The Spangler Effect - Magic in the Rockies Season 01 Episodes 34 - 36


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STEVE SPANGLER: Science and magic-- they seem
to go hand in hand.
In fact, science is a magician's biggest fear,
because if you think like a scientist, it makes their job
so much harder.
That's why I want you to be thinking like a scientist on
this episode with science magic.
I'm Steve Spangler, and I'm all about making science fun.
For the last 20 years, I've been teaching ways to turn
ordinary science experiments into unforgettable learning
experiences.
I have an amazing team who will do whatever it takes to
affect the way people think about science, and to do that,
I live by one motto--
make it big, do it right, give it class.

Take a look at this.
I have two cut-out shapes that are here.
I don't know what to call them--
French fries, arcs.
The yellow one is here.
The red one I've cut so that it's smaller
than the yellow one.
How much smaller?--
hard to estimate.
I don't know--six centimeters--
something like that.
No camera tricks.
Don't blink an eye.
Watch this.
Bam!
Maybe it's the yellow one that's small, and it's the red
one that's big.
No, wait, maybe it's the red one that's small, and it's the
yellow one that's bigger.
That's a pretty amazing optical illusion.
So it's not actually a magic trick.
Indeed, it is an optical illusion, because watch what
happens when you flip it over here.
They're exactly equal.
One goes over the top like this, and it almost looks like
they're perfectly equal until you snap, and watch this.
The red one is bigger than yellow one--
(WHISPERING) magic.
All right-- easy to make.
It's classic science magic with a super optical illusion.
Now, you cut these, for example, out of a paper plate,
so you cut the rim off of a paper plate.
That would be perfect.
You're just trying to get an arc that has just a nice
smooth edge that's here.
If truth be told, you can actually go to Starbucks and
take the little thing that goes on the outside-- you
know, to keep your hand from getting hot-- and peel that
apart-- not while somebody's holding the cup-- and lay it
down, and it gets a pretty good arc, so you can do the
same thing that way, as well.
The secret is that your eyes played a trick on your brain.
Watch.
If you haven't guessed it by now, the arcs are exactly the
same, so you need to make two arcs, but make sure that
they're different colors.
You could make them out of plastic if you wanted to.
Like these, this is a material that you could write on, so
maybe a message could be written here if you want to
compare two different things.
These are just made out a kind of plasticy material.
Watch what happens when you put the first one down, and
this one goes on the top, notice what your eye does
immediately.
It's a comparison game.
Immediately, your eye compares this long line here with the
shorter line here, and your brain says this
is the bigger one.
Now, the optical illusion looks better even the farther
away you get it, so from there, it looks great.
Even if it's in the center, it looks like this one is the
small one and this one's the big one.
When you trade it out like this, it's the same illusion,
but you're just switching it back and forth.
Now, some people will do it like this.
It's all part of the presentation.
You could very easily say this--
the red one is bigger than the yellow one.
You can actually see that by holding it up.
See how the red one is bigger than the yellow one like this.
That's OK, because I can stretch the yellow one, and
now the yellow one is larger than the red one.
No, maybe the red one's larger than the yellow one.
I'm so confused.
The comparison is great.
So what does this have to do with science?
It's great for comparison, because you can come to the
wrong conclusion very easily if you're
not comparing equals.
So, for example, this here, the bottom one looks bigger
than the top one because you're allowing your eyes to
compare this long line with the short line.
If you're coming to a conclusion in a science
experiment, or you're gathering all the data, it's
easy to come to a false conclusions unless you're
comparing the same things.
This happens all the time when people do an experiment with
multiple variables, and they get a different result, and
they do a comparison, and they come to a
conclusion that's wrong--
come to find out they had too many variables.
You have to be a good comparer.
Is that a word-- "comparer"?
Just compare things correctly.
So I've got a little treat for you on this episode.
What happens when you take magicians and you put them all
together in one place?
Things disappear, and things float in the air.
It's called a magic convention, and we're lucky
here, because in Colorado--
in Fort Collins, Colorado--
there are 250 magicians or so from all over the world that
get together to magish for the weekend and kind of share
their secrets, and we have some access to a place that I
want to show you.
So close the doors.
We're going on a field trip.
Open the doors, open the doors, open, open--
can I have my keys?
Close the doors.
All right, well, here we are at Magic in the Rockies.
This is one of the premier magic conventions.
It's like nerd week here in Fort Collins, Colorado.
Top notch magicians from all over the country-- people who
play Las Vegas, and people who work corporate events, and
people that do the birthday parties and stuff on
television--
they're here, and they're here to share their magic, and how
they do it, and share it with other people, so I'm totally
in nerd heaven.
Here we go.

One of the coolest things about being at a magician's
convention is you meet the coolest people.
And Gene Turner, from Kansas, City, Missouri--
is that right?
GENE TURNER: Kansas City, yes.
STEVE SPANGLER: And you have this finger
manipulation kind of thing.
They call it sleight of hand, right?--
close up magic.
