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What is it that attracts people to magic shows? Indeed magic is probably the only form of entertainment that transcends all age, gender, racial, ethnic and miscellaneous boundaries to wow its audience.

For a good magician, no compliment could be greater than hearing his spectators gasp and from the viewer’s perspective, it is the art of performing new, innovative and different tricks that renders the trouble worthwhile.

Every time someone goes to a magic show, he/she looks forward to watching the impossible happen. But is it truly impossible?

As a warm-hearted and friendly magician would tell you, no, it is definitely not impossible although mastering the act might take a little longer.

But the first step entails gaining cognizance of the various tricks and to facilitate better understanding these are categorized under nine broad sub-headings which are discussed here on free magic tricks and illusions as follows –

  • Production- Producing something appears to be the second nature to all magicians – after all while watching a magic show it is just a matter of time before it is either a rabbit that is revealed from within the hat or a bird that flies out from a handkerchief. The act of producing something from not even a scratch is referred to as production. Magicians often employ this technique as one of the first tricks to capture the attention of their audience and spark their interest.  
  • Vanish- An antidote to production is the vanishing act wherein an object in plain view suddenly disappears into thin air much to the astonishment of the viewers. It is a magic trick that never fails to draw squeals of surprise in case of small objects like coins or an umbrella and gasps of horror in case of something prominent like the Leaning Tower of Pisa.   


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These two tricks namely production and vanishing are two sides of the same coin wherein the magician needs to make something disappear in order to produce it and vice versa.

An attribute that distinguishes magicians from commoners is their ability to achieve that which others cannot even imagine, for example –

  • Transformation- To Transform an object from its present appearance into something that is totally different. In a way it is a combination of disappearance and production wherein an object, say a hat, is first made to disappear and then produced as an owl.  
  • Restoration- Restore an object as impeccably as possible like a shattered glass or a decapitated head subsequent to having destroyed it so that it would seem as though it had never suffered any damage in the first place.

Magicians often rely on seemingly supernatural techniques of movement as a way of manifesting their powers and do so in the following ways –

  • Teleportation- Teleporting objects and living things from one spot to another without any mobility being apparent, meaning things just seem to fly from one spot to another often drawing a reaction ‘how did I get there?’. To make things more interesting, the magician at times exchanges objects too. Referred to as transposition, meaning double transportation so that when the smoke clears, the canary is found sitting on an elephant and lady enclosed within a cage.
  • Escape- How did he manage to survive? This is another question that is frequently heard in magic shows and marks a reaction to an accomplishment of a seemingly impossible feat like trapped and headed for a churning blade, being walked over by an elephant and so on. Many magicians involve an assistant too while performing this act which is known in the magician’s jargon as escape.


For a magician it is extremely important to keep the audience mesmerized and to attain this objective, following are the tricks that are performed –

  • Levitation- To Levitate meaning defiance of gravity, wherein the object or the human being gives the impression of floating in the air – something that only birds are naturally equipped to do. Although nothing more than optical illusion, levitation in any form and of any object whether it is inanimate or living and breathing never ceases to draw looks and expressions of disbelief. Contemporary magicians like David Copperfield and Peter Marvey depend on this trick to win over their audience with each having developed his own formula.
  • ·Penetration- Have you ever wondered how performers in magic shows manage to pass through the wall, mirror or any other opaque surface? Known as penetration or ‘solid-through-solid’ it is a trick wherein the magician or his subject seemingly passes one solid object through another. The most common sequence in this context is that of a sword being driven through a girl’s torso with no apparent harm caused to the latter.
  • Prediction- Mind games and tricks are important weapons in a magician’s arsenal and a good magician uses them effectively to predict outcomes in a hitherto unknown situation. Guessing the amount of change in the pocket of a spectator, the card that he might have picked from the pack of cards or breaking news pertaining to some recent social cause are tricks that come under this category.

Now that you have learned the types of magic tricks and what they entail, don’t you think you are in a better position to start practicing after having adjudged which one to break the ice with?  


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