Ezy Magic (Tricks You will Do) by John Williams - HTML preview
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Ask a friend to lay three coins of the same value and one coin of the higher value in a straight line.
Turn your back and tell your volunteer to switch the valuable coin with one beside it a few times.
After they make the switches, ask them to take away three coins one at a time while you can't see them.
They will be amazed it is the valuable coin left on the table!
This stunning demonstration of your mental powers is so easy. You only need to be able to count to five, all the work has been done!
When they lay out the coins randomly, remember
where they place the valuable coin is in the row.
Turn your back. You won't look while telling them what moves to make. You don't need to see them.
You face the same way as your volunteer so it is easy for you to picture the coins as they see them.
Ask them to switch the large coin with one alongside it.
Ask for another switch, and then another.
And then another. Then one more switch.
Your friend has done five switches. That is important but you pretend you have no particular number of
switches in mind, and you are just stopping after a random number.
What position did they place the special coin at the beginning?
If the valuable coin was on their left or third from their left at the start, the coin at their left after the 5
switches is the first one you ask them to take away.
If it was nearest their left hand or third from their left; Ask them to take away the coin that is nearest their left hand.
Now ask them to switch the special coin with one
alongside it. It will be on one end of the row, so this move will put it in the center.
Now ask them to take away the coin at the right end of the row.
Just one move left, isn't there?
You ask them to take away the coin on their left.
Now you turn to them and show that the only coin left on the table is the special coin!
If the valuable coin was on their right or
third from their right at the start, the coin at
their right after the 5 switches is the first
one you ask them to take away.
If it was nearest their right hand or third from their right; Ask them to take away the coin that is nearest their right hand.
Now ask them to switch the special coin with one
It will be on one end of the row, so this move will put it in the center.
Now ask them to take away the coin at the right end of the row.
Just one move left, isn't there? Ask them to take away the coin on their left.
Now you turn to them and show that the only coin left on the table is the special coin!
Practise this a few times privately. It is easy to remember
Let's revert to childhood games for a few minutes.
Do you remmeber playing Dominoes?
If you did, but never won a game, here is your chance for revenge!
You pour onto the table your set of dominoes, then show your frienda a sealed envelope. You say you
have put you prediction in the envelope before they start.
Yes, once again they do the work and you get the
Ask your friends to create a single domino trail where each domino is next to another domino that has the same number on one end of it. So, if the first domino has two spots on one end and five spots on the other, they may only put a domino with either five spots or two spots next to it in the trail.
When they have completed this trail, ask anyone to open your prediction and they will find that you
predicted, even before they started, the numbers on each end of the trail!
You have to use your own set of dominoes, or get the person who supplies the set to prepare it before
bringing it to where your spectators can see it.
All you have to do is take one domino away from the set that you lend them to create the trail. The numbers which are on the missing domino are the ones you
predict because you can be sure they will be the
numbers on the ends of their carefully constructed domino trail!
Sometimes you want to give credit to others like your friend the Mental Giant.
He (or she) is the person you phone when you just can't work out the card someone chose.
You offer to demonstrate. Ask someone to pick any card from the deck. Then they show it around, even you can see it this time because you won't tell your friend, the Mental Giant, what it is. You don’t need to!
You can do this trick even if you don't have a deck of cards! Just ask any of the spectators to say the name of any playing card.
Now you phone your friend, then ask if he is feeling up to reading someone's mind at long distance?
You ass the phone to the person who selected or
named the card and your friend, the Mental Giant, immediately tells them the name of their card!
You realise that it must be done either with telepathy or by cheating. I don't have enough time to explain how to do it with telepathy so we'll get on to the other method!
You have arranged with your friend to answer the
phone promptly. When they do, youonly identify
yourself and then they start to say the suits of cards, leaving a pause between each,"Clubs… Hearts…
Immediately after they say the correct suit of the chosen card you ask to speak with the Mental Giant.
Now they know the suit, so they start to say the card values from Ace to King with a pause after each one.
When they say the correct value, you immediately ask if they are willing to read your volunteer's mind?
Now they have both the value and the suit, so you pass the phone to your spectator and prepare to amaze them!
With just a little practise, you can turn any coin - even One that you borrow into a double-headed coin!
Ask a friend to loan you a coin.
Say, "Did you realise that you had a double-headed coin?"
