Mysterious Levitating Wand
The Magic Wand is the ultimate Magicians prop but this wand is more than a stage prop. Pick up the wand and move it around in the air to get a sense of how it looks in action. Wave the wand, gently tap objects or point to items around the room to practice gestures that you will use in front of your audiences. Now, look at both ends of the wand.Both sides have a special cap. This cap can be pulled away from the wand, but it will pull back as soon as you let go. Pull the cap from the end of the wand, and with your other hand, grab the elastic between your first two fingers. Stretch the elastic as much and you can and move your other hand from the cap to the middle of the wand with your first finger and thumb. Pull the elastic behind the wand so it can’t be seen. Gently loosen your grip on the wand, and you will see the wand gently rise out of your hand! Or, you can let go of the wand quickly and it will jump out of your hand! If you are making the wand leap, point it toward a wall so it doesn’t hit anyone. Enjoy your audience’s reactions as they are dazzled by the levitating wand!
Trick: Money Transformer
This Trick make coins vanish and reappear and even change one coin into another. Take a look at both parts of the prop. You will see that one part has a circular section in the middle of it. It is in this circular section that you will put a coin later on. This part of the prop is called the slide. The slide fits into the opening of the base part of the prop, with the dollar sign on top of it. The slide has a secret compartment that is so well hidden you probably didn’t even notice it. It is the circular section itself. There are actually two circles in the slide! Take a coin and place it in the circle and with your finger, push the coin to the left or right slightly until it moves. You should now see the other circular section. Before your show, take a coin and place it in the circle and push it into the secret compartment. Now put the slide into the base and then take it out immediately. If the coin is there, then turn the slide around and put it into the base with the other end first. When you take the slide out the coin should be gone. Put the slide back in this same way and leave it there until you are ready to perform. During your show, take the slide out and show that there is nothing in it. Don’t shake the slide too much or they will hear the hidden coin inside. Now you must do a sneaky but simple move. You must turn the slide around before putting it back in the base. Do this casually as you are showing the props to your friends. Now tell them that you will make money appear. Say a few magic words, take out the slide and there is your coin! Tip it over and drop the coin into your hand. Then put your special props away!
Tricks: Vanishing Money
It is just as easy to make a coin vanish as it is to make one appear. Since you know how the Money Transformer works, it will be easy for you to do these next couple of tricks. Before your show, put a coin in the circle and without pushing it in with your finger just put the slide into the base. If the coin is still there when you take the slide-out, then you know that to make it vanish, you must turn the slide around when you are ready to perform the trick. If it disappeared when you put the slide in, then simply turn it around, so it appears again. You are now ready to make the coin vanish for your show!
Trick: Changing one coin into another one
To change one coin into another, all you have to do is put a coin into the secret compartment and leave it there. During your show, display another coin and put it into the slide, making sure you know which side to put in first. Now when you are ready to perform, the first coin will change into the hidden one!
Trick: Card Monte
Take a look at your two special cards. One is a double-faced card, and the other is a double-backed card. The audience is not supposed to know that these cards are trick cards! Put the double-faced card on top of the double-backed card. Have the top card (double-faced), angled toward the right so you can see the bottom card, too, just like a fan of cards. Hold the cards gently between your thumb on the top card and your first finger on the bottom card, towards the center of the cards. Show the cards to your friend by holding them as instructed and then turn your wrist over at the same time as you slide the top card to the left. When your wrist is turned, they will now see the other side of the double-faced card, believing it to be the second card. Then turn your wrist back and again slide the top card, this time to the right. Practice this turning motion, to get it right, so it doesn’t look like you are doing anything sneaky. Then take the top card (double-faced), show it to your friend and put it behind your back as you ask your friend what card that leaves in your hand. They will, of course, say the name of the card they just saw. With your hand still behind your back, simply turn the card over, and then bring it out with the other side showing, proving them wrong. For fun, this can be repeated a couple of times, but not too many, so they won’t get suspicious!
