Dreamr Lab Sessions #11 | Eight Magic Tricks with Steven Brundage

Feb 23, 2022 10 min read
Dreamr Lab Sessions #11 | Eight Magic Tricks with Steven Brundage

#1 Spoon Bending Illusion

Dreamer and Magician, Steven Brundage, reveals his secrets.

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Let's begin!

STEP 01: GRAB A SPOON

For this magic trick, all you’ll need is a spoon, a flat surface, and your hands!


STEP 02: PLACE THE SPOON BETWEEN YOUR PINKY + RING FINGERS

To create this illusion, the placement of the spoon matters! Hold the spoon between your pinky and ring fingers. Lastly, place your thumb behind the spoon as shown in the second photo.


STEP 03: PLACE YOUR OTHER HAND OVER THE BOTTOM HALF OF THE SPOON

With your opposite hand, you are going to cover the bottom half of the spoon, so your audience can’t see the spoon placed between your fingers -this is where the magic happens!


STEP 04: CREATE THE ILLUSION

Place the spoon on a flat surface to create the illusion that you are bending the spoon. The spoon will pivot downwards as your hand (on the bottom half of the spoon) tilts forward to make it look like you are bending the spoon.


STEP 05: FINAL REVEAL!

Enjoy the looks on their faces when your spoon is not, in fact, bent!


#2 Disappearing Crayons

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STEP 01: GET AN 8-COLOR CRAYON BOX

For this trick, you will need to have a crayon box (preferably one with 8 colors) because you will need to prep before showing this magic trick!


STEP 02: PREP THE BOX

Before showing this magic trick, you will need to cut the crayons in half (as shown in the top photo) and super glue them together, so they become one piece. Most crayon boxes should have a cut-out already, but if not, you will need to cut an opening as shown in the second photo.


STEP 03: FLIP BOX UPSIDE-DOWN TO REVEAL THE CRAYONS

After you put the crayons back in the box, you will need to turn the box upside-down so the crayons appear in the cut-out; then, simply pinch the box in the middle, so the crayons remain at the top of the box for your audience to see!


STEP 04: TURN THE BOX AROUND TO PERFORM THE TRICK

After your audience sees the crayons in the box, turn it around and give it a shake and let the crayons fall to the bottom of the box by releasing your grip on the box. PRO TIP: By shaking the box, you will mask the sound of the crayons falling to the bottom.


STEP 05: FINAL REVEAL!

Enjoy the looks on their faces when they see an “empty” box!


#3 Cut iPhone Cord

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STEP 01: GET A BROKEN/OLD IPHONE CORD

Prior to performing this trick, you will need an old iPhone cord that you are able to cut.




STEP 02: CUT THE OLD IPHONE CORD + HIDE IT IN YOUR HAND

Cut about 4 inches of your iPhone cord and fold it in half as shown in the second photo; you will hide this in your hand (between your index and thumb) prior to getting someone else’s iPhone cord.




STEP 03: ASK FOR A FRIEND’S IPHONE CORD

With a friend’s good iPhone cord, you are going to fold it in half and place it in the hand with the fake cord (that is already folded); then, pull the fake cord up to create the illusion that it is their cord that you are about to cut. PRO TIP: make sure it is the fake cord that you are pulling up!! And remember to keep the fake cord completely hidden in your hand.




STEP 04: CUT THE FAKE(!!) CORD

With the fake cord exposed, cut the cord at the loop and twice horizontally, and then discard the fake cord to create the illusion that you just cut their iPhone cord.




STEP 05: FINAL REVEAL!

Enjoy the looks on their faces when they see their iPhone cord fully intact!





#4 Vanishing Water

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STEP 01: GATHER YOUR MATERIALS

What you will need is a mug and a cup of water to show your audience. The premise of this trick is you will pour the cup of water into the “empty” mug, and the water will magically vanish!




STEP 02: HIDE A DRY SPONGE IN THE MUG!

Prior to showing your audience the mug and cup of water, you will need to hide a dry sponge at the bottom of the mug, so it can absorb the water before you pour the mug to show that the water has “vanished”.




