Card Tricks Magic Trick Tutorial


Written by Peter L. Bass

Magic is a form of entertainment used to fascinate, amaze, and overwhelm the audience throughout the ages. A performer or magician can confidently present any type of tricks and illusions. There are different genres of magic performance, by which card tricks is one of the least discussed. There are two main types of card tricks.

Two main types:

  1. Mathematical card tricks
  2. Sleight-of-hand card tricks

The first type is the mathematical card trick. This is a simple card trick that involves easy and simple instructions, however, this cannot truly impress the audience. All-time performers can still make the audience leave in awe by setting the mood with a simple mathematical card trick and a quick transition using the sleight-of-hand trick.

The second type is the sleight-of-hand trick. This magic trick uses manipulation and misdirection of the audience through the use of cards and doing something that can perceive the naked eyes with the impossible. This card trick requires patience, practice, and mastery. The magician should always misdirect or distract the audience to perform the trick perfectly.

Performing magic in front of the audience needs practice, patience, and creativity on how to do or perform it. The magician needs an audience or people who watch and listens attentively, observant but easily distracted, regardless of the size of the audience, it can be a group of friends, a small group, a classroom, a hall, or a full auditorium or gymnasium. He also needs a deck of cards, of course.

Before anything else, the magician must always introduce the trick in a compelling manner and this can be done in an indefinite number of ways and here lies the creativity of the magician. Most of the magicians would first ask if the audience believes in magic to let the audience be skeptical and will show their “prove it” attitude. Or some would say they believe in them and they will revel in the opportunity to experience the moment of validation before their eyes.

Either of the two or any of it, once the trick is introduced, it should be something the audience is either marked by skepticism or credulity. So after the introduction part, the magician now have the stage to show off his practiced tricks to the audience. The success and the failure of the magic trick lie in the hands of the magician and the minds of the audience. And it can be measured through the audience’s impact. If some of them would say they already saw it from other magicians, then the magician’s creativity of showing his stunt is lacking. Or the audience would say that they caught how the magician did it, then it is in the matter of the magician distracting them.

As the magic trick demonstrates, sleight of the hand magic does not have to be that hard but it doesn’t make it easy because as it was said beforehand, it requires patience, practice and more practice and last but not the least, the creativity of the one who would perform it.

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