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Topic: First tricks you learned...
Message: Posted by: Kameron Messmer (Feb 5, 2011 02:31PM)
Im going to start some magic classes for children 3rd to 6th grade (7-12ish) I have a bunch of ideas, I've been teaching individual classes for years, but what were YOUR first tricks you learned? Tricks with everyday objects, not ball and vase, and drawer box...
Message: Posted by: mrunge (Feb 5, 2011 03:32PM)
21 Card Trick. It was a miracle that blew me away!!!

Mark.
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Feb 5, 2011 04:56PM)
Rising card! My mom made it for me. (To her the card force was only incidental!)

Bob Sanders
Magic By Sander
Message: Posted by: stijnhommes (Feb 5, 2011 06:05PM)
I'm not actually sure what my first trick was. It was either the shrinking wand or the disappearing salt shaker...
Message: Posted by: 55Hudson (Feb 5, 2011 06:16PM)
Disappearing salt shaker would be great for that age!

Table knife version of hot rod would be a good fit with the salt shaker.


Hudson
Message: Posted by: scottds80 (Feb 5, 2011 10:28PM)
My first trick was the cut & restored rope. It is still in my show 7 years later and gets great reactions!
Message: Posted by: jakubr (Feb 6, 2011 03:29AM)
If this is going to be for really small children like 7-8, maybe some basic card tricks, like with key-card would be good?

My first tricks were ones from Trilogy from DnD, but I had no idea about magic a that point, and I wouldn't recommend starting with this kind of material to anyone.
Message: Posted by: Dr. JK (Feb 6, 2011 08:15AM)
Don't remember the name, but where you show the four jacks in a fan, close the fan, put it on top of the deck, insert them into four different places, and voila, they are back on top (there are four misc. cards hidden behind the fan to begin with)....

Good times. A lot of good memories with this question!
Message: Posted by: bg (Feb 6, 2011 08:59AM)
French drop to disappear a coin...I couldn't believe it worked. Learned form The Art of Magic that I got as a gift when I was 8,9 or 10. I still have the book btw
Message: Posted by: aceofspades55 (Feb 6, 2011 12:36PM)
Man, I remember my first gaff deck. The stripper deck. still use it.

:0

Posted: Feb 6, 2011 1:37pm
I learned the trick where their chosen card ends up face down, pretty simple stuff.
Message: Posted by: Vagueli87 (Feb 6, 2011 12:41PM)
I bought a Svengali with a 25 tricks dvd!! After a week I bought a matching deck and in less than one month I was the new attraction of my school !
Message: Posted by: Shakey (Feb 6, 2011 12:47PM)
Started with a r/s deck for a card stab effect - First real piece of 'magic' was card warp - still do it now!!
Message: Posted by: WalkerMagic (Feb 6, 2011 12:54PM)
My first trick was the broken and restored rubber band. I still use that trick to this very day.
Message: Posted by: Andrew Zuber (Feb 6, 2011 01:09PM)
Mine was the Svengali deck. I still have the very same deck to this day and use it all the time. I love it.
Message: Posted by: Harry Lorayne (Feb 6, 2011 01:49PM)
WalkerMagic: Just curious - was it my Snap! HL.
Message: Posted by: WalkerMagic (Feb 6, 2011 02:11PM)
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On 2011-02-06 14:49, Harry Lorayne wrote:
WalkerMagic: Just curious - was it my Snap! HL.
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Hi,

I'm not really sure. But I think so.

Tommy
Message: Posted by: DomKabala (Feb 7, 2011 09:56AM)
I remember (as a child) doing a coin trick (a classic I believe) in which I made it vanish by rubbing it on my left elbow. Simple and effective...anyone remember this?

Cardamagically,
Dom :) ;)
Message: Posted by: macc (Feb 7, 2011 12:51PM)
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On 2011-02-06 09:15, Dr. JK wrote:
Don't remember the name, but where you show the four jacks in a fan, close the fan, put it on top of the deck, insert them into four different places, and voila, they are back on top (there are four misc. cards hidden behind the fan to begin with)....

