If you want to get started out with magic, one of the easiest fields to get into is that of the card trickster. This is because, you don’t need to buy any special materials. A couple of packs of ordinary playing cards so all you need to get started with magic card games. Of course – that’s to start out with. If you want to improve your repertoire, you can purchase special packs of cards.
I’ll give you three examples.
1. The Magic Stripper Deck consists of a deck that looks just like a normal deck of cards, but one side of the deck is “stripped” or cut off. It is this deck that you can let your audience shuffle themselves, take a complete look at – they won’t be able to tell the difference. But if you turn one of the cards around, you can feel the difference between the cards and easily choose it out of the pack.
2. The Svengali Deck has cards that alternate between normal-sized cards and shortened cards. The shortened cards are all of the same number and suit. Riffle the deck back to front to back, and only the normal cards are visible. Riffle the deck back to front, and only the shortened cards are visible.
3. Forcing Decks are the ones in which from half to all of the cards are identical, which really make it easy to force cards on one’s audience.
But for many magic card games, you don’t even need the crutches of these special decks. In order to do card tricks, you need to teach your hands how to manipulate those cards. One of the key capabilities you need is to be able to palm a card, which is one of the many reasons why there are few women doing card tricks – most women just don’t have hands large enough to palm those pesky cards!
Remember, magic card games take a lot of practice, but the rewards – in the awe on the faces of your friends as they wonder time and again how you do it! – is worth it.