Magic trick reverso: putting the tablecloth back on the table!

Magician Mat Ricardo writes in regarding this morning's post showing a motorcycle (seemingly) pulling the tablecloth out from beneath a very long table's-worth of place settings: "Here's what I do - for 20 years-ish I've been finishing nmy cabaret act by putting the tablecloth back on the table, underneath all the stuff. Took me years to invent, and I'm the only person in the world performing this trick. Maybe I need to get out more, but what can I say - it's a living!"

You can see the gag around 2:15 in the video, but it's well worth watching the whole thing. I was gutted to learn that I missed Mat last weekend when I took the kid down to Covent Garden in London to see the performers, but I'm looking forward to catching his act next time we head down.

Mat Ricardo showreel (Thanks, Mat!)


  1. cool trick, but he’s not the only one

    I saw an old guy doing the reverse table cloth thing on German TV a while ago

    apparently he’s some sort of famous German TV personality with a sideline in magic tricks?

  2. Chuffed to the point of girlish glee at being posted on BB, I’d be remiss if I didn’t pendantically point out that I’m not a magician, I’m a juggler. Magic is all about secrets and hidden techniques – what I do is the opposite – there’s no secrets – it’s all exactly as you see it – just object manipulation, dexterity and nice suits.

    Anyway, hope you all like the video

    Mat Ricardo

    1. Totally unrelated, but:
      The bit in the park, is that in Hanover, Germany?
      Because I think I saw your show there at the ‘Kleines Fest im Großen Garten’.

  3. This is pretty awesome, and definitely a worthy “Wonderful Thing” for the blog, thanks!

  4. Fantastic! The only thing more amazing than that perfect finish is that no one else has lifted it from you.

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