Passť Turvey Christmas Trees
By Professor Spellbinder

This effect makes use of some home-made Christmas Trees, so I suppose it is rather limited to the Christmas season. The trees are cones of construction paper, decorated with bits of material cut from Christmas decorative garlands, plus some sparkly stars and whatever else you want to use. One tree will be traditional green, which the other tree will be white. Other colors will also work for the trees, but these will be the most recognizable as Christmas trees after you finish making them.

Dollar Store Trees as of 2010! They work great!

The covers are also made of construction paper, decorated with candy cane stripes, or other festive colors and symbols.

Effect: A white tree and green tree are shown, and empty covers are placed on top of each. The trees are then made to exchange places beneath the covers, back and forth.

A spectator chooses one of the trees and covers and after examining both, places the tree on his outstretched palm and covers it, placing the other palm on top of the cover. The magician takes the tree that is left and does the same. Both magician and spectator turn their covers over three times, and the magician’s tree never ends up exactly the same as the spectators. If the spectator’s tree is right side up, the magician’s tree will be upside down, and vice versa.

As a grand finale, both trees are lifted up and a shower of Christmas candies tumbles out of each tree into a bowl to be passed out to the audience.

So easy that even a child can make the props and perform the trick. I think I was eight years old at the time. Not a Christmas season passes by without my making up a new one and performing it all over again. I'm getting rather good with all this practice.



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