Instructions for the magic.
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!
Your money transformer can do all sorts of cool tricks. It can 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!
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!
3. CHANGING ONE COIN INTO ANOTHER
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!
4.THE SPIKED COIN
The spiked coin comes with a cylinder (in two parts), five spikes, and the coin. To do this amazing trick, you will need to open the cylinder and place the coin that came with your kit or a real coin into the round section on the bottom of the cylinder, and then cover it with the top. Make sure that the top goes on correctly. You will see a notch in the bottom part that fits into any of the four recesses on the top part. Placing the two parts together like this will ensure that the holes on both the bottom and top part are aligned properly. You are now going to place the five spikes into the holes on the top and they will pass all the way through the coin and out of the bottom of the cylinder! Well, not really! You are going to place the first spike in such a way, that the coin will turn sideways within the cylinder allowing the spikes to pass on all sides of it. Hold the cylinder with the top holes facing you. If the cylinder were a clock, one of the four outer holes should be facing the six o’clock position. Place the first spike into this hole. As the spike touches the coin it will push its outer edge down and force the coin to turn on its side. You will know if this was done correctly if the spike goes all the way through the bottom, and if you can now see all the other bottom holes through the top.You will now place the next spike into the center hole. Then proceed to place all the other spikes into the other holes. After all the spikes are placed, take them out one at a time and then open the cylinder and immediately tip out the coin to show that it is unharmed!
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!
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!
9.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 is 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!”
10.THE MAGIC MONEY CRYSTAL TUBE
The Crystal Tube is actually made up of two tubes. Before your show, place the smaller tube inside of the larger one. No one is supposed to know about this secret insert! When you are ready to perform, sit down at a table and roll or fold up a dollar bill and place it inside of the inner tube. Now roll the tubes inside of a piece of paper with the opening of the tubes facing your right. Now twist the left end of the tube as you turn the right side towards yourself. Secretly allow the inner plastic tube with the hidden dollar bill to slip out of the paper and into your lap! Then, twist the other end closed. Now, make a magical gesture or say a few magic words, and then open the paper. The dollar bill will be gone! If you want you can have the spectator open the paper instead and as he is doing that you can place the tube on your lap into your pocket. After the trick you can put your hand in your pocket and slide the dollar bill out of the inner tube and hand it to them for an even more impressive ending!
Place two dollar bills inside an envelope. During your show, open the envelope and remove one of the dollar bills, being careful that the audience does not see the second dollar bill. Close up the envelope and put it off to the side. Put the dollar bill into your tube and wrap it in a sheet of paper, letting the inner tube fall into your lap. Tell the audience that this time-traveling trick takes ten seconds. Do a countdown from 10 to 1, then open up the paper to reveal that the dollar bill has vanished. Open the envelope to show the dollar bill inside and say, “It traveled back in time!”
If you don’t want to use money, you can use your tube to make just about anything vanish that will fit into it. A favorite of many professionals who use this item is to make a small handkerchief vanish that has been stuffed into the tube. Use your imagination as to what you could make vanish!
13.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!
Along with your specially printed card you’ll need a selection of coins. Get together a penny, nickel and quarter . Show your audience the card and coins and get them to guess which is the largest coin that can fit into the picture of the tabletop without overlapping the edges. They will be amazed to find that even the smallest coin won’t fit! This astonishing optical illusion is a fun piece to do in the middle of your show.
MAGIC WITH EVERYDAY OBJECTS
15.THE LINKING PAPER CLIP
For this wild effect, you’ll need two paper clips and a dollar bill. If you don’t have a dollar you can use any currency or a piece of paper. Fold the bill into an “S” shape and clip it together with the open end of the dollar clipped to one side of the inside fold and the other end of the dollar clipped to one side of the other inside fold. Now pull the ends of the paper apart- the two paper clips will fly into the air and link together all by themselves!
16.THE JUMPING RUBBER BAND
You’ll need, surprise, surprise, a rubber band to perform this neat little effect. Put the rubber band over your first and second fingers. Make sure that your palm is facing you and the back of your hand is toward the audience. Curl your fingers down into a fist, but as you do, pull the rubber band out towards you and slip all of your fingers inside of it, letting the rubber band rest against the bottom part of your fingers, near the nail. From the front where your helpers are watching, it will appear as though the band were around just the first two fingers. Say a magic word and straighten your fingers out. The band will magically hop onto your third and little fingers!
17.THE TRAPPED JUMPING RUBBER BAND
If you twist another rubber band around the tips of your fingers as shown, it will appear as though the first rubber band cannot escape. But, astonishingly, if you perform the moves as you did in the previous effect, the effect will still work! This is a good follow-up to the trick, as you are repeating the trick under even more difficult conditions!
Another great follow-up to the previous tricks involves two different colored rubber bands. Put one over your first two fingers and one over your third and little fingers. Close your hand into a fist, fingers towards you, and put all four fingers into both rubber bands. Now, when you straighten out your fingers the rubber bands will change places. This will even work with a third band twisted around your fingertips, as in the trapped rubber band trick, making for a very baffling mystery indeed!
