Ladies and gentlemen, prepare to have your minds blown and your sense of wonder shattered. Come on a journey backstage, where the age-old secrets of magic tricks are about to be unveiled.
Put on your top hat and explore the spellbinding artistry of classic tricks and dive into the mystical realms of legendary magicians like Harry Houdini and David Copperfield. Brace yourselves for an enchanting adventure behind the curtain.
Woman Floating In The Air
During the floating woman trick, illusionists employ a metal rod that discreetly supports the wooden plank she is lying on. Slight pressure is placed on the rod the magician maintains the woman's suspended position.
Meanwhile, a hoop is introduced to divert the audience's attention from the rod, adding to the intrigue of the illusion.
Sawing Someone In Half
The sawing a person in half trick involves two assistants and two boxes. One assistant curls up and hides in a box, representing the legs. The other assistant lies in a larger box that appears smaller to the audience.
The magician saws the person in half, but it's an illusion. The hidden assistant moves their legs to show they're fine, amazing the crowd.
This Box Makes People Zig-Zag
The zig-zag box is a prop that magicians use to create the illusion of cutting a person into three parts. The assistant inside the box contorts their body but keeps their face visible through the openings.
The box cleverly conceals the body, giving the impression of impossible separation and reassembly.
Smoke From Fingers
The illusion of smoke from the fingers is created by a magician using a clever technique. The magician discreetly dips their fingers in white phosphorous, a flammable substance. When they rub their fingers together, the friction causes the white phosphorous to ignite, producing smoke.
Fascinatingly, when matchbox striking strips are burned, they release a residue of white phosphorous, making it a valuable resource for executing this captivating trick.
Pigeons Appearing From Nowhere
In a mesmerizing display of illusion, the magician astounds the audience as pigeons materialize seemingly out of thin air.
Little do they know, concealed within the magician's sleeve, lies the secret. With a blinding flash of light, the distraction unveils the avian surprise, leaving spectators spellbound by the enchanting trick.
The Underwater Box Has Many Variations
In Houdini's Water Cell trick, the ankle stocks had mahogany boards that created a small gap when locked.
Hidden from view, Houdini pushed himself up using the tank's sides and freed his feet. Twisting sideways, he pulled his feet through the stock holes, took a breath in the air pocket, opened the hinged stock boards, escaped, and closed them behind him.
Hand Through Glass
Magicians astound us by seemingly passing their hands through solid glass, but the secret lies in a clever manipulation. Behind the scenes, multiple panels are used.
Just before the trick, the magician slyly swaps a few panels, allowing their hand to effortlessly glide through undetected. With a clear glass, the audience remains oblivious to the subtle switch, captivated by the illusion.
Biting A Coin In Half
In this coin trick, the magician secretly obtains a special coin designed to break when bitten, resembling a genuine bite mark.
Through skillful sleight of hand, the performer swiftly exchanges the audience member's coin with the gimmicked one. During the biting action, the gimmicked coin breaks, leaving an illusion of the coin being bitten in half.
Card Through A Window
In David Blaine's card through the window trick, a volunteer selects a card and returns it to the deck. Unbeknownst to the volunteer, the chosen card is already glued to the other side of a window.
With the volunteer's back turned, the magician prompts the selection. When the volunteer faces the window, the card seemingly appears out of thin air, leaving everyone amazed.
Pulling A Rabbit Out Of A Hat
The classic magic trick of pulling a rabbit out of a hat has been performed by various artists using different techniques.
Some magicians employ hidden compartments within the hat to conceal the rabbit, and others use a non-transparent bag with the hare inside, discreetly transferring it into the hat before revealing it to the audience.
Magicians create illusions of metamorphosis by cleverly manipulating audience perception. They use misdirection and sleight-of-hand techniques to distract while executing swift, seamless switches.
Trap doors and hidden compartments play a vital role, allowing them to swap positions with assistants unseen. These secrets ensure an astonishing transformation spectacle keeping anyone who witnesses the trick completely mesmerized.
How do magicians bend the spoon? A key element in this captivating illusion is the skillful use of a small coin as a prop. The magician delicately positions the coin's tip to peek out discreetly between their index and middle fingers.
Meanwhile, the actual handle of the spoon remains calmly resting on the table. With masterful dexterity, the magician begins the illusion of bending the spoon, and to the mesmerized spectators, the coin cunningly masquerades as the spoon's handle.
The vanishing doves' trick is accomplished through the clever design of the bird cage. By manipulating two opposite corners, the cage collapses into a tube-like shape, resembling a wire bundle.
An elastic cord attached to one end of the cage is concealed up the magician's sleeve, drawing the cage out of sight. To protect the doves, fake birds are typically used, hidden within the cage until the illusion's revealed.
The levitation trick mesmerizes viewers as the performer seemingly hovers inches above the ground.
From a side view, the performer's legs are momentarily covered, creating intrigue. By removing the shoe farthest from the audience and pivoting that foot away, with the empty shoe held between both feet, the performer can stand on the hidden foot's tip, giving the illusion of levitation.
Going Through Walls
In a baffling feat, the magician appears to defy the laws of physics by walking through solid walls. But the truth lies behind the scenes.
