Everybody loves a good magic trick, especially when it involves floating and levitating objects. After you enjoy the trick, the obvious question that is How did he do that? Most of the time, these visual tricks are performed with the help of invisible thread, also called monofilaments. Even though they are technically not invisible, they are extremely thin. However, the strength of these threads is unmatchable, making it perfect for use in a variety of tricks. Yigal Mesika's invisible thread is quite effective and is easy to use in a variety of tricks.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Challenging
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Things you need
- Yigal Mesika's invisible thread
- Currency note
- Deck of cards
Secure one end of Yigal Mesika's invisible thread in your mouth; place the spool of thread on a table or on the ground in front of you. With both hands, crumple a currency note around the middle of the invisible thread. Now let the note rest in the palm of one hand. Practice on the amount of tension required and you will be able to levitate the note from your hand upwards and into the palms of your spectators.
Tie one end of a piece of invisible thread to your ear that is approximately two and a half feet long . The thread usually comes with magician's wax that can be used to attach the other end of the thread to the card.
Take a deck of cards and hand someone the card that has the thread attached to it. Let her inspect the card and remember its colour, number and type; then have her hand the card back to you. Place the card randomly in the deck. Fan the cards out on a desk in front of you. After you are at the right distance, you can easily manipulate the card to move when you move your head.
Manipulate the card even further by discreetly manoeuvring the hanging thread with your hands in slow, majestic movements. To spectators it will look like the card is moving on its own.
Do this with two cards by attaching thread to each ear and securing the other ends to each card.
Use the thread to make a pen float in thin air with your magic wand. Attach one end of Yigal Mesika's magic thread to the middle of a pen or pencil and the other end to your wand. Attach the thread to the objects by tying a knot or with a small piece of clear tape. Place the wand near you on the table and the pen in the middle of the table. Pick up the wand slowly and move it around to make the pen move. Make the pen move back and forth, side to side and rise from the table to float in midair. Spectators will be amazed.
Pick up the newer version of Yigal Mesika's invisible thread that now comes in a dental floss-type of dispenser. This allows you to manipulate your visual tricks even more since it allows you to stretch the thread to five times its size without a change in its tensile strength.
Tips and warnings
- Use a spool that will retract thread if you are a seasoned illusionist. This will give you more flexibility with your tricks.
- Use a longer spool if you want a greater distance between you and the levitating object.
- Before performing your magic tricks practice them in front of a mirror, or even better in front of a video camera. Once you feel confident enough you can perform your tricks in front of an audience.
- Practice carrying out your magic tricks with a sense of grandeur and grand hand gestures to magnify the effect.
- Always be careful of the amount of tension you put on the thread to avoid snapping it during the act.
- Use dull lighting and bright clothes so as not to provide a means for the crowd to see the thread.
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