Magicians have been fooling non-magicians for years. They're not called magic "tricks" for nothing. But now some of the trickery will end with these solutions to some of the most common illusions pulled off by magicians.
As you might expect, the rings aren't so completely solid after all. If you pull in the right spot, you can see where the opening is. And if you know where that spot is at all times, you can quickly slide another ring in there and nobody will notice.
In this trick, a person on a board appears to be floating. But when you see this trick, chances are that the person isn't really floating, since that would defy all laws of physics. So what's really happening?
In reality, the person on the board isn't floating in thin air. Instead, the board is connected to something supporting it on the ground, but the support is blocked by the magician. And the magician moves the hoop in such a way that it never needs to pass through where the support is.
If you paid attention to the first levitation trick, you may have figured out this one. In this case, the floating person is actually sitting on a seat, concealed by clothing. And that seat is also supported on the ground, which is hidden by the person on the bottom.
In this trick, a person's torso seems to be ripped out from their body, pulled to the side, and then gets reattached later. And yet, the person doesn't bleed or shout out in pain. There must be some sort of explanation, right?
And here's how it's actually done. It turns out that the inside of the box has more room than you would think. And if you have someone small and limber enough to fit in the narrow space, the trick can be pulled off without anyone experiencing any actual pain.
There are many ways for a magician to do the "sawed in half" trick. Usually it involves having an assistant get inside a box and getting sawed. Or there was this moment from a David Copperfield show, where he got into a table, without a box, and was cut in half by a giant saw.
This diagram shows how Copperfield was able to do the trick, even without a box. By having a second person hidden inside the bed with their feet sticking out, it looked like Copperfield was laying down on the top. But even though it is a trick, you should probably still be careful if you're around a giant saw.
This Illustration shows one way to pull off the trick. A magician will hide the rabbit inside a bag or handkerchief attached to the back of the table. When flipping over the hat, the magician will also slide the bag into the hat without the audience noticing. You can see this demonstrated in the video here.
Michael Jackson was known as a singer and dancer, but he was also a bit of a magician in his own right. That's particularly true of his "lean" dance made famous in the "Smooth Criminal" video, where he would lean almost all the way to the ground, then stand back up without ever falling over.
It turns out that Michael pulled this off with specially-designed shoes and floor. The shoes were designed to lock into the floor, keeping his feet in a single spot so he wouldn't fall over. He co-created the shoes with two other inventors, and they patented the shoes in 1993.