Trick: Snap It
Snap It is a devious little magical prop that is made up of two parts. One is the base. It has a rubber band at one end and a hole at the other. The other part has a round top and a small hook at the bottom. Place the hook end into the base, and try to hook the inside part of the rubber band. Then pull the hook out to see if you did. I bet you couldn’t! That is because the rubber band end on the inside of the base is too short to be grabbed by the hook. But with a sneaky little move, you can make your friends believe that it can be done. Here’s how. Place the hook end back in and then using your thumb and the first finger pull it back out of the base just slightly. Now, with pressure try to snap your thumb tip and fingertip together, which will make the top snap out from their grip and back into the base. The illusion will look like it snaps back in because there is tension from the rubber band. Of course, it is not really hooked onto a rubber band, but your friends don’t know that. The illusion will work even better if you give the top a few turns, before doing the snap. Then you can turn the top a few times, as if you are disengaging the rubber band, before letting your friends try and hook the rubber band!
Trick: Wonder Water Magic
This kit comes with a special clear bottle cap with a hole in it. This special cap will fit on many of the popular soda or water bottles. Try to find just the right one so the cap fits snugly. When doing the trick, you should use water, not soda, in the bottle, so if you spill some, it won’t make a sticky mess! Without your audience seeing, put the cap over the mouth of the bottle. If you know how to palm a coin, you can palm the cap in the same fashion and place it on the bottle right in front of them and they will never see a thing! If you are not comfortable with palming, just place it on the bottle before the show. During your show, hold it in place and then turn the bottle upside down carefully. When you are sure that your secret gimmick is gripping well you can let go. There is real science at work here! Because there is a hole in the cap it will not come off and the water will stay in even when turned upside down! It looks as though the water is defying gravity! After the effect, turn the bottle upright and wipe the neck with a napkin. While you are wiping the bottle you can steal away the secret cap, leaving everything examinable!
Trick: The Real Convincer
While the bottle is upside down you can take one or two toothpicks and push them through the hole in the special cap. They will mysteriously float up to the top of the bottle, but the water will continue to defy gravity!
Trick: Money Factory
Here’s an apparatus that is more than it first appears to be. It looks like a base with a lid that covers it, but actually there is a secret extra piece that can be hidden in the lid! If you put a coin on the real base and cover it with the extra piece it will look like an empty base. You can now show the lid to be empty and put it over the base. Press the top of the lid down a little and say a magic word. Lift away the lid and the extra piece will be carried away to reveal the coin. You can say, “That’s how I make my money!”
Start with the extra piece on top of the base. Place a coin on top of the extra piece and cover it with the lid. Press down on the lid and say, “I’m going to try and steal the coin without you seeing me do it!” Lift the lid to show that the coin has vanished!
Trick: PickPocket Pocket
You could do the above trick but start with a duplicate coin inside your pocket. After the coin has vanished, you say, “of course the coin has to go somewhere, check this out!” You can then show them that the coin has magically traveled to your pocket!
Your money factory can also switch coins for you! Start with a nickel on the base and cover it with the extra piece. During your performance, show a penny and put it onto the extra piece. Cover it with the lid and press down. As you do this say, “As a magician, I am never short of money! All I need to do is cover a penny and say the magic word, inflation!” Lift the lid to show that the penny has miraculously changed into a nickel!
Trick: Heads or Tails
Before your show, put a penny on the base, tail side up, covering it with the extra piece. During your performance, show your friends a penny, and put it head side up on the extra piece. Say, “I can always win a call of heads or tails by magic!” Cover the coin with the lid and say, “The coin heads up, but if somebody calls out tails I can still win with my amazing powers!” Lift the lid to show that the coin has changed to be tails up! Finish by saying, “I love it when a plan comes together!”
Trick: Crystal Coin Case
During your show, place one clear sheet on the table and on top of it place the small plastic frame with the circle cut out. Into the circle, put a coin. You can use a real coin if you like, or you can use the small plastic coin provided. On top of that, place the other clear sheet. Now, lock everything together with the four rubber bands provided, and if any of them break, you can use any small rubber band as a replacement. Comment to the audience that the coin is trapped inside the Crystal Coin Case. As you place the device under a napkin, squeeze it between your fingers and thumb from the sides and it will open up enough to allow the coin to fall secretly into your hand! Make sure that nobody sees the coin in your hand! Let a friend hold the device through the cloth and casually put your hand in your pocket to get rid of the coin. Say some magic words and then let your friend see that the coin has vanished!
