Top Illusions

Creating Your Own Magic

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Magicians and illusionists alike often create their own magic to set a name for themselves. Their tricks or illusions will often be inspired by older, classic tricks but have been taken to new heights or given clever new twists. Let's present a quick run through of the important questions to consider:

  1. What tricks or illusions do you already know?
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Freaking People Out With Magic

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Cyril dresses himself up as an old man in Japan and goes on a mission to freak people out. In these tricks, he pulls them off "naturally" as if it wasn't magic to begin with - adding to the freak factor from the audience's perspective.

There are three main illusions at work:

1) Leaning forward at gravity-defying angles and coming back up with no help from his hands at all.

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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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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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The False Transfer Explanation

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The False Transfer is an essential component to ball and cup routines, coin tricks, and other object manipulations. Learn the sleight of hand behind the move in this excellent video by Malik The Magic Guy.

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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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The Element Of Distraction

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Never underestimate the element of distraction! Here is magician Kevin James on the show America's Got Talent using a genius little trick to fool the judges...

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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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Widder's Ball Illusion

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"Direction Sensing" is a type of illusion of which has an image that appears to change as a function of physical movement by the observer.

In this “Widder’s Ball” illusion, as the head moves forward and eyes focus and concentrate only on the small black dot at the center, the red gradient begins to flow outwards to fill the ball.

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