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Mozex
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What are nice visual tricks that one can buy? The cheaper the better. Since I am just beginning with magic it should be nothing to complicated...
Silversleights04
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Greetings and welcome to our planet Mozex!

I understand you'd like to find some easy and inexpensive visual magic to start out with, that's a fair pursuit, but I won't be the first or last to say that there is no single quick, cheap, easy, visual trick that will replace a solid foundation in sleight of hand if you're just starting out. Check out the beginner resource pages as well on this forum. Another thing to consider when beginning the search for effects, be wary of starting out with purchasing single effects, look for collections and volumes instead.

My suggestion would be to invest in a proper magic book, something like J. J. Bobo's Modern Coin Magic or the Royal Road to Card Magic. Something with a ton of sleights and routines to get you started and help stimulate your creativity. The sleights from those books are still used in newer magic effects.

If you prefer videos, (most do) I'd recommend these for a beginner that wants some simple to learn effects:

- Sponge by Jay Noblezada (Sponge ball magic)
- Fiber Optics by Richard Sanders (Rope magic)
- In the Beginning there were Coins by Jay Noblezada (Coin Magic)
- On the Spot by Gregory Wilson (General impromptu magic)
- Born to Perform Card Magic by Oz Pearlman (card magic)

If you just want some fun gimmicks to fool around with, try these:
- D'Lites or Prisma Lites
- Raven
- Loops
- Sucker Punch Poker Chips Set
- Sponge Balls (stop thinking about getting them, just get them! lol)

Best of luck on your journey into magic!
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Silversleights04
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Bill Tarr's Now You See It, Now You Don't was my first magic book, I highly recommend that one as well for any and all beginners.
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Mozex
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Thank you very much for the advice!
Mr. Woolery
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My suggestions:

Color Monte
2 Card Monte
Nickels to Dimes
Sponge balls or bunnies
Hot rod or jumping gems

All of these are visual, fairly easy, but have the potential to be terrific tricks.

Remember that good magic is often about the journey, not the “ta-dah” moment. Watch plenty of performances on YouTube, but pay special attention to the bad ones. You learn more from asking why a performance was poor than you do from just watching a good one. It is hard to sit through bad performances, I know. But if you want to be entertaining, learn what to avoid in your own efforts.

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I would recommend purchasing books rather than single "tricks." a few come to mind
The Magic Book (Harry Lorayne)
Tarbell Course in Magic. 8 volumes, start with vol 1
The Amateur Magicians Handbook (Hay)
Modern Coin Magic (Bobo)
Mark Wilson’s Complete Course In Magic
for theory:
Magic and Showmanship (Henning Nelms).
pick a couple of the above, buy a deck of cards and a box of sponge balls, pick up some half dollars at the bank, an old english penny at the coin shop and you will have hundreds if not thousands of "tricks" to choose from for the same price
Mozex
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Thx all, will keep it all in mind.
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You will find Rubber Band magic of incredible eyecandy ...
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On Jan 9, 2020, Blaine G wrote:
I would recommend purchasing books rather than single "tricks." a few come to mind
The Magic Book (Harry Lorayne)
Tarbell Course in Magic. 8 volumes, start with vol 1
The Amateur Magicians Handbook (Hay)
Modern Coin Magic (Bobo)
Mark Wilson’s Complete Course In Magic
for theory:
Magic and Showmanship (Henning Nelms).
pick a couple of the above, buy a deck of cards and a box of sponge balls, pick up some half dollars at the bank, an old english penny at the coin shop and you will have hundreds if not thousands of "tricks" to choose from for the same price


I absolutely go by this advice here. I doubt I've bought 3 actual tricks in over 2 years into magic. I have a few books and that's where I see the value! I was lucky, just a couple of months into my learning I was on eBay and saw an ad for 'many decks of blue bicycle cards. Genuine. Collection only' - collection only almost guaranteed me the sale so I got in touch. It turned out to be almost 200 single decks! The woman was in a divorce, her husband had left..thing is, he was a magician and, only ever used red Bicycle cards due to superstition, yet bought them in the two colour bricks. So all the blue cards were mine. In the end, for buying them all I got a price around £1 per deck!
Apart from my initial books - Royal Road to Card Magic, Bobos Coin Magic,Erdnase, The Amateur Magician's Handbook. I think my outlay has been very minimal.
The books I just named contain so so much I am not worked through them in 2 years and anyone who has, well ... they're lying or they're not exploring and studying, they're hurrying.
I also recommend a few older books, free to download on http://www.archive.org there's so many but a search for conjuring or prestidigitation or magic trick will find many very useful books!
Good hunting!
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"You cannot BUY a TRICK.
TRICKS, somewhat like music, only exist while they are being PERFORMED.
An EFFECT cannot be BOUGHT either. An EFFECT is what the spectator perceives.
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I agree with a lot of the posts here!! There is a lot to learn from books and, in comparison, books are the best value for you dollars. That being said, if you are looking for visual and easy, a thumb tip and a silk is very visual and so are sponge balls. Then you can get the books to learn routines with these objects.
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Mark Williams
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I just saw the trailer for this trick:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9AfPnELzMH0.

It looks pretty visual, to me.


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Mark Williams
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charliemartin
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Visual tricks? What venue are you interested in?
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