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    • Coin magic

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    • Magic conventions

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    • Films about magic and magicians

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    • Historians of magic

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    • Magic shops

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    • Magic shows

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    • Magicians

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    • Mentalism

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    • Magic organizations

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    • Sleight of hand

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    • Magic tricks

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    • Magic (illusion)

    • Magic (illusion)

      Magic (sometimes referred to as stage or street magic to distinguish it from paranormal or ritual magic) is one of the oldest performing arts in the world in which audiences are entertained by staged tricks or illusions of seemingly impossible or supernatural feats using natural means. These feats are called magic tric ... Read »


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    • Timeline of magic

    • This time-line of magic is a history of the performing art from B.C. to the present. 2700 B.C. - The reputed first known performance of a conjuring effect (balls) by the magician Dedi in ancient Egypt. Dedi had done other effects, such as decapitating a bird, then reattaching the head to resurrect it. (This is dispute ... Read »


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    • Aerial suspension

    • Aerial suspension

      The aerial suspension, ethereal suspension or broomstick illusion is an illusion in which the performer appears to be suspended in mid-air for some minutes, with either inadequate support or no apparent support of his or her weight. This trick was first recorded in India in the early 19th century. This illusion wa ... Read »


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    • Magician's assistant


    • Bicycle Gaff Deck

    • The Bicycle Gaff Deck is a deck of specially designed playing cards for use - along with a standard deck of Bicycle brand cards - in the performance of illusion or sleight-of-hand effects. There are many different versions of the deck, made by different companies in the magic/illusion industry. The different versions h ... Read »


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    • Bizarre magic

    • Bizarre Magic, or Bizarre Magick, is a branch of stage magic, or conjuring, like stage illusions, sleight of hand, or children's magic. The major difference is that bizarre magic uses storytelling and word play to a much greater degree, and less emphasis is placed on the manual dexterity of the performer or the complex ... Read »


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    • Blow book

    • The blow book, better known as a magic coloring book in modern variations, is a classic magic trick that has been performed for hundreds of years. It was most popular from the 16th to the 19th century, when variations of the concept were a staple of the book publishing trade. It has been referred to as the oldest examp ... Read »


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    • Broken wand ceremony

    • A broken wand ceremony is a ritual performed at the funeral of a magician, in which a wand — either the wand which the magician used in performances, or a ceremonial one—is broken, indicating that with the magician's death, the wand has lost its magic. The first broken wand ceremony was held in 1926, after t ... Read »


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    • Children's magic


    • Coin magic

    • Coin magic is the manipulating of coins to entertain audiences. Because coins are small, most coin tricks are considered close-up magic or table magic, as the audience must be close to the performer to see the effects. Though stage conjurers generally do not use coin effects, coin magic is sometimes performed onstage u ... Read »


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    • Cold reading

    • Cold reading is a set of techniques used by mentalists, psychics, fortune-tellers, mediums and illusionists to imply that the reader knows much more about the person than the reader actually does. Without prior knowledge, a practiced cold-reader can quickly obtain a great deal of information by analyzing the person's b ... Read »


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    • Edinburgh International Magic Festival (MagicFest)

    • MagicFest is a not-for-profit organisation that promotes magic as an art form by running an annual arts festival in Edinburgh. It runs during the first week of July and programmes magical performances and events for the public. MagicFest was founded in 2010 by Magician Kevin McMahon and events organiser Svetlana Shevc ... Read »


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    • Equivocation (magic)

    • Equivocation (or the magician's choice) is a verbal technique by which a magician gives an audience member an apparently free choice, but frames the next stage of the trick in such a way that each choice has the same end result. For example, the performer may deal two cards to the table and ask a spectator to select on ... Read »


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    • Escapology

    • Escapology is the practice of escaping from restraints or other traps. Escapologists (also classified as escape artists) escape from handcuffs, straitjackets, cages, coffins, steel boxes, barrels, bags, burning buildings, fish-tanks, and other perils, often in combination. The art of escaping from restraints and c ... Read »


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    • Exposure (magic)

    • Exposure in magic refers to the practice of revealing the methods of magic tricks. The practice is generally frowned upon amongst magicians, who believe that it ruins the experience of magical performances for audiences. Exposure is uniquely impactful to magicians, as magic relies heavily on the elusive nature of sec ... Read »


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    • Forcing (magic)

    • In stage magic, a force is a method of controlling a choice made by a spectator during a trick. Some forces are performed physically using sleight of hand, such as a trick where a spectator appears to selects a random card from a deck but is instead handed a known card by the magician. Other forces use equivocation (or ... Read »


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    • Glossary of magic (illusion)

