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Easy Magic Tricks That You Can Learn and...
If you're a beginner and want to learn easy magic tricks, you've come to right place.
Our Guide to the World's Easiest Card Trick
I've looked at a lot of easy card tricks and I think that this one is the best. I've never seen it published anywhere, but I learned it when I was about nine. I've showed and taught this one to lots of beginners and it never fails to impress. I hope that you have fun with it.
Simple Magic: The 22 Best Card Tricks for...
Among the many card magic tricks that we have explained in our library of easy tricks, here are my favorites, along with instructions for what I consider to be the very best and greatest for beginners and kids. With these card magic tricks, beginners and kids will be quickly performing magic as these tricks are free of complicated moves.
The 10 Best Magicians of Our Time
Who are the top ten magicians in history? Learn more about the top ten magicians.
38 Easy Magic Tricks for Beginners and Kids
If you want to learn easy magic tricks, you've come to right place.
50 Balloon Animals You Can Learn to Make
On this page, you'll learn how to make a variety of animal balloons: dogs, hats, swords, jet packs, and lots of balloon animals - a practical balloon zoo.
Easy Magic Tricks for Young Kids to Learn and...
Here are some easy magic tricks that kids can learn that are simple and only require materials that you find around the house.
2 Magic Ways to Levitate a Playing Card
Here is probably the best easy floating card trick for beginners and kids. It all happens courtesy of a gimmick that you can make and I offer instructions here.
16 Super Simple Magic Tricks for Kids
Among the many easy magic tricks that I teach here at Magic.About.com, there are many that I feel are particularly good for young kids to learn and perform. In general, the magic tricks have to be easy understand, simple to learn and perform and employ materials that kids and parents have around the house. So here, in my opinion, are the best easy magic tricks for kids.
The Rising Card
If you want to learn easy magic tricks, you've come to right place. Page 4.
Easy Magic Tricks: The Levitating Ring
If you're a beginner and want to learn easy magic tricks, you've come to right place. Page 2.
The Vanishing Toothpick
If you want to learn easy magic tricks, you've come to right place. Page 3.
The Spoon Bend
If you want to learn easy magic tricks, you've come to right place. Page 7.
Easy Magic Tricks With Playing Cards
With just a deck of cards, you have lots of magic options. Among the many card tricks that we have explained in our library of easy tricks, here are our favorites.
Easy Magic Trick: How to Do the Levitating Ring...
In this easy magic trick. A finger ring that's resting on a pencil mysteriously levitates on its own. There's some preparation involved, but you should have fun with this one.
Easy Magic Trick: How to Float and Spin a...
Learn how to float and spin a playing card in mid air and then cause it to rise up to your hand. Follow our easy instructions and you'll soon be performing this miracle.
The Magnetic Hand
If you're a beginner and want to learn easy magic tricks, you've come to right place.
Easy Magic Tricks: The Magnetic Pencil 2
If you're a beginner and want to learn easy magic tricks, you've come to right place. Page 6.
Sawing a Lady in Half
Here are some easy tricks that kids can learn that are simple and only require materials that you find around the house. Page 8.
How to Make a Dog Balloon Animal in 8 Simple...
Here's how to twist a dog animal balloon. The dog balloon is a fundamental sculpture in the art of balloon twisting and balloon animals. Many animals balloons such as the deer and giraffe are variations on the dog balloon. And you'll find that the basics that you master when twisting a dog balloon, will apply to more difficult balloon sculptures.
Vanishing a Coin With Rings
Here's a great way to vanish a coin. Two rings and a playing card are shown on a table. The rings and coins are stacked on top of a coin. When a ring and the card is removed, the coin has completely vanished. The rings and cards are stacked back onto the coin and removed, and the coin returns. There's some preparation to perform this one, but it's visual and ultra-easy to perform. Page 8.
9 Easy Levitation Magic Tricks
To levitate something or somebody is to cause it to suddenly rise without physical means and seemingly break the laws of gravity. Magicians are known for levitating or floating small objects such as cards and finger rings in close-up magic, or can even levitate people, live animals or even cars and more in big stage illusions. Here are some simple magic tricks that will allow you to levitate objects, make them suspend or float in air or seemingly move on their own. Just like defying gravity.
