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Easy Card Tricks: How to Do Penn & Teller’s Circus Card Trick In 8 Steps

Written by the MasterClass staff

Last updated: Sep 28, 2021 • 6 min read

Card tricks are the most popular form of magic tricks, and for good reason. A deck of cards is cheap and easy to find, and the number of cool card tricks you can do with playing cards far exceeds all other tricks combined. Card effects vary greatly, from mathematical puzzles and highly visual eye candy to intellectually subtle mysteries.

If you’re a beginner, there are plenty of easy card tricks you can do, such as:

  • 1. The Whispering Queen Card Trick
  • 2. Card to Impossible Location
  • 3. The Four Appearing Aces
  • 4. Pick a Card, Any Card
  • 5. The Rising Card
  • 6. Card Levitation
  • 7. The Floating Card
  • 8. The Magnetic Hand
  • 9. The Spelling Card
  • 10. The Reversed Card
  • 11. The Best of Fives
  • 12. Do As I Do
  • 13. The Mind Read and Prediction

Once you master your first magic card trick, there are far more advanced card magic illusions you can perform using complicated sleight of hand to blow people’s minds.

For now, build your arsenal of magic card tricks with this step-by-step tutorial on how to perform Penn & Teller’s Circus Card Trick.