Magicians entertain and awe audiences with tricks and illusions. Many different categories exist for tricks and styles of magic. Knowing common magic terms can assist new magicians in selecting what kinds of lessons and supplies to pursue.
Production - A trick in which an object, such as a dove or a set of cards, seems to be produced out of thin air.
Vanish - A trick in which an object, such as a scarf or a borrowed item, seems to disappear.
Transformation - A trick in which an object appears to be transformed into something else, such as a red scarf appearing to turn into a black one.
Restoration - A trick in which an object appears to be destroyed, and is then returned to its original state. Tearing a card in half, and then revealing the original card is an example of a restoration.
Stage Illusions - Tricks which are performed for large audiences in theaters. These often involve very large props, such as exotic animals or airplanes.
Platform Magic - Also called stand-up or parlor magic. These shows are done for large gatherings, or in relatively small theaters. These magicians may also be available to teach lessons.
Micro Magic - Also called table magic. These tricks are performed for very small gatherings, or may even be done on an individual basis. Typical supplies include cards, coins, scarves, and other small, common objects.
Online Magic - Tricks which are done without an actual magician. Like many other tricks, they tend to rely on math and deception. Many illusions can be found online.
Street Magic - Magic which is done as a form of busking. The audience may surround the magician. Tricks are often similar to those of platform magicians.
Magicians, masters of magic, need many supplies in order to practice and show off their craft. Such supplies can include cards, hat, bunny rabbit, props, coin, saw, box, and wand. During a show, magicians typically have an assistant on stage to help them with tricks such as levitation, illusions, and card tricks. Some magicians take to the street to perform tricks. Other magicians can be hired for a birthday party or other special occasion. Chances are, you've seen famous magicians perform on television or on stage. Magicians get their supplies from wholesalers, distributors, and suppliers. You can find magicians supplies by looking in your local phone book or by searching online directory listings. If you'd like to become a magician and learn some cool tricks, you can take lessons, either online or by a private instructor. Keep an eye out in your local newspaper for lessons, or check online for instructors near you. When deciding how to find the best store for your magician supplies, browse advertisements in the newspaper and online for a discount. You can find really good deals on magician supplies through wholesalers at a bulk discount. Try a few different wholesalers, retailers, or specialty shops to start with, browsing the quality of products, customer service level, and selection, such as stage props, card tricks, and hats. Before venturing out, call each store and get contact information and hours. Consider what you need to buy beforehand and make a detailed list, collecting any necessary coupons before your store visit. If shopping online from a supplier, get shipping handling information in writing. If you decide to take lessons, be sure to ask family and friends for recommendations to start with.