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Seems like the last few years I've been getting into the classics like:
Cups and Balls
Torn and Restored Newspaper
Egg Bag
Torn and Restored Card
Linking Rings
Slydini's Silks
Gypsy Thread
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Cut and Restored Rope. Rising Card. Card Tricks (4 Aces, Selected Card Revealed). Producing Silks. More. And as the old catalogs said, "Limited only by your imagination."
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I would add chop cup to the list. It’s a classic and is part of many repertoire.
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Hanging Coins - David Roth would be on my list. Monumental step forward in Coin Magic.
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Stuff magicians like to play with seems to go in and out of fashion apart from what working performers keep in their repertoires.

For coin items - the HPC trick and copper & silver transposition go on the list.
For card items - the cards across, oil and water, and ace assembly go on the list.
getting into parlor/stage - the milk pitcher w/wo the lightbulb in the lamp is a list item Smile
the 20th century silk trick (the silk winds up tied between two others)
... all the coins I've dropped here
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On Jun 3, 2013, amakar wrote:
What do you think are the top 10 classic magic tricks?

This is a very interesting question. First, we have to decide what qualifies a trick to be a classic? Looking in the dictionary there are three definitions which seem pertinent:

1. Judged over a period of time to be of the highest quality and outstanding of its kind.
2. Remarkably and instructively typical.
3. A work of art of recognized and established value.

Subjectively putting those things together in magic speak, we are looking at tricks which are:

1. Of the highest quality - fools, surprises, and entertains audiences.
2. Over a period of time - has withstood the test of time, say, 50 years or more
3. Outstanding of its kind - best of breed/quintessential for one or more fundamental effects of magic
4. Remarkably and instructively typical - we as magicians can learn from studying them
5. A work of art of recognized and established value - used by performers of the highest level, A-quality material

In addition, there is the question of venue (parlor/platform, stage, close-up). Based on this, here is my list with one each for the most common fundamental effects (and a grand mention, too):


1. Production: Pulling a Rabbit out of a Hat (or box, etc.)
2. Vanish – Milk in Cone
3. Transposition – Twentieth Century Silks
4. Transformation – Color Changing Silk
5. Multiplication – Multiplying Billiard Balls
6. Penetration – Linking Rings
7. Restoration – Torn and Restored Newspaper
8. Animation – Rising Cards
9. Prediction - Invisible Pack - mental epic is a close contender
10. Escape - Siberian Chain Escape


1. Production: Flower Act (e.g. Blackstone's Enchanted Garden, Rolf Dinardi)
2. Vanish – Sword Basket
3. Transposition – Metamorphosis (i.e. Substitution Trunk)
4. Transformation – Lady to Tiger
5. Multiplication - Multiplying Bottles
6. Penetration – Cutting a Women in Half
7. Restoration – Cut and Restored Rope, especially Walking Knot
8. Animation – Dancing Handkerchief
9. Prediction - Confabulation/Prediction Chest (really hard to separate "trick" from "effect" for these)
10. Escape - Straight Jacket Escape


1. Production: Coin production (e.g. coin from ear)
2. Vanish – Silk vanish in hand
3. Transposition – Ambitious Card (Copper, Silver, Brass is a strong contender too)
4. Transformation – Color Changing Knives
5. Multiplication - Sponge Balls/Bunnies
6. Penetration – Matchbox penetration
7. Restoration – Gypsy/Hindu Thread
8. Animation – Haunted Deck
9. Prediction - Invisible pack
10. Escape - Thumb Cuffs (one of the few escapes done closeup)

Grand Mention: Cups & Balls - This is a rare trick in which routines include the first six fundamental effects almost equally; production, vanish, transposition, transformation, multiplication, penetration. So it really is on a level of its own as being a "classic" of magic.
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Edward Claflin & Jeff Sheridan's book Street Magic is a very good read in terms of the earliest effects
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