the
card and secretly fold it up over the box. Remove your hand and it seems that you have made a playing card
change magically into a matchbox. It's Matchic!
Effect: You reveal how many matches were moved while your back was turned.
Secret: Secretly put a small pencil dot on a match, just below the head. Do this on all four sides of the
match and then put it back in the box. When you show the trick, remove ten matches from the box and put
them down in a row. The marked match must be placed at the left end of the row. Turn your back and ask
someone to move any number of matches, one at a time, from the left end of the row to the right. When you
turn around you have only to spot the position of the marked match and count from that to the right end of
the row to know how many have been moved. ★ ★
★ 10 ★ Baffling Bands
Effect: Three loops of paper are cut with surprising results.
Secret: You need three strips of paper, each about five centimetres by one metre. Glue the ends of the first
strip together to form a loop. Do the same with the second strip but give one end a half turn before gluing the
ends. In making the third loop give the paper one complete turn before gluing.
Cut down the centre of the first loop with a pair of scissors. This will make two loops as one would expect.
When the second loop is cut in the same way it forms one extra large loop and the third one produces two
loops linked together. Jumping Elastic
Effect: An elastic band penetrates the fingers.
Secret: Place an elastic band over the first two fingers of your left hand as shown. With the right hand
stretch the band to show it really is over the fingers. Close the left hand, at the same time secretly allowing
the tips of all your left fingers to go into the band as shown in the second drawing. Open your hand and the
elastic band will jump from the first two fingers to the third and fourth fingers. Keep the back of your left
hand towards your audience at all times when performing this trick and it will look like the band penetrates
through the first two fingers. Walking Through A Postcard
Effect: A postcard is cut so it will go over your body.
Secret: Boast that you can walk through a postcard then make the following moves. Fold the postcard in half
lengthways. Make as many cuts as possible from the edge of the card to the centre and from the centre
towards the edges as shown. The more cuts you make the easier the trick is to do. Unfold the card and cut
along the centre, from A to B. You can now open out the card into a large loop that will easily go over your body. ★ ★
★ 11 ★ Sympathetic Diamond
Effect: A large Ace of Diamonds changes colour when coloured handkerchiefs are passed over it.
Secret: The principal diamond on the card is actually cut out. It gets its colour from a piece of card held
behind the Ace. Each time you want the colour of the diamond to change the secret card is moved to a new
position. To get a multi-coloured diamond, position the card centrally so all four corners on the card are
visible through the diamond-shaped hole. The handkerchiefs hide the movement of the secret card, look
colourful and provide a reason for the colour changes. Matchless Ribbon
Effect: Matches change into a ribbon
Secret: Glue together several half matches and put the finished block into the drawer of a matchbox,
together with one ordinary match. Put a ribbon in the other end of the drawer. You push open the drawer,
take out the single match and let everyone see the box is apparently full of matches. Tap the box with the
match you have just removed. Open the box again (but this time from the other end) and show that the
matches have changed into a ribbon. That's It
Effect: You apparently read someone's mind to identify an object selected while you are out of the room.
Secret: You need a secret assistant. While you are out of the room someone selects any object in the room.
When you return, your accomplice points to objects around the room but you have arranged that the fifth
object he points to will be the chosen object. Identifying objects three times in succession (after arranging a
different code number with your accomplice for each repeat performance) should be enough to convince the
spectators that you possess amazing powers of mind reading. ★ ★
★ 12 ★ Wallet Of Wonders
Effect: A 10p coin changes to two 5p coins.
Secret: To make the special wallet required you need two sheets of paper, folded as shown. Open out the
folds and glue the shaded areas together. Put two 5p coins in the centre of the top sheet and fold it around
them. Fold up the bottom sheet and turn the whole lot over. Place a borrowed 10p in the centre of the empty
sheet and fold the paper around it. As you do this secretly turn the whole packet over.Open the paper to
reveal the two coins. Find The Lady
Effect: A spectator tries to pick the Queen – but ends up with the Joker.
Secret: Glue a piece of a Queen to an Ace. Place a Joker on top and slightly to one side. Put another Ace
exactly on top of the Joker. Show the cards (with the Joker hidden). You appear to be holding two Aces and a
Queen. Turn the cards face down, as you do so spread them to separate the Joker and the Ace.
Invite someone to take the Queen. He will take the centre card – but it is the Joker! Link Up
Effect: Two paper clips link together without you touching them.
Secret: You need two paper clips and a sheet of paper. Fold over one-third of the paper and place a clip over
the top of the doubled thickness. Fold the other end of the paper in the opposite direction to the first and
place the second clip over the two thicknesses of paper just formed. The position should now be as shown.
Pull sharply on each end of the paper and the clips will leap off into the air and link themselves together. ★ ★
★ 13 ★ Numbered Thoughts
Effect: While you are out of the room a three-figure number is chosen. On your return, you read your
assistant's mind and reveal the number.
Secret: When you return to the room after a number has been chosen, you place your hands on either side of
your assistant's head. Your friend now tightens and loosens his jaw for the appropriate number of times to
signal each number in turn, pausing between numbers.As your fingers are near his temples you can feel this
muscular movement so it is easy for him to transmit numbers to you without saying a word. Pin-through Pin
Effect: You separate two linked safety pins without opening them – proof that solid can penetrate solid.
