Showing posts with label Magic Tricks. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Magic Tricks. Show all posts

Saturday, October 28, 2017

A Bit Of The HISTORY OF MAGIC

Image from page 141 of "Wehman Bros.' new book of one hundred and fifty parlor tricks and games : home-made apparatus" (1905)
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One could enjoy watching magicians perform their amazing tricks. Whether they are in a circus, in a school program, a friend’s birthday celebration, or in a favorite television show, magicians are among today’s top entertainers.

Here are a few of the top magicians in their times:

The history of using magic as a form of entertainment may have begun with magician Chevalier Joseph Pinetti. More than three centuries ago, Chevalier Joseph Pinetti, wowed his audiences worldwide with his bag of magic tricks. And that was in 1782!

Among his tricks was the ability to produce an orange tree blossoming on stage that bore fruit. Pinetti’s wife even acted as an assistant, helping the magician to do his mentalist and escape tricks. Known as the “Professor of Natural Magic,” he was known for his great magic tricks, tricks that belonged clearly to the modern era of magic.

Come the nineteenth century. The said century welcomed the use of technical-assisted magic, with some of the magicians developing various devices that would aid or help in their illusions. Using optical aids or devices, electromagnets, as well as various stage lighting forms, these magicians were able to amaze audiences from time to time with their very elaborate and dazzling tricks.

One known magician in the nineteenth century was the magician Hermann the Great. Alexander Herrmann was his real name, and this German magician did his tricks with all of the kinds of stage magic he had known, even from super close-up productions to fill-stage events. An American rival, Harry Kellar, took over Herrmann’s popularity for some time and became the most prominent magician for more than 10 years.



Other magicians in the nineteenth century included T. Nelson Downs and Howard Thurston. Downs is originally a vaudevillian by trade, but had become great and famous in his magic tricks that he became known as “King of Koins.”

Thurston, on the other hand, invested much of his money in building an extravaganza, which is a show on magic. It reigned over the American entertainment magic scene for over twenty-five years.

Probably one of the more known magicians in recent times was Harry Houdini. Known as one of the best American magicians, he was known for his great escape acts, including his own famous creation, the “Chinese Water Torture Cell.”

Another famous American magician is David Copperfield, who until recently performed numerous magic acts in shows and TV programs.



Thursday, February 25, 2016

You Can Do This Simple MAGIC TRICK Anywhere

If you've ever done some simple magic for others, then you know how incredibly fun it can be to keep them guessing while showing them tricks that seemingly break the laws of physics. In this article I'll show you a quick and easy "close up" trick that you can perform for any small group of people.

Joseph Steinmetz doing an egg balancing trick
 Photo  by State Library and Archives of Florida
Kids especially love this trick, because even they will want to learn how to do it so they can show it to their friends. If you like to "ham it up," so to speak, you can have a lot of fun with this trick. They will believe you have powerful skills of telekinesis.

All you need is an ordinary rubber band, and a paper clip, or something else that can just hang there while you make it move with your powerful psychic skills. Even if they are watching from a few feet away, they won't be able to discover how you do this magic trick. Here's the trick:

You hold a stretched out elastic or rubber band between your hands, with your left hand lower than your right, and separated by about eight inches or so. As you focus all your psychic energy on the paper clip, or whatever else you have hanging there, it will start to mysteriously move up towards your right hand. The more you concentrate, and focus your powerful telepathy on the object, it will obey your psychic commands and continue to break the laws of physics and move up toward your right hand. Be prepared to hear excited squeals of pleasure from your audience.

The secret behind the magic is as follows. When you start off, hold the end of the elastic band in your right hand, and hold the middle of the length in your left hand. Keep the rest of the slack hidden in the palm of your left hand. You'll need to keep your palms facing you, so they don't see what's inside. When you start, have the paper clip or other object near your left hand, and have you right hand slightly elevated, and about eight inches away or so.

Now all you need to do is slowly let out some "slack" with your left hand. Keep the distance between your hands the same. When you slowly release the slack, the paper clip will hold fast to its position, and appear to rise on its own accord. It's important that you start out with sufficient stretch in the rubber band between hands, so you have lots of room to work with as you allow out some slack from your left hand. You don't need to let out that much, as you only need an inch or so of movement to have a powerful effect.



One fun way to avoid detection is to pretend you are exerting tremendous amount of psychic energy onto the paper clip, and after it has moved an inch or so, collapse your hands and act as though you've expended a tremendous amount of energy. After you recover some psychic energy back, and catch your breath (and reset the paper clip) you're ready to do this again. I'll leave it up to you if you want to reveal this magic trick.

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