Magic Lessons #53 – Pencil Magic Trick
I believe that any starting magicians should first go back and study the old magic books and shows; there are so many great ideas that are hidden in the history of magic. One magician I’d suggest you look into is the legendary Dai Vernon.
I take no credit for any of the moves performed in this pencil magic trick, they are all originally found in Dai Vernon’s Chinese Matches magic trick. I choose to use the pencils rather than the matches as they are much more visible.
If performing magic interests you, I’d suggest you don’t pass over this pencil magic trick as you will learn great lessons and theory that you will encounter in other many other tricks.
The only technique you will need for the pencil magic trick is a simple sleight of hand that is easy to learn and implement. The use of pencils instead of matches makes this move even easier to do than the original.
One of the main themes in the pencil magic trick is the power of misdirection. The misdirection naturally draws your audience’s attention to a focus point of your choosing making it easier to do moves without your audience suspecting a thing.
Practice and Using Rhythm:
I suggest you practice this magic trick in front of a mirror with only one of the pencils, then once you are comfortable, move on to two pencils. You will notice while practicing that your eye is naturally drawn to the second pencil upon reveal. This resides in the audience’s attention and it only takes a split second and they don’t take notice of the ‘guilty’ hand. After practicing, you will realize how powerful this the pencil magic trick is and you will become more comfortable performing it without being subconscious that the audience knows what is going on.
Remember that counting as you perform this magic trick helps create a rhythm when performing the trick. You can also encourage the audience to count a long with you to add to the natural flow of the pencil magic trick.
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