The invisible touch magic trick was invented.
Two people are facing each other in Mentalism.
Both of them have closed eyes.
David was able to make the other person feel the same thing even though they were never touched.
The magician Dedi is said to have performed the conjuring effect (balls) in ancient Egypt.
Decapitating a bird was one of the effects Daddy had done.
The invisible touch is a magic trick where a mentalist or magician will create an illusion where a person feels they are being touched with seemingly no visual confirmation of contact.
For over 2,500 years, people have been fascinated by magic.
The first cups and balls magic trick was performed by Dedi in Ancient Egypt.
Tell the person with their eyes closed to open them when you’re done.
If the person had their eyes closed, ask if they felt anything.
Ask them where they felt it when they say someone touched them.
Mentalism tricks, who invented the invisible touch?
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The mental powers of the inventor of the invisible touch magic trick.
It requires a bit of misdirection and quick moves.
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He did touch her.
The invisible touch routine was invented.
Lior Manor’s invisible touch routine has been released on DVD.
While a volunteer on stage feels the mentalist touching her lightly, the audience sees that the performer’s hands were not even close.
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The award for “distinguished professionalism in the performance of Mentalism” was given by the Psychic Entertainers Association.
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He makes you laugh, charms you, and fools you.
The performance of the effect will be shown on the DVD.
Lior Manor invented the invisible touch.
Who invented the magic trick?
This trick has been done by many illusionists and mentalists.
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Powerful Mentalism effects were created by the invention of the invisible touch magic trick.
He is a brilliant performer and inventor of some of the world’s most powerful Mentalism effects and routines.
This routine is a masterpiece, combining multiple methods to create a truly supernatural experience.
Pros from all over the world attend his seminars and his lecture has five-star reviews.
This is a reputation-maker that you can do anywhere, whether you’re a Mentalism pro or a card magician.
The routine is called Lior Manor’s SignATURE.
Perfected over tens of thousands of performances, you will learn a masterpiece.
The magician made some gestures with the invisible touch magic trick.
He made gestures to clear the volunteer’s aura and then walked away.
He wants her to be psychic and super attentive to the lightest contact, so at this stage he explains a few more things.
He’s going to ask if you’ve felt any contact next time he speaks.
She was given a location of where that contact was on her body.
He is too far away to have any direct or indirect contact.
The performer has the volunteer close her eyes as he gives his little spiel.
Even though it’s impressive, the secret to that trick is so dull that you feel cheated.
He has done nothing since he told her to be attentive and receptive.
He isn’t touching their breasts while they are defenseless, right?
His volunteers consistently describe a tap high on the chest, even though he puts into our heads the idea of an unambiguous boob squeeze.
There was a difference between the women’s implication that this is more of a light tapis the tell and his implication that he is honking their boobs.
It’s guaranteed to freak you out, who invented the invisible touch magic trick?
This is a simple, yet amazing illusion that will make your audience freak out.
The illusion allows you to show the power of unseen forces.
“The secrets that Lior shares are worth ten times the price!” –Yigal Mesika
“One of the driving forces in mentalism for over three decades.” –Bob Kohler
“Lior is a brilliant thinker.” –Banachek
“Lior Manor is a true genius. Not only he did invent some of the worldâ��s most powerful mentalism effects and routines, he is also a brilliant performer with tons of experience in the real world!” –Haim Goldenberg
“In a league of his own” –Marc Salem
“Crazy good.” –Peter Turner
“When Lior speaks, the worldâ��s top mentalists stop and listen.” –Brett Barry
“One of the strongest things you can EVER perform — I guarantee it.” –Lior Manor
This routine is not just a single trick, but a full, reputation-making masterpiece combining multiple methods, perfected over 30 years.
David Blaine, Derren Brown and many more have performed it on TV. It’s Lior Manor’s SIGNATURE routine. And now, it’s YOUR TURN.
Lior Manor is a living legend. Pros from around the world attend his seminars, and his Penguin LIVE lecture has gotten nothing but five-star rave reviews.
Today is the 30th anniversary of Lior’s Invisible Touches routine, and we’re proud to present you the latest and most comprehensive course on his ground-breaking routine, including all the tips and details he’s refined over a lifetime of performance.
Perfected over TENS OF THOUSANDS of performances, you will be learning an audience-tested ground-breaking masterpiece.
PROFESSIONALS: Not to get too poetic, but this routine is a beautiful symphony, combining multiple methods to create a truly supernatural experience. It’s as powerful for 2 people as it is for 2,000. Whether you’re a mentalism pro, or a card magician who always wanted to try PK, this is a reputation-maker you can do ANYWHERE.
I was expecting a detailed lecture on invisible touches but this is a lecture heavy on BASIC spoon bending. I was disappointed in the contents.
There is a 3.5 minute discussion on the basics and summary of uses.
Then there is over 25 minutes of basic Spoon bending technique and not the best most convincing on one or two bends. Later he suggests you study everyone else like Guy Balvi and Banacheck. I am so disappointed that this is a spoon bending lecture not a Invs. Touch lecture. Yes, if you want to learn spoon bending go with those DVDs not this one.
To make it worse, he first explains all his method on his bends and THEN they repeat it with someone named Sara. So at times you hear explanations 3 times for Spoon bending not Invisible touches. Any time spent is on moves he credits to others so you really don’t need this video if you want to learn Spoon bending .
Focusing on Invisible Touches is only 9.58 minutes. He uses two people to demo . The one technique he uses I picked up on in the beginning of the DVD and maybe one on one it would be hard to catch but with a larger audience I think some will see what they did and be confused that others were shocked. He is mixing in PK touches so again, the short amount of detail spent on it is not fully in Invisible touch but also PK touch.
Now what really was disappointing was the coolest effect on the DVD because you will NOT be able to do it. You would have to buy something. He does not say where to get one so you would have to seek it and it is $hundreds$.
He introduces it as something NEW but it is not even HIS device and a full 5 minutes is spent on something very few will incorporate as it is not included in the package.
He spends 3 minutes on psychology and showmanship and suggests you study the full body of work out their to really understand this.
Then he spends another minute, returning to the spoon bending lecture, on the melting, breaking spoon saying to learn it for the WOW factor.
The last minute is for thank yous and to leave him a positive review on Penguin if one liked but said he would accept any review to learn from.
IT would seem Lior is not the issue but how Penguin mislead me to believe this was going to be the real work on Invisible Touch from the creator. But what i get is a Spoon bending lecture, with a sprinkle of IT and PK and a teaser for how good it can look if you buy special props.
At the time of this review there is no mention of the contents or that it is heavy focus on spoon bending.
Purchasing this lecture makes me feel like I was duped by the classic bait and switch tactic. My discontent is in line with the other negative comments about this lecture.
After seeing David Blaine perform this, I was very excited to be able to learn the skills of this effect. This lecture is even pitched as being the one that David Blaine uses. But what you get is literally 75% on spoon bending! There is very little here in the way of actual Invisible Touches skills or technique.
After viewing the entire lecture, I wanted to make sure I did not make a mistake and misunderstand what exactly would be on this lecture. I went back to the Invisible Touches page and read line by line what this lecture was about. And no where at all does it make any mention in any way about “spoon bending.” I am very, very disappointed that Penguin would even sell this under the pretense that you are getting Invisible Touches. It feels like the classic Bait and Switch to me.
The very few 15 minutes or so you get of the Invisible Touches routine comes across as a bit amateurish. There is a part in the lecture where he says to the guest “I did not touch you”, but clearly he did! I could see it myself and I’m sure that the other guest could see it too. I don’t think it’s very credible to do something to someone that can obviously be seen and then tell them you did not do what they claim you did. When it is clearly obvious you did. And when he went over the technique, he indeed said he does touch them and shows how to go about it.
The biggest disappointment was the end. I was waiting to hear how he was able to appear to have two guests, sitting side by side, both experience being touched, when one was touched and the other was not. For this grand finale you are shown a prop that is not provided and apparently pretty pricey, and told that this is how you do this effect. That’s it. Not even a mention of where to purchase it or how to get one.
After spending one hour and 23 minutes watching this lecture, with the excitement of being able to learn Invisible Touches, there is very little I gained that I will be able to use to pull off this effect.
The trick with a magician sitting on an invisible chair in the air is world-famous. The secret behind it is rather simple: a very clever metal construction that is applied to one of the magician’s legs.
The entire trick is explained in a video by “The Q” (he’s the person in the image above). He managed to build a special construction that he can put on one of his legs.
His jeans keep the secret hidden: The special leg brace is concealed by his clothing. From a spectator’s view, it actually looks like he is floating in the air. Many magicians around the world perform this same trick, using comparable constructions.
The secret behind the invisible chair trick: A leg brace
The secret behind this magic trick is a contraption made out of steel plates and rods. The magician can place his foot on the plate on the floor and put his leg in the special leg brace, which can be connected to the floor.
You can watch the entire process of building it in the video above.
All of the preparations have to be done in advance so that none of the spectators can reveal the secret behind this illusion.
Floating Chair explained: This is the contraption that allows you to sit on air. Image credit: “The Q”
Even though this special construction is quite large, it’s still possible to hide it while walking around. To sit down on the “invisible chair”, the magician has to hook up the hidden contraption to a plate on the floor.
This plate can be hidden using a blanket, a carpet, some clothes laying on the floor, or other everyday objects that don’t look suspicious.
This is how people can sit in the air – the contraption is hidden under their clothes. Image credit: “The Q”
As soon as the plate on the floor is connected with the contraption on the magician’s leg, he can slowly sit down by shifting his weight on the left leg. The other leg can be used to keep his balance and avoid falling on his back.
