Tricks with Your Head: Hilarious Magic Tricks and Stunts to Disgust and Delight

Tricks with Your Head: Hilarious Magic Tricks and Stunts to Disgust and Delight

by Mac King, Mark Levy


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“Mac King is a god.” —Penn and Teller

Tricks with Your Head
is the world’s greatest (and only) collection of hilarious, mystifying, and sometimes repulsive magic tricks that you can perform with your very own head.

If you’ve only thought of your head as a receptacle for so-called higher learning, or as a structure for keeping your haircut from falling into your body cavity, rejoice! Now you can use that ten-pound meatball between your shoulders as a source of ribald entertainment. Best of all, when you learn to perform a head trick, you can never be caught without your prop.

Mac King and Mark Levy have perfected the ultimate mix of head games (literally) in this clever illustrated volume that teaches you how to:
* Make your head disappear
* Penetrate your skull with a drinking straw
* Make a french fry vanish up your nose
* Read someone’s mind
* Jab a fork in your eye

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780609805916
Publisher: Crown/Archetype
Publication date: 02/26/2002
Edition description: 1ST
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 5.17(w) x 7.98(h) x 0.44(d)

About the Author

MAC KING is a magician’s magician who performs in the top Las Vegas hotels and has his own segment, “Mac King’s School of Magic,” on NBC’s annual World’s Greatest Magic show.

MARK LEVY is a contributing editor at Magic magazine and is the author of Accidental Genius: Revolutionize Your Thinking Through Private Writing and the cocreator of Magic for Dummies.

Read an Excerpt

Cat Chiropractor

What They See: You're visiting your friend's parents. They have a cat. You ask them the following questions: "Is your cat fussy? Does he sleep away most of the day? When he is awake, does he make a meowing noise?" They of course answer in the affirmative. "Aha! He needs a chiropractic neck adjustment!" you exclaim. As you pick up the poor beast and twist his head, an alarming "Crraaaack!" issues forth from his unfortunate vertebrae as you perform your feline alignment. You place the cat back down and he walks away. Of course he's still fussy, sleepy, and noisy, but at least now he's comfortable. Please read the how-to part of this item before you try it. There is a trick to it. Don't actually twist a cat's head until his neck snaps. Unless it's your cat; then we believe you should be allowed to do whatever you want with it.

What Actually Happens: Obviously (at least to most people) it's not the cat's neck that cracks, so you need something to simulate that sound. Here are the four best things. . . .

The finest item for this is a plastic cup. Not just any plastic cup, though. You need the kind that is the most "clear." Perhaps it's better to say "the least cloudy." Anyway, when you crush one of these, it really shatters-making an uncommonly ghoulish imitation of splintering bones. Clandestinely deposit one of these cups in your armpit . Make sure that the cup is not directly touching your skin because when the cup shatters its edges can be sharp. Proper chiropractic care does not involve blood. Also, it helps if you're wearing a jacket to further conceal the cup, but this is not essential; trust us, everyone is diverted by the wild-eyed look of the poor cat as you grip its little head. Don't actually twist the cat's head. Once again, DO NOT actually twist the cat's head. Hold the cat in your right arm, and lightly grip its little head in your left palm like a softball; turn your left hand and arm like you're twisting open the lid on a big jar of pickles. Your left hand and arm turn, but the cat's head stays motionless. As you are pretending to ratchet the cat's head around, clamp down firmly with your arm on the unseen cup to produce the heart-stopping, bone-on-bone crunch. Set the cat down and give a benevolent smile to its horrified owner.

The next best thing for this is an empty plastic water bottle, sans lid. Just place this under your arm, and follow the instructions for the preceding cup version.

It's also possible to use a plastic Tic-Tac box. Just hold it in your right hand (that's the one with a cat in it), and crush the little box at the appropriate time. Another alternative is to covertly deposit a piece of dried macaroni in your mouth and bite down on it as you revolve the cat's head. This last one is kind of weak and not really recommended. Actually, the last two versions are pretty lame, and we only include them because one day you may have a cat trick emergency and they could save your keester. Like, for instance, say David Letterman was at your door and was going to put you on TV if you had a Stupid Pet Trick. If you were running around your house and couldn't find a plastic cup or a water bottle, but you did find a single crusty piece of dry macaroni at the back of the silverware drawer, you'd thank us then, boy.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I cannot rave enough about this book. It was so well written that one can actually start to see how the trick was done before he finishes explaining them. I could go on and on about the benefits of taking some time to read this book, so I'll close by simply saying a must have!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I was completely surprised at how hilarious this is book is to read. I thought it might simply be a 'how-to' book for learning funny magic tricks, but I read the whole thing through at one sitting just because the writing style is so entertaining. I don't mean to dismiss the tricks, they too are really wonderful. And surprisingly easy to do. My favorites are 'The Headless Wonder' (it looks like your head is gone), 'Smack' (you get to hit your friend in the face only to have them laugh about it), and 'The Wonderful Telephone Trick.' Actually 'The Wondeful Telephone Trick' is the reason I bought this book in the first place. I heard Mac King demonstrate it on a local radio show. I have now bought 3 more copies of this book as gifts for my niece and nephews, and they all loved it (they're 17, 12, and 9 years old). But it's not just for kids (I'm 32 years old myself). If you like fooling your family and friends or just playing goofy practical jokes I think you'll find many great things in this book.
_Book_Worm_55 More than 1 year ago
I guess this is ok. This is really for beginers, and a little higher skill level.