Ever since I was a little Houdini, my favorite type of magic has always been the scary illusions. You know the ones…
Some of these illusions make it seem like some unseen presence must be there right along with you, invisibly helping you perform the incredible feat right before their eyes!
And then you also have the effects I call "horror magic" (more on those later).
Featured here are some of my favorite scary illusions and spooky magic tricks that I've either performed myself or have seen performed and have been very impressed with the effects. These are great for entertaining at any time, but try these at your next Halloween party to really raise some spirits! ;-)
Featured Scary Illusion
I first learned this spooky magic trick as a teen back when it was "Howie" the haunted hank, but it seems it's now "Hyrum" the Haunted Hank (perhaps Howie retired and his son has taken over the biz?).
I remember my Aunt Mary and Uncle Alan had come to visit us in Miami shortly after I got this magic trick. I invited her to dim the lights and then take a seat and sit in silence. I would then ask "Howie, are you there?" a few times and soon Howie would raise himself up underneath the hanky!
My Aunt Mary was so amazed that she wanted to get one for the kids in the class she taught at school! So naturally, I bought her one. This illusion is great because it's so easy to do, completely self-contained, and produces such a spooktacular effect! Highly recommended for inclusion in your haunted magic repertoire!
More Close-Up Scary Illusions
Here's some more great "haunted" magic tricks that I've run across that are simple to do yet create a very spooky effect…
The Haunted Deck is a classic self-working card trick. You simply ask one of your audience members to select a card which you then place back into the deck. The chosen card mysteriously rises up from the deck! The effect can even be repeated with a new card.
The Haunted Dollar Bill is downright freaky! Also known as the "Self-Folding Bill" effect, you just place a dollar bill on your outstretched palm, and watch their face as the bill slowly, eerily folds itself in half, in half again, and finally into eighths! A startling effect!
Levitation effects are always spooky and Magician's Levitation is a downloadable ebook that quickly teaches you these incredible, close-up effects! Levitate cards, currency and other lightweight objects!
Also, check out the Haunted Card Chest and Haunted key illusions.
Spooky Magic Tip #1: A little spirit smoke will go a long way in providing the "finishing touch" to your scary illusions and spooky magic tricks! Instead of waving a magic wand, just create a little poof of smoke at the very moment your "invisible assistant" does their thing! Also, can be used the end of a trick or show as a ghostly goodbye from your "invisible assistant"!
Books Featuring Scary Illusions
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