34 Magic Tricks That Will Upgrade Your Cool Dad Status

Ever catch yourself wondering how your grandpa pulled that coin out of your ear? Or how your fifth grade best friend got those rings to separate? Magic tricks stick with you, especially if you saw them as a child. Now that you’re the magical, mysterious grown-up, it’s officially your chance to mystify the kids in your life.

Here’s the thing about magic: Magicians don’t like to give away their secrets. If you step into a magic shop, the salesperson will likely repeat the same thing over and over again, “We’re not selling you the trick, we’re selling you what you need to do the trick.” Meaning, in order to know how to do most of the magic stuff out there, you’re going to need to buy-in. All is not lost, though. We managed to find some solid info on the internet to help us show you how to whip up some magic in your life. And, if it goes well, we’ve included stuff to buy to expand your repertoire of tricks. According to the Magic Masterclass, there are ten kinds of magic, so we’ve labeled things accordingly. Hope that helps!

Production Tricks

Making something appear “out of thin air.”

1. Pluck A Coin From Thin Air

You’ve seen this trick done. But, can you do it yourself?

2. Pull A Card Out Of Nowhere

Make your audience gasp by this single-card production trick and pull a card out of thin air.

3. Flower-Filled Wallet

Turn an “ordinary” wallet into a bouquet of flowers with this awesome trick.

 

Vanishing Tricks

Making something disappear.

4. Disappearing Coin

That coin pulled out of an ear? Make it disappear with simple sleight of hand.

5. Vanishing Toothpick

You got this. Just follow along with this super simple video and you’ll wow everyone.

6. Disappearing Pencil

Wanna wow your kids with their new school supplies? The disappearing pencil trick is relatively simple and a ton of fun.

7. Blooming and Disappearing Flower

You’ve seen the blooming and vanishing silk flower in a million birthday party magic shows. Why not invest in your own?

Transformation Tricks

Turning something into something else. (Like a rat into a goblet.)

8. The Bending Spoon

Is it possible that this is the oldest trick in the book? Uh… probably not. But, it’s pretty old school and super popular with little kids.

9. Transforming a Marker/Pen into a Magic Wand

This is showy and fun — Magic at it’s finest.

Restoration Tricks

Destroying an object, then repairing it.

10. Magic Can Restore/Repair

Wanna blow the mind of your kiddos and/or drunk friends? Refill a can. This video uses a beer can, but it’ll work with any can.

Transportation Tricks

Making an object appear to move from one spot to another.

11. The Sugar Cube and the Magic Number

All you need are a friend, a sugar cube, a pencil and a glass of warm water to make your friend’s lucky number “magically” move from the sugar cube to the palm of your hand.

12. Moving A Pencil With Your Mind

Really all you need for this is a very light pen or pencil and the ability to expel air without making a face like you’re blowing out candles.

Transposition

Similar to transportation tricks, except you making multiple items move.

13. Linking Paper clips

All you need for this trick is two paper clips and a piece of paper — a dollar bill works best.

 

14. Coin Pyramid

Okay, okay. Once you show this trick to someone a time or two, they’ll figure out that it’s actually super easy to do on their own and isn’t actually magic at all. They’ll certainly feel like it is the first time they watch. Little kids, especially, will be in disbelief.

15. Parting The Pepper

Before you start the trick, privately put some soap on your finger. Sprinkle some black pepper into a glass of water and have your friend stick their finger into the water. Nothing will happen. When you put your finger into the water, the soap will cause the pepper to scatter and separate from your finger.

Escape Tricks

Escape tricks are the ones everyone wants to do and not many people can figure out. There’s usually an air of danger or a sense of urgency involved.

16-18. Houdini’s Top 3 Escape Tricks

YouTuber Nadjib Haffaf broke down three of Houdini’s most popular escape tricks here. These might be a little too involved for the average dad. However, we wanted to include them so we didn’t leave anything out.

Levitation Tricks

Making the magician or something/someone appear to float.

19. The Magnetic Pencil

Make a pencil appear to float behind your hand.

20. Levitating Card

You’ll need to do a bit of prep work for this trick, but it’s sure to blow minds.

 

21. Making Yourself Float

There are multiple ways to do this and some of them require a bit of production. However, this might be the coolest thing you can learn.

