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Advice - Magic for Hobbyist
By Billy Zype

Did you know that there are at least eight different types of magic trick effect classifications? While there's no real science or formal agreement on what classification should be its own category or not, many magicians to some degree recognize Production, Vanishing, Transformation, Restoration, Teleportation, Levitation, Penetration, and Prediction as the eight categories of magic trick effects. Each category depicts a certain type of effect and by knowing a little bit about each effect you can easily focus your efforts on learning tricks from that category over the others. So let's take a look into what each category does and see some examples of tricks that best represent them.

- Production effects are when the magician reveals something where there was nothing. This is the opposite of Vanishing.
- Examples:

Pulling a rabbit out of your hat.

Removing a coin from a participants ear.

- Vanishing effects involve the magician taking something and making it disappear. This is the opposite of Production.
- Examples:

Revealing an empty box after your assistant has just recently entered it.

Making a bird disappear under a cloth.

- Transformation effects are when the magician changes something from one state into another. This is achieved through a combination of Production and Vanishing.
- Examples:

Changing the color of a handkerchief.

Revealing the card a participant put in the deck to actually be the card in their hand. l Restoration effects involve the magician taking an item that has been destroyed and reverting it to its original state.
- Examples:

Putting a playing card that has been ripped apart back together like new.

Reattaching your assistant that you just sawed in half.

- Teleportation effects involve the magician moving an object from its original location to a new location. This effect also encompasses two objects changing location with each other (double teleportation).
- Examples:

The card your participant just placed inside your deck is actually the card in your pocket.

Your assistant that entered the cabinet is revealed to be in the audience.

- Levitation effects involve the magician creating the illusion that an object or themselves are floating.
- Examples:

David Blane hovering several inches off of the floor.

Floating a coin between your hands.

- Penetration effects involve the magician taking a completely solid object and passing it through another completely solid object.
- Examples:

Placing swords into holes in a cabinet that your assistant is inside of.

Walking through the Great Wall of China.

- Prediction effects involve the magician determining the outcome of a sequence of events.
- Examples:

Knowing the card that your participant has chosen.

Describing a picture your participant drew while your back was turned to them.

There are plenty of magicians that specialize in one type of effect over another, but most magicians are well versed in merging the different effects to provide a diverse routine. Many tricks actually encompass multiple effects in one, such as one of the oldest magic tricks ever, the cup and balls routine, which actually utilizes aspects from Production, Banishing, Transformation, Teleportation, and Penetration.

Billy Zype is an magic expert. You can check out his website at http://www.magictricksandyou.com

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