Harry Blackstone Sr.
Harry Blackstone Jr.
Signor Antonio Blitz
Chung Ling Soo
Buatier de Kolta
Thomas Nelson Downs
Joie Fadde (Mr. Magic Man)--Joiemagic@aol.com
Servais Le Roy
Teddy The Magician
John Nevil Maskelyne
Penn and Teller
Jean Eugene Robert-Houdini
P. T. Selbit
Siegfried and Roy
P. C. Sorcar
The secret transfer of any hidden object from one hand to the other.
An unscripted remark or action said or done on the spur of the moment.
A magician who does magic as a hobby and not for a living.
A trick or sleight that can be viewed from any angle without the spectators seeing how it was done.
The visible equiptment used in the performance of a trick.
A magician's helper who forms part of the act.
The involvement of all or part of the audience in the performance of a trick.
A mechanical model or figure that performs intricate movements and tasks.
A challange to the spectators in the form of a bet.
A folded slip of paper, usually with a word or number written on it, which the magician or mentalist has to identify.
A mindreading in which the performer divines or predicts a chosen word or a passage from a book.
A magician's assistant. So called because he or she spends a lot of time getting in and out of boxes or cabinets.
Tricks that are designed to be performed with the audience at close quarters.
A helper who appears to be an ordinary member of the audience but who is secretly in league with the performer.
To secretly grab ahold of something that has been hidden.
A word or action that is used as a signal to another person backstage, or to someone already on stage, or to musicians.
A person who supplies magicians with tricks, books, videos, and other items.
To secretly dispose of something no longer required.
Any trick, but as it is seen by the audience.
Abbreviation for Master of Ceremonies.
The art of escaping from ropes, handcuffs, and other restraints.
Stands for Extra Sensory Perseption, the apparent ability to perform feats of mentalism.
The disclosure of the secret method of how a trick is done--the big no-no in magic.
An object or piece of apparatus that appears to be genuine but isn't. Sometimes spelled Feke.
To spread out a pack of playing cards so they form the shape of a fan.
A powder applied to playing cards to make them slippery and easyer to fan.
The finish to a trick or an act---it is usually something more impressive than what has gone before, so that the performance ends on a high note.
To allow, accidentally, the audience to see something that is supposed to be hidden.
Specially treated paper that produces a dramatic flash or flame when it is ignited.
A visual display of dexterity or skill that is designed to impress rather than mystify.
To appear to give a spectator a free choice but actually make them select what the magician wants.
A large scarf or cloth cover.
An object that appears ordinary but which has been specially altered for a trick.
Any way of covering up the fact that a trick has gone wrong, without the audience being aware of the mistake.
A secret piece of equiptment that enables the magician to perform a particular trick.
Stands for The International Brotherhood of Magicians, which was founded in 1922 and is the world's largest magcial society
A large-scale trick, usually involving people or animals.
A performance or trick done without any special preparation.
A french word for sleight of hand, from leger de main, meaning light of hand.
An illusion in which a person or object rises into the air with no apparent means of support.
To secretly put an object or objects into position before revealing them. The word also applies to the objects that are loaded.
A stage magician whose act is accomplished mainly by slight of hand.
Master Of Ceremonies
The person who introduces performers to the audience when a show consists of several acts.
A performer who specializes in magic of the mind.
The art of diverting a spectator's attention away from a secret act.
The first trick of an act.
To hide an object in the palm of a hand.
The storyline, jokes, or other talking that accompanies the performance of a trick.
A piece of thin paper bearing writen and rolled into a ball, used in mentalism.
The effect of one solid object passing through another solid object.
Stealing, copying, or selling tricks that belong to another performer--a crime that is frowned on by magicians everywhere.
A close-up trick for which the items needed can be carried in the magician's pocket.
The repeated performance of a trick until it is second nature to the magician and can be done without giving any clues.
A french word for slight of hand. It comes from the french word Preste, meaning nimble, and the latin word digitus, meaning finger.
Making objects or people appear from thin air.
Short for properties--the apparatus and other items that are used in a trick.
A method of vanishing an object by pulling it up a sleeve or inside a jacket. This gimmick is not used nearly as often as the public suspects.
A practice-run of a complete act or show to make sure everything goes smoothly.
A sequence of actions that blend into a trick or a series of tricks.
A joke or funny action that is repeated several times during a performance.
Stands for The Society of American Magicians.
A hidden shelf at the back of a table or chair.
A coloured square of fine material.
Sleight of Hand
The manipulation of ordinary objects in the hands to create an apparently magical effect.
A secret arrangement of a few playing cards or a whole pack in a special order that is essential for the trick to work.
The name used by a magician although it is not his or her real name.
To secretly remove something from a place of concealment.
A trick that gives the audience the impression they know what the magician is up to before the magician proves them wrong.
An illusion in which a person or object remains suspended in midair after all or some supports have been removed.
To exchange one item for another that appears to be identical, without the audience being aware that anything has changed.
Performing close-up magic at tables in a restaurant.
The sound made when a hidden object accidentally hits something in a performance and thus discloses its presence.
The illusion of turning an object or person into something or someone else.
The illusion of vanishing an object or person from one place then producing them in another.
A secret trapdoor in the floor of the stage, or a hidden flap in a prop.
To make an object or person dissapear.
The art of speaking so that the voice seems to come from somewhere or something else.