Non-Fiction | 22 July 2015Demystifying Magic Tricks Share article facebook twitter google pinterest One of our bestsellers for 2014 was The Great Big Book of Magic Tricks, by Joe Fullman. This is the perfect title for anyone who has ever watched a magician perform an amazing trick and wondered how they did it! With more than 50 tricks included, this title will be sure to entertain and astound friends and family. Here are a couple of tricks from the book you can try at home: The Handshake (Difficulty rating: 6 *): Props needed: Coin Watch your friends gasp in amazement as a coin appears to travel right through your hand. Place a coin in the palm of your hand and close your fingers around it, making a fist. Turn your fist over, so that your thumb is facing upwards. Take your other hand and place it over your fist, so that the fingers are at the front, facing your audience. Say the magic word ‘abracadabra’ and start shaking your hands up and down. Make sure the top hand is pressing down tightly on the one below, but loosen the grip of the hand holding the coin. As you shake your hands, the coin will pop up between the thumb and first finger of your fist. Keep shaking and use the top hand to slide the coin on top of your other hand, out of sight of your audience. The shaking will make it difficult for the audience to see exactly what you are doing. Take your top hand away to show that the coin is now sitting on top of the lower hand. Pick up the coin and turn over your hand, showing the audience that the coin is not in your hand – it has travelled all the way through! Abracadabra Lay the cards out in the right way and ‘abracadabra’, you will have found your volunteer’s card. Skills needed: Card counting Spelling Deal 21 cards face up into three columns of seven cards. Ask a volunteer to choose one of the cards, but not to tell you which one. Instead, they should tell you which column their card is in. If they choose the eight of Diamonds, they would tell you that they had chosen column three. Pick up the three columns, keeping the cards in the same order. However, make sure you pick up the column containing your volunteer’s card second, so that it sits between the other two columns. Deal out the 21 cards again. Be sure to lay them left to right, rather than up to down. Ask your volunteer which column their card is in now. Repeat step two, making sure you keep the cards in each column in order, and that you sandwich the column containing your volunteer’s card between the other two columns. Now deal the cards face down into a pile, spelling out the word ‘abracadabra’, saying a letter for each card you put down. When you get to the final letter ‘a’, hold the card in your hand. Ask your volunteer to tell you the name of their card. Slowly turn over the card in your hand to reveal their chosen card. Share article facebook twitter google pinterest If you have any comments on this article please contact us or get in touch via social media.