We reveal the biggest card trick secrets of the pros with easy step-by-step tutorials. From misdirection sleight-of-hand techniques to advanced shuffles and flourishes, card handling abilities are an essential skill any great magician must possess.
Learn simple tricks beginners can master in just minutes or expert level techniques performed by professional magicians like David Blaine and Criss Angel.
The tricks below are separated into sections depending on what kind of moves you are looking for.
What Type of Card Tricks Do You Want to Learn?
If you’re interested in becoming serious about card magic, there are a few moves that are essential to master. These are sleight-of-hand techniques that are frequently used in more advanced tricks.
Looking for some easy tricks you can learn in minutes with minimal practice? These moves are very simple to pull off and don’t require much sleight-of-hand or special technique. The perfect party tricks and some of the best for children to learn as well.
Ready to learn some more advanced card tricks performed by the pros? These tricks involve more use of sleight-of-hand techniques, and will take more time and practice to master. These are tricks that magicians practice for years and perform for world-wide audiences.
Essential Card Sleight Techniques
First, let’s start off with the essentials. These are important moves that every serious magician must master. If you’re a beginner or novice, these moves can seem very difficult. For pro-level card tricks, these moves are considered the basics so it’s worth it to learn them. If you’re only looking for some easy 1-move tricks to wow your friends, scroll further below to the Easy section.
- The Double Lift
An essential move for any serious card magician. Learn 4 ways to do the double lift, and which is the best one.
- How to force a card
Card forces are absolutely essential for any card magician to master. Most advanced card tricks will require this move. The good part is that you they’re pretty simple to do.
- The Pinky Break
A fundamental sleight of hand in card magic. Used in countless number of tricks for positioning, and aids in other sleights like the double lift.
- The Elmsley Count
Learn how to hide certain cards in the deck, and make it appear that there are less cards than there actually are.
- The One-Handed Cut
Learn how to do the one-handed cut. Cut a deck of cards using only one hand. A very cool sleight of hand to incorporate into your card tricks.
- The False Cut
Learn how to cut the deck multiple times in your hand, making it appear like you are shuffling, but keeping the order of the cards exactly intact.
- The Double Undercut
One of the most important sleights required in a lot of bigger tricks. Put a card into the middle of the deck and control it back to the top without the audience noticing.
Easy / Beginner / Kids Card Tricks
Don’t be fooled by the title. Even though these tricks may be easy to learn, the effects are truly awesome. Even the highest level magicians perform the tricks listed in this category. If you’re looking for card tricks for kids, then these are good ones to look at. If you want to learn quick and easy card magic that doesn’t require the use of advanced card sleights and card handling skills, these are the tricks for you.
- David Blaine’s Simple Card Trick
David Blaine performs an amazing card trick to the staff at Esquire, then shows them how simple it is to actually do it.
- Graham Jolley’s Amazing Card Trick that Fooled Penn & Teller
From Penn & Teller’s TV show, Fool Us. Graham Jolley performs a card trick that’s brilliantly simple to execute, and fools even the brightest minds in magic.
- Brilliantly Simple
One of the best tricks I’ve seen for beginners, that you can learn in under 10 minutes.
- The Power of Four
A cool card trick for beginners. Guess the 4th card of the deck every time with no set up or sleight of hand required.
- Levitate a Card From the Palm of Your Hand
A single playing card slowly levitates from your palm and back down again, without use of string.
- Signed Card Travels To Pocket
The spectator signs a random card from the deck. You place it in the middle while they watch, but you show them it was actually in your jacket pocket.
Advanced / Professional Card Tricks
These are the tricks and card sleights performed by professional magicians like David Blaine, Dynamo, and Criss Angel. You’ll require a lot of practice before you can attempt them in front of an audience, especially for those that require the use of multiple techniques in one trick. If you’re serious about card magic, these are the tricks to learn and master.
- Dream of Aces by David Copperfield
One of the greatest card tricks ever. Learn David Copperfield’s Dream of Aces card trick. Very advanced using many different card sleights.
- David Blaine’s Supernatural, Disappearing Card Trick on Jimmel Kimmel Live
Spectators’ only guess on how David does this trick is, that he really has supernatural powers. Learn how to do it here.
- David Blaine’s Hand Sandwich Card Trick
My favourite card trick ever. Very advanced, but very simple to do when you learn the double lift move.
- How to Produce Cards Out of Thin Air
Cards appear out of thin air into your hand. One of the coolest things I’ve ever seen. Can be done with one or multiple cards.
- David Blaine’s Card in Lemon Trick
From his TV Special, Real or Magic, Harrison Ford picks a card. David Blaine makes it disappear from the deck, and appear inside a lemon when they cut it open.
- The Signed Card by David Blaine
The magic signature. After a spectator signs two different playing cards, they both travel onto one single card.
- Flick a Card Out of the Deck
Flick a selected card out of the deck with one hand, and catch it with your other hand for a cool finishing effect.
- Shapeshifter Colour Change
You may have seen this before from one of David Blaine’s card tricks. Learn how to make a card instantly change into another right before your eyes.
- The Rising Card
A spectator selects a random card without you looking. You put it back into the middle of the deck and put it back into the card box. When you hold up the box, the card magically rises by itself out of the box.
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