Some magic tricks look amazing but are actually very simple and fun to perform. With plenty of practice doing a magic trick can be fairly easy, and you can impress your family or any audience. The coin trick is good place to start since it can look impressive and is very effective; you can fool anyone. Once you have mastered the basics of this trick, you will be able to adapt it to suit your style.
Things You'll Need
Tell your audience that you're going to do a coin trick to get them excited and ready to watch your performance. This trick is as much about performance as it is about technique.
Place your coin on the table. Explain to your audience what you are doing, but be careful not to let them in on the illusion. Press down on the coin with your index, middle and third finger, then slide the coin towards you, keeping your arm parallel to the table; the coin should be completely covered up.
Slide the coin off the table so it falls into your lap. Bring your thumb to your middle finger as if you are going to pick the coin up as it reaches the edge of the table. Keep all of your fingers closed.
Look where the coin should be and whilst you are doing this, slowly move your hand away from your back to about 5 inches above where the coin originally was.
Start moving your thumb in a circular movement as if the coin is disappearing. Slowly turn your hand around and spread your fingers apart.
Turn your hand to the audience, and show them the coin has now disappeared.
Use magic words to convey that the trick is complete; examples include words such as "abracadabra" and "presto." Act surprised and play along with the illusion; people are more likely to believe this trick if you act like you believe it yourself.
Stay calm -- audiences love magic tricks, but if you do go wrong, start again, as trying to cover it up can make it worse. Create a story -- taking simple tricks and adding an interesting story can work like magic. Tell jokes -- this will keep the audience's eyes on your mouth instead of your hands. Start with simple magic tricks and build up to the more complicated tricks.
Practice in front of a mirror before showing anyone -- the more you practice, the more realistic it will look, and the more likely you'll be able to fool your audience.
Caroline Wood has enjoyed a career in writing since 1981 and has written articles for the Manchester Evening News and "Plush Magazine." She holds a B.A. in English language and a BTEC National Diploma in English and social care.