7 famous formats of magic shows

  1. Close Up magic show : performed for the audience close to the magician, and performer stands or sit at fixed place behind the table.
  2. Stand Up magic show (cabaret magic or platform magic) :  performed for a medium to large audience. Magician stands on a stage or platform at higher level than the audience
  3. Stage magic show : performed for large audiences, typically within a theatre or auditorium
  4. Parlor magic show :  performed for larger audiences than close-up magic and for smaller audiences than stage magic. In parlor magic, the performer is usually standing on the same level as the audience, which may be seated on chairs or even on the floor.
  5. Street magic show: performer walks freely and performs magic tricks not requiring any table or work surface
  6. Strolling magic show (Table Magic) : performer walks freely and performs magic tricks which may or may not require a table, a cubicle or any other work surface.
  7. Kiosk magic show: Audience comes to a performer who is standing at one fixed place or booth (kiosk), here audience keeps changing.

  – Amit Kalantri (Magician and Mentalist)

Top 10 categories of magic tricks

  1. Production: The magician produces something from nothing
  2. Vanish: The magician makes something disappear
  3. Levitation: The magician defies gravity by making something float in the air freely.
  4. Suspension: The magician makes an object float in the air with the aid of another object
  5. Transformation: The magician transforms something from one state into another
  6. Transportation: The magician causes something to move from one place to another
  7. Transposition: The magician causes two objects exchange places.
  8. Restoration: The magician destroys an object then restores it to its original state.
  9. Penetration: The magician makes a solid object pass through another solid object.
  10. Escape: The magician is placed in a restraining device like handcuffs and magician escapes to safety.

                              – Amit Kalantri (Magician and Mentalist)

Must watch movies for magicians

  • The Prestige (2006)
  • The Illusionist (2006)
  • Now You See Me 1 (2013)
  • Now You See Me 2 (2016)
  • The Escape Artist (1982)
  • Magicians (2007)
  • Houdini (1953)
  • An Honest Liar (2014)
  • The Illusionist (Animation,2010)
  • The Mad Magician (1954)
  • Penn and Teller Get Killed (1989)
  • Magic Man (2009)
  • The Great Magician (2011)
  • Presto (2008)
  • The Magician (1958)
  • Death Defying Acts (2007)
  • The Wizard of Gore (1970)
  • Eternally Yours (1939)

                                                                               – Amit Kalantri (Magician and Mentalist)

Popular trick deck of cards

  1. Invisible Deck
  2. Brainwave Deck
  3. Stripper Deck
  4. Svengali Deck
  5. Marked Deck
  6. Mental Photography Deck
  7. Mirage Deck
  8. Cardtoon Deck
  9. Gaff Deck

Best pocket magic tricks/props to carry

pocket magic tricks

  • Thumb Tip
  • PK Ring (Magnet Ring)
  • Pen through bill
  • Rubber Bands
  • Sponge balls (1 Inch)
  • Balloon (For cellphone into a balloon)
  • Invisible Loops
  • Micro Psychic
  • Folding Coin