Secret: Link two large safety pins together. Hold them as shown. Pull them apart with a sharp downward
movement on the right hand pin. There is a knack to getting this movement exactly right but with practice
you will be able to do it every time – and the pins will separate. What actually happens is that the pin on the
right opens the left pin for a moment. The left pin closes again and it appears that you have caused metal to
penetrate metal. An Expensive Roll
Effect: A bread roll is broken open and a coin is found inside.
Secret: Hold a coin on the fingers of your right hand. The audience must not know this, so keep it hidden.
When you are at the dinner table take a bread roll and place it directly on top of the concealed coin. Bend the
roll downwards between your hands. This causes an opening in the bottom of the roll. Force the coin into
this opening.Now break the roll from the top. As the roll breaks, the coin appears from the middle of the roll. ★ ★
★ 14 ★ Travelling Ace
Effect: The Ace of Diamonds vanishes from the pack.
Secret: Put the Ace of Diamonds in your pocket. Arrange the remaining Aces so the Ace of Hearts is behind
the other two. With the point of the Heart uppermost it looks like the Ace of Diamonds. Turn the cards face
down as you say: "I will put these Aces in the pack – the Ace of Clubs, the Ace of Diamonds and the Ace of
Spades". Ask a spectator to go through the cards and take out the Ace of Diamonds. When he fails to find it,
you take if from your pocket. Flag Of The Realm
Effect: Red, white and blue ribbons change into a Union Jack.
Secret: Fold a Union Jack and place it on a sheet of newspaper. Put another sheet of newspaper on top and
glue the two sheets together with the flag hidden between them. The prepared newspaper is on your table at
the start of the trick. Show some red, white and blue ribbons. Wrap them up in the newspaper. Tear into the
newspaper bundle and pull out the flag. Leave the ribbons hidden in the paper. Dictionary Deception
Effect: You read someone's mind.
Secret: On the top right corner of each right hand page of the middle third of a dictionary write the word
printed at the top of the left page. Hold the spine of the book in your left hand and ruffle the pages with the
right. Ask someone to stop you anywhere. Make certain he stops you somewhere in the central section.
Open the book wide and ask him to remember the word at the top of the left hand page. You look at the word
you wrote on the opposite page then pretend to read the spectator's mind. ★ ★
★ 15 ★ Turn Over Card
Effect: A chosen card reverses itself in the pack.
Secret: Spread the cards face down and ask a spectator to take any card. While he is showing the card to the
rest of the audience, secretly reverse the bottom card then turn the whole pack over in your hands.
Walk towards the spectator and ask him to replace his card in the pack face down. As you walk back to your
table, turn the reversed card face up and turn over the whole pack again. All the cards are now face down
with the exception of one card – the one the spectator chose. Perplexing Pencil
Effect: A pencil adheres to one hand and then to the other.
Secret: The secret is a small pin pushed into the pencil. Hold the pin between the fingers of your right hand.
The pencil seems to stick to the fingers. Bring your left hand to the pencil. Turn to the left and revolve the
pencil between your hands. This causes the pin to move from your right fingers to your left fingers.
Remove your right hand and the pencil is now apparently stuck to the left fingers. By reversing this
movement, you can move the pencil back to the right hand. Making Money
Effect: Three coins are placed in your hand. When you open your hand again the number of coins has
increased to five.
Secret: Before your performance secretly stick two coins to the underside of your table with Plasticine.
Place three coins on the table. Let everyone see that your hands are empty. With your right hand, scoop the
coins from the table into your left hand. At the same time, the left fingers reach under the table and take the
two hidden coins. Open your left hand and the coins have magically multiplied. ★ ★
★ 16 ★ Royal Flush
Effect: Five cards change into a Royal Flush.
Secret: Take the Ten, Jack, Queen and King of one suit and cut them in half diagonally. One half is glued on
to one of four other cards of any value and suit. Add an Ace to the group and fan out the cards. It looks like
five ordinary cards. Lift the cards so the backs are towards the audience. Take off the Ace and show it, as
you secretly turn the other cards end for end. Replace the Ace and then let everyone see the faces. They have
changed into a Royal Flush. Cut And Restored Ribbon
Effect: A ribbon is cut in two then restored.
Secret: You need a piece of ribbon a metre long and another eight centimetres long. Sew the short piece to
the middle of the long piece. Provided you keep it moving, the short piece will not be noticed. Fold the
ribbon in half and pull the centre up through your fist. In fact you pull up only the short piece. Cut through
the short piece and then cut away the rest of it (including the stitched bit).You have cut the ribbon in two but
you can now show it completely restored! Money Making Matchbox
Effect: Two coins are placed in a matchbox and the box is closed. When the box is opened again the number
of coins in it has increased to three.
Secret: Open the matchbox and hide a coin between the top of the drawer and the cover of the box as
shown. Place two coins in the box and push the drawer shut. This forces the hidden coin to drop into the
drawer. Make a few mystical passes over the box and then open it. Say: "That's the way a magician makes money!". ★ ★
★ 17 ★ Card Off
Effect: A card escapes from a string.
