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Want to be a magician like David Copperfield? Start by mastering the easy magic tricks in this Howcast video series.
You Will Need
- A salt or pepper shaker that is at least four inches tall
- A stiff cloth or paper napkin
- A coin
- A table
Take a large coin
Place a large coin on the table in front of you and talk about this amazing trick you know -- making a coin disappear from a table.
Cover the shaker
Take a napkin and cover the salt or pepper shaker so that the napkin is standing in an inverted "V."
Lift the shaker
Lift the napkin-covered shaker and smack it onto the coin once or twice, as if this will make it vanish.
As you pull the shaker off the coin, move it to the edge of the table nearest you.
Let shaker slip
While you're still babbling about making the coin go through the table, loosen your grip on the napkin, allowing the shaker to fall into your lap. Keep holding the napkin as if it is still there.
Quickly slam the supposed "shaker" down hard on the coin with both hands. The napkin will collapse.
Pull the napkin off the table and feign amazed irritation that you didn't make the coin disappear -- you mistakenly made the shaker vanish instead!