Once upon a time, we were all little mini Harry Houdini’s running around the house, wishing to tackle the mysterious and mystical world of magic. Although the chances of being a living Harry are slim, it is never zero! Enjoy 3 perplexing magic tricks with your little ones to make today a magical day!
1. Is…this your card?
There are thousands of card tricks out there, some simple and some complex, but all are sure to impress! For beginners, start by using a few cards and shuffling them. Have a member from the audience choose a random card from your shuffled pile. Once the audience member has remembered that card, ask them to randomly place the card back into your deck of cards while holding them in your hands. While reshuffling the deck, you may either shuffle the cards around the chosen card or place your thumb on the card while shuffling. For example, out of you stack of 6 cards, you may shuffle the remaining 5 cards above or under the selected card in a rotating circular motion. Once you have mastered a small pile of cards, you can increase the amount.
Using pingpong balls, legos or any other small lightweight object, apply a magnet to one of such objects and place at the bottom of a box. Glue another magnet, that would stick to the first magnet applied, to the fingertips or inside the fingertips of a pair of gloves. Then, fill the rest of the box with the same item until the magnetised item is no longer visible. Have the audience look into the box and take out a few objects to observe. Jumble the objects in the box around a bit until the object with the magnet is near the top. Wave your hand over the box with the magnetised glove and watch as your audience sits in awe at a levitating object!
3. Ouch my Tongue!
Cutting a straw into 1/4 and 3/4 pieces, cut the 1/4 piece in half again and place under your tongue. With the longer piece, push it slightly upwards towards your chin and act as if you are pushing the straw through your chin into your mouth. With your tongue, push out the small piece as if it were coming in from your chin. Slowly act as if you are removing the straw and place the smaller piece in your mouth into the upper right corner between your teeth and cheek. Open your mouth and lift your tongue to your amazed audience!