You show them the head side of their coin, and then turn over your hand as you drop the coin to your other hand.
And there is a head on the other side!
When your friend has seen the coin in your hand you tilt that hand so the coin starts to fall down to your other hand.
Then you turn over the hand that originally held the coin.
The illusion that the hand turned over before the coin left is perfect.
When your friend sees that the "other side" also has a head on it, they will eagerly grab the coin back just to find that it is a normal coin again.
It's nice and simple but you need to practise for smoothness.
You show a small stone in your left hand, then raise your right arm and rub the stone against your right elbow.
You ask, "have you heard the expression 'Blood from a stone'?"
You put all your fingertips on the stone and squeeze.
Little drops of red liquid flow from the pebble.
"How do I do it? I used to work for the I.R.S.!"
Well, not really. Before you start, hide a cotton ball with a little bit of red colored water in it behind your shirt collar.
When you lift your right arm to rub the coin against your right elbow, secretly grab the cotton ball from behind your collar with your right hand.
Then you put all your fingertips and the cotton ball on the coin and squeeze.
This is our first trick where you tell the audience how to do the trick and even give them the prop.
But you still deliver a sharp surprise!
You use two similar coins, a blunt thumb-tack (or a short, blunt roofing nail) and a spoon.
Hold the spoon vertically in front of your chest with the open bowl toward you. Say you will show your friends a neat stunt they can do for their children.
"If you breathe into the bowl of the spoon and press it against your nose, your breath in the bowl will help the spoon stick to your nose!
Then you show them how to do the same thing with a coin.
But you came prepared with your tack glued, point outward, to one of the coins.
When your hand comes out of your pocket you have
the ordinary coin at the fingertips and the coin with its attached tack hidden in your palm. That's why you must use a blunt tack.
You breathe onto the coin or rub it against a moist glass and then press it to your forehead. It should produce some funny comments, then you offer to let a friend or audience member try it.
Take the coin from your forehead and make it seem that you are just passing it to the volunteer but you switch coins and drop the tacked coin in front of them.
It may take a few seconds but they will get the point!
Show a coin on your palm, and then put an opaque
cloth over it. Ask some friends to reach under the cloth, one at a time, to verify the coin value and its continued presence.
As the last one confirms the coin is still there, use your other hand to gesture magically. Then get someone to take away the cloth.
The coin has gone under "test conditions"!
This is one of the few items where I ask you to use a human gimmick, stooge or confederate. The last
person to check the coin is the one you have arranged to secretly help you. They take away the coin!
This will be easy to organise because almost everyone will go along with you just to see the effect on his or her other friends and be the one who knows something that no-one else does.
Show an open matchbox to your friends and ask them to drop 2 coins of the same size in it.
Close the box and rattle it as you say the Magic word.
Ask a spectator to open the box and drop the contents on the table. Your friends saw the box was empty, they dropped only two coins in but now there are THREE
Prepare the box by pushing a coin about halfway in the gap between the drawer and the top of the cover. Then push the drawer halfway in the cover. Keep the coin balanced on the end of the drawer as it slides out of sight inside the cover.
Show your audience the half open matchbox. They
drop two coins, the same value as your hidden coin in the box.
Quickly slide the box shut as you begin to shake the box and the rattle of the 2 donated coins hides the sound of your coin dropping in with them.
You could start with a small number of matches in the box and hide a few matches between the drawer and the cover instead of using coins.
Ask someone to count the matches that are dropped from the box, then close it and shake the box so the hidden matches join the others. When they count the matches again, you have done a small miracle!
Coins are better because counting tricks can be boring and almost everyone's attention will be more easily held to any trick where you use some of their money!
Show a doubled cord with several candy rings hanging on it.
Hold the 2 ends of the cord. The loose candies have the cord through their central hole and are stopped from falling by a candy firmly attached to the double end of the cord.
Ask two spectators to each hold one end of the cord.
Cover the cord and candies with a handkerchief, then reach under the handkerchief with one hand as you ask them to say the magic word.
Your free hand takes away the cover and everyone
sees the candies loosely piled on your other hand. You didn't cut the cord. It is real Magic!
There is no stooge. Double a piece of cord and push the folded part through the center hole of one candy ring.
Open out the folded end of the cord and slip the candy through it, then pull the ends of the cord so the loop tightens.
It looks as if the candy is firmly attached.
