How To Do Magic Tricks With Paper?

How To Do Magic Tricks With Paper?

How To Do Magic Tricks With Paper?

There are so many things that can be used as tools for a magic trick. Paper, for instance, is one of them. There are a lot of tricks you can master with paper. Usually, you don’t require many magic props and do it with a few pieces of paper. Here’s everything you need to know about them.

The Magic Lies In Practice

Before diving into some amazing magic tricks with paper, you need to understand the fact that you will only get better at magic tricks if you keep practicing. Mastering any magic trick requires practice and you will get better once you start doing it more regularly.

Learn From Different Sources

If you are new to the realm of magic tricks, then you need to learn it first. There are many resources that you can use to learn magic. There are even courses on magic tricks and on how to be a good magician. You can also learn a lot about magic through books, videos, and other materials. You will be a seasoned magician in no time if you keep learning and practicing the learned skills over and over. These things do take time, but you will get there eventually.

Try Tricks With Different Paper Sizes

Any magic trick can be executed perfectly if you know the right way to use your hands and other props. Another thing you can do to practice paper tricks is to use different sizes of paper and get used to handling each and every kind of paper. You can start out by using smaller-sized paper first because it is easier to handle and you will get the gist in no time. After you’re a professional at handling small pieces of paper and successfully doing tricks with it, you can graduate to larger sizes of paper and polish your skills on them. You will be an expert in no time.

Use Different Props

Aside from your hands, you can also use different props to help you during the magic trick. The prop can be anything, from a pencil to a piece of cloth. These things are a great addition to your magic trick and it not only incorporates themselves in the magic illusion but it will also help you in giving “cover” if you want to hide or switch something quickly. Some magicians use hats or unique hairstyles as a cover.

Just keep in mind that you will need to practice a lot with the props as well, so your hand motions can get fluid and there is little to no room for error.

Distract Your Audience With Conversation

A good magician is never one to bore his audience. This is why you need to add some sort of conversation and drama to the whole show. Always start the trick with a bit of drama and sass. For instance, conjure up a story of you going to a Halloween costume shop.

Challenge the audience and involve them in your show. This is not only a great way to keep people hooked on your show, but conversation can buy you time, in case you want to extend the period of your magic trick or are trying to cover up a slip that might have occurred during the performance. Communication will save you big time.

Magic Tricks With Paper

Now that the basics of magic tricks are out of the way, here are some amazing tricks you can try with paper and wow your audience.

Turn Paper Into Money

This is a really simple and easy trick that will impress the audience. All you need for this is some printed paper, preferably from a magazine or newspaper, some bills of money and either glue or double-sided tape.

  1. Cut the magazine printed paper in the shape and size of a dollar bill and fold them from the center. Fold the dollar bills in the same way too.
  2. Now glue or tape at least two-thirds of the dollar bill with the paper, so that there are flaps of the bill and the magazine paper on either side.
  3. Make a couple of these, so you have 6 or 7 bills to work with. When you’re doing this trick, make sure to keep the dollar flap tucked away, so you can show both sides of the magazine paper.
  4. When it’s time for the climax, flip the dollar flap and the magazine paper will be hidden and the money will be shown completely.
  5. You might want to add some hand gestures to give you enough time to flick the magazine paper and tuck it in to conceal it from the audience.

Putting Torn Paper Back Together

This is also another amazing trick that requires switching and swift motion of hands, but it’s nothing that a little practice can’t improve. The things you will need for this trick are two small pieces of paper and double-sided tape.

  1. You will take the first piece of paper and crumple it in your hands.
  2. Then, you will put double-sided tape on it. You need to remember where you put the tape or else the trick won’t work.
  3. When you’re doing this trick in front of people, you will show the smooth piece of paper and rip it to small shreds. Meanwhile, the crumpled-up ball will be concealed in your hand, either tucked under your sleeve or stuck with tape, somewhere out of sight.
  4. Once you have shredded the paper, put them on a table in front of you and start to ball them up. Once you have the shreds in a ball, replace the shred ball with the crumpled-up ball of intact paper with sly hand movements.
  5. Then, you can reveal the crumpled-up paper in its original and untorn form, by unfolding it and showing it to your audience.
  6. This trick might take a bit of getting used to, so practicing in front of a mirror will do wonders.

Mind Reading Paper Trick

This is a great trick that definitely looks real and people will be convinced that you can read minds. You will only need 3 pieces of equal-sized paper and a pencil.

  1. You will need to draw different symbols or write different numbers on each paper. Keep the papers with the symbols/numbers facing up.
  2. Now, you’ll need an audience member to join you. Turn your back on the member and ask them to choose a card and change the position of the other two cards while flipping them at the same time. This will end up with the cards being placed face-down.
  3. All you need to do is remember the symbol/number you wrote on the card in the middle.
  4. Once all of this is done, you can turn back around, and just for the sake of dramatics, you will look deep into the eyes of the member, so that the mind-reading tactic can be more convincing.
  5. Based on the symbol in the middle card, you can easily guess which card has been chosen by the audience member and you can say it out loud, ultimately wowing the audience.


There you have it! A simple piece of paper can be show-stopping for your magic show. These tricks are easy to learn and you can get the hang of them in no time. For more cool tricks, head to magic stores.

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