Here's an age-old trick that you can do anytime, anywhere.
In an instant, you seemingly pull your thumb away from its base before bringing it back together again.

Hold your left thumb at the main joint between your right thumb and index finger.
Quickly bring your thumbs together while positioning the index finger to cover the gap between the two thumbs - this transition is the key to successfully performing the trick and will take a bit of practice (see pic 1, below left).
Slide your thumb along the side of your hand, maintaining the position of the right index finger.  To your audience, the thumb will appear to separate and slide away (see pic 2, below right).
To finish the trick, simply reverse the process.

Note: these hand positions are used when you want to 'separate' your left thumb  If you want to separate your right thumb, you must reverse the positions.

Thumb attached Thumb separated


Simply ask a group of children (or adults) to place their left hand somewhere on their body where their right hand can't touch it.

It can take some people quite a while to get this one, but the answer is easy - just grab your right elbow.


Get everyone to stand in a circle.
All hold up your left hand with the palm facing upwards, then place the index finger of your right hand onto the upheld palm of the person to your right.

On the shout of "Go" everyone has to try and point their right index finger into the air and at the same time try to grab the index finger of the person to their left.


(Nothing to do with the occult).
You need an accomplice who is in on the trick.
Tell the group that you and your friend can read each other's minds.
Send your accomplice out of the room, then ask the group to pick an object within that room and your partner will correctly guess it upon their return.  Once an object has been selected, call your accomplice back into the room.

Now pick out various objects in the room, and ask the question, "Did they pick the..?" / lamp / table / chair / T.V. / cup, etc).  You can drag this out as long as you want.
To all of these objects your accomplice's reply will be "No", until you get to the chosen object which your partner will always guess correctly.

It's all in the title 'Black' Magic; make sure none of the objects you ask about are black in colour.
Then before you get to the chosen object you choose something that is black.  Your accomplice will then know that the next object will be the chosen one.

If done correctly this will drive people nuts trying to work out how you do it.  You may be accused of giving hand signals (so put your hands in your pockets next go).  You may also be accused of giving eye signals (so stand back to back with the accomplice on the next go).  And so on.


1 sheet of A4 paper (you can use an old plastic milk bottle or even a cardboard toilet / kitchen roll).
Pair of scissors.
Bit of sticky tape (if using the A4 paper).

Use the paper and sticky tape to make a tube.
Then ask the kids to pick up the tube but they can only use their mouth - no knees or hands on the floor.  They have to bend over and pick it up with their teeth.

Usually played as a knock out, once every one has had a go use the scissors to make the tube smaller and harder to pick up - Just remember to put some kind of padding directly in front of the tube for safety as someone is bound to over-balance (we usually just use a coat or our hands).


Face paint (washable, of course!)

Everyone in the group gets a number starting with, Ibble Dibble, e.g. 'Ibble Dibble one', 'Ibble Dibble two', and so on.

The person designated Ibble Dibble one starts and says, "Ibble Dibble one with no Dibbles calls Ibble Dibble…" (any other number present but let's say "three") "…with no Dibbles".

Then it is Ibble Dibble three's turn to say, "Ibble Dibble three with no Dibbles, calls Ibble Dibble four with no Dibbles".

"Where's the fun in that?  " I hear you cry.  Well, as soon as someone makes a mistake with their Ibble Dibble sentence they must have a Dibble (dab of face paint) on their face.  Now they have to say, "Ibble Dibble four with one Dibble calls Ibble Dibble one with no Dibbles", and anyone calling Ibble Dibble four must remember they have one dibble.

As mistakes are made more Dibbles appear, and the more Dibbles that appear the more mistakes are made, like a vicious circle, do you see?

In the end everyone is covered in dabs of face paint and rolling on the floor laughing.


Table, two players, one coin.

Place the coin in the centre of the table, between the two players.
Each player then places the fingertips of one hand on the edge of the table.
Elect a third person to be the judge, to make sure fingers are on the edge of the table and then shout, "Go".  First person to grab the coin wins the round.

Play best of three rounds - winner stays on.  The judge becomes the next contender, and the next person in line becomes the judge.


Place your thumb flat onto the palm of your hand (see pic 3, below left'41.
Keeping your thumb in place put your fingertips into your armpit and point your elbow down (see pic 4, below right).
Now without moving your hand, pop your thumb out then try to put thumb back into same position on your palm.

Thumb position Hand position


Tear a piece of paper into six pieces; give someone three and you keep three.
Ask them to write a number between 1-100 on their first piece of paper.
But before they start to write, stop them, telling them that you are able to influence what they are going to write (while you are talking, write the words 'Black' and 'White' on either side of your first piece of paper - without showing that you're-writing on both sides of your paper - then screw it up into a ball).

When they've written their number ask them to place their paper face-up on the table.
Say, "Don't worry that everyone can see it I've already written mine", and place your screwed up answer on top of his or her paper.  Now ask them to write down the name of a loved one, a pet, anything you would not know.  Again, distract them before they write their answer and write on your paper the number they wrote on their first piece of paper.

Repeat the whole process again but this time asking them to write either 'Black' or 'White'.  This time you write their loved one / pet 's name on your paper - get it?
Now mix up your three pieces of screwed up paper and open them to reveal exactly the same answers as they have written.
The trick is, when opening the piece of paper with Black / White written on it - you only show the correct side.