Introduction to the Floating-Card Magic Trick

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The floating-card magic trick is often performed using invisible thread, which is strung from the magician's ear down to the center of the card. Practice this clever sleight of hand with a demonstration by a third-generation magician in this free video on magic tricks.

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Hi, I'm magician Paul Weatherbee, and this tutorial is an introduction to the floating card magic trick. First, I'm going to show you what it looks like and then I'm going to give you some pointers. Basically, show a card and you can take the card and over this way and it floats right back to the other hand. Unbelievable, wasn't it? I'll show it to you again. Take a card, goes over one way and, on your command, goes right back to your other hand. Well, in case you haven't figured out how it's done, you use an invisible thread. There's an invisible thread line from my ear all the way down to the card. When you put the invisible thread on a Bicycle playing card, try to get it right in the exact center. Now, when you spin the card, you don't throw the card like you would if you were scaling the cards in a theater. It's best to have your forefinger point toward the floor and pull your hand back towards you. That creates a point for the card to spin. That way, the card won't be spinning wildly all over, but just in one spot. Whenever I do this, I would bring the card over, just lean over, make it go back and that's as much as I like to do. It's real quick, real visual; it catches people off guard and they're not expecting that. Some people when they are doing this, they use a bit of magician's wax, so that way they can scrape the magician's wax off with the thread and hand the card out for examination. But, if you just have a card setup in the breast pocket, just pull it out, bring it into the, the deck when nobody's watching and you're ready to go. You know, like I said, I just like to make it go back and forth; I like to make it a quick thing out of it. I've seen some people that spin cards with the thread and they twirl them around like a lasso, which I think is a bit much and little bit overdone; but, this is just my own particular taste on it. That's all there is to it. There it is, the floating card magic trick. I'm Magician Paul Weatherbee. Check out weatherbeemagic.com. Rock on and keep your magic strong.

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