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    Impress the Kids this Xmas

    Once you've unwrapped your presents, pulled your crackers & enjoyed your dinner it's time to dazzle your family and friends with an impressive array of party tricks. Knowing the Thai love of all things hocus-pocus, they should go down a treat.

    SPOON BENDING

    1. Audience participation is important in this trick, so before you get to work, involve as many people as possible, giving each of them a spoon to work on.

    2. Ensure your own piece of cutlery is weak enough to be bent by hand.




    3. Instruct your audience to follow your lead and begin by holding the spoon at the bowl end, between the finger and thumb of your left hand.

    4. Rub the neck of the spoon with your right fingers - remember to give the impression that what is about to happen is a paranormal event. This will encourage your audience to become more wrapped up in their own spoon-bending efforts.

    5. After a few moments, look at an audience member and pretend to notice an error in their technique.
    Stop rubbing your spoon and with your right hand, reach out to help your friend, while keeping the bowl of the spoon in your left hand.

    6. Move your friend's hand into the "correct" position, and this distraction will attract the attention of your friends.

    7. While all eyes are off you, this is your window of opportunity to act. Put both hands back on your spoon and sharply bend it at the neck.

    This is the weakest point of the spoon, so bending it should not be too difficult. You must be swift and discreet, otherwise the game is up.

    8. As soon as the spoon is bent, resume your original position, holding the spoon in your left hand and rubbing it with your right. Ensure that your right hand disguises the bend from your spectators.

    9. After a few more moments, slowly draw your right fingers away from the neck of the spoon, revealing to your friends its crooked glory.

    10. Now for the real magic. Slowly pull your left thumb back on the bowl of the spoon, causing the spoon's handle to tip up.

    11. Discreetly tip the bowl of the spoon up even further and as the handle moves upwards, you create the illusion that the spoon is bending. By turning to your left, you exaggerate this illusion.

    12. To highlight your amazing talent, take a spoon from one of your friends and hold both up for comparison.

    They should all now be suitably impressed



    MAGIC COIN

    Impress your audience by magically transferring a coin through your hand into theirs.

    What you will need

    Two identical coins

    A small piece of transparent adhesive tape

    The trick

    Ask a volunteer to hold out their hand with their palm facing upwards.
    Before placing your hand on top of theirs, hide one of the coins in the centre of your palm by contracting the muscles at the base of your thumb and pinkie finger.

    By quickly placing your hand on top of theirs, palm down, the coin will not fall out until both hands are touching.
    Put the second coin on top of your hand and stick the adhesive tape on the palm of your free hand.

    Slap your hand down directly on top of the coin, which should stick to the tape and be lifted up.

    When you slowly remove your hand, the volunteer will be truly amazed that the coin has appeared to have penetrated your palm and ended up in theirs.



    CARD BENDING

    This trick is so simple and fun, yet will leave your audience impressed and confused.

    Place a card flat on the back of your palm and tell your audience that you can bend it without even touching it.
    As if by magic, the card will bend in front of their eyes.

    The trick? Before putting the card on the back of your hand, you must moisten your skin.

    Pretend you are wiping your nose with the back of your hand and discreetly spit on your hand.

    Amazingly, the warmth of your hand combined with the moisture will cause the card to bend!

    BLACK AND RED CARDS

    In advance of the trick, separate the deck into two by colour, so you have one red and one black pile.

    Then put these two piles back together but do not shuffle them. When in front of your audience, separate the decks again, laying them face down. Ask a volunteer to select one card from each of the two piles, memorise it, then put the cards back into the opposite pile they were removed from.

    Ask your audience to shuffle each deck, still face down, before putting the two piles back together.

    Take the deck of cards and announce you can identify the cards your audience chose.

    All you must do to find their cards is to look through the deck and pick out the two cards which are a different colour from their surrounding cards. Easy, but effective!



    PENNY PREDICTION

    What you will need

    A hat

    Ten pennies, each with a different issue date

    The trick

    Put ten pennies in a hat and pass this to the audience. Ask them to study the pennies to check that each coin has a different date.

    A volunteer will choose a coin at random and pass this around the audience so they can also note the date.

    Tell the volunteer to replace the coin in the hat and return it to you. Close your eyes and pretend to be in deep thought as you put your hand in the bag to retrieve the coin.

    As the coin has been passed around the audience, it will be warmer than the remaining nine pennies, making it easily identifiable.

    A simple, yet impressive trick!

    Good luck!

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    Thanks. One small but significant question, SO. How do you remember these instructions after 6 Chang Yai???

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    SPOON BENDING

    1. Audience participation is important in this trick, so before you get to work, involve as many people as possible, giving each of them a spoon to work on.

    2. Ensure your own piece of cutlery is weak enough to be bent by hand.




    3. Instruct your audience to follow your lead and begin by holding the spoon at the bowl end, between the finger and thumb of your left hand.

    4. Rub the neck of the spoon with your right fingers - remember to give the impression that what is about to happen is a paranormal event. This will encourage your audience to become more wrapped up in their own spoon-bending efforts.

    5. After a few moments, look at an audience member and pretend to notice an error in their technique.
    Stop rubbing your spoon and with your right hand, reach out to help your friend, while keeping the bowl of the spoon in your left hand.

    6. Move your friend's hand into the "correct" position, and this distraction will attract the attention of your friends.

    7. While all eyes are off you, this is your window of opportunity to act. Put both hands back on your spoon and sharply bend it at the neck.

    This is the weakest point of the spoon, so bending it should not be too difficult. You must be swift and discreet, otherwise the game is up.

    8. As soon as the spoon is bent, resume your original position, holding the spoon in your left hand and rubbing it with your right. Ensure that your right hand disguises the bend from your spectators.

    9. After a few more moments, slowly draw your right fingers away from the neck of the spoon, revealing to your friends its crooked glory.

    10. Now for the real magic. Slowly pull your left thumb back on the bowl of the spoon, causing the spoon's handle to tip up.

    11. Discreetly tip the bowl of the spoon up even further and as the handle moves upwards, you create the illusion that the spoon is bending. By turning to your left, you exaggerate this illusion.

    12. To highlight your amazing talent, take a spoon from one of your friends and hold both up for comparison.

    They should all now be suitably impressed



    Sod being near SO with a spoon in his hand!
    Well, luckily I didn't have any tortoises on me at the time...

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