Ever since I was a kid, I kept wondering how all those magicians, illusionists and street performers did their magic tricks. I knew there was no actual magic involved, but the eyes saw what they saw, tricking my brain into believing. Even now, as I was reading up on all these magic tricks, a good half of them still feel like there’s more to it than just the proverbial “smoke and mirrors”. It’s like, if you have all the answers to your math exam, but you still can’t figure out how that footlong equation turned into a “1”.
Either way, magicians are true masters of illusion, experts at tricking the regular viewers into questioning the basic laws of physics. Lucky for us, at some point, these modernday wizards started exposing and explaining their secrets, so here are 8 mindbending magic tricks explained!
David Blaine’s Card through the Window Trick
This trick requires an assistant on the other side of the glass with an identical deck of cards. The volunteer shows the card to the crowd, but not the magician, making it quite simple for the inside man to pick the appropriate card and slap it against the glass at the right moment, while David is diverting the audience’s attention. Just think about how much work went into this simple card trick!