Doing magic tricks is an age old method of entertainment. While some are being shrouded in mystery and secrecy, a lot of magic tricks are merely the work of dexterity of the hands and careful system of movements that try to make the audience see only what the performer wants them to see. This is more commonly called as "sleight of hand".
Most magic tricks are actually the product of misdirection, deception and even collusion with some people in the audience. It is not always of supernatural of origin as most people may realize. There are many types of magic tricks that most performers and magicians use to entertain people. Here are some of the techniques that they use:
This is the type of magic trick that aims to produce something out of nothing. The most common examples would be when a magician tries to take a rabbit out of a hat or producing a fan of cards out of thin air. Production tricks usually become quite effective in surprising audiences especially if the trick makes the action border on the impossible
This technique is the opposite of production. Instead of the magician producing something out of nothing, he makes something disappear. It can be as simple as making a coin, a cage of doves or milk from a newspaper disappear or vanish into thin air. The trick can be as complex as making an assistant inside a cabinet or even the Statue of Liberty mysteriously disappear.