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8 Easy Magic Tricks For You To Show Off At Parties

8 Easy Magic Tricks For You To Show Off At Parties

Everyone is fascinated with magic tricks, but few realize how easy most of them are to perform. As a kid, you may have gotten a magic kit as a present and probably spent time mastering them to “amaze” your parents and relatives. It was fun. Now, as an adult, you can channel your inner Houdini and become an instant magician at your next party.

1. Show your psychic power

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    Here’s a trick built upon a little quirk of math that not too many people know about. When 9 is multiplied by any number between 2 and 9, the digits of the answer will always add up to 9. That is the basis for this trick, and here are the easy steps:

    1. Ask a single person to select a number between 2 and 9. Ask them to then multiply that number by 9.
    2. Ask them to add the two digits of the answer. (It will always be 9).
    3. Ask them to subtract 5 from that number (It will always be 4).
    4. Ask them to assign an alphabet letter to the number based upon A=1; B=2; C=3 and so forth (They will get D).
    5. Tell them to think of a country that begins with that letter, but not to say it out loud. 99.9% of the time they will choose Denmark (who’s heard of Djibouti?)
    6. Now, tell them to take the second letter of that country’s name and think of an animal that begins with that letter, but keep it secret as well.
    7. Pause and appear to be giving this some thought. Then quite casually, say, “I don’t think Denmark has elephants, except in zoos.”

    2. Magically linking paper clips

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      There really is no magic to this trick, but no one will know that but you. The next time you need to go to a birthday or graduation party, and you have not had time to find the perfect gift for the occasion, try using a much larger bill for this trick and presenting that to the recipient afterward as their gift. You are going to make two paperclips magically link in midair.

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      Here’s how it is done:

      1. Fold a dollar bill, accordion style, in thirds, as done in the picture above.
      2. Next, attach one of the paper clips to the front piece of the bill and over the middle piece as well. VERY IMPORTANT: The short side of the paper clip should be facing you. And be certain that the paper clip is toward the edge of the bill, not over toward the fold.
      3. The second paper clip should be attached exactly the same way to the back piece of the bill and should also be over the middle piece as well. VERY IMPORTANT: The short side of the paper clip should be facing away from you this time, and the paper clip should be more toward the edge of the bill, not close to the fold.
      4. Now, hold each end of the bill with one hand and snap it straight. The paperclips will fly up into the air and land linked together. Note: They actually link when the snap occurs, but don’t reveal that.

      3. The coin vanish

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        This one may take a bit of practice, because there will be a secret pocket that you don’t want to reveal to your audience as you swirl the empty scarf at the end of the trick.

        Materials needed:

        • a scarf that is of flimsy material and a dark solid color
        • a rubber band (if you can find one close in color to the scarf, all the better).
        • a quarter

        Before you begin this trick, you need to put the small rubber band around your thumb and next three fingers of your left hand.

        Do not let others see that rubber band. Hold your hand at your side or put it in your pocket. When you get ready to do the trick, pull out the scarf with your right hand and drape it over your left had. Ask someone for a coin. Place the coin on the scarf.

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        As you are folding the scarf in any way you wish, open up your fingers and capture the coin with just a small amount of the scarf. Remove your fingers from the rubber band as it is capturing the coin. You can then wave the scarf or let it fall to the floor, but you will need to be careful how this is done, so no one sees that little rubber band.

        If you want to then reverse the trick, place the scarf back over your left hand, push down into the scarf with your right hand letting the rubber band fall into your left hand. Pull the scarf back up and reveal the coin.

        4. The rising card

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          This one is a bit complicated to explain, but you can manage it! For this trick, you need a regular deck of cards and a volunteer. This explanation is a bit complicated and detailed, so once you have read through this please watch the video as well.

          1. You hold a deck of cards in your hand upright, as shown in the picture above. The last card facing you and away from your audience has been lowered just a bit.
          2. You pull up the last three cards of the deck and fan them out. They are really not the last three cards, because you still have that one that has been lowered back there.
          3. Ask a volunteer to choose one of the three cards that you have pulled up. Let us suppose they choose the middle one which is, in your head, card #2. You then slide the cards back down with the one lowered card still behind them. Their #2 is now actually #3 because you have that one card behind them.
          4. Place the deck face down and start taking the cards from the top of the deck and counting off as you put those cards somewhere in the middle of the deck. If they chose card #2, then you count 1, place it in the middle and then count 2, placing it in the middle. Their card is actually the top one on the pile, because remember their card was actually #3.
          5. Put the deck back in its original upright position. Place the index finger of your other hand on top of the deck, wiggle is just a bit as the pinkie of that hand pushes the card up from the back of the deck. It might be a little confusing, but trust me that the video will help explain it all!

