The 10 Best Magic Kits

Updated June 27, 2017 by Brett Dvoretz

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We spent 38 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top choices for this wiki. If you know a budding Penn or Teller, it may be wise to treat him or her to one of these magic kits. If you have always wanted to go to Las Vegas but can't afford the trip, you never know, your gift may set your little magician on the road to a career in one of the big hotels, so he or she can treat you to a visit to see the show. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work. Skip to the best magic kit on Amazon.

10. MMP Living Magnificent Magic Showcase

The MMP Living Magnificent Magic Showcase contains more than 30 props to help you perform the 150 tricks listed in the fully illustrated step-by-step instruction booklet. It even comes with a magician's hat that stores completely flat and has a secret compartment.
  • great intro to magic
  • many of the props aren't durable
  • small components get lost easily
Brand MMP Living Magnificent
Model pending
Weight 1.6 pounds
Rating 3.5 / 5.0

9. Fantastma Toys Legends Of Magic

The Fantastma Toys Legends Of Magic comes with an 82-page manual, plus a 90-minute DVD of magicians performing for your enjoyment. It is suitable for magicians 7 and older, and offers lots of helpful tips and techniques for diversion.
  • teaches the concept of diversion
  • helps builds skills and confidence
  • young kids may require some help
Brand Fantastma Toys
Model pending
Weight 8.1 pounds
Rating 3.9 / 5.0

8. Magic Touches' Ultimate Magic Set

Magic Touches' Ultimate Magic Set comes with everything you need to make your own magic, from a wand to a rigged deck of cards. It is made in the USA and packed with enough props to perform over 200 tricks, plus the instructions are very detailed.
  • has tricks for all skill levels
  • includes cool escape tricks
  • makes a great gift
Brand Magic Touches
Model pending
Weight 1.6 pounds
Rating 3.7 / 5.0

7. Jim Stott's Ultimate Street Magic

The great thing about Jim Stott's Ultimate Street Magic is that many of the props are small enough to keep on you at all times, so you can perform a few fun magic tricks no matter where you are, planned or unplanned. You'll also get access to online video demonstrations.
  • no need to buy additional props
  • good value for the quality
  • fake thumb is too big for kids
Brand Jim Stott Magic
Model pending
Weight 14.4 ounces
Rating 4.1 / 5.0

6. Ideal Spectacular Magic Show Suitcase

The Ideal Spectacular Magic Show Suitcase comes with instructions and props for 100 of the greatest magic tricks of all time. In addition to a detailed book outlining how to perform the tricks, it comes with a step-by-step instructional DVD.
  • includes a magic wand and wizard hat
  • props are high quality
  • cheaper than buying separate tricks
Brand Ideal
Model 0C4769
Weight 3.4 pounds
Rating 4.1 / 5.0

5. Jim Stotts' Ultimate Magic

Jim Stotts' Ultimate Magic comes with everything needed to entertain friends and family. It also includes a welcome letter postcard that has a link to a secret website with instructional videos and free magic to download, so you get more than just what comes with the kit.
  • included scarves won't fray
  • tricks are easy to learn
  • magic card box is low quality
Brand Jim Stott Magic
Model pending
Weight 1.1 pounds
Rating 4.3 / 5.0

4. Melissa & Doug Deluxe

Like all their fine offerings, the Melissa & Doug Deluxe magic set was designed with the youngster in mind. It's a great first magic kit for your young Houdini as it includes lots of easy-to-master tricks as well as classic tricks, like the vanishing ball.
  • tested to be safe and durable
  • stores neatly in wooden box
  • helps develop hand-eye coordination
Brand Melissa & Doug
Model 1170
Weight 4.8 pounds
Rating 4.3 / 5.0

3. Fantasma Toys Retro

The Fantasma Toys Retro comes with everything you need to put on a spectacular magic show, including a table to perform on. It teaches tricks like the Disappearing Coin and the Magic Linking Rings, which have amazed audiences for ages.
  • table doubles as a travel case
  • good for kids as young as 6
  • includes a 38-page instruction guide
Brand Fantasma
Model pending
Weight 4.4 pounds
Rating 4.7 / 5.0

2. Magic Makers Ultimate Card

The Magic Makers Ultimate Card teaches over 170 classic and new card tricks suitable for magicians of every skill level. The majority of the tricks are easy and fun to learn, since they are taught by acclaimed magician and comedian Simon Lovell.
  • guides you from beginner to advanced
  • section on card flourishes
  • 6 series course
Brand Magic Makers
Model pending
Weight 11.2 ounces
Rating 5.0 / 5.0

1. Criss Angel Ultimate Magic Kit

From the Mind Freak himself comes the award-winning Criss Angel Ultimate Magic Kit. It's a great choice for the truly dedicated, aspiring magician who wants to expand their repertoire to include more than 550 new tricks, all of which are taught via a helpful DVD.
  • for magicians of any age
  • reveals how classic tricks are done
  • tutorials are easy to understand
Brand magic Geek
Model 01-81-8000-1954
Weight 4.6 pounds
Rating 4.9 / 5.0

A Series of Tricks That Every Magic Kit Should Include

Any magic kit that's worth its salt should come with a deck of cards and a magic wand. The deck can be used for any number of tricks. The wand can be used as a distraction, or for storing objects, or for coiling up to reveal a big surprise.

