Sibbs Stein Soul Mates Prediction

By Tom Interval

Who the heck is Sibbs Stein? Born in the mid-late 19th century, he revived an old card-magic principle that has since become one of the most popular methods among magicians at every skill level. And when I say old, I mean old. 1593, to be precise. I don’t want to be too specific because I use that method in the following video tutorial. At the very least, you can watch the video to see the performance. But if you want to learn the trick, you can access the full video at by becoming one of my patrons. Either way, thanks for watching. Hope you enjoy!

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Double Prediction Card Trick Tutorial

By Tom Interval

There are two old principles in card magic I love, and I’ve combined them to create this super-simple prediction effect. What is an effect? In magic parlance, an effect is basically what the audience sees. Or, more accurately, what the audience thinks it sees. So the effect of this trick is that the magician successfully predicts which two cards a volunteer randomly selects. As I said, it’s a simple trick, but don’t underestimate the power of simplicity. Sometimes the simplest tricks are the best. And you can do this one at the spur of the moment with a borrowed deck.

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Blogcast #7: Dynamite Magazine Harry Houdini Punch-Out

By Tom Interval

Dynamite magazine, issue #79, December 1980, features an article about Harry Houdini titled “HOUDINI: The Magic Man Who Knew Whodunit!” As part of that theme, the mag includes a companion two-piece punch-out that, when constructed, becomes a mechanical toy showing Houdini escaping from heavy chains and shackles. This is the subject of today’s blogcast, which shows an animation of the device in action! Watch below or directly on the Interval Magic YouTube channel (@intervalmagic). And while you’re there, please “Like” the video (if you like it), subscribe, and share it with anyone who might enjoy it.

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Blogcast #6: Houdini Optical Illusion on National Geographic Brain Games

By Tom Interval

In 2013, National Geographic’s Brain Games commissioned artist Pete Fecteau to create a Rubik’s Cube mosaic of the Houdini two-face optical illusion I made that year. I wrote about it at the time, and that’s the subject of today’s blogcast. Hope you enjoy!

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Coins to Glass Magic Routine Tutorial

By Tom Interval

Did you know coins can demolecularize? Okay, you got me. I made up that word. But think of it as a synonym for dematerialize. Either way, did you know? You see, tossing coins from hand to hand creates warmth, and that warmth makes it easier for the coins to dematerialize and rematerialize—or demolecularize and remolecularize—in another place. I teach this intermediate-level coin trick to my Patreon patrons, but you can see what it looks like in this video.

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First Five Houdini and Magic Blogcasts

By Tom Interval

I had to redo the intro music on the first five blogcasts I produced. If you’re a magician or magic enthusiast—or even if you’re not—I think you’ll enjoy them. Please have a listen. While you’re there, please give them a thumbs-up and subscribe to my YouTube channel. And if you like the content I create, I would be forever grateful if you support me on Patreon, where you can not only support the videos I make for the public but also have access to exclusive, patron-only bonus videos each week. See you there!

Houdini and magic videos you will enjoy

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A New Move for the Hot Rod

By Tom Interval

If you’re a magician who likes to perform the Hot Rod, you’ll like this video. In it, I introduce a new move I invented for the square, heavier rods on the market. For those not familiar with the Hot Rod, it’s a classic magic trick invented sometime in the 1970s by James Zachary (a.k.a. Jim Zee). This particular version of the video is for Patreon patrons only, but you can still see it in action.

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