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Magic Tricks

The earliest magic trick, the cup and ball trick, is documented in ancient Egypt around 2700 BC. Another ancient magic trick, the Indian rope trick, was used in India for hundreds of years. These and other early magic tricks were usually used by con artists to scam people out of their money. Magic shows and magic tricks as we know them today, however, did not become popular until the 1800s.

The modern magic show originated with a French clockmaker named Jean Eugene Robert-Houdin, who opened a magic theater in the 1840s. Houdin's magic show consisted of automated mechanical animals that appeared to be alive to the audience. The most famous magician of all time, Harry Houdini, took his name from Houdin. Houdini had his own repertoire of magic tricks, most of them based on his famous ability... Read more

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