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Easy Cups and Balls Tutorial

By Tom Interval One of the oldest, if not the oldest, magic effects is the cups and balls. While some magicians still believe it dates back to around 2500 BCE—based on a simple painting on the wall of a burial … Continue reading

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Shoelace Rope Trick Tutorial

By Tom Interval The first trick I ever learned was to tie my shoes. But I wasn’t very good at it, and the ends always got caught inside the loops, ultimately leading to knots that were impossible to untie. Fortunately, … Continue reading

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Say Stop Card Prediction Tutorial

By Tom Interval Usually when an audience member says “Stop!”, it’s not a good thing. Unless you’re doing the card trick I’m previewing in the following video (below). Someone stops you at any one of 52 cards. Example: jack of … Continue reading

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Ball Through Table Tutorial

By Tom Interval There are two indispensable magicians’ utility moves that will allow you to perform a countless number of tricks over the course of your magic career. Of course, many sleight-of-hand moves exist, but every beginning magician should start … Continue reading

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Houdini Knot Tutorial

By Tom Interval Harry Houdini (1874–1926) was a magician, but he became a legend for his uncanny ability to promote his exciting escapes from any contraption humankind could devise. He escaped from handcuffs, leg irons, straitjackets, packing crates, milk cans, … Continue reading

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The Four Burglars Tutorial

By Tom Interval Some card tricks are old. And some are really old. The Four Burglars is really, really old. Its origin dates back to 1591 in A Notable Discovery of Coosnage and continues through such classic magic texts as … Continue reading

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A Quick, Quirky, Corky Trick

By Tom Interval When I was about 14 or 15, my father, Jerry Interval (1923–2006), taught me an amusing, if not amazing, little trick with two corks. I’m not 100 percent sure who taught it to him, but I suspect … Continue reading

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Blogcast #10: When Harry Met Larry

By Tom Interval In today’s blogcast, then tenth in a series,  I talk about Larry Lewis, a banquet waiter, runner, magician, and escape artist, who claimed to be Harry Houdini’s assistant for 33 years. I cast some doubt on that … Continue reading

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How to Control a Card the Easy Way

By Tom Interval I haven’t frequented the local magic clubs for years, but one thing that stands out is how some magicians insisted on doing magic using difficult sleight of hand to achieve the desired effect on the audience. Judging … Continue reading

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Blogcast #8: Harry Houdini’s Stamford Home

By Tom Interval In 1904, Harry Houdini purchased a summer home on farmland in Stamford, Connecticut. For some unknown reason, he sold it a year later, and since then, only two other families have owned it. The original house burned … Continue reading

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