How to Pass Your Hand Through Glass as a Magic Trick

Comstock/Comstock/Getty Images

Things You'll Need

  • Four assistants
  • Specially cut glass
  • Window
  • Large square of paper

Magic tricks are great for impressing friends and family, and while some are easy to perform, and need only a coin or a few cards, others require a more complex setup. Complexity should not discourage you, however, especially if you are looking to make a name, or a career, for yourself as a magician. Magic tricks such as passing a part of your body through glass are just the kind of tricks to do to really stand out as a magician.

Replace the glass of the window you plan to put your arm through with your specially cut glass. Your glass should be taller than the window frame, and the bottom should have a hole cut out where you can slide your arm through. It would also be a good idea to attach two handles to the glass, for your assistants to hold, and to have a frame in which the pane of glass can slide.

Have two assistants stand outside, where the spectators are, and hold the square of paper against the bottom of the glass.

Go inside, and have your other two assistants slowly raise the pane of glass up, so that the hole in the glass rises above the bottom of the window frame.

Insert your hand slowly through the hole, and through the paper on the other side. The paper is to conceal how you do the trick.

Retract your hand and have your assistants lower the glass again.

Go around to the other side of the glass and have your assistants remove the paper, to reveal the solid pane of glass below.


About the Author

Stuart Robertson has been freelance writing since 2008, covering topics such as health, environmental issues and technology for websites such as and Environmental Graffiti. He has a bachelor's degree in political science.

Photo Credits

  • Comstock/Comstock/Getty Images