You Can Thank Science for These 12 Awesome...
Science magic tricks look like
The Rubber Pencil
Here are some easy magic tricks that kids can learn that are simple and only require materials that you find around the house. Page 2.
The Vanishing Bead
Here are some easy tricks that kids can learn that are simple and only require materials that you find around the house. Page 9.
8 Fundamental Sleight of Hand Tricks Every...
Good card magic tricks rely on magic skill, specific moves, also known as
The Necklace
If you want to learn easy magic tricks, you've come to right place. Page 5.
Easy Magic Tricks: How to Do the Rising Card...
In this classic easy magic trick, you have a spectator select a card and then lose it in the deck. You rest your first finger on top of the deck and as you lift your finger, the spectator's card mysteriously rises with it.
Easy Magic Tricks: How to Do the Magnetic...
Here's a classic easy magic trick. You grab your wrist with your hand and a pencil appears to stick to your hand. When you let go, the pencil drops. At the end, your spectators can examine the pencil.
The Magnetic Pencil
Here are some easy magic tricks that kids can learn that are simple and only require materials that you find around the house.
Cold as Ice
Here are some easy tricks that kids can learn that are simple and only require materials that you find around the house. Page 7.
En Garde! How to Make Super Cool Balloon Swords
Want to learn how to make a balloon sword? Here are a collection of balloon swords that you can make. And we teach all of the techniques that you'll need to know.
The Jumping Rubberband
Here are some easy tricks that kids can learn that are simple and only require materials that you find around the house. Page 6.
Easy Magic Tricks: The Impossible Prediction
In this easy magic trick, you lay an envelope down onto the table and explain that there is a prediction written inside. You bring out a deck of cards, show the cards to be different and ask a spectator to name a number. Based on the freely named number, a card is selected. When the letter inside the envelope is opened and read, it states the exact card that was chosen. Page 2.
5 Easy (and Impressive) Magic Tricks for Kids
With just a deck of cards, a kid can quickly learn and perform one of our easy magic tricks with playing cards. Here are the best easy magic tricks with playing cards that are perfect for kids.
The Clipped Card
Here are some easy tricks that kids can learn that are simple and only require materials that you find around the house. Page 5.
Kids Will Love This Easy Magic Trick
In this easy magic trick, you cause a toothpick that you're holding in your hand to quickly vanish. At the end, you're holding your fingers wide apart.
Easy Mind Reading & Prediction Tricks
If you want to read minds or make a wild prediction that somehow comes true, here's a collection of easy tricks that you can learn and perform for your friends. You'll find some winners here. But hey, you already knew that, right?
The Jumping Paper Clips
Here are some easy tricks that kids can learn that are simple and only require materials that you find around the house. Page 4.
Easy Magic Trick: The Floating or Levitating Cup
This is a first rate floating cup trick for beginners and kids. It all happens courtesy of a gimmicked cup that you can easily make and a bit of an illusion with your hands when you perform the trick. I offer instructions here.
The Banana Buster
By executing an ultra secret ninja move, you magically cause a banana to separate into pieces while it is still inside the peel. This trick is an easy one that only requires a little preparation. And be sure that you're hungry so you can eat the banana when you're done. Page 21.
Perform an Easy Magic Trick Using Only a...
A rubber band mysteriously jumps from your pinkie and ring fingers to the first and middle fingers of the same hand and then back again. All you need is a rubberband.
Easy Magic Tricks for Kids: The Spoon Bend
Here's a classic trick that every smart aleck needs to know. You grab any spoon, press down on it with your hands and appear to bend the spoon. As your stunned spectators register what you just did (the gall of you!), you lift up the spoon and show that it is unbent, just as you found it.
Make Yourself Appear Psychic with This Easy...
This is an old classic that is based on a quirk in mathematics. You can read it to a friend and have them follow along.
The Spelling Trick: An Easy Card Trick You Must...
