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How to Do the Floating Match Card Trick

Use your magic skills to perform this hot trick at your next party.


  • Step 1: Tape string Tape one end of the invisible string to one corner of the card.
  • Step 2: Wrap card Wind the string lengthwise around the card numerous times, moving towards the opposite end of the card to make a bed for the match.
  • Step 3: Tape string Tape the other end of the invisible string to the card.
  • Step 4: Perform the trick Place the card in the palm of your hand.
  • TIP: Keep your hand flat.
  • Step 5: Place match on the card Place the match on the card.
  • Step 6: Cup the card Wave your empty hand over the card while squeezing the ends of the card in your hand to give the illusion of the match floating.
  • Step 7: Wave hand Wave your empty hand again while slowly relaxing your grip on the card, returning it to a flat position. This will give the illusion of the match floating downward.
  • FACT: The Mendelssohn Opera Company created the first ads on matchbooks in the late 1890s.

You Will Need

  • Tape
  • A playing card
  • Magicianu2019s invisible thread
  • A match
  • An audience

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