A seemingly empty and crushed soda can is picked up and shown to the audience. The can is held by the magician who gently rubs the top of the can, resealing it.
The soda can is then slowly shaken back and forward where it is seen and heard to be restoring itself to it's original shape, right in front of the spectator's eyes.
The can is then opened and fizzy soda poured into a glass which can then be drank. Amazing reaction is often had from the audience by this cool street magic trick.
How To Do The Illusion :
For this trick. you will need the following, easy to find objects. A full can of soda, ( try and use a type of soda that is quite fizzy such as Coke or Fanta ), a thumb tack and a white board marker
Make a small hole in the can with the thumb tack. The hole should be approximately one third down from the top of the can ( the end with the ring pull). Carefully empty out some of the fizzy drink, by tipping the can and squeezing it gently so that the can looks crushed.
Color in a portion of the top of the can with a whiteboard marker so that you have a black mark which looks like the can has been opened.
Perform trick as follows. Pick up the "empty" can and show your spectators the can, making sure that they see the can top so that they are convinced that the can has been opened. Give top a magic rub remove ink and to "seal" the can.
Next, holding the can in one hand, make sure that the small hole in the side is covered by a finger or thumb. Tilt the can from side to side. This will shake the contents, causing the fizzy gas inside the can to expand and re inflate the can. The can can visibly be seen and heard to be repairing itself.
Now, casually pull the ring pull to open the can which as long as the hole in the side of the can is still covered, should open with a reassuring swish noise. The drink inside can now be poured into a glass for you or your audience to taste.
Don't be fooled by the simplicity of the impromptu trick. As mentioned above, the effectiveness owes a lot to your performance and timing.
For instance the prepared can could be left somewhere before you arrive there, such as on a bar table where you are meeting friends soon.
The possibilities are endless. This further adds to the impression that the stunt is totally off the cuff and unrehearsed.