Invisible string

What You Need:

  • A magnet
  • A paperclip
  • Thin cardboard

Instructions:

Tell your friends that you have a magical piece of string. It’s magical because it’s invisible!

  1. Place a paper clip on a thin sheet of cardboard.
  2. Hold a magnet under the cardboard so that it “grabs” on to the paperclip.
  3. Pretend that there’s a string attached to the paper clip and “pull” it across the cardboard. While pulling, move the magnet to make it look like the paper clip is being pulled.
  4. Your friends will wonder where the string is!

I Know Your Number

What You Need:

  • A sheet of blank paper, folded into thirds
  • 3 pencils
  • 3 friends

Instructions:

  1. Tear the paper neatly along the folds so that you have three sheets of equal size. The smaller sheets may seem identical, but actually the center sheet is ragged on two sides, while the end sheets are ragged only on one side. No one will notice this, but you will see it is an important difference, which will help you succeed with this trick!
  2. Hand the center sheet and a pencil to someone in your audience. Ask them to write any number and to fold the sheet into thirds. Tell the participant to concentrate on their number.
  3. Hand the remaining sheets and pencils to two other audience members. Ask them to write numbers and to fold the sheets into thirds.
  4. Collect the papers and scramble them.
  5. Pull out the first volunteers sheet. You’ll know it’s theirs because it’s the only sheet with two ragged edges. Hold up the sheet and ask the volunteer if it is their number, and they will be amazed that you picked the right one!

Betcha Can’t Put Two Pencil Points Together

What You Need:

  • 2 pencils
  • A friend

Instructions:

  1. Tell your friend to hold one pencil in each hand with the pencil points facing each other.
  2. Tell him to close one eye and try to touch the points of the pencils together
  3. Your friend will realize that this is harder than he thought it would be!
  4. How many tries does it take before you can touch the pencil points together with one eye closed?

Mind Reading

Mind Reading

What You Need:

  • An accomplice (a friend who knows the secret)
  • Chewing gum

Instructions:

  1. Tell your friends that you can read the mind of your accomplice.
  2. Ask someone to whisper a number from 1 to 10 in your accomplice’s ear.
  3. Put your hands on your accomplice’s cheeks. (Act like you are reading his mind)
  4. Your accomplice should chew his gum the same number of times as the number that was whispered in his ear.
  5. You will amazingly know what number was whispered in your accomplice’s ear!

Betcha Can’t Pick up This Dollar Bill!

What You Need:

  • A dollar bill
  • A wall
  • A friend

Instructions:

  1. Have your friend stand against a wall with his heels touching the wall.
  2. Place the dollar on the floor in front of him.
  3. Ask your friend to lean down and pick the dollar bill up without bending his knees and without moving his feet.
  4. Your friend can’t do it. He’ll fall over if he tries too hard!

Magic Squares

Magic Squares

What You Need:

  • Paper
  • Pencil or pen
  • Your brain

Instructions:

  1. Draw 2 lines going horizontal and 2 lines going vertical to make what looks like a tic tac toe board.
  2. Then, use your brain to remember your addition facts.
  3. Fill in each square with numbers 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,or 9. You can only use each number once.
  4. Then add each column, row, and diagonal and they should each equal 15.
  5. If they equal something else, keep trying.
  6. When you get it right, reward yourself with something.
  7. Tell your parents about the magic squares and challenge them.
  8. HAVE FUN!

Betcha Can’t Crack an Egg

What You Need:

  • One egg

Instructions:

  1. A fragile egg is actually pretty tough. See if you can put an egg in one hand and tighten your grip to the point of smashing it. Make sure you’re not wearing a ring which might cause too much pressure on a small area, and be sure to do this over a sink just in case you are strong enough!
  2. The design of an egg makes the pressure spread over a large area and not a small spot, which is how you normally crack an egg.
  3. So, give it a try Hercules and test your strength!