Two decks of cards are shuffled by the
magician and four spectators, all of whom participate in
shuffling the cards. One spectator freely chooses one of
the decks for the spectators, and one for the magician,
and the decks are placed into boxes labeled MY CARDS for
the Magician and YOUR CARDS for the spectators just so
there is no doubt. The spectators' cards from the YOUR
CARDS box are cut by each of the four spectators into
four piles, and from each of the four piles, each
spectator digs around and freely chooses one card face
down. The magician removes four cards from his
deck of cards. One by one, the cards are turned over
together to reveal that he has correctly divined all four
cards freely and randomly chosen by each of the four
This is a great way to involve a parent
and child together, or a brother and sister, or any two
friends. You reach into a bag and pull out two clown
marionettes, one for each of them. You demonstrate how to
work the simple cross-shaped handle, and then send them
off to practice while you go on with the show. In a few
minutes, you bring them back and announce the Dancing
Clown Contest. Music is played and the two contestants
operate their clown marionettes to make them perform and
dance. At the end, the audience decides the winner of the
contest by applause. Then the contestants make the clown
marionettes climb up the "Ladder of Success"
and climb back into their bag to find the prize that
awaits them. But no! The bag is ripped open and it is
completely empty! No prizes! No clowns! There is a loud
knocking from a box on the other side of the stage. You
open it, and to the tune of "I've Got No Strings on
Me" the two stringless marionettes appear in a pile
of prizes that can be shared with the whole audience.
You will build a sticky
"post-it" surface board on which shuffled
playing cards are randomly displayed by the spectators
who shuffled the cards. From another well-shuffled deck,
several audience members may take the deck in their hands
and pick out any random card. The "Card Board"
then is used to reveal what card was chosen, and in turn
the chosen card reveals things about the spectator who
chose it, as every good Cartomancer knows. If you do, or
want to do Cartomancy in public, this is a great
way to start your performance. Based on a 1940s
inspiration of Walter B. Gibson.
You'll spend a lot of time LOL as you
perform these Emoji Trix with giant Emoji cards, flying
Emoji saucers, Emoji masks, badges, coins and more.
You'll need special Emoji napkins to wipe the smiles off
the faces of your helpers. If you are looking to
entertain pre-teens, teen-agers and maybe some of the
cooler dudes who never grow up (like me!) then you've
come to the right place. Slap down your $5 and learn
what's up, where to get it, and how to make it happen.
Idea credited to Del Ray.
You uncover, or make appear by magic, a small bird cage
and introduce your pet bird. The bird chirps, flutters
and flits at your command. You explain that it isnt
a live bird, but a mechanical bird made by your great
grandfather, who was also a great grand-wizard, to help
him perform "mechanician magic." You inherited
the bird and every once in a blue moon, you dust him off
and let him join you in your magic performances. Then you
proceed to demonstrate the magic of the bird who can
reveal secretly chosen cards, how many spots are showing
on a die, make predictions about the future, and more. As
a BONUS, I include my "mechanician" version of
Zoltan, the side-show automated predictor. The bird can
be made for about $20, and Zoltan for about $30. No
electronics (or magi-tronics), but you must be able to
solder and glue without hurting yourself or others.
In this variation of John
Bannon's Twisted Sisters,
we use Four Jacks and Four Jills (Queens) handed to us by
a spectator from two jumbo card decks- one red-backed and
one blue-backed. One spectator chooses a particular Jill
(Hearts, Clubs, Diamonds, or Spades) and a second
spectator chooses a particular Jack. While in THEIR
hands, the two cards change places. The non-chosen cards
turn into Jokers, and for a special Gender Reveal Party
presentation, the cards give away the secret "It's a
Boy!" or "It's a Girl!" You don't have to
do the Gender Reveal part, but just in case you get
called upon to announce the happy event, you'll be ready
or "Do You Feel Lucky?"
by Jim Gerrish
A spectator takes a box of jumbo cards,
and removes one of the cards face down, without looking
at it. The chosen jumbo card is then sealed inside an
envelope and the spectator signs his name across the
seal. All of this is done in secret. The rest of the
cards are returned to the card box and the spectator then
sits with the sealed envelope during the show until the
magician is ready to perform Best Guess. Everyone
in the audience participates in this: a regular deck of
cards is shuffled by several people, face up or face
down. 11 or 12 cards are plucked from the shuffled deck.
Spectators whittle away at the smaller number of cards
one by one until at last a single card remains. No one
knows what it is, nor what jumbo card is in the envelope.
When the two cards are shown, they are found to be
identical under these seemingly impossible conditions of
people just making their best (wild) guesses. Do YOU feel
by Professor Spellbinder
random seven digit number is generated by having
spectators choose cards from Ace to Nine representing
random digits for the number. When all seven random
digits have been written on a large pad of paper,
chalkboard, or whiteboard that everyone can see, four
spectators are each dealt six more random cards from the
The four random six-digit numbers are then written on the
large pad. The four six-digit numbers are added up, both
manually and using a calculator as a check. The total is
seen below the columns of numbers on the large pad so
everyone can check the math at any time.
As proof that there are no such things as random events
in the universe, the numbers add up to that first random
million number the audience provided made up of seven
random digits. What are the odds? Incalculable!
The effect is
similar to Jolyon Jenkins Ghost Frame in the
Magi-Tronics section of the Magic Nook - https://www.magicnook.com/Magi-tronics/MT01-08GhostFrame.htm EXCEPT, no electronics are involved and
batteries are not needed.
A vintage black and white wedding photo is shown in a
simple (Dollar Store) picture frame.
As spectators watch, the image of
Grandma fades away and disappears from sight. Now her
spirit travels about the room knocking things over and
causing whatever ghostly mayhem you wish to happen. Then,
you can have Grandma return to her picture frame and
finish by removing the photo from the frame and passing
it around so everyone can see that it is just a normal
photograph. Grandpa just sits there and watches it all.
electrocardiogram (ECG) is a diagnostic tool that is
routinely used by doctors to assess the electrical and
muscular functions of the heart.
Electro-Cardio-Gram (note the two hyphens) is a
pseudo-scientific use of an Energy Stick Toy
) to locate a thought-of playing
card when it comes within reach plus other spooky
stuff like that. After we get done "fixing up the
stick" it does stuff that the other kids' Energy
Stick toys won't do; like float, spin, work with one
hand, work with no hands. All kinds of mental magic
effects are possible, as well as turning your ordinary
magic wand into a 21st century Zapper-Dapper to put some
WOW into your ordinary wonders.