To levitate something or somebody is to cause it to suddenly rise without physical means and seemingly break the laws of gravity. Levitations are visual effects that everyone can immediately understand and you don't have to say a word. Everyone recognizes that objects don't mysteriously float on their own in mid-air.
Magicians are known for levitating or floating small objects such as playing cards and finger rings in close-up magic, or can even levitate people, live... animals or even cars and more in big stage illusions.
Here are some simple magic tricks that will allow you to levitate objects, make them suspend or float in the air or seemingly move on their own. Just as if you are defying gravity.
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Here's a magic trick that is sure to get the attention of spectators. You bring out a playing card and then cause it to spin in mid air and then rise up to your hand. You'll learn all this with our step-by-step instructions.
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Levitate a Dollar Bill
Here's how to levitate or float a dollar bill in mid-air. You'll need a few craft supplies but you can easily learn and perform this one. Watch the trick in action and learn it here.Continue to 5 of 13 below.
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Learn how to make a playing card float above your hand in this easy magic card trick. You take a card from the deck and rest it in your hand, and it begins to float up. The magic happens courtesy of a gimmick that I teach you how to make. Happy flying.
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You hold a pencil and a finger ring that's resting on your hand mysteriously levitates on its own accord, up the length of the pencil and then comes back down to its original starting point. Beginners and kids will love this one. And the secret is pretty cool.
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The Floating or Levitating Cup
This is a first rate floating cup trick for beginners and kids. It all happens courtesy of a gimmicked cup that you can easily make and a bit of an illusion with your hands when you perform the trick. This is one that you can perform just about anytime you have a paper or foam cup nearby. I offer instructions here.
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Here's a trick that you can do almost anywhere. A finger ring that’s threaded onto a rubber band mysteriously rises. All you need are a finger ring and a rubber band and a secret. This one is quite impressive.Continue to 9 of 13 below.
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Here you place a pencil into a bottle and it mysteriously levitates on its own. It rises up and then comes back down into the bottle. There's some preparation involved, but you should have fun with this one.
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After a card is chosen and returned to the deck, the spectator's selected card mysteriously rises out of the deck. This is not only a levitation effect, it's a great card trick.
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In this version of the easy magic trick, you have a spectator select a card and then lose it in the deck. You place the deck into its box and the spectator's card mysteriously rises out by itself. It's another great card trick.
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A match is laid onto a playing card and seemingly levitates on its own. This is probably the best example of a levitation among all of the tricks here on the site. (Note: this is a low-cost dealer item.)Continue to 13 of 13 below.
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The Rising Card - Method 3
Here is yet another method for making a card rise from the deck.