Pile of spheres - a sneaky magic trick
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This magic trick requires only five items and no previous magical experience.
Despite the simplicity of it - or perhaps because of it - this trick will bring your "victim" to exasperation. :-)
Since I handle magnets on a daily basis, I developed this trick more or less by coincidence. Since then, I have frustrated many unsuspecting colleagues with it.
The five required items are:
First: A normal table with a tabletop which is no thicker than ca. 3 cm, preferably made of wood but certainly not made of steel.
Second: A Death Magnet.
(Shown here wrapped in plastic.)
Fourth: 100 to 150 steel balls.
Fifth: A flat container, e.g. a small carton box, in which to place the steel spheres.
Important precautionsDefinitely review our warnings if you want to do this magic trick. Specifically, you should consider this:
- The DEATH MAGNET should be removed from the table immediately after the trick and stored in its security box. You must ensure that nobody places a laptop on the table as long as the magnet is in place - the hard drive will almost certainly be destroyed by the magnetic field! For the same reason, do not place your wallet on the table as both credit cards and EC-cards will be rendered useless. Remove your watch while demonstrating the trick as it can be damaged by the magnetic field. For this reason, a reasonable precaution would be to place an object over the "dangerous" part of the table (for instance a pile of magazines) before and after the trick and until the magnet can be removed.
- Be very careful as well when handling the large magnet as you can easily squash a finger. Maintain a safe distance from all metal objects (including table legs and cross-braces made of metal!).
- The DEATH MAGNET is a dangerous object and should be handled with ZEN-like concentration.
If you take these warning to heart, you will have plenty of laughs with this little trick. :-)