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Cup Levitation

This cool levitation magic trick looks like you are levitating a paper cup. Check out the amazing video demonstration.

Effect: The magician announces that they are going to make an empty cup float. They release their grip on the cup and it appears to float in mid air.

Method: Take an empty large paper or styrofoam cup. Carefully attached a loop of clear sticky tape to the side of the cup.

Hold the empty cup with both your hands and facing the others in your party, announce that you are going to try and make the cup float in mid air. Have one thumb press against the sticky tape. Then, appear to be concentrating your mind on the cup and gradually open up both hands at the same time. While doing this, push your hands slightly forward as if you are following the floating cup and eventually grab the cup with both hands. Now, discreetly peel off the sticky tape with your thumb so that you can hand the cup over for your spectators to examine.

This is a simple levitating illusion but it looks great when done at the right angle. Practice in front of a mirror to make sure that you get the angles and the timing right.