Magic as a popular form of art can be broadly categorized into three major categories based on the audience size and the type of equipment being used. Magic can be classified as Close-up magic, Conjuring and Illusions.
Close-up magic is the form of magic in which the magician or the performer performs to a small number of audiences usually in the range of one to twenty persons. This form of magic is performed at very close quarters with some of the members of the audience seated as close as a couple of feet away from the magician. This type of magic may involve sleight of hand or very small props or magic accessories such as some coins or a pack of cards or thimbles and other such items. Close-up magic can be performed at restaurants or at informal gatherings or for an impromptu audience.
Conjuring magic is the form of magic in which the magician performs for medium-sized audiences of say ten to hundred or sometimes even more people. In the Conjuring form of magic the magician uses few props that can be easily moved around or can be carried on a person. Some of the props in conjuring are the Changing bag, Egg bag, Jumbo cards and other such items. Though many of the conjuring items are self working some other items may need knowledge of body loading, misdirection and load stealing and may require some practice. Conjuring magic is sometimes called as Stage Magic or Parlor magic. The magician may typically perform a stage magic or conjuring magic at birthday parties, anniversary celebrations or other such gatherings.
Illusions are the form of magic in which the magician performs for large audiences using large props that are easily visible to hundreds of audiences. Some of the famous Illusions are that of vanishing the Statue of Liberty or any other such large objects, sawing a lady into half and other such effects. Many of the illusions revolve around gimmicked boxes to enable appearing, disappearing, penetration, twisting, etc. This form of magic usually require a very good stage presence on the part of the magician and most often some assistants.
A new entrant into the popular form of magic typically begins with Close-up magic, then graduates onto Conjuring magic and then finally into Illusions.
Within our web-site we have categorized magic into various sub-categories, following are the rationale we have used to categorize a magic trick:
A to Z of Tricks: Lists all the magic tricks that are available at our web-store.
Accessories: Items that do not in itself complete an trick but are essential in building up a myriad of magic routines.
Beginners Magic: Lists all the magic tricks that are suitable for a new entrant into magic. These tricks usually do not require any sleight of hand and are very easy to perform, just by reading the instructions. These tricks are also very visual and very appealing to the audience and are usually very inexpensive. Some of the leading magicians routinely use some of the tricks in this category because of their impact on the audience.
Cards: Lists the tricks that involve playing cards in some manner. It may involve regular sized or jumbo sized or giant sized playing cards or an gimmicked or a trick card.
Close-up: Lists the tricks that can be performed for a small group of audience and can usually be performed with audiences all around you such as in an informal gathering or in a restaurant. These tricks can usually be carried in the trouser pocket or a small bag. These items are good for impromptu magic.
Silk: Lists all the tricks that involve silk or some other form of cloth.
Stage: Lists of items that can be performed for a medium sized group of audience, involving ten to a hundred persons such as at a birthday party or an anniversary celebration or other such occasions.
Illusions: List of items or props that are used to performe for a large group of audience.
Since the categorization of the items is not watertight some of the items are listed in multiple categories. For example some of the close-up items are also suitable for stage and may even be categorized as illusions.