In this trick, the magician often asks a member of the audience to memorize a card from the deck and then accurately tells what that card is! Kids are easily impressed by this simple trick. Before you address the audience, look at the card that is at the bottom of the deck. Now invite a volunteer and ask him or her to take any card out of the deck and memorize it. Let them then place this card on the top of the deck. Now, cut the deck in two and place the bottom half on top. Look for the card you saw at the bottom, the card to the right of this card, is the one your volunteer chose.
All you need is a pencil, a sugar cube, and a glass of water for this trick. Write any number between 0-9 on any face of the sugar cube. Now address the audience with the numbered face pressed tightly between your thumb and forefinger. Show the sugar cube to the audience and tell them that you will make a number appear on the palm of a volunteer, just with the help of this sugar cube. Drop the sugar cube in a glass of water and ask your volunteer to put his palm on the glass. Meanwhile, press his palm hard with your thumb. The imprint of the number from your thumb will transfer to his palm. Let him open his palm, once the sugar cube gets dissolved. The audience will be astonished to see the number appear out of nowhere!
Pepper, soap, and a bowl of water are the basic materials you will need for this trick. Before you begin, rub your hands with soap. Put some pepper in a bowl of water and ask anyone from the audience to come over. Make them separate the pepper from water and watch them struggle with it. Frustrated, they will walk away in defeat. Now, it’s your turn to show the audience how you can instantly separate water and pepper. The soap enables you to separate pepper, as soon as you put your fingers in bowl.
Cut the Straw
Cut a slit of about 3 inches, at the center of the straw. Now face your audience and thread the string through the straw. Quickly, pull the end of the strings downwards, through the slit, in your hands. Engage your audience in some pep talk, so that they don’t watch your hand movements. Now take a pair of scissors and make a big scene of cutting the straw. Separate the two ends of straw to show that you actually cut it. Now pull out the string from one end, totally uncut and intact.
These tricks become more interesting if you pair them up with short stories or funny anecdotes. Go for corny stories and make a lot of facial expressions so that the audience concentrates on your face and ignores your swift, surreptitious hand movements. Also, include a lot of drama throughout your performance. Watch the performances of famous magicians and take cues to enhance your own magic tricks!