I’m sure you’ve seen those “Magic Secrets Revealed” shows where they show the audience how to do some stage illusion out there, and I suppose you’ve always wondered if that means that everyone will know how your tricks are done and no one will be amazed, etc.  Well I’m here to dispel that whole myth.


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Another great fooler, where you are taking the spectators on a ride they think is going in one direction, but you lead them another direction. Quite a surprise and really can only be topped by something happening within the spectators hands.

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    This is one of those tricks that you see once and just have to learn. If you’re familiar with the original version of Triumph, you’ll be easily fooled by this one, and it’s a great, almost no sleight version of the original. Done properly, this is an amazing fooler for regular folks and other magicians.

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    This would need to be seen in person to fully understand the impact. I only learned this a couple of weeks ago, so this isn’t the best presentation of it, but I wanted to see ho well it looked on video when I did it. It’s a marketed effect, so I won’t likely be teaching it. Sorry.

    When you tell people you’re a magician, you get a multitude of reactions, one of which is “I hate magic”. It usually shocks some magicians that some people out there dislike magic. But it’s not because these people don’t want to be entertained, it stems for a variety of reasons.


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    This doesn’t play as well as in real life. Jaws drop when people see this, because there’s this initial reaction of failure, and then this amazing change that is totally unexpected. It looks like real magic when all the cards change so dramatically. Worth learning for the reactions you’ll get from this.

    I can’t recall the first trick or magician I had seen, but I do have vague memories of being a volunteer for a magic show performed by…the Burger King. Yup, the Burger King. I must have been about 11 or so and I had to pop balloons with my pointed fingers (in the shape of a gun), and then a dove appeared. Ooo.


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    This truly is my favorite trick. It was the first trick I learned, but it was so simple and amazing, it had to be learned. The secret is pretty genius, and you should be doing this shortly after learning it. Angles are somewhat important with this, but nothing too serious.

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      This is a great opener and I usually always use it when I get the “can you show me a trick” request. It’s simple, and uses a couple of nifty moves. Daley’s original version was basically the second half of this trick, but it’s great to do the essential bluff at the beginning.

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      Another 4 card trick that actually uses 4 cards. I know it’s overstressed, but it’s always important to make the distinction first just to allay any suspicion. And although it can be done with a card other than the 4, it gives you a reason to show a 4 and emphasize without making it sound over the top. A lot of magic in this little trick, and a great crowd pleaser.

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