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 four aces card trick

Impress all of your friends with some card magic, or as others like to say, card manipulation or card trick. You don't need to be a magician to learn the illusion of magic with a deck of playing cards. See for yourself how easy it is to learn... watch this video tutorial to see how to perform the four aces card trick, where you pick cards randomly out of the deck, put them into four piles and reveal four aces on the top of each pile.

How To: Split an apple in half with one finger

Apples are delicious and nutritious, but do you ever find that you want to cut one in half but don't have a knife? How will you ever split the apple with whomever you're with? You can. This video will show you how to split an apple in half pretty cleanly using one finger as a blade. All you do is put one forefinger on the top of the apple and bang on it with your other hand a couple times. The apple will split before you finger does, and you'll have to clean halves on an apple!

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: Push a Coin Through the Bottom of a Glass

This magic trick requires no equipment or setup and is sure to wow the crowd in any bar. The magician appears to thrust a coin upwards through the bottom of a pint glass, when really they use a French transfer to switch the coin to their other hand and drop it into the top of the glass with the hand that is holding the glass.

How To: Chug a Beer

It doesn't take much skill to drink beer fast, but to chug an entire beer in one gulp is an art. Learn how to execute this bar trick by picking up a few simple techniques. Start watching and start chugging.

How To: Mind read with three questions

This trick is a form of "mentalism". This is done by asking three questions, and writing your answers on three separate pieces of paper. A mentalist first asks you a personal question, but instead of writing the 'answer' to that question, he writes the answer to the final 'easy' question...thereby getting a hidden jump on the answers making you think he is reading your mind. But in fact it is a trick.

How To: Make a card rise magic trick

Ever wanted to know how the famous rising card trick works? This video reveals the secret so that you can do it for yourself. All you need is a pack of these specially-made cards. If you don't want to know how this trick works, then please do not watch the video. Make a card rise magic trick.

How To: Perform the amazing vanishing salt shaker magic trick

Impress your friends by "screwing up" an attempt to make a coin disappear -- and instead making an entire salt shaker go through the table! For this trick you will need a salt or pepper shaker, a stiff napkin, a coin, and a table. This magic trick takes a little bit of misdirection, but has amazing results. Watch this video magic tutorial and learn how to do a disappearing salt shaker trick.

How To: Perform the "Out of Order" card trick

This is a video tutorial on how to perform the "Out of Order" card trick. For the trick, you need a deck of cards. The effect of the trick is that after showing the deck to the spectator, the performer deals out the deck into 3 piles. He collects all the piles and makes a new deck. Then he cuts the cards and deals out the deck in the same way one more time. Then he makes a new deck and deals the cards into 12 piles. Every 13th card is an ace and all the piles have all the numbers together i.e...

How To: Balance on a rolla bolla

Watch this instructional video to learn how to balance on a rolla bolla. A rolla bolla has two parts, the roller and the board. To begin with place the roller on the ground, it helps if you use some kind of carpeted surface or something like that when you're beginning, that will help slow down the rolling and make it easier to balance. Next take the board and place it on top of the roller, with the roller about two-thirds of the way up the board. Place your left foot on the lower end of the r...

How To: Perform the Last 3 card trick

For this tutorial we are picking three Aces because they are the easiest to remember. Make 4 piles of cards. First pile is ten cards. Second pile is 15 cards. Third pile is 15 cards. The last pile will be 9. Take the Ace of Spades (the example card),put it on one pile and put any number of cards on top. Take the Ace of Hearts (another example card), put it on the second pile and put any number of cards on top. Take the last Ace put it on top and put the last pile on top of that one. Stack the...

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: 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...

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