: Fun :
Effect: A name is
written on a piece of paper on a notepad by the spectator, the paper
is torn off unseen by the magician, crumpled up and placed in an ashtray.
It is then set alight.
The ashes are then
rubbed on the magicians arm and the name of the person written on the
paper mysteriously appears.
will need a small notepad, pen, ashtray, lighter and a small piece of
soap or wax.
Method: The spectator
is asked to write the name of a person or favourite anything of theirs
on a notepad.
Then to tear of
the sheet of notepaper, crumple it up and place it in the ashtray, where
the magician then sets the paper alight.
The magician takes
the notepad of the spectator and should be able to see the imprint of
the name written on the paper above in the next sheet of the notepad.
Looking at the pad
should not be made obvious and some misdirection carried out while he
carefully takes the small piece of wax or soap and writes the name on
the imprint on his arm or hand (this action should not be visible to
The magician can
then take some ash from the ashtray and rub it over the wax where it
will stick and create an impression of the spectators word to their
This is a great
trick but depends on the magician creating an atmosphere with an entertaining
routine and patter about black magic to enhance the effect and create
misdirection to allow him time to pull off the trick.
Effect : The performer
asks the spectator to pick a card without him seeing the face and replace
it in the pack.
The pack is then
shuffled and the performer is apparently unsuccessful in locating the
After a few attempts,
the cards are thrown against a window in a fit of rage. On looking at
the window, the chosen card is seen to be sticking to it, even more
surprising is the fact that the card is on the inside of the window.
Preparation : You
will need two identical packs of cards and a willing helper.
Method: This trick
should be performed in an area with a large window nearby and with the
spectator facing away from the window.
The spectator is
asked to choose a card from a pack, memorize it and without showing
you, replace the card in the pack.
The pack is then
shuffled and and a couple of attempts at "is this your card "
tried followed by a look of disbelief when the spectator tells you that
it is not their card (this is all part of the act as you don''t even
need to know the card).
After a few attempts
you fake an angry outburst and making sure the cards are squared up
throw the pack broadside at the window, where they will hit the window
and fall to the ground, except the chosen card which is sticking to
Your helper was
already positioned behind the window and spectator and had an identical
pack of cards. He was able to see the chosen card and took the duplicate
from his pack.
A small piece of
looped sticky tape or magicians wax was attached to the duplicate card
and it was stuck to the inside of the window.
The helper should
then have walked away from the window.
This trick creates
a real surprise but it is important to pick up the fallen cards quickly
and to pocket the original chosen card.
takes a spool of thread, unravels about a foot of it, & then breaks
it off, putting the spool down. Performer proceeds to break the thread
into 6 or 7 clearly broken & different pieces, then holding one
piece in one hand, the other pieces are rolled up into a ball and 'squashed'
onto the piece from the other hand. When this is unravelled it is seen
to be completely restored to it's original length. VERY visual, &
very clean, pretty easy to do as well. Here's the routine.
practice & you need a spool of cotton thread, preferably brightly
coloured. It has to be cotton, otherwise you will need scissors to cut
it. Or you could do a burned & restored thread.
before you approach the spectator, unravel about a foot and 1/2 to 2
foot of thread. Now make a tiny ball of thread out of the extra thread
you have, so you should have a ball of thread, then a foot of thread
(still on the spool). The ball is tiny enough to fit, unnoticed, into
the fleshy part of your thumb & index finger when they are pressed
together. Now there should be a couple of inches of thread, then a ball
(hidden)(all in your right hand) then a foot of thread & then the
spool (in your left hand). Now approach the spectator. Break your foot
of thread from the spool, & give them the spool to hold.
It looks like you
are holding a foot of thread, when really, thanks to the ball you are
hiding between your index finger & thumb (right hand), you have
more like a foot & 1/2. Break the 1st piece off, now the piece in
your right hand looks like a 5 inch length. Thanks to the hidden ball
it is a foot long (your restored thread). The pieces in your left hand
can be broken as many times as you like, clearly show the thread to
be broken. Now, by rubbing your (LH) thumb & index finger together,
make a ball of the pieces of thread and 'squash' the 5 inch thread from
your RH onto the ball, at the same time, tucking the ball so it's hidden
between your index & thumb (LH). Now the ball you have been hiding
the whole trick is visible, it looks like the ball you just made out
of the broken thread. It can be unravelled & is restored. Give it
to the spectator as a souvenir.
As far as patter goes you
can pretty much say whatever you want, I'm sure you will anyway.