What Magic Tricks Should A Beginner Learn?

Welcome to the world of magic. As you’ve probably realized, there are a huge amount of options available when it comes to learning magic tricks. You might be an adult who wants to learn magic tricks. Maybe you want to know why kids should learn magic tricks? Maybe you just want a few magic tricks to show your friends? Do you pick self-working tricks? /Sleight of hand? Coin magic? Mentalism? Close-up magic? Card magic tricks? Fear not, we’re here to help you get started in magic the right way. This is the best way to start learning magic tricks. And many of the resources we’re going to suggest let you learn magic tricks for free!

In this article, we’ll break down some popular categories of magic tricks, and give you a few pointers on how to get started in that area. This isn’t some magic tricks revealed thing, this will show you more than just the secrets. It contains material which is much more valuable than a simple secret. Let’s get started!

Self-Working Tricks

Do not let the name deceive you. Self-working tricks are tricks that take no skill or sleight of hand to perform, but this doesn’t mean they’re “easy” to do well. You’ll still need to work on the order to do the things you need to do. You’ll still need to work out a script (or your “patter”). You’ll still need to practise it over and over until you can do it without thinking about it. But, technically, this is a great place to start if you’re a beginner and want to learn how to do magic.

We’ve put together some very easy, and in many cases, self-working tricks to get you started.

How to do magic tricks with cards

Easy card tricks for kids and adults

The world’s easiest best magic tricks

Once you’re ready for more, you can’t do better than “Super Strong Super Simple” by Ryan Schlutz. This is the best collection of easy-to-do magic ever released. Every trick is self-working so you can concentrate on your performance.


Sleight of hand

Sleight Of Hand

Good choice. This is the path most of the people who work here at Vanishing Inc. prefer. There’s nothing better than someone handing you their own deck of playing cards and you being able to perform miracles.

Sleight of hand is an honorable choice, although it will take practise and dedication. But that’s half the fun, right?

First off, here's the best possible resource for you to get started. And it's free.

Learn Card Magic Sleight Of Hand Basics

Dan and Dave Buck kickstarted the Cardistry revolution some years ago. The way they handle cards is sublime. So who better to teach you the basics?

All these videos will teach you how to handle a deck of cards. And they’re all free.


Card magic tricks

Learn Card Magic Tricks

Once you’ve got the basics down, it’s time to learn some card magic tricks. Paul Wilson is a master magician. When he talks, we listen. We persuaded him to record a video that will teach you 10 sleight of hand moves and 10 tricks. For free. You just need to create a free account on the site, and we’ll instantly add the whole video to your account. For free.


Serious mind reader is serious


Mind-reading is incredibly popular right now. British mentalist, Derren Brown, has changed the way the world looks at a theatrical display of mind reading forever. Now, whilst you’re not going to be Derren immediately, there are some beginner mind reading tricks we’ve put together to get you started.


Coin magic

Coin Magic

Everyone always says the same thing when it comes to learning coin magic. It is one word. It has four letters. Bobo.

Bobo’s book has been a classic learning text for decades and rightly so. It covers just about everything you could ever wish to learn about coin magic, and the best bit is it is priced incredibly reasonably too.


If you want to learn the basics for free, then here’s some easy magic tricks with coins to get you started.

close-up magic

Close-Up Magic

Close up magic is magic that is done up close. The clue is in the name, really! It’s probably our favorite way to perform magic. It’s intimate, and by its very nature it rules out mirrors and trapdoors and whatever else your audience may suspect you’re using. You can use borrowed objects and perform miracles inches from people’s eyes.

When we turned 10 years old, in 2020 we put out a special download bundle with almost 2.5 hours of strong close up magic. It can be yours, for free. All you need is a VI account and we’ll add all the videos to your account immediately.