Here's a great card trick that I used to perform when I was just getting started in magic. It requires no sleight of hand, it's baffling and it's easy to learn and perform. I think it's one of the best card magic tricks for beginners.
Make an Easy Sword Balloon Animal with This...
Here's a different balloon animal sword that is drastically different from the others and among the easiest balloon sculptures to make. If you're a beginner, this is probably one of the first balloon animals you should attempt.
Cut and Restored String
If you're a beginner and want to learn easy magic tricks, you've come to right place. Page 11.
Easily Create 5 Flower Balloon Animals with...
Want to make a flower out of a balloons - a balloon flower? You can learn several variations here. The flower balloon animal is a cute, crowd-pleasing balloon animal/sculpture.
The Rising Ring
A ring that's threaded onto a rubberband mysteriously rises on its own accord. This one is super easy and all you need is a rubberband and a ring. There's almost no preparation. Page 23.
The Magic Coin Dish
If you're a beginner and want to learn easy magic tricks, you've come to right place. Page 10.
The Bill Roll
If you want to learn easy magic tricks, you've come to right place. Page 14.
The Impassable Corks
In this effect, you hold two wine corks that are seemingly interlocked, and somehow pull the corks through each other. It's a fast, visual trick that you can also perform with rolled dollar bills and other objects of roughly the same size as wine corks. Page 22.
Making a Spectator Select a Card - Version 1
Some card tricks rely on a technique that makes a spectator think that he has a free choice of selecting any card in the deck, but actually has a choice of only a single card. This technique makes use of a count and a clever switch of the positions of the cards. Page 2.
Dealing a Royal Flush
If you want to learn easy magic tricks, you've come to right place. Page 12.
Five Balloon Animals You Need to Know for Parties
If you want to entertain with balloon animals at a party, here are five balloon animals that you need to know how to make. Learn how to make these quickly and effortlessly, and you'll have the basics to entertain at a party or event.
Try This Fun, Easy Version of the "Sawing a...
Alright, this is not a version of the big stage illusion where a magician appears to saw a lady in half. But you can make this version out of an envelope and paper and it won’t cost you thousands of dollars. And you won’t even need a brave volunteer.
Easy Magic Tricks With Money and Coins
Here are easy magic tricks that you can perform with coins and money that are perfect for beginners.
Make Unique Balloon Hats for Any Occasion with...
Want to learn how to make hats out of balloons? On this page, we teach you how to make colorful balloon hats that will be great for party guests and favors.
Combine Science and Magic with This Cool Trick
In this science magic trick, you cause some water that you have poured into a cup to magically vanish, as if into thin air. This is one of those science magic tricks that is based on a scientific principle that you don’t tell spectators about, as opposed to being a demonstration of a scientific concept that appears to be magic.
Jumping Rubberband
A rubber band mysteriously jumps from your pinkie and ring fingers to the first and middle fingers of the same hand and then back again. All you need is a rubberband. Page 26.
That Thumb Thing
Here's an age-old trick that you can do anytime, anywhere. In an instant, you seemingly pull your thumb apart and then put it back together again. If you're an uncle or grandpa, you almost have to learn this trick to tease the kids. Page 19.
Easy Magic With Money
Easy Magic With Money. Magic & Illusion. Page 27.
Easy Magic Trick: How to Do the Magnetic Hand...
In this easy card magic trick, you somehow cause several playing cards to adhere to your hand as if it were a magnet. This one takes some preparation ahead of time, but the results are well worth it.
Finding a Spectator's Card
With just a deck of cards, you have lots of magic options. Among the many card tricks that we have explained in our library of easy tricks, here are our favorites. Page 5.
How to Make a Flower Balloon Animal
Flower Balloon Animal - Making the First Petal. Page 3.
Easy Magic Trick: How to Levitate or Float a...
Here's another easy magic trick that allows you to apparently float or levitate a playing card above your hand.
Learn How to Do This Easy Coin Trick
Here's a different way to make a coin disappear. Most of this trick relies on a clever gimmick that you make beforehand.
Easy Magic Tricks: The Levitating Pencil
If you're a beginner and want to learn easy magic tricks, you've come to right place. Page 13.