Secret: A card and an envelope have a hole in their centre. The envelope is secretly prepared with a slit at
the bottom. Put the card in the envelope but secretly push it part way out of the slit. This is hidden by your
hands. Seal the envelope. Push the string through the hole. Secretly push the card back into the envelope.
Ask two spectators to each hold one end of the string. Cut the bottom off the envelope and pull out the card.
It seems that the card has penetrated the string by magic. An Impossible Escape
Effect: A handkerchief escapes from a sealed tumbler.
Secret: A coloured handkerchief is placed in a tumbler. It has a fine thread attached to one corner which
hangs over the outside of the glass. A second handkerchief is placed on top of the first. Another
handkerchief is placed over the glass and secured with an elastic band. Reach under the handkerchief
covering the glass and pull the secret thread, pulling the coloured handkerchief from the glass into your
hand. Pull it into full view then remove the elastic band and covering handkerchief to prove that the coloured
handkerchief really did escape. The Mystic Seven
Effect: You predict which pile of cards a spectator will choose.
Secret: One a piece of paper, you write: "You will choose the Seven pile". The paper is then folded and
given to a spectator for safekeeping. You now take several cards from a pack and arrange them in three facedown piles. The three piles are formed as follows: Pile One: Any seven cards. Pile Two: The four Sevens.
Pile Three: An Ace, a Two and a Four (which add up to seven). A spectator is given the choice of any of the
three piles. Whichever pile is chosen the prediction is always correct. ★ ★
★ 18 ★ Sweet And Sour
Effect: You tell the difference between sweet and sour by means of an amazing mental ability.
Secret: On a sheet of card write the words "SWEET" and "SOUR" and tear the card into nine pieces as
shown.The pieces are dropped into a bag and mixed up. When you reach in and take a card, you know
immediately whether the word on it is "SWEET" or "SOUR". This is possible from the way the card is torn.
The "SOUR" pieces have only one straight edge. The "SWEET" pieces have two straight edges, with one
exception which has no straight edges whatsoever. Magic Stamp Album
Effect: An empty album becomes magically filled with stamps.
Secret: You need an exercise book to make this trick. Go through the book and cut a narrow strip from the
edges of every other page. On every double page where the short edge is to the right, stick some stamps. The
pages where the short page is on the left should be left untouched. Flick through the pages with your right
hand and it will look like an ordinary exercise book. Say some magic words and flick through the book again
using your left hand and the book is filled with stamps. Red Or Black?
Effect: From a pack of cards spread face down on a table, you are able to tell which are red cards and which
Secret: First separate the reds from the blacks. Bend all the red cards upwards. Bend all the black cards
downwards. Mix the cards together. Spread all the cards face down on your table. Throw them down
haphazardly and then invite a spectator to mix them up even more, so it is obvious they are not in any special
order. Ask people to point to different cards and you can tell them if they are red or black by the way they bend. ★ ★
★ 19 ★ Homing Coins
Effect: Four coins disappear then magically return.
Secret: On two sides of a triangular stand is a ledge to hold four coins. Those on one side are loose, the
others are glued in place. The stand is on your table with the loose coins on show. Pretend to take the first
coin away but really let it fall behind the stand. Put the imaginary coin in a paper bag. Do the same with the
other coins. As you cover the stand with a scarf, tip the stand backwards. Blow up the bag and burst it.
Whisk the scarf away and the coins have returned. Change The Ace
Effect: The Ace of Spades changes to the Ace of Hearts.
Secret: Place the Ace of Hearts and the Ace of Spades on top of the pack. Turn over the top card and show it
is the Ace of Spades. Place it back on the pack face up. Push the two top cards a little to the right, so they
overlap the edge of the pack by one centimetre. Throw the pack firmly down on the table. Air pressure
causes the two top cards to turn over and the Ace of Hearts will now be face up. Marvellous Memory
Effect: You appear to memorise the order of a pack of cards.
Secret: Cut a small hole in the bottom right corner of your card case.
Ask someone to shuffle the cards and hand them back to you. Look through the cards quickly, then place
them in the case. Hold the case in front of you and you will see the index of the first card through the hole.
Name this card and pull it from the case. Do the same with a few more until you think you have proved that
you really did memorise the order of the cards. ★ ★
★ 20 ★ Indestructible Handkerchief
Effect: A large safety pin is pulled through a handkerchief without tearing it.
Secret: Ask someone to hold a handkerchief out taut. Push a safety pin through the material, near the edge
of the handkerchief. Hold the pin by the tail end and turn it towards yourself. Now pull the pin to the right.
When you stop, push the pin forward so it goes back through the material. You have moved the pin from one
place to another without tearing the handkerchief. What actually happens is that the material runs between
the bar and the head of the pin. That's Torn It!
Effect: A coin is wrapped in paper. You then tear up the paper – the coin has disappeared!
Secret: Place the coin on the paper, just above the centre. Fold the top portion of paper down over the coin.
Fold the right side of the paper around to the back. Do the same with the left side.
Lastly, fold the bottom portion back. This procedure leaves the bottom edge of the packet open. Hold the
paper in your hand and allow the coin to slip secretly into your hand. Tear up the paper and the coin seems to
have vanished. A Capital Prediction
Effect: A capital city is chosen. Inside an envelope which has been on full view is a paper naming the city selected.
Secret: Write a capital city on a piece of paper and seal it in an envelope.
