The beauty of card magic is that the entry requirement is very low. All you need is a deck of playing cards - something almost everyone has in the house already. Certainly you can learn complicated sleight of hand if you really want to, but there's a lot of wonderful card magic that doesn't require complex moves at all. Some excellent card magic is well within the reach of the complete beginner. The good news is that card magic has a rich heritage, so there is a wealth of material that is easy to learn, fun to perform, and entertaining to watch - all just waiting for you to discover it. But where are you going to find it? You already have the deck of cards, so where can get the necessary tools to help you make your first steps into card magic, or to learn the techniques to progress beyond being a novice? Fortunately there are some fantastic resources readily available, and I am going to introduce you to some of the best. To begin with, it is important to realize that unfortunately the majority of magic that is taught on youtube won't help you learn good techniques. So I strongly advise getting a quality book or video, where you can learn from a reliable and experienced teacher. To get a solid start to your card magic, you need to sit at the feet of a skilled magician. Many reliable titles of books and videos could be mentioned. This is not going to be a comprehensive list, so I don't want readers screaming about any of their personal favourites that I missed. This is primarily intended to help out people looking for a place to start, and all of the books and videos mentioned here will make a good point of entry, and are proven and respected resources. Recommended Videos These videos listed here are all geared towards teaching beginners from the ground up, so there's nothing here that is outside the reach of the genuine beginner. But you should take into consideration how serious you want your new hobby to be, because some of these videos are designed to make you dive more deeply into card magic, while others are intended to get the novice performing easy material right away. Card Tricks & More Card Tricks What if you want to get straight to the tricks, without first needing to first learn all the fundamentals of card magic? There are some excellent videos available which are focused at the beginner and sub-intermediate level, and will get you straight into performing some strong card magic, without knuckle-busting moves. ● Ultimate Self Working Card Tricks series (Big Blind Media). Strictly speaking there's no such thing as self-working card magic, because no tricks are entirely automatic. There's always a sequence of things you need to remember, say, and present well. But "self-working" is a common designation in magic for card tricks that are basically sleight-free. The advantage of these card tricks is that they allow you to focus on your presentation and performance, without needing to learn difficult sleights. They're a great way to enjoy card magic at a relatively easy entry point. The tricks in the Big Blind Media videos are not your standard "21 card trick" type of effects, because some wonderful, strong, and powerful magic has come out over the years in the self-working category. This series of DVDs is among the best you'll find, with super high production values and clear instruction. Volume 1 was released in 2012, and several volumes came afterwards in the following years. Each DVD contains about a dozen different tricks from various creators of magic, with each trick first being performed to spectators and then taught. You'll find quite a few performance videos from this series on youtube, so you can get a taste in advance of what you'll be learning - and it's good stuff! ● Easy to Master Card Miracles series (Michael Ammar). Michael Ammar is considered one of the most influential magicians of the late 20th century, and he has also earned a reputation for being one of the all-time best teachers of magic. This set of DVDs started coming out in the 1990s and 2000s, and is still highly regarded today for the wealth of solid and classic tricks from top magicians that are included. Nine videos were released altogether, and while Volumes 1 to 6 are often regarded as having the strongest material, they are all very good. As one magician puts it: "I spent ages looking through books to find best tricks. Then Michael Ammar hands them out on a silver platter in this series!" The material in the Ammar series is top quality, and can be considered a greatest hit collection of the best of the best, taught by one of the best. Michael also teaches the sleights needed to perform these tricks, as well as the patter and presentation. This set is not quite for complete novices, and is probably between beginner and intermediate level, because many of these tricks do require some basic sleight of hand. Mr Ammar will teach you all you need to know, but more practice will be required to master the tricks in this collection than the ones in the Self-Working series from Big Blind Media. But you will learn some time-tested classics of card magic, and some super strong material you'll be performing for the rest of your life!