Inflation presented by Dan Harlan

Tommy Wonder was an incredible performer, well-known for his smooth sleight-of-hand, masterful misdirection, and devious devices. And now, a modern master of magical creativity shares his favorite Tommy Wonder creations with you as Dan Harlan presents “The Best of the Books of Wonder.” Lesson six contains two of Tommy’s most overlooked effects updated with modern handlings and methods so that you’ll want to add them to your repertoire.


This lesson contains two “hidden gems”… you know, the kind of quick trick that might be overlooked by some, but plays so strong, people love it, remember it, and request it. Audience-pleasing magic at its best! The first one finds the performer in a wistful mood describing a summer’s day at the beach as colorful tissue is torn into tiny pieces. Unexpectedly, the pieces are fused together into the form of a paper beach ball which is inflated and given away as a souvenir! The second trick features an altogether different kind of inflation as the performer tears a borrowed dollar bill in half, revealing that it’s now two dollars! Those two dollars somehow fuse themselves back into one in the spectator’s hands, although nothing ever leaves their sight. It’s virtually impromptu!

The inflation of the paper beach ball is incredibly strong and has been one of the most talked-about effects of the Penguin MAXX events. Learning both of these effects with Dan you’ll also explore building techniques that will improve your gimmick construction skills. This takes the brilliance of Tommy Wonder’s construction and puts it within your grasp. Subscribe to the entire series today and elevate your magic with the best of The Books of Wonder.

To see every trick in this series, visit The Best of The Books of Wonder presented by Dan Harlan.

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