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David Blaine: Bar Magic

Anti Gravity Beer

Effect
An annoying person returns from the toilet to find that their bottle of beer has been turned upside down without any beer falling out. The bottle is then handed to them when the beer spills all over the place.

You Need
A packet of cigarettes. A full bottle of beer. A beer mat. Sharp scissors or a knife. A pair of running shoes.

Method
Take the plastic wrapper off the cigarette packet and cut a circle just big enough to cover the rim of the beer bottle, wet the rim and stick the plastic on top of the bottle. Place a beer mat on top of the bottle and holding the beer mat turn the bottle upside down. When your friend returns, it will look like the beer is defying gravity. While they are still amazed, ask them to take a seat and hand them the inverted bottle. Tap the bottom of the bottle gently and run as fast as you can, as your friend gets soaked with beer.

Everlasting Ash

Effect
A friend is challenged to see who can smoke a cigarette the longest distance without losing any ash. You Win Every Time J

Preparation
You will need a packet of cigarettes and a paperclip.

Method
Everything starts off OK, but soon they realize that they are fighting a losing battle as your entire cigarette refuses to let a single piece of ash drop! It's all in the hidden paperclip! Simply straighten it out and slide it down your cigarette (taking care not to punch a hole in the side in the process). Make sure it slightly digs into the filter so as to give it some stability. Now, snip off the end. This should give you a normal looking cigarette with no protruding wire. Light up and see for yourself. This looks great in the right context. Just lighting one up in the pub makes you an instant magnet for girls (& drunk males). Remember you can add the wire to the cigarette at ANY TIME. The cigarette 'tastes' normal (or so I'm told) so if someone thinks it is a fake let him or her have a drag. If you are a good play actor then you can pretend to cast a 'hex' upon it. Remember -a decent pub trickster always puts a really good performance when needed.

Liquor Switch

Challenge
One-shot glass is filled with water and the other one with whisky. The challenge is to get the whisky in the glass that has the water and the water in the glass that has the whisky in it without using any other containers including your mouth.

Preparation
You need two identical shot glasses. 1 non-porous piece of paper, like a playing card. Water and whisky of your choice.

Method
Place the non-porous paper on top of the shot glass of water. Turn the paper and the water shot round carefully. The paper will stay attached to the shot easily. Now place the water shot, glass and paper on top of the shot of whisky, slowly and carefully, pull the paper just far enough out to make a small opening between the two glasses. Water, being heavier then alcohol, will flow to the whisky glass and displace the whisky into the water glass. You have just made the switch. If you are truly skilled at this bar tnck, you will be able to replace the paper between the two shot glasses and remove the whisky and put it back on the bar. Please make sure that the opening between the glasses is very small, as a large opening will cause the water and alcohol to mix.

Penetrating Ashes Trick

This was another tnck performed by David Blaine on his television special.

Effect
The magician takes a cigarette and rubs some of the ashes into the spectator’s clenched fist until they disappear. He then says some magic words and asks the spectator to open their fist and the ash has penetrated onto their palm.

Preparation
Put some ash on your middle finger.

Method
Tell the spectator to stand in front of you and hold their hands out towards you, palms down. Tell them to come a little closer and physically grab their hands to gently pull the person a little closer. Ask them to close their fist, borrow a lit cigarette, which you use to flick some ash on their fist and rub in until it disappears. You can then say some magic words and ask them to open their hands when the ash seems to have penetrated their fist. This trick can get a really good reaction but should only be performed once or the spectators will get wise.

Coin Island

Preparation
1 glass, a matchbook, six coins, and an ashtray with water.

Objective
Bet your friends one drink that you can get the water out of the ashtray using only the ingredients mentioned and without moving or tilting the ashtray.

Method
Make sure ashtray is filled with at most a quarter inch of water. Stack the coins in the centre of the ashtray so the top two coins are above the water. Place four unlit matches on top of the coins. Light the matches and immediately cover the flame and coins with the glass. The water will be drawn into the glass. Collect your bets.

The Bar Balance

The Challenge
To balance 3 empty beer glasses on top of each other on their outer rims, without the help of any other object whatsoever!

The Secret
Firstly the glasses should be empty and identical. The main secret of this little drink winner is that if you imagine a clock face when you look at the glasses from above you must remember 10 o'clock and 2 o'clock. Now the trick in 3 easy steps: Place your first glass (A) down onto the bar. Place the second glass (B) on top of (A) in the position of 10 o'clock. Now place the third glass (C) on top of (B) in the 2 o'clock position. This trick will take a bit of practice, but when you get it right a few times it gets easier. This is a great one to do in a bar just before you leave! It leaves the bar staff bewildered.

Psychic Dice

Effect
A spectator is asked to drop 3 dice into a glass of water, raise the glass over their head and count the total of the dice on the bottom. The spectator then sets the glass back down, the bartender dips his finger in the water, rubs his finger on his forehead and after a little concentrating, announces the total of the dice on the bottom to the spectators amazement.

Preparation
You will need a glass of water and 3 dice.

Method
All you have to do is add up the total of the numbers on top of the dice and subtract this total from 21. This will give you the bottom total. Amazing.

Eye Popper

This can be a real shocker.

Items Needed
A fork, knife or spoon. Coffee milk and or cream container. When you're at a restaurant with some friends and your feeling kind of down....

Method
Very slyly grab one of those coffee milk / cream containers and hide it in your hand. Now with the other hand, pick up a knife, fork or spoon. Start talking to yourself, saying, "I hate my life, I just don't feel like I can take it anymore." Until everyone at the table starts to look at you in a weird way. Then take the hand with the container concealed in it and hold it up to your eye with the paper side down, and take the spoon and act like you're shoving it into your eye. (Take care here; it is better to use a blunt object such as a spoon handle) A bunch of white milk / cream will come squirting out on everybody. If you want to make it more dramatic scream and fall on the floor, and start having convulsions.

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