Capital cities are called and you write them down on slips of paper which are folded and dropped into a box.
In fact you write the same name on every slip – the name of the city in the sealed enveloped.
Someone picks a slip and calls out the chosen city. The envelope is opened to show you knew which city
would be chosen. ★ ★
★ 21 ★ Calculated Discovery
Effect: You remove cards from your pocket to the value of a chosen card.
Secret: Put the Ace of Clubs, Two of Hearts, Four of Spades and Eight of Diamonds in your pocket. Have
the pack shuffled then put it in your pocket.
Ask someone to name a card. The four cards you hid can represent any card. For the Six of Clubs you take
out the Four and the Two to make six and the Ace to show Clubs. For the Queen of Diamonds take the Eight
and the Four to make 12 and point to the Eight of Diamonds and so on. Ring Of Deception
Effect: A bangle passes on to a length of rope tied securely to your wrists.
Secret: You need two identical bangles and a long piece of soft rope.
Secretly put one of the bangles on your arm, hidden under your coat sleeves. Have two spectators tie each
end of the rope around your wrists. Show the bangle to ensure that it is solid. Turn your back, quickly pull
the secret bangle down your sleeve on to the rope and hide the bangle just shown in an inside pocket.
Turn back to face the audience and show the bangle tied on the rope. Match Maker
Effect: Matches appear in an empty box.
Secret: The matchbox drawer is secretly prepared by cutting it in two. One section is longer than the other.
Put the two pieces of drawer in the box and fill it with matches. To show the box empty pull the long part of
the divided drawer from the box. The matches will remain in position inside the cover and the drawer will
appear to be empty. Close the drawer. To show the box full push the drawer from the other end. This moves
both pieces of the drawer and the matches make their appearance. ★ ★
★ 22 ★ The Self-propelled Ball.
Effect: A ball rolls across the table until you tell it to stop.
Secret: Under the table cloth is a small ring attached to a length of strong thread. The thread runs across the
table to where your secret assistant is sitting. A small ball is placed on the table. It must go into the concealed
ring. On your word of command your assistant pulls on the thread and the ball moves. You then pick up the
ball and hand it to a spectator. As you are doing this, your assistant pulls the ring from beneath the cloth and
hides it. Disappearing Coin
Effect: A coin disappears from your hand in spite of the fact that several people check it is there.
Secret: Show the coin on the palm of your hand and cover it with a handkerchief. Go to several people and
ask them to feel the coin under the handkerchief. The last person you approach is (unbeknown to the rest of
the audience) your secret assistant. He pretends to feel the coin but actually takes it off your palm. You can
now pull the handkerchief away with a flourish and your hands are shown completely empty.
The coin has disappeared. Fruit Transformation
Effect: An orange transforms itself into an apple.
Secret: Carefully cut the peel from an orange, as shown in the illustration and scoop out all the fruit. When
the peel has dried put an apple inside it. Hold the peel closed and it appears you are holding an ordinary
orange. Cover the orange with an handkerchief. When you remove the handkerchief, take the orange peel off
the apple but keep it hidden within the material. Casually drop the handkerchief (with the orange peel still
hidden) behind something on your table or put it in your pocket, as you display the apple. ★ ★
★ 23 ★ In The Red
Effect: You instantly identify a selected card.
Secret: Place all the black cards on top of the red cards and you are ready. Spread the cards face down and
ask someone to take any card. Make sure he takes one from the top (black) half of the pack. He then replaces
it anywhere in the pack but you make sure he replaces it somewhere in the bottom (red) half of the pack.
Look through the cards and somewhere in the red cards will be one black card. That is the chosen card.
Remove it and show it to everyone. Going Up!
Effect: Two tumblers are suspended from a newspaper balanced on a magic wand.
Secret: Bend a paper clip around your magic wand to form a U shape. Tape the wire to a newspaper.
The newspaper is shown and then folded into a long flat tube. The secret wire should be on the side of the
newspaper nearest to you. Place the newspaper across two tumblers, making sure that each prong of the wire
goes into the tumblers. Place your wand between the tumblers and lift it towards the newspapers.
The newspaper will be lifted – but so will the tumblers. Name That Name
Effect: You reveal a thought-of name.
Secret: Cut a slot in the top of a box with a removable lid and tape a small box on the inside. Write the same
name on 10 slips of paper. Put them in the box and replace the lid. Hand out 10 blank slips and ask
spectators to write a name on their slip. The slips are put in the box through the slit. They actually go into the
hidden box. Remove the lid for just one slip to be chosen. As all the slips are the same it is easy to reveal the
name chosen. ★ ★
★ 24 ★ The Ninth Card
Effect: You divine the identity of a selected card.
Secret: This is how to make someone take the card you want. Secretly place the card you decide to use ninth
from the top of the pack. Ask someone to call a number between 10 and 20. Count that number of cards, one
at a time, from the pack. Add the digits of the chosen number. Deal that number of cards off the cards just
dealt. Ask someone to look at the next card. It will be the card you placed at ninth position.
You can reveal it in any way you wish. Indestructible String
Effect: A string is threaded through a drinking straw. The straw is cut in two but the string remains unharmed.
