The art of magic has been around for hundreds of years. In ancient days, the use of magic had a lot of fear associated with it because people didn’t really understand it. The use of magic was called conjuring, and it was often associated with witches and witchcraft. In ancient days, there were times that magic was misused by various religious people or cults. The magic illusions, or tricks were used to frighten the uneducated in order to force them into compliance or obedience. Other times, the use of magic was confused by some and thought to be witchcraft in practice. In 1584, a man named Reginald Scot wrote a book entitled, “The Discoverie of Witchcraft,” which tried to show that witches did not exist and also illustrated how many of the feats of magic were actually done. King James I ordered all the known copies of this book to be destroyed as it was considered very controversial in it’s day and was considered by many to be the first textbook of “conjuring.”
Today’s magic is less about fear and is much more about fun and entertainment. Magicians of all levels can entertain audiences by staging various spell binding tricks and illusions, and without knowing the secret of how the trick is done, audiences still can be astounded and mesmerized by what appears to be magic or even a bit supernatural. From very simple card tricks to many more sophisticated illusions, our selection of magic tricks (with complete instructions) as well as a wide array of magician’s props, will give you everything you need to entertain your friends with a stunning and entertaining magic show!