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Top Five Books on Learning to Do Magic for Beginners

It’s no surprise that after a fantastic magic show, people are inspired to learn to perform tricks of their own. There are many books out there that make great resources for anyone interested in beginner’s magic.

If you want to wave your hands and disappear into the world of illusions and sleight-of-hand tricks, check out some of the books listed below.

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Magic For Dummies by David Pogue

This book is part of the For Dummies series, popular for including books on just about any topic and explaining it step-by-step in lay terms. 

If you are brand new to magic, this book can show you over 90 easy-to-learn tricks to impress your family and friends. The tricks involved using everyday items, so there is no need to go out and buy special props.

The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Street Magic by Tom Ogden

Much like the For Dummies series, The Complete Idiot’s Guide series takes topics and breaks them down to make them easy for the everyday person to learn. This book focuses more on street magic and the type of impressive presentation that comes along with it.

Dubbing its style “the hip-hop of hocus-pocus” on Amazon, tricks strive to be edgier, more awe-inspiring and modeled after modern street magicians like David Blaine and Criss Angel. If you are looking to learn a style that helps you stand out from other everyday magicians, this might be the book for you.

MAGIC: The Complete Course by Joshua Jay

This instructional book offers a modern approach to learning magic great for just starting out. It includes colorful illustrations and step-by-step instructions to perform each trick.

This book is broken down into sections, including tricks for beginners, tricks to impress kids, tricks to impress classmates or coworkers, and specialty card tricks.

Mark Wilson’s Complete Course in Magic by Mark Wilson

With over 300 tricks to learn, this comprehensive guide has been used for years by those just starting out in magic. It includes over 500 pages with over 2,000 easy-to-follow illustrations that will teach you how to do everything from the simplest card trick to professional-level magic.

If you are looking for a guide that goes beyond the basics into rope magic, stage magic, and more, check out this book.

The Amateur Magician’s Handbook by Henry Hay

Originally published in 1950, this handbook is currently on its fourth revision and has helped several generations of aspiring magicians find their passion. It includes tricks and secrets for beginners and the more advanced, including card tricks, coin tricks, reading minds, and more.

This handbook is also great for putting together your own show, offering insights into the audience’s mindset, tips for showmanship, and how to incorporate things like comedy and music.

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