Secret: Secretly cut a short slit in the straw. Thread the string through the straw. Bend the straw in half and
pull both ends of the string. This forces the string through the slit in the straw. Your hand hides this from the
audience. Cut through the straw, as shown by the dotted line in the drawing. Now pull the string from your
hand. The straw is in two pieces but the string is still whole. Multiplying Money
Effect: Three coins increase to six in your hand.
Secret: Show three coins and count them out on to a magazine. Unbeknown to your audience there are three
more coins hidden inside the magazine cover. Fold the magazine slightly and tip the three visible coins into
your hand. At the same time the three hidden coins will slip from the magazine into your hand too but the
audience do not know about this.Wave your other hand over the one holding the coins. Slowly open your
hand to show that the coins have mysteriously multiplied. ★ ★
★ 25 ★ Money Telepathy
Effect: While you are out of the room, a coin is hidden under a cup. When you return, you announce the
value of the hidden coin.
Secret: A secret accomplice is used. It is your accomplice who actually places the cup over the coin. He
places the cup down in such a way that the position of the handle tells you the value of the hidden coin as
shown in the illustration. Before doing this trick, you must agree with your accomplice which handle
position will be at the 12 o'clock position or you may read the signal upside down and that could prove
disastrous! This trick can of course be performed using any currency. Card Code
Effect: You identify a chosen card.
Secret: Place nine cards on the table. The suits do not matter but the values must be the Ace to the Nine.
While you are out of the room, someone chooses any one of the nine cards. When you return, you know
immediately which card has been chosen because you have a secret assistant who holds a pack with a Nine
showing. They secretly indicate the value of the chosen card to you by the position of their thumb over one
of the nine pips. Match Rise
Effect: A match rises from a matchbox.
Secret: Make a small hole in the top of a matchbox. Push a match into the hole as shown in the illustration.
When you push the drawer, the match will be forced out through the hole. If you tilt the matchbox slightly
with the end of the drawer facing the audience, it will give the impression that the match rises from the
drawer as it is opened. ★ ★
★ 26 ★ The Ghostly Card
Effect: A playing card vanishes when placed in a glass tumbler.
Secret: You need a piece of clear plastic the same shape and size as a playing card. Place this on top of a
pack of cards. Cover the cards with a handkerchief and apparently remove the top card in the handkerchief.
You actually take the sheet of plastic. Show a glass tumbler and ask a spectator to push the card, still covered
by the handkerchief, into it. Whisk the handkerchief away and the card has vanished. Being transparent, the
plastic cannot be seen from even a short distance away. Watch Wizardry
Effect: You use a watch to divine a thought-of-number.
Secret: Show a watch and ask someone to think of any number from 1 to 12. Tap a pencil against numbers
on the dial. As you do this, the spectator mentally counts to 20, one for each tap, beginning with one above
the number he is thinking of. You make the first seven taps anywhere on the watch face. On the eighth, tap
your pencil on 12. Continue tapping the numbers anti-clockwise around the dial. When the spectator reaches
20, your pencil will be pointing to the number he is thinking of. Floating Ball
Effect: A small ball defies gravity and floats in space
Secret: The secret is a long loop of dark thread which is on your table with a ping-pong ball resting on it.
Put your thumbs through each end of the loop. Lift your hands with the thread stretched between them and
the ball appears to be floating in the air. With practice you can make the ball float from hand to hand (it is
really just rolling along the thread). You must wear dark clothing for this trick and be a little distance from
your audience so the thread cannot be seen. ★ ★
★ 27 ★ Changing Card
Effect: A playing card changes value magically.
Secret: You need an Ace of Clubs, a Queen of Hearts and one other card.
Score across the centre of the Ace and the Queen and glue them together for half their length. Use the third
to form a back to the special card. Hold the card in your left hand with the flap pointing upwards. Pass your
right hand over the card and, as you do so, push the flap down to its lower position – and the card changes. Chain Reaction
Effect: Paper clips form themselves into a chain.
Secret: Link 10 paper clips and put them in one corner of an envelope. Put a strip of glue on the inside of
the envelope, just above the chain. Put 10 loose paper clips into the envelope and you are ready to show the
trick. Tip out the loose clips then drop them, one at a time, back into the envelope and seal it down. Tear off
the corner of the envelope. The chain will drop out. Casually put the envelope in your pocket and display the
chain of clips. Your Card Is …
Effect: You tell a spectator the name of a card he chose.
Secret: Spread a shuffled pack face up to show they are well mixed. Remember the bottom card. Turn the
cards over and ask a spectator to take one. Ask him to remember the card and then place it face down on top
of the pack. Cut the cards a few times. Spread the cards before you. The selected card is the next card to the
right of the one you remembered earlier. Pretend to read the spectator's mind and reveal the card selected. ★ ★
★ 28 ★ Salt Cellar Suspension
Effect: A salt cellar is suspended from your fingertip.
Secret: All you need, apart from the salt cellar, is a toothpick. Keep the toothpick hidden behind your
forefinger as you touch the salt cellar. Secretly push the toothpick into the top of the salt cellar. Hold the
hidden toothpick between your thumb and forefinger and you can lift the cellar. It appears that the cellar is
sticking to your finger. Take the cellar in your left hand and pull it away from the toothpick. As you hand the
cellar to someone for examination, secretly drop the toothpick on your lap. Crafty Catch
Effect: Two pre-determined cards are caught in mid-air.