GENE TURNER: Right.
STEVE SPANGLER: You do that so well.
GENE TURNER: Yeah, my favorite thing is to go ahead and
remove these.
It'll sound louder to you, so go ahead and get those out of
there for you.
Here, you hold-- never mind, you're busy.
Just go ahead and hold your hand out here for me.
You can put that one away.
Now, I have two red balls.
My hand's [INAUDIBLE].
I have no sleeves, actually, today.
I will go slowly, but if you blink, you will miss it.
Close it tightly-- just one ball.
Put it right up here.
[INTERPOSING VOICES]
GENE TURNER: How many in the hand?
STEVE SPANGLER: One.
GENE TURNER: How many in mine?
STEVE SPANGLER: One.
GENE TURNER: Now, mine goes right through your elbow.
My hands are empty.
Check it out.
Just one.
Right.
See, I'm a man of my word.
I said mine would go through your elbow, and mine went
right through your elbow.
Hands out.
I went too quickly.
I'll slow it down.
Two hands empty.
I'll hold this one.
You hold that one tightly.
Now, this one goes to my pocket.
It really goes down there, see?
The hand's empty.
Watch that elbow--
scientific principle-- centrifugal force.
You feel anything go in, anything leave, let me know.
Put both hands together.
How many red balls in your hand?
STEVE SPANGLER: Two.
GENE TURNER: Right.
Absolutely.
Now, there are two.
See, this one goes in, that one goes in.
How many here, again?
I went too quickly.
STEVE SPANGLER: I--I--I All right.
I'm confused.
GENE TURNER: I don't understand it.
I don't understand it.
Well, listen, I was going to let you know,
too, I found this.
I don't know if you've seen that around, but I'm sorry
about that.
It's just kind of a habit.
We'll go ahead and put that back on there.
STEVE SPANGLER: He stole my watch.
GENE TURNER: There you go.
All right.
Do you have anything in the [INAUDIBL
STEVE SPANGLER: Yes, I have
--pocket over there.
OK, something over there.
That's great.
OK.
Well, I'll tell you what.
I'm going to try to take the watch again in five seconds.
Time it-- five, four, three--
that was so close.
That was so close.
Now--
STEVE SPANGLER: Can I have my watch?
GENE TURNER: Oh, no, but your wallet, I can give
that back to you.
I'm sorry.
I didn't mean to-- that wallet came out of this pocket right
down here, but you can put it wherever you'd like.
STEVE SPANGLER: Gosh.
GENE TURNER: Yeah, oh, and I'm sorry.
I got the watch again.
STEVE SPANGLER: Ahhh!
GENE TURNER: You're right.
I probably should put that back on there for you.
STEVE SPANGLER: All right.
GENE TURNER: There Ever go.
Now, I want to make sure that's buckled,
and on there good.
STEVE SPANGLER: Yes.
You should use--
GENE TURNER: Buckled through the loops?
STEVE SPANGLER: Yes, it's buckled.
GENE TURNER: OK, you concentrate on it, all right?
Bring your right hand over, and hold this.
STEVE SPANGLER: Ahh!
GENE TURNER: All right.
We'll get started again.
STEVE SPANGLER: Oh!
GENE TURNER: [INAUDIBLE].
STEVE SPANGLER: All right.
I'm putting it on myself.
At a magic convention, just like any other convention,
there's a trade show room, right?
So this is called the dealers' room or the exhibit hall.
So this is where magicians go around from table to table and
they watch other magicians sell tricks so that they can
put them in their acts.
And one of the most genius minds that's out there right
now is a gentleman by the name of Losander.
And he just does amazing things.
All you have to do is watch, and you're amazed.
Welcome.
LOSANDER: [INAUDIBLE]
STEVE SPANGLER: And will you show me something very cool?
LOSANDER: Yeah.
Check out the chain.
Is it really solid?
STEVE SPANGLER: It is.
LOSANDER: Now, this here, as you really can see is
electrical tape.
OK, so my plan is very simple.
I take a piece of the electrical tape.
I'm to going to tie these two fingers together, and I'm
going to do this as tight as even possible.
Watch.
Check it out.
Is it really tight?
STEVE SPANGLER: Yeah.
Your fingers are turning red.
LOSANDER: Right, it's turning red.
They will turn blue so we have to hurry up.
On the count of three, OK?
One, two, three.
STEVE SPANGLER: I'm standing right here.
I'm standing in the spot the magician doesn't want you.
I mean, I'm right in front of him.
LOSANDER: Yeah, it's all in there, right?
STEVE SPANGLER: It is in there.
LOSANDER: Now, for most people, that was a little
fast, so let's do it again.
Let's pretend we [INAUDIBLE].
STEVE SPANGLER: Wait, hold on.
LOSANDER: Is that a real thumb?
Check this out.
STEVE SPANGLER: Yes, it's a real thumb.
LOSANDER: Look, I'm going to penetrate that thumb for you.
STEVE SPANGLER: Thank you.
