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Magic Tricks

Learn to Do Magic

Magic the Complete Course Magic: The Complete Course
by Joshua Jay

Joshua Jay won the top prize at the World Magic Seminar when he was only sixteen years old. In this book, he not only teaches you tricks, but he also explains how to set up, divert the audience's attention, and more. Includes a DVD that demonstrates 35 tricks.

Amazing Magic Tricks Amazing Magic Tricks
by Jon Tremaine

With step-by-step photos, professional magician Jon Tremaine shows the reader how to do magic tricks with just a few props.

Don't miss Amazing Card Tricks by the same author

Magic Handbook Series Magic Handbook series
by Joe Fullman

Each book in this series teaches you 13 tricks in easy-to-follow, colorfully illustrated spreads, and has profiles of famous magicians and their best tricks.

titles in this series: card trickscoin and rope tricksmind trickssleight of hand

Complete Course of Magic Mark Wilson's Complete Course in Magic
by Mark Wilson

Acclaimed by the Los Angeles Times as "the text that young magicians swear by," it's full of step-by-step instructions. More than 2,000 illustrations provide the know-how behind 300 techniques, from basic card tricks to advanced levitation, along with advice on planning and staging a professional-quality magic show.

That's Magic Cover That's Magic
by Richard Jones

Instructions for 40 capers with more than 100 permutations appear in 260 color photographs. The "three Ms" of magic - misdirection, motivation, and moment - are explained, along with insider terminology. "Force" the spectator to choose a particular card, make coins vanish into thin air, hang a bangle on an already-knotted rope, and do divine divination.

The Big Book of Magic Fun cover The Big Book of Magic Fun
by Ian Keable

Both beginners and experienced amateur magicians will discover methods, myths, facts, and fiction about magic — and then they'll read about the long and fascinating history of magic on stage. Filled with color illustrations and how-to instructions, The Big Book of Magic Fun teaches card tricks, rope tricks, mind-reading methods, illusionism, coin tricks and more.

Activity TV Magic Activity TV: Magic (DVD)

With a little practice, anyone can be an amazing magician. Ryan shows you how to do easy, yet impressive, magic tricks to amaze your friends. Learn how to pull money from nowhere, make a saltshaker disappear, and use a deck of cards to stump anyone.

Videos from activity TV website • More magic DVDs: Learn Magic with Lyn

Magic Tricks Fast and Easy Magic Tricks, Fast & Easy (DVD)

Magician Erik Tait teaches viewers how to perform tricks such as coin tricks, card tricks, and oddball tricks using common objects such as a salt shaker, bread roll, sugar packet, key, and more

Kids Make Magic Kids Make Magic!: The Complete Guide to Becoming an Amazing Magician
by Ron Burgess

Offers guidelines and tips for putting together a magic act including selecting a wand, mastering official terminology, developing a stage personality, and selecting and performing tricks.

Magic Up Your Sleeve Magic Up Your Sleeve
by Helaine Becker

What is the secret behind many magic tricks? Science! Just by using a few common household items, you too can create great illusions that will baffle your audience. Create a bouncing apple, make spaghetti come alive, and more.

other Helaine Becker books

It's Not Magic It's Not Magic, It's Science!
by Hope Buttitta

50 great tricks, like how to poke a skewer through a balloon without popping it, balance a penny on a coat hanger, or pick up ice without touching it. Can science really explain all these cool tricks?

Mac King's Campfire Magic Mac King's Campfire Magic
by Mac King

Features dozens of easy-to-learn magic tricks and stunts, with a focus on feats that can be performed with rope, hats, bandannas, knives, coins, twigs, and anything else found around the campfire (or in the kitchen junk drawer). Learn how to bake a cake in a cap; tie a knot with one hand; read their friends' minds; grow a plant—instantly; transform a dead twig into a leafy one; and much more!

Mystifying Card Tricks Mystifying Card Tricks
by Bob Longe

In addition to teaching the sleight of hand technique for several card tricks the use of the voice and patter is explored.

see also: Easy Mind-Reading Tricks, Easy Hand Tricks

Magic Tricks Magic Tricks
by Oliver Ho

Provides step-by-step directions for performing simple magic tricks using common household objects.

by the same author: Card TricksHow to Read Minds & Other Magic Tricks

Escape: The Story of the Great Houdini Escape: The Story of the Great Houdini
by Sid Fleischman

How did he walk through walls, escape drowning, and shatter iron chains that were tightly wrapped around him? The rare photos in this book might help you figure it out. So might the exclusive update about the rumor that Houdini was poisoned. But just remember, a true magician never reveals his tricks...

other books about Houdini

Harry Houdini A Picture Book of Harry Houdini
by David A. Adler

Harry Houdini astounded audiences around the globe as he freed himself from ropes, handcuffs, and prison cells. Learn about this fascinating magician.

other books about Houdini

Prepare to be Amazed Prepare to be Amazed: The Geniuses of Modern Magic
by Mary Schendlinger

Find out more about the masters of magic - Houdin's act of "Second Sight", Copperfield's stage illusions, The Great Lafayette's quick-change act, and more.

Magic Shows at Your Library

Summer Reading Club Magic Show
Every year to celebrate the beginning of the Summer Reading Club, the Richmond Public Library hosts a magic show at all our branches. This year, we welcomed back Norden the Magician, who brought magic tricks and lots of laughs to our audience. Be sure to join us on

Great Websites

Activity TV: Magic Tricks for Kids
Lots of great videos to teach you how to do magic tricks. Here's an example:

Magic: The Science of Illusion
Created by the California Science Center's exhibit, this website describes various illusions and the brains behind them. Get to know the famous magicians and learn a few tricks for your next magic performance.

Funology.Com: Abracadabra
Learn number tricks, card tricks, rope tricks and many other to amaze and baffle your friends and family.

Cave of Magic
You have to try this! How do they guess the card you've chosen?

AKA Houdini
Learn more about the most famous magician of all time - Harry Houdini. Presented by the History Museum at the Castle.

Great Stories

Any Which Wall Any Which Wall
In the middle of an Iowa cornfield, four children find a magic wall that enables them to travel through time and space.

Ready Freddy: Talent Show Scaredy-Pants Ready Freddy: Talent Show Scaredy-Pants
Freddy is nervous about the first-grade Grandparent's Day talent show, especially with Max bullying and teasing him, but Freddy's dad has an idea to help him out.

The Houdini Box The Houdini Box
A chance encounter with Harry Houdini leaves a small boy in possession of a mysterious box--one that might hold the secrets to the greatest magic tricks ever performed.

Danger in the Dark Danger in the Dark: A Houdini & Nate Mystery
Nathaniel, aided by the famous magician Harry Houdini, plots to unmask a phony spirit adviser attempting to relieve the boy's great aunt of her fortune.
See also Book 2: Shots at Sea

The Magic Rabbit The Magic Rabbit
Bunny got separated from Ray the magician, and he's having a great day at the park until night falls and he realizes that he still can't find his friend.

The Magic Hat The Magic Hat
A wizard's hat blows into town, changing people into different animals when it lands on their heads. Great rhyming and guessing picture book.

The Magician's Boy The Magician's Boy
When the Boy couldn't find the Saint George's puppet for the Magician, the Magician got mad and sent him into the Land of Story, inhabited by many fairytale characters.

Midnight Magic Midnight Magic
In Italy in 1491, Mangus the magician and his apprentice are summoned to the castle of Duke Claudio to determine if his daughter is indeed being haunted by a ghost.