Push the ends of the doubled cord through several rings and you are ready.
Have a spare, clean handkerchief to use for the trick because these days nobody may have a spare
handkerchief with them, just tissues.
Let your friends see the candies are "locked" on the cord, and then cover them with the handkerchief.
Reach under the handkerchief and loosen the loop of cord that holds the single ring in place. It is a very good idea to practise even a simple move like this in private before stunning your friends with it. When you push the 76
loop back over the candy, all of the sweets will drop onto your palm. Then you can take off the handkerchief and show that you have accomplished your mission!
You could also perform a larger version of this trick in your show. Just make some large flat rings from light wood, paint them different colors and use thick, colorful cord in place of the string and a cloth instead of a borrowed handkerchief.
The easiest magical appearance of a knot there is!
Please remember you will anger anyone if you tell them how you fooled them with this. They will be upset they were so easy to fool and not be impressed!
You raise one arm to shoulder height, showing a rope hanging down from your raised fist.
Flick the arm upward slightly so the rope jumps up and you catch the free end with the same hand, then let the end of the rope drop down again.
If you want, give a volunteer a similar piece of rope and ask them to copy your actions. Joke with volunteers but keep it friendly. Upset them and you look like an amateur.
Then your friends will not volunteer or watch your
"miracles" next time.
You can, of course, let the volunteer choose a piece of rope so everything looks fair.
Flip the rope up and catching it a couple more times.
Suddenly you drop the end of the rope and a knot
magically appears in the rope!
The simple method lets you concentrate on your
presentation and entertaining your friends.
You tie a small knot in one end of the rope before you bring it out to show your friends. Keep this end in your fist while flipping the other up and down.
You only have to decide when you will catch the plain end and switch it for the end with the knot. About three flips are usually enough.
How do you let the member of the audience choose
one of the pieces of rope when one is gimmicked?
You hold one piece in each hand in front of your friend, making sure to keep the knot out of sight in your hand.
Ask the spectator to point to one piece of rope but don't tell them why you are asking or what you are going to do.
If they point to the gimmicked rope, you give them the other piece and if they point to the plain rope, of course you give them that.
You put no great importance on the choice and they will not be suspicious but it will make it harder for them to figure it out because everybody will think afterwards the volunteer had a free choice!
You need round candy rings for this trick. While white peppermint flavored ones are most common, there is no reason you can't add some color to the trick with other types and colors.
Thread a candy ring on to a cord and cover it with a cloth, then ask two friends to hold the ends of the cord.
You can now ask everyone for the Magic Word, reach under the cloth and bring out the candy. Someone will quickly remove the cloth but there is no clue. The candy jumped off the cord to your palm!
You need 2 identical opaque candies and one has to be secretly prepared in advance. You are about to make what Magicians call a "gimmick", a device that secretly does the work you take the credit for.
Carefully break the candy in half, then "glue" the pieces together again with a couple of drops of water. The other candy is hidden in your sleeve. If there is room under your watchstrap, push the extra candy there until you need it.
When you reach under the cloth, you quietly squeeze the pieces of the gimmick candy apart but, of course, you don't show anyone the gimmicked sweet! You
swap it for the regular candy hidden in your sleeve before you bring your hand out from under the cloth.
Show the cover off a matchbox. You don't need the tray or matches for this easy but baffling vanish. Tie a single, loose overhand knot round the cover with a piece of string.
Tuck one end of the string inside the cover, then push the knot off the cover and push it inside at the same point you put the end of the string.
The knot will immediately vanish! You don't have to do anything clever.
It's important to remember that you don't need to tell your audience what you are going to do. That will tend to bore them. Instead, talk about Black Holes or
something which is appropriate to your audience and the occasion.
& Bonus Hanky Bunny
This effect needs you to have a clean handkercheif which is something you should carry with you because they are increasingly rare these days with almost everybody using tissues.
Your show the handkerchief around, then tie a knot in one corner.
Make a loose fist around most of the handkerchief allowing the corner with the knot to stick up a few inches.
Now you gesture in a mysterious manner with your free hand and the knotted corner follows the movements giving the appearance that you have hypnotised the cloth.
Of course, there is a more mundane explanation. Most of the handkerchief is gathered in your fist, your thumb is pointing up behind the knotted corner and in contact with the cloth.
