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Magic Party Tricks

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Published January 23rd 2011
Wow your friends at your next party with one of these simple close up magic tricks. You will need to practice them before hand to make sure they are especially effective when performed.

The Vanishing Coin
You will need:
A coin
A large handkerchief
A small rubber band

Before you begin, secure the rubber band around your thumb and first two fingers. You may need to double it over to ensure the band is tight. Do not let your audience see the rubber band.

Drape the handkerchief over this hand and place the coin on the handkerchief above the rubber hand. Announce that you are going to make the coin disappear and wave your magic wand or chant the magic words.

Allow the rubber band to slip off your fingers. It should close around the coin, creating a secret pocket in the handkerchief. Using your hand to cover the rubber band, shake the handkerchief out. Your audience will be amazed when no coin appears.

Straighten out the handkerchief – you will need to practice this part to ensure that you hide the pucker that the secret pocket will make – to prove that the coin has disappeared.

Dark Magic
You will need:
About a dozen random items
An accomplice

Lay out a dozen different items, two of which are the same colour (let's say red).

Choose someone to pick out an item. Tell them that once you leave the room, they are to tell your accomplice (of course, they won't know that this person is your accomplice) which item they have picked.

When you come back into the room, your accomplice will say, "Is it this one? Or this one? Or this one?" and point to each item in seemingly random order. The trick, however, is that your accomplice will first point to the red item and then to the chosen item. Each time the trick is performed, you will know that the chosen item comes right after the red item. If a red item is chosen, it will be the second red item pointed out.

Once your accomplice has gone through all the items, amaze your audience by selecting the right one.

Levitating Ring
You will need:
A ring
A rubber band

Cut the rubber band into a single length and thread the ring through the rubber band.

Stretch the rubber band taut between your hands, but be sure to keep a length of rubber band hidden in the lower hand. When you begin the trick, slowly release the extra hidden band. This will make it look like the ring is rising, but in reality, the band is moving and taking the ring with it.

This trick is simple and effective but requires a lot of practice to get right.
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