3 Simple Magic Tricks That Anyone Can Do

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Dec 182017
 

Learn 3 SIMPLE magic tricks that anyone can do!

 

In this video, Oscar Owen teaches you three simple magic tricks that anyone can do. These magic tricks are all very visual and easy to perform. However, it is always a good idea to practice them for a little bit before showing people!

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To perform The Stab, it is a good idea to keep the note taught to hide any creases on the bill.

The color change will require the most practice. You should practice snapping the cards back as shown in the video. The faster you can snap the cards back, the more impressive the trick.

The linking matches is a brilliant trick you can do at a pub or party. Again, the faster you perform the secret move, the more impressive the trick.

 

 

 

 

 

Amazing Human Body Tricks

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Nov 282017
 

Amazing Human Body Tricks

Whether it’s curing a throat tickle, resolving your headache in minutes or experiencing supersonic hearing, these body tricks are proven methods of fooling your body to achieve a desired result, whether that’s relieving pain or just having fun.

Cure a Tickling Throat

When you were 9, playing your armpit was a cool trick. Now, as an adult, you can still appreciate a good body-based feat, especially if it serves as a health remedy. Take that tickle in your throat: It’s not worth gagging over. Here’s a better way to scratch your itch: Scratch your ear. “When the nerves in the ear are stimulated, it creates a reflex in the throat that can cause a muscle spasm,” says Scott Schaffer, M.D., president of an ear, nose, and throat specialty center in Gibbsboro, New Jersey. “This spasm relieves the tickle.”

Experience Supersonic Hearing

If you’re stuck chatting up a mumbler at a cocktail party, lean in with your right ear. It’s better than your left at following the rapid rhythms of speech, according to researchers at the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine. If, on the other hand, you’re trying to identify that song playing softly in the elevator, turn your left ear toward the sound. The left ear is better at picking up music tones.

Calm Yourself With Cold Water

Nerves getting the best of you. Take a deep breath and spash cold water on your face. This triggers the mammalian diving reflex that is genetically in all animals including humans. The lower temperature of the water and you holding your breath also causes your body to think it’s diving into cold water. This reflex allows you to use oxygen more efficiently.

Overcome Your Most Primal Urge To Pee

Need to pee? No bathroom nearby? Fantasize about what ever turns you on. Thinking about sex and arousing fantasies preoccupies your brain, so you won’t feel as much discomfort, says Larry Lipshultz, M.D., chief of male reproductive medicine at the Baylor College of Medicine.

Feel No Pain While Giving Blood

Love donating blood but hate the needle prick? German researchers have discovered that coughing during a needle stick can lessen the pain. According to Taras Usichenko, author of a study on the phenomenon, the trick causes a sudden, temporary rise in pressure in the chest and spinal canal, inhibiting the pain-conducting structures of the spinal cord.

Swallow Your Horse-Sized Supplements

Those huge health supplements are sometimes a pain to swallow. Want to swallow more than one at a time without gagging? Try this trick to get them down: take a drink of water, and tilt your head forward instead of backward. The capsule should float, and will be at the back of your throat, ready to swallow.

Clear Your Stuffed Nose

Forget Sudafed. Here’s an easier, quicker, and cheaper remedy to relieve sinus pressure: Alternate thrusting your tongue against the roof of your mouth, then pressing between your eyebrows with one finger. This causes the vomer bone, which runs through the nasal passages to the mouth, to rock back and forth, says Lisa DeStefano, D.O., an assistant professor at the Michigan State University college of osteopathic medicine. The motion loosens congestion; after 20 seconds, you’ll feel your sinuses start to drain.

Fight Acid Reflux By Sleeping Position

Worried that chili will repeat on you tonight? Try this preventive remedy: “Sleep on your left side,” says Anthony A. Starpoli, M.D., a New York City gastroenterologist and assistant professor of medicine at New York Medical College. Studies have shown that patients who sleep on their left sides are less likely to suffer from acid reflux. The esophagus and stomach connect at an angle. When you sleep on your right, the stomach is higher than the esophagus, allowing food and stomach acid to slide up your throat. When you’re on your left, the stomach is lower than the esophagus, so gravity’s in your favor.

Cure Your Toothache

Just rub ice on the back of your hand, on the V-shaped webbed area between your thumb and index finger. A Canadian study found that this technique reduces toothache pain by as much as 50 percent compared with using no ice. The nerve pathways at the base of that V stimulate an area of the brain that blocks pain signals from the face and hands.