          5. The coin pyramid

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            While this next trick is not “magical,” it is certainly a great one to test and frustrate your fellow partygoers. You will need 10 coins to make a pyramid as shown in the picture above.

            Now the “trick” as you explain it to your friends is to invert this pyramid in only three moves, moving only one coin at a time. They can only move three coins total. Unless they have seen this before, they will be pretty stumped. You will then show them in three easy moves.

            One: Switch the bottom-left coin to the 2nd from the top row on the right side.

            Two: Move the bottom-right coin again to the 2nd from the top row on the right side.

            Three: Move the top coin to the center of the bottom.

            Voila!

            6. The find the card “sucker” trick
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              This trick is actually a holdover from old carnival days, when “suckers,” as the “carnies” called them, placed a bet when they were absolutely certain they would win. Here is how they were “suckered” in.

              1. Take a regular deck of playing cards and put the Ace of spades on the bottom of the deck.
              2. Have the person you are about to fool pick any card from the deck and not show it to you.
              3. Cut the deck in half. Ask the person to place his or her card on the top of the first half of the deck (NOT the half with the ace of spades on the bottom). Place the other half on top of the person’s card.
              4. The individual’s card is now the one right after the ace of spades.
              5. Now you begin turning over the cards one by one telling the “victim” that you will tell them when you find their card. They are to say nothing as you go through the process.
              6. You start flipping over cards. Theirs will be the card that you flip right after the ace of spades.
              7. You flip over the ace of spades, then their card, and continue on. At this point, they know that they’ve won the bet because you have already passed up their card.
              8. You flip over a few more cards and then say, “The next card I flip over will be yours. Would you like to place a bet on this?” Of course, the victim will, because you already flipped their card and didn’t call it. The next card cannot possibly be theirs.
              9. Once the best is placed, you reach down to the cards on the table and flip over their card. You win.

              This was not fun for the victim of these carnivals when they lost a great deal of money on the scam. You, however, can be much nicer and suggest something more in line with a joke, perhaps a burger.

              7. The magical moving pen

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                For this trick, you will only need a pen (it must be round), and a flat smooth surface, along with the ability to be very sneaky. You will announce that you will be moving the pen across the surface with your “mind” power – telekinesis, that is.

                1. Rub the pen on your sleeve or pants, stating that in order to set up the special mental force field you have to infuse some static electricity into the pen (this is good drama).
                2. Then, place the pen on the surface, with your hand above it, index finger pointing out. Lean over to “focus” your mental energy on the pen and begin to move your index finger forward as you quietly blow on the pen. (This may actually take some practice, so that you can be sneaky enough). One suggestion is that you wear a baseball cap to “disguise” your mouth a bit as you are leaning over. But, usually, the observers are so intent on the pen moving and your finger, they will not be watching your mouth.

                8. Breaking a pencil with an index card

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                  This one might be just a bit painful, so practice beforehand. Carrots will also work quite well.

                  1. Tell your audience that you are actually a secret ninja and can turn any object into a weapon.
                  2. For this trick you will need a pencil and an index card.
                  3. Give the pencil to a volunteer and ask them to hold it very tightly by both ends.
                  4. Take the index card and hold it as if you are going to slice through the pencil with its edge. Hold the card above the pencil, making downward motions toward the pencil as you count off to three.
                  5. On the count of three, you extend your index finger out along the card and come down on the pencil. The pencil will actually be broken by your finger not the card.
                  6. Here is the video, so you can see the trick in action.

                  Featured photo credit: magic hands/jenny.nash712 via flickr.com

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                  Last Updated on November 26, 2019

                  How to Motivate Yourself: 13 Simple Ways to Try Now

                  How to Motivate Yourself: 13 Simple Ways to Try Now

                  Who needs Tony Robbins when you can motivate yourself? Overcoming the emotional hurdle to get stuff done when you’d rather sit on the couch isn’t always easy. But unless calling in sick and waking up at noon have no consequences for you, it’s often a must.

