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Best Magic Tricks Ever Created

After performing thousands of magic shows, we have seen A LOT of magic in our lives 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 and theater scholar, as well as a University teacher. In addition, he wrote his Ph.D. dissertation on magic during the French Belle Epoque which is arguably the era of the height of magic performance and illusions. Read on...

Top 10 Greatest Magic Tricks of All Time

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.

Honorable Mention

The history of magical illusions, how they are created, and how magicians invent them is told extremely well in the book Hiding the Elephant by illusion inventor Jim Steinmeyer. In this book, Steinmeyer shares the technical ingenuity of great magic tricks/illusion and explains how many of them work so you can understand the layers of entrapment that magicians create to fool your brain. This is a very fun read on how the "hand IS quicker than the eye." Check it out and enjoy some of the best magic tricks ever created!