Sometimes the explanation of the most dazzling and mysterious magic trick is right there on the surface.

The Bright Side team tried to learn some magicians’ secrets, and now we have a simple explanation of the most famous tricks.

1. The signed card trick

The magician asks someone from the audience to put their signature on a random card. Then he tears it into 4 pieces and magically restores the signed card in front of the amazed audience. The secret is quite simple: the illusionist has a folded card in his pocket, and he substitutes the signed card with it. The hidden card is torn, and the signed one is perfectly safe.

2. Walking on water

The trick is usually performed in muddy or unclear rivers or man-made waters like swimming pools. The main goal is to make a glass or clear plastic platform essentially invisible to the audience. Now you can walk on water without being the son of God.

3. Hand through glass

A magician needs specially cut screens to move a hand through a mirror or glass. The back screen covers 2 mirror panels. When the performance begins, the whole construction shifts the real mirror to the back side, moving 2 fake mirror panels forward. Now there is a space to move a hand. At the end of the performance, the assistants shift the real mirror to the front side again.

4. Floating man

A man floating in the middle of the street is neither a magician nor a yogi. The illusion is accomplished via the placement of a steel structure under the performer’s baggy clothes. Of course, no secret powers are used here.

5. Split man trick

The cut-in-half illusion only works when you watch the performer from the front. From the side, you can see that from the knee to the waist it’s actually a plastic mannequin. Baggy clothes and body posture create the perfect illusion of a man holding his own legs.

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