Magic & Illusions

Use the Mind to Fool the Eye!


World’s Greatest Mathematical Card Trick

Invented by mathemagician Art Benjamin, shared by mathematician and prolific puzzle author Ian Stewart, and published by Author Garth Sundem, The World's Greatest Mathematical Card Trick is a search to identify the four aces. Follow this simple setup and rules until...

Mathematically Correct Breakfast

Turn an ordinary breakfast into magic by following these simple instructions on how to slice a bagel into two linked halves. Not only is it more fun to eat a bagel this way, but you'll have slightly more surface area to apply your cream cheese! Submitted by: George W....

Cheshire Cat Vanish

This delightful illusion is sure to put a smile on your face as quickly as it vanishes from one Cheshire cat. All you need to do is print, cut and move the three puzzle pieces around to see 5 cats turn to 4! Which cat do you think will disappear? Submitted by:...

Rhombic Triacontahedron with Lizard Tessellation

This hands–on activity is wonderful fun and learning for kids--you’ll combine art and mathematics as you make a polyhedron decorated with a cool lizard tessellation. Submitted by: Robert Fathauer Time Required: 30 minutes + You’ll Need: scissors, stiff paper or card...

Pack of Little Fibs Trick

A quick card trick requiring only 6 cards and some very simple math. Learn it in minutes and impress for years! Submitted by: Colm Mulcahy Time Required: 10 minutes You’ll Need: a card deck [maxbutton id="4"...

Seven-Card Trick

You don’t need to be a magician to perform this simple magic trick—it’s self-working and requires no actual skill but will stump your audience every time! What’s really going on is some clever mathematics; but don’t worry, you won’t have to do any fancy calculations...

Ice Cream Trick

Wow any audience with this no fail ice cream trick. Based on simple mathematical principals which you can learn about here, but appearing to be nothing more than magic! Submitted by: Colm Mulcahy Time Required: 15 minutes You’ll Need: a deck of playing cards...

3D Dragon Illusion

Print, Cut, Fold and assemble your very own Thinky the dragon. Close one eye and slowly move around the room. Isn’t it amazing how Thinky follows you wherever you go? Submitted by: ThinkFun Time Required: 15 minutes You’ll Need: paper, scissors, glue or tape...

Möbius Strip Surprise

This simple mathematical wonder seems like magic every time! You’ll only need scissors, tape and your printed PDF to create Martin Gardner’s Möbius Surprise. Before you cut, challenge your friends to guess what it will turn into. You are sure to be amazed! Submitted...

Dollar Bill Geometric Vanish

Without violating the laws of physics or logic you’ll amaze your friends by showing them how seamlessly you’re able to make Martin’s face disappear from this dollar bill. Simply cut as shown and reassemble. Can you explain the math behind this magic? Submitted by:...

Heart Mobius Strip

Turn two regular Mobius strips into linked hearts. It's the perfect activity for Valentine's Day or to share with friends. All you need is paper, scissors, tape and someone you love! Sponsored by: Elwyn & Jennifer Berlekamp Foundation Time Required: 15 minutes You’ll...