LOSANDER: It's going to hurt.
STEVE SPANGLER: It's going to hurt you, right?
LOSANDER: One, two, and three.
It goes right through.
Here, please hold the chains.
One of these days, I'll teach you.
Meanwhile, you are the only guy at this convention who can
actually keep the electrical tape.
[CHUCKLING]
STEVE SPANGLER: It's really good.
This guy is good.
The cool thing is you get to meet a
bunch of cool magicians.
I've known Danny Archer here for years, and years, and
years-- probably 30 years doing magic, not only
performing magic, but being able to teach a
little bit, as well.
And I asked if maybe you'd teach us a trick, but I want
you to blow us away first.
Show me a magic trick.
DANNY ARCHER: All right, we'll do a trick first, and then
we'll teach you one.
Do you have some change-- a quarter, maybe?
STEVE SPANGLER: I have a quarter.
DANNY ARCHER: Do you have a pen?
STEVE SPANGLER: I thought you were going to ask for a
hundred dollar bill.
DANNY ARCHER: No.
STEVE SPANGLER: I don't have that have that.
I have a pen.
DANNY ARCHER: OK, cool.
Here's what's going to happen, on the count of three, the
coin is going to disappear.
Don't take your eyes off that coin.
One, two, three.
Oh, you see the quarter didn't disappear, but [INAUDIBLE].
STEVE SPANGLER: Where's the pen?
DANNY ARCHER: No, I'm kidding.
Right there.
If you look right there.
There's the--
STEVE SPANGLER: How cool is that?
DANNY ARCHER: Watch the coin.
This time the coin will disappear for real.
STEVE SPANGLER: That is cool.
DANNY ARCHER: Do you want your quarter back?
STEVE SPANGLER: Yeah, I guess.
DANNY ARCHER: Sometimes they [INAUDIBLE]--
hold on a minute.

STEVE SPANGLER: Look at this.
Get out of here.
[GASPING]
DANNY ARCHER: You want it back?
STEVE SPANGLER: How in the--
that is totally good.
Now, you're really going to teach us how to do this?
DANNY ARCHER: I'm going to teach you how to do that--
really easy to do.
You need--
I had one quarter already in my shoe.
STEVE SPANGLER: Get out of here.
DANNY ARCHER: So when I get up in the morning.
You put a quarter in each shoe.
You're ready to do this two times.
STEVE SPANGLER: Have you figured this out?-- magicians
are liars, so they lie a little bit, but that's OK.
DANNY ARCHER: We lie a lot.
STEVE SPANGLER: You lie a lot.
DANNY ARCHER: So you [INAUDIBLE] the coin.
STEVE SPANGLER: So you start with the coin here.
DANNY ARCHER: One is in the shoe.
One is in each shoe.
STEVE SPANGLER: And this is what you borrowed from me.
DANNY ARCHER: I borrowed the coin, I borrowed the pen.
So I turn my body a little bit, because I'm going to
secretly leave the pen behind my ear, and if I did that
here, they would see that, so I turn my body a little bit,
but I put all the focus on the pen.
STEVE SPANGLER: And I'm looking down here.
DANNY ARCHER: And I bent over a little bit, too, on purpose.
That forces you down a little bit.
So what I do is I come here, and I tap my
nail or tap the pen.
And I'll just show you, here is the exposed view.
I put it behind my ear one--
behind the ear--
two--
behind the ear-- leave it-- three.
But that all happens when I'm here, so I come down.
Now I come up a little bit, and I'm holding this here.
STEVE SPANGLER: I see it.
DANNY ARCHER: So keep the camera here.
As I start to turn around, and I point right here, this hand
goes to the edge of the pocket and I--
STEVE SPANGLER: You just drop it in your pocket.
DANNY ARCHER: I just drop it in my pocket, but all the
attention is right here.
Now, I take this off, but I say, watch the coin.
I have no coin.
I'm tapping my thumbnail just to make a little bit of noise
right there.
He can't hear it, but-- so I say, watch the coin.
This time it disappears, and I just flick this off the top of
the nail for real.
So now the coin is gone.
You give the guy the pen back.
You say, do you want it back?
Now, I didn't have one in both shoes, but usually, if you do,
I say pick a foot.
STEVE SPANGLER: And see, that's what blows you away is
that you go, no--
DANNY ARCHER: Pick a foot.
STEVE SPANGLER: --how did you--
I want this foot right here.
DANNY ARCHER: I stamp the foot like that.
I show my hands empty.
I come down.
I shake it down like that.
I let them see it inside the shoe.
Now, a lot of times, they don't want the coin back.
STEVE SPANGLER: No.
DANNY ARCHER: So you do this 10,000 times, you can buy
yourself a new car.
STEVE SPANGLER: Oh.
All right.
So the deal is is how many times do you think you've
performed this until you felt really good at doing it?
DANNY ARCHER: Probably after 20--
30 times.
I've done it thousands of times.
It's a great trick to do when someone
says, do a trick, Danny.
