· Once you know the trick and the secret move, practicing is fairly easy. I try to practice as much as possible whenever I learn a new trick.
· It’s best to talk over the part where you have to make a secret move, so people don’t know what you’re doing.
· I love the look on people’s faces after you perform a magic trick.
Other worthwhile sites include Anthony’s pick, The All Magic Guide, which offers a variety of trick instructions with photos, magic show videos and more; How to Do Tricks, which also includes coin trickery, levitating illusions and street magician tactics; Good Tricks, where you can learn the secret behind “mind reading” demonstrations; and Mighty Tricks a blog that has not been updated recently but which still offers interesting videos and some super magic tricks. You can also find a comprehensive links page at Magic Tricks.
Perhaps the best way to learn how to be a magician may be to watch a master in action. Endurance artist David Blaine, who has lived in a fishbowl in
Of course, the granddaddy of all showmen was Harry Houdini. You can watch silent film clips of Houdini’s escapes, and play an online escape game, on PBS American Experience. The Library of Congress has an online collection of Houdini documents. And The History Museum at the Castle in
Update: We just had a great time at the exhibit Magic: The Science of Illusion at the NY Hall of Science. Be sure to catch it if it comes to your area!
Family Online Picks
Kidzone Magic Tricks kidzone.ws
The All Magic Guide allmagicguide.com
How to Do Tricks howtodotricks.com
Good Tricks goodtricks.net
Mighty Tricks mightytricks.com
Magic Tricks links.magictricks.com/magiclessons.html
David Blaine davidblaine.com
Criss Angel A&E videos aetv.com/criss_angel
Houdini PBS site pbs.org/wgbh/amex/houdini/
AKA Houdini akahoudini.org