19.RING UP RUBBER BAND
Even a broken rubber band can be used to create magic! Borrow a ring from an audience member and put it on your broken rubber band. Now grip the band in the center with one hand, keeping the rest hidden in your hand. With your other hand, stretch out the band so that it is sloping upwards. The ring should be at the bottom of the slope, nearer to the hand with the hidden portion of rubber band. Now slowly let the band slip between your fingers, releasing the portion you concealed. The ring will creep uphill in a very magical way! The slower you let the band come out from your hand, the slower and more magical the creeping action will be.
20.THE UNBROKEN TOOTHPICK
For this trick, you will need a cloth napkin with hem, and two toothpicks (not included in the set). Before the performance, you need to secretly put one of the toothpicks (toothpick A) into the hem of the cloth. To begin, you will lay out the piece of cloth and place the other toothpick (toothpick B) at the center of the piece of cloth. Now fold the piece of cloth around toothpick B and seemingly hold onto it. In fact, you are secretly holding onto toothpick A in the hem of the cloth while toothpick B is left free inside the cloth. Now ask a volunteer to break the toothpick through the piece of cloth (actually you will let the volunteer break toothpick A inside the hem. Make sure that they confirm that they have broken the toothpick by feeling that it really broken. Now open the piece of cloth and magically show the volunteer toothpick B which is not broken.
21.THE SNEAKY COUNT
Get ten toothpicks and on one of them make a tiny secret mark on both sides so that you can tell this one apart from the others. Make the mark as small as possible with a pencil so that you are the only one who knows it is there. During your show, bring out the ten toothpicks and put them out in a line side by side. Make that your secretly marked toothpick is the first one on the left hand end of the row. That means the secret marked toothpick is on your left, but your audience’s right. Say that you will turn your back and that one of them is to move a number of toothpicks between one and ten, one at a time, from their right to their left end of the row. This means the first toothpick they will move is the secret toothpick. When they have finished, turn back and say, “As impossible as it might seem I’m going to tell you just how many toothpicks you moved!” As you say this, look for your secretly marked toothpick and counting it as ‘one’ count how many there are to the right end (your right) of the row and then tell them that’s how many were moved! NOTE: if the marked toothpick ends up on your far right side, then they moved only one. If the marked toothpick is still on the far left, that means they moved all ten toothpicks!
22.THEE PEPPER TRICK
For this trick, you will need some water, some soap, some regular pepper, a dish (not included in this set). Before the performance, secretly rub soap on your fingers. To begin, put some water in a dish, and then put some regular pepper, Ask a volunteer from the audience to try to separate the pepper and the water by hand. Of course it will be impossible. Now when you put your fingers (with soap) in to the water the pepper will magically separate to the edge of the dish.
23.WATER AND ICE
For this trick, you will need a cup, a wand, a sponge, some water and some ice cubes (not included). Before the performance, place the sponge into the cup at the bottom, and put some ice cubes inside the cup on top of the sponge. You need to find a sponge that will fit well in the cup so that it will not fall out when you tilt the cup upside down. To begin, pour a little bit of water in the cup, wave your wand over the cup and say “Hocus-Pocus!”.The water will be soaked and contained in the sponge. Now tilt the cup and pour out the ice cubes. It appears that you have magically turned the water into ice cubes.
You will need 5 pieces of paper and a pencil for this trick (not included in this set). Before the performance, you will need to secretly write the words red, yellow, green, pink and blue individually on 5 pieces of paper. Now you need to fold up the 5 pieces of paper separately and place them one in each of your pockets located through out your pant, shirt or jacket. You must remember which written color is in which pocket. To begin, you will ask a volunteer to select one of the 5 colors: red, yellow, green, pink and blue; and think about that color he/she chooses in mind. Ask them what color they have selected; when the volunteer tells you the color he/she selected, you will magically pull the correct piece of paper show the color that he/she chose from one of your pockets. Tell him/her that you had magically predicted his/her chosen color.
25.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 onto 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!
26. UPSIDE DOWN PRESIDENT
Take out a dollar bill. Hold it with the Washington’s head right-side up, so your helper can see it. Fold the dollar bill in half by folding your right side (the audiences left) towards them. Next, fold it in half from top to bottom towards them. Finally, fold it half once more from your right (the audiences left) towards them. Say, “All this folding must be making the president a little dizzy.” Take a look at your dollar bill. If done correctly, the dollar bill’s open end should be on your left, as you look at it. Now, say a few magic words or make a magical gesture and then unfold the dollar bill by sticking your left thumb in between the front and back sides of the dollar bill (on the left) and holding the front side (the part facing the audience) with your thumb and first two fingers of your left hand. Now, with your right thumb and first two fingers, open the back part of the dollar bill (the side facing you) from your left towards your right. From your point of view, the dollar bill’s open ends should now be facing down as well as to your right and you should see an upside down number in the right-hand bottom corner. Now, with the thumb and first fingers of your left hand, hold the back part of the dollar bill (the side facing you) and with your right thumb and first fingers lift up the front of the dollar bill (towards the audience) from bottom to top. After you do that, the dollar bill’s open end should now be facing the right. And you should see two upside down numbers on the right side of the dollar bill. The last step is to take your right thumb and first two fingers and hold the back part of the dollar bill (the side facing you) and use your left thumb and first two fingers to open the dollar bill going from the audiences left to their right. George Washington should now be upside down!