I have none of my props on me.
STEVE SPANGLER: You can just do it.
DANNY ARCHER: Do you have a coin?
It doesn't have to be a coin.
It could be a bill, it can be another small object.
Do you have a pen, a straw, a crayon-- it could be anything.
STEVE SPANGLER: All right.
Let's challenge our YouTube viewers.
Here's what I want to do.
You just saw Danny Archer, an amazing magician, do this.
He taught you how to do it.
I want you to do it.
Get somebody to videotape you doing it in front of a group
of kids at school, at work, wherever you are.
Post it, and send it to us, and we'll
feature it on the channel.
We're going to pick the best one, and we'll feature it on
the channel.
DANNY ARCHER: [INAUDIBLE].
STEVE SPANGLER: Fair enough?
All right.
OK, that's your homework.
Thank you.
Nice job.
DANNY ARCHER: [INAUDIBLE]
STEVE SPANGLER: All right, no-- away I'm done, OK.
I'm going to the bathroom.
Don't follow me in.

How many times did I tell you no, not in the bathroom.
All right?
It's a zero kind of thing.
Hey, Eddie.
EDDIE: What's happening, Steve?
STEVE SPANGLER: This is going to be good.
EDDIE: This is a great convention, isn't it?
STEVE SPANGLER: Do a trick for me.
EDDIE: [INAUDIBLE].
STEVE SPANGLER: If you're a real magician, do a trick.
EDDIE: I can do that.
I can do that.
Would you like me to teach you to the trick or just do it?
This is a great one.
STEVE SPANGLER: Do you know we're going to be in trouble
for having cameras in the restroom.
It's just--
EDDIE: It's OK.
It's all right.
This is one of my favorites.
It's the torn restored handkerchief trick--
napkin trick.
And what you do is before you start, you crumple one of them
up, and you put it in that hand.
They don't know about it.
STEVE SPANGLER: So you're teaching this?
EDDIE: I'm going to show you how to do it.
This is great, because we're in the bathroom.
No one's watching.
STEVE SPANGLER: This is awesome.
You're learning how to do a magic trick
in the men's bathroom.
EDDIE: So what you do, is see, now, this looks
a little bit fishy.
STEVE SPANGLER: [INAUDIBLE], all right.
DANNY ARCHER: This looks fishy.
See how my hand--
if I say I want to borrow one of these papers, when you hold
it, it's not so obvious that there's something in there,
especially if you hold the other hand
sort of the same way.
You know what I mean?
STEVE SPANGLER: Yeah.
DANNY ARCHER: And you also need a magic wand.
STEVE SPANGLER: I've got a magic--
EDDIE: No, no, no.
STEVE SPANGLER: What, you got one?
EDDIE: I've got a little--
STEVE SPANGLER: Look at you.
All right.
EDDIE: Yeah, I'll tell you, I'm like ready to go here.
So what you do is you start ripping up
this paper like this.
STEVE SPANGLER: If somebody says, let me see a trick, you
just grab a napkin--
EDDIE: --and you just stick that in there.
They don't know about that.
And you're ripping this up, and you're doing all this
stuff, and you squeeze it down.
So they know about this, but they don't know about that.
STEVE SPANGLER: They have no idea.
EDDIE: OK.
So you're standing there.
You take it in this hand.
Now, here's the cool part.
When you get the magic wand--
now, check over there-- see how I'm switching those two?
You just go and tap like that, and then this blows them away.
You go like that--
STEVE SPANGLER: All right, so the wand is the total
misdirection.
EDDIE: That's it, and that's it.
STEVE SPANGLER: OK, but if you're--
I'm just going to tell you this from one kind of magician
to another professional magician, I can see it
in that hand, so--
EDDIE: You can see that?
STEVE SPANGLER: Yes.
But you gotta have-- if you're doing this at home, you
[INAUDIBLE]--
EDDIE: There's no problem.
STEVE SPANGLER: What?
EDDIE: What you do is you just go in, tap
that, and that one--
STEVE SPANGLER: Holy cow.
EDDIE: --goes back [INAUDIBLE]--
STEVE SPANGLER: I have a feeling we've been had.
[SIGHING]
EDDIE: Huh.
STEVE SPANGLER: What a surprise.
EDDIE: It's getting stuffy in here.
STEVE SPANGLER: OK.
Oh, sorry sir.
STEVE SPANGLER: Magicians who do stuff with money is
fantastic, but it scares me, so when Sean [INAUDIBLE] said,
do you have some money?--
I thought, I do have a dollar if you want a dollar.
SEAN: Yes, can I borrow some money?
STEVE SPANGLER: Absolutely.
SEAN: That'd be great.
STEVE SPANGLER: See, this is where they ask me can I have
some money.
SEAN: Oh, great.
Oh, it looks like you have more than--
you actually--
STEVE SPANGLER: I was hoping that you would pick a dollar.
SEAN: Yeah, well, no, that's perfect.
Cool.