Try This Fun Vanishing Bead Magic Trick for Kids
Here's a basic vanish that's easy to perform and particularly good for young kids. In this magic trick, all you need is a paper cup and bead.
Try This Fun and Easy Magnetic Pencil Magic Trick
Here's a great enhancement on a well known, easy magic trick . If you already know how to perform the
Make This Cute Monkey Balloon Animal with...
Begin making the balloon animal monkey.
The Simple Monte
If you want to learn easy magic tricks, you've come to right place. Page 20.
Do As I Do
With just a deck of cards, you have lots of magic options. Among the many card tricks that we have explained in our library of easy tricks, here are our favorites. Page 6.
Rising Card
With just a deck of cards, you have lots of magic options. Among the many card tricks that we have explained in our library of easy tricks, here are our favorites. Page 3.
Dark Magic
If you want to learn easy magic tricks, you've come to right place. Page 16.
Magic Boomerangs
If you're a beginner and want to learn easy magic tricks, you've come to right place. Page 9.
Try This Easy But Impressive Card Trick
This effect is more of a puzzle than a magic trick. It's a fun exercise in perception and can act as an introduction to a card trick or an effect where you explain the difference between illusion and reality.
Easy Magic Tricks: Learn the Bill Roll Effect
In this effect you clearly roll two bills together on a table. And when you unroll them, the bills have traded places-the bill that was previously on top is now on the bottom and vice versa. This simple effect is easy to learn and perform. All you need are two bills of different denominations and there are no gimmicks, fancy moves or extra devices.
Learn to Do the One-Handed Cut Card Trick
A flashy card move that will augment your card magic tricks, the one-handed cut allows you to hold a deck in one hand, break it apart into two halves and exchange their positions. The one-handed cut is also known as the Charlier cut.
This Cute Flower Balloon Animal Is Perfect for...
The flower balloon animal is a cute, crowd-pleasing balloon animal/sculpture. Note that this lesson is the first of two parts. Here I teach you how to make the petals of the flowers. In part two, you will learn how to make and add the stem.
Easy Magic Tricks: How to Do the "Count Card"...
What makes this trick stand apart from others is that the handling on the magician's part is minimal, and the spectator practically finds the card himself.
5 Easy Coin Magic Tricks for Kids
Here are the best easy magic tricks with coins that are perfect for kids. These coin tricks are easy to learn and perform. Some do require props that are easy to make from common materials found around the house.
Kids Will Love This Simple and Easy Magic Trick
Easy Magic Trick Jumping Paper Clips Kids Beginning Starting
Easy Tricks: The Best of the Predictions
In this compilation, we’ve put together the best of our prediction tricks. We offer lots of effects and diabolical methods.
Try This Classic, Easy Card Trick
A classic plot in card magic, you ask a spectator to select a card. You lose the card in the deck and then later find it. We teach a basic technique for locating a spectator’s card.
How to Make a Saber Sword Balloon Version 2
Here's an enhanced version of a saber sword balloon. You'll notice extra details on the handle that make this one more attractive. It's sure to be popular with youngsters at parties. Page 3.
How to Make a Balloon Lock Twist
After the basic twist, the second fundamental skill in balloon twisting is the lock twist, which you'll learn here. Page 3.
Aces From Your Pocket
Learn how to pull Aces From Your Pocket . A spectator shuffles a deck and cuts it and drops it into the
Science Magic Trick - Steel Straw
In this science magic trick, you cause an ordinary straw to penetrate deeply into an apple by simply thrusting the straw. How did the straw become so strong? Was it a magic trick, or science? If you've got great aim and technique, you can actually cause an ordinary straw to completely pass through the apple. Page 2.
Easy Magic Tricks: The Film Prediction
You ask several people to name a movie. Each is written on a slip of paper, folded and thrown it into a bowl. You write the name of one of the films on a final slip and set the prediction in plain view. Another spectator reaches into the bowl and pulls out a movie title, which is read aloud. And your prediction turns out to be the very same film. Page 2.