Once everything is in place, it looks like the magician is actually sitting on an invisible chair.
The position requires some body tension, but it can be held for quite some time.
Another performance of the invisible chair
This video shows the exact same trick in another setting. The earth’s gravitational force seems to be suspended – however, the mechanism behind this illusion can always be explained.
A second feature of the floating chair magic trick
Another feature of this special leg brace is the ability to lean very far forward without falling on the ground. All you have to do is connect your shoe with the hidden plate on the floor and you are good to go.
Since your heel is locked in place, you won’t fall, as long as you can keep your body tension up. The video above shows this effect in action.
The only downside of this technique is the required counterpart, the metal plate on the floor. That’s is the reason why some other performers use a different method, where they seem to float completely in the air.
How magicians can float in the air
Another technique allows the performer to sit in the air, without anything touching the ground. The only connection to the floor is a vertical pole, on which the magician has to put one of his hands.
For this illusion, a few of the same principles are applied. The pole is connected to the floor on a big metal plate, which is hidden below cardboard or a blanket. Below the magicians clothes is an even bigger contraption that allows him to sit on hidden plate.
The entire preparation of this trick can be watched in the video above.
While the trick may same less impressive once you know the secrets behind it, it still requires a lot of practice and body tension for a smooth performance. If you ever see one of these performances live, it will still be impressive – even though you now know exactly how it works.
Can you buy the invisible chair trick?
This special leg brace can be bought in specific magic shops or at big online retailers. Since the material has to be high quality and it can’t be made in mass production due to the low demand, the price is usually pretty high.
However, it is commercially available and can be bought by anyone, just like most other magic tricks as well.
The price for the leg brace
Most magic shops and online shops like AliBaba that I checked, asked for around 700-800$ for the invisible chair. This is an illusion that many professional magicians perform on a regular basis, and some street performets even make a living of this trick.
In consequence, the price is a lot higher than many other magic tricks and illusions and it will probably be a little bit more challenging to actually find a store where you can buy the effect.
How to do the invisible chair trick yourself
To do this illusion, you have to buy one of the special leg braces that allow you to sit on only one leg. Before you want to perform the effect, simply hide it below your clothing and you are good to go.
In case you actually decide to get this trick, always keep in mind that the illusion will only work if all the spectators have absolutely no idea how it is set up. And no matter how much other people beg you: don’t tell them the secret behind the trick! It will run your entire performance.
Another thing you have to keep in mind is the physical aspect of this routine. Sitting on a normal chair isn’t challenging – sitting on a leg brace hidden underneath your clothes is pretty hard. So make sure to practice and train enough before actually performing this illusion!
Wayne N. Kawamoto is a full-time professional magician and author who has written about magic tricks and techniques for over 10 years. He is the author of “Picture Yourself As a Magician.” Wayne also performs at corporate events and has entertained audiences for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Northrop Grumman, and Target Corporation.
How to Pull Your Thumb Apart
Here’s an age-old trick that you can do anytime, anywhere. In an instant, you seemingly pull your thumb apart and then put it back together again.
If you’re an uncle or grandpa, you almost have to learn this trick to tease the kids. And if you want to truly torment a professional magician, show this trick and ask him if he knows how you did it.
The magician seemingly separates and pulls the tip of their thumb away from its base.
The magician holds the thumb between the thumb and first finger of the other hand.
What It Looks Like in the Beginning
The magician rests the thumb against the side of the hand.
What It Looks Like When Your Thumb Is Pulled Apart
The magician pulls the tip of the thumb away from its base.
After that, the magician brings the thumb back together. The thumb is restored.
How to Set up the Trick
You switch one part of your thumb with the thumb from the opposite hand. The picture shows the final positions of the thumbs on each hand. You have to practice placing your thumbs into this position. Also, note the position of the first finger on the right hand. When you’re ready to perform the trick, you should be able to quickly position your hands in this manner.
Note that these hand positions are used when you want to “separate” your left thumb. If you want to separate your right thumb, you must reverse the positions.
How to Perform the Trick
Grab your left thumb at the main joint between your right thumb and first finger. The next set of pictures are from your point of view.
Switch the Thumbs
Quickly bring your thumbs together. The first finger is positioned to cover the gap between the two thumbs. This transition is the key to successfully performing the trick. This will take practice.
Pull It Apart
Slide your thumb along the side of your hand, maintaining the position of the right first finger. To your audience, the thumb will appear to separate and slide away. To finish the trick, simply reverse the process.
If you like this hand trick you may also be interested in learning the magnetic pencil magic trick.
When performing this trick, the magician makes an ordinary ball float in the air. I will showcase three different performances, and explain all of the different methods used for these tricks.
Maybe you expected a little more than that, but here are the ways how the trick can be done:
To make a ball float in the air, the magician can use a “Zombie Ball” with a hidden hole inside, in which he sticks his thumb. Another technique is to use a metal rod or a string covered by a cloth, which makes it look like the ball is floating.
I will explain all of these methods in this article.
How to do the floating ball trick with a “Zombie Ball”
This is not really a trick that you would see in a magic show, it’s a small little effect for in between. Some viewers might reveal the secret within a few seconds, so in my opinion, the trick is great for a little show for kids, but that’s it.
Here’s the performance and a short explanation:
The magician puts both of his hands around the ball and starts to slowly remove his fingers, one by one. After the ball lays only in the palm of his lower hand, he removes both of his hands completely and the ball floats in the air for a few seconds.
The secret behind this trick is rather simple: The ball is a special gimmick, a so-called “Zombie Ball”. It has a hole, in which you can stick your thumb. This allows you to remove all other fingers, with only the thumb keeping the ball in place.
From the front, it can look pretty convincing with a good technique, but if there are any spectators behind you, they will reveal the trick instantly.
This method is not as entertaining as the second one, but I wanted to mention it in this article as well since the special “Zombie Ball” is used for most of the floating ball performances.
Another method of the floating ball trick revealed
This method uses the same gimmick as before, the “Zombie Ball”. However, the technique is very different.
For this trick, the ball is covered with a black cloth and starts floating underneath it. Eventually, the ball even floats above the edge of the cloth and disappears for a short moment.
You can watch the performance and an explanation right here:
In the beginning, the magician shows the ball laying underneath a black cloth. He then picks up the corners of the fabric and the ball instantly starts to rise up in the air. It almost looks like it tries to escape from the cloth!
After a while, the ball even floats above the edge of the cloth for a few seconds, before it drops right back under it.
To end this trick, the magician even makes the ball disappear, showing the cloth empty from both sides, only to make it reappear right after and landing the ball safely on the table again.
How this trick works: The hidden metal rod
The secret is simpler than you might think. As already mentioned above, the ball used for this trick is a special gimmick, the so-called “Zombie Ball”. It has a hole inside it, that is hidden from the audience during the entire performance.
However, to make this method work, another tool is required. It’s a metal rod that connects the ball with one of the magician’s fingers. The unique construction, specifically designed for this trick, can be stuck inside the hole of the ball, while the other end can be put on a single finger.
The cloth is another really important part of the puzzle. In the beginning, it conceals the metal rod that is already attached to the Zombie Ball. As soon as the magician picks the cloth up, he can slide one of his fingers inside the metal rod and start to make to ball float. All of this is hidden completely by the cloth!
To make his movements look more natural, he mirrors his grip on the two sides of the cloth, making the same moves with both of his hands.
During the performance, the magician makes it look like the ball tries to escape from underneath the cloth. He achieves this illusion by stretching his arms and raising both of his hands at the same time. A surprised look on his face makes the illusion even more convincing – apparently, even the magician himself didn’t know about the powers of the ball!
How to make the floating ball disappear for a short moment
Another short illusion during the performance: The magician makes the ball disappear for a short moment, showing both sides of the cloth empty.
For this trick, the special metal rod comes in handy as well. It allows the magician to move the ball underneath his armpit, by flipping his hand inwards. Since the ball is connected with his finger, he can move it around very quickly.
He just has to flip the ball behind his armpit and press his arm against his body, covering the entire ball from the audience in front. Now, he can show both sides of the cloth empty for a short moment.
To make the ball reappear, he simply lifts his arm slightly up, flips the ball back underneath the cloth, and can continue with his performance.
Other methods of the floating ball trick
Now, you might have seen other performances of this, probably without any cloth, making it look like the ball really defies gravity. One of the most famous shows is this one by Penn and Teller.
The floating ball trick by Penn and Teller:
The invisible deck is a trick deck of cards with nearly endless possibilities. It is also known as an imaginary deck, and to magicians, it is referred to as a utility deck. It’s a great deck of cards to have in your repertoire as a magician because you can perform many tricks. You can convince strangers that you are a powerful magician. All it takes is a matter of seconds to prove your powers.
The invisible deck is not a sleight of hand trick. Its effects are not achieved because of the way you deal the cards or hold the cards. Nothing is up to your sleeve. The secret lies entirely in the deck itself and the way you arrange it.
How to Perform with an Invisible Deck
The classic way of performing the trick is that a magician asks someone from the audience to imagine a deck of cards. The audience member mimes shuffling this imaginary deck of cards, and then removes a card from the deck. Then pretends to look at the imaginary card, memorizes, then to place it back faces down with the rest of the cards.
At this point, the magician brings out the real deck of cards. The magician asks the volunteer what card he or she picked. Then the magician fans out the deck of cards and explains that they are all face up except for the card that the volunteer picked from the imaginary.
For example, the volunteer reveals that he/she picked the 5 of diamonds, the magician would fan out the card until he hit upon one face-down card. He removes the card and flips it over, revealing the 5 of diamonds.