22. Rising Card

Different from the last moving card trick, but still great. Noticing a theme yet? Owning a deck of cards helps.

23. Levitating Matchstick

The key to this trick? The match bends when it burns, but to tiny brains or at a quick glance, it will look like the matchstick is “levitating.”

Penetration Tricks

Making solid objects pass through one another — like those metal rings

24. Walking Through Paper

This is less magic and more of a bit of a tease. With a series of snips, a single 8×11 sheet of paper becomes a loop of paper big enough for you to walk through.

25. Cup Through The Table

You’ll need to be fast with this one. With a little practice, though, you can fool anyone.

26. Pen Through A Dollar Bill Magic Trick

27. Linking Rings

Really want to get in on those quality magic tricks? This set of eight linking rings is a go-to for most magicians.

28. Spring & Ring

This super cheap little gadget is small enough to keep in your pocket and whip out at a moment’s notice.

29-32. Mind Blown Magic Illusion’s 4 Easy Penetration Tricks

MBMI offers tons of novice-friendly magic trick secrets on the YouTube channel. This video walks you through four different ways to practice penetration magic with everyday items you can find around your home or workspace.

33. The “Sucker” Card Trick

The deck is stacked against the audience for this trick… and we mean that almost literally.
LINK: https://www.thesprucecrafts.com/magic-card-trick-for-young-kids-2266283#step1

34. Guess My Age

This boils down to basic math and most adults will be able to know that and can assist you. The kids in our life, though, will lose their dang minds. Here’s how it goes:
Ask an adult punch in their age on a calculator while hiding the screen from everyone else.
Ask them to multiply the age by 2.
Next add 1.
Multiply by 5.
Multiply by 10.
Ask the adult to write the answer down.
Ignore the last two digits of the number they wrote down and whatever’s left is their age.

 

Ubisoft Reportedly Developing a New Splinter Cell Game

It’s crazy to think that there hasn’t been a new Splinter Cell title since 2013’s Blacklist.  Considered one of Ubisoft‘s flagship series, our favorite black ops agent Sam Fisher has since fallen to the wayside in favor of other Tom Clancy properties such as The Division and Ghost Recon.  It felt like we’d never see a new Splinter Cell, but if this latest rumor is anything to consider, it looks like we won’t have to wait long to sneak back into the shadows.

As reported by VGC, development sources have told them that a new Splinter Cell has been put into production as a means of winning back frustrated fans.  Those looking for an actual Splinter Cell game have been unfortunately met with poorly received mobile and VR titles for the past decade.  VGC’s sources also mentioned that this new title is apparently in an early phase of production, but there’s a small chance it could be announced next year.

Unfortunately, that’s where the report ends.  It’s pretty barebones but hey, at least it’s something!  Fans have been itching for a proper Splinter Cell game for quite some time now.  It looks like their wish could finally be granted.

Splinter Cell was and still is a pretty awesome stealth video game series, but it typically gets overshadowed by Metal Gear Solid.  Both feature gravel-voiced heroes going on secret spy missions, but that’s pretty much where the comparisons end.  Splinter Cell doesn’t have hours upon hours of spoken dialogue, and later iterations opted for much more action-oriented combat.  It could even be argued that Fisher handles better than Snake, with all his cool spy moves.

Personally, my favorite part about the Splinter Cell games was the multiplayer.  As long as that makes a return, I’ll be happy.  Spies vs Mercs was a blast and required some real coordination amongst teammates.  The 2v2 mode was pretty much perfected in 2005’s Chaos Theory, with each team having a variety of gadgets at their disposal.  The Spies played in third-person and could sneak through vents and get the drop on their opponents in order to complete objectives, while Mercs were played in first-person and packed some real firepower in order to guard said objectives.  If they could bring back the co-op mode from 2010’s Conviction too, that’d be cool.  Of course, as with any of these rumors, I’m getting ahead of myself here.  I guess I’ll just have to calm down until something actually gets announced.

Studio Wouldn’t Allow Robin Williams To Be in Harry Potter

Robin Williams has been in a lot of great movies, from sophisticated fare like Good Will Hunting, for which he won an Oscar, and Dead Poets Society to fun flicks like Mrs. Doubtfire to Aladdin. Turns out there was one group of movies he wanted to be a part of but wasn’t able to: the Harry Potter adaptations.

