Satya Sai Baba's paternal uncle (father's younger brother, Chinna Venkappa Raju) was a magician and it was he who taught him magic tricks. The first trick which Satya Sai Baba performed at his school was to take out pencils, rubber, sweets etc., from an empty bag and surprise his class-fellows and teachers. Then since he did not have the idea of acting as an avatar of god, he explained these tricks as done by nature gods like other magicians. The fact that one needs a bag to produce things is because it is a trick bag. He also collected double value for these materials from his class-mates.
Effect: Creating things out of an empty bag.
Props: Trick-bag and the objects you want to produce.
Method: Hide the objects you want to produce in the second part of the bag and close it. Then show the bag to the audience by pulling out the inside to prove that it is empty. Then chant incantations, while pulling the centre partition to the other side and start producing things.
Experiment - 59
Effect: Throwing flowers on the ground which forms into letters "Sai Baba".
The second trick which Satya Sai Baba demonstrated was to throw a basket of Jasmine flowers on the floor which formed into the Telugu letters "Sai Baba" to prove that he was the incarnation of Shirdi Sai Baba. The humour of this is that while Shirdi Sai Saba knew only Marathi and Hindi, Satya Sai Baba knows only Telugu. So he could manifest only Telugu words.
Props: Colourless adhesive, a brush, Jasmine flowers and a fan.
Method: Prior to the show, draw the words on the floor or carpet with the adhesive. Put on the fan and throw Jasmine flowers on that part. The Jasmine will stick to the adhesive and form the words. The other flowers get blown aside by the fan.
Experiment - 60
Effect: Creating necklace from no where. (Satya Sai Baba moves his empty hands in a circle and produces necklaces.)
Method: Keep the necklace under the armpit inside the sleeves. Show the hand empty, move the hands in a circle two or three times, just hold the fingers towards the palm and release the necklace from the arm-pit. It will fall into your palm and thus enable you to produce it.
Experiment - 61
Effect: Producing lockets, talismans, medals, rings etc.
Props: Lockets, talismans, medals, rings etc., which you can palm.
Method: Palm them before hand, wave your hand in circles and produce them as you produce vibhuti.
Experiment - 62
Effect: Producing Akshata (coloured rice). [Satya Sai Baba waves his hands in circles and sprinkles the rice on the head of the devotee]
Props: Coloured rice and thumb tip; paraffin wax.
Method: Place the thumb tip with rice on your thumb, circle your hands two or three times, release the thumb tip to your palm and sprinkle the rice on the head of the volunteer.
Another Method: Melt paraffin wax and soak the rice in it and take out and dry. Make a ball of this rice and because of wax coating it will stick together.
Palm it and after circling the hand two or three times bring the ball to your fingers and crush it and sprinkle it on the head of the volunteer.
Experiment - 63
Effect: Flower petals transformed into lockets, toffee etc.
Props: Flower petals, lockets, toffee etc.
Method: Cover the materials to be produced with flower petals. As if throwing the flower petals, also throw the materials hidden among the flower petals.
Experiment - 64
Effect: Nectar, honey, oil, etc., flowing from the photographs of Satya Sai Baba in the homes of his devotees.
Props: A bottle with one of the liquids, a framed photograph, a mantap, tube connection from the bottle to the frame with a tap.
Method: The bottle with honey, nectar or oil etc., is hidden in the frame or mantap with a tube at the back of the framed photo leading to the front of the glass. When the tap is opened, honey, nectar, oil etc., flows down the glass.
To expose this miracle, watch carefully to see how much honey is forming and falling into the plate kept below the photograph and find out if it is just some honey etc., poured on the glass. If honey is flowing down from the photograph, remove the photograph from its place and you can find the source of the flow.
Experiment – 65
Effect: Holy Ash forming on the photographs of Satya Sai Baba in the home of his devotees. Vibhuti is seen formed on framed photographs.
Props: Perfumed vibhuti, framed photograph, Kanji water (rice water) fresh water and a plate.
Method: Make a dough of vibhuti in Kanji water (starch water from rice porridge - Congee) and spray it on the glass of the photo. Allow it to dry. Once it is dried repeat this once again, spraying the vibhuti on the first coat. Allow it to dry.
When a fan is working, the ash on the photographs sprayed with water flies in the air which makes people believe that ash is forming on the photo and falling down. Also keep some dry vibhuti below to make people believe that it is the ash that is forming and falling.
To examine whether vibhuti is really forming on the glass of the framed photograph, remove the portion of the ash which has already formed on the photograph and you will see that it does not form again on the scraped portion.
Experiment – 66
Effect: Producing larger objects from sand.
Satya Sai Baba has created an 18" gold Krislma idol and a Bhagavad Gita book from sand. He goes near the river bank, selects a place, and sits there with his devotees in a circle around him. He makes a heap of sand, puts his hand inside the sand and brings out objects which are impossible to palm.
Props: The object which you want to produce.
Method: Hide an object in the sand well in advance and mark the place. Walk about as if you are searching for a place to sit and in the end select the marked spot. Make a small mound of sand and insert your hand in it and take out the hidden object as if you have created it
Experiment – 67
Effect: Holy ash from an empty wooden vessel.
On Shivarathri day Satya Sai Baba takes a wooden vessel containing vibhuti and empties it on the head of the Shirdi Sai Baba statue. After showing it empty, he puts his hand through the neck of the vessel and out flows vibhuti for several minutes. He first uses his right hand, then the left hand, and again the right hand.
Props: A vessel with a big belly and a neck through which the hand can pass easily. Vibhuti, water and a bottle which can also pass through the neck. A robe with double sleeves and some thread or rubber bands
Method: Mix the vibhuti in water into a dough and fill it in the vessel. Press it with the bottle so that the dough adheres to the sides of the vessel and the centre portion is empty. Allow it to dry. Fill the centre portion with dry vibhuti and tie them with a thread or rubber band so that it does not fall out.
Show the vessel with vibhuti. Turn it over and let the vibhuti fall on the idol or statue. Show it empty. Now hold the vessel with mouth up, put your right arm into the vessel, at the same time releasing the vibhuti from the sleeve into the vessel. Turn the vessel slowly and allow the vibhuti to fall out through your hand. When the flow stops, remove your arm and show the vessel is empty. Now hold the top up and put your left hand in, releasing the vibhuti hidden in the left sleeve. Then turn the vessel over and let the vibhuti slowly fall through your left hand until it is empty. Now remove your left hand, insert your right hand and slowly scrape the vibhuti placed on the sides of the vessel. Thus you can create more vibhuti than the vessel appears to hold .