STEP 03: POUR THE WATER INTO THE MUG

After you have hidden the sponge inside of the mug (without your audience seeing it), pour a small amount of water into the mug; give the mug a twirl to allow the water to absorb into the sponge and give it the magic blow.




STEP 04: FINAL REVEAL!

Enjoy the looks on their faces when they see an “empty” mug!





#5 Catching Pencil Eraser

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STEP 01: GATHER YOUR MATERIALS

You will need a pencil with an eraser on both ends; only one of the erasers will be visible to your audience as shown in the second photo.




STEP 02: REMOVE THE ERASER AND THROW IT INTO THE AIR

As you remove the eraser that is visible to your audience, throw it into the air while the hand that is holding the pencil is positioned in a way where they cannot see the hidden eraser. In the next step, I will show you how to position the pencil as you catch the eraser.




STEP 03: TWIRL THE PENCIL AS YOU CATCH THE ERASER

Place the pencil between your index and middle fingers, so you have an open palm to catch the eraser. As soon as you catch the eraser, flip the pencil so the hidden eraser is now revealed.




STEP 04: FINAL REVEAL!

Enjoy the looks on their faces when they see the eraser magically appear on the pencil!





#6 Banana Karate

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STEP 01: GATHER YOUR MATERIALS

You’ll need an unbent paperclip and a banana for this trick!




STEP 02: PIERCE BANANA AND SLICE IT

Using your paperclip, poke a hole on the bottom of the banana (on the seam) carefully without piercing through the other side, and move the paperclip from one end to the other to slice the banana. You will need to do this prior to performing the magic trick for your friends.




STEP 03: KARATE CHOP THE BANANA

After you secretly slice the banana with the paperclip, karate chop the banana in front of your friends.




STEP 04: FINAL REVEAL!

Enjoy the looks on their faces when you peel it and they see the banana sliced in the exact areas you karate chopped!





#7 - Levitating Ring

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STEP 01: GATHER YOUR MATERIALS

All you’ll need is a rubberband and a ring for this trick!




STEP 02: STRETCH THE RUBBERBAND AND THREAD THE RING ONTO IT

For this simple trick, all you’ll need to do is stretch the rubberband and hide the slack in one hand, slide the ring onto one end and let it fall to the hand that is hiding the rest of the rubberband.




STEP 03: FINAL REVEAL!

With the hand that’s hiding the rubberband slack, slowly let go of the rubberband so the ring can move towards your other hand that’s holding the other end of the rubberband. This will create the illusion that the ring is levitating when in reality, it is just moving along with the rubberband as you slowly release the slack.





#8 Pick the Queen for $100

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STEP 01: GATHER YOUR MATERIALS

You will need playing cards (2 random cards, a Joker, and a Queen), scissors, and a piece of tape. Follow next steps to prepare the trick.




STEP 02: CUT THE QUEEN CARD

With your scissors, cut the Queen in a diagonal and then straight across on the bottom to create the illusion that the Queen is in your hand.




STEP 03: TAPE THE QUEEN CARD ONTO ONE OF THE PLAYING CARDS

Take a little piece of tape and place it on the backside of the Queen card, so the tape cannot be seen. Make sure it is placed at an angle as if it was fanned out in your hand when performing the trick. The Queen will be tucked in between the other playing, and the Joker will be hidden underneath the Queen.




STEP 04: HIDE THE JOKER UNDER THE QUEEN INBETWEEN THE TWO CARDS

Hide the Joker behind the Queen card in the exact position/angle, so your audience doesn’t see the Joker. Use the 2nd random card to cover the front of the Joker, and use your hand to cover the bottom half of the Queen to hide where you cut it horizontally.




STEP 05: LET YOUR FRIEND PICK THE “QUEEN”

After you organize the cards, reveal the Queen to your audience, and face the fan face-down, and instruct your friend to Pick the Queen for $100; naturally, your friend will choose the middle card, which is actually the Joker card!




STEP 06: FINAL REVEAL!

After your friend pulls the Joker, discreetly slide the front playing card to hide the Queen; then, reveal the 2 playing cards. Enjoy the looks on their faces when they don’t see the Queen in your hand.




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