01 of 07
Easy Magic Trick: The Jumping Dot Trick or Card With Four Sides - Intro
Here’s a great easy magic trick for beginners that’s visual and fun. You make the prop yourself and, depending on the size of the prop that you construct, the trick may be performed close-up or in front of a good number of people – even in stand-up situations.
Another plus, this one is easy to learn and perform.
You show a big card and by simply turning it over, the number of objects (dots, diamonds, bunnies – whatever you wish) continually changes from one object, to four, to three and then to six, and then back to one.
You can watch a video of me performing the effect and even teaching it here. After watching this, you can read about the secret, which tells you why this trick works and then go straight to the section that teaches you how to make the prop.
The card is cleverly designed to make a certain number of objects appear. But by covering some objects with your hand and revealing others, the objects appear to change in numbers. There are only two objects on one side and only five on the other.
In addition to the specially constructed card, there’s a lot of psychology that this trick relies on. Our minds recognize long established patterns and then assume that certain patterns exists.
For example, when apparently seeing six objects on the card, your hand is covering a blank spot. But because our minds immediately recognize the pattern for six objects lined up in two columns with three objects per column, our minds tell us that there are six objects when there are only five. This works for all of the configurations that are shown on the card.Continue to 2 of 7 below.
02 of 07
How to Make the Prop
You will need a sheet of heavy paper or card stock. Also, stickers or you can cut out your own objects and apply them to the card with glue (I used round stickers that can be found anywhere, but you can use stickers of any shape: diamonds, stars, hearts, etc... You can also cut diamonds or whatever shapes that you wish out of a contrasting color of paper and glue them to the prop).
Cut the card to the size that you want. To start, I suggest that you start with half of a normal sheet of paper, 8.5-inches by 5.5-inches. It’s what is used in the images.
On the first side, apply two stickers (or glue on your own cut-out objects) as shown in the picture.
Before you turnover and apply stickers to the other side, it’s important that you turn the card as you would a page in a book (right to left).Continue to 3 of 7 below.
03 of 07
Side Two of the Prop
On the second side, apply five stickers (or glue five objects) as shown in the picture.
Note the location of the “blank” portion on this side, as shown in the image. If you turn the card over like a book (right to left) you’ll return to the other side and the two dots will be on the bottom as in the previous step.
Don’t worry if you haven’t got this completely correct. This won’t ruin the card or the trick. What will happen is that the number of objects will appear in a different order. You’ll figure this out as you begin to follow the instructions in the next step.Continue to 4 of 7 below.
04 of 07
Performing the Trick - Step 1
I think it’s easiest to learn this trick by watching the video, but I’ll explain it here.
Remember that what you are seeing is different from what your spectators see. As a result, it’s good to practice this one in a mirror.
Hold the card with the side with the two dots so the first two fingers of your right hand are covering the bottom dot. This is what you are showing your audience so this is facing away from you.
Say, “there’s one dot on this side.”
Note that the image shows the audience's view.
Tip: To see what your audience is viewing, simply tilt the top of the card towards yourself and you can view the audience’s perspective.Continue to 5 of 7 below.
05 of 07
Performing the Trick - Step 2
Grab the card on the side towards you with the first two fingers of your left hand – placing them over the dot on the middle of the left hand side and then turn the card over. As you turn the card over, let go of the card with your right hand.
Say, “there are four dots on this side.”
Again, to see what your audience is viewing, simply tilt the top of the card towards yourself and you can view the audience’s perspective.
Note that this image shows your view of the card before you turn it over so you can see the grip.Continue to 6 of 7 below.
06 of 07
Performing the Trick - Part Three
Grab the card on the side towards you with your right hand. Use the first two fingers to cover the blank spot. Turn the card over and let go of the card with your left hand.
Say, “there are three dots on this side.”
Note that this image shows your view of the card so you can see the grip before you turn it over.Continue to 7 of 7 below.
07 of 07
Performing the Trick - Part 4
Grab the card on the side towards you with the first two fingers of your left hand – placing them over the space on the middle of the left-hand side and then turn the card over. As you turn the card over, let go of the card with your right hand.
Say, “there are six dots on this side.”
Note that this image shows your view before you turn over the card so you can clearly see the placement of your fingers.
To finish, place the first two fingers of your right hand are covering the bottom dot. Turn the card over. As you turn the card over, let go of the card with your right hand.
You’re back where you started. At this point, you can end the trick or repeat the process to show the different number of dots on each side.