Good times. A lot of good memories with this question!
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Hehe, I also donīt know the name but that was the first card trick I learned.
the plot was that the pack is a bank building and the four jacks are robbers.
three of them are going in different places in the building, one is on top and looks out.
then the police comes and they are instantly all four on top ready to leave.


other than that I would recommend a key card trick.
or what scott mentioned, the cut & restored rope.

or what I recently teached the 10 year old daughter of my girlfriend is the trick where you have one match lying on your hand or on the edge of a table and you rub another one on your trousers then you gently touch the one on your hand/table and it flies away.
she showed it to her teacher in school and he believed the static thing and even explained it to the class. :D
Message: Posted by: trouser (Feb 7, 2011 02:51PM)
I remember seeing David Copperfield do Crazy Man's handcuffs on TV when I was a kid. I wasn't into magic then but I REALLY wanted to learn how to do this trick. Fast forward several years. I was living in Moscow and some guy casually performed it for me at the office. I begged him to teach it to me. He did, and magic has been an obsession ever since. I recently did a magic workshop for some cub scouts. I used a few tricks outlined in Magic for Dummies that I felt were suitable for teaching to kids that age.
Message: Posted by: frankgq (Feb 7, 2011 05:24PM)
Coin rub into forearm was the first trick my grandfather taught me, as well as a self working card trick where you told a story while dealing out cards, then allowed the spectator to do complete cuts as many times as they wish, then the cards are dealt out into piles of four which all contained matching cards in each pile
Message: Posted by: Dr. JK (Feb 7, 2011 05:47PM)
[quote]
On 2011-02-07 13:51, macc wrote:
[quote]
On 2011-02-06 09:15, Dr. JK wrote:
Don't remember the name, but where you show the four jacks in a fan, close the fan, put it on top of the deck, insert them into four different places, and voila, they are back on top (there are four misc. cards hidden behind the fan to begin with)....

Good times. A lot of good memories with this question!
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Hehe, I also donīt know the name but that was the first card trick I learned.
the plot was that the pack is a bank building and the four jacks are robbers.
three of them are going in different places in the building, one is on top and looks out.
then the police comes and they are instantly all four on top ready to leave.


other than that I would recommend a key card trick.
or what scott mentioned, the cut & restored rope.

or what I recently teached the 10 year old daughter of my girlfriend is the trick where you have one match lying on your hand or on the edge of a table and you rub another one on your trousers then you gently touch the one on your hand/table and it flies away.
she showed it to her teacher in school and he believed the static thing and even explained it to the class. :D
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That's the exact plot! It came in some book "101 tricks" or something (Marshal Brodien kit??) I may still have the book in the garage!!! :D
Message: Posted by: Wes65 (Feb 8, 2011 06:16PM)
[quote]
On 2011-02-06 09:15, Dr. JK wrote:
Don't remember the name, but where you show the four jacks in a fan, close the fan, put it on top of the deck, insert them into four different places, and voila, they are back on top (there are four misc. cards hidden behind the fan to begin with)....

Good times. A lot of good memories with this question!
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This was one of my early tricks too. I leaned it from a cousin. I called it "jumping jacks" but that might just be a name that either my cousin or I came up with.

Posted: Feb 8, 2011 7:22pm
I believe my first trick was finding a spectator's cards using a key card. I believe my second was called "dead mans hand" or some other reference to Wild Bill Hickok (found in Scarne On Cards, my first magic book). Of course this could have been my first and that would make the other my second.
Message: Posted by: HerbLarry (Feb 8, 2011 07:04PM)
Broken & restored toohpick/match. Still slays 'em.
Message: Posted by: mahucharn (Feb 8, 2011 11:15PM)
This n' That. Rather complicated, so maybe not the best place to start. The Grid Trick (close up cards) is fantastic, but I'm fairly sure that it's original. Also, "Feeling A Card" is also fantastic and was taught to me by my Uncle, who teaches a magic/misdirection course in high school. Neither of these require much sleight of hand. PM me if you want instructions for the effects.
Message: Posted by: irossall (Feb 16, 2011 09:12AM)
The first trick that I purchased was the Cups & Balls. I threw the instructions away because It took a good two weeks to get the $1.00 the trick sold for. I had watched so many demonstrations that I knew the routine forward and backward, so I naturaly threw the instructions in the trash. When it did not work, I pull out the instructions and found out that the extra ball they gave me was part of the deal, not an error. I placed in on the shelf and went back and purchased a Paddle ($.50) which I mastered very quickly and the Magic bug bit me very hard. Within a years time my bedroom looked like a well stocked Magic Shop.
I still Love the Paddles but wish I could find the same type of Paddle I had back then.
Iven :patty:

