Best for ages 10 and up
What you’ll need: a deck of cards, one additional card from a matching deck, double-sided tape, an envelope
All your child needs is a little bit of double sided tape and some practice and they’ll soon be able to magically transport one card from the deck in their hands to a sealed envelope on the other side of the room.
Step 1: Take one card out of the deck you’ll be using for this trick and the exact same card from a matching deck, for example the Queen of Diamonds.
Step 2: Put one of the Queens of Diamonds in an envelope and seal it.
Step 3: Take a small piece of double-sided tape and place it in the center of the other Queen of Diamonds. Gently place the card on the top of the deck face down.
Step 4: When you’re ready for your performance, place the envelope on the table, across the room or hand it to someone to hold for the duration.
Step 5: Next explain that you’ll be attempting to teleport the Queen of Diamonds from your hands to the envelope. Separate the Queen of Diamonds from the card below it (they’ll be stuck together because of the tape) while you’re talking. This should cover any sounds the tape might make.
Step 6: Show your audience the card before placing it back on the top of the deck and giving it a squeeze to ensure it really sticks to the card just below it.
Step 7: Cut the deck as many times as you’d like as a way to shuffle the cards and lose the Queen of Diamonds somewhere in the middle.
Step 8: Make a show of using your teleportation powers before flipping over the deck and fanning it out face up. The Queen of Diamonds should no longer be visible because it’s stuck to the back of the card below it.
Step 9: Have an audience member open the envelope to reveal the secondary teleported Queen of Diamonds.
Got a kid who’s hooked? Multiple professional magicians recommend starting your little pro with Magic: The Complete Course by Joshua Jay or Big Magic for Little Hands also by Joshua Jay to learn more.