Now if I could have some car keys, that would be--
STEVE SPANGLER: Yeah, no, Gene Turner's got the car keys.
SEAN: All right, so we have looks like five bucks here.
STEVE SPANGLER: You can see I'm a big spender.
SEAN: You are, yeah.
But let's face it, you can't go very far
with five bucks, right?
STEVE SPANGLER: Yes, it's my allowance for the week, so--
SEAN: The value menu's not even a value these days.
But this is what I do.
OK, watch.
OK, ready?
STEVE SPANGLER: Yes.
SEAN: Whoosh!
Just like that.
Yeah.
That's $100, $200, $300, $400--
that's $500 right there.
STEVE SPANGLER: See, if you only knew where he lived, you
would know what I know, and that is, I give him five
bucks, he gives me $500, and the trick is
over, I would assume.
SEAN: Well, let's face it, you know, because you don't want
to walk around with--
I mean, you want to walk around with $500, it's just
not a good idea to walk around with $500.
STEVE SPANGLER: OK, if I've got five bills, and I'm
walking in here, they're going to be gone.
SEAN: Have you see this crowd?
STEVE SPANGLER: Yeah, they're a bunch of
cheaters and stealers.
SEAN: That Gene guy, he'd totally go for this, which is
why I just carry the ones, and that way, if I'm mugged, you
know, then I'm only out five bucks, so--
STEVE SPANGLER: This is--
that's it?
SEAN: There you go.
You can have that.
Get yourself something nice.
STEVE SPANGLER: [SIGHING]
Do you see why it's frustrating to be at a magic
convention?
SEAN: [CHUCKLING]
LOSANDER: Harry Houdini, right, in his later years, was
kind of like obsessed with collecting [INAUDIBLE].
STEVE SPANGLER: Right.
And this is Harry Houdini.
LOSANDER: Yeah, that's Harry Houdini.
He created this device.
It's like a cabinet-- and a very simple one.
There is a chalkboard, chalk hanging on the string.
STEVE SPANGLER: So it's just a piece of chalk.
LOSANDER: Exactly.
So, of course, we do not want to necessarily contact his
dead mother--
[CHUCKLING]
but--
STEVE SPANGLER: --because she would be angry.
LOSANDER: Yeah, she'd be angry.
If you see a dice, what number do you see?
STEVE SPANGLER: Like a regular die?
Number six.
LOSANDER: Number six.
Was that your choice or did I manipulate you?
STEVE SPANGLER: No.
I just see the number six.
LOSANDER: Right.
This one here is just a cloth.
It has nothing to do with the trick, per se, but Harry
Houdini used to perform in complete darkness, so that's
why we're using this to cover up the cabinet,
OK, just like so.
Now, there was usually a long meditation involved, but then
he found out, just the simple word "spirit" would actually
do the trick [INAUDIBLE].
STEVE SPANGLER: Would you look at that?
Wow.

Absolutely amazing.
I'm here to tell you there are absolutely no strings.

LOSANDER: And that's quite unusual because Harry Houdini
could only do this in complete darkness, but-- ooh!--
sometimes he'd get carried away.
Gotta be careful.
But that's true to the fact that he may actually
[INAUDIBLE] contact.
[INAUDIBLE].
STEVE SPANGLER: I'm standing right here.
LOSANDER: Yeah.
STEVE SPANGLER: You're amazing.
LOSANDER: Right.
Thank you.
STEVE SPANGLER: And this is why the people around here at
the table want to have your secrets, so to speak.
LOSANDER: So to speak, yes.
STEVE SPANGLER: Now you know.
Well, one of the things that magicians want to do is to
make sure the art is preserved, and so that's why
they're always attracting young magicians.
And this young man here, Max Davidson's, been doing magic
more than half of your life.
So you've been six and a half years, which means you're 12
years old, right?
Psychic powers.
I can't turn the ones into hundreds, but
I got psychic powers.
And you have just rope in your hand.
Show me what you're going to do.
MAX DAVIDSON: All right.
So this is a cool little effect with
three pieces of rope.
We have a short rope--
if you check that out-- a long rope--
STEVE SPANGLER: Good, a long rope.
MAX DAVIDSON: --and a medium rope.
So if I could just have the long rope for me.
This is the long rope right here.
This is the short rope, and then in your hand, you have
the medium rope.
[INAUDIBLE] see that-- wonderful.
So this is actually quite interesting.
All we have to do is give the rope a pull, just like this,
and they change into the same exact size.
You see, now, the short one is the same size as the long one,
which is the same size as the medium rope.
STEVE SPANGLER: I checked them and they don't stretch.
MAX DAVIDSON: They don't stretch, do they?
So three ropes is a bit confusing to follow because
you have two eyes, so we'll just go with two.
As a matter of fact, so is two ropes.
That's hard to follow, so let's just start out
with one, like this.
STEVE SPANGLER: Wow.
MAX DAVIDSON: Now, here's what I'll do is take the rope and
tie it into a loop, like this, OK?
I have a ring.
