During an episode of Penn and Teller: Fool Us, magician Axel Adler turned up with a mind-boggling illusion we’ve never seen before. The trick: make it look like he has three legs – and you can never quite tell which ones are real and which is a fake. It’s kind of like that old cups and balls trick but you try and follow the fake leg.
We like to keep our dishes neatly stacked in our kitchen cabinets, but we don’t do it with this kind of flair. Somehow, through some kind of trickery, this stack of plates spins into place with the flick of a finger and drops down in height as it goes. We’re filing this one under “what kind of sorcery is this?”
James over at The Action Lab shows off a neat series of chemical reactions that make it look like he cut his hand, then miraculously heals it. The combination of ferric chloride and potassium thiocyanite produce the deep red blood color, while the addition of sodium fluoride makes it turn transparent again.
An unidentified performer shows off their skills at cardistry and sleight of hand using a deck of special Blue Checkerboard playing cards. While anyone can get their hands on a similar Svengali deck, we doubt that most of us could handle it with the skill and smoothness of this magician.
Sleight of hand is a critical skill when it comes to close-up magic and card tricks. In this video, expert magician Daniel Roy walks us through a series of progressively more impressive card control examples. We could have sworn he was shuffling those cards when he wasn’t.
While Mark Rober has shown us some amusing ways to annoy porch pirates, they don’t prevent them from stealing packages in the first place. Jason at Impossible Science came up with a clever way to fool them into thinking there’s no package there at all – using angled mirrors to cloak deliveries from being seen from the street.
Penn & Teller, the robots are coming for your jobs. Mario the Maker Magician created this charming cardboard robot that can perform simple magic tricks, like making a foil ball disappear. Automabot’s shades at the end are a nice touch. Watch more robot magic tricks here.
In his video series Antique Apparatus, magician John Stessel digs up old and unusual magic trick gimmicks. This one he dubbed “The Pyramid of Death” is four hinged triangles which can form a pyramid that conjures flames and random objects. He goes on to give away the painfully simple secret at the end.
“Everything he’s saying is a lie.” In this interview with Vanity Fair, magician, professional sceptic, and generally smart guy Penn Jillette takes a look at movie and TV scenes that featured magic tricks, and reveals how feasible each of the illusions might be, versus just being movie magic.
This upcoming virtual reality game Frankly Unfair, Unkind, Unnecessary, and Underhanded from magicians and smart guys Penn & Teller will mess with player’s minds by subjecting them a variety of minigames which include facing their worst fears and a variety of cruel tricks.
Ellusionist took the technology from its wrist-mounted flash gun and incorporated it into a marker pen. The Pyro Fire Shooter Pen looks like a Sharpie and actually writes, but press its covert button for 3 seconds, and it will ignite and shoot flash paper over 10 ft.
Magician Eric Chien won the 2018 FISM Close Up Grand Prize with this amazing series of tricks. He uses a ribbon and two rectangles to transform playing cards (and his vest), swapping their colors, slicing and repairing and ultimately turning the cards into coins.
An amusing clip from the Netflix series Magic for Humans in which magician Justin Willman uses a mix of illusion and collusion with the audience to convice two subjects that they are now invisible. Lots of commenters think the marks were actors, but we’re not so cynical.
CaptainDisillusion is getting so good at debunking, he’s now tackling two lies in a single short video. The cup levitation trick is easier to do, but at least you know it’s a trick. The train track near miss video on the other hand leverages realism for views.
Magician and escape artist David Blaine dropped by The Tonight Show, and proceeded to freak out Jimmy and the guys from The Roots with a series of impressive close-up card tricks, culminating in a serious mindbender. Then he pulls a Steve Jobsian “One more thing…”