List of magic tricks

This page contains a list of magic tricks. In magic literature, tricks are often called effects. Based strictly upon published literature and marketed effects, there are hundreds of millions of effects; a short performance routine by a single magician may contain dozens of effects.

Some serious students of magic strive to refer to effects by a proper name, and are also concerned with the proper attribution of the effect's creator. For example, consider an effect where the magician shows four aces, and then they turn face up one at a time in a mysterious fashion. This effect might be recognized as Twisting the Aces, which is attributed to Dai Vernon, based on a false count invented by Alex Elmsley. Some tricks are listed merely with their marketed name (particularly those that are sold as stand-alone tricks by retail dealers), whereas others are listed by the name given within magic publications.


Stage illusions

Close-up effects


  • Animental



There are thousands of devices used by magicians to accomplish their effects. However, most of the devices are never even observed during the performance of the trick(s); while not generally tricks in and of themselves, some of these devices are very valuable to performers of magic.

  • Topit
  • Sponge Balls
  • B Screens
  • The A.R. Mini Stage[1]
  • Funkenring[2]
  • Gibeciere
  • Business Card Production Wallet[3]


  1. ^ "Hocus Pocus Parade". The Linking Ring (The International Brotherhood of Magicians) ?? (?):  ?. ????. 
  2. ^ Reeder, Brad; Robinson, Bill (1986). Sparks: The Funkenring Book. Coastal Magic. 
  3. ^ "Hocus in Focus". The Linking Ring (The International Brotherhood of Magicians) 80 (2): 111,112. February 2000. 

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