I made an apple cake last night. I didn’t need a magician to make it disappear but in my case a magician did make it vanish, ice cream and all! His name is Phil Matlin.
Seriously though, its a question I am often asked. How do you make stuff disappear? Anyone in magic for any length of time can make a silk or cigarette vanish. There are coin vanishes which one can learn, even a beginner, from books like Mark Wilson’s Complete Course in Magic (which I personally think is a marvelous book for anyone interested in magic). There are books and DVD’s that will teach you this stuff. Michael Ammar’s “The Complete Introduction to Coin Magic” will surely teach you how. I remember when he was here in Montreal he vanished coins and a full deck of cards in a topit and I knew it, but still couldn’t catch him. He recently came out with a different kind of coin clip, The FISM Coin Clip, and you can vanish 2 to 6 coins at once, silently. David Roth’s Expert Coin Magic Made Easy also has astounding routines.
For bigger items there are boxes, small and large, that make things, even people, vanish, and Change Bags that not only vanish things but change them from one thing to another.
But earlier this year something new came out, The Hidden Hand by Sean Fields. We sold a lot of them and got good feedback. It’s supposed to be astounding, although when you open the package, you may think, “What the heck?” but miracles can be done with this gimmick. The DVD teaches you how. I don’t think it could vanish my apple cake like Phil does, but it is worth while checking out!
Do you have a favorite method that you care to share?