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Harry Potter Magic Tricks


Making Magic

Hello folks. Spaceman here. It’s been a while since I’ve committed words to this website but I’m back with a fun idea. You see apparently, Bloomsbury Children’s Books did a world-wide survey of the favorite Harry Potter spells. We began to read the list and a little lightbulb went off. As you know, Manhattan Magician is a friend to Harry Potter Fan Club NYC. What you may not know is that he is an expert magic tricks inventor. He can apply the basics of magic TRICKS and create illusions that stun and amaze.

Magical Inventions

So, we contacted Mr. Manhattan Magician as well as his management at USAcreate.com. Here is what our proposal was: we would share the list of favorite Harry Potter Spells and ask for instant insight from him on how an illusion might be created to simulate that incantation. We didn’t expect MM to invent an entire magic trick for each, just give some basic magic principles that could be applied.

This is for Conjurers Only

Here’s where we ask that anyone who is not committed to the idea of being a magician to leave this post now. Manhattan Magician is a member of the Society of American Magicians and has taken an oath to not reveal secrets except for those who are a part of the art. Therefore, if you are not a conjurer, we ask you to, well…disappear.

All Clear? Okay…

Now that, that is cleared up we can get back to our trick making project.

It Starts with the List

The way we are going to do this is to first show Manhattan Magician the list in its entirety so his magic invention skills have something to percolate on. And then we’ll apply a little bit of pressure to have him one by one give us ideas on how the Harry Potter spells can be simulated by prestidigitators.

First here’s the list:

10. Riddikulus.
9. Obliviate.
8. Sectumsempra.
7. Avada Kedavra.
6. Alohomora.
5. Lumos.
4. Expelliarmus.
3. Wingardium Leviosa.
2. Accio.
1. Expecto Patronum.

Spells into Tricks

Manhattan Magician is an incredible human being, not only with nimble fingers for sleight of hand, but also an encyclopedic mind. He took a look at the list for maybe 30 seconds and then began to spout out information. I myself am not an expert in the magician’s art, but thankfully I was recording the entire thing and now give you what Manhattan Magician gave me. Ideas on how to make favorite spells of Harry Potter into magic tricks.

Magic Talk

Again, I must stress, these are by no means finished ideas, but for emerging magicians who have an interest in Potter, this could prove valuable as a kind of jumping off place. Before actually making these into a magic act through we recommend that you consult with an attorney with regards to the legal ramifications of creating a Harry Potter Magic Show full of Harry Potter Magic Tricks!
Warning, much of this is in “Magic Talk” that only those who wield illusions will understand. Here now the list and ideas for your own performance:

10. Riddikulus.

Since this is the transformations of nasty Boggarts from something scary into something silly, a suggestion would be to use any transformation effect such as the color changing silk as a basis. Maybe adorn the first scarf as a scary Boggart which then with the proper spelling casting process, results in the silly version/picture.

9. Obliviate.

This is about the charm that Gilderoy Lockhart uses to accidentally wipe his own memory, and you could offer to the audience that you will simulate the same thing. Have someone come up onto stage and do something like the sponge balls where the spectator holds one and you hold one. Then you cast your spell and claim to the spectator that they will now have a loss of member just like Gilderoy Lockhart did. You ask the audience member if they remember when you took your sponge ball and gave it them. Sure enough, you no longer have your sponge ball and the spectator opens her/his hand and has both sponge balls, proving a loss of memory.

8. Sectumsempra.

Since Sectumsempra is quite a mouthful of a curse invented by troubled teen Severus Snape, a good concept for this effect would be to put the words themselves on a board that can be shown by the audience. You tell the audience to pronounce the curse along with you. Suddenly something odd happens, a magic effect of some kind. This prompts you to put away the board and not use it again

7. Avada Kedavra.

Avada Kedavra means “let this thing be destroyed”. The modern version can be considered as Abracadabra. Us a card changing principle to make Avada Kedayra into the word: Abracadabra.

6. Alohomora.

Since this is the one Hermione keeps using to unlock doors when they go sneaking around in the first book, a lock and key effect could be used. Maybe something like “Locked for Life.”

5. Lumos.

This spell has been equated with the that little torch app on your iPhone, so it makes sense to get the app and demonstrate it. Then show it having an effect on something in a magical way.

4. Expelliarmus.

Since this is the only spell that Harry ever uses when he’s in a duel, maybe challenge an audience member to a duel, a magical duel where the tricks they attempt either do or do not work depending on whether you are going for comedy or not.

3. Wingardium Leviosa.

This is about making something levitate. There are many possibilities here for the conjurer to use something like the floating zombie ball.