Trick: The Money Tube
Your Money Tube is a neat magical apparatus that will allow you to make objects appear, disappear and change from one thing into another. It is made up of three parts, the cap, the tube and a secret smaller tube (insert) that fits inside of the larger one. The audience is not supposed to know about this secret insert! Set the tube with the special insert inside with the cap on top. Now hold the cap firmly between your thumb and first finger of one hand, and with your other hand pull the tube straight down. You will notice that the cap and insert are still together in your first hand. Keep your fingers around the special insert, hiding it from the audience. It should look like you are holding the cap only! Now let’s learn to do some cool magic with your Money Tube.
Trick: MONEY FIBERS
Before your show, put a small length of colored thread inside of the tube and then place the secret insert on top, but leave the cap off. When you are ready to perform the trick, borrow a dollar bill from someone in the audience. You will need to fold up the dollar bill so it fits inside of the tube. Tell the audience that you will now make the dollar bill vanish. Make a few magical passes over the tube and then remove the insert as you were taught earlier. Tip out the colored thread and say, “Well, I made most of the dollar bill vanish. Do you know how money has thread in it, well it seems that is all that’s left!”
Trick: GHOST WRITING
You can use your Money Tube for more than just money tricks. Before your show, write a message on a small slip of paper and fold it up. It’s especially cool if this is some information about your helpers such as their name or age. Hide the paper in the tube with the insert on top of it. During your show, display a blank piece of paper and fold it up. Put it into the tube (really the insert) and put it on the lid. Claim that a friendly ghost lives in the tube and that he’s going to write something about your helper. Remove the lid (and insert) and tip out the paper. Let your helper open it up to discover the ghostly writing!
Trick: A SNEAKY TACTIC
If you are at all worried about stealing away the hidden insert behind your fingers you can instead cover the Money Tube with a small square of tissue saying that you are totally isolating it. When you remove the tissue take the cap and insert with it giving you much more cover to conceal the stolen insert!
Trick: COLOR VISION
You will notice that your Mind Reading Box is made up of three parts, the lid, the six-sided picture cube, and the square box. While turning your back to the audience, ask one of them to put the picture cube in the box and remember which image is on top. Have them cover it, and then place the box in your hands behind your back. Turn around to face them, but keep the box in your hands behind your back. Tell them that you will now try and read their minds. Behind your back, move the lid from the top to the front side of the box. Now, bring the box out, making sure that the top is uppermost and the open side is facing you. You will now be able to just glance at the opening and see what picture they picked. Make-believe you are still trying to read their mind before naming the correct image. Then just put the box in your pocket and they will never be the wiser as to how you did it!
Trick: MIND READING BOX PROFESSIONAL ENDING
Instead of just putting the box in your pocket as in the previous trick, you can actually hand the box right back to your helper without them ever knowing that you were looking through an open side. After you tell them the name of the picture they selected, put your right thumb over the open side covering the picture. With your left thumb and fingers, start to take off the lid as you rotate your right hand forward. This brings the open side upright. Now fully take off the lid and present the box and the lid to your helper to inspect!
Trick: MIND READING BOX PROFESSIONAL SPIN
You can even show all sides of the cube to be closed, even though one side will be open! While performing the trick, hold the box in front of you in your left hand with your thumb on the bottom right-hand corner of the box on the open side. Now place your first finger on the left-hand corner furthest away from you on the top lid. By using the first finger of your right hand you can now spin the box on an angle to the right. If you hold the box below their eye line, they will not be able to see the opening!
Snap It is a devious little magical prop that is made up of two parts. One is the base. It has a rubber band at one end and a hole at the other. The other part has a round top and a small hook at the bottom. Place the hook end into the base, and try to hook the inside part of the rubber band. Then pull the hook out to see if you did. I bet you couldn’t! That is because the rubber band end on the inside of the base is too short to be grabbed by the hook. But with a sneaky little move you can make your friends believe that it can be done. Here’s how. Place the hook end back in and then using your thumb and the first finger pull it back out of the base just slightly. Now, with pressure try to snap your thumb tip and fingertip together, which will make the top snap out from their grip and back into the base. The illusion will look like it snaps back in because there is tension from the rubber band. Of course it is not really hooked onto a rubber band, but your friends don’t know that. The illusion will work even better if you give the top a few turns, before doing the snap. Then you can turn the top a few times, as if you are disengaging the rubber band, before letting your friends try and hook the rubber band!
