Thursday, May 26, 2011

Two Straws Penetration

The story
Do you know what magicians do to untangle knots? Certainly they use a magic word. Check it out. I hold two regular straws. The magician shows two straws. I am going to loop both straws around each other to make a knot. The magician loops straws around each other in a knot. Now I need two volunteers to hold ends of the straws. You hold ends of one straw and you hold ends of the other straw. Each volunteer holds both ends of one straw. Abracadabra Barambum! Please, pull the straws apart. The volunteers pull the straws apart. Whoa! The straws penetrated each other and as you can see both straws are intact!
The secret
Materials: two straws.
The secret of this magic trick is in the way magician makes the knot. This magic does not require any special skills on your part. You simply have to memorize the order and way to make the knot. Let see how it’s done. Hold the first straw in a horizontal position (Pic 1).

Put the second (blue) straw in a vertical position on top of the first straw (Pic 2).

Loop the second (blue) straw around the first (red) straw. Bring the bottom part of the blue straw to the top-left by bending it outward (Pic 3).

Then you bring the same part of the second (blue) straw to the bottom by bending it inward (Pic 4). Show the loop to your audience from the top.

Hold the loop between your fingers and the thumb (Pic 5).

Now you’re going to loop the first (red) straw. Bring the right part of the first (red) straw to the top-left by bending it outward (Pic 6). It will create a false loop! Don’t show the loop to your audience!

Cover the loop with your thumb (Pic 7).

Bring the same part of the first (red) straw to the right by bending it inward (Pic 8). Show the loops to your audience from the top.

Cover the loops with your thumb (Pic 9).

Bring the top part of the second (blue) straw to the bottom by bending it inward (Pic 10). Show the loops to your audience from the top.

Cover the loops with your thumb (Pic 11).

Bring the left part of the first (red) loop to the right by bending it inward. Ask two volunteers to hold ends of the straws. Each volunteer should hold both ends of one straw only (Pic 12).

Cover the loops with your thumb and hold the knot firmly (Pic 13).

Say Abracadabra Barambum! Tell the volunteers to pull the straws apart. The straws visibly penetrate each other (Pic 14).

Show that the straws are not broken (Pic 15). Congratulations, you have made the magic. This 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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