You can make the corner dodge and weave by
pressing your thumb against your fist and then
releasing it. The effect you want to give is as if there was a thread from your gesturing hand to the knotted corner.
Bonus; The Hanky Bunny. To amuse small children (and yourself) lay a white or any solid colored
handkerchief over the back of your right hand with one corner about two inches forward of your fingers.
Bring the corner to your right down between your
fingers and thumb, then up between your little finger and fourth finger.
Bring the corner to your left down between your fingers and thumb, then up between your middle finger and first finger.
If you now tuck the front corner under your middle fingers into the folds of cloth, you will have a fair representation of a long eared rabbit which you can allow to graze along your left arm, bite your nose and get up to whatever your imagination permits.
Do it for just a couple of minutes, you will get a good response and then you can fill some time showing your audience how to make their own rabbits.
You have to do some work with glue or (my preference) double-sided tape but the response you will get with this trick is worth it!
You need a large coin and a small coin. Fix the small coin on to the larger coin. Put it off center but make sure that it does not touch the outer edge of the larger coin.
Now find another coin as near to identical as possible to the smaller coin on your gimmick.
You keep the single coin in your pocket and show the gimmick with the smaller coin uppermost. Your
spectators see two ordinary coins.
You make a fist around the double coin gimmick and turn your hand over.
Remove the gimmick from your fist with just the thumb and forefinger of your other hand.
Ask your audience, "what coin is left in my hand?"
Whatever they answer, you open your fist and show the smaller coin has vanished!
Now you can make the coin (actually the duplicate single coin) re-appear where and when you want.
Want to reduce lapses of memory?
Here is a simple method for remembering what you
went to the shop for, or the secret ingredients for Aunt Bessie's fudge.
This system is one of the pegs of those expensive courses you see promoted on late night television. Your memory will improve!
Did you realise that you always remember when your holidays start or when your next pay rise is due? You remember anything easily when you pay attention and are interested in it!
Preparing, say, ten crazy pictures and indelibly pasting them to the numbers from one to ten in your mind.
Here is a sample list;
1. SUN sounds like ONE a crazy cartoon sun
2. GOO sounds like TWO a pot of glue
3. TREE sounds like THREE oversize tree , lots of branches!
4. LAW sounds like FOUR think of a policeman
5. HIVE sounds like FIVE think of a beehive
6. DISK sounds like SIX think of a computer disk
7. HEAVEN sounds like SEVEN think of clouds, angels 8. CRATE sounds like EIGHT think of a fruit crate 9. MINE sounds like NINE think of a mineshaft or miner 10. PEN sounds like TEN think of a pigpen or writing pen
It should be very easy to think of something to visualise for the pictures.
You can substitute anything that you think is easier for you to link to a variety of items for any of the ones I suggested.
Make the pictures really outrageous because no-one will ever see them or know what they look like unless you meet a real mind-reader!
Most people will find this takes no more than half an hour.
Do not worry if it takes you longer than that. You will use these peg pictures for the rest of your life.
Ask a friend if they want to improve their memory. Most will jump at the chance. Show them this system and you can help each other to learn.
This will accelerate your rate of improvement.
Take turns to make up ten unrelated items (maybe a shopping list) for the other person. Ask them to write them down as they tell you so they can check that you get them right.
For each item they say, make a ridiculous association with one of your mental pictures. If their third item is dogfood, you could think of a tree (you remembered that was item three, didn't you?) covered with packets of the dogfood you usually get.
When they have written all the items down and put their list out of sight, ask them to quiz you on the ten items.
Do them first in order but you will find that with only a little practise, it is easy for you to call them up in any sequence.
Change your list of practise items each time. The old list will be wiped when you do it the next time.
This exercise will increase the accuracy of your recall in other circumstances.
There is no reason to stop with just ten pictures. When you are comfortable with ten, go to twenty (SENTRY?) and more if you like.
This feat with a hundred or more items is performed by professional mental magicians around the world.
You will still impress your friends when you
demonstrate your own achievements with a smaller
number of items, especially when you invite them to try to do it themselves.
You don't have to accept what "everyone" knows, that
"we have a bad memory" or that "it deteriorates with age". Our recall rate is poor because we don't exercise it enough and, through laziness, we don't take the trouble to remember things.
Tricks where you display unusual mental ability are very popular with most people, especially if you say that they too have these abilities and you are demonstrating what almost anybody in your audience can do if they spend years studying to develop their own minds.
