Top 10 best easy magic tricks named

August 27th, 2009 | Joe Hadsall | Filed Under David Blaine, General, Products


Top 10 best easy magic tricks namedJudging is under way for the 2009 Video Contest, and all the entries reaffirm something Brad Christian has said from day one: “Simple hits hard.” That, and watching too many episodes of Late Night with David Letterman, got us thinking: What are the top 10 easiest magic tricks available? Here’s the list we came up with:

  • No. 10: Indecent, by Wayne Houchin. A card ends up inside a plastic bag, with little work from you.
  • No. 9: Two Card Monte, from Kard Klub. This is a David Blaine regular; the only reason it’s not higher is because that one part is kinda nerve-racking. But what a payoff!
  • No. 8: Mercury Aces, by David Kong. We can’t tell you how many times this has blown people away. This is an outstanding, powerful packet trick that is easy to perform. And we like how this one directs newcomers to discover Arturo Ascanio.
  • No. 7: Negative Erdnase, from Army of 52. We’re big fans of the Erdnase color change. But in this one, Justin Miller adds his smooth handling to the classic color change, and with one simple tweak makes it look so much more beautiful and convincing.
  • No. 6: Trick Sharpie. This thing combined with a simple force blows minds left and right. The hard work is already done for you with this one. All you do is point it out when you’re good and ready.
  • No. 5: Fallen, by Danny Garcia. As an ending to an ambitious card routine or a great reveal, Fallen opens eyes. And it’s easy to perform, especially when you use a fresh deck of playing cards.
  • No. 4: Biddle trick, from Inside Magic. We love watching all the different presentations you come up with for this. It’s a find the card effect with an inexplicable, impossible ending. What you guys do with that ending is awesome.
  • No. 3: Search & Destroy, by Aaron Fisher. This is the best invisible pass on the market, even though everyone sees it. This is a powerful sandwich effect that puts all the work in the spectators’ hands, leaving you to focus on the magic and suspense.
  • No. 2: Invisible Deck. What magician doesn’t have one of these as a Plan B? They name any card, and it turns out to be the only one flipped over in a deck. All it takes is some deft handling from you.
  • And No. 1: Here Then There, from Crash Course 1. This is another effect that Blaine uses regularly, and he gets as many dropped jaws as you guys did in the videos.

Let the debating begin. What do you think of the list?

10 comments

  1. this is a good list. Especially No.1&4. But isn’t it interesting how they all are available at Ellusionist?

  2. I thought that was kind of the point…

  3. The Sharpie R.O.C.K.S!

  4. I heard from a friend they’ve been deleting comments from here they didn’t like, it got deleted twice. Sure, it’s your blog, you can do what you want but it will have an effect on your credibility.

    I have to say, I *like* a lot of E’s stuff, and have bought various tricks and been happy with them, but deleting posts like that that sound slightly “anti-ellusionist” makes me question wether I want to buy from here. I usually recommend E to new magicians, along with a few other sites, but I really don’t know anymore. I’m not going to give up on E because of one deleted post (x2), but it’s made me think about it.

    Yes it does occur to me this post will probably be removed as well, I just hope that whatever moderator deletes it reads it before doing so.

    Truthfully, that’s really, really low.

  5. hmm i don’t think they have the need to delete this post. and yes they are all ellusionist products in the list, but what the hell does that matter? you have got to remember that this site is selling products, and if they make a list of the 10 easiest tricks that you can learn from their site, i don’t know why they should put in stuff you cant learn here. also, if it wasn’t stuff from here, many people wouldn’t understand what they’re talking about. also, does deleting anti-ellusionist comments make them a bad site? if you post a video on youtube you made, for whatever reason, and people are talking bad about it, you will delete those comments too. i have seen plenty of videos where people dont do the thing they want to do correctly, and then after a while they just disable comments on the video.

  6. “if it wasn’t stuff from here, many people wouldn’t understand what they’re talking about.”
    Do you really think that’s the average intelligence of a Ellusionist customer? Not able to google the name of a trick to find it’s creator?
    What the f*** is the point of a top 10 list if you already know about all the tricks on it?

    “also, does deleting anti-ellusionist comments make them a bad site?”
    Did you even read what I wrote? “sounded slightly anti Ellusionist”?

    “if you post a video on youtube you made, for whatever reason, and people are talking bad about it, you will delete those comments too. i have seen plenty of videos where people dont do the thing they want to do correctly, and then after a while they just disable comments on the video.”
    Youtube. Really? Anyone over the age of say 12 should have learned that *youtube* isn’t really the best place to look for credibility or dignity in moderation or commenting.
    If Ellusionist was to pretend that people who disagreed with them didn’t exist by deleting their comments, it would make it a bad site.
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    However, as my previous comment is still there, I suspect it may have just been some mod with a heavy delete finger.

    Also, could you try capitalizing your posts? It’s not all that hard, I don’t see any reason not to unless you’re trying to look like some youtube commenter.

  7. what you guys don’t get, is that my posts weren’t even anti ellusionist. I merely stated some other good tricks. I learned something from my Theater teacher which was, when someone is making a constructive criticism of you, DON’T TALK BACK TO THEM or try to explain yourself. If you do you just look like a jerk. do you see people talking back to Simon Cowell when he attacks their performance? We just wanted to state our mind and we did. There was no need to fight back. You guys need to find a life and a job.

    btw they really deleted my comment twice. I wouldn’t lie.

  8. I have an Invisible deck,I know 2 card monte, and Mercury was given to me by a friend a long time ago…The rest I’ve yet to learn…wait 09??? Is there a new list I don’t know about?

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