Tailor Your Routine to FIt the Audience and the Setting
Variations of this trick involve the illusion of mind reading. Rather than miming picking a card from a deck, audience members are asked to simply picture a card in their heads. When the magician produces the exact card that the audience member picked, the magician seems to read their minds.
Once you know how this trick works, you can apply its principles to a broader range of tricks and truly appear to be able to read minds at will. You can always lengthen or shorten the trick depending on the effect that you want to achieve.
The Invisible Deck For Street Magicians
If you were doing a bit of street magic, you might want to do the trick quickly. However, if you were performing on stage, you might want to draw it out more. You might ask the volunteers to keep narrowing down their choices to add to the suspense. First, ask them to pick either even or odd numbers. From there, make them choose spades or diamonds. The more choices you make the volunteer make, the more the anticipation builds.
For parties or street magic the trick works best in a quick flash. You just walk up to a person and ask them to name a card. They say the 2 of hearts, and you pull out your box of cards. You remove the deck from the package and let the person observe that all the cards are face up. All the cards are face up except one card. You pull out the face-down card, flip it over to reveal the 2 of hearts and then put the deck back in the package and walk away.
In this scenario, doing the trick once and quickly, it helps to leave your audience bewildered. You just swooped in, dropped a magical bomb, and then in a flash; you’re gone. How on Earth did you do that? They might beg to do it again to try to figure it out, but one taste is all they get.
How the Invisible Card Trick Works
So how does it work? How can a magician, without sleight of hand, get the exact card that someone said out loud from a pack of cards? Not to mention it hasn’t gone out from the pack yet. It sounds like it must be complicated, but again, the unique construction of the deck does all the work.
You can purchase a pack of cards for the invisible card trick, or you can make your own. Either method employs the rough and smooth technique. This is used in many magic tricks. When applied to cards it means that one side of the deck is rough, and one side is smooth. Since the texture is different, the cards can stick together or pull apart, depending on the touch of the dealer.
In this trick, the cards are rough on their backside, so they stick together. This means that both sides of the deck when fanned out, are face up. On one side of the hand, even number and on the other side are the odd numbers.
S1: That’s so great.
S2: There it is. It’s neat, right?
S1: It is, it’s fun. How do you do it?
S2: All right, I’ll teach it to you. It’s really cool. This is one of these things you can do anytime, anywhere, all you need is a napkin.
S1: Great conversation piece.
S2: And invisible thread. So all it is all of the thread part is mime and it’s fun and you play along and you’re “Here, hold this.” And you pull up the napkin and you want to pull up about halfway. And what happens is is when you’re using your fingers to pretend to pull, that’s the misdirection, because everybody’s looking at your fingers, the napkin, and the invisible line that you’ve drawn between them. But the dirty work’s actually happening right over here with the thumb.
S2: So when I pull this way, my thumb right here, just the teeniest movement bends the napkin.
S2: So it’s the timing of going up and down at the same time.
S1: You’ve practiced this before.
S2: Yeah, a little bit. Here, you can go the other way and that’s how you move a napkin with an invisible thread. You want to try?
S3: Maybe help her, walk her through.
S2: So the first thing is you hold it and just pull about half the napkin straight up. So try that part.
S1: About that much?
S2: Good, and maybe even a little bit more and you hold it nice and tight with the thumb. Now first just try this part. Try pushing your thumb down. There you go, and bringing it back up, and try not to move this finger so much, so it’s just a little bit pushing forward and back up. Now try to make it go back the other way. And to make it go the other way, you just push down this way, which is going to pull it. So try that. There you go.
S1: Maybe a little smoother next time.
S2: And the more you practice it, not only that, but the more you practice it, the lesser and lesser this movement becomes and it’s just the teeniest, almost like you’re just pushing a little harder right between these two fingers here. It’s cool, right?
S1: Yeah, it’s great.
S2: And that’s how you move a napkin with an invisible thread.
People are baffled by a man driving an invisible car on TikTok. Now they’re trying to reverse engineer the video.
The “pzoom” invisible car trick has TikTokers stumped thanks to one user, @lightskinyogi’s savvy editing skills. No one could figure out how the guy pulled off the viral “pzoom” illusion. Then users began to come up with theories and demand @lightkinyogi explain himself. So what is the truth?
What is the “pzoom” invisible car trick on TikTok?
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On June 14, @lightskinyogi posted a video where he mimed getting into an invisible car and using its steering wheel. What had users stunned was the moment he hit the gas and actually zoomed away. Was it photo editing or did he know how to move his body in an unusual way?
Users demanded to know how the “pzoom” invisible car trick is done
When @lightskinyogi denied people’s speculation that he filmed the video in reverse, people on TikTok asked him to prove it. One Reddit user, @jay8143 compiled @lighskinyogi’s other versions of the trick. TikTokers asked the trickster to “pzoom” with the TV set on, when moving something in the background first and with his back showing. He completed every request, leaving people even more baffled.
The “pzoom” invisible car trick debunked
So it turns out the videos are actually shot in reverse, despite @lightskinyogi’s denial. Snopes reversed one of his videos to demonstrate how much more natural the movements look that way. The user is pushing himself backward, which makes it appear as though he is gliding forward when reversed.
Reply to @onlygaypeoplelike that suppose to stop my pzoomer?🏎💨 #pzoom #foryoupage #trending #viral
In the video where he is asked to move something in the background first there is a dead giveaway. The plant begins to move before he touches it and when he puts it down it’s absolutely still. The plant’s movements make sense in reverse. It should be still before he moves it, then shake after he puts it down.
YouTuber Girl With A Cellphone created a tutorial on how to do the “pzoom” invisible car trick with video editing tools.
To make her “pzoom” trick look more convincing, she combined two videos together. She used one of her doing the stunt in reverse and one of her dog acting normally not put in reverse.
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Invisible Touch Review
by Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Delivered in the wake of Phil Collins’ massive success as a solo star, Invisible Touch was seen at the time as a bit of a Phil Collins solo album disguised as a Genesis album, and it’s not hard to see why. Invisible Touch is, without a doubt, Genesis’ poppiest album, a sleek, streamlined affair built on electronic percussion and dressed in synths that somehow seem to be programmed, not played by Tony Banks. In that sense, it does seem a bit like No Jacket Required, and the heavy emphasis on pop tunes does serve the singer, not the band, but it’s not quite fair to call this a Collins album, and not just because there are two arty tunes that could have fit on its predecessor, Genesis. There is a difference between Collins and Genesis — on his own, Phil was lighter, and Genesis was often a bit chillier. Of course, the title track is the frothiest thing the band ever did, while “In Too Deep” and “Throwing It All Away” are power ballads that could be seen as Phil projects, but “Land of Confusion” was a protest tune and “Tonight, Tonight, Tonight” was a stark, scary tale of scoring dope (which made its inclusion in a Michelob campaign in the ’80s almost as odd as recovering alcoholic Eric Clapton shilling for the brewery). But those songs had big hooks that excused their coldness, and the arty moments sank to the bottom, obscured by the big, bold pop hooks here — pop that was the sound of the mainstream in the late ’80s, pop that still effortlessly evokes its time.
In this post, I will show you how to do invisible stitching by hand (also known as ladder stitch or slip stitch) on your projects.
This type of stitch is one of the most common ways to close open seams either on linings, toys, pillows, or even reusable sponges like I am doing in this demonstration.
Once you know how to use this technique you will be able to use it all the time.
And with practice, it will be super fast to do too.
I use the invisible stitching seam all the time.
And you should too.
It is a very easy stitch to do by hand and a fairly fun way to close your open seams.
In this post, I will also show you a trick on how to do invisible stitching on curves.
Something that is not that easy to do without my secret tip, and will also work with straight seams.
How do you do an Invisible Stitch?
In order to close an open seam without visible seams on the outside, you have to use the invisible stitch.
To achieve this you will need to make sure that the seam allowance of your project is folded inside.
Also, that is following the line of the original machine stitch.
Then, you will thread a needle and begin to form a “ladder” by going up and down to the folded edges of the open seam allowance.
When to use an invisible stitch?
But for sure when you are sewing a project that will be fully closed.
This means that all the seams are going to be inside the sewing project, or in between their layers.
Here are some examples of projects in which I use an invisible or a ladder stitch to close open seams.
- Pillow covers
- Reusable sponges
- Ripped clothes
- Bandannas for my dog
- To close the tops when I sew bias tape
- Bandanas for my hair
- DIY Scrunchies
- And so much more.
You can totally try these projects later but first, let’s see this famous stitching in action.
How to do invisible stitching
In this video, I am showing you how to close an opened seam on one of my reusable dish sponges.
This example could easily be anything else though.
Now, on this video, I didn’t press my seams because part of this has acrylic tulle fabric.
As we know, this kind of fabric can melt very easily.
But I strongly recommend that you press your seam allowances as you want them to be at the end.
Ps, you can also check the step by step pictures at the end of this section with the secret Trick to make all this easier!
The first thing to do is make a knot on your thread.
You can use a single thread or a double depending on what you are sewing.
For rough projects like this one, I like to use a double thread.
But If I were sewing, for example, the lining of a dress I will only use one thread, so it won’t show a lot.
And of course to make it less bulky.
Insert your needle through the inside of the open seam and take it out through one of the folds.
Now what you have to do is form a “ladder” by stitching with your needle.
You will have to pass it through the bottom fold to the left direction.
Then you will do the same on the top fold.
Keep doing that until you see a ladder like the one on the video.
When you get to the end pull your thread and see the magic happen.
Tips on how to do invisible stitching on curves.
