” Those are powers of the devil, ” you’ve surely thought that when you see great wizards in action. For example, when you are stopped in the street to do a trick with cards or when the red light touched you and there a magician makes his shtick, you always end up thinking about how he did it. Who knows, your head can not process so much information, but we have a solution.
1 Sawing a person in half
We’ve all seen that trick, usually watched with bated breath, in which the magician saws a woman in half? Well, it’s a lot less shocking when you know that there are two assistants inside the magician’s box!
2 The torn banknote
Some time ago, people wondered how David Copperfield managed to seemingly tear a folded dollar in half right in front of people, then unfold it to reveal that it had been completely undamaged. The secret here is making cunning use of a pencil: the latter has been cut in half diagonally and connected with strong magnets! This allows the banknote to be easily passed between the two magnetized halves and remain undamaged.
The secret of this trick, which is highly popular among street magicians, is in the cleverly hidden support. That is why the magicians who perform it often stand in a way which perfectly conceals the end of their staff or rod: the latter simply has an extended support passing through their clothes.
4 The disappearing cup
A glass of water is placed on the table which is covered with a handkerchief. Then, the magician lifts it up and throws it into the air. The result: the handkerchief falls on the floor, and the glass disappears. The trick here is two-fold: firstly, there’s a wire ring sewn into the handkerchief, which creates the illusion that the glass is underneath the handkerchief. Secondly, the glass is then lowered into a secret pouch through a hole in the table.
5 The human ’zig-zag’
The success of this trick to a great extent depends on the abilities of the magician’s assistant, whose main task is to be able to maintain her feet and hands in a position similar to that of an ordinary upright human posture inside a very small and oddly-shaped box.
6 Michael Jackson’s ’anti-gravity lean’
Remember that ’gravity-defying’ lean which Michael Jackson and his dancers performed in the video for the song ’Smooth Criminal’? It looks incredible, as Michael keeps his entire body straight whilst bending his ankles at an acute 45-degree angle. The secret here is in the specially-designed shoes he used, which had a heel that locked into pegs on the floor. With his feet effectively hooked to the ground, Michael was able to perform a seemingly impossible physical maneuver.
7 The Statue of Liberty disappears
In 1983, David Copperfield made the Statue of Liberty disappear completely. The trick can be explained very simply. The Statue was draped with a huge piece of fabric or covered by a big screen put in front of the audience. The whole illumination of the monument was turned off except for the spotlights. This simple preparation created the illusion of hollow space, and the set of lights blinded the audience. After the monument was unveiled, people were not able to see it because their vision was temporarily blurred by the spotlights.
8 Dollar bill magic
Turning $1 into $100 is so easy when you know the secret. A magician folds a $1 bill in a special way and hides it behind his fingers. Then he carefully substitutes it with a $100 bill so that no one sees. This is when the magic of transformation happens.
9 How did the big truck disappear?
How do you disappear when a big truck is surrounded by the audience? It's very simple, you only need to build a curtain over the truck, ask your friends to act as fake audiences (their acting is of course in place), then please The man drove the truck out of the curtain. When the curtain is pulled down, the truck is not there. Now I know why this kind of magic can only be seen on TV?
10 Hand through the glass
A magician needs specially cut screens to move a hand through a mirror or glass. The back screen covers 2 mirror panels. When the performance begins, the whole construction shifts the real mirror to the back side, moving 2 fake mirror panels forward. Now there is a space to move a hand. At the end of the performance, the assistants shift the real mirror to the front side again.
11 Split man trick
The cut-in-half illusion only works when you watch the performer from the front. From the side, you can see that from the knee to the waist it’s actually a plastic mannequin. Baggy clothes and body posture create the perfect illusion of a man holding his own legs.
12 Walking on water
13 Sword swallowing
For some performers, learning to swallow a sword can take years as it is an extremely dangerous practice. However, fakirs from all over the world amaze people with the ability to easily swallow a sword. The trick requires lots of physical and psychological preparation. The illusionist positions his head up so that his throat and stomach make a straight line and will not be hurt by the sword.
14 The signed card trick
The magician asks someone from the audience to put their signature on a random card. Then he tears it into 4 pieces and magically restores the signed card in front of the amazed audience. The secret is quite simple: the illusionist has a folded card in his pocket, and he substitutes the signed card with it. The hidden card is torn, and the signed one is perfectly safe.
15 Underwater chain escape
Combining physical strength and tricky fake locks makes this magic happen. The assistants need to loosen the latches and hinges, and the magician needs to get rid of the locks, gain a firm grip, and come up for air.