Card trick. Upper left: "Pick a card, any card". Upper right: Palming a card. Bottom left: A "spring" flourish. Bottom right: Mixing the cards allows for card trick preparation.

Micromagic or close-up magic or table magic is stage magic performed in an intimate setting usually no more than ten feet (three metres) from one's audience and is usually performed while sitting at a table.[1]

Micromagic can combine sleight-of-hand manipulations with flourishes, and is called Cardistry.

Sleight-of-hand, also known as prestidigitation ("quick fingers") or léger de main (Fr., "lightness of hand"), is the set of techniques used by a micromagician to manipulate objects such as cards and coins secretly.[2]

Flourishes are an example of skill rather than of illusion or deceit. It is the equivalent of juggling to a juggler.[3] The two principal forms of micromagic are card tricks and coin tricks but any small item can be used for sleight-of-hand performances including dice, bottle caps, sugar cubes, sponge balls, pebbles, pens and cups and balls.[4] It's not uncommon for micromagicians to combine several of these objects in a single trick. Famous micromagician, Johnny Ace Palmer produces baby chicks in his cups-and-balls routine.

Micromentalism is mentalism performed in an intimate session. Inevitably, this form of mentalism involves examples of telekinesis, ESP, precognition and telepathy. Most cold reading takes place in such an intimate session as are most Theatrical Séances.

Famous micro magicians

Micro magic tricks


  1. Wilson, Mark [1975] (1988). Mark Wilson's Complete Course In Magic. Courage Books. ISBN 0-89471-623-9. Card Magic, pp. 17-171
  2. Tarr, Bill. Now You See It, Now You Don't!: Lessons in Sleight of Hand. Vintage. 1976.
  3. Hugard, Jean; Braué, Frederick; Fleming, Paul (2015) [1999]. The Royal Road to Card Magic. Mansfield Centre, CT: Dover Publications, Martino Publishing. ISBN 1614278601. ISBN 978-1614278603.
  4. Fulves, Karl. Self-Working Table Magic: 97 Foolproof Tricks with Everyday Objects. Dover Publications. 1981.
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