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HOW TO PERFORM ACROBATIC GLASSES What your friends think they see:

What really happens:

The object of the simple looking game is to have three glasses or cups on the table and give your friends three simple rules. 1. Using both hands you must turn two cups at a time. 2. You can only do that three times. 3. At the end of the three turns, the three cups must end up with all their mouths facing up. You then demonstrate what you want them to do and give them a chance to try. It will be impossible for them to duplicate your actions, so all the glasses end up mouth up.

The reason they will never be able to duplicate what you did is that you will secretly have them start with the cups in a completely different orientation that will look similar but will never be noticed the first few times you do it. I have done this for a group of people more than 10 times in a row and nobody caught on.

STEP 1 Start with the three cups in a row on the table as seen in Photo 1. Mouth-down, mouth-up, mouth-down.

Practice this a bunch of times so you can do it without thinking. First two cups‌ two end cups‌ first two cups. That is all you must remember.

STEP 2 Turn the first two cups over

STEP 3 Turn the two outer cups over

STEP 4 Turn the first two cups over as seen in Photo 4. You will notice that all the cups are now mouth-up.

TO START Before we get to the scam you will need to learn how to turn the cups and win the game.

STEP 5 This is the devious part that will make it impossible for them to replicate your actions and result. Turn the center cup mouth-down as in Photo 5 and have them try. It will be impossible. Even if they remember what you did and do it the same way, the best they could do is have all the cups mouth-down.

The secret lies in the fact that you will always start with the cups as in Photo 1 while all your friends will start with the cups seen in Photo 5. Although you can use paper and plastic cups, it is more deceptive with clear cups. You can repeat this as many times as you like with little chance of anyone noticing the different starting positions. This really is a fun game/scam.

Meir Yedid is an award-winning magician and writer. He is also the CEO of MyMagic and Gambling Incorporated. You can reach him at MeirYedid.com RivertownMagazine.com / 105

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