They say that a magician should never reveal his tricks. On the other hand, if you master the art of magic, you will always remain one step ahead of the audience. You can then reveal as many tricks as you want, and will still be able to harness the attention of the crowd.
Famous magicians, from David Copperfield to David Blaine, have made a living revealing their old tricks and coming up with new exciting ways to outshine themselves. Penn and Teller are well known for going out of their way to call the bluff of anyone who uses cheap parlor tricks to fool the public.
Magician’s Rabbit is here to offer valuable resources for learning easy magic tricks, to mind reading and mentalism, to ventriloquism. We will also regularly post our favorite videos from impressive magician’s so that you can understand the performance side of magic, because pulling off the trick is only half of the act. The other half is the act itself.
While there has long been a lot of debate and controversy over the Indian Rope Trick, many people are happy to state that it was developed, in its current guise, in India in the 19th century.
This is an act that has been classed as the greatest illusion in the world and yet, it is a simple act. All that is needed to perform the act is the magician/performer, a length of rope and an assistant. However, while there may not be much of a set-up to the act, it is one that has perplexed audiences all across the world.(more…)
With a nickname of The Professor, it would be fair to say that Canadian magician Dai Vernon was held in extremely high regard in magic circles. The magician, born in 1894 and who died in 1992, just two years shy of his 100th birthday, was well thought of by fellow magicians and he acted as a mentor to a number of famous magicians.(more…)
When you are referred to as the “father of the modern style of conjuring”, it is clear that you have had a positive impact on the magic community. This is the case for Jean-Eugène Robert-Houdin, who was a French magician born in 1805 and who lived to 1871.(more…)
David Devant, born in 1868 and died in 1941, was a film exhibitor, a shadowgraphist but most importantly a magician.
Devant is considered to be one of the leading exponents of stylish and witty presentation, and his act was a big factor in bringing magic to a wider audience. While the magic act is essential in wowing an audience, there is a need to connect and engage with an audience, and this is something that Devant understood very well.(more…)
The sad passing of Paul Daniels in March of 2016 not only brought an end to the life of one of Britain’s most loved entertainers of the 1970s and 80s, it marked the passing of a man who did more to encourage people to learn about magic than most people.
Daniels may not be regarded in hushed or revered terms in the way that more death-defying magicians are considered but when it came to bringing magic to the masses and allowing people to develop an interest in the activity, Paul Daniels was one of the best in the business.(more…)
The Bullet Catch is an act of illusion that makes it seem as though the magician catches a bullet that has been fired directly towards them.
While this act is commonly completed by the magician catching the bullet in their mouth, there are also examples of magicians catching the bullet in their hands or with the use of a prop, such as a plate. The Bullet Catch has also been referred to as The Gun Trick or The Bullet Trick.(more…)
One thing that many performers need to be aware of is that card skills are not enough when looking to put on a show.
While there is a need to have presentation skills to ensure that people are entertained, there is also a need to develop good vocal skills. This can help in providing information, in setting the scene and in making sure that people buy into the atmosphere of a performance. However, there is also the fact that many performers use equivocation during their act, so this is something that needs to be developed.(more…)
Cardistry, as you may not be surprised to learn, is a word derived from cards and artistry, and it is a phrase used to describe someone who can perform card tricks with a flourish.
What differentiates cardistry from card magic or any form of card tricks comes with the performance. Cardistry is something that is very impressive visually and is considered to be a step above standard card tricks. People who have mastered a wide range of card skills and tricks and who want to showcase a higher level of skills with cards will find that cardistry is the ideal platform to showcase their skills and talent.(more…)
Palming, as the name suggests, is a style or technique that enables a performer to conceal or hold an object in the palm of their hand.
This is a technique that is commonly used by magicians to ensure that a card, coin or any other object is concealed from an audience. When palming is carried out effectively, the palm which contains the object will seem to be empty.(more…)