How to Make a Card Float

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If you're aiming for a career as a magician, learning to make a card float through the air should be a top priority. There are several different ways to pull off this trick, but one of the easiest involves the use of some double-sided tape and magician's string. Magician's string is virtually invisible.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Deck of cards
  • Double-sided tape
  • Magician's string

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Before the audience arrives, tape a short piece of magician's string to the back of a playing card. Make sure to attach the string at the middle of the top of the card.

  2. 2

    Tape the other end of the string to a button on your shirt.

  3. 3

    Insert the playing card back into the center of the deck. Invite the audience in.

  4. 4

    Tell the audience that you will make a card rise from the deck and float.

  5. 5

    Turn the deck so that the bottom card faces the audience. Slip your hand over the deck so that the string lies between two of your fingers. Then lift your hand slowly, pulling on the string as you wiggle your fingers. The card should rise out of the deck.

  6. 6

    Pull the rest of the deck away from the floating card so that it appears that the card is floating in the air. Then quickly return the card to the deck and detach the string from the card.

Tips and warnings

  • If you'd like, you can surround this trick with a story about the police who were searching for a thief named "Jack." Throughout the story, have several cards "searching" for the thief. When you make the card (a Jack) float from the deck, tell the audience that the police finally caught Jack.

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