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Floating Match Trick REVEALED: Easy-To-Learn Magic Trick

Updated: Jun 23

The Floating Match on Card trick is a great close-up routine and an excellent way to introduce yourself to the art of magic.

This floating match trick is a popular close-up trick that captivates audiences.

It’s a simple magic trick to perform and amazing to watch, and it only takes a few minutes to learn and construct.

This trick involves only a few items: a matchstick or tiny magic wand and a card, playing cards (any playing card will do), and some secret thread.

With some preparation and practice, people will wonder how you’re doing this fantastic trick.

This article takes a look at the floating match-on-card trick!


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Floating Match on Card Magic Trick
Floating Match on Card Magic Trick

Floating Match Magic Trick

Here’s an easy magic trick you can learn and perform that will have a great effect and amaze your friends!


The Effect:

The magician places a match on a playing card.

Suddenly the match begins to rise and float away from the card. Another playing card is pushed under the floating match, showing that nothing holds it.

The match is handed out to your audience for examination.

NOTE: You can replace the match for young children with a tiny magic wand made of paper.

Everything is supplied below.


The Secret:

This floating match-on-card magic trick is a fun and visual trick done with one match.

This match floating on a card is a simple magic routine to learn but provides excellent entertainment for everyone.

The secret behind this amazing mystery is a thin piece of invisible thread wrapped around a regular playing card.

You can purchase invisible thread on Amazon for just a few dollars.

Here's a quick look at what you'll need.


Supplies You'll Need:

Supplies you'll need for the floating match on card trick

Items you'll need to perform this easy magic trick:

  • Playing Card

  • Tape

  • Scissors

  • Invisible Thread or clear thread

  • Match or Tiny Magic Wand

Let's dive in and learn how to make and perform the trick step-by-step.


Instructions: Step-by-Step

An incredible magic trick that can be done anywhere and requires little prep work, here are the steps:

  1. Tape one end of the invisible string in one of the corners of the playing card

  2. Wrap the invisible thread around the long edge playing card 5 or 6 times

  3. Tape the other end of the string to the card

  4. Place the match in the centre of the playing card to lay over the invisible thread wrapped around the card.

  5. Slowly squeeze and bend the playing card with your thumb and fingers. The match will appear to float.

  6. Carefully take a different card and push it underneath the match to show it's floating.

  7. Unbend the card slowly to let the match return to the card's surface.

  8. Take a bow!



Here are photos for how to do the Floating Match on Card Trick:


Where to find Invisible Thread

It's no secret that magicians are some of the most secretive people.

Invisible thread is a staple in any magician's kit. While it may not technically be "invisible," it is just about as close to it as possible.

It's perfect for various fantastic magic tricks, including animating objects like cards or coins and making things appear to float.

But while the invisible thread is perhaps one of the most valuable items in a magician's toolkit, it can be hard to find—especially if you don't know where to look.

There are a few places you can find invisible thread.

The first is your local magic shop— You could also try a costume shop—they may not sell the kind of invisible thread magicians use. The most accessible place to purchase invisible thread is online.


Tips & Advice

Here are a few tips and tricks for performing the Floating Match on Card magic trick and making the card gimmick.

#1: Practice. The move you need to make is simple, but it can be hard at first to make it look natural in the beginning. Practice the action a few times in front of the mirror before trying it with your audience.

#2: Alternatives: Consider using alternatives to playing cards, like business cards, photos, or event-name badges. It's a great way to add a unique touch and connection to your audience.

#3: Break out of the box! The standard version of this trick involves moving a match but don't be afraid to experiment with different items for fun! A tiny magic wand makes an excellent alternative for younger magicians. We've included a sample below.

#4: Presentation: Remember that all great magic tricks are about connection and a good story, not props and gadgets. Be sure that you have a reason for performing this magic trick—like maybe you're surprising someone special.


Match Alternative

You can make a tiny magic wand by cutting off the end of the match and drawing in a magic wand with a marker. Alternatively, you can use lollipop sticks in the same way.

Floating Tiny Magic Wand on a Playing Card
Tiny magic wand alternative



The floating match on card magic trick is a great beginner's effect for those just starting in card magic. It is easy to learn, and you can add it to your existing routines.

You will need to purchase some invisible thread or make some yourself.

The invisible thread will loosen over time and performances, make a few extra cards and have them ready.

The floating match is a wonderful trick to show your friends.

With this trick, you can improve your skills in card magic. You only need essential tools and practice to do it perfectly.

Have fun performing this incredible magic trick, and don't forget to check out these great tricks.


That's It!

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Magician and Illusionist Ryan Joyce

​Ryan Joyce is the Executive Director of the Ontario OWOW Magic Festival. Ryan is a professional magician, entertainer and speaker who has performed over 5000+ shows worldwide. He has appeared on Penn & Teller's Fool Us, Canada's Got Talent and every Canadian national television network. He has over 10+ million views on YouTube, Facebook and social media and is trusted by Fortune 500 companies to deliver world-class performance.

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