Before You Do Card Tricks, Learn These 6 Things

By Tom Interval

In the 37 years I’ve been teaching magic, many students hired me specifically to learn card tricks. Before meeting me, some of them didn’t know a spade from a club or how to properly:

  • Remove the deck from its box
  • Spread cards between the hands or on the table
  • Cut, shuffle, or deal cards

These are some of the fundamental skills every aspiring card magician needs to learn and the topics I cover in my most recent video tutorial: Before You Do Card Tricks, Learn These 6 Things: A Beginner’s Tutorial on Basic Card Handling.

If you’ve always wanted to do card tricks and wondered where to start, the most important thing to remember is this: Before attempting any actual tricks, get your hands used to the cards by diligently practicing the skills above until you develop muscle memory for each of them.

To learn more, follow the link above or watch the embedded tutorial below. Good luck!


About Tom Interval

San Diego Magician Tom Interval, owner of Interval Magic, provides magic entertainment and training to private and corporate clients locally and nationally. A member of the International Brotherhood of Magicians (IBM), Society of American Magicians (SAM), and the Academy of Magical Arts (AMA), Interval has captivated tens of thousands of people at numerous venues, including Busch Gardens theme park in Williamsburg, Virginia. With a BA in professional writing and minors in communications and business administration, Interval writes magic-related e-books, magazine articles, and blogs and produces tutorials and related videos for his YouTube channel. Most recently, Interval earned The Linking Ring Award of Excellence for a cover story he wrote for the magicians' publication. To learn more, please visit
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