Magical Ball of Paper
Present a small ball of
paper to an audience member. Ask him to inspect it, then have
it placed in the middle of your palm. Close your hand into a
fist and open it again. The little ball disappears
mysteriously. Close and open it again, and the pellet
reappears much to the amusement of the audience. This can be
done several times.
Secret: Before the
presentation, stick a small piece of beeswax to the nail of
your third finger. When closing your hand, grab the pellet
with the third finger. When opening your hand again, show it
at the proper angle so the paper ball is not shown.
Dirt in Eyes
The performer holds his
eyes open while audience members dump buckets of dirt in them.
He twitches for a second, then tears stream down his face, but
his vision is fine.
Secret: The secret
is to microwave the dirt to kill bacteria, and to use large
Dry as Water
Fill a fish bowl to the rim
with water and ask someone from the audience to drop a coin in
it. Dip your hand in the bowl. Retrieve the coin and show that
your hand is still dry.
Secret: To perfect
this stunt, sprinkle some Lycopodium powder on the surface of
the water. This powder has no adhesives so it will keep the
water away when you plunge your hand in.
Name the Card
Put a deck of cards in a
large clear glass. Hold the glass at armís length with the
cards facing the audience. Mysteriously you are able to name
each card before removing it from the deck.
Secret: You need a
small mirror that you attach to a ring painted flesh color. A
dental one is perfect. The ring/mirror is placed on the index
of the hand that holds the glass, facing the front of the
card. This effect can also be done if you stick a small
mirror on a piece of beeswax which is set on the tip of the
index finger. Hold the finger in front of the
card, so that the card is reflected in the mirror.
Place the queen of hearts
on the back of your hand. Prop it up against a sewing needle
that you hold behind the card between the index and third
finger. People cannot see a sewing needle from three feet
away, so it looks like the queen is balanced on the back of
One Good Apple
The performer has a bag of
apples placed on a table. He explains to the audience that
with intense concentration anyone can break an apple from stem
to core with the bare hands. The performer chooses an
apple from the bag and gives a few to the volunteers who want
to try. To show them he holds the apple straight up, putting
one hand on one side, the other on the other side, and twists
in opposite directions. While everybody is trying
unsuccessfully, his apple breaks in half.
Secret: This feat is
more than technique because the apple has been altered.
Prior to the demonstration, the performer pushed a long thin
needle through the stem and into the core. By moving the
needle from side to side and close to the skin it cuts the
inside of the apple in half. After this stunt, the
performer can impress the audience even more. He can give a
tricked apple to a volunteer explaining it only takes complete
concentration to increase strength. When the volunteer
succeeds, the performerís feat is proven.