The Magic Lunch Bag

You will never go hungry again with this awesome trick that gives new meaning to the term “instant food!”

How it looks:

“I’m a very economical person, so economical in fact that I never buy myself lunch. I always bring my own with me.” You pull a folded-up paper bag out of your pocket. “Now I know this paper bag looks empty, but what you have to understand is that this is no ordinary lunch bag; this is a magic egg bag. Whenever I get hungry, all I need to do is reach into this bag and an egg magically appears.”

You unfold the bag, reach inside and pull out an egg. “Mmm, I love hard-cooked eggs, but I like them even more with a pinch of salt.” You reach in the bag and pull out a salt shaker. “It’s remarkable, and portable!”

You fold the bag back up and put it back in your pocket. Then you peel your hard-cooked egg and start eating it while your audience is still in wonder. You ask them “Would you like a bite?”

What you need:

  • 1 paper bag (lunch bag size)
  • 1 hard-cooked egg (see instructions for hard-cooking an egg below)
  • 1 small salt shaker
  • Scissors
  • Jacket or vest with a large front pocket (on the outside or the inside)


Hard-cook one egg.

This trick uses the natural folding of a paper bag to conceal the secret. To prepare the bag, cut a hole in it (see diagram 2 below) big enough to easily fit an egg through. Flatten out the bag (3), then fold the bag in half. Put the bag, a hard-cooked egg and a salt shaker in your large jacket pocket and you are ready to perform the trick.

How it works:

Take the folded paper bag out of your large jacket pocket. When you show the folded bag to your audience, the hole is concealed by the folds, and when you open the bag, you hold the hole toward your body so the audience cannot see it. Reach inside the bag and grab the egg out of your jacket through the hole in the bag. Do the same thing when you want to pull out the salt shaker, then fold the bag so the hole is covered again and return it to your pocket to end the trick.

Did you know…

Your body contains four to eight ounces of salt. Salt helps maintain the normal volume (amount) of blood in the body and also helps keep the correct balance of water in and around the body’s cells and tissues. That said, don’t pour salt all over your food; you get lots of “hidden” salt in many foods you eat!

Sources: Adapted from Bill Severn’s Best Magic, 50 Top Tricks to Entertain and Amaze your Friends on all Occasions – Bill Severn, 1990.