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How to Perform Magic Tricks

Oct 31, 2007
In life there are two kinds of people: those who lead the parade and those who follow the leader. Every one of us secretly yearns to stand out from the crowd and win the admiration of our friends and family but too few of us have any idea as to how to attain this goal. Entertainment is one of the surest and most rewarding ways to popularity.

The sound of laughter or the look of pleased amazement on your friends' faces at the completion of a well-executed magic trick are more than adequate compensation for the time taken to learn some simple tricks.

The Walking Man Trick

Can you make a walking man out of the numbers given below by making just two straight strokes with a pencil?

Write the numbers 11 0 3 0 on a piece of paper.

This one is easy! Using one stroke, make the letter H out of the ll. With the second stroke, make the letter B out of the 3.

Materials: A piece of paper and a pencil.

The Straw and Bottle Trick

Can you pick up an empty pop bottle with a straw without touching the bottle?

Materials: A dry straw and a short stubby pop bottle.

Bend straw a little less than one-third its length, with both ends pointing upward.

Place straw in bottle, bent part first, holding onto the long end. Then pull up on straw slowly. The straw will wedge and you can pick up the bottle without touching it!

The Miracle Match

Can you by your magic power restore a broken match to its original condition?

Use a large handkerchief with a wide hem. Insert a match all the way into the hem, so that it can't be seen. This is done beforehand and the handkerchief placed in your pocket.

Now after announcing what you can do, pull the handkerchief out, lay it on a table, and place the second match in the center. Then pick up the corner which has the match inserted in the hem, and start folding all four corners.

Pick up handkerchief, and when you have located the position of the match in the hem, let one of your guests feel it and break it in two.

Now shift the handkerchief in your hands a bit and utter some magic words such as "match, match, mend thyself." Then shake the handkerchief, and the whole match will fall on the table. The broken one will remain in the hem.

Materials: Handkerchief and two matches.

The Weeping Coin

Can you make a silver coin weep?

The secret of this trick is to get the piece of wet cotton behind your ear without being observed.

Your friends will be watching the coin and will not notice that you are picking up the wet cotton with the hand that is over your ear.

Then place your left hand over your ear and with your right hand rub the coin on your arm, making some remark about the importance of rubbing the arm

Now very quickly place the wet cotton behind the coin and squeeze it. Your friends will be amazed to see water drip from the coin. When the water stops dripping, slip the piece of cotton into your pocket or drop it out of sight. Then show your friends the coin and let them try to make it weep!

Materials: A silver half dollar, a small piece of wet cotton or tissue.

With tricks like these, you will shine at any party!
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