Have you seen “Criss Angel Mindfreak” the A&E reality series starring weirdo illusionist/mentalist Criss Angel? It’s great and his secrets are revealed on our site. Let’s have a laugh at this 1989 video clip of Criss Angel who had no big secrets to be revealed back then, he was only singing with an unidentified hair band:
In addition to the many parallels between late-period hair metal and cheesy magic shows — combined here brilliantly — there’s much to be learned from “Don’t You Want My Love”:
• Criss Angel’s Secrets Revealed on our Criss Angel and Criss Angel Mindfreak pages
• How does he maneuver his microphone stand like that? I’ll tell ya: magic!
• Where did he get the arsenal of secrets to reveal in tight pants and chest-exposing shirts?
• This would have worked better if the band was playing “The Final Countdown.”
• What’s cooler than escaping from a straight jacket? Doing it upside down.
• Whenever a magic video claims it uses no camera tricks, it’s a clue the performers are blowing smoke up your rear. Note the obvious camera cut at 1:26.
• “Hey guys, know what would make this more metal? Balloons falling from the ceiling.”
Stay tuned for more secrets and mindfreak tricks revealed.
This is a great video showing many different possibilities of manipulating coins with strong magnets:
You also notice at the end of the video it is also possible to stop certain cell phones and note that the same applies to wristwatches.
Obtaining strong earth magnets (neodynium magnets) can be done on e-bay and I highly recommend it to anyone that are interested to perform this kind of magic trick.
One great thing I found when playing with my own magnets is that some plastic looking poker chips do have metal inside and can be manipulated through a table using a magnet (usually put in my sock). I got a few people freaked out with this one
The size of the magnet I recommend is the size of a magician’s M5 (2″x2″) but 1″ by 1″ will suffice to manipulate a quarter through some but not all tables, it will be enough to make the coin stand up through your hand however.
If you’re in the USA or somewhere coins are not attracted to magnets you will need to buy a fake one that will stick to a magnet.
Staying around coin magic, here is a good tutorial showing a simple false transfer that will require a bit of practice to get down perfectly everytime. The presentator also discusses coin melting (coin through glass).
Keeping on the coin melting theories discussed in the video, it can be done using 3 coins .However two coins should be sufficient. Preferably at least one of the coins should be magnetic and the performer should be equiped with a neodynium magnetic ring (which has many interesting abilities such as stopping wristwatches and cellular phones).
You can see and find out for yourself how it is done in this (superb) video of Cyril Takayama (one of my favorite magician) where he does not only melt coins through but also inside a glass table he also forces a considerably big saltshaker through. Must see