Category Archives: Productions

Cups and Balls: the First Routine Magicians Learn

By Tom Interval Here’s a magic trivia question for you: What is the oldest magic trick ever performed? Many magicians would quickly answer, “The cups and balls!” But the truth is, while the cups and balls is one of the … Continue reading

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How to Do the Ribbon-Spread Turnover

By Tom Interval If you love movies, you might have seen Paul Newman in The Sting (1973) manipulating cards like a magician or gambler. Of course, there was expert manipulation going on, but it mostly wasn’t Newman doing it. Why … Continue reading

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How to Fan a Deck of Cards: The Pressure Fan

By Tom Interval You don’t have to be a magician to learn really cool flourishes with playing cards, but it does help if you’re already good at shuffling, cutting, dealing, and knowing your way around a deck in general. If … Continue reading

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How to Roll a Coin on Your Fingers

By Tom Interval Have you ever seen a movie in which a character rolls a coin on his fingers? Examples include Val Kilmer as Doc Holliday in Tombstone (1993) and as Chris Knight in Real Genius (1985), Van Heflin as … Continue reading

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Humorous Double Prediction Card Trick

By Tom Interval I just made a short tutorial for beginning magicians interested in learning an easy card trick that will not only amaze people but also entertain them with a humorous finish. One caveat, though: The following video is … Continue reading

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Blogcast #11: Dinner at the Magic Castle with Kristen Connolly

By Tom Interval About six years ago, I wrote a blog about the night John Cox and I had dinner with actress Kristen Connolly (The Cabin in the Woods, House of Cards). Kristen was researching the role of Bess Houdini, … Continue reading

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Easy Impromptu Spell Card Trick

By Tom Interval You don’t have to be a good speller to do this easy, impromptu spelling trick with a borrowed deck of cards. Someone shuffles the deck and names any card. You start dealing cards one at a time … Continue reading

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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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Magnetic Attraction Card Trick Tutorial

By Tom Interval We magicians have enough card tricks under our belts to last us ten lifetimes, but it’s always fun to play with new effects even if we don’t need them. Although someone had to have thought of this … Continue reading

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