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Floating Ring on Pencil Magic Trick

Updated: May 17

Making an object float is VERY magical!! In this post we'll learn the floating ring on pencil magic trick PLUS download everything you need to perform this easy miracle at home!

a ring floats up a pencil with the words "Floating Ring" in the background
Learn this easy and amazing magic trick for beginners!


Floating Ring on Pencil Magic Trick

This trick is elegantly simple yet strikingly visual. It's also very easy to perform and a great beginner magic trick!

Here's how to do it!

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The Effect

The magician borrows a ring from an audience member and slides it onto a pencil.

Suddenly, the ring begins to rise and float up the pencil.

At the magician's command, the ring stops and floats back down. The ring is handed back (with huge applause!)

Watch: Floating Ring on Pencil

Here's how it's done:

There is a secret string attached to the pencil and the magician.

Tightened and loosened, the string will raise and lower the ring.

The string is tightened by the magician moving their body away or toward the pencil.

A pencil with a thread attached to it that guides the ring up the pencil
The secret is a piece of thread the audience never sees

Supplies You'll Need

Here is what you'll need to perform this magic trick:


Instruction: Step-by-Step

Let's look at the step-by-step instructions to perform this easy, beginner magic trick!

How to make the Pencil gimmick

  1. Download and print the Vanishing Pencil Template

  2. Cut out a pencil from the template

  3. Roll the cut-out around a pencil

  4. Glue the cut-out to hold it together

Caution: Always use caution when using sharp objects like scissors

How to perform the Floating Ring on Pencil

  1. Attach the safety pin and string to you.

  2. Hold the pencil with the thread at the top

  3. Place the ring on the pencil

  4. Pull your body away from the pencil to make the ring rise

  5. Bring your body toward the pencil to make the ring lower

  6. Remove the ring and return to the spectator

Note: Moving your body instead of your hand makes this appear more magical. Try to avoid moving your hand to make the ring lower or raise.


How to Make the Pencil Gimmick

Here is how easy it is to make the pencil gimmick. Follow the steps below:


How to Float the Ring: Photo Explanation

Attach the safety pin and thread in a place that the audience can't see.

The length of the thread will vary from person to person. My thread length was 13 inches or 33 cm.

a ring appears to float up a pencil
The ring appears to float up the pencil
a close-up of the thread that pull the ring up the pencil
Here's a close-up of the thread that pull the ring up the pencil
A side view showing the ring being pulled up the pencil
Side View: String pulls the ring up the pencil


Video Explanation

Watch the full Explanation of the Floating Ring on Pencil Magic Trick:


Tips & Advice

  • Wear dark clothes

  • Be aware of your angles

  • Keep your hand still; moving your body to lower and raise the ring will look more magical.


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