The Magic Paddle uses one of the oldest magic priciples in the world. The illusion is that magicians show something that appears on two sides of a paddle. Then the image changes, or moves. In the above video, The Magic Guy, a Toronto magiciain, demonstrates the paddle trick with a popular rabbit paddle. Here, there is a picture of a hat that looks empty. Then a picture of a rabbit appears in the hat!
If you got a magic paddle in a magic kit, it may look different than the one in the video. The instructions still work though, so watch it and enjoy your fun prop. It’s a great one for amazing friends and family. It’s also easy to learn. It takes some practice though, and it may take a bit of time to get the hang of it.
Your paddle will have an image on one side, and a different image on the other. You have to turn the paddle over in a special way that makes it look like you are showing both sides, while really showing just one. To do this, hold the paddle loosely between your thumb and fingers so that one side of the paddle is facing away from you.
Rotate your wrist, as if you are about to turn the paddle over to show the other side. As you rotate your wrist, your thumb and finger will spin the paddle away from you, just half a rotation. The result is that even though you turned your wrist, the same side is facing towards your audience.
To make the magic happen, give the paddle a shake. While it’s shaking, actually turn it around. When you stop shaking there will be a different image facing out. This may sound complicated because it’s hard to visualize what is happening. So take a look at the video and see how it’s done.