Household Illusions, Entry #1

Seth Illusions#Magic Life

Hello my wonderful gems and germs! Have you had a relaxing weekend? This week I wanted to put out an idea into the ether that focuses on simple household items that can be used in magic performances. I have been getting quite a few requests from viewers and readers asking to do magic tricks with everyday objects. So, as per your requests, I will randomly post a magic blog pertaining to a specific inexpensive item that can usually be found in the house. I will then shoot a video while using that item in a magic trick in front of spectators. You will then be able to see this illusion in the blog post for that week as well as on my YouTube channel.

This week I want to talk briefly about and perform an illusion using the versatile plastic zip locking bag. In this close up performance, I first had the spectator choose a single card from a full deck, sign it with a sharpie, and then put it back inside the deck. I then placed the deck of cards on top of the empty plastic zip locked bag (on top of a flat surface) and finally, slowly removed the bag from underneath the deck. Here is where the spectator notices that their signed playing card is now sealed inside the zip locked bag. (The link to this video is at the bottom of this blog post.)

In the late 60’s, the master magic inventor, Ulysses F. S. Grant, sometimes referred to as, “The Little General,” invented this illusion to correspond with a mentalism act. Around the 1980’s, Jean Neilson and Jeff Busby improved on the illusion making it even more spectacular.

Have you ever wondered how the zip locking bag came into being?

Back in 1951, Borge Madsen, a Danish inventor created the first plastic zipper. It originally did not have any practical application until he and his colleagues formed the company FlexGrip and sold the product to the business industry for loose leaf binders and flat carry briefcases. It wasn’t until 1964, when Dow Chemical, pushed the product into an exclusive market for the grocery industry. This is when the product hit the lime light. Even though it was still, far to expensive to sell to the individual consumer, large grocery companies were buying it in bulk for there grocery stores. However, when 1972 came around, the patent for the machine processing of the plastic bags, designed by Douglas Behr, made them more affordable to the general public. At this point, the plastic zip bag’s demand increased ten fold. You had companies left and right producing sealable bags for every use imaginable.

I hope you enjoy the video!

(Click below to view the illusion)


“Never seal up the magic that resides in your heart. Let it breath and grow wild.”

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