Posted: Feb 16, 2011 10:19am
Mr. Lorayne: I was wondering if you have available the instructions for your Rising Card effect using the Svengali? I would purchase the instructions, even though I do the effect. I think other's might want to use this method (I never show anyone how to do this effect).
Iven
Message: Posted by: silent shadow (Feb 16, 2011 10:48AM)
[quote]
On 2011-02-06 09:15, Dr. JK wrote:
Don't remember the name, but where you show the four jacks in a fan, close the fan, put it on top of the deck, insert them into four different places, and voila, they are back on top (there are four misc. cards hidden behind the fan to begin with)....

Good times. A lot of good memories with this question!
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Jeff Dude that was me too I remember showing the whole family using the 'Four swagmen' looting a building escaping on the roof into the helicoptor story. Haha thanks for the reminder.

Jason
Message: Posted by: David Thiel (Feb 16, 2011 11:19AM)
The first trick was the Invisible Deck.

I saw a street performer doing it and got totally fried by it. Went back the next day: different spectator...different card. Three days in a ROW I watched him. No internet back then (early 80s) and I went to a magic shop...the only one in town...and described the effect.

The magician nodded and silently placed a deck of cards on the counter. He didn't say a word. He didn't have to. I opened the package in the CAR and started reading. My reaction went from: What Are They Talking About to...Holy CRAP! This is AMAZING!

I still do the ID...and it is STILL my favorite effect to this day.

David
Message: Posted by: harris (Feb 16, 2011 12:12PM)
The "Wizard" phone bit, taught by an older cousin.
Message: Posted by: penitentman (Feb 16, 2011 12:45PM)
First trick I learned was where you jam a fork and spoon together and balance them on a toothpick on the edge of a glass... then you light the other end of the toothpick on fire and it burns down to the edge of the glass.

For a trick that requires no setup or skill, other than getting the setup to balance, it gets great reactions with friends/family.

-Mike
Message: Posted by: Vagueli87 (Feb 16, 2011 02:08PM)
I bought a Svengali pack with a dvd of Dave Hudspath showing ''25 tricks with a Svengali deck'' I learned how to switch it for a regular deck pretty quickly so I had quite a big success at school doing this. Then I learned crushed and restored soda can...
Message: Posted by: JRediens (Feb 16, 2011 03:42PM)
[quote]
On 2011-02-07 13:51, macc wrote:
[quote]
On 2011-02-06 09:15, Dr. JK wrote:
Don't remember the name, but where you show the four jacks in a fan, close the fan, put it on top of the deck, insert them into four different places, and voila, they are back on top (there are four misc. cards hidden behind the fan to begin with)....

Good times. A lot of good memories with this question!
[/quote]

Hehe, I also donīt know the name but that was the first card trick I learned.
the plot was that the pack is a bank building and the four jacks are robbers.
three of them are going in different places in the building, one is on top and looks out.
then the police comes and they are instantly all four on top ready to leave.
[/quote]

Mine too. At least for the people I know it is quite a classic since we were all really young. Unfortunately it made that every one always suspect a DL!!! Than "key card" and "one way deck" pick a card and I'll find it.
Message: Posted by: Mental Illusionist (Feb 17, 2011 02:25AM)
I started at 5, I can't even remember starting, wow I just realized how weird that is :O
Message: Posted by: Godzilla (Feb 17, 2011 07:54AM)
Turning over bottle and water staying in it . Gimmick came in box of cereal . Had to use large bottles back then...before 16.9 oz. and 20.oz.
Trick the same as gimmick you use now. Also stated about using toothpick or match in bottle, when upside down in the instructions. Telling kids to use matches? That trick is really old! lol
Message: Posted by: Athelus (Feb 23, 2011 11:43PM)
First trick I learnt was Do as I do. Still surprises me how few people catch on to the secret :)
Message: Posted by: Alfalot (Feb 24, 2011 06:15AM)
There were a few and they probably represent the three most popular already been said.
They were
21 card trick
The four jacks burglers thingy (does it have a proper name?)
card reversed

I never use these but I use the last two with better ways of accomplishing the same effect. By better, I mean ones that people don't know because these are quite popular with laymen.
Message: Posted by: dtextreme (Mar 28, 2011 03:40PM)
My first tricks were:

