I recently wrote a post full of useful information on where to purchase stage magic illusions on sale, and I thought it might be useful to everyone if I created a new post with all kinds of advice on where to find the best deals for magic tricks on sale!
Magic tricks are usually either really cheap (and break straightaway) or really expensive (and sit around gathering dust), so it’s important to do your research before you break out the cash and you might just find you can save more than you thought.
Quick disclaimer: Some of these sites have an affiliate program that I’m part of, others don’t. This didn’t influence my rankings in any way!
So, here are the top 3 shops with the best magic tricks being sold.
Shop No.3: Amazon
Amazon was bound to come up sooner or later so I thought I might as well drop them in there and get them out of the way.
There’s no escaping the fact that Amazon is one of the best places to buy goods online, and that’s no different with magic tricks.
Although they don’t have the same range in their stock as some of the magic shop competitors, Amazon do include most classic tricks for great prices.
They’re especially good for magic books; there’s every book you might need to go from beginner magician to pro if you know where to look. Here are a few of their best magic tricks you can buy!
Expert Card Technique
Card magicians only!
This book can be quite heavy going at times and complex to understand, but with over 300 of the most used sleights and tricks, this book is absolutely essential to all prospective magicians. Luckily, you can find used versions at Amazon for under $4, which is an absolute steal in my opinion.
Modern Coin Magic
Modern Coin Magic is to coin magicians what Expert Card Technique is to card magicians; their Bible. This little book contains the most comprehensive collection of coin sleights, tricks and techniques out there.
Again, it can be difficult to read at times but there’s no denying it is an essential piece of kit for any budding coin magician.
Plus, you can buy used copies at under $2. There’s nothing to lose!
Magic Kits For Kids
Amazon is probably the best place to pick up a magic set for younger children, and almost all the kits on my top ten list have been reduced down from their original price to make some great deals!
Shop no.2: Merchant of Magic
The Merchant of Magic is better than Amazon for a few reasons.
It’s got more magic to choose from, as it is a dedicated magic shop rather than an all-purpose retailer.
It has better products; Amazon tends to stock magic tricks aimed at younger children, whilst Merchant of Magic is designed for the semi-professional to professional magician.
The reviews are more reliable, as it is usually magicians reviewing the products rather than laymen.
That may not sound like much but it contributes to a much better overall experience when buying magic.
What’s more, Merchant of Magic has a huge sale on magic tricks going on right now, with discounts of up to $250 off!
Here are some of their hottest magic tricks reviewed.
Closure by Paul Harris
Paul Harris is one of the most respected creators of magic out there, and that’s for good reason- his tricks never fail to impress. This trick is no different, a miracle done with a borrowed ring.
You borrow a ring from a spectator, and hold it clearly in your fist. You ask them to put their hand on your chest for a moment.
You close your fist. You open it. The ring is GONE! Sleeves are up, and there’s no way it could have disappeared like that.
But that isn’t the end.
The spectator feels something beneath her hand, and you let them take a closer look.
Impossibly, THEIR ring has transported to a chain around your neck that you never touch once, but instead allow the spectator to pull out. They’ll swear they never took their eyes off you, but somehow their ring is linked onto the chain.
Here’s a quick trailer of this trick that should help you get an idea of just how crazy this trick is.
It’s a great deal at its regular price, but Merchant of Magic have knocked over 40 dollars off!
Xchange by Eric Jones
Eric Jones? Isn’t that the guy who blew everyone away with crazy cool coin magic on America’s Got Talent?
That’s exactly right, and now he’s sharing some of his secrets with you in this great product. It’s a simple but highly effective trick that will impress audiences and play well with close up magic.
A copper coin and a silver coin are clearly and slowly displayed in the palm of the magician’s hand. He closes his hand up and in the fairest manner possible removes the copper coin.
He taps the copper coin on the back of the closed hand once, twice and then a third time. Somehow, the copper and silver have exchanged places!
This trick might not sound like much but if you watch this video you’ll get a better understanding of why it is so highly recommended.
Incredibly beautiful transformations that do half the work themselves and can be done in the spectator’s hand; what’s not to love?
Ring in Gumball Machine
EXPENSIVE MAGIC ALERT. Don’t read if you don’t want to be tempted into parting ways with a large amount of cash for a mind bending illusion.
Now you’ve been warned, let’s take a look at what exactly it is that makes this trick worth so much.
The ring in gumball machine involves the magician borrowing a (you guessed it…) ring, and making it disappear. But that isn’t where the magic ends! Not even close.
You walk over to a completely ordinary gumball machine, full of prizes to be won. You magically produce a quarter. You let the spectator have a go at winning a prize by inserting the quarter into the slot.
As they break open their winnings, they notice something. THEIR ring, inside the gumball.
This is the kind of trick you use to close your show, and it seriously is that good. It even featured on an episode of the hit show, Dynamo: Magician Impossible.
If you don’t want to spend big bucks on magic, give this one a miss. But, if you’re looking for an incredible miracle that will blow any audience away, look no further!
Merchant of Magic are currently knocking over $250 off this product, so be sure to check it out if you’re interested.
Shop no.1: Penguin Magic
Any magician you meet will tell you the same thing. Penguin Magic is THE place to go to buy your magic. There’s not much more to it than that!
In fact, Penguin Magic stock so many great deals that it’s hard to pick a few of my favorites, so instead I’ll just talk about Penguin Magic themselves.
Not only do Penguin Magic stock the most magic tricks at the best prices, they also work hand in hand with professional magicians to deliver more than just magic tricks to you.
Your average Penguin Magic shopping experience could range from a killer trick created by professional magicians like Jay Sankey, a free magic trick made by the community, or even a 5-hour long live lecture filled with tricks, tutorials and tips on how to improve your magic by people like Shin Lim!
The sky really is the limit with Penguin Magic; there is almost every trick you can imagine being sold. Classic tricks like The Invisible Deck and even newer products like Cube 3 can both be found here.
Penguin Magic is based in the US but offers free delivery to the UK on a huge selection of magic tricks (and I’m talking HUGE; a few thousand at least!).
Signing up for a Penguin Magic account is easy and free, and only takes an email address to get started.
Did I miss anything?
Oh, and how about the fact that you can instantly receive a DVD with twelve free tricks from professional, AGT starring, magician Oz Pearlman? Pretty sweet deal if you ask me (no credit card details required.)
So, I think I’ll call it a day here. Loads of great places to buy magic tricks on sale out there, it’s just all about knowing where to look. I hope I was able to point you in the right direction, but if you still have any questions, comments or feedback feel free to leave them in the comment section below and I will get back to you within 24 hours of asking!
Thanks for reading!