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Magic tricks that are possible or maybe they are not

At the end of July the world-famous illusionists André and Tim Kole performed in Tallinn for the first time. In co-operation with the organisers of the performance children staying in sheltered accomodation had the opportunity to attend the performance that took place in the Nokia Concert Hall.

The illusionists performed tricks that made the audience gasp – they made the Statue of Liberty/ War of Independence Victory Column disappear from the stage, a beautiful assistant floated through a steel sheet, sword blades were crammed through a pyramid etc.

The children were most thrilled by a trick where one of the illusionists asked a few 8 to 11 years old children up on the stage. Although he asked for up to five children, more of them came, but the illusionist found a role for everyone on the stage and now the bravest of our children can say that they have stood on the stage together with a world-famous magician. Then he poured water from a glass into a vase and put the vase upside down on top of a boy’s head. Then Kole "drilled” a hole in the boy’s forehead, attached a tap there and poured the water from the vase back into the glass. The children thought that the illusionists did completely impossible things – for example they took coins unexpectedly out of nowhere, even from a man’s nose. Kole walked on water, but that is also impossible!

The performance of the illusionists had a stunning impression on the children. On the entire way back home they discussed on the bus how these tricks worked and how it was possible and the children wondered jokingly whether the artist knew himself what exactly and how did he do all that. Puzzling and discussion over the tricks continued until they reached home.

This evening gave the children incentive to learn and try it by themselves, the next day some of the children went to the library to find a book there that would explain about the secrets of doing magic tricks.

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