The 10 Best Magic Kits

Updated May 09, 2018 by Gregg Parker

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We spent 40 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top choices for this wiki. A recent trip to see a magic show has produced some unintended consequences, and now your kids are intent on becoming professional magicians. One of these sets will make a great gift, put them on the road to stardom, and will teach them the basics before they start trying to saw each other in half. 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. Scientific Explorer Magic Science For Wizards Only

The Scientific Explorer Magic Science For Wizards Only kit takes your child's love of magic and uses it to teach scientific concepts that can produce cool results. The experiments are great for parents and children to do together as they learn.
  • recommended for ages 6 and older
  • includes test tubes and wizard wand
  • not suitable for magic performances
Brand Scientific Explorer
Model A247
Weight 1.5 pounds
Rating 3.7 / 5.0

9. Uncle Bunny Magic

For the youngest aspiring illusionists, the Uncle Bunny Magic starter set is suitable for kids as young as four years old. The included DVD walks them through tricks that don't require complex sleight of hand, so they can impress their friends in no time.
  • comes with storage tray
  • includes trick finger-chopper
  • too basic for older kids
Brand Uncle Bunny Magic
Model pending
Weight 1.2 pounds
Rating 3.8 / 5.0

8. Fantastma Toys Ultimate Legends Of Magic

The Fantastma Toys Ultimate Legends Of Magic comes with an 82-page manual and a 90-minute DVD of magicians performing for your enjoyment. It is suitable for those aged 7 and older, and includes an illusion box for performance use.
  • teaches the concept of diversion
  • over 300 tricks explained
  • booklet too wordy for young kids
Brand Fantastma Toys
Model pending
Weight 8.1 pounds
Rating 3.9 / 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 bust out a few tricks no matter where you are and liven up any party. You'll also get access to online video demonstrations.
  • no need to buy additional props
  • comes with two trick decks
  • fake thumb is way too big for kids
Brand Jim Stott Magic
Model pending
Weight 14.4 ounces
Rating 4.1 / 5.0

6. Criss Angel Ultimate Magic Kit

From the Mind Freak himself comes the award-winning Criss Angel Ultimate Magic Kit. More than 550 tricks are taught through a helpful DVD, and a bonus DVD teaches a levitation technique that can be performed with no additional props.
  • for magicians of any age
  • includes 3 card decks
  • easy-to-understand tutorials
Brand magic Geek
Model 01-81-8000-1954
Weight 5 pounds
Rating 4.4 / 5.0

5. Ideal Spectacular Magic Show Suitcase

The Ideal Spectacular Magic Show Suitcase comes with instructions and props for 100 of the greatest illusions 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
  • suitcase doubles as show table
  • cheaper than buying separate tricks
Brand Ideal
Model 0C4769
Weight 3.6 pounds
Rating 4.1 / 5.0

4. Jim Stotts' Ultimate Magic

Jim Stotts' Ultimate Magic includes a "welcome" postcard that has a link to a secret website with instructional videos and additional tricks, so you get more than just what comes with the kit. It also features a levitation system to make objects appear to float.
  • included scarves won't fray
  • teaches over 350 illusions
  • features classic 3 rope mystery
Brand Jim Stott Magic
Model pending
Weight 1.1 pounds
Rating 4.3 / 5.0

3. Mindfreak Professional

The Criss Angel Mindfreak Professional boasts a membership to Criss Angel's Secret Society, which includes downloads of 200 additional tricks, tips from Criss and other real magicians, and access to contests that any super fan will love.
  • tutorials taught by criss angel
  • over 450 tricks
  • includes instructional booklet
Brand Criss Angel MINDFREAK
Model 01-81-8000-3182
Weight 2.1 pounds
Rating 4.9 / 5.0

2. Melissa & Doug Deluxe

Like all their offerings, the Melissa & Doug Deluxe was designed with youngsters in mind. It's a great first magic kit for your young Houdini and includes lots of easy-to-master tricks as well as classic illusions 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 4.7 pounds
Rating 4.3 / 5.0

1. Magic Makers Ultimate Card

The Magic Makers Ultimate Card teaches over 170 illusions that can be performed with a normal deck of cards, so they can be done anytime, anywhere. Magician and comedian Simon Lovell walks through each move on the included DVD and bonus online lessons.
  • guides you from beginner to advanced
  • section on card flourishes
  • includes performance pad
Brand Magic Makers
Model pending
Weight 11.2 ounces
Rating 5.0 / 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 May 09, 2018 by Gregg Parker

Gregg Parker is an author, screenwriter, and comedian who divides his time between Los Angeles, California, and Osaka, Japan. When he’s not watching sports, he spends most of his free time on his artistic pursuits or collecting miles for his next international journey.

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