Magic Lessons #57 – Nut and Bolt Trick
The Nut and Bolt Trick teaches you how to do a move called the Bobo switch, a move commonly seen practiced with coins. The shape of the bolt makes it easier to do with coins rather than bolts as the threaded section becomes a handle that is easier to grab than a coin.
This magic trick has so much going for it. For me, it seems like a nut and bolt is intrinsically funnier than a coin, I can’t really explain why I think this way. It’s similar to how some words just sound funnier than other words. For example Banana is a funnier word than apple. Taking some industrial hardware from your pocket when it is not expected may catch some people off guard.
The Nut and Bolt Trick is perfect for strolling magic as it is angle proof, wind proof and simple to perform.
Doc Eason’s Version:
If you can master the Bobo switch, I recommend you learn a routine named ‘All Screwed Up’ by Doc Eason. The routine uses the same routine seen in this tutorial but it has a series of moves added before and after it that are also very valuable.
Bar Magic Specialist:
Doc Eason specializes in bar magic. He is a professional bartender and he entertains his customers at the bar with magic tricks. This is a specialist form of magic and I believe that Doc is easily one of the best at it.
He has a video series on bar magic that I recommend you seek out. Not only is it great for finding mind blowing tricks, it is a masterclass on audience management and the art of misdirection.
The nut and bolt trick is easy to learn if you have the nut on hand in your hand and you practice while you are doing mundane activities. That’s how I learnt how to do it.
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