July 26, 2012

Fun Card Trick (you can step through a playing card)

A few months ago, my son and I found this book,  Tricks & Pranks to Fool Your Friends , in the children's book section at Goodwill.  (Awesome place to find cheap books, by the way).  We've been having fun testing out some tricks and this was one of our favorites.

Check it out...

Here's what to do...

1.  Get an old playing card and a pair of scissors.

 2.  Fold the playing card in half lengthwise.

3.  Make two cuts down from the folded edge on either side.  You want them to be pretty narrow (mine were about 1/8") and go down almost to the bottom (again, about 1/8")

4.  Continue making alternating cuts about 1/8" wide.  Make your 2nd cut starting at the bottom (non-folded edge) and going up to about 1/8" from the top, do the opposite for the 3rd cut and so on.

5.  Now, cut on the fold for each of the middle pieces.  DO NOT CUT the two ends!

6.  Carefully open up your card and you should have cuts that look like this.

7.  Now really carefully pull open the card to make a loop.  It'll be stretchy but pretty delicate, so do this step gently!

Now put it to the test!  If your cuts were narrow enough, you should be able to step through that playing card!

NOTE:  As I mentioned, your card loop will be really thin and stretchy, making it susceptible to tearing.  However, if your child steps into it carefully, he or she will be able to actually fit through a single playing card.  My son is an average-sized 8 year old.  I'd imagine if you made your cuts even thinner, a larger child or even an adult could fit through.

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  1. I love this! I'm going to share it with my nephew this weekend.

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  2. So neat!!! I can't wait to do this with my kids this weekend!!!! They will love it. I think doing simple, fun activities like this are the kind of things my kids are gonna look back on and remember fondly when they're older!

  3. I've done this with a sheet of paper but never with a playing card!! Can't wait to try it!!!!! Awesome idea...thanks for sharing!

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  5. Wow! That is amazing! My 3 yr old grandson was impressed when I added a couple drops of food color to canned white icing & stirred it up! If I do this for him he will probably turn inside out with amazement!

  6. Haha, Geri! I definitely impressed my kids (and even their dad).

    Oh, and you'll have to do the magic playdoh with your grandson ~ I bet he'll love it.


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  8. just done this with quite a small (smaller than a playing card) old christmas card even managed to get myself and daddy through the card!

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