Working an invisible stitch on a curve is much more difficult than doing it on a straight seam.
If you would try to turn inside out your project through a curve and then press that seam allowances in…
Well, it is not an easy thing to do. I am just saying.
That’s why I use this little trick called a basting stitch.
Ha! And you thought that we were only going to use one new stitch today.
I am on the basting stitch team, my friends.
It is also one of my favorite stitches. And you know why?
Because it is a lifesaver.
This is the stitch that prevents us to need to unstitch things!!
And in this case, it will help us to get a nice round and effortless invisible stitch.
The first thing to do is that even before you are going to close your sewing project you are going to determine where your opening will be.
Usually, we leave an opening of around 2″ or 2 ½” to turn our projects inside out.
So mark this distance on both layers of fabric either with pins or with a marker.
The important trick is that this space is exactly at the same point on both of each one of the layers you have.
Otherwise, it won’t work.
After you marked what will be your opened space, you will make a basting stitch on it. From point A to point B.
This basting stitch has to have the same seam allowance that your project will have.
Then sew around your project normally without passing over the basting stitches.
Turn it inside out and use the basting stitch to press evenly.
After the press, you can remove the basting stitches so they won’t show after.
If you need to you can clip the seam allowance to form a better curve.
Then follow the instructions above on how to do invisible stitching, and you are done!!
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iOS Messages includes the Invisible Ink feature which allows people to send obfuscated messages to and from iPhone and iPad. The invisible messages arrive visibly obscured, and the content of the invisible message can only be revealed by swiping a finger on the blurred message(s) to temporarily reveal the message text, image, or video. And yes, that means invisible messages can send not just as invisible text, but also as invisible photos and invisible videos too.
Invisible Ink offers simple privacy in a fun way to share secrets or otherwise personal information through the Messages app of iOS without having them be visible to an onlooker. The feature is part of the Message Effects set and is available on releases of iOS for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
For Invisible Ink to work as intended, both the sender and the recipient must be using iMessage to send and receive invisible messages. Devices that are not using iMessage will receive the message as usual without the obfuscated Invisible Ink effect.
How to Send an Invisible Ink Message on iPhone or iPad
- Open the Messages app in iOS and go to any message conversation thread (you can also send yourself a message to test this feature out)
- Type any message as usual and then tap and hold on the blue arrow to access iMessage Effects, or use 3D Touch on the arrow*
From the message effects screen, choose “Invisible Ink”
Tap the arrow button next to “Send with Invisible Ink” to immediately send the message with the invisible ink obfuscated feature on that message
The message will be sent obfuscated in invisible ink, and it will stay blurred and obscured until it is read through a touch or swipe.
* Alternatively, you can also include a photo, picture, video, or GIF and make those invisible too. Note you will tap and hold on the arrow icon if the device is not 3D Touch equipped or if 3D Touch is disabled, whereas you must 3D Touch on the arrow if 3D Touch is enabled.
How to Read an Invisible Ink Message on iPhone or iPad
- When you receive an invisible ink message that is obfuscated with the sparkling blurred pixels…
Tap or swipe on the invisible ink message to reveal its contents
The invisible ink messages will be visible for a short while after tapping them or swiping on them, and then they will become invisible again after a few seconds until they are touched or swiped again.
If you do not have the Invisible Ink feature available you either turned off message effects, iMessage is disabled, you’re not able to access it due to improper pressing and/or 3D Touch, or you’re on an older version of iOS and need to update to any modern release past iOS 10.0. If you’re on an older version of iOS and do not have this feature at all, the next best thing is probably to turn off iMessage previews on the lock screen and then use a passcode to lock the device all the time.
If you’re having any trouble with Invisible Ink, are not able to access it, or or if Messages effects are not working, read this how to possibly fix that in iOS, it usually comes down to toggling a few settings to resolve such an issue.
Invisible Ink is one of a variety of fun message effects and features, some of the other more interesting and entertaining iPhone and iPad message features are handwritten messages, plastering stickers in messages, and using Tapback to send little icon replies.
Do you have any interesting tips, fun advice, or thoughts about receiving or sending invisible messages from iPhone or iPad? Let us know in the comments!
The Invisible Text (ㅤ) Copy is a invisible character Nick or simply an invisible free fire space and considered by many to be a invisible letter that generates an invisible space between two letters. According to the letters on the website, this symbol is just more than thousands of Unicode characters, the one represented by U + 3164 “ㅤ”.
Blank Space Copy and Paste :
Below you can copy this code Blank Space Copy and Paste:
- Messages M҉e҉s҉s҉a҉g҉e҉s
- Facebook F҉a҉c҉e҉b҉o҉o҉k҉
- Twitter T҉w҉i҉t҉t҉e҉r
- YouTube Y҉o҉u҉T҉u҉b҉e
- WhatsApp W҉h҉a҉t҉s҉A҉p҉p
This invisible space or empty character, which can also be called invisible code, is widely used by players due to its invisibility functionality. Many games do not accept spaces in their nicknames, thus justifying the use of the character, because when placing it, a space is added between two words.
Therefore, we can consider that this invisible character is false because in fact all the symbols are together, but since this particular one is invisible, it generates a space effect.
In other cases this symbol is used to send messages to other people without appearing visible content, understand: for example in WhatsApp you will not be able to send just one blank space to generate an empty message but by placing the invisible space you will send this message without problems, see in the image below, u+3164 WhatsApp:
For online game players, Invisible Space is often essential. Some games like free fire do not allow the insertion of normal blank spaces between names, therefore, the Unicode character U + 3164 “ㅤ”, also known as invisible space or invisible letter, is also used. Below you can copy.
This type of blank character is widely used to create messages or status on social networks without any visible content. WhatsApp for example does not allow a user to send a message without content, but with this character it is totally possible, see the image below:
The same happens when you publish a status WhatsApp blank character with only:
This empty character or invisible character code has several other functions and, as we have already said, it is mainly used to place a space between two letters where the system in use does not allow such a function through a normal space on the keyboards.
Remembering that this “invisible text copy and paste” is not a real space, it is a character equal to a normal letter, so when separating two words with it in fact these two words plus the invisible letter become a single word.
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The effects I’m revealing in this book and some of the strongest in all of mental magic. All of these effects can be successfully performed by a complete beginner almost immediately. Please, do yourself justice though, read through the book several times and practice by speaking out loud. If you do this, I promise – you will be baffling your mates and literally be the star attraction of any party of club you go to!
I have written the instructions as concisely as possible. It has taken me a long time to work through countless magic books in order to provide this information – I’ve done the hard work for you, so the last thing I wanted to do is over complicate things with unnecessary information. For each trick, I have explained the Effect, the Basic Secret and then a Full Methodology which will allow you to amaze whoever you perform on.
Each of the main tricks has a full script you can use when performing. Feel free to change it to suit your needs. The words in (italic brackets) explain what you should be doing whilst reading the script.
The Invisible Touch:
Although Derren Brown did not invent the principle for this effect, you will have seen this perform this trick with ‘the twins’ and also ‘the lap dancers’ in his TV show. It is a classic trick of mentalism any completely impromptu. You can do this at any time and I’ve personally freaked a lot of people out whilst doing this at clubs and parties. If you want an effect to build a reputation on – read on! Basic Effect
You ask 2 friends if they would take part in a psychological test with you. You ask one of them to close their eyes. Whilst their eyes are closed you tap their friend on the hand twice. You then ask the person with their eyes closed to open their eyes and ask them if they felt anything. They will swear that they felt two taps on their hand – even though you were nowhere near them. in fact you could even be stood the other side of the room.
The person with their eyes open will be amazed that their friend felt your touch even though she KNOWS you didn’t go near her. The person with their eyes closed will be so positive that she felt 2 solid taps that initially she simply won’t believe that you were nowhere near her! When everybody else watching confirms that you indeed did not touch her – the 2 friends, plus everyone else in the room will be amazed!
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So now you’re invisible. Would you just walk around naked? Spend your life pranking as many people as possible? Would it be lonely?
With recent breakthroughs in cloaking technology, it may one day be possible to cloak the human body.
Besides the moral questions and general creep factor of a world where people can be invisible, researchers wanted to know how invisibility could change how we act and think.
So, they tricked people into thinking they were invisible, and studied them.
In one of the coolest studies we’ve ever read, published April 23 in the journal Scientific Reports, researchers used virtual reality to create a really elaborate illusion for the study participants.
Each participant strapped on a pair of virtual reality goggles, and looked down at their feet. The trick is that each person’s virtual reality headset was displayed the view from a second headset mounted at equal height starting down at nothing. One of the researchers would then touch the participant with a paintbrush while simultaneously touching the same place in the empty space view.
It looked a little ridiculous:
The participants could feel the brush on their skin (or, at least, the pressure of it wiping their shirt), but when they looked down, the virtual reality goggles told them that nothing was there. Lead study author Arvid Guterstam tried the experiment himself, and he told National Geographic that being invisible is “great fun,” but it’s also “an eerie sensation. It’s hard to describe.”
Others in the study remained ‘visible’ people — they were simply shown a mannequin instead of empty space during the paintbrush trick.
Then the researchers moved on to measuring how people responded to being invisible. So naturally they swiped a knife at each person:
The ‘invisible’ people registered a slightly higher stress response to the knife that included sweating and an elevated heart rate. This suggests that the illusion definitely worked, and people accepted the invisible body as their own.
Something different happened in the next experiment though. This time when people looked up from their visible or invisible feet, they suddenly found themselves staring into a very serious-looking crowd of people staring back at them.
