If you have been around a while you have seen the “Google Magic Trick” on YouTube. One of the more popular ones is hosted over at DarkArtsMedia. It is a really neat effect where you can take and vanish the letters in the Google name. I have looked at that trick for a while now and seen problems with it though.
Think about these issues:
For one thing the title bar doesn’t say Google. This is a dead giveaway that you are not really on Google but on another site altogether. Another issue is that it doesn’t use the Google icon in the page. So if you try to bookmark it you get a totally different icon even if you call it “Google”
To me the worst problem of all was that there is no where you can go for really good advice on how to perform the trick. Sure there are lots of people blogging about it, but no where do you find really good instructions on the trick. With these things in mind I decided to fix the problems and create my own version of the effect.
Instead of making you buy something to teach you how to do the trick I am going to teach you right here how to perform it. The trick works with flash-based animation. Make sure the browser you are using has flash installed and enabled. When you begin go to gloeg.com and bookmark it to your toolbar. Name it “Google”. When you do that in your tool bar you will see the correct icon and the correct name. When you perform this version of the trick you will see that the title bar originally will say the correct name and have the right icon despite it being on a totally different URL.
Now that you have the bookmark on your tool bar you are ready to practice the effect. When you click on the bookmark the fake page will appear. No click once anywhere on the screen with your mouse and you have about 1 second to cover the first “o” before it vanishes. Once it does remove your hand and show the person. You then have 3 more seconds before the other letters move. Make sure your hand covers the letters while they move.
Once the letters have moved you can remove your hand and show the person. At this time you can also show them the title bar and URL which show “gloeg.com”, To return to the actual Google home page click anywhere on the screen, making sure to cover the gloeg first. The screen will refresh to the real search page. Special note: Make sure you are not signed into Gmail or any other account with Google when you do this trick, if you are it might end differently when you return to their main page.
That is how it’s done!