How Dynamo Turns a Paper Butterfly To Life

Dynamo, Revealed, Tutorial

Dynamo does a pretty insane trick here with Natalie Imbruglia, a judge from X-Factor, where he takes a display butterfly (made of paper) off of the wall, holds it in his hand, and turns it into real life.

It looks surreal and we’re going to reveal how it’s done today.

What does it look like?

First, Dynamo sits down at an empty club with Natalie Imbruglia. On the wall beside them are a bunch of butterflies made of paper and stuck to the wall for decoration.


Dynamo grabs one off of the wall and places it in Natalie’s hands.

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He then blows on the butterfly and it jumps right into his hand. He then cups it and blows on it some more.

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When he opens his hands, it turns to real life and flies away.

As it flies away, all of the butterflies on the wall jump off and fly away with it.

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The effect is amazing.

Revealed: So how does he do it?

First of all, the butterflies have been set up there before the trick. He didn’t just randomly sit down, see a butterfly on the wall, and decide to turn it into real life. It was set up there by he and his crew.

Making it jump into his hand

When he takes one and places it on Natalie’s hands, he uses invisible thread to make it jump into his hand.

This is what invisible thread looks like.

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It’s invisible even at a close thread.

In the trick, the thread has been attached from the beginning. It’s attached to his shirt button, and on the butterfly.

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All he has to do is hook the string with his left hand. After he does, all he has to do is pull on the string to make it look like it’s jumping into his hand.

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So he catches the paper butterfly in his left hand, and he grabs a prepared real butterfly with his right hand.

When he brings his hands together, he simply palms the paper butterfly and holds the real one in his hands.

At this point the real butterfly is now in his hands and he blows on them to make it look like he’s transforming it.

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Then he opens his hands and can simply dump the fake one when the spectator isn’t looking.

When he opens his hands, the real butterfly is revealed and it flies away. When it flies away, ALL the butterflies on the wall come to life and fly away with it, creating an amazing effect.

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How do all the butterflies come to life??

They don’t.

If you watch the video in slow motion, you’ll see that they all just drop off to the ground.

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Again, that is done with invisible thread. Most likely a crew member assistant has done the pulling as it would require a greater pull to snap all of them off.

Then, all that’s left is having a concealed assistant releasing some real butterflies in the commotion.

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The trick fooled Natalie and it can trick anybody really. It’s a truly amazing effect, which you know by now isn’t that difficult to pull off.

Anybody can do it with just a little bit of practice, and the right set up.

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