If you could check that out for me.
It's a solid, good ring?
STEVE SPANGLER: It is.
MAX DAVIDSON: Any holes?
STEVE SPANGLER: No.
MAX DAVIDSON: There's that one.
STEVE SPANGLER: How did I know?
MAX DAVIDSON: [INAUDIBLE] you know that joke.
All right, what we do is take the knot, just like this.
Place it through the ring.
That's all we have to do.
Give it a blow, and the ring actually just melts onto the
rope, like that.
STEVE SPANGLER: Wow.
MAX DAVIDSON: Now, it's really on there.
If you can just give that a pull.
STEVE SPANGLER: It is on there.
MAX DAVIDSON: It is.
OK.
So, watch, we can take it off just as easily.
I'll blow like that, and the ring is off the rope.
If you want to check that out again, feel free.
STEVE SPANGLER: The kid's only 12 years old.
MAX DAVIDSON: Here, let me show you how I get
the ring on the rope.
This is really cool.
You see, what I do, it's with the middle.
I just take the middle off the rope.
Then I take the ring, and I put it on, and I take the
middle, and I just put it back on like that.
Now, sometimes the middle won't come off, so this is
what I have to do, is actually take the ends off
the road like that.
And that leaves me with an infinite loop of rope.
You know, it makes no sense.
I've got an infinite loop of rope.
The funny thing is you can't really get a knot in an
infinite loop of rope.
STEVE SPANGLER: Wow.
MAX DAVIDSON: --unless you have ends, which I have in my
pocket, so we'll take those and stick them on just like
that, so the knot becomes reality.
Now, here's how you get the loop of rope.
You just need some static electricity, so if you get a
little from here and a little from here, you get that
infinite loop of rope.
Now, you need ends, and I had those in my pocket, so we'll
take the ends and just put them on the rope like that.
I'll show you that again in slow motion.
You just take the ends off the rope, and then putting them on
is just as easy.
You just give them a tie like that.
And then they're on the rope.
Now, remember, we started out with three ropes, right?
So there's one on my shoulder.
The ends go in this hand, the middle in this hand.
Actually, if I take my fingers like scissors, just like this,
I can cut the rope into two ropes like this.
Now, two ropes of the exact same size change into two
ropes of different sizes, and then back to one rope.
I'll do that one more time, except I want
you to cut it, OK?
Ends go in this hand, the middle goes in this hand.
Take your fingers like scissors.
STEVE SPANGLER: Like this?
MAX DAVIDSON: Yeah, yeah.
Just cut the rope-- perfect-- just like that--
into two ropes.
Now, what I'm going to to is change them back to a short
rope, a long rope, and a medium rope.
This is the short rope and the long rope.
I'm going to change--
STEVE SPANGLER: This is the short and long?
MAX DAVIDSON: Yeah, yeah, but if you blink, you'll miss it.
So don't blink, but you actually might have already
because the knot isn't in the middle anymore.
It's actually on the end, leaving us with a short rope--
STEVE SPANGLER: Look at this one.
MAX DAVIDSON: --a long rope, and a medium rope.
STEVE SPANGLER: You are amazing.
You understand what a little practice--
the guy blows your mind, and I'm right here.
All right, cut.
Show me how to do this.
So if you want to try to stump a magician, you grab them at
the most inopportune time.
You go, show me trick.
And so Chad Wonder, Nickelodeon Entertainer the
Year, is grabbing a coffee, and I go, stop, show me a
trick, and so, here we are here.
And if you can catch them this way, you know they're good.
All right.
CHAD WONDER: OK.
STEVE SPANGLER: Please, Chad, show me a trick.
CHAD WONDER: So check out nickels.
This is a trick about nickels.
So just make sure we got nickels there.
STEVE SPANGLER: We do.
We've got nickels.
They look like they're real nickels.
CHAD WONDER: And then check this out.
That's the important part.
That is the old cap that--
[INTERPOSING VOICES]
STEVE SPANGLER: It's just a cap?
CHAD WONDER: Well, it's actually from a gun--
this was the back of a gun-- anyway, long story.
STEVE SPANGLER: I understand.
CHAD WONDER: It fits perfectly--
hold on.
STEVE SPANGLER: So magicians tinker
around with stuff, right?
You're always looking for--
CHAD WONDER: [INAUDIBLE] like this.
STEVE SPANGLER: Where would you find a cap that goes over
and it goes--
CHAD WONDER: Well, my grandpa was on a battleship, and these
are the little things that fell off.
STEVE SPANGLER: Too much information.
CHAD WONDER: All right, here we go.
So we're going to do this, and then you get that right over
the nickels, and then this is the part where
everybody gets fooled.
I make them disappear just like that.
See [INAUDIBLE] was--
STEVE SPANGLER: I'm going to tell you,
I saw you do something.
I saw you kind of slip something in underneath.
CHAD WONDER: Uh--
STEVE SPANGLER: I mean, I'm not trying to--
CHAD WONDER: But look-- they're gone.
