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If you are a newcomer to magic, then WE are jealous of YOU.
Don't get us wrong: We are thrilled that you found magic. Maybe it was a David Blaine card trick, a Criss Angel magic trick or some random performer on the street that got you interested. But something got you fired up to learn the secrets of magic or sleight of hand. We love welcoming new people into the fold.
That being said, we're still jealous. There's nothing like the feeling of discovering a whole, new world of mystery and wonder. "Knowledge is power," they say, and nowhere is that more true than in this art. Everyone at Ellusionist remembers how incredible it is to be a beginner. Magic isn't magic without those first explorations.
This is also the BEST time to be a newcomer to magic. The Internet and improvements to digital video have helped beginner magic instruction grow by leaps and bounds. It has never been easier to learn difficult, guarded sleights and use magic props and gimmicks.
That experience of being a beginner is what drives us every day at Ellusionist.
All of our artists remember what it was like to just get started. We made classic, big-time mistakes, and learned a lot from them. We explored different forms of magic, blew our cash on poorly-made tricks and squinted until our eyes bled from trying to figure out a sleight from a dot-gainy, grainy, black and white photo.
As much as we learned from those agonizing times, we could have achieved our performance goals a lot quicker without them.
Everything we do is designed to help you learn beginner magic more efficiently.
We have top-notch props and gimmicks. We offer only the most jaw-dropping effects. Our teachers are the best in the business. Our videos are crystal-clear and produced with ease of learning in mind. And our members, including more than 75,000 on our forums, are supportive and helpful in leading you to more information. Even if you don't buy a single thing from us, this beginner's section will get you on the right path.
Welcome to magic. Now let's get started...
WHAT IS STREET MAGIC?
Street magic is a more realistic, gritty, form of closeup magic that is performed in random, public locations, such as people you meet on the street, in malls, parking lots, on campus and other well-populated places. David Blaine redefined street magic with his TV specials.
We live and love street magic.
It courses through our arteries and veins, oozes out of our pores and keeps us burning the midnight oil long after we should have gone to bed. What we like about it is that it feels more like magic than anything else we've found. When magicians perform strolling or close-up magic at parties, corporate events, weddings or other gatherings, their audiences expect to be entertained. But a person off the street, with their own agenda and schedule, has their walls up a bit. They are more skeptical and inquisitive.
When you perform an incredible magic trick on the streets, the reactions are more intense.
Street magic props are everyday items: No top hats and rabbits here. We're talking about playing cards, coins, bills, water bottles, cans and other common things that people usually carry with them. Those types of items add to the realism.
Not sure what is right for you? FIRST STEPS >
What kind of magic is right for you? From card magic to the supernatural, magic is composed of many different genres. With so much material to choose from, it can be difficult to decide what kind of magic you want to learn. Relax. We are here to guide you.
Street magic effects fall into one or more categories, or "fields." One of these fields may have brought you to our door. As you get your feet wet, we hope you sample a little bit from each field. But, as a beginner, you want to stick with what brought you. Whatever attracted you to magic, delve into it. You're going to have much more fun that way.
CARD MAGIC: Hands down, the most popular form of street magic. A ton of our members love playing cards, because there's so much you can do with them. You can learn sleight of hand with normal playing cards, so that you can drop jaws with a borrowed deck of cards. Or throw in some gaff cards or trick decks to kick it up a notch.
MONEY MAGIC: This is a street magic staple, because everyone has money (yes, even in this economy). So when you bend borrowed quarters, or move the inks on dollar bills, or change their denominations with just a flick of the wrist, the reactions you'll get will be priceless.
LEVITATION: Magicians can't be bothered with little things such as gravity. Making things float is another staple of street magic, and there are lots of ways to do so. Street magicians have ways to levitatie crumpled up dollar bills, cards, coins, matches and even their own bodies.
MENTALISM: This field promises the biggest reaction, because there's no better trick than being able to read someone's mind like it's a billboard. This is one of the more difficult fields of magic, so be prepared for a lot of work.
BIZARRE/SHOCK MAGIC: More of a presentational field, bizarre/shock magic is made to wrench guts at the same time as it drops jaws. It's much more visceral, evocative and ... well, messy. Body parts twist, others get removed and blood flows freely in this field.
CARD FLOURISHING: Though purists may argue that there's no magic here, there is plenty audiences can love in the field of Xtreme Card Manipulation. Many card magicians find these moves enhance their own routines. These dizzying cuts, fans, spreads and more are eye-catching, dazzling and show the mark of a true professional.
A 7 STEP GUIDE TO HELPING YOU BUY MAGIC ONLINE
Follow these careful steps when you order magic
Buying magic online can be a rewarding experience
when the products are right and service is excellent.
sure the place you want to buy your magic online has been in
business for more than a year (click
example). The internet
makes it easy to set up a business with little or no work. But
maintaining the business requires hard work. A good online magic
store will look and feel professional.
you are ready to buy
magic online, make sure that checkout page is
secure. Buying magic online should never be a risky procedure, and
if their pages aren't secure, then you shouldn't buy magic online
sure that they have good
customer service. An online magic store
values your business, and will support their customers 100%. When
you buy magic online from a store, you should be able to have all
your questions answered within a reasonable amount of time.
you want to buy
magic online, make sure that the online store carries
quality items, and not magic tricks that are poor in quality. Buy
magic from a magic store that takes pride in their products. This
is especially important when you buy magic online, because you can't
see the items up close like you can in a normal magic store.
