Invent New Magic Tricks With Old Magic Principles
It is said creativity is about giving old things new uses. When it comes to magic, same principles applies. Many creative magic tricks are truly derived from old tricks or effects. Let’s take a look at the appearing handkerchief in decanter trick. The original effect is a handkerchief quickly appearing inside a decanter achieved by the pulling of an invisible thread. This can become totally different in turn up if milk bottle is used instead of decanter, or any other kind of bottles. Or you may try to use a tie instead of handkerchief. The possibilities are unlimited.
Sometimes a very little change made in an old magic effect can make a huge difference. The change may be already smaller than using a different container. We now compare another trick that look completely different from the decanter trick, but in fact utilizes the very same thread pulling rule.
The trick is called the Orrin’s Spider Web Trick. The trick effectively uses the same rule as the old decanter trick. This trick is to produce a card on a spider figure on a table also using the pulling thread rule. The table is painted with a spider web background which could help hiding the thread and the secret opening on the table. A card is used instead of a handkerchief and a spider figure is used instead of a decanter.
Another important change made to the tricks is the pulling method. Originally the thread is pulled by an assistant or a counter weight. But Orrin improved the pulling by incorporating the action into another prosper action which is turning the table. The turning of the table also helped in concealing the path of the card. So the effect becomes like this: the magician characterize a spider figure on a web. He then turns the web and the chosen card mysteriously appears at the mouth of the spider.
We are not saying that the magician Orrin produced the effect by substituting the objects like that. We are just illustrating how this rule can be used to produce an inventive effect from an old trickery.
The steps to change the old decanter trick into the spider web trick may be as the following. First, we make a different object to appear. We use a card instead of a handkerchief. Second, we change the appearing location from a transparent decanter to a spider figure. Third, we change the pulling method from application of a direct straight line force to a turning torque force. Forth, the appearing location is moved instead of the appearing object. Fifth, a disguising background is used to conceal the thread which allow the trick to be performed more close up.
From the spectators’ point of view, the two magic performance maybe very different. But in fact, they use the very similar rule in substance.