I felt that any circus party would not be complete without a magic show. However, my husband is terrified of clowns, and I think they are creepy myself, so we didn’t hire any outside clown or other person to do a magic show. Instead, we decided to keep things low-key and host a DIY magic show ourselves.
I’m not sure that Bo was that interested in the magic show, although she did sit and watch it through both performances. I was rather impressed at how well she behaved throughout the party, considering she had no nap all day. But Bo is always good-natured if there is fun to be had and she is allowed to roam free. :-)
Host Your Own DIY Magic Show
Monkey was game, and so she became The Amazing Ashley.
The first trick she did was to tie a knot in a rope using the power of magic. Her magic show was simple and fun. She did a total of 4 tricks.
- Her next trick was to magically make a coin disappear then reappear.
- Her third trick was the audience’s favorite. In this trick, she used magic to guess what color of crayon selected members of the audience chose from a box.
- For her final trick, she turned water into ice magically before everyone’s eyes.
If you would like to know how the magic tricks were preformed for your own DIY magic show (maybe at your own circus party), they were quite simple. Monkey has never done magic before, and she was able to do them with only a small amount of practice.
Trick 1: Tying a Knot into a Rope
This trick is the easiest of all. First, tie a knot into the end of the rope ahead of time. Then, when you do the trick, simple hold the knotted end of the rope hidden in your hand. During the trick, grab both ends in the same hand. Then after you say the magic words, release the knotted end of the rope.
Trick 2: Make a Coin Disappear
This trick requires a little preparation. You will need a table, 2 pieces of black paper, a clear cup, a magic cloth, and a quarter.
Ahead of time, cut out a circle of paper from one sheet that fits over the mouth of the cup. Tape it over the open cup. Then, lay the second piece of paper onto the table. When you place the cup on the sheet of paper, you can’t tell that there is a second sheet of paper. Place the quarter next to the cup.
During the show, use the cloth to hide what you are doing. Move the cup slightly so it covers the quarter. You will probably have to practice so you can move the cup quickly without a sound while keeping your arm hidden. You can make it reappear by reversing the process.
Trick 3: Guess the Color of a Crayon
For this trick, you will need a box of regular crayons in dark colors. We found out that light colors do not work so well. But make sure the colors are distinct.
For the trick, close your eyes and have someone from the audience pull a crayon and hand it to you. Place it behind your back and scrape a bit of color off of the crayon with your nail. Return the crayon to the person and have them place it back in the box. Place your hand over your forehead to “think” and look at the color under your nail. You can then announce the color. The kids thought this trick was amazing, and they wanted Monkey to repeat it about 20 times.
Trick 4: Turn Water Into Ice
This trick is all about pre-prep. Stuff a cloth into the bottom of a coffee cup. Place a few cubes of ice on top of the cloth. Don’t add the ice too soon, or it will melt and stick to the cloth, which you don’t want.
During the show, pour a small amount of water into the cup announcing that you will turn it into ice. Then, flip the cup over. The ice will fall out, and the water will remain inside the cup because of the cloth. This trick was also extremely popular, and made a great ending to the show.