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Crazy Card Flourishes

Crazy Card Flourishes

An impressive display of cardistry from Singapore card-manipulating trio The Virts, as they twirl Virtuoso’s elegant playing cards with style, grace and a little magic. (Thanks Huron!)

French Breakfast

French Breakfast

Taiwan’s Yif Magic messes with our heads once again, with a variety of close-up illusions (and an unforgettable breakfast) that we can’t for the life of us figure out. Turn captions on for English subtitles.

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Jason Latimer: Cups & Balls

Jason Latimer: Cups & Balls

Jason Latimer has dazzled us with lasers, but he can also do the same with low tech props. Here he does the old cups and balls trick using clear cups and what seem to be teleporting balls.

That’s Quite a Sneeze

That’s Quite a Sneeze

Halloween may already be over, but a creepy illusion is never out of season. Magician Rich Ferguson shows off his impressive skills by taking his head off. Those kids are now afraid of sneezing.

Filter Coin Trick

Filter Coin Trick

Magician Rick Lax created this illusion you can learn that lets you take any three coins and make the visually and audibly pass through a clear glass, and even let the audience examine it. (Thanks Len!)

Ice Cream Magic

Ice Cream Magic

While there’s something cheesy about Taiwanese magician Yif’s production values, the part where he pulls an entire ice cream sundae out of the menu’s flat pages still had us scratching our heads.

Sleight of Hand, without Hands

Sleight of Hand, without Hands

Magician Mahdi Gilbert has deformed arms and hands. But as Magic-Con said, Gilbert “palms without palms, shuffles without fingers and is living proof that nothing is impossible.”

Currency Change Trick

Currency Change Trick

A magician transforms a coin into bills from different countries and then some. It’s not sleight of hand, but a mix of video editing and vfx, but it’s still fun to watch. Skip to 5:20 for the trick.

Pyrofreak 3.0 Ultimate

Pyrofreak 3.0 Ultimate

Conjure all manner of magical flames, fire and sparks with this tiny electronic ignition device, designed to be used by illusionists – but there’s no reason you can’t play with fire too.

Shell Game Machine

Shell Game Machine

Despite it’s simplicity, we’ve always enjoyed the old shell game trick. Here, an handmade automaton manages to mess with our heads as it performs the familiar trick whenever its crank is turned.

Wizard Wars

Wizard Wars

Two teams of magicians are given a set of four props and have 60 minutes to create original routines which incorporate all the elements. A little rough, but seems like a fun idea for a series.

Floating Cup Trick

Floating Cup Trick

After floating cash, watch as this guy messes with the minds of drive-thru employees, as his cup of soda floats in the air. We don’t see any fishing line, do you? Please continue to move forward…

IFA iPad Magic Show

IFA iPad Magic Show

You don’t have to speak German to enjoy this brief show from illusionist Simon Pierro as he works his magic yet again using an iPad 2 at last year’s IFA electronics show in Berlin.

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Melting Spoons

Melting Spoons

Looking for a cool parlor trick? Watch this metal spoon completely disintegrate as it’s stirred into water. The trick? It’s made out of 99.998% pure gallium, which melts at 86°F. Try it yourself here.

CES Magician

CES Magician

Instead of hiring booth babes (or bros), an exhibitor at CES brought a magician with them to attract visitors. He pretended to explain his tricks even as he continuously fooled his audience.

Hit by Car Illusion

Hit by Car Illusion

Illusionist AXEL messes with our head as he stands in front of a speeding car, and proceeds to vanish right before it hits him. There’s supposedly no video tricks, so consider our minds boggled.

Penn & Teller: Cups & Balls Trick

Penn & Teller: Cups & Balls Trick

Penn & Teller perform their take on the cups & balls sleight of hand. They then break several rules of magic by repeating the trick and explaining how it’s done. We still don’t get it though.

The Impossible Nail Trick

The Impossible Nail Trick

Take a good, long look at this mind-bending image. Then try and figure out how the hell the nail got though there. Perplexed? Then watch the video to see the totally logical, but still amazing solution.

Magnetic Memory

Magnetic Memory

Hard drives, cassette tapes and credit cards store information using magnets, so why shouldn’t calculators? If you are to believe this illusion by Youtuber Brusspup, they do already.

Chinese Quick Change Artist

Chinese Quick Change Artist

One of the street magicians featured in Penn & Teller’s Magic and Mystery Tour miniseries, this man dedicated his life to mastering a single trick – the ability to change masks instantly.

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Chop Cup

Chop Cup

Yes, we’ve all see the old cups-and-ball trick a million times before, but in this particular case we’ll make an exception and watch it again. We assure you this does not end the way you’d expect.

Floating Money

Floating Money

YouTube has become the home for perplexing the drive-thru staff at fast food restaurants, so why not really freak them out with a little magic, like Penguin Magic’s floating dollar bill trick?

Piff the Magic Dragon

Piff the Magic Dragon

Piff attempts to fool Penn and Teller for a chance to open for them in Las Vegas. Will the dragon’s secrets be revealed? Will he trick the master tricksters? Why isn’t this show on in the States?

The Art of Deception

The Art of Deception

Magician Marco Tempest uses a trio of iPod Touches to teach us about the critical role that lying, deception (and self-deception) play in our enjoyment of art, movies, magic, and life.

Sharp Act Knife Sharpener

Sharp Act Knife Sharpener

Keep your knives nice and sharp with Fred’s cheeky block sharpener that lets you magically cut your tiny assistant in half – or at least sever her carotid artery based on the location of the blade.

Fish in Formation

Fish in Formation

Fu Yandong commands goldfish to swim in various formations. Some say that the fish have been fed with magnets, while others say that the fish have been trained to follow laser light. Trick is at 1:45.

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