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Easy Magic Trick: How to Float and Spin a Playing Card
In this easy magic card trick, you spin a playing card and it mysteriously floats in mid-air underneath your hand. And as if by magic, it slowly rises up - levitates - to your hand so you can catch it. Kids will particularly like this trick.
You can watch a video of the trick in action here. Also, you can learn a second method where the card slowly rises and turns here. Please subscribe to our video channel to see and learn the latest easy magic tricks as lessons are made available.
This... trick is a quick one that really grabs the attention of spectators. It’s easy to learn and perform but will take some practice. There is no sleight of hand or complicated moves required.
Here’s what you’ll need to perform the trick.
A playing card
Clear Adhesive Tape
Black Thread (a couple of feet should do)
Learn More Magic Levitations With Cards and Other Objects
To learn more levitation magic tricks, click here. And if you want to learn a way to defy gravity with cards, check out another related easy magic trick called The Floating or Levitating Playing Card, which you can learn here.Continue to 2 of 4 below.
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Preparation of the Playing Card
Using the clear adhesive tape, attach a bit of the thread to the back of the playing card. What you want to do is attach the thread to the center of the playing card, as shown in the picture.
Run the other end of the thread over hand and then to a button on your shirt or to a belt buckle. You'll need to anchor the other end of the thread on your body. If you choose to use a button, you can form a loop in the thread and wrap it around the button.
If you like, you can also tape the thread to... your belt buckle. Of course, you're free to attach the end of thread in any manner that you wish.
You'll have to experiment a bit with the length. Basically, you'll want the thread to be fairly taut when you partially extend your arm in front of your body and leave thread so the card will dangle about a foot below your hand.Continue to 3 of 4 below.
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How to Run the Thread
This image shows the thread running from your body, over hand - between your first finger and second finger - and then to the playing card.
If you’re right-handed, you’ll want to run the thread over your left hand and launch the card with your right hand. If your left-handed, simply reverse the setup.Continue to 4 of 4 below.
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Launch the Playing Card
To perform the effect, grab the card with your hand. Mimic the motion of launching a Frisbee by folding your hand (bending your wrist), with the card, inwards towards your arm. By quickly straightening your wrist and throwing (spinning) the card, you will cause it to spin on its axis, which is created by the thread at its center.
The playing card will float underneath your hand.
Levitate the Card
To make the playing card rise up, simply move your hand away from your body. The thread will tighten... and the card will rise to your hand. As the card begins to slow its spin, time it so you can catch the card. Display the front of the card so that spectators won’t see the thread and tape attached to the back.
Make sure that you practice this one so you get the length of thread correct, as well as the motion of the hand to cause the card to rise.
Don’t allow spectators to stand too close as they’ll see the thread.
It helps to perform this in front of a dark background so the thread tends to blend in with the background.
When making the card rise up, try to move your hand slowly. Some practice and experimentation will make this clear so you can make the card rise at a nice pace.
You can watch a video of the trick in action here.