Certain kits may come with a cape (keep an eye out for several hidden pockets sewn into the lining). Certain kits may also come with a series of handkerchiefs, which can be jammed into a sleeve. Certain kits may feature a mystic box, which can be used to make objects magically disappear, and then reappear. And certain kits may come with some type of slipknot rope, or linking rings.

Most people have seen some version of the linking rings trick. This is when three metal rings are presented, each of them locked together much like links in a chain. One sleight of hand and the rings begin to separate. This is the same basic premise behind a knotted rope which is pulled tight, before being slipped free.

In the world of magic everything has a dual purpose. Top-of-the-line kits are built to behave as their own magic tables (complete with some hidden compartments); stovepipe hats are designed to be collapsible so that they can fit inside a box. Yet, despite this, the most important aspect of any magic kit remains a simple how-to manual. If the magician's code can be thought of as a labyrinth, then a simple how-to manual is the equivalent of a torch in the dark.

What Can I Use a Magic Kit For?

If you're an experienced magician, chances are you don't have any need for a basic magic kit. You've learned those tricks and you've bought those props. As a result, most of today's magic kits are being sold to everyday adults. In select cases, these adults are buying the kits for their children. In other cases, these adults are interested in learning the magic tricks themselves.

Consider babysitters, for example, who can use the tricks in any magic kit to confound the kids who they are watching for hours at a time. Likewise, any elementary school teacher can keep a magic kit in the classroom to either entertain or teach her students. Any high school teacher can use a magic trick to demonstrate the laws of physics, and any algebra teacher can use a magic trick to demonstrate the laws of math.

Magic kits are a great way to build rapport with any youngster, and complex magic is a great way to break the ice with any adult. Learning a trick or two might allow you to break the ice in a meeting, or it might allow you to flirt with someone you've just met at a bar. Along those same lines, magic is a great way to boost your tips if you're a bartender. It's a great resource if you're working in any field where you come into contact with strangers all day long.

If you live in a city, performing street magic might enable you to earn some extra cash. If you live in the country, performing magic might pass the time during an extended car ride. Magic, at its best, is a universal form of communication. Magic is meant to perplex, to be entertaining, to engage, and to pass on.

A Brief History of The Magician

The original "Magi" were Persian Priests living in the 5th Century, BCE. The Greeks believed that these priests might be mystics due to their ritualistic incantations. The Magi's chanting was referred to as magika, a catch-all term that eventually evolved to include any type of inexplicable phenomenon.

Magic "tricks" remained an oral tradition up until the 1500s, at which point the first-ever magic manual was published. Over the next two centuries, magic went from being a dark art to being performed in public squares. Magic retained the power to mystify, and depending on the manner in which it was practiced, magic also wielded the power to either elevate or diminish a person's reputation. Certain magicians were regarded as warlocks, for example, while others were regarded as exulted gentlemen who had a rare insight into being.

The first renowned magicians began emerging throughout Europe during the 1840s. There was Houdin, a French clockmaker whose legendary stage act was widely based upon illusions. There was John Henry Anderson, a Scottish orphan who eventually became known as The Great Wizard of The North. And then there was Houdini, the American escape artist who had chosen his stage name as a tribute to Houdin.

As magic entered the 20th Century, a quarrel arose between the purists and the progressives. Certain magicians portrayed themselves as having supernatural powers, while others remained upfront about the fact that what they did was just an act. Following World War II, there was a backlash against magicians who revealed their secrets, and there was also internal competition to see which magicians could replicate some of the most confounding tricks of the day first.

Today, magic is a combination of mild curiosity and big business. Stage magicians like Ricky Jay revel in the grand tradition of the mystic, while Vegas acts like Penn and Teller have actually profited as a result of deconstructing how other magicians' illusions were done. There is, of course, another market for physically-demanding feats performed by the likes of David Blaine and Criss Angel. Blaine and Angel represent a highly-popular subset of performers whose largest spectacles rely on exploring what the human body can overcome.

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Last updated on June 27, 2017 by Brett Dvoretz

A wandering writer who spends as much time on the road as behind the computer screen, Brett can either be found hacking furiously away at the keyboard or perhaps enjoying a whiskey and coke on some exotic beach, sometimes both simultaneously, usually with a four-legged companion by his side. He hopes to one day become a modern day renaissance man.

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