There are many types of amazing and often times unbelievable mentalism tricks and mental magic acts performed these days. From David Blaine’s levitation to Criss Angel’s walking on water. Mentalism is everywhere, from the television to the internet, and can be learned by just about anyone.
But they are still just that, tricks. Here is a list of tricks that seem to be standard routine with many mentalist. Though they may add their own twist to it it is essentially the same basic principle.
The Teaspoon Trick
This trick consists of biting a piece of metal off and then restoring it back. This is usually done with a spoon but many mentalists have put their own spin to it, such as David Blaine using a coin. This trick has been seen everywhere especially viral video sites such as YouTube. So many people have done this trick and though it seemed so impossible, it’s secrets have been revealed and there are so many ways to execute this trick with the help of a trick spoon or coin.
The Balducci Levitation Trick
This trick has been done by so many mentalists and in so many ways. In reality there are a number of ways levitation can be achieved. Levitation has been one of the most mysterious and impossible things to achieve and when this is done on the street in front of many bystanders, it can be a sight to behold. The most popular way of doing this trick is to use a pair of special pants which holds its shape even as you move your actual legs out of them trough a special opening at the back.
Your real legs are actually on an elevated ramp or stage of some sort which creates the illusion of levitation. Another way this can be performed is to pretend to “float” off the ground while you tippy-toe on just one foot (the foot furthest from the audiences view).
Believe it or not, this looks great. The small audience cannot see your supporting foot because it is hidden by 3 things. Your pants, the angle of the trick and your closest shoe (which hides their view of the foot being use to ‘levitate’ you). You might rise only 3 or 5 inches but it’s all in the presentation.
The Cigarette through the coin trick
This simple but effective trick which essentially is putting a lit cigarette through a coin and taking it back out in one piece. This is done by a special gimmick coin which has an opening which temporarily allows the cigarette to pass through and then closes again baffling the audience as how the cigarette went through a solid object.
The voodoo ash trick
This is very popular with the people. It involves writing a name on a notepad unseen by you and then tearing it off. The piece of paper with the name is then crumpled tightly and placed inside an ashtray. The paper is then lit and left to burn. The ashes of the paper are then rubbed on your arm and mysteriously the name written on the paper appears.
Again this trick uses a lot of misdirection as you need to be able to read the imprint of the name on the notepad, then write the name on your arm with soap or wax to which the ash adheres to making the name appear. Voila!