A deck of cards that is pre-arranged in a certain order to perform an effect.
A set of playing cards that are used in a trick. A packet trick does not use an entire
deck of playing cards but only some or a few of them. Most packet tricks are carried
separate from a deck of cards.
Close-up magic thats performed while spectators are seated at tables, usually at
restaurants and sit-down dinner events.
Setting up a trick after youve performed it so you can perform it again.
A state at a trick's conclusion where there is no remnant of the secret for spectators to
find. If there are props remaining, spectators may examine them and there will be no way
for them to discover the secret. For example, if a magician has caused a handkerchief to
disappear in a box, his spectators may examine the box at the trick's conclusion and they
will discover no secrets. The secret lies elsewhere, or the box hides a secret that
spectators will never find.
A card effect where a selected card continually rises to the top of the deck after being
placed into the middle of the deck
Torn and Restored
Any effect where an object is torn-up and then made whole again. Usually
performed with paper, napkins, cigarette papers, newpaper or playing cards.
Magic that is performed for small groups of people who are standing or sitting nearby.
Close-up magic ypically using common household objects such as cards, coins, handkerchiefs
A magic effect where two objects somehow exchange places. Usually performed with coins or
An effect where a deck of cards is shuffled with one-half face-up and the other face-down.
The magician somehow straightens out the deck so all of the cards are facing in the same
direction, with the exception of a selected card.
Street Magic is a branch of magic where performers entertain on the streets in urban
areas. The performers are paid by collecting tips from their audience members.
Mentalism is a field of magic that involves feats of the mind-mind-reading, predictions
A magician who performs close-up magic.
A magic trick where an object or person vanishes.
Making an audience look elsewhere while you perform a secret move.
The intended and perceived outcome of a magic trick or illusion. What the spectator thinks
he or she sees happening
A branch of magic where the performer appears to free him or herself from ropes,
handcuffs, boxes and other constraints.
An object that appears natural but has been altered to create a magical effect. Can also
be an object thats never seen by the audience that creates the magical effect.
A branch of magic that uses magic effects to present and reinforce Christian concepts.
Any magical effect that to the spectator looks impossible, but is accomplished through
real-world means. Illusion is often applied to the large stage magic tricks-the kinds with
boxes where people are made to disappear, sawed in half, levitated and more.
A performer who presents illusions. Usually refers to a magician who performs large stage
tricks. Effects such as sawing a person in half are considered illusions.
The ability to float oneself, another person or an object, with no apparent means of
support, as if the rules of gravity do not apply.
Secretly hiding an object in your hand.
Your running commentary as you perform magic. For some tricks, the patter may be a story.
With others, it may be jokes.
The appearance of an object or person, as if by magic.
A trick that works by itself that requires little technical skill or effort on behalf of
Sleight of Hand
A branch of magic that mainly depends on skill and relies less on gimmicked objects to
create magical effects.
A branch of magic where the magician stands in front of a crowd and performs magic.