My friend Leigh performing Color Bar Illusion


This is a fun way to teach LANGUAGE with magic.  Here you utilize language in a way to make people believe they have a free choice to choose any color on the board, when in reality they only have one choice: the color RED, which matches the prediction on the back.



“As you can see, there are 6 colors on this board, and I will predict the color you end up with…. Can you choose a number from 1-6?”

If they choose 1, you spell o-n-e from bottom-up to get to the RED, and show your prediction on the flip side of the board (follow the color chart on photo above);

If they say 2,  you do the same: spell t-w-o from bottom-up;

With 3, you count 1-2-3 from bottom up, to get to the RED;

With 4, you count DOWN 4 blocks to the RED;

With 5, you spell f-i-v-e (from top);

And with 6, you spell s-i-x from bottom up.

So… no matter what number they give you, you always end up on red, which matches your prediction on the back!


Discussion points for students:

Why did the demonstrator keep going to red?

Up to what numbers can you use to keep going to red?

Let’s have students draw their own color schemes….do you always have to use the same colors?

Can there be different colors used? Why or why not?



Make your own color board, or get one from our classroom teaching kit (4 tricks included).

Gain students' attention ... and KEEP it with MAGIC!

Gain students’ attention … and KEEP it with MAGIC!


Performing magic is contagious, as it gets superb reactions from the kids….and you’ll want to try more of these on my other posts!

Try this with your own kids, or your students, and you’ll see that you can teach science with magic, or teach math with magic, and even teach language with magic as well!  Another version of this is found in Pick a card, any card page.



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