Were rods changed into snakes in Ex. 7?

Did the magicians in Ex. 7 really have power, or were they just clever magicians? Were their “rods” real rods that changed into snakes, or was this a good trick? If it was a trick, how might it have been performed?

It is not only possible that the Egyptian magicians performed a clever trick, it is very likely. Some magicians are familiar with a very clever “snake trick.” At least one type of snake can essentially be “paralyzed” and for all intents and purposes it seems the serpent is stiff like a rod. When the serpent is released (an easy thing to do), it becomes active. This trick would actually make a snake appear to change from a rod to a serpent. Modern magicians have done a similar thing with rods (canes), supposedly changing them into various items.

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