Magical Card Bending


A clever illusion where a playing card is seen to bend due to your magic powers

Materials You Will Need:

  • A pack of playing cards ( cheaper playing cards sometimes work best)
  • A glass of water
  • Planty of practice with your presentation


This is a great impromptu card trick that can be performed at a moments notice and requires the minimum of props .

While in a group of friends enjoying some refreshments, discretely rub some water on the back of your hand. Then get your friends attention and let them know that that you are going to cause a card to bend, using only your magical mind powers. ( This is where your acting skills and patter! comes in handy to add entertainment value to the stunt.)

Take a playing card and place it on the back of your hand ( the one that has secretly had water rubbed on it )

Then gently press the card, flat onto your hand which should be held in a horizontal position..

Next, remove the other hand and appear to be really concentrating and focusing your mind bending powers on the card. The card will be seen to be bending without any interaction or anything touching it. This looks amazing and you can announce it has been bent by your telekinetic energy.

This trick is greatly improved by your performance and patter. The card will bend automatically as it absorbs some of the water, this is why cheap cards are normally better for the trick as they are normally more porous as they are usually less laminated. The bend in the card can be increased by picking up the card lengthwise to present to your audience and carefully squeezing it gently which makes the trick more convincing.

Place water on hand. Stick card on hand. Bend ends of card.
Put water on hand. Place card on hand. Squeeze ends to exaggerate bend.

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