Easy Magic for Kids: Jumping Rubberband Trick

colorful rubber band wrapped around ring and pinky fingers
Wayne Kawamoto
  • 01 of 06

    Easy Jumping Rubberband Trick: Introduction

    In this easy magic trick for kids, a rubberband mysteriously jumps from your pinkie and ring fingers to the first and middle fingers of the same hand and then back again.

    Materials 

    One medium-size, colored rubberband. If you like, you can substitute a hairband for the rubberband.

    Once you master this trick, you can learn an impressive, advanced variation with two rubberbands.

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  • 02 of 06

    Easy Jumping Rubberband Trick: Setup (1)

    Hold your hand naturally and wrap the rubberband around your pinkie and ring fingers. Let the rubberband rest at the base of your fingers. The back of your hand should be facing your audience.

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  • 03 of 06

    Easy Jumping Rubberband Trick: Setup (2)

    With your other hand, stretch the rubberband and insert the tips of your pinky, ring, middle, and first fingers into it.

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  • 04 of 06

    Easy Jumping Rubberband Trick: Get Ready...

    Rest your fingers in the rubberband, against the palm of your hand. Notice how all of the fingers are resting inside of the rubberband and how the band is held against the fingertips.

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  • 05 of 06

    Easy Jumping Rubberband Trick: ...Jump

    At this point, you should be able to simply open (straighten) all of your fingers to make the rubberband appear to "jump" to your index and middle fingers. If the rubberband doesn't jump, please review the instructions. Note that by reversing the direction, you can make the rubberband jump back to the original fingers.

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  • 06 of 06

    An Advanced Variation of the Jumping Rubberband Trick

    An advanced variation of this trick requires two rubberbands; in this trick, one rubberband appears to switch places between your fingers, and the second appears to block it. As with the easy trick, you can substitute hairbands for rubberbands.

    One rubberband is placed just as you placed the rubberband in the easy trick, while a second rubberband encases all four fingertips. Even though you’ve wrapped the rubberband around the tips of your fingers, one rubberband quickly and mysteriously jumps...MORE from your pinkie and ring fingers to the first and middle fingers of the same hand. Try this advanced variation of the rubberband trick, too, and see if you can master it.