Budding magicians will love astonishing their friends by learning a few basic magic tricks. This activity will grow confidence in kids as they go from from practising their magic tricks independently to performing them in front of an audience! The big question is, will they resist the temptation to tell the audience how they did it?
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Practise in front of a mirror so that you can see your trick as your audience will. Practise a lot until the trick runs smoothly, because fumbling will give the trick away.
- Sheet of paper
- Clear glass
Trace the opening of the glass on to a piece of paper and cut the circle out then glue it to the rim of the glass.
When the audience arrive, have your prepared glass sat face down on the same coloured piece of paper. Place a coin on the paper next to your glass. Borrowing a coin from the audience will add to the illusion, as it will make it seem as though you haven’t prepared anything for the trick.
Put the handkerchief over the glass, so the audience can’t see the paper when it is lifted, and place the glass over the coin.
You may want to say some magic words, then remove the handkerchief to show that the coin has disappeared.
It’s time to make the coin reappear. Place the handkerchief over the glass again and move it to the side. The coin has magically come back!