Christopher Columbus, the director of the first two Potter films (as well as Home Alone, and the Williams’ starring Bicentennial Man), recently confirmed to Total Film the actor was hoping to play werewolf and Potter ally Remus Lupin. This rumor had been floating around for a while, but there was a very specific reason Robin couldn’t do it: despite his talent for mimicry and impersonations, Williams just wasn’t British enough!

The studio had a rule for the Potter movies that no non-English actors would be cast.

It was out of Columbus’s hands, but he still had to break the news. “I had a conversation with Robin Williams, who wanted to play Lupin,” he said. “It was very difficult for me to say ‘It’s all British. There’s nothing I can do.’”

In 2001, during an interview with the New York Post, Williams admitted his disappointment. As usual, he lightened the mood with a joke.

There were a couple of parts I would have wanted to play, but there was a ban on [using] American actors. Maybe one day. Say if [Harry] goes to Yale and becomes president.”

It’s too bad that Williams took his own life a few years back, for many reasons. Now we can add “won’t get to play Dumbledore in the Harry Potter remakes” to the list.

Think about it: he would have made an AMAZING Dumbledore.

Guy Fieri Announces That He Is the Final Super Smash Bros. DLC Character

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate might have thought they just revealed their final character, but they would be wrong.

On Twitter, “The Mayor of Flavor Town” himself revealed in a shocking twist that he will be the final Super Smash Bros. Ultimate DLC character, not Sora from Kingdom HeartsCheck out his sweet intro below.

I know this is just a joke, but I don’t want it to be.  I seriously want this to happen.  Could you imagine just annihilating opponents and knocking them off-screen while Fieri’s character says things like “Holy moly, Stromboli!“?  I could see his dash move being him jumping into his 1968 Chevrolet Camaro SS Convertible and cruising across the battlefield and running Pikachu over.  THAT is the Smash Bros. game I want to play.

Celebrities and video games.  Man, it gets me every time.  If it’s not Fieri, it’s Brendan Fraser ignoring a fan while he plays Nintendo Switch.  Maybe Fraser plays Smash Bros.  I say we get him and Fieri into The Dad Gaming – Super Smash Bros Ultimate Facebook group.  If Fieri’s so confident with his skills that he wants his own character in the game, well, that’s a guy I’d want on my team.  While we’re at it, we should also invite the dentist that offers free cleanings if you can beat him at Smash Bros. too.  He seems like a solid choice as well.

It’s the Year 2021 and Doom Is Now Playable on Twitter

At this point, we’ve seen Doom played on everything from pregnancy tests to a calculator powered by 200 potatoes.  Is it any surprise that it’s now playable on a social media platform?

Over on Twitter, someone has created a Tweet2Doom bot account, which now means you can attempt to complete the original Doom on Twitter by using various commands in Twitter replies to this specific account.

Now, it’s not exactly like you’re literally playing the game.  Think of it like a turn-based RPG or a strategy game.  Gameplay essentially boils down to you using a combination of letters and numbers to input commands to the game and then figuring out the number of frames that you’d like the action you’ve just input to be performed for.  After you’ve input your desired commands, it plays back a video in-game of what you’re doing.  It’s kind of like when Twitch played Dark Souls and Pokemon.  At first, it might sound impossible to actually accomplish anything (and it usually starts with you constantly running into walls), but there are playthroughs where people are literally getting through levels and fighting off demons.  It’s pretty spectacular.

If you’re interested in giving it a shot yourself, there’s a full set of rules on how to play pinned on Tweet2Doom’s Twitter account.  There are even speedruns currently happening as we speak if you really want to get crazy.  Seriously, I’m not joking.  You read that correctly.  There are actual speedruns for the Twitter version of Doom.  The human race is a wild bunch.

Any guesses as to what Doom will show up on next?  A Fisher-Price tablet powered by dirty diapers?  Maybe instead of a calculator powered by 200 potatoes, a potato powered by 200 calculators?  It sounds crazy, but at this point, I wouldn’t be surprised.

Indiana Jones 5 and MCU Movies Delayed Until 2023

It’s starting to seem like the universe doesn’t want another Indiana Jones movie.

