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The Secret Behind 7 Well-Known Magic Tricks

 Magic shows are loved all around for the most part; the excitement, the wonder, the costumes and the accessories make these performances quite thrilling. However, it is impossible to deny and ignore the fact that in order to be a magician, one must be skilled at sleight of hand and a master of illusion, and these things require a lot of practice, hard work, and a little talent.

 

Adults know that there are secrets behind every magic trick, and although a magician can never reveal them, we can... So here are the secrets behind 7 of the most well-known magic tricks out there!

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1. Metamorphosis

The trick begins with the magician sitting in a bag which the assistant then ties and places in a chest. The assistant then closes and locks the chest. At this point, the assistant stands on the chest, picks up a long, dark cloak, and with a wave of her hand the cloak falls to reveal the magician standing on the chest instead of her. After the magician reveals himself, he opens the chest and unties the bag to reveal the assistant inside, usually in a different outfit.
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What's the secret?

The trick is actually that the chest has no back and the bag has a zipper for easy exit. During the magic trick the assistant stands on the chest and as she picks up the cloak the magician unzips himself and sneaks out the back, he then grabs the cloak from the assistant allowing her to go hide herself inside of it, and change clothes. The more quickly, efficiently and in unison the pair work, the more impressive the trick.

2. Knife throwing

Watching from the sidelines, this trick can seem very dangerous. But fear not, no one is actually in harm’s way. In this trick, the magician ties the assistant to a wooden board, most of the time turning it around, and steps away from it. After that, the magician takes the knives placed next to him and begins to cast them in the direction of the wooden board without hurting the assistant and to magnify the illusion he does so with his eyes covered.

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What's the secret?

The magician, in reality, isn’t actually throwing any knives at all, instead, he hides them in a secret pocket so quickly that our eyes don’t catch the move. At the same time, another assistant stands behind the board and releases a mechanism which makes it seem as though a knife has hit it. The whole trick is done with such skill, speed, and coordination that makes us believe actual knives are being thrown.

3. The Rubber Band Assistant

In this trick, the assistant is placed in a very large box with only her head, hands and feet sticking out from the front wall to the audience. The magician approaches her and begins to move the exposed parts making it seem as though her body is being stretched and warped. Then he returns the parts of her body back to their place, opens the box and the assistant comes out safe and sound.

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What's the secret?

Here, too, the secret lies in the illusion; when the magician opens and closes the front and rear sides to show and prove to the audience that the box is empty, there are two other assistants hiding. Then they enter the box through side doors and each put a hand and foot into the designated places, with each of the assistants having the same manicures and pedicures to make the audience believe that the parts of the body belong to only one assistant. By doing so, the magician is able to move the different parts of the body and fool his audience.

4. The Vanishing Doves

At the beginning of the trick, the magician shows us an empty box and next to it a cage with two doves. He runs his hands through the box to prove to us that there are no hidden spaces or anything else that might make us doubt the magic. Then the magician takes the two pigeons and puts them in a box, closes them, counts to three or makes a gesture with his hand, opens the box and the doves are then nowhere to be found.

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What's the secret?

Don’t worry, the doves are in fact safe, they are in a small hidden space where they can stay for a while. In fact, although the magician had shown us that there are no hidden spaces in the box, there is actually a secret chamber. The doves are placed into the box into the part we see, and when he opens the box once more, what we are seeing is the secret hidden chamber.

5. Buried Alive

This trick is always done in an open space when the magician is laid in a coffin, and his assistants bury him in the ground. A few seconds later, the magician manages to escape from this dangerous trap safe and sound. Not every magician performs this trick because of the risks involved, but if everything is done correctly, no one is hurt.

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What's the secret?

The coffin has a secret door that the magician uses to enter an underground room with oxygen and lighting. The burial plot and adjacent room are prepared ahead of time and therefore we are none-the-wiser, allowing us to accept the illusion that there is only the burial plot. This trick requires the magician to hold his breath in the coffin until it is completely covered, and with the help of a side door in the coffin, he passes through the cover of the coffin to the side room. Then, by removing a few shelves, he steps out of the secret room to the soft-covered grave and emerges above ground.

6. Needle through the Arm

At first glance, we may think that the magician is injuring himself in favor of the performance, all in order to impress the audience. With this trick, he takes an especially large needle and inserts it through his arm until he starts to bleed, and when he penetrates his skin he moves the needle in all directions. The truth, however, is a lot less gory.

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What's the secret?

The needle isn’t actually penetrating the magician's arm at all, this trick is two-fold. The first part of the trick happens before the show. The magician coats his arm in a thick layer of rubber cement and when “piercing” his skin he puts up a fight making it look difficult although all he’s actually doing is rubbing it against his skin. When it seems the magician has gotten all the way through his arm he then pinches his skin together around the needle, allowing the rubber cement to act as a glue. The second part is the blood. The needle is actually hollow and the ball at the tip of it is rubber, before the show he uses the needle and rubber ball as a turkey baster and sucks fake blood into it. After “piecing” his arm he presses the ball to release a tiny drop of fake blood, making for quite the gruesome illusion. 

 

7. Sword Swallowing

Most of us are familiar with this trick, and there are those who do it without calling themselves, magicians. Sword swallowers need to be extremely skilled and careful as they actually have to swallow the sword without hurting their mouth and esophagus and abdomen. The swallowing is not done normally like swallowing food, in fact, natural instincts don’t exist here.
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What's the secret?

The sword needs to be swallowed in a specific direction so as not to damage the internal organs. To do this, magicians need to keep the pharynx and gullet in a straight line which involuntarily relaxes the pharynx, closes the upper esophagus and allows the sword to slide right into the esophagus, with the saliva acting as a lubricant in this process. Please don’t try this at home!
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