Ask someone to jot their favorite book on a slip of paper, then cover it with their hand, so you can’t peek. With a little concentration, believe it or not, you can tell them what’s on the paper! How?
Tell a spectator the word they select in a book!
“When you drop a playing card on the table”, you demonstrate to a spectator, “it lands on 1 side or the other. Can you drop it, from a height of at least 1 foot, so it lands on its edge?”
Make a silver ball float!
Half of 8 is 3, you claim. And you can prove it! Do you know how?
Some men interpret nine memos. Too bad, I hid a boot. Madam, I’m Adam. A man, a plan, a canal – Panama! Doc note, I dissent. A fast never prevents a fatness. I diet on cod.
Introduce your assistant, the great mind reader. Send her out of the room. Show a sheet with pictures of 9 animals, with their names beneath the pictures. Ask a spectator to select any animal. Invite the mind reader back in. She correctly reveals the chosen animal! Want to learn to do this?
Here’s a fun bit to show a library patron, or an audience while they are waiting for a program to begin. Ask your audience if they can make a pear disappear. Let them think about this. After a minute or two, show them the secret:
Complain that your neck has been hurting. Mention that you think you might have a case of Dog Jaw. Ask the person you’re showing this to if they’ve ever heard of Dog Jaw?
Show a deck of cards. So you can’t do anything sneaky with them, you place them in a paper (or styrofome) cup. Upon your command, the queen rises out of the deck! Would you like to learn to do this one?