If there is a fruit bowl on the table, plus some aerated drink (a not likely combination) try the follow Eat a grape, placing the pips on your plate. Pour the aerated beverage into a glass and drop a grape pip in the glass. It will of course sink, but when told, it will rise again to the top of the glass! The carbonated liquid takes care of the whole thing, and causes the pip to rise. All you have to to is ‘time’ your word of command.
When everyone’s attention is elsewhere, secretly take a grape, and hide it in your hand. When attention is not diverted, openly take a grape from the dish in the same hand. Mention that you have ‘one grape’. Get someone to hold out a palm, and place the grape on it, closing his fingers over it. But what you really do is place the two grapes in his hand. Now take another grape from the dish and eat it. Tell the man holding his hand closed to open it. He now has two grapes… the one you placed there and the one you have just eaten. (At least that’s your story.)
The effect is that you take two bananas from the fruit dish, open one and cut it into three section. You explain the sympathy that exists between the two bananas. When you open the second banana, it is already divided into three pieces!
The second banana, previously prepared, was planted on the dish.
Put a needle through the skin of the second banana and gently ‘cut’ the inside of the banana.
A safety match can normally only be struck on the side of
its box. But the magician is able to strike one on the sole of his
shoe. He is ale to do so because he has had the foresight to break
one of the striking edges from a matchbox, and glue it to the sole of
his sole, unto that portion between the sole and heel which never
touches the ground.
The party entertainer takes a match from an ashtray, a quite obviously used and burnt match, and strikes it to produce a flame!
The match is in fact an unused one, which has been pared down with
a penknife, just below its head, and dipped into Indian ink. This
gives a perfect burnt-match illusion.
The Donut Trick (The Chung-Ling-Soo Coins)
Confuse your audiences with a specially prepared egg, which you have soaked in strong vinegar for two days and taken out of the solution just before the demonstration.. Place your egg amongst some ordinary one, but be careful to remember which one it is.
Take the special egg and tell the audience that by throwing the
egg with superior skill it is possible to make it bounce. After
(eggsercising) your successful egg-bouncing, some of your friends may
want to test their skill, and this cold be quite messy!
Worms out of spaghetti
Goldfish out of slivers of carrot and placed amongst greenery in a fish bowl.
Slithery bugs out of marzipan and painted with food colour.
Ask the audience to call out names of favourite foods. Pretend to write each name of a piece of paper, but just continue to write the first name given. Ask people to spell the names to keep the audience guessing.
Tell them you will make a prediction. Write the first name again and put it into an envelope.
Fold the papers and mix them up in a chef’s hat. Ask a volunteer to select one and read it.
Lick the end of the egg to moisten it. As you joke with your audience, gently turn the egg in the salt you have hidden in your hand.
Say your magic word and slowly set the egg upright on the table. Brush your hands together (to get rid of the secret salt) and say ‘Hey Presto!’
Before you start, dissolve some sea-salt in a glass of warm water. Place it next to a glass containing ordinary water. Take car to remember which is which. Ask someone to pick any two eggs from a bowl. Say which will sink and which will float.
Carefully put the eggs into the correct glasses and take your applause.
Place a banknote n a table. Fold it lengthwise, one, twice and then fold once more in the other direction. Make exactly the same fold in the blank piece of paper and stick the two pieces of Blu-Tack to it. Turn the folded banknote so that it is the other way up with respect to the folded piece of paper and attach them using the Blu-Tack.
Explain to your audience that you have been sent a magical piece of paper in the post. Tell them that a note that came with the piece of paper promised that you would make a lot of money from it.
Open the envelope and carefully take out the blank piece of paper. Hold it so that you can use one hand to obscure the corner, which has the bank note stuck to the back of it.
As you unfold the banknote, look at your hands to direct the audience’s attention back to what your are doing. To them it will seem that you are unfolding the same piece of paper.
Once the banknote is fully unfolded, separate it from the blank piece and hold it up to the light to check if its real. Conceal the still folded blank piece in the other hand and casually reach into your pocket of four wallet. Drop the blank piece in your pocket and placed the bank note inside with great satisfaction.
A medium sized coin, a clear glass, some water, a large handkerchief and an elastic band.
With bar towel rolled up.
Get a volunteer to call any three digit number in which all the numerals are different (638).
Have her write down her number in reverse order.
Now subtract the smaller from the larger.
Now write down this number in reverse order and add it to the total.Sometimes a 99 will show. In this case add 99 + 99. 1089
Now get her to jumble the digits and write the down number (below the first if its smaller or above if its larger)
Now subtract the smaller from the larger.
Next, add up the total of all the digits. If it is a two digit
number add those. The number will always be