Stop the World from Spinning

Feeling dizzy? Put your hand on something stable. The part of your ear responsible for balance–the cupula– floats in a fluid of the same density as blood. “As alcohol dilutes blood in the cupula, the cupula becomes less dense and rises,” says Dr. Schaffer. This confuses your brain. The tactile input from a stable object gives the brain a second opinion, and you feel more in balance. Because the nerves in the hand are so sensitive, this works better than the conventional foot-on-the-floor wisdom.

Unstitch Your Side

If you’re like most people, when you run, you exhale as your right foot hits the ground. This puts downward pressure on your liver (which lives on your right side), which then tugs at the diaphragm and creates a side stitch, according to The Doctors Book of Home Remedies for Men. The fix: Exhale as your left foot strikes the ground.

Stop A Nose Bleed

Put some cotton on your upper gums–just behind that small dent below your nose–and press against it, hard. “Most bleeds come from the front of the septum, the cartilage wall that divides the nose,” says Peter Desmarais, M.D., an ear, nose, and throat specialist at Entabeni Hospital, in Durban, South Africa. “Pressing here helps stop them.”

Thaw Your Brain Freeze

Press your tongue flat against the roof of your mouth, covering as much as you can. “Since the nerves in the roof of your mouth get extremely cold, your body thinks your brain is freezing, too,” says Abo. “In compensating, it overheats, causing an ice-cream headache.” The more pressure you apply to the roof of your mouth, the faster your headache will subside.

Wake Up a Limb That Feel Asleep

If your hand falls asleep while you’re driving or sitting in an odd position, rock your head from side to side. It’ll painlessly banish your pins and needles in less than a minute, says Dr. DeStefano. A tingly hand or arm is often the result of compression in the bundle of nerves in your neck; loosening your neck muscles releases the pressure. Compressed nerves lower in the body govern the feet, so stand up and walk around if they fail you.

Encode Your Long-Term Memory

“If you’re giving a speech the next day, review it before falling asleep,” says Candi Heimgartner, an instructor of biological sciences at the University of Idaho. Since most memory consolidation happens during sleep, anything you read right before bed is more likely to be encoded as long-term memory.

Relieve a Migraine Instantly

The next time you are about to reach for some pills to get rid of your headache, use your thumb and forefinger and pinch down on the muscle on the web of your hand (thumb on the back of your hand and forefinger underneath) and press for 2 minutes. Repeat. Most headaches and migraines will ease after just 4 minutes. This shiatsu point addresses headaches by dispersing stagnant Ki (i.e. blocked energy) and moving blood in the head, neck, and other parts of the body.

 

 

Top 10 Things You Don’t Know About Playing Cards

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Nov 162017
 

Playing cards are so common today that we take them for granted. But, have you ever really looked closely at them or wondered what they could mean?Like, who is that suave King that doesn’t have a moustache? Here are 10 Things You Don’t Know About Playing Cards.

 
Be Amazed at these Top 10 Things You Don’t Know About Playing Cards! Cards inspired many sayings – Many terms used during card games have been adopted as phrases in general life. Let’s look at a straightforward example first – ‘to follow suit’. How the four suits arose – It is generally agreed that playing cards originated in China in the 9th century before spreading to many other countries. Why there is a joker – The joker card first appeared in printed card decks in the 1860s. The card was used as the Best Bower, which was an extra trump card in the new American version of the game Euchre. Why the King of Hearts doesn’t have a moustache – If you’ve ever played close attention to the Kings in your card deck, you’ll have noticed the King of Hearts is unique for a couple of reasons. The King of Hearts is stabbing himself – The second unique thing about the King of Hearts relates to his weapon. Until the 1800s his weapon of choice was a battle axe, and yet today he holds a sword.

Why there are 52 cards in a deck – It’s the French we can thank for there being 52 cards in a standard deck. Different countries developed different versions of card decks which ranged from 24 to 52 cards. The court cards were attributed with personalities of historical figures – Because the court cards obviously represent positions in social hierarchy, over time people came to attribute historical royal figures to these cards. Why is the Ace of Spades is different? Ever noticed that the Ace of Spades often has a more ornate design than other aces?This practice originated in Europe in the 16th century, where there was a tax on the manufacturing of playing cards. It’s possible a deck of cards has never been properly shuffled and yielded the same result in all of history – You’ll be aware that there are many ways to shuffle a deck of cards. The most common are rifle shuffling, as used in casinos, Hindu shuffles, commonly used in Asia, and the overhand shuffle, which is perhaps the easiest technique. Design secrets behind Bicycle cards – The United States Playing Card Company owns Bicycle brand cards which are the most iconic cards worldwide, originating from the first back design which featured penny-farthing.