2. Accio.

Making things move at the speed of light is easy from magicians. They just use some teleportation effect and garnish it with patter that relates to the retelling of Accio.

1. Expecto Patronum.

A great way to get rid of Dementors by summoning a Patronus to chase them away. Therefore, applied to the magic tricks, a disappearance of a Dementor by a Patronus you make appear, might work here.

In Conclusion

Rough ideas, yes, but my hat’s off to Manhattan Magician for planting some seeds as well as USAcreate.com for their help in getting the word out to the people. Now magicians, go forth and work these concepts into tangible routines!

Harry Potter Fan Club NYC Interviews Manhattan Magician


SpaceMan Crashes the HPFCNYC Party

Hello PotterHeads, SpaceMan here with a special treat. An exclusive interview with Manhattan Magician. Manhattan Magician is a former performing magician, who now is both an inventor and writer on the topic of conjuring as seen on his website ManhattanMagician.com.

Passing on the Legacy

One of the aspects of being a Harry Potter fan that Manhattan Magician is enjoying, is passing on the legacy of the Harry Potter books through his wife and daughter. Just before bedtime they read to each other from the Potter series. Thus, that is where we start with our interview of the notorious fringe character…Manhattan Magician! I pass it over now to our guest blogger HPFCNYC.

HPFCNYC
Welcome Manhattan Magician.

MM
Thank you, I am glad to be here.

HPFCNYC
So I hear that your wife and daughter are enjoying the Harry Potter series…

MM
Yes indeed. Generation to generation the Harry Potter books do go.

HPFCNYC
What’s it like being both a stage magician and a Harry Potter fan?

MM
I’m actually a former magician. Now mostly an inventor of magic and a blogger. Funny you should ask about the experience of being a former performing magician and a Potter fan. Because I have recently been studying the inspirations for the content of the books. For example, the term Avada Kedavra used in Potter. Avada Kedavra is the killing curse and tool of the Dark Arts and one of the three Unforgivable Curses. When cast successfully on a living person or creature the curse causes instantaneous and painless death, without any signs of violence on the body.

HPFCNYC
Sounds pleasant.

MM
Yes. Quite. Whereas Abracadabra has an entirely different meaning. You see Avada Kedavra sounds much like Abracadabra.

HPFCNYC
I never noticed before.

MM
And as I said, Abracadabra is different. It’s word said by magicians when performing a magic trick. Much like Hocus-Pocus, Open Sesame and the like. In fact, I used to say Abracadabra all the time in my act.

HPFCNYC
I used to as well.

MM
People during Medieval Times actually believed in magic as an ongoing part of their lives. The word Abracadabra was useful for them to be used whenever they couldn’t explain something.  They actually used the incantation ‘Abracadabra’ to ward off such bewitchment and as a remedy for poor health. The word was recited repeatedly, each time with the final letter being removed, until just ‘a’ remained.

It was believed that a person’s illness could be treated with the word in a triangular amulet as the as the word became shorter. I could use such an amulet right now as I am nursing a cold. J. K. Rowling was a genius with what she did with the Harry Potter series and the magic world created, sometimes borrowing ideas from history and other aspects that were, well, plucked out of thin air with a magic flourish!

A New Magical Direction

Harry Potter Fan Club NYC Welcomes Conurers to the Table
Harry Potter Fan Club NYC Welcomes Conjurors to the Table

Although this website has already been up for several years, it is a new and magical time for Harry Potter Fan Club NYC as we enhance our ability to communicate with fans all over the world, and dare we say, maybe even in another dimension. Yes, it is still me, SpaceMan, who is forging ahead with this H.P. incarnation. The Magic has never been stronger as we welcome new members like the Manhattan Magician himself. He is an actual prestidigitator who resides in NYC and makes magic on a regular basis at his blog. We at Harry Potter Fan Club NYC are finding now, more than ever, our connection to those who have selected illusion as being their vocation. This connection infuses Harry Potter fandom with a fresh new energy because no matter how long it’s been since the book series was completed, the Harry Potter mystique continues to be big business. Because when it comes to the Harry Potter franchise even when it is small it is big! For example, the third installment ‘Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban’ was deemed to be the least successful one. Though, remarkably it still earned 90 million more than another famous movie – Twilight.

And speaking of big, it is a big agenda of many Harry Potter fans to join a fan club. But not all fans can attend in person as a member of Harry Potter Fan Club NYC via Lights Camera Read. Therefore we encourage you to start your own Harry Potter Fan Club. If you would like to do this we encourage you to watch Melody Her Highness on YouTube. She has some great tips for doing this.