STEVE SPANGLER: OK, I know they're gone, but I saw you
shoot something under your hand.
I mean, I'm not trying to be a jerk about it, but I saw you
put something under your hand.
CHAD WONDER: Steve, you're supposed to be helping me out.
STEVE SPANGLER: It doesn't have to make the cut.
I mean, if you don't want to do it--
CHAD WONDER: All right, well, I turned them into dimes.
STEVE SPANGLER: [CHUCKLING]
CHAD WONDER: But, wait, hold on.
Here's the thing-- the nickels are still here.
You just have to-- they're really big
and jammed in there.
Check it out.
Look in there really hard, OK?
STEVE SPANGLER: Look at this.
They are not big in there, and they're not jammed in there.
CHAD WONDER: Look, I'll show you why.
I'll shake them out for you.
There you go.
See, it's right there.
STEVE SPANGLER: Why do I think I fell for this one hook,
line, and sinker?
Now I'm going to get a coffee.
CHAD WONDER: I'll get one with you.
STEVE SPANGLER: John T. Sheets is an amazing magician that
does a stage act with doves that appear everywhere.
But you also are a master of closeup magic, as well.
And I stopped you and said, show me something, and you've
got something with quarters.
JOHN T. SHEETS: I do.
I've got a couple quarters here.
And if you will, take one, and it's a free choice.
That is a regular coin.
Now, we could use your coin or mine, but we'll just use this.
If you will, take the pen.
STEVE SPANGLER: I'm telling you it's real.
JOHN T. SHEETS: It is a real coin.
So take that and write your initials on the coin.
Now, you can write it on one side or both.
It's totally up to you.
Now, what you've done is you've identified it, so
there's no other coin in the world that looks like that.
I'll take the pen.
Go ahead and show that around.
Show it to these people. show it to the camera.
Now, there's no way I could have made those marks on there
before you got here, right?
STEVE SPANGLER: Not at all.
JOHN T. SHEETS: Perfect.
I'll take the coin.
Now, do you know what a quarter's
made out of by chance?
STEVE SPANGLER: I don't know.
There's maybe some zinc in there, you think?
JOHN T. SHEETS: Nickel and copper.
You know that you can't [INAUDIBLE], right?
[INTERPOSING VOICES]
JOHN T. SHEETS: What you're supposed to know the science.
STEVE SPANGLER: I'm sorry, yeah.
JOHN T. SHEETS: It's all good.
Look, nothing else in my hands--
just the coin.
Steve, if you will, hold out your hand, and your
initials are there.
No other coin in the world that looks like this, but if
you watch--

STEVE SPANGLER: Oh, my gosh.
JOHN T. SHEETS: It's now bent.
The same quarter, the same initials--
STEVE SPANGLER: I will promise you, yes, it is.
JOHN T. SHEETS: It's now a lucky souvenir.
STEVE SPANGLER: OK, you look at it, ma'am.
FEMALE SPEAKER: That's amazing.
STEVE SPANGLER: It's really bent, right?
FEMALE SPEAKER: It's really bent.
JOHN T. SHEETS: That's a lucky souvenir, and
that's my gift to you.
If you keep it, it will bring you good luck.
STEVE SPANGLER: I'm going to have a lot of good luck.
How does he bend a quarter?
There's a theme of young magicians here at this
conference, and magicians have big conferences.
And the Society of American Magicians--
SAM-- is a big deal.
And they got a hold of this young man, Tommy Walker, who
is in ninth grade.
Good.
Actually, a student of my father's, right?
TOMMY WALKER: Yeah.
STEVE SPANGLER: How cool is that?
TOMMY WALKER: [INAUDIBLE].
STEVE SPANGLER: Will you show us some cool card magic?
TOMMY WALKER: Absolutely.
Would you take a card?
STEVE SPANGLER: Absolutely.
TOMMY WALKER: All right, go ahead and memorize it.
Don't show it to me.
Show it to the camera.
STEVE SPANGLER: Got it.
TOMMY WALKER: All right, put it back in the deck.
I'll bury it in there.
I'll mix up the cards.
Give that a shuffle just like that.
STEVE SPANGLER: Pretty fancy work.
TOMMY WALKER: Now, if I just snap, your card comes all the
way up to the top.
STEVE SPANGLER: No, that's not my card.
TOMMY WALKER: You're serious?
STEVE SPANGLER: I mean, I could lie.
TOMMY WALKER: [INAUDIBLE].
STEVE SPANGLER: That's not my card.
TOMMY WALKER: Could you hold open your hand?
All right, I'll put your card there.
Cover it up with your other hand.
STEVE SPANGLER: OK, but that's not my card.
TOMMY WALKER: Yeah, we'll try it again.
It always works the second time.
Watch.
I just snap.
It comes all the way up to the top.
STEVE SPANGLER: No, that's--
wait-- that was--
TOMMY WALKER: Take a look in your hand.
STEVE SPANGLER: That's my card.
That's amazing.
