Play with magic, tricks and crafts together, as a family! For each show in the season, we post a new Family Activity. You can find all of our past posts here on our blog or at at Pinterest.com/NewVictory
To be an official magician, you must recite the Magician's Oath:
"I, (your name here), a magician, hereby stand by the Magician's Oath:
—I promise never to reveal the secret of any illusion to a non-magician.
—I promise never to perform any illusion for any non-magician without first practicing the effect until I can perform it well enough to maintain the illusion of magic.
—I promise never to ask a magician how their illusion was done honoring the practice and tradition of the artform."
What's a magician without a few tricks up their sleeve? In this activity you will learn your very own trick—making a coin disappear!
A clear glass cup, two sheets of paper that are the same color, scissors, pencil, glue
Watch the trick!
Now you try! To set up the trick, trace an outline of the glass' opening onto your paper.
Using scissors, cut out the circle and erase any pencils lines that are left over.
Using your glue stick, trace the edge of the circle and attach it to the top of your glass. Make sure it's as seamless as possible. If there's paper hanging over, trim it with your scissors.
Place your second sheet of paper on a flat surface. This should be the same color of the paper you glued to the cup. Place a coin and your glass cup upside-down on the piece of paper.
Now it's time to practice!
- To perform your trick wrap your hand around the rim of the glass.
- Then very slightly lift the glass over the coin. Make sure you do not lift the glass too much because that might reveal your trick.
- Once the glass is fully over the coin, you've tricked your audience into thinking the coin has completely disappeared!
- Then, lightly lift the cup again and place it in the spot you started to show your audience that the coin can reappear.
Make sure you practice it a few times to get the hang of it before you show it to your audience.
Now that you've learned how to make a coin disappear and reappear, make your audience think you can make coins multiply.
Tape, paper, scissors, two paper or styrofoam plates, three coins
Watch the trick! We've made the magic pocket visible in this video and the following steps to help you learn it.
Now you try! To set up the trick, cut out two squares with a width and height of approximately one and a half inches.
Place the two paper squares on the back of each plate and tape down three of the sides. You're making a tiny pocket.
Take one coin and slide it into the pocket of one plate. Take the other coin and slide it into the pocket of the other plate.
Flip your plates over. Make sure that the two openings in the pockets you created are facing each other. Place your third coin on one of the plates.
Now you are ready to perform your trick! If you are using a white paper plate, make sure your audience stays at a distance to avoid seeing how the illusion is done. HINT:
Drawing a fun design on your plate with markers before the performance helps the illusion.
- Show your audience the plate with the coin. Keep a steady hand, remembering that two coins in tiny pockets are under the two plates.
- Tip the plate onto the other plate so that the coin on top transfers to the other plate. The coin in the pocket will slip out too, magically turning your coin count to two.
- Repeat the action to the other plate. TADA, three coins! Magic.
Magicians often converse with participants and audiences to engage them while doing their magic—it also helps to distract audience members so they don't carefully study your sly moves! This dialogue is known as patter. Write a short magician's introduction filled with one liners to use when performing your magic tricks.
Watch these magicians' patter for inspiration!
Now that you have two magic tricks ready to go, come up with your Magician's Name and the name of your magic show!
- What kind of magic do you specialize in? Levitation? Hand Tricks? Contortion?
- Are you performing in a stadium? In a living room? For a panel of judges?
Write out a short magician's introduction. Fill in the madlib below!
Practice your introduction to yourself and get the timing right. Then perform it for friends and family. They can't wait to meet their new friend, the magician!