    • This is a glossary of conjuring terms used by magicians. ... Read »


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    • Gospel magic

    • Gospel magic is the use of otherwise standard stage magic tricks and illusions to promote Christian messages. Gospel Magic does not claim to invoke spirits or paranormal powers. Gospel Magic is intended to present the Christian good news through "visual parables" the trick or illusion in Gospel Magic is used to present ... Read »


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    • Grand Master of Magic Award

    • The Grand Master of Magic® Award is a lifetime achievement award presented by the Brotherhood of Auckland Magicians Incorporated on behalf of the magicians of New Zealand. It was first awarded in 1969 and to date it has been awarded on eighteen occasions. The criteria for the Grand Master of Magic Award was for ... Read »


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    • Hocus pocus (magic)

    • Hocus pocus is a generic term that may be derived from an ancient language and is currently used by magicians, usually the magic words spoken when bringing about some sort of change. It was once a common term for a magician, juggler, or other similar entertainers. The earliest known English-language work on magic, ... Read »


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    • Illusionist

    • Illusionist

      Magic (sometimes referred to as stage or street magic to distinguish it from paranormal or ritual magic) is one of the oldest performing arts in the world in which audiences are entertained by staged tricks or illusions of seemingly impossible or supernatural feats using natural means. These feats are called magic tric ... Read »


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    • Intellectual rights to magic methods

    • Intellectual rights to magic methods refers to the legal and ethical debate about the extent to which proprietary or exclusive rights may subsist in the methods or processes by which magic tricks or illusions are performed. It is a subject of some controversy. On one side, many magicians argue that methods represent " ... Read »


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    • International Magicians Society

    • The International Magicians Society (IMS) is the world's largest magic society as recorded in the Guinness Book of World Records. The IMS began in 1968 and now has over 41,000 members worldwide. It was created to help promote and preserve the art of magic and provide a format where magicians could share their secrets a ... Read »


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    • Invisible thread

    • Invisible thread is very thin monofilament thread used by magicians to make small, lightweight objects seem to levitate and animate. It is usually made from nylon which has been separated into individual strands. A famous illusion is the Floating Bill. Invisible thread is available in stripped or unstripped form. In a ... Read »


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    • Lapping (magic)

    • In the art of conjuring, lapping refers to a set of techniques whereby a performer seated at a table can secretly dispose of an item into his/her lap. A common lapping technique is to sweep an item into the lap while pretending to pick it off the tabletop. Two issues with lapping: Subtle uses of lapping, such as ... Read »


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    • List of magic effects manufacturers

    • This is a list of magic effects manufacturers. Manufacturers of magic effects produce magic tricks and illusions. Some are large corporations while others are small "cottage" industries operated from the manufacturer's home or small workshop. ... Read »


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    • Magic (company)

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    • Magic, Inc.

      Magic, Inc. is a publisher of magic books and retailer of magic products in North America. It is one of the oldest continuously family-run brick-and-mortar magic companies in North America. The original store, then called the Ireland Magic Company, was located on 109 N. Dearborn in the Chicago Loop. In 1963, the ... Read »


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    • Magic set

    • A magic set or magic kit is a kind of toy, usually directed at younger children, which includes materials and instructions to perform some simple magic tricks. The tricks included often rely heavily on gimmicked props, and require little skill to perform. In addition to providing props for various tricks, these sets wi ... Read »


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    • Magic store

    • A magic store (also magic shop or magician's supply shop) is an establishment which sells materials for performing magic tricks. Magic shops often also sell practical jokes and novelty items, and frequently serve as informal gathering places for amateur magicians, with some hosting organized magic clubs. ... Read »


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    • Master Index to Magic in Print

    • The Master Index to Magic in Print, commonly known as the Potter Index, is a set of 14 volumes giving references to published books and periodical articles describing most known magic effects. It was originally compiled by the stage magician Jack Potter, and published as parts known as "Potter's Bar" in the periodical ... Read »


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    • Mathemagician

    • A mathemagician is a mathematician who is also a magician. The name "mathemagician" was probably first applied to Martin Gardner, but has since been used to describe many mathematician/magicians, including Arthur T. Benjamin,Persi Diaconis,Colm Mulcahy, and Shona Jean McKay. Diaconis has suggested that the reason so m ... Read »


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    • Mentalism

    • Mentalism is a performing art in which its practitioners, known as mentalists, appear to demonstrate highly developed mental or intuitive abilities. Performances may appear to include hypnosis, telepathy, clairvoyance, divination, precognition, psychokinesis, mediumship, mind control, memory feats, deduction, and rapid ... Read »