To the average person that’s probably a startling and stressful moment. After all, statistics show that fear of public speaking is America’s biggest phobia. But when you’re convinced you’re invisible, it’s a much less stressful experience. The ‘invisible’ people had lower heart rates when they stared back at the unfriendly crowd. They also reported feeling about a third less stressed than the ‘visible’ people.
The study has a pretty obvious conclusion: People experience less social anxiety in front of a crowd if they think they’re invisible.
The really cool part is that these people actually bought into the illusion, and for a few minutes they believed they were invisible. The study suggests that it’s surprisingly easy to create a convincing out-of-body experience.
Our brain is what creates our body sense. Our brain processes all our senses and puts our body where those senses say it should be. All that an out of body experience requires is a mismatch between what you’re seeing and what you’re feeling.
The researchers think the study could be used to develop virtual reality treatments for people with social anxiety. It could also provide more insight into why amputees feel phantom pain or a way to make prosthetic limbs feel like they belong.
Future studies could investigate the social and moral implications of invisibility.
Discord has grown to be one of the most popular audio-centric social media platforms of the modern age especially since the start of the pandemic. The service recently introduced the ability to host audio-centric events on community servers in an attempt to compete with Twitter Spaces and Clubhouse. Discord has numerous tricks and tips that you can use to your advantage. One of these is using a blank name on any server which helps hide your identity from all members. If you have been looking to get an invisible name on Discord then simply follow the guide below to get started.
- What does invisible status mean on Discord?
- What does invisible name mean on Discord?
- Can you have an invisible Discord name?
- Invisible character copy paste
- How to get an invisible Discord name
- What is an invisible character?
- Risks of using an invisible name
- What does idle status mean on Discord?
What does invisible status mean on Discord?
Invisible is a status on Discord that helps you appear offline to others. It helps avoid unwanted contact when you are just visiting or browsing a server and do not wish to be disturbed. While the dedicated DND status helps others know that you are online and do not wish to be disturbed, setting your status to ‘Invisible’ shows your current status as ‘Offline’.
What does invisible name mean on Discord?
Invisible on Discord refers to an invisible name, where your username is essentially missing from your profile. Your avatar and chosen profile picture will still be visible to your communities but they will see a blank space where your username should be. Being invisible has its own advantages and disadvantages but it is mainly used as a perk by community members and lurkers to stay invisible while scouring servers.
Can you have an invisible Discord name?
Yes, you can have an invisible name by exploiting the Unicode characters for text. By using a special character that can not be displayed by Discord, you can make your name invisible easily. Follow the guide below to make your name invisible.
Invisible character copy paste
Well, you only need to copy the character given below into your username (and nothing else) to get the invisible name. Be sure to check our detailed guide below for more help on this.
How to get an invisible Discord name
Follow the guide below to get an invisible name on Discord.
Open Discord on your desktop. You can open the desktop app or the web app in your browser. Once open, click on the ‘Gear’ icon in the bottom left corner.
Now click on ‘My account’ in the left sidebar.
Click on ‘Edit’ beside your username.
Now copy the special character below.
Here’s how you can drag the mouse to copy the invisible character given above. Do copy it after selecting — press ctrl+c on your keyboard or right-click with your mouse and select ‘Copy’.
Paste the copied invisible character into your username. Make sure there are no spaces around the pasted character.
Enter your password to make the necessary changes.
And that’s it! Your name will now be invisible on all Discord servers.
What is an invisible character?
There is no invisible character per se, but Unicode characters and other characters that can not be displayed by Discord. This helps circumvent Discord’s character requirement for the username which allows you to appear invisible online. You will have an invisible name in private and community servers. The change will also apply to audio chats and member lists.
Risks of using an invisible name
Discord does not have rules against an invisible name on the platform so you are not at the risk of getting your entire account banned. However, most community servers tend to have rules against such practices to ensure proper accountability in the future in case something goes wrong. Hence there is a slight risk of violating certain community rules and getting yourself banned from specific servers that you are subscribed to. We recommend going through your community guidelines before making this change. Additionally, you can also get in touch with community moderators to notify them of the change to further reduce the risk of getting banned from a Discord server.
What does idle status mean on Discord?
As Discord automatically changes your status based on your activity, ‘Idle’ is used when you haven’t visited Discord in a while but have it open on your desktop or your browser window. You can also change your status to ‘Idle’ manually to let others know that you are currently away from Discord.
We hope this guide helped you easily set an invisible name in Discord. If you have any issues, feel free to reach out to us using the comments section below.
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IF you’ve ever worried about handing someone your iPhone incase they see or do something they shouldn’t, you need to try this trick.
Apple’s Guided Access feature will allow you to temporarily disable your touchscreen.
This is especially useful if you’re handing an iPhone or iPad over to kids so they can watch a film or YouTube video.
How to disable touchscreen on iPhone
Open the Settings app on your iPhone and click on ‘Accessibility’.
Scroll down until you see ‘Guided Access’ and click it.
Then, make sure the toggle next to ‘Guided Access’ is turned on so it becomes green.
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When you’re ready to hand your iPhone to someone, have it on the only app or screen you want them to see.
Then, triple click the right hand lock button and click ‘Guided Access’.
You can then select which features you want to disable and need to click ‘Touch’.
You can also disable things like ‘Volume’ and ‘Motion’.
Lastly, you enter your passcode.
To turn off Guided Access, triple click the lock button again and then enter your passcode.
Apple explains: “Guided Access keeps the iPhone in a single app and allows you to control which features are avaliable.
“To start Guided Access, triple-click the side button in the app you want to use.”
In other news, Android users are being warned to update their phone’s privacy settings after a new update could leave their devices vulnerable.
Samsung has killed off one of its most beloved smartphone ranges, according to reports.
And, a tech expert has revealed some exciting hidden Google features in a popular TikTok video.
Have iPhone? Have something to hide? And do you have a deathly fear of someone reading the messages that you get or send from various people on your social media accounts? Privacy is crucial, especially in the time of this digital age when there is always a fear of getting your data leaked. However, personal problems can be something else you may want to hide from prying eyes around you, be they your friends, family, colleagues, wife, husband, girlfriend and more in case they see your phone lying around in your absence. Therefore, if keeping your messages and personal photos secret and secured is your primary goal, here is what you should be doing with your Apple iPhone. To help you out and bring added protection to your messages on an iPhone, we have provided the different ways to secure and hide your messages. This applies to your WhatsApp, Telegram, Signal, or iMessage accounts.
How to hide messages on iPhone
It doesn’t matter if you are hiding your messages when they’re clearly accessible via the Lock Screen and Notification Center. You should hide message notifications from appearing in the banner format for additional security. To hide messages notification on iPhone, follow these steps:
- Go to the Settings app of your iPhone or even iPad.
- Tap on Notifications.
- Now, scroll down to search and select the Messages app.
- Then, uncheck Lock Screen, Notification Center, and Banners in the Alerts section. And, it’s done!
Hide iMessages using iPhone special feature
Your iPhone’s iMessage includes a privacy-focused bubble effect called “Invisible Ink,” which allows you to conceal your text. To see the hidden text, you will need to wipe away the invisible ink. To enable it:
- Open the Messages app on your iPhone and then select a conversation.
- After that type your message and then, touch and hold the Send button and select the Invisible Ink option.
- And it’s done! Now, your iMessage will have the hidden blurry effect.
Lock WhatsApp, Telegram, and Signal with Face ID on iPhone
- To enable Face ID for WhatsApp on your iPhone, go to Settings in-app, and tap on Account. Do the same on Privacy and then Screen Lock. Now, you will need to turn on the switch towards right next to Require Face ID. Thereafter, it will give an option to choose to lock WhatsApp immediately after you close the app, after 1 minute or 15 minutes or 1 hour.
- If you are not into WhatsApp and prefer to use Telegram instead, then open the app, go to Settings and tap on Privacy and security. After that, go to Passcode & Face ID and simply turn on the toggle bar for Unlock with Face ID.
- As far as maintaining secrecy on Signal is concerned, go to the app and tap on your Profile icon. Move towards the Privacy option and then turn on the Screen lock to your Signal app.
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I am looking for an IT to create a touch on the spectators arm. So I don’t need a elastic IT, but it would be possible to perform it with a elastic(but not superelastic) one. I have only Mesika’s EIT, but I want to buy a more invisible thread. Is it true that a non-elastic thread is better than a elastic one, concerning visibility and shininess?
I describe my situation: I usually perform at (crowded) clubs or bars and avoid direct light and black light. In many cases there is only some indirect ambient light from the bar. I have done some stuff with Mesika’s EIT in the hands of other people and haven’t ever got caught. Typically there won’t be a great distance between other spectators and the person who receives the touch.
So I am looking for the best IT concerning visibility and shininess, which is strong enough to create this effect. Can you recommend me one and, if you know Mesika’s EIT, compare it to Mesika’s EIT.
While we’re at it, what are the DO’s and don’ts for performing using this? I always want to try using Loops but worried about the premises, as I’m still clueless what kind of condition of the clothing, lightning, etc, so this can stay as invisible as it can be.
With your ambient conditons, I would use Kevlar thread. Should be totally invisible, plus it’s very strong so you won’t have to worry about breaking it on somebody’s nose.
Lior Manor developed the Invisible Touch. You can make your own special something using “Legacy”:
I’ve never had a problem with Woolly Nylon Serge or “Woolly Lock” made by Y.L.I.
As far as invisibility goes, I use a blue color that seems to be least visible. I tried black, and that worked too, but Steve Duschek recommended the blue with his Wunderbar all those years ago. It’s all I’ve ever used regularly.