Of course, they would have to also read this book but you probably won't tell them that!
Can you predict the future or sex or if an unborn child will be a boy or girl by using a pendulum?
Make your pendulum with yarn and a paperclip or make a special one with a large bead and craft cord.
Researchers say that our brain tells our automatic body functions what result we want and imperceptible
muscular contractions provide the motion, either
circular or in a straight line, to the pendulum.
But it might be magic!
Instead of the boy or girl question, ask a volunteer to put a five dollar note in a small envelope, mix it with several other envelopes and divine which envelope has the money!
You will always get this right if you secretly mark the envelope first.
Most people have a fascination with superstitions and the arcane.
You will find that many others want to try their hand at divination too.
Draw a short stroke with a soft crayon or piece of charcoal across the crease in your palm.
Close your hand tightly and make a similar mark on the back of your handbut at right angles to the first line.
Use a cloth or tissue to rub the mark off the back of your hand, say a Magic Word and then open your hand.
Your friends will be surprised to see that there is now a cross on your palm - the mark you rubbed away has been pushed through your hand to join the first line!
Just follow the steps in the previous paragraph.
Because of the position of the first line over the crease on your palm, a "copy" is created at right angles when you tightly close your fist.
The effect you get with this very simple ruse depends entirely on your presentation. A bit of arcane mumbo jumbo might be just the thing to dress this up for your friends.
Show a small bag and 4 balls of different colored wool, each ball is the same size and weight.
Ask someone to put the balls in the bag and shake it around.
They hold the bag above eye-level and say any one of the colors.
You put a hand in the bag, feel around gently and take out the correct ball!
The method is very simple, that's always the best! You or your partner ties each ball of wool with different knots which are hard to see but very easy to feel.
You could have a small cluster of knots, a single knot, no knot (just a spot of glue on the end of one ball to hold it in place), even a normal knot with a small loop sticking out of it.
When you show the wool and the bag at the start of the trick, you let each person examine only one ball at a time.
By the way, it's not a good idea to offer things you use for examination. Try to give everyone the impression that you always use normal items.
They won't think otherwise if you don't put the idea into their heads.
Give several different crayons to a friend.
Ask them to select one and put it in your hand after you turn your back.
With just a second for thought, you correctly divine the colour of the chosen crayon!
Assuming you cannot really read your friend's mind, just follow these steps;
Give your friend the crayons, turn your back and put one cupped hand behind you.
When your friend puts the selected crayon in your cupped hand, turn the crayon over and make it appear that you are weighing it.
Then ask your volunteer to take back the crayon.
Put your hand to your forehead and, if you remembered to scrape a small piece of crayon under a fingernail, you will be able to make your friends believe you really can read their minds.
You just need a small trace under your nail to know which crayon was selected.
Show the group a small foreign coin or unusual
After you leave the table, they choose one person to pick up the coin and hold it to their forehead for 20
seconds in their fist. Then everyone is to put one fist on the table. They should all use their left hand so that there is no possibility of collusion (as if you would!).
When you return to the table, you have a coat hanger or a magic wand or a swizzle stick with you. Say," I will show you how water dowsers work, but we will use the coin (or medallion) because it will be less messy".
Slowly work your way around the table and, after a few false readings, reveal who holds the coin.
You use an unusual coin or medallion to prevent the embarrassment that a friend of mine suffered. He used 100
a regular dollar. When he revealed the person who had the coin in their hand, everyone else opened their fist to show they all had a dollar in theirs as well. Ouch!
The coin is not the gimmick. The secret is that the chosen person who held the coin to their forehead will have an unusually pale fist because of the action of holding their hand up to their forehead for a period of time.
This effect will fade fairly quickly so do not delay getting back to the table with your dowsing device more than a few seconds.
Ask a spectator to deal 9 cards in 3 rows, face up.
You turn your back and another spectator points to one card.
Turn back to the table and demonstrate your mind-
reading ability by quickly pointing out the randomly chosen card!
The trick depends on you arranging for a friendly spectator to secretly point out the position of the selected card in the few seconds between your turning back to the table and "reading the other spectator's mind".
This has been done in many ways from a small
movement or even a cough as you move a finger over the right card but the simplest and least detectable method is this;
Your stooge is the person who deals the 9 cards on to the table. They hold on to the deck of cards while you 102
ask for another spectator to point out any one of the cards on the table to the group after you turn your back.