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    • Micromagic

    • Micromagic or close-up magic or table magic is stage magic performed in an intimate setting usually no more than ten feet (three metres) from one's audience and is usually performed while sitting at a table. Micromagic can combine sleight-of-hand manipulations with flourishes, and is called Cardistry. Sleight-of-hand ... Read »


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    • Parlor magic

    • Platform magic (also known as parlor magic, club magic or cabaret magic) is magic that is done for larger audiences than close-up magic and for smaller audiences than stage magic. It is more intimate than stage magic because it doesn't require expensive, large-scale stage equipment and can thus be performed closer to t ... Read »


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    • Platform magic

    • Platform magic (also known as parlor magic, club magic or cabaret magic) is magic that is done for larger audiences than close-up magic and for smaller audiences than stage magic. It is more intimate than stage magic because it doesn't require expensive, large-scale stage equipment and can thus be performed closer to t ... Read »


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    • Psychomagic (entertainment)

    • In stage magic Psychomagic is accredited to Chan Canasta by many magicians and mentalists. Canasta was a pioneer in the 1950s and 1960s of mentalism. He explained that the word was a portmanteau of the two words psychology and magic, much like his performances, which are considered by many to be an early form of Psycho ... Read »


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    • Retention of vision

    • Retention of vision is a conjuring term referring to the perceived image of an object during a vanish (usually associated with vanishing coins). In a retention of vision vanish, the spectator sees a coin placed on a palm and as the fingers are closed around the coin it is secretly removed, but because the retina still ... Read »


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    • Reginald Scot

    • Reginald Scot (or Scott) (c. 1538 – 9 October 1599) was an English country gentleman and Member of Parliament, now remembered as the author of The Discoverie of Witchcraft, which was published in 1584. It was written against the belief in witches, to show that witchcraft did not exist. Part of its content ... Read »


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    • Self-working magic

    • Self-working magic is magic that works simply from following a procedure that is known to the audience. It requires no secret set-up, trickery, sleight-of-hand, or other hidden objects or moves. Some self-working magic allows the audience to have a secret that they do not reveal to the magician until the end. The audie ... Read »


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    • Servantes (magic)

    • Servantes are theatrical properties or "props" used by magicians. Their purpose is to assist the magician to misdirect the audience. An example of a "prop" is a simple bag or pouch hanging from the magician's belt or a small platform placed out of sight of onlookers (behind a magician's table). Some magicians keep thei ... Read »


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    • Shut eye

    • In the lingo of stage magicians, illusionists, and mentalists, a shut eye is a performer who becomes so adept at the illusion of mind reading that the performer comes to believe that he or she actually possesses psychic powers. The term was used by film director Orson Welles, a gifted magician, who feared that he woul ... Read »


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    • Stage illusions

    • Stage illusions are large-scale magic tricks. As the name implies, stage illusions are distinct from all other types of magic in that they are performed a considerable distance away from the audience, usually on a stage, in order to maintain the illusion. Examples of stage illusions include sawing a woman in half and L ... Read »


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    • Street magic

    • Street magic falls into two genres; traditional street performance and guerrilla magic. The first definition of street magic refers to a traditional form of magic performance - that of busking. In this, the magician draws an audience from passers by and performs an entire act for them. In exchange, the magician se ... Read »


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    • Street performance

    • Street performance or busking is the act of performing in public places for gratuities. In many countries the rewards are generally in the form of money but other gratuities such as food, drink or gifts may be given. Street performance is practiced all over the world by men, women and children and dates back to antiqui ... Read »


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    • Theatrical séance


    • Topit

    • A Topit is a utility device used by magicians to dispose of objects secretly. It plays a similar role in the magician's toolkit to pulls, holdouts, servantes, and techniques such as sleeving or lapping. While the original Topit booklet by Patrick Page was put out by Lewis Davenport Ltd. in London decades ago, it was Mi ... Read »


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    • Troublewit

    • Troublewit is a specially pleated paper used for entertainment purposes. The paper is used to form various items, such as hats, fans and umbrellas by stage entertainers and illusionists. Its origins go back to the 17th Century. The method of preparing the paper was described in English as early as 1676 by the anonymou ... Read »


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    • Wizard Product Review

    • The Wizard Product Review is a fortnightly magic review show started by World Magic Shop in May 2010 It featured guests such as magician Paul Daniels. The show brings in a weekly audience of around 10,000 viewers; mostly magicians. The show was originally hosted by David Penn (magician) and Craig Petty until 2015 when ... Read »


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    • Magic world championship

    • The International Federation of Magic Societies (FISM) (Fédération Internationale des Sociétés Magiques) was founded in 1948, and is one of the most respected organizations in the magician community. It is an international body coordinating dozens of national and international clubs and federations around t ... Read »


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