I feel that the IT I use for the Raven is a little bit damaged, used. I want to replace it. I hesitate between “Vectra Virtuoso Expert Grade Invisible Thread” and “Legacy”. I need IT that is both very invisible and strong. Which one would be recommended for the effect I’m doing ?
I’m also interested in the EZ Strip John Haar IT, since it’s cheaper, but it only has very few reviews so I don’t know what it worths.
As you need very invisible and strong, probably best not to go with the Vectra Virtuouso, because while it is the most invisible, it is also likely the weakest (as IT goes), naturally. It is also not elastic, as you may know. Plain old Vectra is probably the strongest out there.
Legacy is elastic, and is good stuff, a lot of people like it. The John Haar is a good non-elastic IT, but for my money you’ll get a lot more bang for your buck ordering a spool of wooly nylon.
It is really all in how you manage it, anyway. Most of these choices can do you well, and you might even want to have a 2-3 different options at your disposal, depending on the varying lighting conditions you will sometimes find yourself performing in. Try a few of them and find out which you work with the best. They can all work just fine if you manage it properly.
On Apr 9, 2016, StanleyRosenhouse wrote:
I have The Raven and it doesn’t use IT but instead it uses fishing line and an elastic.
I also use IT and IET and it would not work with The Raven.
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I am confused.
Are we talking about the same “Raven”
I only know of one. It comes In a black box with a Raven on the box.
Woolley Nylon is only one of the threads used for IT work.
There are many others.
It has to be stripped for IT use.
There is no way that stripped Wooly Nylon can be used with the Raven.
I don’t want to go back and forth on a public forum and I don’t want to risk exposure.
PM me if you want to talk about it further.
On Apr 15, 2016, mh1001 wrote:
I don’t know much about IT. Do you mean there is not much difference between nylon and IT ? I sent you a PM.
Typically, if you buy “run of the mill Invisible Thread from a magic shop” or the thread (usually blue or black) that comes wrapped around a playing card for you to strip the individual strands yourself. (Per some type of instructions on stripping invisible thread). You are getting a few feet to a couple yards of “Wooly Nylon”. You can get a spool of WN at a fabric or sewing store for a couple bucks (and it will literally be several lifetime supplies).
What you are really paying for is the “secret” and/or the particular routine that you are buying (floating bill, levitating ring. ). There are however several other options of Invisible threads out there like Kevlar or Vectra. It depends on what you want to animate, lighting conditions and venue (stage, parlor, close up).
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Physical payments are declining at an accelerating pace as consumers adopt a range of more convenient alternatives, from phones to biometrics.
From the use of beads, shells and livestock, through to coins, cheques, credit cards and now contactless and mobile payments – we have witnessed a remarkable shift as payment methods and technologies evolve. On a global level, whilst cash is still clinging on as the most widely used form of payment across the world, its use is declining across every part of the globe. Although the concept of a cashless future remains some way off, cash will imminently be surpassed as the most popular payment method and continue its descent down the ranks.
According to the latest UK Payments Market report, whereas cash accounted for 60% of payments in 2008, this has halved to below 28% in 2018. In a decade’s time, predictions are for this level to fall to below 10%.
Technological advances and the huge rise of e-commerce has changed the way we shop and pay for goods, and the payments sector has been a hotbed of innovation and disruption, with the introduction of contactless payments, fingerprint security and mobile ‘e-wallets’.
Looking forward, what can we expect as consumers? Payment solutions are focused on removing any form of ‘friction’ in the payment process, with retailers looking to capitalise on today’s convenience-obsessed customer. As such, over the coming decade we will see the rise of ‘invisible payments’ become an integral part of society – where payment for a service or product is initiated and processed without us having to action anything (similar to how payment is automatically triggered after an Uber trip). Here, we focus on a few examples of how we will start to see invisible payments impacting our daily lives – in our homes, on the road and on the high street.
The concept is for consumers to enter a store, select their products from the shelves and walk out, bypassing any form of checkout and having the associated payment automatically processed. Facial recognition cameras work together with product sensors and are linked to the respective customer’s pre-authorised digital wallet to automatically deduct the appropriate payment for their shop. It is a new form of connected commerce – enabled by the invisibility of payments. The world’s largest retailers are currently developing and trialling this technology, with perhaps the most famous example being ‘Amazon Go’ stores. Over the coming decade, we can expect such technology to be rolled out across geographies, perhaps even becoming a new shopping norm. “Unexpected item in bagging area” could soon be a frustration of the past!
Automotive producers and payment companies are working closely to deliver integrated payment solutions from the seat of your own car. Consider the ability to require nothing more than your car to effortlessly pay for the likes of parking spaces, petrol, tolls, car taxation, or even drive-through restaurants, autonomously, using the car’s in-vehicle infotainment system with integrated payment capabilities. This is a reality that is not far away. Connectivity like this may also pave the way for smart insurance, where in-built payment technology and connected devices will permit a user to negotiate variable monthly insurance premiums, based on the data collected over the month whilst on the road.
Homes, too, are becoming smarter and more connected. We already have the ability to turn on household appliances such as heating and the oven from our mobile phone. Appliances, however, are moving beyond their primary purpose, to incorporate features that add even more convenience to consumer lifestyles. Fridges, for example, are evolving in such a way whereby cameras can recognise and monitor groceries and send notifications if it detects we are running low on certain goods. They also go further and we can expect fridges to automatically reorder goods for the customer, again with ‘invisible payments’ enabling the transaction seamlessly and effortlessly.
These applications and adoptions of ‘invisible payments’ are designed to entice the customer by delivering an effortless experience, at a time where our homes and belongings are becoming progressively connected. Security, however, as well as convenience remains top priority. The continued roll-out of biometrics and physical recognition technologies, as well as the security of the associated payment networks underlying each transaction, will be central to maintaining the effectiveness and trust of the payments sector. With the application of invisible payments on the horizon, it is an exciting road ahead for retailers, consumers and for the payment solutions and infrastructure that bring them together.
1. Self Working
Self working magic tricks are tricks that just work! They require no sleight of hand whatsoever. They are absolutely perfect for beginners. Desipite being super easy, we still recommend practising them in private first to perfect your patter and presentation.
2. Easy to Learn
These tricks are also beginner friendly, but there will most likely be a few sneaky (but fairly easy) moves to rehearse and remember before the trick is ready to be performed. Unlike self working tricks, these will require a little more confidence, but we believe in you!
3. Some Experience Necessary
Products in this category aren’t difficult to do, but they will require some basic knowledge of the craft. If you know what a false cut is and can do a double lift, you’ve probably got what it takes to get value from these tricks. If you have no idea what any of that just meant, don’t worry, you will after watching our beginners masterclass (coming soon).
4. Dedication Required
We always recommend practising your magic, even for self working tricks. But these tricks will require more than the average. Products that require some more advanced coin or card manipulations will probably fall into this category. Or tricks that need you to memorise a lot of information.
5. Serious Dedication Required
You’re a serious magician if you’re venturing into these realms. But it’s true what they say; dicipline is rarely enjoyable but it is ALWAYS profitable. And boy, will you will reap the rewards. We salute you!
Admit it. You own (or once owned) an Invisible Deck.
A spectator freely names a playing card which is immediately shown to be the ONLY card reversed in the pack.
It’s a very impressive trick!
But what if we told you that it’s NOT a trick?
What if we told you that the Invisible Deck is a fully-equipped, razor sharp, SWISS ARMY KNIFE of mind-exploding possibilities?
Card miracles once only attainable to masters of sleight of hand can now be perfected and performed in a fraction of the time with a prop nobody will ever suspect you’re using.
Furthermore, it’s an extremely powerful tool for organic predictions making it perfect for mentalists as well as magicians. And Craig will show you how.
To say this project contains Magician Foolers is an understatement.
You will receive TWO brand new Invisible Decks, and in the detailed masterclass spanning nearly 4.5 hours (. ) you will learn:
The best Cards Across we have ever seen. Three freely selected cards teleport from the deck to a small stack your spectator is holding. Even the world’s greatest sleight of hand artists can’t replicate a Cards Across THIS clean! Confession: We were fooled.
Two decks of contrasting colours share a symbiotic relationship; whatever happens to one deck, instantly happens to the other. The presentational angles are endless: from psychic twins to voodoo decks.
A thought-of card appears in between the four aces that your spectator is guarding. There isn’t even a full deck in play. Everyone loves a Four Ace routine and this one FRIES.
Your spectator thinks of a celebrity and is asked what they think their celebrity’s favourite card might be. Impossibly, it transpires that both the celebrity AND their favourite card were predicted ahead of time – the celebrity’s name is actually written on the chosen card itself!
Two randomly selected cards come together in a deck you never even touch! The hands-off presentation makes this one look truly impossible.
A genius time-travel presentation for the classic invisible deck routine which involves hilarious phone calls made to and from your future and present self. Your mobile phone will literally ring mid-way through your performance to tell you the card your spectator will name.
A thought-of number appears written on the back of a thought-of card. A play on the holy grail of magic; this isn’t “any card at any number”, but rather “any number at any card”. The best part? They never even name their card out loud!
This takes the two card transposition one step further. This is a two DECK transposition! But it’s not the decks themselves that switch places, but the CONDITION of the decks. (Trust us, it’s good)
An easy yet meticulously thought-out method allows you to reveal not only a thought of playing card, but a precise time written on the very same card.
A staple of mentalism applied to a single deck. You tell the tale of a fateful poker game you once played. Your audience freely guides the story, correctly naming not only the outcome of the game but the winning card and the time the game took place.
