The spoon-bending trick is a classic among seasoned mentalists. For the audience, it seems difficult, but it is actually a very simple trick and it’s all up to you how cunningly you demonstrate it.
Practicing, observing your audience, and distracting them appropriately is the key.
In today’s post, I’ll be giving you all the information you need to know about Spoon Bending and how you can perform it.
Here’s what we’ll cover:
- What is spoon bending?
- 3 ways you can perform it
- A gimmick that allows you to visually bend a regular teaspoon
What is Spoon Bending?
First things first, let’s go over what exactly this popular routine is. Picture this:
The magician will show the audience a test of the powers of his mind using a spoon. The audience keeps an eye on the ordinary spoon in his hand. The magician concentrates his thoughts on the spoon. Like magic it begins to melt, bending before their eyes. And there it is.
One freshly bent spoon with no tools, just the power of his mind over matter! As the stunned spectators register what the magician just did, he lifts up the spoon and shows that it is unbent, just as he found it.
While it looks as if the magician bent the spoon with their bare hands, they actually haven’t harmed the spoon in any way. The secret’s in how they hold the spoon—it will take practice to master but it’s worth the effort.
Here is a video of the trick being performed.
Right now, you may have ONE question running through your head!
Well, great question. Read on to find three simple ways you can perform this trick.
How to Bend a Spoon!
After Illusionist, Uri Geller blew American’s minds in the 1970s with his telekinetic spoon bending illusion, people have been wondering how this trick works. There are many different ways to convince people that you are bending a spoon with your mind, although none of them involve real Teknekilis. With some practice, you’ll be impressing friends with your new abilities.
Method 1: Using An Unbent, Whole Spoon Then Secretly Bending It!
- Hold the spoon with the bowl downward. Take an ordinary metal spoon and position it vertically, with the bowl at the lower end. Grip the lower half of the spoon with your dominant hand. Use your other hand to cover the top half of the spoon handle completely. It should look like the upper hand is gripping the spoon, but the thumb should not wrap around the handle.
Note: You can demonstrate the spoon is an ordinary spoon by rapping it against the table or letting your audience handle it.
- Push the spoon against the table. Telekinetic spoon bending requires secretly bending against a table while the audience inspects the other spoons.
- Shake it to reveal the magic bend!
Warning: The audience must be straight in front of you for this trick!
Here is a good tutorial on Spoon Bending!
Spoon Bending Method Two: It’s Already Bent!
One way to do this trick is to have two separate pieces prepared.
You need a spoon that is already bent and a straight stem that is separate from this spoon. You will be relying on sleight of hand and angles to complete this illusion.
When you complete this trick, you will have the already bent spoon in your hand and will position your fingers to hide its stem from view. The straight stem will be held as if it is coming out of the spoon, giving the illusion that the spoon is straight.
When you’re ready to bend the spoon, you should slowly release your grip on the straight stem.
Doing so will allow it to fall gradually down to rest on top of the spoon’s already bent stem that is hidden. Once you complete the bending, keep the straight, separate stem hidden in your hand as you pull the pre-bent spoon out by the bowl and draw the audience’s attention to it.
Hooray! You’ve bent the spoon.
Watch the tutorial below to understand more!
Spoon Bending Method Three: Cut It Up
Another way to complete this illusion is to not just bend the spoon with your mind but to totally break it!
To do this trick, you will need a pre-cut spoon that has been cut almost the whole way through.
Pick up this spoon. Show it to the audience, and let them know that you are going to focus your energy on it as hard as you can. Be sure to be holding the spoon between two fingers on the break so that it seems to be in one piece. While you seem to be concentrating your energy, you will really be snapping the spoon along with the cut. Squeeze tightly so that neither piece slips.
Then, begin bending the spoon.
Hold the spoon horizontally so that the audience can get a good look at it, and keep pressure along the breakpoint. Gradually release this pressure so that each side will begin tilting towards the ground. Once you release enough pressure, the pieces will fall apart showing that you have cut the spoon with your mind.
Who knew breaking a spoon was so easy? With these three methods, you’ll be able to WOW just about anyone (even skeptics!).
Perfect both styles to add the greatest versatility to your magic repertoire.
Watch the video below, to understand more!
Spoon Bending Bonus: Quantum Spoon Bend
So guy’s if you want to master more of the art of “Spoon Bending” you are in the right place.
This gimmick can easily and visually cause a spoon to slowly bend right between your fingertips.
This amazing gimmick allows you to visually bend a regular coffee or teaspoon. You can even borrow it and have it signed by your spectator.
Your audience will not believe their eyes as the spoon is not only bent right in front of them but then restored back to its normal shape. You can even hand the spoon back to them as a souvenir that ensures they’ll never forget the amazing magic they experienced.
- Incredibly easy and visual
- Uses a borrowed spoon (that can be signed)
- Resets instantly
- Great angles that allow you to perform almost fully surrounded
Each “Quantum Spoon Bend” comes with a ready-made gimmick, practice spoon, and online instruction video.
Thanks for reading The Ultimate Guide To Spoon Bending. Hope you enjoyed it!