Who doesn’t love a little bit of magic in their lives? Unless you’re somehow a character born into a beloved children’s book about witches and wizards, you’re going to have to learn how to perform magic tricks on your own. Now, you can either spend hours trying to focus your energy into sending books flying across the room, á la Matilda, or you can take these short online courses to learn both simple and complex magic tricks to impress anyone. These magic tricks can come in handy to liven up parties or just for breaking the ice with new people. The possibilities are endless, and the courses are right here for you to check out.
Basics of magic
Before you start slicing people into halves or making them disappear into nothingness, you’ll need to learn the basic fundamentals of magic. Magician Michael Harrington has created this course specifically for beginners who want to learn how to do magic tricks. He claims that after taking the course, you can do tricks like restoring Coke back into an empty, crumpled up can out of nowhere, and even tie your shoelaces without touching them. There are also some easy, but impressive, coin tricks that are always fun to watch.
Sleight of hand card tricks
What’s a good magic show without some sleight of hand card tricks? Take this course to learn how to do both simple and complex ones that will make it seem like you’re a seasoned magician. All you need is a deck of cards and the determination to learn. Through this course, you will not only learn impressive card tricks, but also the basics of how it all works, the mistakes you might make without noticing, and the right way to handle your audience.
Mind reading tricks
Raise your hands if you’ve ever wished you can read people’s minds. Well, this course will not give you the ability to do that, but it will teach you how to make people think that you can read their minds. Learn the tricks of mentalists, psychics and illusionists and stun your friends into thinking that you’re secretly part of a coven or at least in cahoots with the devil via a little soul selling.
Penn and Teller’s masterclass
The legendary magician duo Penn and Teller are offering to teach their best-kept secrets on Masterclass. The American experts have been performing together for over 40 years and have done numerous stage shows and TV shows, while having the longest running headline act in Las Vegas. They have been known to combine classic magic tricks with comedy, and now you can learn their unique ways right from the horse’s mouth.
The shirt switch
“Imagine walking up to someone as you clearly, openly display your shirt. You turn 360 degrees, and you’re now wearing a completely different shirt,” says magician Calen Morelli. That would be really impressive, right? Morelli is offering to teach you how to do just that through this simple course. You can master the Dresscode, that’s what he calls the whole switching shirts magic thing, in no time, with any of the shirts that you already own. It’s a direct visual trick that will impress even the most cynical of your audience.