Paper Bag Triumph
You place a deck of cards in a paper bag and give it to your spectator to shake. It creates a massive mess! Cards are up-side down, face-to-face, back-to-back and everything in between. Your spectator is asked to name any card. Instantly and impossibly, every card in the deck returns to face the same way again. All except for the precise card they freely named.
Do as I do
Your spectator turns a card over in the deck out of sight under the table. You do the same. Against all odds, the two cards match. This is a classic of card magic with a noticeable improvement: the magician removes their card first. A complete re-working of a 20th century classic.
For those new to the Invisible deck, Craig will show you just how easy it is to perform. He will also teach you his EVEN EASIER handling than the original that requires NO mental mathematics whatsoever.
Furthermore, Craig offers pragmatic suggestions and solutions to pretty much any questions or concerns relating to the Invisible Deck you can possibly think of.
Fall in love with the world’s greatest trick deck all over again and unleash the explosive hidden potential of the Invisible Deck today!
Have you ever wished you could hide apps on your Home screen so others couldn’t see them? Maybe you don’t want to advertise what financial institutions you use, or don’t want others to see which dating apps you have installed. You could shuffle them off to the far reaches of your iPhone’s Home screens, but wouldn’t it be nice if you could simply have an invisible folder without jailbreaking your handset? Thanks to this trick, discovered by Jose Rodriguez and sent in by T Eccentricities, that’s possible. This trick works on iPhones, iPads, and iPod touch devices, but it’s a bit sketchy getting it to work on the iPhone 6 Plus and iPhone 6s Plus. Check out the video of the hidden folder trick, but click here if it fails to load. Once you’re properly impressed, read on to find out how to do it yourself.
Step 1: Choose the right wallpaper
In order to pull this off, you need either a solid gray or white wallpaper. You can select one of the images below, since the trick requires these specific shaes of gray or white, along with the thin gray border you’ll see around the white wallpaper. One important note is that this trick does not work reliably on the iPhone 6 Plus or iPhone 6s Plus. To try it, make sure you change display settings to “Zoomed” to get it to possibly work.
Set the gray or white image to be your wallpaper by going to the Photos app, selecting the picture you want and tapping the Share icon. Then you can tap on Use as Wallpaper to set the picture as your wallpaper. Don’t worry about perspective or anything like that, just tap Set and you’re good to go.
Step 2: Set up your device
Go to the Settings app on your device, and make your way to General > Accessibility > Increase Contrast. If you’re using the gray wallpaper, ensure that Reduce Transparency is toggled on, but switch it off if you’re using the white image.
Once this is done, you should see your folders and dock disappear into the background, like below. If you chose the white wallpaper and still see the dock faintly at the bottom, there’s an alternative white wallpaper you can use instead.
Step 3: Get rid of those folder names
The best way to eliminate folder names altogether, without leaving behind a shadow of the name underneath, is another trick that WonderHowTo talked about a few months ago. The gist of it is this: you take any app from the Food & Drink category of the App Store, and drag it onto another app to create a folder with no name. Starbucks and OpenTable work well, as does the Taco Bell app. Once you’ve created the folder, you can remove the food app. You’ll be left with a nameless folder icon on your Home screen.
Step 4: Get a blank app icon
You need a blank app icon that will blend in with your background to create a completely invisible folder. To do this, install App Icons Free, and then you’ll be able to generate a blank icon. Once installed, go into the app and tap Create Icon > Go to Link > Photo. At the top, where ti says “Type URL,” insert a period and then tap Install, then tap Install once again to move on. The app will redirect you to a new page and guide you on how to export the icon to your Home screen.
Step 5: Add the icon to your folder
This is the magical last step. Add the icon you just created to the first page of your nameless folder, and then move all of the app icons you want hidden to the second page. Then just return to your Home screen, where you can’t see the invisible folder because it’s, well, invisible.
This is a terrific hack for keeping apps hidden that, for whatever reason, you don’t want others to know you have. Hopefully it’s not something Apple will find a way to “fix” in a future version of iOS.
By Nate Todd May 7, 2021 • 1:05 pm PDT
Photo by Patrick Balls
Genesis recently announced the North American leg of their The Last Domino? reunion tour, part of the legendary rock band’s first tour in 14 years. It is sure to be a memorable run as Genesis — vocalist/drummer Phil Collins, guitarist Mike Rutherford and keyboardist Tony Banks as well as longtime touring bassist Daryl Stuermer and Phil’s son Nic Collins on drums — not only embark on their first tour since 2007 but also hit the road as the world emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic.
In honor of Genesis’ return to the stage, JamBase takes a look at the band’s landmark concert film from another memorable tour, Genesis’ appearance at London’s storied Wembley Stadium in 1987 to cap off their Invisible Touch Tour.
In support of their 1986 album of the same name, the Invisible Touch Tour was Genesis’ largest ever, touting a whopping 112 dates from September 1986 to July 1987. The tour culminated in a massive four-night sold out stand at Wembley July 1 – 4. Genesis captured the run for posterity in their 1988 concert film, Live At Wembley Stadium, which carries the distinction of being the first concert shot with the fledgling technology of high definition.
“Nearly 300,000 people at Wembley,” Tony Banks recalled in Genesis’ 2007 autobiography. “I thought at the time, and I still think now, that moment was the peak of our career.” The performance featured a career-spanning set from the Phil Collins frontman era which kicked off with “Mama” from Genesis’ 1983 self-titled album. The band continued with the title track to their 1981 album Abacab before getting into Invisible Touch material with the “Domino” suite ahead of the stellar tune, “That’s All.”
The band would also perform Invisible Touch instrumental “The Brazillian” as well as the LP’s hit singles “Land Of Confusion,” “Tonight, Tonight, Tonight,” “Throwing It All Away” and the title track. The set also featured a drum off between Collins and touring drummer Chester Thompson before the band reached back with “Los Endos” from Genesis’ 1976 album, Trick Of The Tail, the first to feature Collins as lead singer after Peter Gabriel’s departure. The concert film comes to a close with “Turn It On Again” from the band’s 1980 album Duke, which kicks off a rock and soul history lesson of sorts in a covers medley that included “Everybody Needs Somebody to Love” “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction,” “Twist and Shout,” “Reach Out (I’ll Be There),” “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin,” “Pinball Wizard” and “In the Midnight Hour.”
Watch Genesis’ Live At Wembley Stadium concert film below via the JamBase Live Video Archive for this edition of Full Show Friday:
In most introductory biology courses, the teaching is tailored towards visual and auditory learners, leaving kinesthetic learners behind. Touch the Invisible aims to develop physical, 3D printed models of various biological macromolecules in an effort to bridge the gap between learning styles. By utilzing x-ray crystallographic data from the Protein Data Bank (PDB) and special software to manipulate the structures, Touch the Invisible has produced multiple models ranging from gramicidin to phosphofructokinase, many of which have already been introduced into several classes at the [University of Pittsburgh](http://www.pitt.edu). In addition, this project also involves researching the molecules which are modeled, then producing supplementary material to aid students in learning. So far, approximately 20 molecules have been modeled and developed, but more are currently in the works. We hope to build an extensive library of models and supplementary models that can be expanded to more classes and more universities. –>
Visualization of macromolecular systems aids in our understanding of the basic principles governing cell function, from storage of genetic information, to production of cellular components, to communication between different parts of the body. An inherent challenge when studying nanoscopic structures is their invisibility. Scientists infer the shapes of biomolecules from exposing molecular crystals to beams of X-rays and applying complex mathematical models to analyze the diffraction patters. In our project, we combine the crystallography data with 3D-printing technology to build scientifically accurate models of molecular complexes and use them in undergraduate biology and biochemistry courses. Through classroom applications we engage students in multisensorial learning experience at deep cognitive and perceptual levels that other types of molecular visualizations do not provide. When holding a molecular complex in your hand, you can study the 3D-shape from different angles, find the functional groups enabling specific intra and inter molecular binding, or examine grooves and crevices allowing the structural domains to combine in a macromolecular structure. We constructed a variety of models using different polymeric materials, and developed teaching modules that exemplify basic principles of molecular interactions, macromolecular assembly, and the use of genetic information in the production of cellular components.
Touch The Invisible
A University of Pittsburgh Research Project. Bridging Physical and Digital Modeling of Biological Macromolecules
When the kids start to get antsy, it’s time to pull out the bells and whistles. AND…by bells and whistles I mean invisible ink, of course! If you are looking for a way to reel your students in, just get yourself an invisible ink pen and some UV flashlights. My students take the bait every time. Here are five ways that I have used invisible ink in my classroom.
1. Self-Checking Task Cards
This is super easy. Just use your invisible ink pen to write answers on the back of any set of task cards. Students can solve each problem and then use a UV flashlight to check their work. The way you manage this will depend on your students and the task. I have a class set of these UV flashlight key chains. If we are rotating to task cards as a whole class activity, I give each student a flashlight. They rotate on cue. I give them time to work and then flip the classroom light switch off and say “check” as a signal to check their answers. They make a star on their paper if the answer is correct. If it is incorrect, they make the correction on their paper. When using self-checking task cards at an independent learning center, I keep the flashlights and have each student show me evidence of their work before handing over the UV light.
Click image to download this FREE set of Order of Operations task cards from Fun in 5th Grade
2. Secret Stars
Do you want to see instant improvement in a specific skill that your students have already mastered, but are not applying to their work? Some skills that come to mind for my own students are: using capital letters, writing in complete sentences, using punctuation, forming proper plurals, etc. Here’s what you do. Just use your invisible ink pen to make a small star on three (or more) of your papers before you distribute them to the students. Let the students know that you have hidden a secret star on a few of the papers. Tell them about the focus skill. When students turn in their work, they may use the UV light to search for a secret star on their paper. If their paper has a secret star, AND they have used the skill correctly, they earn a prize! Keep track of the students who receive secret stars and give all of your students an opportunity to receive a star at some point. The best part about this strategy is that ALL of the students will work hard to apply the skill since the stars are a mystery.
