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Tricks

Fire Vortex Bubble

Fire Vortex Bubble

Bubble-blowing expert Dustin Skye shows off a really slick trick, in which he blows a soap bubble, fills it with butane, uses his breath to start a vortex, then lights it on fire, producing a tiny fire tornado. More here.

31 Tricks for a 31 Year-old

31 Tricks for a 31 Year-old

(PG-13: Language) For his 31st birthday, Cirque du Soleil performer Thom Wall celebrated the occasion by assembling a reel of 31 different tricks that put to good use his juggling skills, balance, and manual dexterity. That knife trick.

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The Slinky Master

The Slinky Master

We know they walk down stairs, alone or in pairs, and make a slinkity sound, but we had no idea that a Slinky could be used as the centerpiece for a crowd-pleasing stage show, as this participant on a Chinese TV talent show demonstrates. Original video here.

Stringless Yo-Yo Science

Stringless Yo-Yo Science

Yo-Yo master Ben Conde joined science channel Veritasium and Beyond Slow Motion to demonstrate his ability toss a yo-yo into the air, let it spin without its string attached, then recover it. You’ll be entertained, and learn a thing or two about physics along the way.

Mirror Ball Trick Explained

Mirror Ball Trick Explained

Captain Disillusion explains how animator Kevin Parry managed to pull off the seemingly seamless viral video of him playing catch with his reflection in the mirror. In a nutshell, it took multiple takes and painstaking video editing.

Backflip Drum Solo

Backflip Drum Solo

Night Verses drummer Aric Improta shows off an impressive bit of showmanship in which he performs a backflip between two drum kits, and manages to keep the rhythm going with only the briefest of pauses in his solo.

Math Magic

Math Magic

Vsauce talks about how cardists use patterns and probabilities to create long-winded tricks that seem to ensure a random outcome, even though what they’ve really done is the opposite. And then your eyes will glaze over as he explains that 52! is a large number.

NHL After Dark (Trailer)

NHL After Dark (Trailer)

NHL After Dark is an 11-part series from GoPro, the NHL and the NHLPA that will give us an in-depth look at the players’ late night training sessions. Claude Giroux’s version of Frogger is insane. Premieres 2/3/16.

Self-Tying Shoelace Trick

Self-Tying Shoelace Trick

DaveHax shows us a simple but impressive party trick: making it seem like your shoelaces tied themselves. All you need is an extra shoelace, a string, and pants that are wide enough to hide the bow. Now go and impress your nieces and nephews.

Floating Cards

Floating Cards

Zach Mueller shows off one of the most impressive acts of cardistry we’ve seen, as he manages to keep cards nearly stationary as his hands move around them, creating the illusion that the cards are floating. If the cards don’t mesmerize you, his intense gaze will.

Skinning a Watermelon

Skinning a Watermelon

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to pull off Mark Rober’s silly party trick, in which he shows us how to remove the outer skin of a watermelon without damaging the insides. On second thought, it does take a rocket scientist.

A Smile and a Trick

A Smile and a Trick

The young magician Moritz Mueller doesn’t need assistants or props to draw your attention away from his sleight of hand. All he needs to do is flash a smile. If that doesn’t work, Moritz also knows how to rely on good old spit equity.

Another Way to Open Five Beers

Another Way to Open Five Beers

While isn’t nearly as impressive as opening five bottles with a chainsaw, this quick cap-popping technique that requires six guys and five rulers is far less likely to result in a severed limb.

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Lighting Candle Smoke

Lighting Candle Smoke

LifeHackChan shows off a neat party trick you can do with a paraffin wax candle. Apparently, a small amount of the wax that burns off in its smoke is still flammable, so you can relight the candle without aiming for the wick.

The Floating Screwdriver

The Floating Screwdriver

Thanks to the wonders of physics, this guy is able to make a screwdriver float in mid-air with the help of compressed air, and a little phenomenon known as the Coandă effect, which allows an object to remain aloft in a diagonal stream of air.

