I am going to recommend a few easy card tricks for you. Before I do so, I want to give you a warning:
The magic shop often gets asked to suggest easy card tricks for a customer to learn. Surprisingly, the request doesn’t always come from complete beginners. Many professional magicians are searching for quick and easy card tricks they can add to their working sets, in a hurry. There are three problems with this question:
1) What makes card tricks easy?
2) Is the magician looking for something easy for the themselves or for their spectators?
3) Why is the magician putting that criteria above everything else?
Why label them easy card tricks?
No magic trick is really easy. Yes, many tricks can have basic methods, but the performance of any magic trick is far from easy. We have all seen seemingly easy to work magic tricks performed terribly. The power of a magic trick is in its delivery and performance. As Rene Lavand teaches us in the quotation above; A trick is created, refined by many. However, it’s quality is totally dependent on each and every performance of it. It doesn’t matter how well designed the method may be, or how many variations and modifications have perfected it over time. A thousand magicians may have worked on improving it’s method. All that work falls away the moment YOU, at the end of the process, begin to perform it. Your practice, commitment, and effort to make it entertaining is the quality it will be judged on, by the audience.
Easy card tricks for you or them?
One reason even experienced magicians look for easy card tricks, is that they want tricks to allow them to forget about the sleight of hand. They like tricks that are ‘safe’. There isn’t anything wrong with magic tricks that avoid technical skill. The value of a magic trick is in the reaction it creates for the magicians audience. As a magician, the spectators are your customers. A straightforward method allows you to give more work and attention to your presentation, which is where the real magic is created.
A basic magic trick can often be easier for your spectators to follow and understand, especially if you are freed from the binds of technique to become an actor during the magic tricks performance. Many master magicians can present a spellbinding performance, whilst doing the hardest sleight of hand, but technical ability is not a prerequisite of expertise in magic. Acting is just as valuable as sleight of hand for the expert. If your motivation to search for easy card tricks is for the benefit of the spectators rather than a shortcut for yourself, it’s not a foolish quest.
Why is ‘easy’ so valuable to you?
‘Easy’ isn’t a terrible thing. However, it needs to be lower down your list of requirements. If you genuinely intend to perform the magic you choose to learn, make the presentation the most significant factor in its selection. Choose magic tricks that amaze and inspire you. Magic tricks that blow you away when you watch them performed.
Forget about the work or effort required to learn them, that’s only an indication of how much time and effort you will need to put in. If you begin your search intending to only put in the minimum amount of effort possible, you probably won’t be prepared to give the right amount of time to the presentation, to make ANY trick worth learning.
An ‘easy’ list.
OK, I’ve given you my warning, here’s a short list of a few quite easy card tricks you can start learning right away: