Magic Tricks

I’m not kidding… try to figure out the first one (with his arms), and pleeeeeeaze tell me how he did it.  The second one (with the cards), is so cool, I’m not even gonna try to figure it out.

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6 thoughts on “Magic Tricks

  1. The arm trick:
    Notice at 1:16 he’s switched his hands while the camera was on the audience. Compare the position of his left elbow at 1:09. I’m assuming he unclasped his hands momentarily to point or scratch and then put them back together differently.

    The card trick:
    The card trick is done with false shuffles. The deck is ordered beforehand. Notice when he spreads out the deck at 1:52 the queens are at the top of the deck (the two redheads). All the shuffling and cutting of the deck are illusions which take lots of practice to achieve.

  2. The arm trick: He’s got really loose joints. Ouch!

    The card trick: A random sequence of cards, he just made up the story as he went.

    So, I’m right, right? What do I win?

  3. at 1:10, the camera view cuts and he calls out to a spectator. You then see his arms come back together as if he’d separated them and demonstrated how to the viewers. The trick was supposed to be an IQ test for the audience, remember, so that switch was simply supposed to have been seen and copied.

  4. Bill…

    Could this demonstration include more than sleight-of-hand? Could the card trick be… sorcery?? (Is that a ridiculous, far-fetched suggestion?)

    In the United States, many of us are familiar with the New Yorker David Blaine, who is a self-declared sorcerer. Blaine has performed a myriad of “magic” tricks on national television. Lesser magicians of this sort can be found in many hotels in Las Vegas and other casino venues around the United States. For example, these magicians will let you sign your name with a permanent ink Sharpie marker on a playing card (say, the Ace of Spades), tear the card into shreds, place the ripped card in their (magician’s) mouth, then immediately remove the card and UNFOLD the intact, untorn card with your exact, indelible signature on the SAME card.

    In Acts 8, there was a character named Simon, who entertained the masses in Samaria with such magic tricks. The narrative indicates that Simon had called attention to himself as “someone great.” When he got saved through the ministry of the Apostles, he desired to maintain his status as someone great through magic. When he observed Peter and John introducing believers into the Body of Christ through receiving of the Holy Spirit, Simon wanted the same “magic” powers. Peter’s response was harsh, because Simon’s heart was not to evangelize the unsaved, but to draw attention to himself through the influence of money and magic. Peter correctly identified Simon as someone very bitter, and who was steeped in “iniquity” because he was wanted to perpetuate his greatness through money and magic. In Acts 13, another character “Bar-Jesus” (Elymas) was also associated with magic was very bitter that his influence was being eclipsed by the ministry of God in Paul.

    Sorcery draws attention to you, and this attention both intoxicates the magician and the audience. (In Galatians 5:20, the word sorcery is the Greek word pharmakeia, which happens to be the root wood for the English word “pharmacy.”) Sorcery is an addiction for its participants, and the love of money seems to go hand-in-hand. Witness the bitterness of the loss in revenue in Acts 16:16, or the value of the magic books in Acts 19:19. Every single mention of sorcery in the New Testament is connected with the flesh and its lusts. Need we mention fellowship with demons as well? Hmmm. Let’s save that topic for another day…


  5. Joseph…really? are you kidding? Or did you really just go there? 🙂

    Bill…Glad to hear you don’t really want to know. It’s more magically when you can just enjoy it. 🙂

    Glad to see you still love magic

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