TOMMY WALKER: Thank you.
STEVE SPANGLER: Wait-- that happened in my hand.
You put that card--
do I have my wallet still?
You know when you're at a magic convention, these
magicians take over the entire hotel.
You'll find them, well, you've seen them in the bathroom, at
the bar, the front lobby.
Brian Daniel South not only is a great magician, but he came
up with this idea of teaching teachers how to do magic in
the classroom.
So if you see a teacher that's doing magic in the classroom,
pretty good idea that they were part of your Teach by
Magic program.
So I have to ask you, will you teach me how to do a trick?
BRIAN DANIEL SOUTH: I'd love to.
STEVE SPANGLER: Teach our viewers how to do a trick.
BRIAN DANIEL SOUTH: We're going to do a real simple
trick with a rope.
And it's not even a trick so much as it is
kind of a circus stunt.
The idea is that I'm going to tie a knot in a piece of rope
just by waving it just like that.
See, that'd be pretty good, right?
STEVE SPANGLER: That'd be awesome if you could do that.
BRIAN DANIEL SOUTH: So if I just do that.
STEVE SPANGLER: [INAUDIBLE] been working one hand.
BRIAN DANIEL SOUTH: Just one hand, yeah.
You can even put one hand behind your back.
I've been practicing this one.
It's kind of new, and that's the idea is that we can learn
simple little tricks like this, but it doesn't always
work the first time.
And that's the idea you can share with your students.
Sometimes you have to practice and you just wave it, ta-da!
STEVE SPANGLER: Nice job.
BRIAN DANIEL SOUTH: And then you'll have the knot just like
that, so I like to use this one with teachers because it
shows how simple magic can be.
It might look like it took a lot of practice, and a lot of
hard work, and I've been studying for years how to wave
a rope to make a knot, but the simple secret was I had it in
my hand the whole time.
STEVE SPANGLER: So that's it?
So all you're doing is holding it, but all the time, I never
once questioned what you were doing, so I'm
just doing this thing.
BRIAN DANIEL SOUTH: I have a rope with no knots.
I had a rope.
STEVE SPANGLER: So what if a kid's, like, doing this to you
all the time?
BRIAN DANIEL SOUTH: Yeah, that makes it more fun.
STEVE SPANGLER: Yeah, that's more fun.
BRIAN DANIEL SOUTH: It's more interactive.
STEVE SPANGLER: But you grab it like that, and then all the
sudden, ta-da, but you have to use your kind of flourish.
BRIAN DANIEL SOUTH: Yeah, you got to, you know, build it up.
That's what magic's all about-- the show.
STEVE SPANGLER: Because if you just do that, then everybody
catches it.
BRIAN DANIEL SOUTH: If I just said, here, have a rope, and
there's a knot, that's not going to fool anyone.
STEVE SPANGLER: But if you could really do it with
sleight of hand, that would be--
I mean, can a real magician actually-- is there a weight
in the [INAUDIBLE]--
BRIAN DANIEL SOUTH: That would be [INAUDIBLE]--
STEVE SPANGLER: --with manipulation?
BRIAN DANIEL SOUTH: Well, let's see.
Let's try it out here.
We're going to take out the knot.
[INTERPOSING VOICES]
STEVE SPANGLER: Wait, let me see.
[INAUDIBLE].
BRIAN DANIEL SOUTH: Oh, yeah, he's got [INAUDIBLE] sneaky.
STEVE SPANGLER: All right.
There is no knot.
BRIAN DANIEL SOUTH: No knot.
STEVE SPANGLER: I promise, there's no knot.
BRIAN DANIEL SOUTH: All right, so we're going to do the never
got [INAUDIBLE] thing, right?
Here we go.
No knot.
Watch.
Just like that.
STEVE SPANGLER: (WHISPERING) Bam!
See what happens when you practice?
You get to be that good.
So this is what's so great about Magic in the Rockies.
You see cool people.
This guy started this.
[INAUDIBLE] is there.
MALE SPEAKER: Steve, you're exposing magic.
STEVE SPANGLER: No, I haven't.
I've just been showing the tricks.
MALE SPEAKER: You're not supposed to-- get the camera
out of here.
You're out of here.
STEVE SPANGLER: No, I'm just--
MALE SPEAKER: Burn the frickin' tapes.
Out of here-- no.
STEVE SPANGLER: No.
Run, [INAUDIBLE] run!
Get out of here!
[INAUDIBLE].
[MUSIC PLAYING]
STEVE SPANGLER: The microphone's back here, if you
want me to switch sides.
GENE TURNER: Bring the keys over here.
That way, again, I don't have to cross over in front of you.
STEVE SPANGLER: OK, so where do you want the keys?
GENE TURNER: Just put them in this pocket right here.
STEVE SPANGLER: So hold on a second.
I have to find where keys are.
GENE TURNER: Oh, I'm sorry.
STEVE SPANGLER: Oh!
GENE TURNER: I'm sorry.

I'm sorry.
I'm sorry.