Magic Tricks For The Beginning Magician
CIGAM FTP 2003
PDF version by TARKO the GREAT
The Self-Tying Handkerchief
A knot instantly ties itself at the end of a handkerchief!
REQUIREMENTS: One cloth handkerchief with a knot tied in one
Tell your friends that you can tie a knot in a
handkerchief using only one hand!
Pull the handkerchief out of your pocket, keeping
the knot hidden in your hand (Fig. 1). Pick up the
opposite corner of the handkerchief with the other
hand, and grasp it as in Figure 2.
Snap the handkerchief, releasing the end without
the knot. Pick up the hanging end with the other hand
as before and repeat, again releasing the end without
On the third try, let go of the knotted end as
shown (Figure 3), instead of the expected corner. The
movement of the hand conceals the switch, and
makes this a very baffling effect.
Cut & Restored String
A string or rope is cut into two pieces, and then magically restored into one piece!
1.) One piece of heavy string or thin rope
2.) A piece of writing paper.
3.) A pair of good scissors.
The Cut-and-Restored rope effect is a classic of magic.
Prefold a piece of paper before the show so it looks like the
paper in Figure 1. When it's time to present the trick, pull out
the paper and lay the string in it as shown.
Fold the top of the paper (section A) down, then fold the
bottom of the paper (section C) up. Now for the secret move:
When you fold section C up over section A, use your thumb to
catch the string as demonstrated in Figure 2. When you
prefold the paper before the show be certain that section A is
not so long that it will cover the string.
Securely grasp the package as in Figure 3, making sure that the
view shown in the diagram is seen only by you.
Cut through the paper, as shown in Figure 4. Cut
completely through the paper, dividing it and,
presumably, the rope in half. In reality, only the paper is
cut in half, the rope is still inta