This magic paper clip trick is easy for little kids to perform. My son learned this for a Cub Scout meeting and he taught it to all the boys in his den. It was a big hit.
Step 1: Start with a dollar bill and fold it into three equal parts.
Step 2: Clip one end of the dollar bill to the fold closest to it.
Step 3: Clip the other end of the dollar bill to the fold closest to it.
Step 4: Each paper clip should only clip over two pieces of the dollar bill. Here’s a view from the top.
Step 5: Grab ends of the dollar bill and pull straight out.
Step 6: The paper clips will magically attach to each other and jump off the bill.
Magic tricks are fun for kids to perform. They can also help in areas of development. As a performer, the children grow self confidence as they speak and demonstrate the trick in front of others. They can also learn a little bit about science as they discover the secrets of what makes the magic tricks work.
How does this work? The friction of the dollar bill as it snaps together causes the paperclips to “connect”. After you have used a dollar, try it again with three paper clips. Does it still work? Why? Why not?