As a thin sheet is strategically placed, captivating the audience's attention, the magician secretly navigates through an underground tunnel, seamlessly transitioning from one side to the other, leaving spectators in awe of the impossible.
Literally Turn Money Into Coffee
The coffee cup illusion involves two cups nested together - a taller cup with a hole at the bottom and a shorter cup filled with coins.
With a sponge placed inside the taller cup and coffee poured on top, the magician's finger pressing the bottom causes the coffee to be absorbed by the sponge, unveiling the hidden coins.
Escape From Being Buried Alive
To perform the buried alive trick, the magician enters a specially designed coffin or box with a secret door. Once buried, the magician swiftly escapes through the hidden door and remains hidden beneath the sand.
With a well-timed illusion, the magician magically emerges from the sand, creating the appearance of an impossible escape.
Walking On Water
In tricks that create the illusion of walking on water, performers use strategically placed clear boxes or platforms hidden beneath the water's surface. These hidden supports provide stable footing, giving the impression of walking on water.
Clever positioning and careful choreography help maintain the illusion throughout the performance, locking the audience in the moment.
The Ever Popular Floating Cup
In the floating cup trick, the magician discreetly creates a small hole in the cup, hidden from the audience's view.
By inserting their thumb into the hole, they can apply upward pressure, giving the illusion of a floating cup. The thumb acts as an unseen support, creating a captivating visual effect.
How Did Copperfield Make Lady Liberty Vanish?
In 1983, David Copperfield astounded audiences by making the Statue of Liberty vanish. With grandeur and precision, he employed a massive curtain to conceal the iconic monument while strategically aligning the audience's viewpoint.
Utilizing masterful misdirection, lighting effects, and impeccable timing, Copperfield captivated spectators, creating the illusion that the Statue of Liberty had truly vanished before their eyes.
Money Doesn't Grow On Trees...It Grows Inside Lemons
In the dollar bill in a lemon magic trick, the performer secretly hides a folded dollar bill in their hand. They then borrow a lemon, make a small incision, and deceptively conceal the note inside.
With a sleight of hand, they present the lemon to the audience, seemingly pulling out the dollar bill from inside the lemon, creating a baffling illusion.
Mind-Blowing Card Picked Trick Leaves Spectators In Awe
Set up the card-picking magic trick by arranging a face-up deck of red-backed cards and placing the matching blue-backed card on top. Flip the deck over and spread the cards.
Ask someone to choose a card, then perform a Hindu shuffle using the top two-thirds of the deck. Have them place their card on the top half, followed by the unshuffled bottom half. Spread the cards, find the blue-backed card, split the deck, and perform a double lift to reveal it as their chosen card.
Breaking and Restoring Credit Card
The trick involves bending a borrowed credit card and then applying a snapping motion with your thumbs, which resembles the sound of a snapping card and making it appear broken.
However, the card is instantly restored to its original condition when viewed from the front. Be sure to rehearse this one several times before attempting to break someone's card.
Move A Pen With The Mind
The illusion of moving a pen across a table with the mind is achieved by squatting down to the table level. Blowing on the pen unnoticed, the magician moves their hands over it and forward for an enhanced effect.
This combination creates the impression that the pen is being mysteriously moved using telekinesis.
Pencil Through A Dollar Bill
Magicians use an old, folded bill for the pen through a dollar bill trick because it's easier to manipulate.
They fold the bill in half and create a pocket by folding it in sections. They insert the pen through the fold, concealing the folded side from the audience. Finally, they reveal the bill undamaged, providing a surprising finale.
The performer wants the audience to believe that they can magically make coins disappear when they close their fist. Much to the crowd's amazement, there is no sign of it anywhere.
What actually takes place is that the coin never ends up in the closed fist. Instead it is hidden in the other hand and discretely it gets shoved into their pocket. All that is left is the magician showing their two empty palms.
Pencil Floating In The Hand
The intriguing floating pencil trick is accomplished through a clever setup. A pencil is concealed on the inside of the magician's forearm using rubber bands.
As the magician reaches out to grab a visible pencil, they smoothly slip it behind the hidden one, creating the illusion of a floating pencil.
Smash A Cup Through A Table
To an unsuspecting audience, smashing a plastic cup through a table seems impressive and quite the display of strength. The reality is just the opposite.
The magician places an upside-down cup over the ball and covers it with scrunched paper. While displaying it to the audience, they secretly drop the cup into their lap. After hitting the sheet in the shape of the cup, it is removed, revealing the ball, and the cup is picked up off the floor as if it went through the table.
Turning Water Into Ice
In a captivating display of magic, magicians seemingly transform water into ice before our very eyes.
The clever secret behind this illusion lies within a sponge concealed within the glass. As water is poured in, the sponge quietly absorbs it, leaving behind only the solid ice to astonish the audience.
Michael Jackson's Smooth Criminal Lean Was Magic Too
In the iconic Smooth Criminal video, Michael Jackson and his dancers appear to defy gravity as they lean forward without losing their balance.
This illusion was achieved by using nails in the floor, allowing them to hook their specially designed shoes onto the nails, providing stability and creating a mesmerizing visual effect.