How to Really Levitate a Card

by Jeffery Keilholtz
Levitate a traditional playing card.

Levitate a traditional playing card.

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Levitating a card will impress every onlooker and audience member during your magic show. Use your showmanship to elevate the card, lower it and repeat the process, if you desire. The secret to levitating a card is the correct application of a clear plastic strip, magician's wax and the position of your hand. Once your trick is mastered, use it as an introduction for larger, more complicated illusions.

Items you will need

  • Measuring tape or ruler
  • Pen or marker
  • Scissors
  • 1-by-4-inch piece of soft, transparent plastic
  • Magician's wax
  • Playing card
Step 1

Measure and cut a piece of soft, transparent plastic to 1-by-4-inch dimensions. Choose the kind of plastic used for making baseball card sheets, for example.

Step 2

Rub the center of the plastic piece with magician's wax. The wax will provide a solid hold and remain invisible at the same time.

Step 3

Center the plastic strip--tacky side down--over the back of a playing card. Press the strip down onto the surface so it is flush with the card. Each card end should have a 1/2 inch of plastic hanging off.

Step 4

Flip the card over so the plastic side is hidden. Position the card in your hand so the plastic touches your pinky and thumb. Slowly squeeze your pinky and thumb inward to bend the plastic upward and levitate the card.

Step 5

Pass a pen or marker underneath and above the card to show observers that you are not using any strings.

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