Magic Lessons #6 – Knife Magic Trick
This knife magic trick is super safe and super tricky. It uses a regular old dining knife plus we use the paddle move we learnt back at in Magic Lessons #5 – Paddle Move.
More importantly it teaches us a great magic rule, in fact probably the greatest magic rule of all.
The greatest magic rule of all states:
You can break any magic rule if it makes the magic trick work better and your audience has a better experience because of it.
That is exactly what we are going to do here today.
We are going to break the rule that says: Never repeat a magic trick more than once.
This is a slight variation on that as we are repeating the magic paddle move more than once … way more than once. Closer to twenty times.
Hang on, you say. How can this be? How can we do a magic sleight that many times and not get caught out?
Because the magic sleight we use – the magic paddle move – is such a classic of magic. The reason it has been around for thousands of years is that it works so well.
Add to that.
This knife magic trick is jam packed full of fast magic. It just goes pow, pow, pow! All the same move, all one after the other. It truly looks magical.
Try to get a rhythm going when you do the magic paddle moves on your audience. Don’t rush, but keep it singing along so the magic moments keep popping before any audiences minds can ever hope to catch on to what you are doing.
Add to that this is can be an impromptu magic trick as it works well with a table knife and some torn pieces of paper dipped in water. The knife magic trick can work well especially before a meal as people are waiting for their food. Give this trick a try next time you are bored at a restaurant!
Be Prepared For Impromptu Magic:
As we discussed in previous magic lessons, these sort of magic tricks have an extra layer of conviction about them because they use household objects that seem as un-magical as you can get.
Keep a set of these little sticky spots in your iPhone case – you would always be ready for a nearly impromptu magic trick at any time.
Tear up some small bits of post it notes, slice some very thin circles of carrot and moisten them. Some small wads of gum often work well too. Let your imagination run free.
So feel free to break any magic rules if you can make the magic experience for your audience greater by doing so.
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