Make sure the online
magic store has a neat, organized site. You
never want to buy magic online from a store that makes it hard to find
anything. Buying magic online should be EASY and not something hard
When you buy magic online, pay attention to the shipping
and return policies. Buying magic online should be just like buying magic from
a store. The shipping price should be reasonable, and there should
be a good return policy if something is wrong with your purchase when
you get it.
You can also buy magic online and download
it right away to your
computer. Online videos and books make it easy to buy magic and get
it delivered right away in your e-mail.
Remember, buying magic online should only be about one thing:
You are the customer, and you decide what you want.
Ellusionist is here for you 24 hours a day. Every single day. Welcome.
"They really CARE about you, your order, and your satisfaction. They make you feel like you are the only person that orders from them and they'll bend over backwards for you..." ~ Bob Somers, Southern Cal.
"These videos are like sitting down with a friend. Someone who knows what you are thinking and knows what you want to learn. And Brad has an excellent sense of humor, which makes what he teaches all the more effective! NOTHING beats these videos. NOTHING even COMES CLOSE." - Matthew Worman, NJ
"I just practice and then play God for a while." - Anonymous, USA
"Improved my magic skills 300%. There isn't anything on the web that has proved better." - Jesse Worbington, FL., USA
DID YOU KNOW?
On any day, Ellusionist receives double the number of hits as Harley Davidson and about the same as Coca Cola.
Apple purchased 800 of our Black Tiger Decks to give to the software engineers who worked on the OS Tiger Platform.
WHAT SHOULD I LOOK FOR?
As you discover beginner magic, you're bound to find more magic sites out there. Here's the thing: Some of them are pretty good, but a lot of them are junk.
Some of them don't offer great customer service. Others overhype and give false promises, then ship you flimsy, fragile, suspicious gimmicks.
And others are just cheap Ellusionist knock-offs.
That doesn't happen at Ellusionist.
Things can be rough for a beginner.
Magic tricks are filled with traps and pitfalls that can slow your progress. We want you to be able to perform magic flawlessly, and accomplish all of your performance goals, whether it's being the life of the party, amazing strangers on the street or building your art into a career.
Here's a guide of what to look for, in order to determine whether it's worth your time.
HOW LONG HAS THE BUSINESS BEEN AROUND?
The Internet makes it easy to set up a business with little to no work.
Additionally, there are a lot of E copycats out there hoping to fool you.
WHY US?: We've been in business since 2001. Not many others can
say that. We trailblazed the path of teaching magic online. And we have a good reputation with the Better Business Bureau.
IS ORDERING SECURE?
You better hope so. Make sure the site has secure, encrypted ordering,
so that your credit card numbers, hard-earned dollars and credit rating
WHY US?: Our
checkout system is completely secure, featuring 128-bit encryption,
verification by VeriSign Secured and accreditation with the Better
Business Bureau. Your information is NEVER transmitted without
encryption, and we don't sell your e-mail address.
HOW'S THE CUSTOMER SERVICE?
A lot of magic shops just want your money. They don't care about
building a relationship with you. Look for sites that offer good
WHY US?: We wrote the book on good customer service for magic
products. Our eSupport
team is the best in the business, and will make sure you are 100
percent satisfied with your purchases.
HOW ARE THE PRODUCTS?
Street magic is dependent upon realism. Cheap, poorly-made supplies and
gimmicks will squash your magic mojo before you do your first trick.
Make sure what you're getting is made well.
WHY US?: We are VERY selective about the products we offer, because we have been burned by
more craptastic tricks than you can imagine. We offer nothing but
high-quality supplies from the finest vendors available.
IS IT EASY TO LEARN?
Would it kill some of these other guys to provide more instructions than
a small piece of paper? The greatest gimmick in the world still requires
some basic education. Make sure there is plenty of educational support.
WHY US?: This is one of the things that is incredibly important
to us, because we want you to succeed. Many of our products come with instructional videos that
show basic methods, advanced handling and important subtleties. And our
forums are filled with protected forums where you can connect with guys
who regularly use the same things.
HOW MUCH TO GET THE STUFF TO ME?
There are magicians around the world, but not everyone ships worldwide.
Make sure your site does. Also, make sure shipping rates are
competitive, even in the domestic U.S.
WHY US?: We can ship to anywhere in the world at a competitive
price. Our U.S. shipping rates are pretty sweet, too. If your
order is $75 or more, shipping is on us. Plus, many of our beginner
magic training videos are available by instant downloads. So, to heck
with all that shipping: Just watch on your computer and make your own