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The contents of this section
are dangerous. Misuse of the material can cheapen an art form
or at the very least make you look stupid. More importantly,
misuse of this information may result in jail time or death.
Do not attempt any of these tricks without the direct
supervision of a responsible professional.
The Paper Boil
Make a cup from a tightly
folded piece of paper and fill it half way with water. Bring a
lit candle underneath it. The water will start boiling but the
cup won’t catch fire.
Glass and Science
Position a glass bottle in
front of a lit candle. If you blow against the bottle, the
candle flame goes out, even though you blow against a “wall.”
The air currents from your
breath are divided, but they join on the opposite side of the
bottle to extinguish the flame.
Bend a Nail with Your Hands
To start, choose a light penny
nail. After a few successful sessions, you’ll be able to use
stronger and bigger caliber nails. Place the nail on a piece
of cloth, like a bandana or handkerchief, and wrap each end of
it. The more wrapping you do, the safer it will be for your
hands and the better grip you’ll get on it.
This done, place the wrapped
nail on your leg above a bent knee. By pushing each end down,
bend it in the middle. Nails are easier to bend than most
A Quarter is Too Heavy to Lift
You need a hard cover book, a
regular wineglass, a bandana, and a quarter.
Place the book flat in the palm
of one hand and hold it with the thumb. Put the wine glass on
top of the book and spread the bandana on top to cover
everything. Ask someone if he can
lift the glass, which of course he can.
Now put a quarter inside the
glass and spread the bandana to cover everything again. Under
cover of the bandana, secretly move your index finger to hold
the foot of the glass firmly with the thumb.
When the person is asked to
lift it again, he will have difficulty doing it, as though
weight has been added to the glass.
Before showing the glass and
book again, replace your index finger to its original
This is a bar bet I actually
saw take place one time in Australia.
Sitting in a booth next to me
were a tourist and an Aussie hustler. The hustler broke the
ice with a story about how his father was driving down the
road and hit a kangaroo. His father propped it up and put his
jacket on the roo so he could get a picture taken with it.
Right when he was preparing to pose, the kangaroo’s eyes
popped open and he hopped away into the bush wearing the
jacket. He had only been stunned.
After a few beers, the hustler
stuck the handle of a spoon between his teeth and tried
rapping the spoon’s end on the table. He took it out of his
mouth and said: “It sure is difficult to hit something hard
with the spoon between the teeth.”
When it was time to order
another beer, the hustler proposed that whoever can hit the
other the hardest on the head with the spoon wins a beer. He
told the tourist to put the spoon in his mouth. The hustler
lowered his head and said: “OK, hit me as hard as you can.”
The tourist tried but it hurt his teeth. When it was the
hustler’s turn, and the tourist lowered his head, a friend of
the hustler’s came up from behind with a spoon in his hand and
smacked the tourist sharply on the head. Since his head was
down, he didn’t know he was hit from behind, so he paid for
the beer. It’s amazing what people will do to get a free beer!
There is no trick that I have
seen more times than my dad’s favorite prediction.
This trick is so simple that
I’m worried that you might slap me after reading it. So before
you raise a hand to take a swat at my face, try it.
Like my daddy used to say,
“This will baffle’em.”
When guests visited, my father
would point to an envelope with an ashtray on top of it and
say: “Before you came over tonight I wrote a prediction on
that envelope.” He’d pick up salt and pepper shakers and say:
“These two shakers look exactly alike, except for the initials
on top. I want you to choose the “S” or the “P.” After the
selection, dad would go to the envelope and prove that he had
predicted the right choice. At first, his friends would
protest that he had a 50/50 chance. So my father told them
that any time they came over he would have the envelope
waiting. So from then on, every time they came over he would
do it with different items like two cards “Pick the King Or
the Jack,” or “Pick either mustard or ketchup.” It didn’t
matter, my father was always right.
Sorry dad, but I’m going to give
the family secret away.
He would select two items ahead
of time. Let’s say quarters with different dates. He’d write one
date on the envelope, and the other date on a piece of paper
that he put inside the envelope. He’d set the envelope on the
table with the date side facing down, and place the ashtray on
top of it. It didn’t matter which one they picked. If it was the
date on the envelope, he would take the ashtray off and turn it
over. If they picked the date on the paper, he would just reach
in and pull it out.
With both bets covered, Pop’s
scam was better than 50/50!
The next time someone asks you
for a light, reach into your pocket and produce a flaming
match from a matchbook.
To do this feat, have a
prepared matchbook in your pocket. Bend a match forward from the
top folder, then close it behind the bent match. When
reaching for the matchbook, hold the back with your fingers, and
press firmly the head of the bent match with your thumb on the
striking surface until the match is lit.
Be careful, there have been many
accidents to sensitive parts of the body due to the matches
igniting in the pocket.
Smoke Produced From Sleeve
Anybody can blow smoke down a
sleeve and make it come out of the other one.
Get a soft rubber tubing long
enough to reach comfortably to each wrist under your long sleeve
shirt. Make sure you can move your arms naturally. Tape each end
of the tubing on your wrists, facing the palms of your hands.
Now lift your right hand and blow the smoke through the tube. It
will look like the smoke comes out of the other sleeve.
Put a plastic cup full of water
on top of a napkin on a table. With a sharp jerk, the napkin
can be pulled from under the cup without knocking it down.
Create an artificial blizzard
with a wine glass and paper napkins.
Tear a paper napkin into small
pieces. Take a good quality wine glass and rub it awhile with a
silk scarf. Make sure all parts are rubbed. Now place the glass
upside down and let the pieces of tissue paper drop down on the
glass. They will stick to the glass. Once the electricity effect
wears off, the scraps will jump off the glass.
One Through Ten
Here is a guessing trick that
you will get right every time.
Tell someone that you can read
his mind. Ask him to think of a number between one and ten and
not to tell you what it is. Wait a few seconds and say: “OK,
did you think of one?” They always say yes and you always win.
hustler asks a mark
if he’d bet a game of face-up draw poker.
He spreads a fifty-two card
deck face up on the table and says: “I will reach in and pick
out any five cards I want and then you reach in and pick out
any five cards you want.” The hustler says the dupe wins in
the event of a tie, and that he’ll let the dupe take his cards
last. They agree the suits are all of the same value. Since
the opponent gets to go last on both—deal and draw—it will
seem like a sure bet for him to at least get a tie.
The best hand in poker is a
royal flush, and to get a tie, all the dupe has to do is take
a royal flush in another suit.