Easy Magic Tricks to Do at Home

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Magic tricks can be great entertainment for children and adults alike. Although much of the magic you see on television or in live shows may take months of practice and specific skills to master, there are many easy magic tricks that most people can learn to do at home that will impress friends and family. Many of these tricks do not require any special equipment or unusual skills and can be learned in just a few minutes.

Magic Number

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Arrange 11 cards face down, in a specific order on a table. The cards should be laid out left to right in the following order: Six, five, four, three, two, ace, jack, ten, nine, eight, seven. The cards must be arranged in this specific order, according to Brainteaser-World.com. Ask a volunteer to come up to the table and move any number of cards they wish, one at a time, from the right end to the left. Turn your back so they can move them without you seeing them. When they are done, turn around and wave your hands over the cards as you count seven cards over from the left and flip the seventh card over. The number on the card will indicate how many cards they moved. If the card is a jack, they did not move any cards or they moved them all.

The Disappearing Coin

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You will need a pencil, glue, a clear glass, a coin, colored construction paper and a handkerchief to perform the disappearing coin trick, according to KidZone.ws. To set up the trick, trace the opening of the glass on a piece of construction paper and cut out the circle. Rub some glue around the rim of the glass and glue the cutout circle to the opening of the glass. Lay another sheet of the same colored construction paper on the table so that when the glass is set upside down on the paper it will blend in. Lay a coin a few inches to the side of the glass on the paper. Tell the audience that you will make the coin disappear. Wave the handkerchief in the air and place it over the glass, at the same time moving the glass over the coin. Cover the glass completely and say some magic words. Pull the handkerchief off the glass and the coin will seem to have disappeared.

The Envelope

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Give a piece of paper and pen to your volunteer. Tell the volunteer you are writing down a number. Write down a four-digit number that is two times the current year. For example, in the year 2000 the number would be 4000. Place your number in an envelope, seal it and hand it to the volunteer. Now ask the volunteer to write down answers to the following questions. First ask them to write how old they will be at the end of the current year, and then ask them to write down a year that a significant event happened in their life. Next, ask them to write down the year they were born. Finally, ask them to write how many years it’s been since the significant event happened. Have them total the numbers and then ask them to open the envelope. The answer will be the same.


About the Author

Lee Morgan is a fiction writer and journalist. His writing has appeared for more than 15 years in many news publications including the "Tennesseean," the "Tampa Tribune," "West Hawaii Today," the "Honolulu Star Bulletin" and the "Dickson Herald," where he was sports editor. He holds a Bachelor of Science in mass communications from Middle Tennessee State University.

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