How can you start learning magic tricks today if you are a beginner, or stuck at home? You don’t need a direct mentor to teach you nowadays, nor do you have to enroll in magic classes. Magic learning can be done at home and anytime, with the options available today.
Learning magic might seem very daunting at first. There are so many resources and so many different ways to go. I’ll show you how to learn magic if you are a beginner in this post! Let’s get into it.
How Can I Teach Myself Magic?
There are so many resources to start with it can be overwhelming. But, generally resources will be your best bet. That’s because if you don’t have someone teaching you magic directly, you are going to have to learn either from watching someone in video, or reading magic books.
There are two methods you can take to learning magic. First, you can either decide what type of magic you would like to pursue. Then, you can follow the instructions related to learning that particular type of magic.
Or, if you don’t know what you want to learn or you want to learn all of magic in general, then you can study all of them at once.
Let’s look at the different types of magic you can learn and practice.
Different Types of Magic to Learn
Here are some of the different types of magic that can be learned individually. Should you decide that you want to pursue just one type of magic, you can just jump into the resources available for that type of magic to begin.
Card magic is the use of playing cards or a deck of cards to perform card tricks. Card magic has many different levels, from very easy beginner card tricks all the way up to advanced sleight of hand, memorized deck and other more advanced tricks. Because cards also have mathematical properties, there are even self-working card tricks that can be performed by beginners.
There are also trick card decks which allow beginner magicians to also do tricks that would otherwise be too hard for their skill level.
Card magic is probably the most popular form of magic in modern times, and it is the one in which you will find the most resources. But, that can also be a drawback since there is so much information, you may not know what is the best to learn.
Coin magic is the use and manipulation of coins. This includes things such as vanishes and reappearances and the changing of coins. Coin magic is a very visual form of magic. The only thing about coin magic is it generally uses a lot of sleight of hand. This means it can take a beginner a long time in some cases before they are able to perform certain tricks.
Card magic has tricks that are more mentally based or that use mathematical or other self-working principles, allowing beginners to start doing simple tricks. Coins are a lot more visual and will take more time and practice before the sleight of hand becomes good enough to perform and looks natural. Or, some moves are hard enough that the move itself can’t even be done without much practice.
Coin magic is not nearly as popular as card magic, but there are still some great resources available for beginning magicians wanting to learn. So don’t let that stop you, since there are great resources available.
Close Up Magic
Close up magic is generally a mix of card and coin magic. It can also include money magic as well using bills instead of coins. It’s done seated at a table or up close to the audience. Other props can be used as well, such as cups and balls for additional effects.
Mentalism is a form of mental magic, which performs tricks and makes it look as if the performer has super mental powers or mind reading abilities.
Mentalism has seemed to explode in popularity in recent years, so you can find plenty of resources for Mentalism.
Ball Magic & Sponge Balls
Ball magic can involve the use of balls, such as billiard balls. Or, it can be sponge balls.
I can’t think of anyone who has done only ball magic or sponge ball magic in their career. Usually, it is combined with something else.
Even though this is not nearly as popular a form of magic, there are great resources still available.
Stage magic is magic that is performed up on a stage, using involving larger props or tools. This can be hard to learn for beginning magicians, since certain stage props can be very expensive or time consuming to build.
There are some tricks and props such as the Chinese Linking Rings which can be purchased at cheaper costs than most elaborate stage magic props. This would probably be the best option to start with. Also, there is something called Card Manipulation, which can be a great form of stage magic. The only drawback is this is one of the most intense forms of sleight of hand, and can take years sometimes just to learn.
Street magic is really just close-up magic performed on the streets instead of in a more formal setting. There are also professional buskers who perform stage magic tricks, but set up in a street environment instead.
Rope is a great form of magic, and one of the most overlooked. It’s not very popular, and it tends to be an older form of magic that has been forgotten. But those who can do rope magic, can do it very well.
Rope magic can also be combined with rings to make rope and ring magic.
If you just want to perform for kids or at kid’s birthday parties, then you would just want to learn Kid’s magic. There are some resources from magicians who only perform kid’s magic and will teach you the same.
How to Learn All Types of Magic at Home
Here are some options if you want to learn all types of magic.
Magic Learning Kits for Beginners
Magic Kits are an option if you are wanting to learn magic in general, and you want to learn all types of magic. Generally, these kits are designed for those who are beginners and know absolutely nothing about magic. So, they will teach you all of the basics.
Since they cover so many different forms of magic, they generally will not go into depth in one particular area. They will tend to show you the most basic magic for each type of magic.
One good thing is that kits usually come with some props. This means you won’t have to buy these props separately if you want to perform certain classic beginner tricks. Usually, there will be some kind of trick deck supplied in most kits as well.
Magic Kits will usually come with either a book, video, or a combination of both.
My pick for the best magic beginner kit would probably be Joshua Jay’s Magic the Complete Course. Joshua is just a wonderful magician, one of the best in the world, and is great at presentation. He is also a very good teacher. The kit comes with some good props, as well as a book, with a video also.
Joshua does a good job of picking out some good tricks and principles for beginners to learn. He also covers a lot of different forms of magic, including even Office Magic. Some of it might not be stuff you would use, but there are some very good tricks in this kit.
There are also some magic kits by Criss Angel in which he teaches a ton of information for a beginner. Hundreds of tricks, plus you get the standard props.
Magic Books for Beginners
There are some classic books on magic for beginners. Some are extremely deep, and could be studied for years. Some of the best beginner books include:
- Mark Wilson – Complete Course in Magic (This one is probably the standard and it’s a classic. He covers so many things in depth)
- The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Magic
- Dummies Guide to Magic
All of these books will cover multiple types of magic. The book by Mark Wilson is a classic and covers a lot.
Another option is more recent times is to learn magic by watching Youtube videos. But the only drawback to this will be, you will not have a guide as to what to learn. Also, the difficulty levels will vary, and some of it might be too hard.
I have also found that there is a lot of material found in books like Joshua Jay’s and Mark Wilson’s, classic things of magic, that are just not taught on Youtube.
Hopefully you were able to gain a better understanding of how to learn magic for beginners or if you are trying to learn magic from home! You can dive into a particular type of magic and all its resources, or you can learn all types of magic through a kit, book, or videos online. I recommend learning all types of magic starting out in order to know what you will like, to get a feel for everything, and to improve in many different areas.
There are so many resources available, but I think these are some of the best!