Show your friend well before the demonstration how to mentally divide the back of the top card into a 9 square grid (like noughts and crosses).
You talk about mind-reading as you turn back to the table, taking the group's attention off the dealer. The dealer changes their grip on the deck so that they have only one finger or thumb visible on top of the cards and they put that on the imaginary grid in the square corresponding to the chosen card.
If the card is in the middle of the row nearest to you, they will grip the pack with their visible finger pointing to the middle of the short end of the deck nearest to you.
If you can really read minds, skip this section! If you just want to make people think you can, read on….
Take 3 playing cards face-up out of a small envelope.
Ask a spectator to name any one of the cards.
You immediately show that you predicted their choice!
Use an opaque envelope, slightly wider and longer than the cards. Say your cards are a black 3, red 8 and an Ace.
Use a quick drying marker and write on the back of the 8 "You will choose the 8".
Write on the back of the envelope, "You will choose the three".
Write on a strip of paper "You will choose the Ace".
Fold the paper and put it in the envelope before you put the cards in.
When you are ready, show your audience the envelope (with the marked side of the envelope away from them).
Take out just the 3 cards face up, leave the paper strip behind.
Ask anyone to name one of the cards.
If they choose the "8", turn over all 3 cards.
If they choose the "3", put the cards back in the envelope, then show the prediction you wrote on the other side of the envelope.
If they choose the "Ace", pick up the envelope and shake out the strip of paper with your "Ace" prediction on it.
You do not let them handle the envelope or the cards.
Put the cards in the envelope and put it back in your pocket.
Just remember to make another paper strip and put it in the envelope.
Then you are ready to show another audience this
Here are some tricks and stunts that need a bit of space and an audience. They are great for social
The handkerchief with glue on it made the "sticky coin"
vanish easily but you can do it even when there is no table if you do a little preparation in advance.
Stitch a coin in a corner of the handkerchief.
Borrow a similar coin and have it marked.
Show the handkerchief and take the borrowed coin
under it. As you do this, drop the borrowed coin into a pocket. This is easy - the handkerchief covers your move from the spectators.
Draw the stitched-in coin up under the center of the handkerchief and ask the lender to feel their coin "for the last time". They won't know it's your coin.
While they hold the coin, bring your hand away from under the handkerchief and grab another corner.
Ask them to let go and say the magic word while you pull the handkerchief clear. Their coin is gone!
Or you can sew your coin into the bottom section of your tie.
This does not work if you are wearing a bowtie.
Show the handkerchief, take the loaned marked coin under it and slip it in a pocket, then draw the loaded section of your tie up under the center of the
When you whip the handkerchief away, your tie will drop back into place.
This is a great trick if you have young children and want to teach them a trick which they can do.
Magic is a great hobby for almost everyone from seven years of age to older than me! And while they practise and present Magic their social skills, dexterity and confidence increase.
Show a 90cm length of rope, a bangle or similar size ring and a large opaque cloth.
Ask someone to tie each end of the rope round one of your wrists, pick up the bangle and get them to cover your hands and fore-arms with the cloth.
Say the magic word, then when they take the cloth away.
The bangle is threaded on the rope and they can see their knots have not been disturbed!
You need an extra bangle and must be wearing a
jacket or topcoat.
Hide the extra bangle on your arm under a jacket
When they cover your arms with the cloth, slip the displayed bangle inside your jacket and let the hidden bangle slide down your arm onto the rope.
Ask them to remove the cloth and they will see the bangle on the rope!
All Tied Up
Ask 2 friends to stand facing each other with their arms extended.
Loosely tie one friend's wrists together with a length of rope. Tie the other person's wrists together with a similar length of rope. Before you tie their second wrist, take the end of the rope behind the rope securing their friends hands so the crossed ropes connect them.
You tell them they must get loose without untying or cutting the ropes.
They can do the Magic this time!
There are no acrobatics or concealed scissors needed.
Just fold the center of one rope and pass it through the circle of rope round one of the other person's wrists.
You will see the ropes simply slide apart. You say that you tie the ropes fairly loose to make sure that they are not hurt but it is really so that there is enough space in the loops around their wrists that you can push the folded rope through to get them free.
