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Turkey Time!

Posted on November 6, 2008 by chris ballinger There have been 5 comment(s)

Thanksgiving is fast approaching and for most of you that means big family get-togethers. What better time to try out some new magic than when great uncle Freddy starts telling a story about his new tomato patch? So here's a list of my top five favorite tricks to do for family during our Thanksgiving festivities:

#5: Flow by Dan Hauss:
This is a great trick for picnics and parties because it uses something that is already around: a bottle of liquid. You can do the trick with a water bottle, juice bottle, soda bottle, iced tea bottle, etc. And the reactions you get are going to be huge. You might want to set up a whole bunch of them before your thanksgiving feast because people are going to be asking to see it again and again.

#4: Knife Thru Arm by MAK Magic:
This might not be good for every family member to see, but if you want to freak them out, here's your chance. With so much turkey and ham to carve, it only makes sense that you would hack into your arm with a giant knife. Yummy.

#3: Loops by Yigal Mesika:
This is one of those gimmicks that works beautifully during a moment of downtime. Picture this: you're sitting at the table with family members on either side of you and suddenly you make an empty cup slide across the table on its own; or make a fork spin without touching it. Really good dinner table possibilities.

#2: Sticky Situation by Andy Leviss:
You make a big deal about how you want to eat your turkey, but you don't have anywhere to put your gum. No worries, just completely restore it into a newly wrapped stick and put it into your pocket for later.

#1: Spirit Feather by Fun Inc.:
Thanksgiving is all about Native Americans and Pilgrims coming together and celebrating their harvest. Why not do a trick with some patter about a feather from a Native Headdress that does a ceremonial dance? I'm sure you can come up with a cool storyline for this beautiful trick.

Well, that's the list. Be sure you get the tricks you plan on doing for Thanksgiving soon so that you have enough time to practice. Here are a few other ideas that didn't make the cut, but were so close that I had to mention them here:

Multiplying Foil Balls: Foil's great for wrapping leftovers, but it's also great for magic.
Diminishing Milk: Utterly good dinner table magic. Your family will have a cow. (Somebody stop me.)
Chop Mug: Looks so real you might loose it in the shuffle; so be careful.
Healed and Sealed: If you don't already have this, you need it. Audiences go crazy for it.
Linking Mints: Refreshing after-dinner magic!


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5 Responses to Turkey Time!

  • fml
    fml says:

    love the way you think chris! ... and always looking for an opportunity to put a little magic in wherever you're at or whatever you're doing! kudos!

    ~ fml

    Posted on November 7, 2008 at 11:28 pm

  • John Mott
    John Mott says:

    I am trying to float a small light globe.
    Which thread is the strongest?
    I have doubled the strands but it still breaks.

    John Mott

    Posted on November 8, 2008 at 9:41 pm

  • Pureghost
    Pureghost says:

    He's supposed to he's a magician! DUH!!!

    Posted on November 8, 2008 at 11:58 pm

  • Matthew
    Matthew says:

    Yay chris

    Posted on November 13, 2008 at 9:40 am

  • Ty
    Ty says:

    Hey, Chris can you please sort the dove props and vanishing boxes. Thanks.

    dove magician,
    Ty Christensen

    Posted on November 15, 2008 at 3:43 am