Generally, magic is performed with articles like playing cards, balls, rings, cigarettes and other simple objects.
Full of wonders
The art of magic has no particular place of origin. In India, we have many magicians who are famous for their tricks. In China also there are stories of the past which confirms that there were famous magicians who performed wonderful tricks and stunned the world. Even in Puranas, we have references to wonderful tricks and performances but in those days, magic was not recognized as an entertainment but as some supernatural gift.
Today some people take advantage of the ignorance of the masses and claim themselves as supernatural human beings. It is a pity that the art of magic is abused in this way by some selfish people for their own ends.
We learn about magic performers only in stories. No magician kept a record or books about his performance before 18th century. In those days the tricks were kept secret and we do not find any answer for some of the tricks. Men who performed tricks were strongly suspected of dealing with witchcraft.
In modern times, magic became a hobby and variety entertainment in night-clubs and social functions. Magic is an art that requires quickness in handling things called ‘sleight of hand’ and good conversation to divert the attention of the audience. It is a good hobby for young people. Though not a difficult art to acquire, magic requires sound knowledge, skill and practice. Sometimes, the secrets are revealed by the giants in the field.
Every magician contributes in one way or other for the development of the art of magic. The juggler in the street though looked down, is an efficient performer. Now-a-days one need not search for the secrets or work with a teacher to find them. There are many books and institutions that guide people to learn the art and supply the necessary equipment.