Indy 5, which was delayed by the pandemic and was then delayed after star Harrison Ford got hurt on set, much like he did during the Force Awakens shoot – it’s almost like he’s too old for this shit! – and now those production delays have forced the release of the movie to get pushed back another year, to 2023.

The movie, which is being directed by James Mangold (Logan) and co-stars Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Mads Mikkelson, is purported to have a time-travel element – and some recent photos from the set showing old-fashioned ships and what look like Roman soldiers – seem to bear that theory out. As does the fact that the franchise is pretty iconic and valuable, and the studio may be seeking a way to extend it beyond its star’s ability to continue swashbuckling.

Perhaps the time travel element will bring a younger Indy on board, or an alternate Indy. We’ll see, just not for a few more years.

We’ll also have to wait a bit longer for some of the highly anticipated MCU movies. Stick with me here: Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness got pushed from March to May, taking Thor: Love and Thunder’s spot and pushing the Norse god’s fourth flick to July, which forces Black Panther: Wakanda Forever to move to November, when The Marvels, the Captain Marvel sequel was meant to premiere. Now that will hit theaters in February 2023 and will bump the next Ant-Man, Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania to late July 2023.

The multiverse works in mysterious ways.

The good news is all of those movies are still happening. The bad news is, that includes Indiana Jones 5.

Netflix’s “Ozark” Ready To Start Finishing the Series With a Bang

It’s the beginning of the end for Netflix’s Ozark, as the Jason Bateman-starring family drama has an official premiere date for its fourth and final season. Netflix announced this week the addicting thriller will debut Part 1 on January 21st. The fourth season will be broken into two parts of seven episodes each.

We got more than a date, though, as we also got the first teaser trailer for the critically-acclaimed show.

“Money is, at its essence, that measure of a man’s choices,” says Marty in the beginning of the teaser. The Byrde family has a lot on the line as they expand their footprint in the Ozarks, and have made more than a few enemies along the way.

As Bateman’s wife in the show, Wendy Byrde (played by the excellent Laura Linney) says later in the trailer: “Sometimes, if you don’t move forward, you die.”

And now, Ozark is doing both! It is moving forward with the first part of season 4, but we know some major resolution is on the horizon, as it will be tidily wrapped up in 14 more episodes.

There’s always a ton of pressure for a beloved show to stick the landing right. Sometimes, it all plays out as well as it can (Breaking Bad). Other times, it completely undercuts everything the show has been building to for years and leaves fans feeling betrayed (cough *Game of Thrones season 8*). And then there are some that are so ambiguous it leaves fans confused for decades (*The Sopranos*).

The teaser trailer is pretty great, and Bateman has said previously to the media that the supersized season will bring supersized problems for the Byrde family. He also said he’s excited to “end with a bang” so you can be sure season 4 won’t be about a harmonious end to the family’s involvement with a Mexican drug cartel.

Michael J. Fox Will Receive Honorary AARP Award for Parkinson’s Advocacy

In the midst of enjoying his massive Back to the Future success, Michael J. Fox’s world was turned upside-down. At just 29 years old, in 1991, the talented actor was diagnosed with young-onset Parkinson’s disease. For nearly a decade, Fox kept his condition under wraps. He coped privately, figuring out what his life would look like under his new and difficult circumstances.

In 1998, Fox spoke publicly for the first time about Parkinson’s. Rather than focusing on his own life, however, Fox chose to turn his attention to Parkinson’s as a whole. In 2000, he founded The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, dedicating his time and energy to both advocacy and his ultimate goal: finding a cure for Parkinson’s.

In a virtual ceremony on December 15, Michael J. Fox will receive an honorary AARP Purpose Prize award for his extensive work in Parkinson’s advocacy and research.

“AARP is honored to celebrate these extraordinary older adults, who have dedicated their lives to serving others in creative and innovative ways,” AARP CEO Jo Ann Jenkins said on AARP’s website. “During these trying times in our country and globally, we are inspired to see people use their life experiences to build a better future for us all.”

Fox undoubtedly goes above and beyond to improve the lives of those living with Parkinson’s disease. The Michael J. Fox Foundation raised over $700 million for Parkinson’s research so far, and with every passing year, the foundation continues to grow. AARP wants to honor Fox’s commitment to the cause, and in addition to the award itself, they will contribute $50,000 to his foundation.