 
 
 

Top 10 Things You Didn’t Know Have Hidden Secret Uses

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Nov 132017
 

There are lots of secrets in everyday things that you don’t know the purpose of. From the numbers on sauce sachets to the chemicals on Nintendo switch cartridges, here are 10 Things You Didn’t Know the Hidden Secret Uses of.

 
Be Amazed at these top 10 everyday things that you don’t know the purpose of. The front strap on a bra. Of course, bras come in many different shapes and styles, but many of them have something in common. Buttons on women’s clothing. Bras aren’t the only women’s clothing item that’s made the list. At number 8, we have the buttons on women’s shirts or blouses. The bumps on the F and J keys. Have you ever noticed the little raised sections on the F and J keys on a computer keyboard? There is a very good reason why they exist and why they are on these keys specifically. The zig-zag side of bobby pins. Whether you call them bobby pins, Kirby grips or simply hair clips, we all recognize this classic hair accessory and its iconic zigzag shape. The holes in Converse. I bet a lot of you have owned a pair of these before. I certainly have. But have you ever sat and looked at those two small holes near the bottom of these trainers and wondered what the point of them was?

The shape of a Toblerone. Of all the chocolate bars out there, Toblerone must have the most unique shape. Many people think its triangular structure is supposed to represent a mountain range, but the inventors’ sons say it was actually inspired by a sexy Parisian cabaret dance troupe, who always ended their shows on a pyramid formation. The dimples in candy trays. Toblerone isn’t the only confectionery item that has ease of eating as a central part of its design.Look at these small circular dimples in this tray of Toffifee. The end of a toothpick. If you eat out at a restaurant, there will often be toothpicks on the table to allow you to un-stick any food from your teeth. The number on Heinz sachets. Take a look at Heinz condiment sachets, and in the top corner you’ll spot a small number. Ketchup, mayonnaise, salad cream.The taste of Nintendo Switch cartridges. Our number one hidden secret use is the taste of Nintendo Switch cartridges. People have recently noticed that the cartridges of this super-popular games console have a very interesting taste.

 
 
 

How To Of The Day: How To Get Rid Of Stink Bugs

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Sep 252017
 

This trap eliminated 14 times more stink bugs than store-bought traps that cost up to $50

How To Get Rid Of Stink Bugs

‘Tis the season for stink bugs, and before you know it, you might start seeing them everywhere. But if you think you need some kind of expensive, complicated way to get rid of them, think again.

A group of researchers from Virginia Tech University conducted a study that found that instead of a fancy contraption, all you need is a pan of water and a light to attract the bugs to their doom.

The necessary supplies:

  • A large pan (an aluminum foil one if you want to toss it, because honestly, who wants to reuse a pan that’s had bugs floating in it?)
  • Water and dish soap
  • A light to attract the bugs

The Virginia Tech team has proven that homemade, inexpensive stink bug traps crafted from simple household items outshine pricier models designed to kill the invasive, annoying bugs.

Researchers from the university’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences found the best way to get rid of the little buggers: Just fill a foil roasting pan with water and dish soap, and put a light over the pan to attract the bugs in a dark room.

The trap eliminated 14 times more stink bugs than store-bought traps that cost up to $50, the study found. The homemade model is comparatively cheap — roasting pan, dish soap, light — and homeowners might already own the components.

By the way, a stink bug’s ability to emit an odor through holes in its abdomen is a defense mechanism, meant to prevent it from being eaten by birds and lizards. Simply handling the bug, injuring it, or attempting to move it can trigger an odor release.

 

 

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Three Easy Pen Magic Tricks

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Jul 112017
 

How to perform 3 easy pen magic tricks – Vanish, Change & Transformation

 
YouTube magician Oscar Owen shows you how to perform three impressive tricks involving a pen: the Vanish, the Change and the Transformation.

In this tutorial, I break down and explain three simple, easy and visual pen magic tricks. Whilst the skill level required to perform these effects is minimal, you will still need to practice them so that you can perform the moves at speed. The faster these tricks are done, the more deceptive they will be.

 
 

Kitchen Hack Of The Day: How To Peel An Orange

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Jun 102017
 

This tip is especially useful for those of you that don’t have any nails to dig into the tough skin of an orange. With a few clever cuts of a knife, you can peel an orange and eat it without juice dripping all over your hands. But best of all, it’s FUN!

Kitchen Hack Of The Day: How To Peel An Orange