A magic trick can be simple to perform. An effective learning tool such as a book or a video, along with the necessary supplies, can teach the basics of the performance. Once an understanding has been reached, practicing the magic trick is very important. The most vital part of any magic trick is the ability to make it look effortless, and to hide the "trick" behind the trick.
Starting a Magic Trick
When first setting out to learn a magic trick, a would-be magician should begin with something easy. Examples of good beginner tricks would include the magnetic hand, the rising card, or the magic coin dish. Once understanding how to perform the magic trick, it will be easier to learn additional tricks.
The Magnetic Hand
In order to perform the magnetic hand, the novice magician must acquire a deck of cards. In this magic trick, the magician seems to be able to hold a splayed hand of cards on his downturned hand, without grasping them. They seem to be held to the hand by magic. The trick is to glue the cards together, then glue a tab of cardboard to the center card. The tab is held between the fingers where it cannot be seen. It creates a baffling illusion and is a magic trick that is fairly easily performed.
The Rising Card
In the magic trick called The Rising Card, a spectator chooses a card and then loses it in the deck; the magician then makes the card rise out of the card by laying a hand on top of the deck. The magician has been careful to note a card near where the spectator's card is placed, making it easy to find again. Then, when the magician attracts the attention of the audience to the finger placed on top of the deck, he subtly uses the bottom hand to push the card up, creating the illusion that the card is being pulled by the finger.
The Magic Coin Dish
Another magic trick, The Magic Coin Dish, is easy to perfect and will amaze spectators. In this trick, a spectator counts the number of coins on a paper plate. The magician then pours the coins into the spectator's hand. When the spectator pours the coins back onto the plate, there are more coins than had been there originally. The magician is using two paper plates, and several coins are hidden between the plates. The coins are introduced to the spectator's hand when the plate is poured out, making a believable magic trick.