Magic Lessons #4 – Halloween Magic Trick
Halloween is Oct 31st and the perfect time for a Halloween Magic Trick!
Magicians have a name for tricks that are done with everyday objects that just happen to be around at the time.
The name for this is an impromptu magic trick.
This style of magic performance is possibly one of the strongest as the simple fact that the object that is either vanished, levitated, transformed, changes places or magically appears naturally directs people’s attention away from the thinking the secret somehow has to do with the object.
You know what I mean… that there must be magnets hidden inside or a secret trapdoor that we can’t see.
So when you pick up a coin, borrow a dollar note from someone or do something with a packet of sugar that has been on the table the whole meal then the magic trick’s effect seems so much stronger because this item obviously hasn’t been bought at a magic shop. This is the power of the impromptu magic trick.
Magic Lessons #4 – Halloween Magic Trick comes from one of the best tricks Ken and I know. It is this one that uses a drinking straw. As you see in the video tutorial I have dressed this simple magic trick by adding a little bit of theatre to it. So now you have two ways of doing this:
- As an impromptu magic trick by easily grabbing a straw and a napkin
- Or as a slightly spooky bit of theatre. Can you imagine doing this at the next Halloween party you go to. In fact this is a perfect Halloween magic trick.
- You can do it just the way I have done this in the video tutorial by downloading the print out HERE
- Print this out on a regular sheet of paper and fold it in half.
- Put the side that has II EPI EPI I facing the audience.
- This automatically lets you see the words – INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR THE EXTRA PARANORMAL INVESTIGATION INTO ENIGMATIC PSYCHIC INCIDENCES OF IMPORTANCE – printed on the back, so there is no need to remember anything.
This is why the printout looks that way: with half the words printed upside down.
You can write anything you like on the bit of paper or indeed have nothing written on it. Ken and I often do this. Why?
For 2 reasons:
- It means we don’t have to remember what is written. Simply easier for us not having to memorise it.
- It gives a motivation to be holding the piece of paper.
Always remember this.
Motivating the moves you make throughout a magic trick is one of the keys to success with your magic performance.
Try it with the page from a magazine. Just pretend to be reading an article on the side facing you that says… “spooky mind readers are being issued with straws this week… oh look, there’s one here”… and do the trick.
Try making the straw spin 360 degrees.
Try it one handed too. Ken and I often find that works really well.
Those pre-wrapped straws are perfect.
If you have one of those handy, just say …“Watch!” … and you have the perfect Halloween magic trick.
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