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The Rubber Pencil Illusion

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Activity Overview

Grab a pencil and try out this interesting Rubber Pencil Illusion. This is a fun illusion that will show how your eyes can play tricks on you. This is definitely one of those jaw dropping, quick and easy activities that have a wow factor.

This illusion is fun for adults and children alike. Try adding this as an interactive routine to your magic act. Simply cast a magic spell on a pack of pencils and distribute them out to your audience. Give them instructions to perform the pencil moving task. Your audience won't believe their eyes. The pencil will give the appearance that it is made of rubber and bends back and forth with every shake of the hand.

Materials Needed

  • A pencil

How to Do It

  1. Take an ordinary pencil and hold it toward the end using your thumb and index finger.
  2. Now, hold the pencil with a loose grip and move your hand up and down in short, abrupt, and repetitive movements.
  3. There is no need to wiggle the pencil between your fingers, just move your hand up and down over and over again.
  4. Observe the look of the pencil as your hand is moving. The pencil will look as though it is made of rubber and is pliable.

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