3. Surprise Prize
Some kids just love the thrill of a good surprise. Others would rather not take the risk (and that’s fine). I have two prize jars in my classroom. One has regular visible prizes, but the other is filled with surprise prizes. I print out the prize cards and write a reward on each card, using invisible ink. The students reach into the jar and pull out a surprise prize. Then, I hand them a UV light for the reveal. Below are some examples of what I write in invisible ink. Just be creative and use what works well in your own classroom.
- Seat Swap
- Teacher’s Chair
- Lunch Bunch
- Show & Tell
- No Homework
- Special Pen
- Free Time
- Device Day
- Line Jumper
Just as we were finishing up this blog post, a team at the University of Cambridge released a paper describing such an attack. Their approach, however, is quite different from ours – it focuses on the Unicode bidirectional mechanism (Bidi). We have implemented a different take on what the paper titles “Invisible Character Attacks” and “Homoglyph Attacks“.
Without further ado, here’s the backdoor. Can you spot it?
The script implements a very simple network health check HTTP endpoint that executes ping -c 1 google.com as well as curl -s http://example.com and returns whether these commands executed successfully. The optional HTTP parameter timeout limits the command execution time.
Next, a way to use this invisible character unnoticed had to be found. The following visualizes the chosen approach by replacing the character in question with its escape sequence representation:
A destructuring assignment is used to deconstruct the HTTP parameters from req.query . Contrary to what can be seen, the parameter timeout is not the sole parameter unpacked from the req.query attribute! An additional variable/HTTP parameter named “ㅤ” is retrieved – if a HTTP parameter named “ㅤ” is passed, it is assigned to the invisible variable ㅤ .
Similarly, when the checkCommands array is constructed, this variable ㅤ is included into the array:
Each element in the array, the hardcoded commands as well as the user-supplied parameter, is then passed to the exec function. This function executes OS commands. For an attacker to execute arbitrary OS commands, they would have to pass a parameter named “ㅤ” (in it’s URL-encoded form) to the endpoint:
This approach cannot be detected through syntax highlighting as invisible characters are not shown at all and therefore are not colorized by the IDE/text editor:
The attack requires the IDE/text editor (and the used font) to correctly render the invisible characters. At least Notepad++ and VS Code render it correctly (in VS Code the invisible character is slightly wider than ASCII characters). The script behaves as described at least with Node 14.
Besides invisible characters one could also introduce backdoors using Unicode characters that look very similar to e.g. operators:
The “ǃ” character used is not an exclamation mark but an “ALVEOLAR CLICK” character. The following line therefore does not compare the variable environment to the string “PRODUCTION” but instead assigns the string “PRODUCTION” to the previously undefined variable environmentǃ :
Thus, the expression within the if statement is always true (tested with Node 14).
There are many other characters that look similar to the ones used in code which may be used for such proposes (e.g. “／”, “−”, “＋”, “⩵”, “❨”, “⫽”, “꓿”, “∗”). Unicode calls these characters “confusables”.
Note that messing with Unicode to hide vulnerable or malicious code is not a new idea (also using invisible characters) and Unicode inherently opens up additional possibilities to obfuscate code. We believe that these tricks are quite neat though, which is why we wanted to share them.
Unicode should be kept in mind when doing reviews of code from unknown or untrusted contributors. This is especially interesting for open source projects as they might receive contributions from developers that are effectively anonymous.
Instant communication with near and dear has come a long way indeed. The world is currently trending towards short messaging apps like WhatsApp which has become the most popular instant messaging service for smartphone users worldwide, thanks to its remarkable ease of use!
History of Stealth Settings
The age old MSN messenger, Yahoo messenger, Google Talk or any other chatting app allowed its users to become invisible from their social contacts with stealth settings. This feature was very valuable in those days who want to stay away from online pings for a short duration.
However, with the advent of WhatsApp, there is no option to go invisible. Also, there is no logout option as long as long as you are connected to internet since all your online contacts will be able to know once you have installed WhatsApp.
Another feature which irritates some users is the tracking option provided, which lets the users know about your online presence and offline status which might be a concern for privacy.
For example, WhatsApp features such as blue tick and double tick may increase such technical problems for many users.
There will be some situations, where people are forced to think about, how to be invisible on WhatsApp? For example, if you are doing some important work on your mobile and suddenly one of your friends start messaging as you are online.
In this situation, you can either reply to your friend or busy with your previous work. This is the reason some people want to see the invisible option on WhatsApp.
These are some simple ways that helps the user to become invisible –
Hide Last Seen
This feature shows the last online availability of a user .This means that anyone will know it when you opened the Whatsapp. This feature has both advantages and disadvantages. The advantage of this feature is, now no one will be able to know, when you were online and reduce the pressure to reply to a message immediately.
The disadvantage is that you will also not be able to see the last seen of others. To disable it, open WhatsApp and go to Settings >> Account >> Privacy and set it to “Nobody“.
Hide Your Status
This feature allows the users to update their status with a short message. But if people want to be completely untracked and want to hide their status. Go to Settings >> Account >> Privacy >> Status and set it to “Nobody”. Now nobody can be able to see your status as long as your wish.
Hide Your Profile Photo
If you also like to hide your profile photo from your friends. Go to Settings >> Account >> Privacy >> Profile photo and set it to “Nobody”. Now no one can see your profile photo.
How to Remove Blue Ticks
The Blue tick is very useful feature for people to know whether the sent message is read by the receiver or not. In WhatsApp, when the receiver receives a message, the sender is displayed with two gray ticks on that message. However, when the receiver reads it, it becomes blue, which indicates that the message has been read.
But for many people, this feature is not acceptable and wish to disable this feature. To do so, go to Settings >> Account >> Privacy and uncheck “Read receipts“. It also causes harm to you as you’ll also not be able to see when others read your messages.
Turn on Airplane Mode
By doing this, you can read all your messages on your mobile without your friend seeing you online and your last seen will not be updated. It also prevents blue ticks from appearing. However, the dilemma is, when you disable airplane mode, you will be visible again.
Force Stop Option
It is not a logout option but if you don’t want to receive a message for a short time, then you can use this option.
Go to your Phone’s Settings >> Apps >> WhatsApp and tap on “Force Stop” button. After this, you will stop the WhatsApp service for a while and don’t get any notifications and calls.
Become Invisible to a Particular Person
By blocking a specific contact, you can easily hide your status, profile picture, last seen details from that particular contact or by simply deleting the contact from your phone book.
To block a contact on your smartphone, open WhatsApp and go to Settings > Account > Privacy > Blocked > Add New. Now add the contacts whom you want to block.
Later, when you want to unblock a contact, go to Settings > Account > Privacy > Blocked Contacts. Then, tap and hold on the contact’s name and select “UnBlock”.
An Easy Science-Based Illusion
Wayne N. Kawamoto is a full-time professional magician and author who has written about magic tricks and techniques for over 10 years. He is the author of “Picture Yourself As a Magician.” Wayne also performs at corporate events and has entertained audiences for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Northrop Grumman, and Target Corporation.
In the disappearing water trick, a magician makes water seem to disappear from inside a cup. It is a science-based magic trick that is based on a scientific principle, but it’s also a trick that’s simple and a lot of fun. Essentially, you pour some water into a cup and wait a few moments. Then you turn the cup over, but no water pours out—the water has apparently vanished. There’s nothing special about the water or the cup, but there is something inside the cup that your audience doesn’t know about.
Getting Ready for the Trick
You need only a few supplies for the disappearing water trick:
- Sodium polyacrylate
- A cup that you can’t see water through
- A container, such as a glass or a pitcher, to hold and pour water into the cup, or a nearby faucet
Before you present the trick—and with no one looking—pour approximately 1 tablespoon of sodium polyacrylate into the bottom of the cup. You will probably want to experiment before performing the trick to test the amount of the compound to use as well as the volume of liquid that you can pour into the cup and have it effectively “vanish.”
Performing the Trick
Pour about 1/4 cup of water into the cup. In a short time, the water will react with the compound and form a solid gel. Meanwhile, you can keep your audience engaged and build the suspense by talking about how the “magic is working.” When all of the water has been absorbed, turn the cup over to demonstrate that the water has vanished. Because the audience can’t see the gel inside the cup, they have no reason to suspect the water is still there and in a different form. To maintain the illusion, be sure not to show the inside of the cup before and after the trick.
This is a science-based magic trick, but it is the most fun to perform it as a straight magic trick. You can always explain the science later if you’d like.
The secret ingredient in the water cup is a common compound called sodium polyacrylate, which you can purchase at a hardware store, gardening store, or nursery. It is also sold in a form known as “moisture-saving pellets.” The same compound is used in disposable baby diapers, which can be another source for your magic trick—simply tear open a diaper and remove and collect the moisture-holding material within. With a quantity of sodium polyacrylate in hand, you will be able to perform the trick.
Sodium polyacrylate acts like a sponge and absorbs moisture. When mixed with water, the compound turns into a solid gel. Once the sodium polyacrylate forms a gel, the water is no longer liquid and can’t pour out. The particles in sodium polyacrylate are hygroscopic, which means that they absorb and hold water. Of course, this property is the reason why the compound is used in baby diapers to absorb moisture and keep babies dry and comfortable.