Thursday, May 26, 2011

Two Jumping Rubber Bands

The story 
Here is a rubber band. I put the rubber band around two fingers. The magician shows a rubber band and put it around his index and middle finger. Please touch the rubber band with your finger. Whoa! The rubber band has switched the fingers! The rubber band has magically jumped to the ring and the pinky finger. I think you have a very magic touch. OK. Now, I want to check if you really have the magic power in your hands. I’m going to us two rubber bands for this purpose. Here are two different color rubber bands. The magician shows two different color rubber bands. I put one rubber band around my index and the middle finger. And the second rubber band goes around my pinky and the ring finger. The magician put each rubber band around two different fingers. Please touch one of the rubber bands with your finger. Whoa! The rubber bands exchanged the fingers. The rubber bands have magically exchanged they place. You indeed have very strong magic power in your hands.
The secret 
Materials: one or two rubber bands.

This magic trick does not require any special skills on your part. You have to keep your left hand palm down facing the floor and your fingers together during the performance! I’m going to show my palm to you only for purpose of this instruction. You should never show your palm to your audience. It is very important to keep your palms always hiding from the view of your audience. Hold your palms facing the floor. Show a rubber band. Hang the rubber band at the base of your two left fingers: the index and the middle finger (Pic 1 and 2).


Place your right palm down under your left palm. Put your right fingers in to the loop of the rubber band and stretch the rubber band under the cover of your left hand (Pic 3 and 4).


Bend four left fingers and put them in to the loop of the rubber band. You do it under the cover of your left hand so your audience doesn’t see this move (Pic 5 and 6).


Move your right hand out of the loop. You audience sees that the rubber band is looped only around two fingers, but it’s looped around four left fingers (Pic 7 and 8). Stress your audience attention on the fact that the rubber band is looped around two fingers: the index and the middle finger.


Ask someone from your audience to touch the rubber band. Stretch all left fingers straight as soon as the child touches the rubber band. It will release the loop of the rubber band from the index and the middle finger. The rubber band will be looped around only two left fingers: the ring and the pinky finger (Pic 9 and 10). Stress your audience attention on the fact that the rubber band moved magically to the pinky and the ring finger.


Make the rubber band to jump back to the index and the middle finger. You do it using the same technique as described above. The rubber band is looped around the base of your pinky and the ring finger. Place your right hand under your left palm. Put your right fingers in to the loop of the rubber band and stretch the rubber band under the cover of your left hand (Pic 11 and 12).


Bend four left fingers and put them in to the loop of the rubber band. You do it under the cover of your left hand so your audience doesn’t see this move (Pic 13 and 14).


Move your right hand out of the loop. You audience sees that the rubber band is looped around two fingers, but it’s looped around four left fingers (Pic 15 and 16). Stress your audience attention on the fact that the rubber band is looped around the pinky and the ring finger.


Ask someone (preferable the same child) to touch the rubber band. Stretch all left fingers straight as soon as the child touches the rubber band. It will release the loop of the rubber band and the rubber band will be looped around only two left fingers: the index and the middle finger (Pic 17). Make a sound of surprise and stress your audience attention on the fact that the rubber band moved magically back to the index and the middle finger. Congratulations, you have made the magic trick. 

You can use the technique described above to make two different color rubber bands to exchange their places. Show two different color rubber bands to your audience. Hang one rubber band around the base your left pinky and the ring finger. Hang the second rubber band around base of your left index and the middle finger. Make sure to place both rubber bands at the base of the fingers (Pic 18 and 19).


Place your right palm down under your left palm. Put your right fingers in to the loop of the rubber band (Pic 20 and 21).


Put your right fingers in to the loop of the second rubber band and stretch both rubber bands under the cover of your left hand (Pic 22 and 23).


Bend four left fingers and put them in to the loops of both rubber bands. You do it under the cover of your left hand so your audience doesn’t see this move (Pic 24). Move your right hand out of the loops. Stress your audience attention on where each color rubber band is located.

You audience sees that each rubber band is looped around of two different pairs of fingers, but each rubber band is looped around four left fingers (Pic 25 and 26).


Ask someone from your audience (preferable a child) to touch any rubber band. Stretch all left fingers straight as soon as the child touches the rubber band. It releases the loop of the rubber bands and the rubber bands exchange their places (Pic 27 and 28). Make a sound of surprise and stress your audience attention on the fact that the rubber bands have magically exchanged the fingers. Make the rubber bands to jump back. You do it using the same technique as described above. The rubber bands are at base of the fingers.


Place your right palm down under your left palm (Pic 29).

Put your right fingers in to the loop of one rubber band (Pic 30). Put your right fingers in to the loop of the second rubber band.

Stretch both rubber bands under the cover of your left hand (Pic 31).

Bend four left fingers and put them in to the loops of both rubber bands. You do it under the cover of your left hand so your audience doesn’t see this move (Pic 32).

Move your right hand out of the loops. Stress your audience attention on where each color rubber band is located. You audience sees that each rubber band is looped around of two different pairs of fingers, but each rubber band is looped around four left fingers (Pic 33 and 34).


Ask the child to touch any rubber band. Stretch all left fingers straight as soon as the child touches the rubber band. It will release the loop of the rubber bands and the rubber bands will exchange their places (Pic 35). Make a sound of surprise and stress your audience attention on the fact that the rubber bands have magically moved to their original spots. The child seems to have a very magic touch. Congratulations, you have made the magic. This magic trick can be repeated successfully many times to the same audience. Remember to keep the secret of your magic. It’s the only guarantee of your success. Have fun and happy twisting :)

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