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!