How to Perform the Magic Tube Trick

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    A tube with ribbon

    Here's a trick that's as much a craft project as it is a magic trick. This is a particularly good trick for kids.

    You show an empty tube and then magically produce items such as ribbons or silk handkerchiefs. This is a great effect for a stand-up magic show. 



    • Two sheets of paper—standard 8.5" by 11" is fine
    • Clear adhesive tape
    • Small objects to produce such as ribbons or silk handkerchiefs
    • Scissors


    As you'll see, it's all in the tube which I'll show you how to construct.

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  • 02 of 06


    A paper cylinder

    Roll one sheet of paper into a cylinder.

    Roll the second sheet of paper into something of a cone, as shown in the picture. One end of the cone should be approximately the same diameter of the cylinder while the other end should be slightly smaller.

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    Make the Cylinder

    A cylinder with paper sticking out

    Insert the cone into the cylinder and trim off the extra edges of the cone that stick out. From the outside, you'll have something that looks like a normal cylinder that's made of paper.

    If you like, you can decorate the tube with stickers, markers and more.

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  • 04 of 06

    The Secret

    The interior of a cylindrical tube

    Here's the secret. When your audience looks down at one end of the tube, the one with the smaller end of the cone, they see what looks like a normal cylinder. The opening at the back of the cylinder is smaller than it should be—the perspective is slightly off— but spectators won't notice.

    From your side, when you look down the cylinder, you'll see a small, secret compartment where you can hide things and pull objects out of.

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    Get Ready

    Another view of the interior of the tube

    Beforehand, load some objects into the secret compartment. Here, I've loaded it with ribbons.

    To perform the trick, show the closed end of the tube to your audience and let them see that you have an empty tube. If you like, you can hold the tube up to your eye just as you would a telescope and allow the audience to see your eye and the "empty" tube.

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    Perform the Trick

    A completed magic tube trick

    After showing the tube empty, pull out the ribbons to the spectator's surprise.