Magicians have performed the boomerang illusion for almost as long as psychologists have studied it. Over the past century, a wide variety of versions of this illusion has been published and marketed under many different names. The oldest known reference to the Jastrow illusion as a magic trick is from a 1916 book by Will Goldston.

Magicians have over the past century been creative in seeking ways to incorporate the Jastrow illusion in their repertoire. The boomerang illusion has seen many interpretations and is, without a doubt, the most famous piece of magic based on an optical illusion. Magicians often lament that performing this optical illusion as an effect is not magic. This lack of magic is true in the sense that these tricks will not ‘kill’ or ‘fry’ your audience, but it certainly can create a magical experience.

Magicians tend to underestimate the power of the Jastrow illusion magic trick. Its use in magic is limited to children’s entertainers and magic kits. This illusion is more powerful than it seems at first sight. A recent viral video shows that its deceptive power is as strong as it was when first discovered almost 150 years ago.

If you are interested in knowing everything about this trick then purchase The Jastrow Illusion in Magic: A Treatise on the Boomerang Illusion. Click on the banner below to download the Jastrow Illusion template.

 

Ideal Jastrow / Boomerang illusion based on Imai (1960)

Ideal Jastrow / Boomerang illusion based on Imai (1960)