If you’ve followed along on our blog, you probably know that magnets aren’t just for business. operating in many different areas of our lives. What’s one of those uses you may not have thought of? Magic. That’s right, magnets can make magic tricks easier and even more exciting. You don’t have to be a magician to wow a friend or family member with a simple trick, all you need are some magnets and a quick hand.

Keep reading to learn how to do 3 impressive magic tricks using magnets!

Levitating Paper Clips Trick

This first trick is the easiest one and perfect for beginners! All you have to do is grab 2 paperclips and a small 8mm x 8mm cylinder magnet. Hold the magnet between your two fingers at the top of the paperclip so that it’s concealed. The magnetic pull will travel through the paperclip so that when you place the second one against it— the paperclip will suspend there and appear to be levitating! 

Moving an Item with Your Mind Trick 

While telekinesis is complexanyone can do this mesmerizing trick! You just need a magnetic item like a pair of scissors or even certain pens, and a strong neodymium magnet. The magnet you need will depend on what type of table you have, but a ½” x ½” x ½” cube magnet should work with a standard wooden table. To get set up, l lay the magnetic item on a table with one hand, and with the other, hold the magnet and place your hand under the table. As you move the magnet under the table discreetly, you can convince your audience that the item is being pushed by just the magic of your mind! To be really sneaky, you could get an assistant to hide under the table to move the magnet for you. 

Be sure to clear the table before doing this trick — always remember to keep powerful magnets far away from your technology as it can damage those items.  

Ferrofluid Liquid Trick 

This one requires some ferrofluid and sand or putty — or you could use our magnetic putty — and a small but mighty neodymium magnet such as a 5mm x 5mm x 5mm cube to do a Jólan van der Wiel inspired trick. Ferrofluid is a liquid that’s highly attracted to the poles of a magnet, making it change shapes when a magnetic pull is near. It’s also very easy to make a mess with it, so be sure to read this blog on tips for safe handling. If you’re using ferrofluid, you’ll need to experiment beforehand on putting small amounts of it into your sand or putty. Test if you’ve added enough by holding a magnet in your hand and seeing if part of the mixture moves with the magnet. For showtime, take your magnetic putty or mixture and place it on the table. Discreetly hide your cube magnets in the palms of your hands and then move your hands around the putty. Wherever the magnets come into contact with the putty will now levitate before your very eyes!  

The Magic of Apex

And there you have it! These three simple tricks might not fool everyone, but the kiddos will be impressed! Magic is everywhere — including Apex! For more magnetic hacks that feel like magic, and the latest update of out of this world magnetic discoveries, check out our full blog.