Trick: THE FRENCH DROP
If you want to look like a professional magician you will need to learn some sleight-of-hand. One of the best sleights that a magician can do is called “The French Drop.” With this technique you can make a coin, ball or other small object seem to vanish from your hand. With the left palm up and fingers curled in slightly, hold a coin between your first and second fingers and thumb of your left hand. Now with your right hand, palm down, reach as if you are going to take the coin. Your right thumb goes underneath the coin and your right fingers start to curl around it. As soon as the coin is covered you let the coin fall down into your left hand. Close your right hand into a loose fist and hold it up as your left hand (secretly hiding the coin) drops down to your left side. It is very important to focus all attention on your right hand just as if the coin were there! You can now slowly open your hand to show that the coin has vanished! As you make it vanish you can sneakily put your left hand into your pocket and leave the coin behind! Make sure to practice this move before trying it on your helpers. You’ll find that watching yourself in a mirror will really help you get all the angles right!
Examine the colored beads carefully and you will see that two of them are the same color and are slightly larger than the other two. If you put one of the larger beads into the tube it will not come out of the other side because it is too wide. This is the magic secret that will allow you to perform some pretty cool effects! Before your performance, secretly place one of the larger beads into the tube. While performing the trick, hold the tube so the hidden bead doesn’t drop out. Now place either one of the small beads into the other end of the tube. Then place the other small bead into that end and then finally the other large bead and have the spectator remember the color order of the beads. Now, tip the tube over so the original hidden bead comes out with the two smaller beads behind it. It will look like you magically changed the color order inside of the tube! The large bead that you put in last will be safely hidden away on the other side. If you want to get rid of that bead at the end of the effect so you can hand the tube out for examination, simply tilt the tube over into your hand as the spectator is looking at the other beads. Then close your hand around the bead as it drops into your hand. Then place the now empty tube on the table as you casually put your hand in your pocket, getting rid of the extra bead!
Before you show this next trick, have one of the larger beads hidden in your hand. Secretly holding something in your hand while making your hand look as natural as possible is called “palming.” You should practice palming coins and small objects if you want to become a professional magician. Because the beads are relatively small, palming one should be fairly easy to do. You can hold the bead with your pinky and ring finger at the end of the fingers near the palm in what magicians call a “finger palm”, and still keep your hand looking natural. Most people won’t realize that you have something hidden there! When you are ready to perform the trick, take one of the smaller beads with your other hand and place it into the hand that you have the hidden bead. A natural way to do this is to start to close the hand you have the hidden bead in as you pick up the other bead from the table. Place this bead into the top of your closed fist as you say the color of the bead. Then pick up the other small bead and drop it into your closed fist and say the color. Finally, stand the tube upright on the table and drop in the large bead as you say the color. Then say a few magic words and then pick the tube straight up showing that it has disappeared. Then stick the tube with the hidden bead still in it in your pocket, as open, your hand to show all three beads! If the spectators ask to see the tube, take it out of your pocket, but first secretly turn it over so the hidden bead falls out and stays in your pocket!
Trick: THE APPEARING BEAD
Before your show, secretly hide one of the large beads in the tube, and leave the tube standing up on the table. When you are ready to perform the trick, lift the tube straight up to show that there are no beads in it. Then, secretly turn the tube over as you make a magical gesture with your other hand. Then lift the tube up again and they will see the bead. It will look like you conjured it up from thin air!
Trick: THE VANISHING BEAD
You can combine the “Appearing Bead” trick and the “French Drop” that you learned earlier for an awesome trick! Perform the “Appearing Bead” trick, but don’t lift off the tube to show the bead just yet. Take the second large-sized bead and vanish it with the “French Drop.” Then lift up the tube and show that it has reappeared!