The Easiest Magic Tricks That Anyone Can Learn

Illustration of different types of easy magic tricks
Illustration: Alex Dos Diaz. © The Spruce, 2019

There's plenty of magic to go around with these easy magic tricks. Whether it be levitating cards and pencils, poking holes in money and fixing them as if they never happened, or bending a spoon there is a trick that you can learn to impress any audience of family or friends. All of these tricks use items that you can find around your house so there's no need to go out and buy anything extra. They're very easy and simple to learn and perform so kids will love them.

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    How to Levitate or Float a Card From Hand to Hand

    Levitate and move a card

     The Spruce / Wayne Kawamoto

    Here’s a stunning levitation where you cause a playing card to mysteriously float from one hand to the other. There’s some crafting involved and you’ll have to watch your lighting and clothing and distance, but we’ll talk you through the process. Soon, you’ll be baffling and dazzling your friends.

    You could also use a dollar bill for this trick.

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    How to Float and Spin a Playing Card in Midair

    Woman performing magic to float and spin playing card

    Dan Tentler / Getty Images

    This trick will teach you how to float and spin a playing card underneath your hand in mid-air before you bring it up and catch it. This is a magic trick that is sure to get the attention of spectators. All you need is a playing card, tape, and black string and you're ready to go.

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    The Magnetic Hand

    The Magnetic Hand

    The Spruce / Wayne Kawamoto

    Learn how to perform the magnetic hand. In this mysterious and visual trick, you somehow cause several playing cards to adhere to your hand as if it were a magnet.

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    How to Float and Spin a Card Above Your Hand

    How to Levitate or Float a Playing Card

    The Spruce / Wayne Kawamoto

    Here's a cool trick where you cause a playing card to slowly rise above your hand and mysteriously turn at the same time. Kids will particularly be fond of this trick as if it seems as if you're defying the laws of gravity. Materials include a playing card, glue, scissors, tape, and a thin sheet of plastic.

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    Puncture a Bill With a Pen and Magically Restore It

    Puncture a bill with a pen

     The Spruce / Wayne Kawamoto

    This trick will make it appear that you have punched a hole in a bill with a pen, but the bill magically restores itself or was never punched in the first place. This trick can really have your audience on the edge of their seats. Ask to borrow a bill from someone's wallet (your least favorite uncle, perhaps?) and make them think you've ruined it and then fix it for them all at once. They're sure to be surprised, relieved, and impressed all at once.

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    The Color Changing Card

    The color changing card

    The Spruce / Wayne Kawamoto

    This trick makes a spectator's selected card mysteriously change colors from the rest of the cards. While this is an easy trick for beginners you will need to know the Hindu shuffle to pull this trick off.

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    The Levitating Ring

    The Levitating Ring

    The Spruce / Wayne Kawamoto

    Want to make something float in mid-air? You can when you learn the levitating ring trick. Here, a finger ring that's resting on a pencil mysteriously levitates on its own. This is one of many levitation magic tricks you can learn.

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    The Vanishing Toothpick

    Vanishing toothpick trick

    The Spruce / Wayne Kawamoto

    Learn how to perform the Vanishing toothpick trick. In this easy magic trick, you cause a toothpick that you're holding in your hand to vanish in a flash. In the end, you're holding your fingers wide apart. This trick is sure to garner some oohs and ahhs.

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    The Rising Card

    The Rising Card

     The Spruce / Wayne Kawamoto

    In the rising card you have a spectator select a card and then lose it in the deck. You rest your first finger on top of the deck and as you lift your finger, the spectator's card mysteriously ascends with it. This should get a rise from spectators, get it?

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    The Magnetic Pencil 2

    The magnetic pencil

    The Spruce / Wayne Kawamoto

    The magnetic pencil 2 offers a great enhancement to a well known, easy magic trick. After showing that a pencil mysteriously sticks to your hand as you grasp your wrist, you suddenly let go of your "grabbing" hand and the pencil mysteriously stays in place.

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    The Spoon Bend

    The spoon bend

    The Spruce / Wayne Kawamoto

    The Spoon Bend is a classic easy magic trick that every smart-aleck and trickster needs to know.

    Picture this. Next time you're at a restaurant you grab any spoon, press down on it with your hands and appear to bend the spoon. As your stunned spectators register what you just did (the gall of you!), you lift up the spoon and show that it is unbent, just as you found it. All is well.

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    Dealing a Royal Flush

    A royal flush

    Here's an easy way to deal yourself a royal flush in a seeming demonstration of poker. It requires more talking and misdirection than card handling skills. This is a great one to perform with your friends after a game of cards.

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    That Thumb Thing

    The thumb trick

    The Spruce / Wayne Kawamoto

    That thumb thing is an age-old trick that you can do anytime, anywhere. In an instant, you seemingly pull your thumb apart and then put it back together again. If you're an uncle or grandpa, you almost have to learn this trick to tease the kids.

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    The Banana Buster

    The banana buster

    The Spruce / Wayne Kawamoto

    Learn how mysteriously segment a banana with the banana buster. By executing an ultra-secret ninja move, you magically cause a banana to separate into pieces while it is still inside the peel. This trick is an easy one that only requires a little preparation. And be sure that you're hungry so you can eat the banana when you're done.

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    The Impassable Corks

    Impassable corks

    In the impassable corks trick, you hold two wine corks that are seemingly interlocked, and somehow pull the corks through each other. It's a fast, visual trick that you can also perform with rolled dollar bills and other objects of roughly the same size as wine corks.

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    The Rising Ring

    The rising ring trick

    The Spruce / Wayne Kawamoto

    In the rising ring trick, a ring that's threaded onto a rubberband mysteriously rises on its own accord. This one is super easy and all you need is a rubber band and a ring. There's almost no preparation.

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    Jumping Rubber Band

    Jumping rubberband trick

    In the jumping rubber band trick, a rubber band mysteriously jumps from your pinkie and ring fingers to the first and middle fingers of the same hand and then back again. All you need is a rubber band.

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    Easy Magic With Money

    Gold coin

    Like money? Some of the easiest magic tricks you can learn all involve coins and dollar bills. These are great tricks to learn if you want to improvise something with a crowd and you can't access the other materials needed for the tricks above. No matter where you are, someone has to have some change to spare.