There are millions of ways to perform a magic trick where your main prop is a deck of cards. In fact, when researching the history of card magic tricks, you will find that card tricks were among the first illusions to make its way to the limelight. Some believe that the era of poker and the activity of cheating in a poker game are partly, or mostly, the reason card tricks and illusions were practiced in the first place.
Enough of the boring history lesson and on with the many card tricks that are well known today. One of the oldest magic tricks yet still enjoyed by many is the "Pull the cards from the air" trick. For this trick you only need a few cards, not a whole deck. First off, you hold the cards in your palm in a horizontal position. Then, while gripping the cards firmly use your thumb to flick out the top card. Continue the same motion to grab the card and flip the card up and show off to your audience. Just make sure when you go to flip the card up for your onlookers to see that you thrust out your hand a little bit, as if you were pulling it out of the air itself. Ta da! You have performed one of many awesome magic tricks.
Next on the list is the old and still favored trick of the torn up card that gets restored. You begin with a little bit of preparation for your card trick. Rip off a little bit, about a fourth, of a playing card that is the same suit and color as the card that you want to appear to be destroyed.
You start by taking the card you and folding it into fourths. Let your audience know that this step makes it easier to tear the card evenly. The extra torn card piece should be placed on the side of the card that is facing you and held there by your thumb. Then you rip the card from the top middle to the center following the crease you made earlier but don't fully rip it off.
Be sly about it and slide the extra ripped piece up casting the illusion that that is the piece that was ripped off. Do that same move over and over again, each time showing off the extra torn piece as the piece that has been ripped off, all the while never ripping the card that had initially been folded. Then you can fan out the semi-ripped card to show to your audience.
Ask a volunteer to grab the pieces of torn card then set it on the table while you slip the extra piece out and hide it somewhere. Now the members of your audience can inspect all they want because the card is completely whole.
There are many other awesome magic tricks using cards as the main prop and you can enjoy plenty of them by searching on the internet. So go ahead and practice your awesome magic tricks and show off to your friends what you have learned!
Michael is an expert magician who has been performing as a professional magician for more than 20 years. He is also the founder of freemagicblog.com where it is his goal to teach awesome magic tricks to everyone. He covers all types of awesome magic tricks like card magic tricks.
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