Top Illusions

Funny Houdini Escape

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Avi Frier, a Florida magician, performs a comedic Houdini shackle escape for an office party. After being locked up tight, he repeatedly releases and relocks himself as he directs and instructs a member of the audience around the stage. This bewilders the assistant while cracking up the whole audience.

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The Cardiograph Magic Trick

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Magician Mark Mauricio freaks his audience out with his take on the cardiograph magic trick. He has one audience member write her name on a card (known to both magician and audience). Another audience member selects another random card. Mark proceeds to use "mentalism" to read the random card without looking at it and then draw it on a card.

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Penn and Teller - Sleight of Hand

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"The aim of magic is not to outsmart, but to entertain."

Penn and Teller are well-known for exposing their techniques while performing their tricks. In this way they are exposing gaps in human perception - even if you knew how the trick works, your mind will simply not compute it. This has made them famous because they are treating the audience as intelligent adults!

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Levitating an Orange (Or Any Other Fruit)

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I love this trick, it's really simple and easy to do. It's deceivingly titled as a "How To", but doesn't actually reveal the secret. Not to worry - it's a really easy trick to figure out and you will love doing this at the dinner table. Watch it a couple times before reading the comments for the reveal.

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Freeze A Beer In Two Seconds

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This video will show you how to freeze any beer in two seconds without using any props or gimmicks. This trick will work best for parties that you host yourself as it will require 3-5 hours of prep time. Prep is quite easy - just place the beer in the freezer for 3-5 hours.

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African Shaman Levitation Captured on Film

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Previously, we reported one levitation performance by the Arab Illusionist Mumdo. To continue the levitation trend we'll share one striking display by a Shaman in Africa. Here we see unedited raw footage that has been captured by a German film crew with no assistants or props in sight. He stands in the centre of a ring of fire and is seen rise up with extreme effort.

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Contact Juggling

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Contact Juggling is the art of juggling a ball without releasing it into the air so that it looks as if it's floating in the air. It takes years of practice to perform it flawlessly. Fortunately, this man has done that work for us:

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Cyril's Ambitious Card Trick

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Cyril shows his spin on the Ambitious Card. With a snap of a finger, he returns the audience member's signed card back to the top in three different ways. The third and last method is the best. Notice how he reveals the bottom and top card to help the audience ensure that the signed card hasn't been falsely shuffled, even allowing for some audience interaction.

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Optical Illusions In Transparent Monitors

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You may have seen these before, monitors that have the view directly behind it set as a wallpaper. These give the illusion that the monitor is transparent by displaying a non-real-time view. According to Jason Fitzpatrick at Lifehacker, these can enhance the workspace and reduce the visual weight of your monitor. I'm willing to try this out as the technique behind this is really simple.

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Cyril's "Where's Charlie?!" Disappearance Act

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One day, Cyril (セロ) was searching for his dog, Charlie. He almost had him by the tail when he was suddenly pulled into the abyss...of a couch.

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