“The Michael J. Fox Foundation’s single, urgent goal is to eliminate Parkinson’s disease,” the foundation’s website states. “Even in the face of tremendous challenges, our promise to push Parkinson’s research forward remains steadfast. We’re problem-solvers and we’re optimistic.”

Grateful Dead T-Shirt Auctioned by Sotheby’s Fetches $17k

Last week, a painting by notorious guerilla street artist Bansky was auctioned off for a record-breaking amount. The amount was noteworthy for many reasons, not least of which is the fact that the painting was half-shredded! But it isn’t the only half-shredded piece of art that’s worth something.

If you’re anything like me, you have a lot of vintage t-shirts, and by vintage, I mean “older than my kids and also my marriage.” Most of mine are band and/or concert-related, and until today, I thought their only value was sentimental. And then I learned that a vintage Grateful Dead t-shirt was auctioned off for thousands of dollars!

$17,460 was the high bid according to Defunkd a resource for authentic vintage t-shirts. But after factoring in Sotheby’s fees and uncle Sam’s cut, the final price tag was actually $19,315.80.

The shirt’s value is not merely due to the design and its excellent condition after 60 years, or the fact that it was designed by a Hells Angel, but is also due to the fact that it comes from the collection of Dan Healy, an audio engineer with a working relationship with the legendary jam band. It may also be the first Grateful Dead t-shirt ever made, or so says Bo Bushnell, the man who bought it and a collector of 1960s motorcycle club artifacts.

“It was the first t-shirt that the Dead released,” Bo Bushnell told Defunkd after he won the auction.

Grateful Dead t-shirt
(Credit: Sotheby’s)

The auction site described the shirt:

“Designed by the Hells Angel, Merry Prankster, and graphic artist Allan “Gut” Terk, a key figure in California counterculture in the 1960s. Friends with Ken Kesey, he was the painter of the Pranksters’ “Further” bus in 1964 and designed the Acid Test Graduation posters. By 1967, through his work for the Dead, he was acclaimed in the Bay Area music scene for his t-shirt and poster art.”

Obviously, there are some special circumstances surrounding this shirt, and not many bands have as devoted a fan base as the Dead, so I wouldn’t expect any of your beloved band shirts to fetch quite as much on the auction market.

But I’m gonna go look through my collection just in case…

Netflix Creates Chadwick Boseman Memorial Scholarship at Howard University

Before Chadwick Boseman was T’Challa, before he earned the professional success that most actors only dream of, Boseman was a student at Howard University. Boseman initially planned on pursuing directing, but his program required students to take acting classes as well. Under the guidance of Cosby Show star Phylicia Rashad, Boseman thrived.

The talented student soon set his sights on acting, and in a quiet act of generosity, Denzel Washington paid for Boseman’s acting course at Oxford – a program he otherwise wouldn’t have been able to afford. In memory of the late actor, Netflix is establishing a $5.4 million scholarship to allow other students a similar opportunity.

The Chadwick A. Boseman Memorial Scholarship will fund four years of tuition at Howard University for recipients. This year, four students (one in each class year) will receive the memorial scholarship. Starting next year and continuing annually, one incoming freshman will be awarded the life-changing scholarship.

“It is with immense pleasure and deep gratitude that we announce the creation of an endowed scholarship in honor of alumnus Chadwick Boseman, whose life and contributions to the arts continue to inspire,” Dr. Wayne A. I. Frederick, president of Howard University said in a statement shared by CNN.

“This scholarship embodies Chadwick’s love for Howard, his passion for storytelling, and his willingness to support future generations of Howard students,” Dr. Frederick continues. “I am thankful for the continuous support and partnership of Chadwick’s wife, Mrs. Simone Ledward-Boseman, and to Netflix for this important gift.”

Students who receive The Chadwick A. Boseman Memorial Scholarship will display qualities that are important both inside and outside of the classroom. The school explains that while leadership and passion are important, so are things like respect and empathy. Boseman, filled with passion and drive, had his trajectory shaped by the generosity of a stranger. Now, even posthumously, he’s doing the same for others.