7 Easy Levitation Magic Tricks for Beginners and Kids

Magicians are known for levitating things. They're specialists in defying the laws of gravity by making it appear as if objects are floating in mid-air with no physical help. In close-up magic, it can be small objects such as playing cards and finger rings. In big stage illusions, skilled magicians can levitate people, live animals, cars, and more.

Levitation is a visual effect that everyone can understand and you don't have to say a word. Even though your audience recognizes that objects don't mysteriously float on their own, you can make them think it's happening. To learn how to levitate, study these simple magic tricks and you'll begin to learn the secrets and be able to amaze anyone.

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    Float a Card Between Your Hands

    floating card

    The floating card trick is a classic in any magician's toolkit. During it, you will make it appear as if a card is floating from one hand to the other.

    This trick is perfect for beginners and it will show you the sort of behind-the-scenes gimmick that magicians turn to often. As long as you don't reveal the secret, no one will know what's really going on.

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    Levitate a Playing Card

    The Floating Card magic trick.

    Learn the basics of sleight of hand with this simple trick. There's no complicated move required to levitate a playing card, just a special card! Once you figure this one out, you'll be ready for more complex tricks.

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    Levitate and Spin a Card


    With the knowledge you gained in the basic floating card trick, it's time to put your gimmick-making skills to the test! Take it to the next level and learn how to make that levitating card spin. It's easier than you think, all you need to do is give it a try.

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    Float and Spin a Card

    spinning card

    Here's a magic trick that is sure to get the attention of spectators. You bring out a playing card and cause it to spin in mid-air before it rises up to your hand. It's another gimmicked card and one more secret to toss into your magic hat.

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    Make a Ring Rise

    ring rising on string

    A trick that you can do almost anywhere, all you need is a ring and a rubber band for this illusion. The secret to making the ring mysteriously move is in how you hold the rubber band. This is a perfect trick for kids or anyone new to magic.

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    Levitate a Ring on a Pencil

    levitating ring

    Building on the ring trick, grab a pencil and some black thread and make the impossible possible. Discover how to make a ring mysteriously float up and down the length of a pencil to the delight of all who see it. 

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    The Rising Card

    Rising card

    Card tricks are a ton of fun to learn and perform. They're also pretty easy! The rising card trick is a great place to begin. After a card is chosen and returned to the deck, the card the spectator selected will mysteriously rise out of the deck. You'll know the secret, but they won't!