Sooty and Sweep are two of the most beloved puppet characters in British entertainment history. The mischievous duo has been entertaining children and adults alike for over six decades with their playful antics, catchy tunes, and mesmerizing magic tricks. If you’re a fan of Sooty and Sweep and want to learn magic tricks that you can perform with your own puppet, then you’re in the right place. We’ll recommend some of the best magic tricks for puppets and props that could be used by a puppet like Sooty.
Card Tricks Card tricks are a classic form of magic that never fails to impress. As a puppet, you can perform card tricks by having your human assistant hold a deck of cards and ask an audience member to choose a card. Your assistant can then show the card to the audience and return it to the deck. As a puppet, you can then make the chosen card magically appear somewhere else, like in your puppet’s pocket or in a hat.
Vanishing Object Trick The vanishing object trick is another classic magic trick that can be easily performed by a puppet like Sooty and Sweep. For this trick, you will need a small object like a coin or a ball. Your human assistant can hold the object and show it to the audience. You can then make the object magically disappear by covering it with your puppet’s hand or hat.
Levitation Trick The levitation trick is one of the more advanced magic tricks for puppets that you can perform, but it can be done by a puppet with the right props. You will need a small piece of wire and a lightweight object like a feather or a small ball. Your puppet can hold the wire and the object, and your assistant can hold the other end of the wire. Your puppet can then make the object appear to levitate by moving the wire up and down.
Multiplying Balls Trick The multiplying balls trick is a classic magic trick that involves making multiple balls appear and disappear. For this trick, you will need two or three small balls. Your puppet can hold the balls and make them disappear and reappear by hiding them in its hands or under a hat.
Silk Scarf Trick The silk scarf trick is a simple yet impressive magic trick that involves making a silk scarf disappear and reappear. For those silk magic tricks, you will need a silk scarf and a small bag or pouch. Your puppet can hold the scarf and place it in the bag or pouch. It can then make the scarf disappear and reappear by pulling it out of its pocket or hat.
Lost Treasure – This little box can easily be handled by the puppet and will make coins appear, vanish or change in value.
Small Sponge Balls – Sponge balls don’t have to be a big complex routine. Your puppet can be holding a ball. It hands the ball to a child and then vanishes a second one, only for both to appear in the child’s hand.
Small Cups and Balls – Choose a small set like the Royal Magic cups and balls, and your puppet can easily do the basic routine where the balls drop from the middle cup to the bottom, one at a time.
Svengali Deck – Your puppet hardly needs to hold the deck at all. Just have a spectator cut the deck and look at a card before losing it. Now the puppet tells the spectator to deal out cards until it waves its’ hand. It’s stopped at the spectator’s card!
Appearing Wand – A small appearing wand can be held by the puppet and made to appear in a very magical way.
Appearing Cake – A cake pan is empty, but with some magic, the puppet makes a huge cake appear.
Mirror Box – The box is shown empty, but the puppet makes lots of coloured silks or money appear inside.
Change Bag – You can hold the change bag whilst the puppet puts things inside and makes them change.
Princess Card Trick – The cards are placed on a table, and the spectator’s card magically disappears.
Dicey Dots – The puppet makes all the spots on some dice vanish, only to appear on the puppet’s little magic wand.
In conclusion, magic tricks are a great way to entertain and impress audiences, especially when performed by a puppet like Sooty and Sweep. With the right props and a little practice, you can perform these classic magic tricks and leave your audience amazed and delighted. So, grab your puppets, gather your props, and get ready to wow the crowd with your magical skills!