Category Archives: Magic Puzzles

Can You Balance the Reindeer?

Santa needs your help!   The 4 sides below–top, bottom, right, and left–each have 6 reindeer.  Santa wants to move the 4 reindeer in the middle pen to the outer pens–and still have 6 reindeer on each side.  Is this possible?  Can you advise him how?

Whisking a Paper out from under a Stack of Quarters!

Do you know the stunt where you whisk the tablecloth out from under the dishes?  This is its smaller cousin.  Can you yank a sheet of paper out from under a stack of quarters, without disturbing the coins? [youtube width=”319″ height=”258″]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bbhmAZ0w1rw[/youtube]

Seeing Upside Down!

I have a special paper here that when you look at it, you will see upside down.  Would you like to see it?  You show it to them and they see upside down!

Divining Someone’s Favorite Book

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?

Dropping a Card on Edge?

“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?”

Half of 8 is…3?

Half of 8 is 3, you claim.  And you can prove it!  Do you know how?

Can You Make a Pear Disappear?

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:

Alphabet Soup

Read the following paragraph only once, counting the number of F’s in the paragraph.  How many F’s are there? FINISHED FILES ARE THE RE- SULT OF YEARS OF SCIENTIF- IC STUDY COMBINED WITH THE EXPERIENCE OF YEARS. Answer: