List of magic tricks

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This article contains a list of magic tricks. In magic literature, tricks are often called effects. Based on published literature and marketed effects, there are millions of effects; a short performance routine by a single magician may contain dozens of such effects.

Some students of magic strive to refer to effects using a proper name, and also to properly attribute an effect to its creator. For example, consider an effect in which a magician shows four aces, and then the aces turn face up one at a time in a mysterious fashion. This effect, recognized as Twisting the Aces, is attributed to Dai Vernon, and it is based on a false count invented by Alex Elmsley. Some tricks are listed merely with their marketed name (particularly those sold as stand-alone tricks by retail dealers), whereas others are listed by the name given within magic publications.

Magic tricks[edit]

Close-up effects[edit]

Floating match on card
The French drop.


The king levitation being performed


Thousands of devices are used by magicians to accomplish their effects. However, most of the devices are never even seen by the audience during the performance of the trick(s). While not generally tricks themselves, some of these devices are very valuable to performers of magic.

  • Topit
  • A.R. mini-stage[1]
  • Funkenring[2]
  • Gibeciere
  • Business card production wallet[3]
  • ITR (invented by James George)[4]
  • Surya's Device Pro (invented by Surya Kumar and James George)[5]
  • Thumb tip
  • Victorian ring box or Lippincott Box is used for storing small items such as coins that have been marked by a participant in an illusion and later appear inside the locked box

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Hocus Pocus Parade". The Linking Ring. The International Brotherhood of Magicians. ?? (?): ?. n.d.
  2. ^ Reeder, Brad; Robinson, Bill (1986). Sparks: The Funkenring Book. Coastal Magic.
  3. ^ "Hocus in Focus". The Linking Ring. The International Brotherhood of Magicians. 80 (2): 111, 112. February 2000.
  4. ^ Easy to Master Thread Miracles by Michael Ammar.
  5. ^ Miracles DVD