Everyday Magic for Kids

30 Amazing Magic Tricks That You Can Do Anywhere


By Justin Flom

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Perfect the art of magic with simple every day objects and tips from professional magician Justin Flam.

Using every day objects, daring magician Justin Flom (434K Facebook followers and 153K subscribers on YouTube) will teach kids all they need to know to perform 30 amazing and how-did-you-do-that magic tricks at the turn of a hat. Featuring step-by-step instructions and illustrations, Everyday Magic for Kids will give budding magicians all the tips they need in order to wow their friends and family, whether at home, at school, or on the go. Tricks will vary from card tricks to tricks with coins and other small objects to tricks that can be done with friends/family members. The book also includes introductory material about how to act like a magician and the basics of performing magic in front of an audience (be it a friend or a room of people).


I still have my first magic book from when I was a kid. Well, it wasn’t mine exactly; it was my dad’s. That’s right: I was lucky enough to have a magician for a dad! Growing up, I was surrounded by the coolest and most magical characters you could imagine. Our backyard barbecues were full of fire jugglers, unicyclists, and moms being cut in half. Really! It was as fun and wondrous for a kid as you can imagine.

I fell in love with magic—with searching for secrets, learning the sleights of hand, and performing the impossible. That’s why I still cherish my first magic book: Houdini’s Escapes and Magic by Walter B. Gibson. It is thick as a brick with antique yellowed pages curled with age. It is from the year 1930 and full of stories from vaudeville, which is where Americans first experienced grand magic in the theater. I remember hiding behind my dad’s secret passageway (our house had three hidden doors—even my bedroom was behind a moving bookcase!) and studying the magic tricks and classified methods of years past. And that’s what started me on my path to becoming a magician.

So welcome to your new journey in the world of magic. I am thrilled for you. Magic can be a lifelong pursuit or a fun hobby—and it’s sure to teach you new things every day. When I was a kid, magic helped me make friends at school, it caught the attention of a girl who eventually married me, and has taken me around the world. But even if this is just a hobby, what you find in this book could change your life for the better.

There are thirty tricks within these pages and all of them have been proven to amaze audiences. Growing up, my audience was usually friends and family, so I’ve written this book from that perspective. Each trick will begin by explaining how your friend or family member will see the trick, and then I will reveal the secret to the trick and what you need to build or practice. I’ve always said that magic is more arts and crafts than it is spells and wizardry. And don’t get discouraged if you can’t do the secret move immediately! Magic is a lifelong pursuit, and the challenge of getting the trick right is part of the fun. I suggest you go through the book in order because I’ve made sure each new skill and secret builds on the last to help you advance as an aspiring magician.

Ready? Let’s make magic and share joy!

I want to open this book with my favorite trick to teach. I call it the Grocery Gambit, but your friends will call it what it is: amazing!

Your friend is going to make a choice, and you will then reveal that you knew exactly what decision they would make. It’s an astounding prediction, and you’re right every time! Here is what it looks like if you were to perform it for your friend: You have a jar of peanut butter, a jar of jelly, and a jar of pickles. You say to your friend, “Pick one! The peanut butter, jelly, or pickles, but make sure that it is a free choice. At the end of this, you may think I made you choose one or the other. But no! I want this to be your decision. So, what’ll it be?”

Let’s say in this example your friend chooses pickles. You reply, “I knew you were going to say pickles. Let me show you how I knew that.” And you unscrew the jar of pickles and you show everyone that inside the jar of pickles, written on the lid in magic marker, are the words PICK PICKLES! (1)

But it gets even better. Your audience is kinda impressed, but they still seem skeptical. You then say, “I know what you’re thinking. You are thinking that there is a written prediction underneath all of the lids. Well, you are right.” Then for the fantastic climax you unscrew the lid to the jelly and you show them that the jelly reads PICK PICKLES! Finally, you unscrew the lid of the peanut butter and the peanut butter jar also reads PICK PICKLES! Somehow you knew that your friend was going to pick pickles and you predicted it not once but three times!

