THE MAGIC OF ADAM
Cold As Ice:
just a huff and a puff is all it takes to freeze a cup of water
While this trick involves no sleight of hand, it does require a bit of practice. That's because it's a pure sales job. You have to sell the trick as you set it up, and keep selling while you give it a chance to work.
the business: Cut a sponge into a circle that fits tightly into the bottom of a nontransparent paper or plastic cup and won't fall out when you turn the cup over. Place an ice cube on top of the sponge. Put a small amount of water (about ? cup) into a clear glass or a small clear pitcher.
the show: Present the glass (or pitcher) of water to your audience. Explain that you have really cold breath and you can freeze water just by blowing on it! Hold up the cup with the hidden sponge and ice cube, and pour in the water or invite a member of the audience to do it. (Be sure to keep the rigged cup high enough so your audience can't see in.) Now blow on the sponge cup with your ice breath, allowing time for the sponge to soak up the water. Slowly turn the cup over and let the ice cube fall out.
• Wedge in two sponge circles for more absorbency.
• Squeeze out your sponges between shows.
• Wet your ice cube so it doesn't stick to the sponge.
an ordinary ring defies gravity and climbs uphill
You'll need to practice this one a bit before you go live. But once you've got it down, you can do it anywhere you can find a bit of stretchy rubber band and a ring; this trick has legs.
the business: Find a stringy sort of rubber band, not one of those wide, fat bands that has no play when you pull it. Cut it so it's one long string. Stash a ring in your pocket -- any kind will do.
the show: Talk about how you've learned to charm small items so they levitate. In fact, if anyone has a ring, you'll show them. (If no one has a ring, pull the one from your pocket.)
Thread the ring on the rubber band. Grab one end with one hand. With the pointer and thumb of your other hand, pinch the rubber band somewhere in the middle, concealing the end in your palm. Raise the hand holding the end of the rubber band up and stretch the band to create a ramp, about 10 to 12 inches long, for the ring to climb. With the ring resting against the bottom hand, begin "focusing your energy." Loosen the grip of the fingers of your lower hand, slowly feeding the slack rubber band through your fingers. Keep your hands the same distance apart so the band stays the same length. As the slack feeds through, the ring will be carried toward the higher hand.
Let the ring climb only enough to prove your mental skills and then take a bow.
The Society Of Young Magicians:
If you are between the ages of seven to seventeen, and are interested in the performance of magic, you’ve come to the right place. Magic tricks and magicians are having a resurgence of popularity again thanks in part to performers like David Copperfield, Lance Burton, Mac King, and Penn and Teller. Many celebrities started out as young magicians including Johnny Carson, Dick Cavett, Neil Patrick Harris, Jason Alexander, Muhammad Ali, Steve Martin, Norman Schwartzkopf and Woody Allen.
It’s not just about the secrets. Performing the art of magic as a hobby produces some great positive results including: