Ben Anderson writes “I wondered if you could suggest a few magic gifts for an adult beginner?“
Many thanks for getting in touch. There are some great magic gifts I can suggest here. It does depend on what sort of magic you were looking for. Some magic can be expensive, but takes less skill, some are amazing and will blow peoples minds, but requires lots of practice and dedication. I list a bit of both for you.
Ultimate Street Magic Kit – This is just a bundle of the best selling street magic tricks, it does not come in a box as it is a bundle put together to save you a bit of money.
How to do Street Magic DVD – This is a DVD that teaches street magic tricks, it is aimed at complete beginners, but it has many really high impact magic tricks taught.
This is Mentalism – This is also a DVD aimed at beginners, but teaches tricks that are mind reading based, these are tricks that you would more likely see someone like Derren Brown perform. Read minds, predict things, just generally be a mental genius!
Thumbtipedia – This is a DVD on a magic prop called the Thumb Tip, it is the most versatile magic prop ever created, you can do so much with this little thing it is amazing. Ever wanted to learn how to turn a £5 into a £50? Thumbtipedia will teach you.
Sleight of Hand Tutorials
Card Sleight of Hand Course
The Essential Card Magic Toolbox – This is a HUGE collection of many DVDs all on the topic of sleight of hand with cards. There are many tricks taught, starting with self working tricks to get you up and running, all the way through to advanced sleight of hand tricks. This is a great multi DVD set that leaves no stone unturned.
Card Sleight of Hand – The Basics
Born To Perform Card Magic – This is purely a DVD teaching sleight of hand with cards. You will learn some amazing card tricks, it will require practice, but if you want to change cards on a spectator’s hand or pull a signed card from your shoe, this is how you learn how to do it! You will need a deck of regular playing cards to go with it, I would recommend these: Bicycle Playing Cards
Coin Sleight of Hand
In The Beginning There Were Coins – Again, this is a DVD, purely teaching sleight of hand with coins. Make coins appear, vanish and multiply, this is a really great form of sleight of hand to learn as coins are everywhere, making it possible to always show a little bit of magic wherever you are.
Sponge by Jay Noblezada – This is similar to the sleight of hand, you will learn with coins, yet it is easier to learn. Sponge ball magic gets amazing reactions as the magic often happens in the spectator’s hands. You start with one ball and then that multiplies into two, the balls, then vanish from hand to hand and all manner of fun things happens.
These are some of the best tutorials we have for beginners, there are many great individual tricks sold separately, but they will teach you only one trick and that will be all, you can look at some great tricks if you wish (I will list some) but these tricks will only teach you one thing, it will be cool, but that will be all that is taught on the DVD, also you may need to buy some extra bits and bobs to set the trick up, this may be playing cards, banknotes, everyday objects like sugar packets or drinks cans, glue, sticky tape etc.
Here are some single tricks to give as magic gifts:
Sweet Penetration – A signed coin is thrown into a sugar packet
Deceptus – A small object such as a lighter/coin/ring etc is thrown into a drink’s can. The can has to be cut open to get the item out in the end!
Changeling – A banknote trick, two banknotes switch places. One is in your hand, the other is in their hand, yet they magically and impossibly change places.