Adjust the length of the ropes according to how friendly the volunteers are. Try to pick 2 out-going people who will enter the spirit of the stunt to ensure that everybody enjoys it.
You hold an open hardbound book flat on your hand and ask a spectator to drop a few coins on it.
Ask him to confirm the number of coins, then cup his two hands together.
You tip up the book and poor the coins into his cupped hands.
You say, "I call this 'the Value of Reading'!" as you close the book and ask your friend to count the coins.
While he put, say, 5 coins on the book he will find eight when the coins he holds are counted!
While this seems amazing, especially as the book can be left with your friends (there's nothing to find), the method is almost as incredible.
You hide the extra coins inside the spine of the book before you start. They will slide into your friend's hands when you tip the book forward to let the visible coins go from the book to his cupped hands.
Be sure to check in advance that the coins you want to use will slide easily from the spine of the book when needed and there are no damage to the inside of the binding which could obstruct their path.
You probably have seen many magicians in stage
shows and television specials catch hundreds
(apparently) of playing cards or coins by just raising one hand skyward.
I cannot give you their methods here and you should be grateful because it takes them longer just to acquire the skill to produce those cards or coins without showing the effort they are expending than it will take you to learn everything in this book.
This is the Ezy way! It works almost as well and takes less time to prepare than boiling an egg.
You wrap a small band of double-sided tape around your middle finger of the hand which will gather the cards or coins.
Then you attach just one card (or coin) to the tape on the back of your hand.
Here is the trade-off, you need to tape the card with the back out because you don't want to show that every card you catch is the same.
The professionals catch whole decks of cards and
show the faces almost all the time. If you want to use their method, start to learn now and come back to this book in a couple of months when you have mastered it.
For the rest of us, with only limited time to study, we will be satisfied with just showing the back of the card.
You just reach up with the hand that has the gimmick on it and bend your fingers into your palm when you want to show you have caught a card.
You prepare the bag or box which you are dropping the cards in by putting a jumble of cards in it before you start. When you bring your arm down and your hand (with the card displayed) goes into the box, make sure you take your whole hand below the edge of the box.
Then you straighten your hand out again and raise it up with the palm toward your audience, ready to catch another card.
If your are using coins, use a metal bucket instead of a box to put them in and tap the inside of the pail to imitate the sound of each coin you put in.
Forgive me for this trick please because it is not really Magic.
You show a large paper bag and tell everyone you
have a new superfast high bounce ball in your other hand. But it's invisible.
You pretend to throw the ball up gently and bring the open bag across so the "ball" will fall in the bag.
And it does! Well, at least everybody hears it land.
You have to act as if there really is a ball and you are bouncing it around.
That is part of why this can go very well. The rest of the
"secret" is how to make the sound of the ball bouncing into the bag.
You hold the bag with a thumb on the outside and your first two fingers, one on top of the other, pressing 117
against the thumb through the bag. When the ball is landing in the bag, you snap the top finger off the other one and everyone hears the sound of it hitting the bag.
That makes a very satisfactory imitation of the sound a real ball would make landing in the bag.
Remember to drop the bag and the hand holding it
down a little when the ball lands. That little touch also adds to the fun.
You do this a few more times, claiming that you are performing more difficult throws and catches each time.
Then you take the invisible ball out of the bag (!) and ask a spectator to catch it. Most people will go along by this stage.
Then you say, "Did you catch my ball?"
When he replies, you say, "I suppose the men in the white coats will probably take both of us away now!"
Why did he expose
so many secrets?
John Williams has the best job in the World as a
professional magician for more than 15 years with his own on-line magic shop. He performs his magic shows and Punch and Judy puppet show in almost every town in Tasmania, Australia's smallest and best State.
He entertains audiences of all ages and manages
Australia's favorite on-line Magic shop, Aladdins Magic Shop.
He also presents workshops for business and other groups on Magic and other subjects including
"Successful Public Speaking" and "Reducing Stress with Laughter".
This is his first book but he has written instruction sheets for many of the tricks that he sells through his
He knows people like you will benefit by learning to amuse and amaze friends and colleagues with simple but amazing Magic tricks.
Children improve their coordination, social skills and confidence. Adults enjoy entertaining their family, friends and colleagues and can also use simple tricks like those in "Ezy Magic" to improve sales meetings and other presentations.
John has personally tested every effect in the book and added hints to help you make a real impact with them.
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