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Ocsar Owen and his unique Coivid-19 style magic with none other than the now totally familiar “accessory” the Face Mask!
Over the last 18 months, face masks have gone from being a strange new item to have in your possession to a staple that we don't even think about. There's definitely nothing special about them, right? YouTuber and magician Oscar Owen thinks otherwise.
In a new video, Owen demonstrates a range of magic tricks that can be performed using an everyday disposable face mask, and then breaks down exactly how each illusion works. Warning: don't read any further if you believe in the magician's code, or if you simply want to keep your sense of wonder semi-intact in this late stage of the pandemic.
In the first trick, Owen severs the ear loop on a mask, and then, seemingly inexplicably, restores it together again. "This is hyper-visual, and everything can be inspected," he says. However, the string is never actually cut: it simply looks that way, as Owen has looped it discreetly behind his fingers so that it appears to be in two separate pieces. (Another trick explained later in the video features a more elaborate version of the same overall illusion, featuring more props.)
The second trick involves Owen making the mask float independently in between his hands without being touched. "You can also do this effect with other objects such as a bank note," he says. Is he telekinetic? No. The key here is a magician's tool called invisible thread.
In another, Owen transforms a playing card into a mask in the blink of an eye. Ingeniously, the mask is glued to the back of the card, and folded up so it is not visible to the observer. Then, with a flourish of the hand, Own releases the rest of the mask and flips it around so the card is now obscured by the material.