Secret: Secretly place the Seven of Clubs on the bottom of the pack and the Nine of Spades on the top.
When you do the trick, remove the Seven of Spades and the Nine of Clubs from the pack. Show them briefly
and push them into the pack. Throw the pack in the air but keep tight hold of the top and bottom cards.
Pretend you have caught the two you now hold. Show them triumphantly and everyone will believe they are
the two cards you placed in the centre of the pack earlier. Quick Tie Handkerchiefs
Effect: Two handkerchiefs are thrown in the air where they knot themselves together.
Secret: Apart from the two handkerchiefs, all you need for this trick is a small elastic band hidden in your
right hand. Pick up one of the handkerchiefs with your left hand and place it in the right. As you do so, push
a corner of the handkerchief into the elastic band. Do exactly the same with the second handkerchief. Throw
the two handkerchiefs into the air and catch one of them as they descend. The elastic band holds the two
handkerchiefs together and they appear to be knotted. ★ ★
★ 29 ★ Sum Trick!
Effect: You predict the total of a sum.
Secret: Write 1089 on a piece of paper, fold it and place it on your table. Ask someone to choose any threedigit number. All three digits must be different and the first must be higher than the last. Get them to reverse
the whole number and write that underneath the first. If, for example, he chose 983 he now writes 389. The
lower number is then subtracted from the other. The answer (which, in this example, is 594) is then reversed
and this time the two are added together. Open the paper – your prediction is the same as the spectator's total.
In fact, if the calculations are done correctly, the answer is always 1089! Rope Through Body
Effect: A rope passes through your assistant's body.
Secret: Two spectators are invited to examine a long length of soft rope. Put the middle of the rope over
your assistant's head to her front. Take both ends of the rope around the back of her body where you
apparently cross over the ends. In fact your assistant secretly sticks up her thumbs and you wrap the rope
around them as shown. Hand the ends of the rope to the spectators on either side. When you clap your hands
your assistant secretly lowers her thumbs and walks forward – free of the rope. Soapy Secret
Effect: A coin is shown on the palm of the left hand. A moment later the coin has vanished.
Secret: This trick only works with a small coin. The coin is shown on the palm of your left hand which is
then closed into a fist. You then press the nail of your second finger against the coin, for on that nail is a
small piece of soap. When you open your hand it seems that the coin has disappeared – but it is really stuck
to the back of the second finger with the soap. ★ ★
★ 30 ★ Sweets To The Sweet
Effect: Sweets, produced from a handkerchief, eventually vanish.
Secret: Tie a wrapped sweet to a long length of thread. Attach the other end of the thread to the centre of
one side of a handkerchief. Fold the handkerchief in half. Hold two corners in one hand and two in the other.
Tip the handkerchief and the sweet falls out into a box on your table. Allow the handkerchief to fall open,
with the sweet hidden at the rear. Lift the handkerchief and repeat the above movements until you have
produced numerous sweets. Then tip the box to show they have vanished. Spotted
Effect: You predict the numbers on two dice.
Secret: On a postcard write the numbers four and five. Place the card in an envelope. Glue two dice in one
end of the drawer of a large matchbox with the four and five spots uppermost. Put two loose dice in the other
end of the drawer. Open the matchbox to show the loose dice. Close the drawer and ask a spectator to shake
the box. Take the box back and open the drawer at the end containing the glued dice. Allow someone to see
the dice then close the drawer. Your prediction is opened and it, of course, correct. That Rings A Bell
Effect: A small bell rings of its own accord.
Secret: A small bell is on your table. Hold an opaque scarf in front of you, between your hands. In the top
right corner of the scarf there is a small pin. Show the other side of the scarf by moving the right hand to the
left and the left hand to the right. Do this a few times, then pin the scarf to your left shoulder. This leaves
your right hand free to reach down and ring the bell. Immediately bring your hand back up to recover the
scarf from your shoulder. ★ ★
★ 31 ★ Clip The Card
Effect: A spectator tries to put a paper clip on the centre of a group of five cards but fails.
Secret: Glue five playing cards together. The card in the centre should stand out from the rest. Show the
cards to a spectator. Hand him the clip and ask him to put it on the centre card when you have turned the
cards face down. He puts the clip on the centre card. When you turn the cards face up the clip is actually on
the end card! The trick works by itself – but there is no need to tell your audience that! The Travelling Coin
Effect: A coin travels from one hand to the other.
Secret: Place a coin on the palm of your left hand and another on the fingers of your right hand as shown.
Turn over hands quickly and simultaneously. Lift the right hand and the coin has vanished. Lift the left hand
to reveal there are two coins beneath it. Due to the positioning of the coins, this trick works automatically.
Even so, you should still practise it in private before showing it to anyone. If you are left handed, you may
find that the trick works better if the positions of the coins are reversed. Food And Drink
Effect: From cards bearing the names of foods, you pick out the odd card on which is written the name of a drink.
