How did Jamie Raven do his Magic Tricks

Jamie Raven caused a massive stir in the UK when he appeared on Britains Got Talent. Because Jamie has been shopping at the Merchant of Magic for over a decade, we are constantly being asked how Jamie Raven did his magic tricks.

Jamies performance did more than impress the judges, it fired up interest in close up magic amongst the public in a way not seen since Dynamo Magician Impossible. Only 36 hours after his performance aired, it had already been watched by over 1.3 Million people on Youtube.



Many working magicians were surprised that commonly available, commercially magic tricks could amaze the public in this way, but that misses the point. The tricks he used were tried and tested modern classics. There were no elaborate formats, no fillers of fluff, just strong magic performed by a magician who understands dramatic build and how to structure distinct tricks into a magic routine.

Sales of the magic tricks performed by Jamie Raven have gone through the roof

It's understandable for magicians to see a magic trick performed on TV and for them to want to do it themselves. The tricks were so great they propelled a magician to almost win Britains Got Talent (He came second by only 2% of the vote) However, the tricks he performed are not the whole story.

Cardtoon and Extreme Burn, and Invisible Deck have been used by professional magicians around the country for many years. They get consistant results and have been shaped and crafted to iron out almost all performing issues. Equally, To the Max is popular magic trick that you can see performed in restaurants and parties any night of the week. The specific magic tricks Jamie Raven used are of little value as a lesson in magic. He could have used any number of similar working effects. As magicians, there is something much more important to copy:

Take time to look at all the tricks you perform. How could you build them together to create a flowing structured routine that builds to a climax.

How did Jamie Raven do his magic tricks?

With care and attention to the WHOLE performance rather than as individual distinct effects. Jamie wisely chose to perform classic close up magic tricks. He could have spent his time developing new material to be unique. That was the right decision for him because it allowed him to spend his time on the more valuable work of routining. He didn't try to reinvent the wheel.


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How does Oz Pearlam do his magic tricks

Magician and mentalist Oz Pearlman amazed the judges on America's Got Talent

By Dominic Reyes

Check out Oz Pearlman's brilliant performance on America's Got Talent. It's a valuable lesson on presentation:

Oz Pearlman isn't just a talented magician and mentalist, he's a highly respected magic triainer and lecturer on the subject of sleight of hand. 

Watch his performance again. What does it teach you? He's relaxed, confident and most of all, he looks like he WANT'S to be doing what he is doing. He's having fun and it comes across in his performance. That presentation isn't just luck. It's the result of performing the material over and over again both in private and in live performance. That natural style is what you get from performing your magic live, often, and to people you don't know. It's the final step in every magicians training: Performance. 

Want to present your magic as smoothly as Oz did? Get out and start performing live. Perform the same tricks over and over again in as many live situations as possible. That process will remove any nervousness you have, give you the perfect lines and comebacks, and show you subtle comments and convincers you can add to your presentation to give it more impact. 

How does Oz Pearlman do his magic tricks?

The same way he always does, there's nothing new there outside of his working material and it shows. He's performed this material for many years and it's made him totally comfortable with it. That's the difference between a magician who is constantly playing with new magic tricks and one that spends a great deal of time with a few effects performed countless times. 

If you would like to find out more about Oz Pearlman and learn from him, here's his best magic tricks and training DVD's:

Borm to Perform Card Magic by Oz Pearlman

21st Century Phantom by Oz Pearlman

Cheek to Cheek by Oz Pearlman

Clutch by Oz Pearlman

Coin Under Watch by Oz Pearlman

Invisible – By Oz Pearlman

Stealth Pen by Oz Pearlman

Perfection by Oz Pearlman

Into the Abyss by Oz Pearlman

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Bicycle Cards UK – Our Top Ten List of Must Have Decks

Every card magician should have a favourite deck of playing cards. Here is our Top Ten list of playing card decks so you can have some help finding yours. 

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10) The Guardian Deck

The Guardian Deck has a great dark design on the back with guardian angels as part of the design. It is dark yet not over the top like some designs, it is understated and, as a result, has a very clean look.


9) Spectrum Deck

The Spectrum Deck is the perfect deck of playing cards to use when you want a great kicker finish to ANY of your card routines. Each card is a different colour of the spectrum, with 52 different colours.


8) Gold Standard Bicycle Playing Cards

Richard Turner is an immensely accomplished sleight of hand expert. He has even helped the USPCC with their quality control. Richard commissioned these decks to be made especially when the USPCC changed their way of cutting the cards. His Gold Standard deck is cut like they used to be and retain the ability to be faroed perfectly. If you do intense, precise sleight of hand with cards then this is the deck for you.


7) Expert Deck

The Expert deck is a deck of playing cards with an aged look. This deck is particularly great for storytelling routines or routines in which you wish to weave a tale of the first trick your grandfather ever taught you with these exact cards.


6) Timeless Bicycle Cards UK

The Timeless deck is on our list as there is great potential with this deck. Each court card has a clock with a different time upon its face. This can be used for many different mind reading or prediction effects. Imagine if your watch stopped working at exactly the time printed on their selected card!


5) Divine Deck

The Divine Deck has a very interesting design. It is a pattern that is said to be repeated all over the universe. The design is made from a mathematical pattern that was discovered in 1200AD. The design is found everywhere, within flowers, in the waves of the sea, in your ear, even in the shapes of galaxies. This enables you to speak about the strange coincidences in the world that are as of yet not fully understood, a perfect accompaniment to your magic.


4) Tally Ho Bicycle Playing Cards UK

The Tally Ho deck is a classic deck, it is made by the USPCC but is on a different finish to Bicycle decks. This finish is smooth and lends itself amazingly to flourishing. 


3) Moonshine Deck

The Moonshine deck is one of our favourite decks as you can see, coming in at number 3! The Moonshine deck is an elegant design, it is not dark and gothic-like. The design’s influence comes from the days of the alcohol prohibition in the USA. A smooth finish and elegant design make this truly one of our favourite decks of playing cards. 


2) Mechanic Deck

The Mechanic deck has its place at number two due to an amazing feature. The cogs and mechanic design is clean and great to look at. But get the cards into new deck order and they really come to life. Literally. If you flick through the deck like a flick-book when it is in new deck order, the cogs and wheels animate and begin to spin. The perfect way to demonstrate how the deck rearranges itself into a new deck order. 


1) Bicycle Standard Deck

The outright winner which may be denied by some is the Bicycle Standard deck. There are many reasons as to why this has been voted the best deck by us here at Merchant of Magic. One reason is the cost, because of the cheap cost of these cards it opens up opportunities to do tricks such as Torn and Restored Card without feeling the pinch in your pocket so much. So many great tricks have been released in Bicycle format which means you can transition between packet tricks smoothly or even take the packet trick cards from your deck as if they were regular cards. Above all, the Bicycle Standard is our favourite as they are the most-common playing card design around the world. they are widely recognised through the explosion of the Poker scene and for that reason they create very little suspicion.


So there you have it, our list of the Top Ten Bicycle Cards UK. What are your thoughts? Do you have a favourite deck that you feel should be on this list?


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