                  For those of you who never procrastinate, distract yourself or drag your feet when you should be doing something important, well done so far! But for the rest of you, it’s good to have a library of motivational boosters to move along.

                  Despite your best efforts, passion, habits and a flow-producing environment can fail. In that case, it’s time to find whatever emotional pump-up you can use to get started.

                  Whether you’re starting a business, trying to los weight or breaking a bad habit, you’ll learn how to motivate yourself with different techniques here:

                  1. Go Back to “Why”

                  Focusing on a dull task doesn’t make it any more attractive. Zooming out and asking yourself why you are bothering in the first place will make it more appealing.

                  If you can’t figure out why, then there’s a good chance you shouldn’t bother with it in the first place.

                  2. Go for Five

                  Start working for five minutes. Often that little push will be enough to get you going.

                  3. Move Around

                  Get your body moving as you would if you were extremely motivated to do something. This ‘faking it’ approach to motivation may seem silly or crude but it works.

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                  4. Find the Next Step

                  If it seems impossible to work on a project for you, you can try to focus on the next immediate step.

                  Fighting an amorphous blob of work will only cause procrastination. Chunk it up so that it becomes manageable. Learn how to stop procrastinating in this guide.

                  5. Find Your Itch

                  What is keeping you from working? Don’t let the itch continue without isolating it and removing the problem.

                  Are you unmotivated because you feel overwhelmed, tired, afraid, bored, restless or angry? Maybe it is because you aren’t sure you have time or delegated tasks haven’t been finished yet?

                  6. Deconstruct Your Fears

                  I’m sure you don’t have a phobia about getting stuff done. But at the same time, hidden fears or anxieties can keep you from getting real work completed.

                  Isolate the unknowns and make yourself confident, you can handle the worst case scenario.

                  7. Get a Partner

                  Find someone who will motivate you when you’re feeling lazy. I have a friend I go to the gym with. Besides spotting weight, having a friend can help motivate you to work hard when you’d normally quit.

                  8. Kickstart Your Day

                  Plan out tomorrow. Get up early and place all the important things early in the morning. Building momentum early in the day can usually carry you forward far later.

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                  Having a morning routine is a good idea for you to stay motivated!

                  9. Read Books

                  Read not just self-help or motivational books but any book that has new ideas. New ideas get your mental gears turning and can build motivation. Here’re more reasons to read every day.

                  Learning new ideas puts your brain in motion so it requires less time to speed up to your tasks.

                  10. Get the Right Tools

                  Your environment can have a profound effect on your enthusiasm. Computers that are too slow, inefficient applications or a vehicle that breaks down constantly can kill your motivation.

                  Building motivation is almost as important as avoiding the traps that can stop it.

                  11. Be Careful with the Small Problems

                  The worst killer of motivation is facing a seemingly small problem that creates endless frustration.

                  Reframe little problems that must be fixed as bigger ones or they will kill any drive you have.

                  12. Develop a Mantra

                  Find a few statements that focus your mind and motivate you. It doesn’t matter whether they are pulled from a tacky motivational poster or just a few words to tell you what to do.

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                  If you aren’t sure where to start, a good personal mantra is “Do it now!” You can find more here too: 7 Empowering Affirmations That Will Help You Be Mentally Strong

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                  Success creates success. When you’ve just won, it is easy to feel motivated about almost anything. Emotions tend not to be situation specific, so a small win, whether it is a compliment from a colleague or finishing two thirds of your tasks before noon can turn you into a juggernaut.

                  There are many ways you can place small successes earlier on to spur motivation later. Structuring your to-do lists, placing straightforward tasks such as exercising early in the day or giving yourself an affirmation can do the trick.

                  Bonus: Staying Motivated Forever

                  The best way to motivate yourself is to organize your life so you don’t have to. If work is a constant battle for you, perhaps it is time to start thinking about a new job. The idea is that explicit motivational techniques should be a backup, not your regular routine.

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                  Passion

                  Do things you have a passion for. We all have to do things we don’t want to. But if life has become a chronic source of dull chores, you’ve got a big problem that needs fixing.

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                  Flow

                  Flow is the state where your mind is completely focused on the task at hand. While there are many factors that go into producing this state, having the right challenge level is a big part.

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                  Final Thoughts

                  With all these tips I’ve shared with you, now you know what to do when you’re feeling unmotivated.

                  Find your passion and develop a positive mantra so when the next time negativity hits you again, you know how to stay positive and motivated!

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