Revealing the secret behind a magic trick isn’t the easiest for someone who makes a living out of the craft. But 25-year-old JackMagick, who flew down to Mumbai from Singapore to launch Nickelodeon’s new show, Pick A Trick, gave away a few. Mandy, the magician-host of the show also indulged.
One of the few tricks the duo gave away is the infamous card game. It requires you to pick a random card out of a pack and insert it in the middle. “The trick is to keep the audience looking at you. Just when the card is inserted in the middle, slide it a little lower than the rest. Assure the viewers that you’re not going to touch the pack. Lift the cards above the one slid a little lower and split the pack in a way that the lower half is placed on the top,” explains Mandy.
At this point, the card that was picked is on the top of the pack. “After that ask for the enthusiast to pick a number, for example, ten. Keep aside ten cards from the top. At this step, you ask the person to count the cards. As they do and place the top card at the bottom, the chosen one will emerge at the top of the count,” he says.
Jack, who has been spending five hours practising his craft each day for numerous years, enthralled audiences with a trick where he took a 500-rupee note and got it to emerge out of a kiwi. He revealed the secret behind the most common coin vanishing trick. “It’s simple,” he says, “My coin goes up my sleeve with a jerk and comes out from the other.” At which point, he emphasises, that being well dressed is a part of the performance. “People tend to look at you and not at your trick,” he jokes.