The Stop Motion Card Trick

The Stop Motion Card Trick

Professional magician Jamie Raven got into Britain’s Got Talent with some Inception-level trickery. Jamie started off with a couple off sleight of hand party tricks, but his final treat is so good it’s spooky. Skip to 1:40.

Bottle Speed Bag

Bottle Speed Bag

British Olympian and two-time world champion boxer Amir Khan shows off his hand speed and coordination by turning an empty bottle as an impromptu speed bag. Imagine if that was your head. Skip to 0:09.

Willie Nelson’s Story Card Trick

Willie Nelson’s Story Card Trick

Willie Nelson tells his sister and bandmate Bobbie a story about a poor but slick porter using a classic card trick. The Three of Spades was like, if you’ve got the money honey, I’ve got the time.

5 Cool Physics Tricks

5 Cool Physics Tricks

Veritasium challenges you to explain five physics-related phenomena, including water bending, magnetic cereal and a flying tea bag. You can check out the discussions on YouTube or wait until the next episode for the answers.

Doug McKenzie: Future Magician

Doug McKenzie: Future Magician

Magician Doug McKenzie loves to use everyday objects in his tricks. With modern technology increasingly becoming a part of our daily life, Doug has also incorporated gadgets such as cellphones into his performances.

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Samurai Soccer

Samurai Soccer

This promo for Nissin Cup Noodles has nothing to do with ramen, but it does have freestyle world champ Tokuda Kotaro in a samurai outfit doing awesome football tricks, so that’s all that matters. Now, we’re gonna go eat some noodles.

McDonald’s Trick Shot Pros

McDonald’s Trick Shot Pros

McDonald’s is cashing in on World Cup fever, but forget whatever it is they’re promoting. Let’s just thank their ad agency for rounding up these talented soccer trick shot specialists for this awesome commercial. You’re welcome.

Kardistry Championship 2014

Kardistry Championship 2014

A teaser for the 2013-2014 World Kardistry Championship. The contest sees cardists from all over the world compete through video submissions. Check out the entries of the grand finalists here. The song is Iron by Woodkid.

Speed Riding Ski Lift Cable Grind

Speed Riding Ski Lift Cable Grind

Speed rider Valentin Delluc pulls off a trick that seems straight out of a Tony Hawk Pro Skater game: grinding on ski lift cables at high speed, making sure to float off to avoid the posts at the last second. More here.

Darcy Oake’s Dove Illusions

Darcy Oake’s Dove Illusions

Illusionist Darcy Oake joined this year’s Britain’s Got Talent to showcase his award-winning skills. Watch him make doves appear out of thin air. And then some. We wonder what’s in his right jacket pocket. Skip to 1:22.

Ring Juggling Illusion

Ring Juggling Illusion

Juggler Lindzee Poi uses four rings to create optical illusions. Matching his movements with the song Comptine d’un Autre Été from the Amelie soundtrack, Lindzee made it seem like the rings were suspended in midair.

Stockholm in Card Tricks

Stockholm in Card Tricks

Swedish magician Charlie Caper promotes his country’s capital through card tricks. Stockholm – the fastest growing source of clean water for all kinds of Internet-connected couples. Also 5,6,7,8 and 9 are not coincidences.

Circulus

Circulus

Britain-based circus group Circulus aims to push the boundary of their craft by creating bespoke acrobatic performances in “found and forgotten spaces”, such as this abandoned factory.

Base-Pong-Ball

Base-Pong-Ball

The guys from the quirky Tumba Ping Pong Show mess with our heads yet again, with another brain-twisting clip that you’ll need to play over and over again to figure out. Hint: It’s done with mirrors. We think.

The Card Ninja

The Card Ninja

Entertainer and professional cardist Javier Jarquin shows off his card throwing skills. Watch him pull off trick shots, insert a subway ticket from long-range and more. You can see more of his tricks on his YouTube channel.

Knife Guyz

Knife Guyz

Freddie Wong and the guys from RocketJump are usually seen playing with guns and rocket launchers, but in this clip, they demonstrate their knife skills – with the help of a heaping helping of CGI, of course.

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