10 Of The Most Famous Magic Tricks Explained
The illusion, the joy of being fooled, and not knowing how it's done is what makes a magic trick great. We love the idea of paranormal, super-powers, the unexplainable, but in reality, magic can always be explained. Here are the secrets behind 10 of the most famous magic tricks.
1. Split man trick
The illusion with the man cut in half only works when you watch it from the front. If you watched it from the side, you'd see that there's a plastic mannequin from the knee to the waist. Thanks to the body posture and the loose clothes, you get the illusion of a man holding his legs.
2. Sword swallowing
This trick takes a lot of training, both physical and psychological. It is extremely dangerous, and fakirs need a lot of practice to learn how to swallow a sword safely. The explanation behind this is that the illusionist positions his head up so that his throat and stomach are in a straight line.
3. The signed card trick
In this trick, the magician asks you to sign a random card which he then tears in 4 and magically restores to the amazement of the audience. The secret is simple, though: he has a folded card hidden in his pocket which he substitutes with signed one. He actually tears the hidden card, while the signed one is perfectly safe.
4. Underwater chain escape
The magic behind this trick is a combination of physical strength and tricky fake locks. The assistants loosen the locks and hinges and the magician gets rid of them, gains a firm grip, then comes up for air.
5. Walking on water
This magic trick is usually performed in unclear rivers or swimming pools, and it involves an underwater clear platform made of plastic or glass.
6. Dollar bill magic
If turning $1 into $100 was really possible, some magicians would be very rich right now. But this is just a trick. The illusionist folds a $1 bill and hides it behind his fingers, then he substitutes it with a $100 one.
7. Hand through glass
For this trick, the magician uses specially cut screens. There's a back screen which covers 2 mirror panels and when the trick begins, the whole construction shifts the real mirror to the side, while the 2 fake mirror panels are moved forward, with enough space to move a hand. In the end, the real mirror is shifted back to the front.
8. Floating man
A man levitating in the middle of the street is no wizard. He actually uses a steel structure which is placed under his baggy clothes.
9. A huge truck disappears
In order to make a huge truck disappear, the magician needs to drape a special construction over it, create a fake audience and have someone to drive the truck out of the construction. When he takes the drapes off, the truck has vanished.
10. The Statue of Liberty disappears
In 1983, David Copperfield made the Statue of Liberty disappear. Here's how it was done: The statue was draped with a huge piece of fabric or covered with a big screen, placed in front of the audience. The illumination of the statue was turned off, except for the spotlights. The set up created the illusion of hollow space and the lights blinded the audience, so when the monument was unfolded, the audience couldn't see it because their vision was temporarily blurred.