Exposed: Blaine Levitation
On his first magic special on TV, David Blaine walked away from a crowd, stood with his back to the crowd and lifted off the ground some two feet, to the amazement of the spectators. How could Blaine do this? Was it pure magic? Read on to find out.
The Rising Card - Method 2
With just a deck of cards, you have lots of magic options. Among the many card tricks that we have explained in our library of easy tricks, here are our favorites. Page 4.
Impress Your Kids with This Easy Magic Trick
You pour some water into a cup. You utter some secret words and when you turn over the cup, all that comes out is a chunk of ice. This one is super easy with the secret and a little setup.
Learn the Basic Balloon Twist: Foundation for...
Here's the basic balloon twist that is the foundation for everything that you make in the art of balloon twisting. This skill allows you separate a balloon into segments that form your creations.
Try This Easy Coin Vanishing Magic Trick
In this easy trick, a coin is placed into a handkerchief where it mysteriously disappears. You can perform this one just about anytime, anywhere. All you need is a quarter and a handkerchief, and that special secret.
The Color Card Prediction
With just a deck of cards, you have lots of magic options. Among the many card tricks that we have explained in our library of easy tricks, here are our favorites.
Three Ways You Can Float or Levitate a Playing...
If you've always wanted to float a playing card in midair, here are several easy magic tricks that allow you to apparently do so. You'll want to check these out and learn all of them and then select the one that works best for you.
5 Magic Tricks Beginners Should Try
For the serious beginner in magic, here are excellent tricks that are easy to learn and perform, inexpensive and can form an early foundation in magic technique and presentation.
Exposed: Blaine Levitation - Part 2
On his first magic special on TV, David Blaine walked away from a crowd, stood with his back to the crowd and lifted off the ground some two feet, to the amazement of the spectators. How could Blaine do this? Was it pure magic? Read on to find out. Page 2.
Basic Technique: The Coin Vanish
This basic magic technique allows you to make a coin seemingly disappear. It's a basic sleight-of-hand move that is well known among magicians. Page 2.
Vanishing a Coin
Here are easy magic tricks that you can perform with money and are perfect for beginners.
Learn How to Shuffle for Card Magic Tricks
If you're performing card magic tricks, you'll want to know how to perform a basic shuffle. Learn this shuffle and follow it with the bridge, and you'll have a flashy move that will enhance your card magic. And you'll also look good next time you're playing poker or any other card game.
Make a Cool Balloon Sword with This Illustrated...
This is the basic sword balloon animal that is easy to learn and twist. You'll find that kids, especially boys, love these swords.
Perform These Easy and Impressive Magic Tricks...
What makes for great magic to perform at a party? The effect has to play to more than just a couple of people. And even better, the trick features interaction with many people. Here then, are some of the best easy magic tricks that you can quickly learn and perform at your next party. You might even become the life of the party.
How to Make a Pinch Twist for Balloon Animals
The pinch twist is often used as ears on balloon animals, as well as a stabilizer for some sculptures. It's a useful twist to know.
The Killer Prediction
If you want to read minds or make wild predictions that somehow come true, here's a collection of easy tricks that you can learn and perform for your friends. You'll find some winners here. But hey, you already knew that, right? Page 2.
Mind Reader
If you want to read minds or make wild predictions that somehow come true, here's a collection of easy tricks that you can learn and perform for your friends. You'll find some winners here. But hey, you already knew that, right? Page 4.
Easy Card Tricks for Kids: Simple Monte 2
Here's a great card magic trick that is easy to make and perform and it's great for kids. It's actually something of a baffler that leaves spectators scratching their heads. You'll undoubtedly have fun with this one.
Easy Magic: How to Vanish a Coin and Make it...
Here are easy techniques and props that will allow you to make a coin mysteriously vanish.
The Floating Metal Trick: It's Not Magic; It's...
Can one float metal, for example, a paper clip, on water? In this science magic trick, you’ll learn how.
Magic Tricks for Kids: The Rubber Pencil
Here's a super easy magic trick for kids that's really an optical illusion. You wave a normal pencil and it appears to bend, just as if it were made of rubber. Page 2.
