Hot Magic & Parlor Tricks How-Tos

How To: Light a Cigarette with an Empty Lighter

Need a smoke, but no one has any matches and your lighter is fresh out of fuel? This how-to video has got a cool trick you can perform to light your cigarette if you ever run out of lighter fluid. Despite the lighter being out of gas, you can still make a fire to light your cig. All you need is the lighter and a sheet of toilet paper.

How To: Perform the All Sorted card trick

Want to learn a great card trick that will really fool your friends? All you need is a deck of cards to perform this cool trick! You will need one deck of cards. Sometimes we use materials that require adult supervision... like scissors so make sure you have friends and family around whenever you do magic tricks. 1. Take a deck of cards and remove all of the face cards (Jacks, Queens, and Kings) and Aces. Separate the cards by suit (hearts, clubs, spades, diamonds) so you have four piles. Eac...

How To: Perform the "floating can" magic trick

Magic Trick: The Floating Can Have you ever heard of the Masked Magician? With the television series Magic's Biggest Secrets Finally Revealed, the so-called Masked Magician (Val Valentino) revealed secret after secret of the magicians repertoire. Valentino creates “the magic” then proceeds to reveal the reality of the illusions before a captivated television audience.

How To: Perform the magnetic paper clips magic trick

Have fun performing this trick at school…all you'll need are a couple of paper clips! You will need two paper clips and a magnet. Sometimes we use materials that require adult supervision... like scissors, so make sure you have friends and family around whenever you do magic tricks. 1. Hide the magnet underneath the fingers of your right hand by curling your fingertip over it. Magicians call this a finger palm.

How To: Do "Continuous Middle Backaround 1.5" pen spinning

Interested in pen spinning? Want to pick up a few moves? Pen spinning is the skilled movement of a writing instrument or pen with one's hands. It is used as a source of self entertainment (often for students), but there is a great deal of pen spinning culture (competitions, websites, etc.). Watch this pen spinning tutorial video and learn how to perform the "Continuous Middle Backaround 1.5" move.

How To: Do a "color-changing deck" trick with gimmick cards

Aspiring card shark? Sink your pearly whites into this easy, impressive illusion. In this free video magic lesson from YouTube user experthowto, you'll learn how to perform a simple "color-changing deck" trick using gimmick cards. For more information, including a step-by-step breakdown of the trick, watch this prestidigitator's guide.

How To: Perform the "rope through the neck" trick

This video starts off with a magician performing a trick that he will teach. You are going to need a length of rope or a scarf to do this trick. The rope or scarf should be about five feet long. Put the rope behind your head so the sides are hanging normally down your chest. You’ll want the rope that is on the left side hanging a little lower then the right. Reach with the right hand and grab the rope high on your chest. With the left hand grab the rope on the right side making sure your left...

How To: Do the impressive super fast color change card trick

Hey folks, learn how to perform one of the fastest (not to mention easiest) card tricks in the world! See how to do the super fast color change card trick. There's no real magic here, just a little sleight of hand, or a lot of it. If you're fast enough, this color change will amaze anyone. Magician or no magician, anyone can do this impressive color changing card trick.

How To: Perform the Faro Shuffle card trick

To do the Faro shuffle card trick, first divide the deck in half. With practice you should be able to accurately make an even division. Hold your left hand underneath the deck and your right hand on top of the deck. Use the two halves to square up the deck. Go in on an angle, intertwining the cards. Make them meet on the bottom and apply a little bit of pressure to them. They will naturally intertwine. Spread out the cards on a table in two columns to check your shuffling technique. You can a...

How To: Make a Coin Jump from Hand to Hand with Magic

In this tutorial, learn a funky magic trick that you can perform anywhere. In this video, you will see exactly how to flip a coin just right so that it appears to have jumped from one closed hand to another. This process is really simple, but will require some practice. So, feel free to rewind the video if you need more help. Have fun!

How To: Perform a Cut and Restore Rope magic trick

This rope trick will have your audience asking "how'd you do that?" You will need a length of think rope about 3-4 feet long and a pair of scissors. Sometimes we use materials that require adult supervision... like scissors so make sure you have friends and family around whenever you do magic tricks.

How To: Do the "snap vanish" card trick

Learn how to do the "snap vanish" card trick. This magic card trick will make a card disappear just by snapping your fingers. It's a pretty simple trick for anyone, if you're a fast enough magician. The snap vanish works with a coin and a little sleight of hand.

How To: Perform the liquid transfer bar trick

This nifty little bar trick is sure to win you a free drink. What you'll need is two shot glasses, two quarters and some liquid to put in one of the shot glasses. Now, bet someone that you can transfer the liquid from the full shooter glass to the empty shooter glass without touching either of the two glasses.

How To: Con a bartender out of $20 with a magic trick

Learn how to pull an awesome con in the bar with magician Brian Brushwood. Brian Bushwood is an American magician known for his bizarre magic and bar tricks. Watch this instructional video from Scam School to learn this con/magic trick. This magic trick is a sweet con. All you need is a bartender, a $20 bill, a pint glass, a lighter, a napkin, and a friend. You'll impress your friends with the sheer magic of it, and be $20 ahead.

How To: Perform the Let's Do Lunch card magic trick

Performing close-up card trick magic in a business environment can be one of the most lucrative envrionements in which to do so. This trick, called Let's Do Lunch, is perfect for just such a setting as it integrates the business cards that your audience are sure to have in abundance. It requires no set-up and only minimal sleight of hand, but produces a great effect. This tutorial video will have ou performing it in no time.

How To: Catch Money on Fire Without Actually Burning It

If you want to convince your friends that money is not an issue, then you can just burn it for real like Walter White. But if you don't really want to destroy your hard-earned cash, this burn trick is perfect for you. It just takes some basic chemistry and a few materials, such as salt, water, alcohol, tongs, and a source of fire. And of course—money.

How To: Make a homemade fire ball

Goodness gracious—miniscule balls of fire! This video presents a guide to preparing small combustible balls of fabric — fireballs that, if you have no regard for your personal safety or that of those around you, can be held in the palm of your hand! For a complete overview of the process, watch this free video pyromaniac's guide.

How To: Do basic false shuffles for magic card tricks

This is an instructional video on how to perform card shuffles that allow you to place particular cards at the top or bottom of the deck and how to keep them that way. False shuffles, such as the riffle shuffle and Hindu shuffle, are important for card magicians to create the illusion of shuffling cards, without losing track of a desired card or cards. Watch this video magic tutorial and learn how to do basic false and riffle shuffles for card tricks.

How To: Spin a pencil

This is a cool video tutorial teaching you different ways for how to spin a pencil/pen on your fingers. By using your thumb, index finger, and middle finger, while keeping in mind the weight balance, you will be able to learn how to do this trick with the easy steps that he provides. And with these techniques you can even twirl a banana or a screwdriver. Watch this video tutorial and learn how to spin a pencil.

How To: Perform the instant sort card trick with ease

This trick is great for beginning magicians! A very simple concept: You mix up the deck, mixing face up and face down cards, and then you sort them instantly with just a little bit of magic. In this video you'll see a demonstration for the trick and then a great, step-by-step, tutorial on how to perform the trick and some techniques to get you going.

How To: Perform the magic paper tree trick

Take out your wand and get ready to give it a whirl…'cause conjurer Ryan Oakes is going to show you how to make an awesome magic paper tree! All you need is a newspaper, scotch tape and scissors! Sometimes we use materials that require adult supervision... like scissors so make sure you have friends and family around whenever you do magic tricks.

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