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Best Magic Tricks Ever Created

After performing thousands of magic shows together, attended many magic conventions around the world, and students of magic with a large library, we are quite knowledgeable about magic history and could make a great list for you of the best magic tricks ever. However, we wanted to open this up to someone that has even more of a time-machine to past eras of magic. He's a magic historian, author, and theater scholar, as well as a University professor. In addition, he wrote his UCSD Ph.D. dissertation on novel magic methods during the French Belle Epoque which is arguably the era of the height of magic performance and illusions. Read on...

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by Dr. Will Given
University of California, San Diego

There are those who argue that all magic tricks can be placed into specific categories. On a basic level, these categories include: appearance/disappearance, destruction/restoration, transformation, levitation, penetration, escape, and prediction. The fact is though, many strong magic tricks do not fall neatly into one of these and instead combine multiple elements of different categories. Magic tricks should not be easily categorized. Instead, they should inspire wonder and cause us to believe the impossible is truly possible. Let's take a look now at our vote for the top ten magic tricks that do precisely that.

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The history of magical illusions, how they are created, and how magicians invent them are ancient and fascinating stories. This list of what we believe are the Top 10 Best Magic Tricks Ever are just the tip of the iceberg of the fascinating history of magic.