21 card trick
torn and restore tissue
french drop
Message: Posted by: Cyberqat (Mar 28, 2011 03:47PM)
Nickels to dimes. Xray deck, French drop.
Message: Posted by: jakubr (Mar 28, 2011 04:30PM)
My first trick was Jumping Gemini. I actually also teach some 12ish kids, but I always start with them with something simple like key card.
Message: Posted by: ralphs007 (Mar 28, 2011 09:00PM)
Pull my thumb!
Message: Posted by: dman11 (Mar 28, 2011 11:00PM)
Skinners 3 card monte
Message: Posted by: rsylvester (Mar 29, 2011 12:44AM)
[quote]
On 2011-02-16 16:42, JRediens wrote:
[quote]
On 2011-02-07 13:51, macc wrote:
[quote]
On 2011-02-06 09:15, Dr. JK wrote:
Don't remember the name, but where you show the four jacks in a fan, close the fan, put it on top of the deck, insert them into four different places, and voila, they are back on top (there are four misc. cards hidden behind the fan to begin with)....

Good times. A lot of good memories with this question!
[/quote]

Hehe, I also donīt know the name but that was the first card trick I learned.
the plot was that the pack is a bank building and the four jacks are robbers.
three of them are going in different places in the building, one is on top and looks out.
then the police comes and they are instantly all four on top ready to leave.
[/quote]

Mine too. At least for the people I know it is quite a classic since we were all really young. Unfortunately it made that every one always suspect a DL!!! Than "key card" and "one way deck" pick a card and I'll find it.
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Four robbers (jacks) and I had forgotten all about this until I saw this post. LOL. And yeah, rubbing the quarter with the elbow. Then my mom took me to the library got a book on magic, where I learned the disappearing hanky with a very primitive "pull." I looked ridiculous walking around the house in a suit coat and shorts in the summertime at age 6.
Message: Posted by: ralphs007 (Mar 29, 2011 08:07PM)
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On 2011-03-28 22:00, ralphs007 wrote:
Pull my thumb!
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I'm sorry I meant pull my finger.
Message: Posted by: Cyberqat (Mar 29, 2011 08:16PM)
[quote]
On 2011-03-29 21:07, ralphs007 wrote:
[quote]
On 2011-03-28 22:00, ralphs007 wrote:
Pull my thumb!
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I'm sorry I meant pull my finger.
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You either had bad digestion early or got into magic late :P
Message: Posted by: stuartle (Mar 30, 2011 03:21AM)
Mine was the 21 card trick
Message: Posted by: greymagick (Mar 30, 2011 06:02AM)
For me it was classic Color Monte, and it is still one of my favourites.
Message: Posted by: stuartle (Mar 30, 2011 06:57AM)
Good trick not 1 I use but a good trick none the less
Message: Posted by: francisngkl (Mar 30, 2011 07:19AM)
My too is the 21 card trick
Message: Posted by: Dougini (Mar 30, 2011 08:37AM)
My first trick? Ever? Wow...that would be Nickles To Dimes, circa 1970. I went to DisneyLand's Magic Shop in Anaheim, and was amazed by that little trick and bought it right away! I recommend that for any beginner!

Doug
Message: Posted by: twm (Mar 30, 2011 11:08AM)
Mine was the Egg Bag, and good grief, that was 60 years ago. I did it in school, and got to perform in front of the entire school!

Six years later, I had added Zombie (though I think it must have had a different name at the time), Linking Rings and an escape from a sack routine.
Message: Posted by: atouchofmagic1 (Mar 31, 2011 06:52AM)
Hmmm first ever trick, I am almost certain it was a vanish and reproduction of a quarter. It was shown to me by an old family friend who dabbled in magic throughout his life. Good ol' french drop and pulling it from the sleeve. I still do it today :P


always in magic

-Bobby :)
Message: Posted by: Harrismatic (Mar 31, 2011 07:59AM)
Mine was the classic key-card trick.I had being using it all the time until I learned that I can force a card. :)
Message: Posted by: BenjaminMan (Mar 31, 2011 05:57PM)
Well I did some tricks as a kid, but nothing that I took very seriously.
The first trick I really remember enjoying was the Invisible Deck.