Magic has been a part of how we understand the world since man first created fire. The magical and mystical arts have been shrouded in mystery for thousands of years. But some of the most ancient magical illusions and card tricks have been around for centuries, or millennia.

Ancient Illusions

The first recorded use of magic for entertainment purposes was in ancient Egypt in about 2,700 BCE. The first reported illusions were performed by the magician Dedi; for the pharaoh that built the Great Pyramid of Giza. He performed illusions for the guests of the royal court. Some of his more famous acts included simple illusions, such as the use of cups to hide a ball; to grandiose shows where he would seemingly resurrect decapitated livestock. The ball & cups tricks of Dedi were performed in ancient Rome over 2,000 years later.

Card Tricks

Cardists, magicians that specialize in card tricks, have been around since cards themselves. Playing cards originated in China, around the 1300’s. People would use the actual currency as cards, the winner taking both the pot and the playing pieces. As the idea of playing cards (and with it, gambling) moved to Europe, the cards as we know them were eventually created. Cardist skills most likely originated from people figuring out ways to cheat at these gambling tables; but have transformed throughout the years to be used for entertaining purposes.


Harry Houdini is undoubtedly the most well known magician throughout the world. Stories and accounts of his shows featured his amazing and spectacular escape artistry and the employment of magic and lock-picking skills to break free of incredibly dangerous situations. Houdini’s skill level is one that many magicians today, almost 100 years after his death, aspire to reach.

Magic Today

Today, magical illusions are employed for entertainment more than ever. From birthday parties to corporate events; audiences of all ages can be captivated by stunning illusions and sleight of hand techniques.

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