Five Easy Magic Tricks For Your Kids

Want your child to throw your family a magic trick presentation? Teach your child these five easy tricks so he can stun your friends and family.

Now you see it. Now you don't. As kids, we are fascinated with the magical and the unknown. Some of us looked on in awe as our uncles magically pulled quarters from behind our ears, while others grew up reading books on the great master, Houdini, who could escape locked boxes, handcuffs and strait jackets. It is that promise of the unknown and the challenge of trying to figure out how a trick was performed that keeps even the audiences of today spellbound by illusions, card tricks and daring escapes. While magic tricks are, indeed, entertaining, they also inspire children to challenge themselves and teach them that nothing is what it seems. Here are five simple magic tricks to teach your child.

The Disappearing Coin

This is a simple trick since all you need is a coin. Sit at a table and tell your audience to hand you a coin, any coin. Let your audience know that you will be rubbing the coin on your elbow to make it disappear. Rub the coin on your left elbow. Drop the coin on the table, letting your audience know that it doesn't seem to be working well with that elbow, so you will try rubbing it on your other elbow. Pick the coin up with your right hand and pretend to place it in your left hand. Put your right hand (with the coin) up by your ear and rub your left hand (that is supposed to be holding the coin, according to your audience) on your elbow. Meanwhile, slowly drop the coin down the back of your shirt. Display both of your hands and show the audience that you have made the coin disappear.

The Rotating Arm

You will need to wear a thick sweater or shirt before performing this trick. Before the audience arrives, stand up in back of a table and put your palms on the table. Point your right hand towards your left hand. Place your left hand on the table with your fingers pointing towards your right hand and turn your left hand counterclockwise in one full circle until your fingers are once again facing your right hand. It seems awkward but it works. When the audience sits down, have your hands in this position already. Let your audience know that you will be spinning your left hand in one full and painful circle. With much painful drama and a few moans thrown in, spin your left hand around clockwise in one complete circle. Your audience will be amazed at the effect.

The Misplaced Coin

Pull a coin out of your pocket or ask for one from the audience. Take it with your left hand and make a big production about placing it in the palm of your right hand. In one fluid motion, turn your hands into fists, while quickly throwing the coin from the right hand into the left hand. This will take a lot of practice in front of a mirror. Open your hands up and show that the coin has magically transferred from one fist to another.

Find the Card

Use a normal deck of 52 cards for this trick. Before starting this trick, quickly see what the bottom card of the deck is. For example, let's say the card is an ace of spades. Fan the cards out and ask an audience member to pick one of the cards. Let them take it from the deck and memorize it. Place the deck face down on the table and tell the audience member to place his/her picked card on top and to cut the deck. Pick up the deck of cards and look for the ace of spades card that was originally on the bottom of the deck. The card immediately to its left will be the card that the audience member picked!

Reading Your Mind

Using a clear tape, wrap a piece of it around your right thumb, sticky side out. Stick a small piece of pencil lead on the thumb part, making sure to keep your thumb hidden from the audience's view. You will also need a notepad for this trick. Before the trick begins, tell your audience that you can read minds and that you will write down a number and draw a shape on the notepad. Make a big production about writing something down on the notepad (when in fact you are writing nothing). Hide the notepad from the audience's view and call an audience member up to the front with you. Ask the audience member to pick a number between one and ten. As they answer, using your thumb with the pencil lead on it, secretly write the number on the notepad. Pretend to be concentrating intently as they speak, so the audience will not see you moving your thumb on the notepad. Ask them to pick a shape. As they answer, secretly draw the shape underneath the number. Flip the notepad around and show the audience that you were able to read the audience member's mind!

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