Trick Tuesday - The Linking Paperclips

Trick Tuesday - The Linking Paperclips

It's Trick Tuesday folks, and this week we have a nifty little escapology stunt (although rather than 'escaping' restraints, you magically link two sets of restraints together!). It's done right under your spectator's nose, and it looks like real magic! So this week, let's learn...

The Linking PaperclipsTwo plain old paper clips spring into the air and mystifyingly link themselves together!


What do we need?  Any bill and two paper clips.


What do we have to do?

1. Take the dollar bill and accordion-fold it into thirds so it’s shaped like an S.

2. Attach one of the paper clips to the front of the bill from the top, with the shorter side of the clip facing you. The clip should go over the outer layer of the folded bill as well as the middle layer, and it should be clipped near the edge of the bill, not the fold.

3. Attach the other paper clip to the back of the bill from the top, with the shorter side facing away from you. Again, the clip should go over the outer layer of the folded bill as well as the middle layer.

4. Take one end of the bill in each hand and give it a quick snap. The clips will fly into the air, and when you pick them up, they’ll be attached. 

And that's it. Simple. 

But maybe have a think about how you could make more than just a quick 'stunt'. Perhaps you could make it part of a bigger routine about 'escapology'. You could easily follow it with any trick that involves a card or object disappearing! 

Or maybe you could weave it into a bigger story about someone like Houdini - someone who was able to not only escape handcuffs, but also reattach the shackles to an unsuspecting nearby police officer. 

I suppose what I am getting at is, don't underestimate how impressive a simple trick like this can be. If you 'routine' it with other magical effects, you can make a simple little stunt into one thread of something AMAZING!


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