Magicians and their tricks have been a part of history for many hundreds of years. The magician’s purpose has always been to entertain, whether is be to an audience of adults or children. Most everyone is fascinated by magic, and so it is no surprise that many people who were entertained by magicians when they were young, grow up with a desire to be magicians themselves. Many will, however, quickly learn that practicing to be a magician isn't as easy as it looks on television, or at a party or show. They will find that the study of magic is no different that studying for school or a career. It takes a lot of dedication, a lot of time and a lot of practice!
For children who wish to learn the art of practising magic it is important that they first learn the basics. Once mastered, they can then move onto more elaborate tricks.
Some of the basic magic tricks which are performed by magicians include: card tricks, disappearing or vanishing tricks, and tricks that make things seem to appear. Each of these types of tricks has many variations, but the fundamentals of each type of trick are the same. Here is an example of each:
Shuffling Card trick
One very famous and easy to do card trick would be 'Cut the kings'. Basically this trick is performed by working with a stacked deck where the Kings and Aces have been separated from the rest of the cards in the deck. Cards are dealt, and then shuffled to reveal first four kings and then four aces. Magic!
One of the most popular disappearing tricks is that of the 'disappearing coin'. There are many variations even within this one trick. Some magicians make the coin vanish with a handkerchief, others with their elbow and others with their hands. Whichever variation is chosen, they are all easy tricks that children can follow.
Tricks to make items appear
One of the most popular versions of this trick is, ‘finding the card’. This is where an audience member picks a card from a standard deck of 52, and memorises it, and places the card on the top of the deck. They then cut the deck. You then, by magic, name the card that they picked. The trick of course, is to know what the card on the bottom of the deck is. After cutting the deck, the card immediately to the left of this card will be the one that the audience member picked.
And there you have it: three very basic tricks for your junior (or adult) magician in training to practice and perfect.
Just remember the magic word here is practice. Keep trying your tricks over and over again, and soon enough you will be amazing all your friends and family.