Secret: You need six blank cards, one of which is fractionally longer than the others. Hand five cards to
spectators and ask them to write down foods. The long card is handed to someone with the request that he
write the name of a drink. The cards are mixed up and handed back to you. Without looking you immediately
pick out the drink card. You can detect it quite easily by touch. ★ ★
★ 32 ★ Aces Discovery
Effect: You hold a shuffled pack behind your back and locate the four Aces
Secret: Secretly remove the Aces from the pack. Push them into a paper clip which is pinned to the inside of
your coat at the rear. When you want to show the trick, hand the pack to someone to be shuffled. When the
cards are returned to you, hold them behind your back and say you are about to attempt the impossible.
Secretly remove the Aces from the hidden clip and bring them forward one at a time as if you have searched
through the pack for them. Unburstable Balloon
Effect: You stick pins into an inflated balloon – but, thanks to your magical powers, the balloon does not burst.
Secret: The balloon has on it several pieces of clear adhesive tape. These will not be visible from even a
short distance away. Push a pin into the balloon at one of the taped areas and the balloon will not burst
(although it will go down after a while). You can push the pin into several different places to prove your
magical ability. When you want the balloon to burst simply push the pin into an area that is not protected by tape. Spin Vanish
Effect: A matchbox is banged on a spinning coin to stop it. When the matchbox is lifted the coin has
Secret: Spin a small coin on the table top. Hold the matchbox, which must be empty, so that the drawer is
open side down. Bang the matchbox sharply on top of the coin. Ask a spectator if he thinks the head or tails
side of the coin is uppermost. Lift the box and the coin has disappeared. Because you banged the matchbox
down so hard the coin penetrated the cover and is now inside the box. ★ ★
★ 33 ★ Money, Money, Money
Effect: Spectators try to win some money – but you win.
Secret: You show five envelopes. One contains a £5 note, the others slips of paper. You have secretly
marked the money envelope with a pencil dot. Ask someone to mix the envelopes then return them to you.
Move the marked envelope to the second position. Ask someone to spell "money", transferring one envelope
to the bottom of the pile for each letter. He keeps the envelope that falls on the letter Y. Do the same with
three other spectators. You are left with one envelope, the one containing the money. Where Are The Matches?
Effect: Two empty matchboxes and one containing some matches are moved around on a table.
The spectators are unable to identify which box contains the matches.
Secret: All three matchboxes are empty. Attached to your right arm and hidden by your sleeve is a matchbox
containing some matches. Shake a box with your left hand it sounds empty. When you mix up the three
visible boxes you can make any one appear to be the full one, simply by shaking it with your right hand.
The spectators think it contains matches because they hear the sound from the hidden box. Anti-Gravity Cards
Effect: Several playing cards adhere to your hand, until you tell them to fall off.
Secret: You need to make a special card. It is simply an ordinary card with a tab cut from another card
attached to its back. The special card is first placed face up on your palm and the tab is gripped between your
fingers. Arrange some more cards between the special card and your hand as shown. Turn your hand over
and the cards will appear to be sticking to it – until you let go of the tab. ★ ★
★ 34 ★ Coin In The Glass
Effect: A coin disappears.
Secret: Put a coin in the centre of a handkerchief draped over your right hand. Place a glass tumbler on the
palm of your left hand. Turn your right hand over, retaining a grip on the coin and bring the handkerchief
over the glass. When the glass is covered tilt it towards you. Drop the coin. It hits the glass (convincing
everyone it has gone into the glasses) and drops onto your hand. Place the glass (still covered) on your table
and casually drop the coin in your pocket.Remove the handkerchief – the coin has vanished. Colour Sense
Effect: You identify the colour of a crayon handed to you behind your back.
Secret: Ask someone to take any crayon from a box and hand it to you behind your back.You then turn to
face the audience but keep the crayon behind your back. Secretly dig your right thumb into the crayon.Keep
hold of the crayon behind your back as you bring your right hand up to your forehead as if concentrating.
Take a quick look at your nail – you will see bits of crayon in it and will know the chosen colour.
Concentrate some more and then announce the colour. Anti-Gravity Matches
Effect: A box of matches is opened and the drawer held upside down. The matches defy the laws of gravity
and do not fall out – until you command them to.
Secret: Wedge a match across the drawer of a box of matches. You will probably have to shorten the match
to do this. When you take the drawer from the box, hold it by the sides to keep the secretly-wedged match in
position. Command the matches to fall and release the pressure on the wedged match. All the matches fall
from the box on your command. ★ ★
★ 35 ★ Going By Tube
Effect: A rolled magazine travels up and down a string.
Secret: Roll a magazine into a tube and use paper clips to hold it. Double a piece of string and hook its
centre on the bottom clip inside the tube. A second string is looped through the first as shown in the
illustration. Pull on the strings at top and bottom and the magazine will rise up the string. Pull on the top
string, relax your grip on the lower string and allow your hands to move slightly closer together and the
magazine will go back down. The Haunted Pack
Effect: A pack of cards divides to reveal a chosen card.
Secret: Ask someone to take a card, look at it and remember it. Point to the top card of the pack. As you do
this you secretly drop a few grains of salt on the top card. The spectator puts his card on the top of the pack
and the pack is then cut, so the chosen card is hidden somewhere near the centre. Hit the edge of the pack
with the heel of your hand and, thanks to the secret salt, the pack will divide at the chosen card. Miserable Money
Effect: When you shout at a coin, it gets so upset it bursts into tears!
