Secrets of Stage Magic, Lesson 5

There are two approaches to the classic “disappearing ice cube” illusion:

Method One: Place ice cube on conjuring table. Distract audience with engaging patter for a few moments, long enough for concealed bird to pull ice cube into sleeve.

Method Two: Place ice cube on conjuring table. Distract audience with engaging patter for at least three hours, then reveal that ice cube has been replaced by water.

Bruce O. gives away the trick: “How does our pet Dusky-Headed Conure named “Scoop” keep her cool in this kind of weather? By hangin’ out in her sack and lickin’ on an ice cube!”



  1. Leilani says:

    My husband’s Timneh African Grey prefers her ice cubes accompanied by rum and coke! (It’s a real fight to keep her head out of his glass!)

  2. My Gray prefers popsicles, and my Pionus goes for the ice cream. Has nothing to do with the weather, they’re just after the taste and texture

  3. Guess I should be grateful my cats only want to drink my water. 🙂

  4. Gorgeous colors!

  5. Scoop also tries to drink rum and/or coke and/or wine or anything else that is sweet tasting. We try (sometimes unsuccessfully) to keep her away from anything besides healthy juices.

  6. Thanks, Mary! That’s the thing I like best about the picture, too.

  7. Leilani says:

    Our birds (Ariel the Timneh and Justin the U2) both love ice cream–which, of course, birds are not supposed to eat because they’re not mammals. My husband’s theory is that milk fat is addictive for all animals whether mammal, avian, or reptilian. My bird is particularly fond of Breyer’s Mint Chocolate Chip–LOL!

  8. Leilani says:

    I agree!

  9. galahsrock says:

    What is it with parrots and trying to “share” our food? My sun conure, Ollie, just eats/drinks anything I do, which makes it hard to eat sometimes, since he tries to stick his head in my mouth and steal my food. He especially loves craisins and almond butter. That, and my parakeet likes to attack my cheerios with his toy axe. My conure is a food thief, my budgie is a cereal killer. Gosh, what would we do without our parrots? 😀

  10. lisaLASSIE says:

    You let your parakeet yield an axe? What are you thinking?????