Here’s the secret to the trick: You are prepared with three different predictions no matter what your friend chooses. If they pick pickles, you reveal your prediction underneath the lid of the jar. But you have two other hidden predictions. You have jelly written on the back of each of the jars and you have peanut butter written underneath each of the jars. Pretty sneaky. This relies on the fact that the audience doesn’t know how the trick ends; they’re just told to make a choice.

I made my peanut butter, jelly, and pickles jars with labels from the store. You can also use paper, scissors, and glue. You’ll need three of each prediction totaling nine labels. Three will be hidden in the lid, three underneath the jars, and three at the back (2).

Once you have made your specially prepared jars, you are ready to do the trick. You display the jars with the audience standing in front of you. (Note: This is a trick in which the audience cannot stand behind you or they will see your hidden predictions on the back of the jars.) You tell them to make a selection, but make sure that it is a free choice. Let’s say they choose jelly. Then you say, “I want to show you that I knew you were going to pick jelly because I wrote down a prediction on the back of one of these jars.” And you reveal on the back of the jelly jar that it reads PICK JELLY!

Now you let your audience be impressed but skeptical and that is when you can reveal the rest of the trick by saying, “I know what you are thinking. There is writing on the back of all of the jars. Well, you are right.” And then you reveal that all of the jars read PICK JELLY on the back.

The same goes if your friend picks peanut butter and you reveal the bottom of the jars. The important thing to remember as you reveal the jar’s back or bottom, or under the lid, is to be careful not to reveal your other hidden predictions. This is an amazing trick that you can do in your kitchen at home or onstage for a bigger audience. And if you don’t have peanut butter, jelly, or pickles in your house, you can use any food or items that have three different options for predictions. Be creative and create your own Grocery Gambit!

This is an incredible piece of magic where you can borrow a dollar bill from your friend, destroy part of it (even eat it), and still put the dollar back together. It is a really cool trick. The secret is in the way that you tear the dollar bill and make it look like you ate a piece of it.

Here is what you do: Borrow a dollar bill from your friend and fold that bill in half. Now, you are going to make a tear at one side, but you are not going to tear off the piece completely. You are going to go about a half inch from the side of the dollar bill and rip down about half an inch. The audience can see that you really are tearing the bill (1).

Now, in one final grasp and rip, you are actually going to fold that piece of the dollar bill behind the bill, so the audience can’t see it, and you hold that with your left thumb. Along with that move, you make it look like you jerk your fingers away from the bill and that you have ripped off the piece (2). You immediately mime like you are putting that in your mouth.

To the audience it looks like you have chewed up the dollar bill (and maybe like you have even swallowed it). It’s time for you to create the illusion that you have spit the piece back to the dollar bill and that it is whole again. Your left hand is still holding the dollar bill with the piece folded behind it. With your right hand, put your fingers inside of the bill, holding on to the right side of the bill. Your left hand now readjusts and grabs the other side of the bill (the left side of the bill) but doesn’t yet open it.

For dramatic effect, make it sound like you are spitting the piece of the bill back up and onto the folded bill. When you do that, you are going to quickly open the bill, making sure it’s taut by spreading your left and right hands. The corner folded behind the bill will jump back into place and make it appear as though the dollar is whole again (3).

As long as you hold the bill tight, the tear will look like it is completely healed. At this point, I usually say, “Thanks so much for your dollar bill.” And I put it in my pocket. Now your friend is going to ask for his dollar bill back. At this point, I take out a different dollar bill and I give it back to him. The different dollar bill that I have given back to him does not have the tear in it. Your friend can inspect that bill to his heart’s content, sure that you’ve just ate it and then reattached part of the bill.

But what do you do with your dollar bill that has the tear in it? It is actually okay to spend money if it has a little bit of a tear. You can put some tape over that part and then spend it on anything you like.


On Sale
Nov 13, 2018
Page Count
128 pages
Running Press Kids

Justin Flom

About the Author

Justin Flom is best known for his YouTube series and television show Wizard Wars in which he performs magic with ordinary objects. Along with his video and television work, he performs live with either his own touring show or opening for music acts in large venues. He has appeared on Ellen, the Today Show, Rachael Ray, and others, and has worked with brands such as Coke, American Airlines, and Kellogg’s. He divides his time between Las Vegas and Nashville.

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