Secret: Secretly conceal a wad of wet tissue paper between the first and second fingers of your right hand.
Borrow a coin and place it directly on top of the tissue. Be careful that you do not allow anyone to see the
tissue as you do this. Now squeeze the coin and the tissue together. Water drips from the tissue and it appears
that the coin is crying. ★ ★
★ 36 ★ Two In The Hand
Effect: Someone thinks of one of two items, you predict which.
Secret: Give someone any two items. They could be coins, cards, buttons – anything you like. He holds one
in one hand and one in the other. While your back is turned, ask him to think of either object – he has a free
choice. To help him concentrate suggest he holds the chosen object up to his forehead. After a short while,
ask him to lower his hand and you then turn round.You know which he chose as the hand holding it will be
lighter than the other. Holding it up causes blood to drain from that hand. Match Restoration
Effect: A matchstick is broken in half then magically made whole.
Secret: You need a handkerchief with a matchstick hidden in its hem. A match is taken from a matchbox and
wrapped in the handkerchief. Ask a spectator to break the match through the material but make sure it is the
one hidden in the hem that he breaks. Shake out the handkerchief and the match just removed from the box
falls out. Casually put the handkerchief (with the broken match concealed in the hem) back into your pocket.
It appears that the match was restored by magic. Vanishing Ring
Effect: You make a finger ring vanish.
Secret: The ring is tied to a long piece of elastic which runs up your sleeve to a safety pin attached to the top
of the sleeve.The elastic should be long enough to allow you to put the ring on your finger. Take the ring off
and pretend to show it in the air. When you let go, the elastic carries the ring up your sleeve. You could, if
you wish, find the ring (a duplicate) in a sealed box that has been on your table since the start of the trick. ★ ★
★ 37 ★ On Your Mark
Effect: A selected card is located within seconds.
Secret: With a soft black pencil draw a diagonal line down both sides of a pack of cards. When you show
the trick, you remove the cards from the case and ask someone to take any card, remember it and return it
anywhere in the pack. Pick up the pack and look at your pencil mark. At one point there will be a small back
mark out of alignment with the rest of the line – that is the chosen card. Metal Bending
Effect: A spoon is bent and then straightened again.
Secret: Take the spoon in your left fist. Position the bowl so it rests on the table. Move your right hand over
the left and change the left grip to hold the spoon by third and little fingers. As you pretend to press the
spoon against the table top, bring your hands up to a vertical position as if really bending the handle. Move
the hands back and forth as if the metal is becoming really supple. Blow on the spoon and throw it on the
table. The handle is straight. Spirit Initials
Effect: A spectator's initials appear on his own hand.
Secret: Hand someone a soft pencil and ask him to print his initials on a sugar cube. Take the sugar and
secretly press your thumb against the initials. Drop the sugar in a glass of water. Ask the spectator to hold his
hand over the glass. To show him what to do, you guide his hand over the glass. As you do this, press your
thumb against his palm. You have now transferred a copy of the initials to his palm. He will receive a
surprise when he sees the initials on his palm. ★ ★
★ 38 ★ A Phantom Message
Effect: Someone's name mysteriously appears written on your arm.
Secret: Secretly find out someone's name and write it on the back of your forearm with a piece of soft soap
before you perform this effect. This will be invisible to our audience until your rub some cigarette ash or soot
over it. At the appropriate moment during your performance, you can dramatically reveal this name! Beads Of Mystery
Effect: You mend a broken necklace by magic.
Secret: There are two threads in the necklace – one through all the beads and the other through all but one.
Tie one knot at the top of the short thread and two knots on the long thread. Show the beads then cut off the
bottom bead. The beads slide off the long thread into a glass on your table. It looks as if the beads are all
separate. Pretend to drop the loose thread into the glass but secretly keep it in your hand.
Make a magic pass and then show the beads magically rethreaded. Fellow magicians agree never
to reveal their secrets! ★ ★
★ 39 ★ Index
Cup Through Table
Ring And String
Palm The Wand
Find The Coin
The Removable Thumb
Kings And Aces
A Neat Escape
Knot From Nowhere
Card To Matchbox
Walking Through A Postcard
Wallet Of Wonders
Find The Lady
Numbered Thoughts 2
14 Pin Through Pin
An Expensive Roll
Flag Of The Realm
Turn Over Card
Cut And Restored Ribbon
Money Making Matchbox
An Impossible Escape
The Mystic Seven
Sweet and Sour
Magic Stamp Album
Red Or Black?
Change The Ace
That’s Torn It
A Capital Prediction
Ring Of Deception
The Self-propelled Ball
In The Red
Name That Name
The Ninth Card
Indestructible String 14
25 Multiplying Money
The Ghostly Card
Your Card Is...
Salt Cellar Suspension
Quick Tie Handkerchief
Rope Through Body
Sweets To The Sweet
That Rings A Bell
Clip The Card
The Travelling Coin
Food And Drink
Money, Money, Money
Where Are The Matches? 25
34 Anti-Gravity Cards
Coin In The Glass
Going By Tube
The Haunted Pack
Two In The Hand
On Your Mark
A Phantom Message
Beads Of Mystery Published by Marvin’s Magic, London, N17 0SP 34
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- Spring '09