11 common magician’s biggest tricks explained

Illusionists have been performing in the world for centuries. Not to be confused with wizards or witches, these performers bring a little bit of mystery to our lives through the tricks they perform. Many of us will have been in the presence of a magician at some stage and will have struggled to understand what has just happened before our very eyes. Magic performances really began to rise in popularity by the 1800s after the founding figure of illusion, Jean Eugène Robert-Houdin, took his trick to a theatre in Paris.


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During the same period, a magician in London by the name of John Anderson was performing his magic in an arena too. These two illusionists are responsible for making the form of entertainment widely popular by the end of the 19th century. If you have been scratching your head trying to figure out just how they do it, we have uncovered some of the secrets The Magic Circle have done their best to keep a secret for years.

Magicians fill huge arenas, with fans coming along to see their most death-defying stunts in their droves. Many of us can look at a magic trick and know it is a trick but cannot quite understand how it was possible. This inability to explain what has just happened led to us all calling it magic. After all, what other logical explanation is there if you have eliminated all other possibilities? One of the most famous magicians of all time, Harry Houdini, helped to grow the popularity of dangerous stunts as he would regularly put his life on the line for the audience’s entertainment. He came up with the buried alive trick but almost died the first time he performed it. Houdini nearly suffocating while panicking as he dug his way to the surface from the coffin. Amazingly he wasn’t put off and tried the trick several more times before moving on to more and more daring feats, including putting himself in a straitjacket and submerging himself in water, trying to escape the jacket while holding his breath.


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Both the life-risking stunts and even sleight of hand tricks all have one thing in common, a magician’s secret to how the trick is performed. Huge stunts where magicians make buildings or vehicles disappear are just as perplexing as a simple card trick that seems as though your mind has been read. While we think we might have a clue as to how they are performed, we won’t know for certain as the magician does not want to ruin the illusions they have just done. Famous magicians like David Blaine, Criss Angel, and Dynamo have taken their tricks to the streets to wow people as they go about their normal lives. The secrets to many of the biggest magic tricks in the world are here, just waiting for you to discover them.

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