Easy Magic Tricks for Beginners and Kids

A little ingenuity and some household items and voila, magic happens

Kids love magic tricks-- whether they're using cards, coins or some other simple object. Here are a few easy-to-learn tricks for beginners and kids that are sure to be huge crowd-pleasers.

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    Bending spoon magic
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    The Spoon Bend is a classic trick that every smart aleck needs to know. 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, you lift up the spoon and show that it is unbent, just as you found it.

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    Here's a magic box that you can make to produce ribbons or a small handkerchief. It's a fun construction project and the trick is easy to learn and perform and is perfect for kids. It's the perfect trick for a kid magician to perform in her first magic show. 

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    Here's a trick that's as much a craft project as it is a magic trick. This is a particularly good trick for kids since it uses ordinary household materials. The magician shows his audience an empty tube and then magically produces items such as ribbons or silk handkerchiefs from within the tube. 

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    Here's a great trick where a magician apparently and quickly threads a piece of rope through a rope needle. It's easy to learn and perform and all you need is a length of rope and some talent for sleight-of-hand.

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    After showing that a pencil sticks to your hand as you grasp your wrist, you suddenly let go of your "grabbing" hand and the pencil mysteriously stays in place. Notice the wristwatch in the photo? It's key to the success of the trick (but don't let the audience in on it). 

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    This trick makes it appear like the magician can make a coin disappear. The props for this trick include a couple of rings and a playing card. It requires a little bit of pre-construction but is probably suitable for kids (with a parent's help for the younger magicians).

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    Easy Magic Trick: The Pass Through Corks.

    In the impassable corks, 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. This trick is probably too difficult for younger magicians, but is a good option for older kids and beginning adult magicians.

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    Defying the laws of physics, in the cold as ice trick, water appears to instantly freeze. The magician pours some water into a cup, utters the secret or magic words, turns over the cup and finds a chunk of ice where the water should be.

    With a little setup, this trick is an easy one for even the littlest magician.

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    Learn how mysteriously segment a banana in The Banana Buster. By executing an ultra-secret ninja move, the magician causes 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 if you're hungry you can eat the banana when you're done.​