The Deciding Domino
This bit of mentalism uses a set of dominos. Here, you accurately predict a domino that will be left after a certain procedure. Be sure that you have lots of time before you perform this one. . Page 28.
Easy Trick: The Film Prediction
If you want to read minds or make wild predictions that somehow come true, here's a collection of easy tricks that you can learn and perform for your friends. You'll find some winners here. But hey, you already knew that, right? Page 3.
Easy Magic Tricks: Dark Magic
Here’s a great trick to perform at a party. You ask someone to select an item while you’re out of the room, tell everyone else which item was selected and leave it in place. When you return, another person goes from object to object touching them in a random order. When the person touches the chosen object, you’re able to tell everyone that this is the selected object.
How to Make a Balloon Crown Hat
Inflate the balloon leaving about six inches of uninflated balloon at its end (click here to learn about
The Rising Ring: A Magic Trick That's Sure to...
A ring that’s threaded onto a rubberband mysteriously rises on its own accord. This one is super easy and all you need is a rubberband and a ring. There’s almost no preparation.
Magic Technique: The Pivot Cut
Here's an impressive way to cut a deck of cards. It's a nice flourish that shows that you know how to handle cards. Page 2.
How to Make a Flower Balloon Hat
Here's a fun flower balloon hat that you can easily make. I offer all of the instructions that you need to make this popular and colorful balloon sculpture. Page 3.
Easy Trick: Cutting to the Aces
With just a deck of cards, you have lots of magic options. Among the many card tricks that we have explained in our library of easy tricks, here are our favorites. Page 8.
Easy Magic: How to Do That Thumb Thing
Here's an age-old trick that you can do anytime, anywhere. In an instant, you seemingly pull your thumb apart and then put it back together again. If you're an uncle or grandpa, you almost have to learn this trick to tease the kids. And if you want to truly torment a professional magician, show this trick and ask him if he knows how you did it.
False Cut for Card Magic Tricks, Version 1
To support your card magic tricks, here's a cool
Easy Magic Trick: The Quick Change Card
Here's an easy magic card trick. When you reveal the spectator's selected card, one card quickly turns into the chosen one.
Beginner's Guide to Card Flourishes
Card flourishes are flashy, attention-getting moves that magicians can perform as part of a card routine. Flourishes include: fancy cuts and shuffles, card fans, arm spreads and more. If you want to learn card flourishes, here’s just about everything that you need to know to get started.
Easy Magic: The Banana Buster
By executing an ultra-secret ninja move, you magically cause a banana to separate into pieces while it's still inside the peel. This trick is an easy one that only requires a little preparation. And be sure that you're hungry so you can eat the banana when you're done. Page 2.
The Incredible Spelling Trick: Easy but...
In this trick, you take a packet of cards that contains the ace through king of a single suit, and by simply spelling the name of each card (ace, two, three...etc), you reveal each card in order. The kicker is that you are placing the in-between cards back underneath the pile. It’s not really a magic trick, but a fairly impressive mathematical stunt. Give this one a try. You’ll have fun with it.
Make This Cute Tiger Balloon Animal
Here's a nice tiger balloon animal. You can tackle this one after you've mastered the basic dog balloon. While the body is the same as that of a dog balloon animal, the head is far more detailed and the addition of the stripes makes it quite whimsical.
How to Quickly Make a Flower Balloon Animal
If you already know how to make a basic flower balloon animal, here's how the pros quickly make the petal portion of a flower balloon. Note that this technique is an advanced one that requires lots of practice and considerable hand strength.
The Coin Vanish
Here are easy magic tricks that you can perform with money and are perfect for beginners. Page 7.
Try This Easy Kids' Magic Trick
Here's a way to magically multiply money. In the trick, you have a spectator carefully count several coins into a dish, which you pour back into his hand. When he opens his hand later, he'll find more coins then he originally counted.
Book Test
In classic book tests, a spectator turns to any page in a book and selects a word or sentence, and the magician can name the word or offer an impression of what's in the sentence. It’s a traditional and powerful mentalism effect.
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