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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.
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.
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.
The 10 Best Magicians of Our Time
Who are the top ten magicians in history? Learn more about the top ten magicians.
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.
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.
38 Easy Magic Tricks for Beginners and Kids
If you want to learn easy magic tricks, you've come to right place.
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.
How to Make a Dog Balloon Animal in 8 Simple...
Dog Balloon Animal - Head 2. Magic & Illusion.
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 Vanishing Toothpick
If you want to learn easy magic tricks, you've come to right place. Page 3.
The Magnetic Hand
If you're a beginner and want to learn easy magic tricks, you've come to right place.
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.
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 Rising Card
If you want to learn easy magic tricks, you've come to right place. Page 4.
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.
The Spoon Bend
If you want to learn easy magic tricks, you've come to right place. Page 7.
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.
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.
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.
Easily Create 5 Flower Balloon Animals with...
Want to make a flower out of a balloons - a balloon flower? Here's where you can learn several variations via our step-by-step instructions. The flower balloon animal is a cute, crowd-pleasing balloon animal/sculpture that is sure to be a hit at any event or party.
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.
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.
Sawing a Lady in Half
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. Page 24.
How to Make a Flower Balloon
Flower Balloon Animal - Making the Second Petal. The flower balloon animal is a cute, crowd-pleasing balloon animal/sculpture. Unlike the basic flower balloon animal, this flower is more attractive with its denser petals. This is probably the most popular balloon flower that you can make and the de facto standard.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Make This Cute Monkey Balloon Animal with...
Begin making the balloon animal monkey.
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.
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?
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 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.
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.
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. On this page, you're starting the head of the tiger.
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.
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.
Cold as Ice
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. Page 25.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Necklace
If you want to learn easy magic tricks, you've come to right place. Page 5.
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.
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.
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 Magic Coin Dish
If you're a beginner and want to learn easy magic tricks, you've come to right place. Page 10.
Make These Cool Giraffe Balloon Animals with...
Twisting a giraffe balloon animal is very similar to making the basic dog balloon. In fact, a giraffe, in the balloon world, is pretty much just a dog balloon with a long neck. If you can already twist a basic dog balloon, you can make a giraffe.
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
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: 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.
You Can Thank Science for These 12 Awesome...
Science magic tricks look like
8 Fundamental Sleight of Hand Tricks Every...
Good card magic tricks rely on magic skill, specific moves, also known as
The Bill Roll
If you want to learn easy magic tricks, you've come to right place. Page 14.
Cut and Restored String
If you're a beginner and want to learn easy magic tricks, you've come to right place. Page 11.
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.
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.
Easy Magic Trick: The Circus/Sucker Trick
I'll admit that this isn't my kind of magic because this trick is all about making your spectators into
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.
How to Make a Turtle Balloon Animal
Here's a turtle balloon that you can make that's complete with its shell.
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.
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.
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 Trick: How to Levitate or Float a...
In this easy magic trick, you place a pencil into a bottle and it mysteriously levitates on its own. There's some preparation involved, but you should have fun with this one.
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.
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.
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.
Magic Boomerangs
If you're a beginner and want to learn easy magic tricks, you've come to right place. Page 9.
Easy Magic Trick: 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. Note that young kids should have parental supervision when preparing the banana.
Definition of "Flash"
: In magic parlance, to "flash" is to show something that spectators should not see during the performance
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.
Dealing a Royal Flush
If you want to learn easy magic tricks, you've come to right place. Page 12.
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.
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.
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.
Kids Will Love This Simple and Easy Magic Trick
Easy Magic Trick Jumping Paper Clips Kids Beginning Starting
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.
The Simple Monte - Three Card Monte
If you want to learn easy magic tricks, you've come to right place. Page 20.
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.
Dark Magic
If you want to learn easy magic tricks, you've come to right place. Page 16.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Easy 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.
How to Make a Dinosaur Balloon in 5 Easy Steps...
This shows the dinosaur balloon animal with its head/neck and front legs.
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.
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.
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.
Easy Magic With Money
Easy Magic With Money. Magic & Illusion. Page 27.
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
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.
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.
Learn How to Make Dinosaur Balloon Animals
Here's a collection of dinosaurs that you can make from balloons. What kid doesn't love dinosaurs? And you can make these as decorations to liven a dinosaur-themed event or kids' party. Or you can make them and hand them out just as you would a dog balloon animal. In any event, the kids will have fun with these.
Make a Bunny Balloon Animal -- This Guide Makes...
Twisting a rabbit or bunny balloon animal is very similar to making the basic dog balloon. If you can already twist a basic dog balloon, you can twist a bunny. As with all balloons, it's all about proportions.
How to Make a Balloon Fold Twist
Like the basic twist and lock twist, the fold twist is a fundamental twist in making balloon animals. It is also the foundational twist to make a sword balloon animal. Page 2.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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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 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.
Balloons for Balloon Animals
When you perform balloon twisting, spectators will often ask if you are using special balloons. The answer is
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.
How to Make a Teddy Bear Balloon Animal
Here's a cute balloon animal - in fact, it's one of the most adorable out there. It's a teddy bear that's sure to be a hit at any party. The fun thing about the teddy bear is that it's quite versatile. Once you learn how to make the basic bear, you can mix it up in various ways. I offer step-by-step instructions and video so you can make your own teddy bear.
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
How to Make a Sword Balloon - Version 5
This balloon animal sculpture is a variation on the version 2 sword balloon. You'll find this one a bit more ornate than the balloon sword that it is based on. Kids, especially boys, love these swords.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.

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