Judging 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?