The Best Magic Trick In The World

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The Best Magic Trick In The World

Postby Tim Ellis » September 18th, 2009, 9:23 am

Can you figure out how this is done before the secret is revealed? There's no threads, magnets, blowing or electronics involved. Please don't leave any clues in the comments and share it with your friends - they won't be able to figure it out either. Enjoy!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KZ55Uv8ECHg

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Re: The Best Magic Trick In The World

Postby Joe Pecore » September 18th, 2009, 9:57 am

Wow. I was just re-reading my Vernon Touch book and Vernon describe this exact effect. He said Welsh Miller would do this with a card climbing up the wall at Max Holdens shop and nobody could ever figure it out. (Genii, March 1970)

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Re: The Best Magic Trick In The World

Postby Steve Bryant » September 18th, 2009, 11:10 am

There is a similar effect in David Hoy's book.

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Re: The Best Magic Trick In The World

Postby John M. Dale » September 18th, 2009, 11:31 am

Be on the lookout for PETA to object to this. :o

Reminds me of an old friend of mine who wanted to superglue a fishing line to a fly to use as a leash. (Hmmm, IT & bugs, what are the possibilities?)

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Re: The Best Magic Trick In The World

Postby Jonathan Townsend » September 18th, 2009, 11:46 am

Is this the trick with a postage stamp you lick then put on the wall?
Mundus vult decipi -per Caleb Carr's story Killing Time

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Re: The Best Magic Trick In The World

Postby Tom Frame » September 18th, 2009, 8:29 pm

That is terrific! Packs small, plays big.

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Re: The Best Magic Trick In The World

Postby Pete McCabe » September 19th, 2009, 2:06 am

I don't think you should lick the gaff in this trick.

"Don't lick the gaff" is probably good advice in general.

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Re: The Best Magic Trick In The World

Postby Philippe Billot » September 19th, 2009, 4:41 am

It's an improved version of an very old trick in which a ball moves itself on a table. I don't remember if it's Decremps or Pinetti who described it in 1785.

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Re: The Best Magic Trick In The World

Postby Tom Frame » September 20th, 2009, 9:17 am

Pete McCabe wrote:"Don't lick the gaff" is probably good advice in general.


Ursula Martinez would grimace and disagree.

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Re: The Best Magic Trick In The World

Postby Tim Ellis » September 21st, 2009, 12:10 am

The reason this came about was that I saw a really lazy fly on the floor at the supermarket. I went to step on him but he didn't even fly away... just continued wandering. So I dropped a price tag on him and he just walked around and it moved.

I whipped out the iPhone and the rest was "magic"! ;)

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Re: The Best Magic Trick In The World

Postby Andrew Pinard » September 21st, 2009, 3:54 am

Dunninger described a version of this method in 1936 in his book "How to Make a Ghost Walk" (see page 34-36).

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Re: The Best Magic Trick In The World

Postby Dan Strange » September 25th, 2009, 3:56 pm

Version in Greater Magic also with reference to Archie.


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