Hot Magic & Parlor Tricks How-Tos

How To: Spin a book on your finger

If you want a challenge, try this at home or anywhere. Learn to spin a book on your finger. This will make you enjoy more of your vacant time. It also helps your balancing skill developed. 1. Get a book. 2. Get your finger to the center of the gravity of the book. 3. Spin the book on your finger. 4. As the book spins, your finger gets outside of the center. 5. Try to get your finger back to the center and you can do that by moving your hand in a linear circular manner. 6. Keep practicing by s...

How To: Do a continuous backaround

Been practicing a few pen spinning tricks? Check out this pen spinning magic trick to learn how to get at least two spins with a continuous backaround. This move looks nice in a combo move. Learn the multiple backaround movement and you can start performing 3-6 backarounds in a row like a pen spinning pro!

How To: Do the Chinese sticks magic trick

In this video tutorial, viewers learn how to do the Chinese sticks magic trick. The magician begins by showing the audience the two Chinese sticks together. When he pull the string down on one side, the other one goes up. Do this a few times to make the audience believe there is a string between the sticks. Then separate the two sticks to show the audience that there is no string between the sticks. But the magician is still able to pull the string down on one side and the other side will go ...

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: 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 the "Double Charge" pen spinning trick

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 "Double Charge" move.

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: 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 "Russian" magic card trick

Learn how to do a card trick! Yes, learn some magic you can do with all of those playing card decks lying around your house. This young girl will show you in this video tutorial, how to perform the "Russian" magic card trick. It isn't just an illusion, it's deception, it's sleight of hand, it's confidence. Grab your best deck of cards and learn how to do the Russian card trick... see the reveal.

How To: Do the "Devil's Spin Reverse 12 23 34" pen spin trick

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 "Devil's Spin Reverse 12 23 34" move.

How To: Make a coin disappear by snapping your fingers

This magic trick requires a coin, your ability to snap your fingers, and long sleeves. If you possess all of these then you too can become a world class magician. Learn to make a coin disappear out of the palm of your hand with just the snap of a finger. Although the video is super short, it's straight to the point — no illusion here! Make a coin disappear by snapping your fingers.

How To: Make a magical toilet roll

You can learn how to make a magical magnetic toilet roll. To do this, you need a paper roll, a piece of paper, glue, and scissors. You cut the roll into two pieces, connect the roll to the piece of paper, and mark the middle gap to make inserting the third stripe more accurate.

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: 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: 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...

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