Amazing Card Trick: Making Cards Appear Out of Thin Air

Have you ever seen a card magician producing cards out of thin air? This is one of my favorite tricks because it looks so thrilling. It’s one of those effects where the move is so cool that it’s good enough to be its own trick.

We’re about to learn the way to produce not one, though multiple cards in your hand out of thin air.
Be forewarned that this can be about to take lots of practice. It’s not possible to do this fluidly without obtaining your motor memory used to the motions.

watch how to pull cards out of thin air in action

Before we learn how to do the move, let’s see what it looks like first.

How to Make Cards Appear From Your Hands Then You Throw Them Then Make More Appear

The ability to make something appear and disappear at will is one of the classic motifs of magic. One way that magicians perform this effect is through the use of cards. There are many ways to make a card appear to vanish, but the most common method is the back palm. The back palm is a sleight which allows a magician to conceal one or more cards behind his hand and produce them at will.

Placing a Card into the Back Palm Position

Take one card from the deck. Hold it near the bottom with your ring and middle finger on one side and your thumb on the other.
Bend your ring and middle fingers towards the centre of your hand, so that the first phalanx of each finger is flat up against the back of the card.
Curl your index finger around the lower corner of the card. Curl your little finger around the opposite corner.
Close your fingers into a fist. Release your thumb and leave it open. One corner of the card should be held between the index finger and the middle finger. The other corner should be held between the ring finger and little finger. The ring and middle fingers should be covered by the card, and the index and little fingers should be on the outside of the card.
Flatten your fingers out completely, leaving them closed together. The card should be flat up against the back of your hand, held at the corners by the index and little fingers. That is the back palm position.

Revealing a Back Palmed Card

With the card held in the back palm position, curl the fingers back in towards the palm, bringing the card into view again.
Grip the card with the thumb. At the same time, curl the middle and ring fingers up so that the finger tips contact the back of the card.
Grip the card between the thumb and middle and ring fingers. Release the index and little finger, and spread them out. This is the starting position. From here you can back palm the card again, or drop it and prepare to produce another card.

Multiple Cards

Hold several cards in the back palm position, with your open hand facing the audience.
Using your thumb, contact the corner held between the middle and index fingers. Slide your thumb under your index finger and place it on the corner of the top card. Slide this card towards the face of the palm until the corner that is held between the ring and little fingers comes lose.
Open the index finger slightly to allow the card to be dragged completely into view. Hold the card against the fingers with the thumb to display it to the audience. Drop the card onto the floor or into a hat and prepare to produce the next card.

Tips:  Once you are a comfortable back-palming one card, you can follow with more cards. Acknowledged magicians can back palm up to 40 or more cards!

Use old or worn out cards when first practicing. They are easier to mold and will require less finger power to back palm.

Watch Video Tutorial if you need More Detailed View on: how do magicians make cards appear out of thin air

Watch Tutorial how to make cards appear in your hand

This can appear to complicate initially. Follow along with the steps in this very detailed tutorial. You’ll be able to get the hang of it once awhile. After that, you’ll need repetition and practice to do it fluidly.

If you’re serious about mastering this technique, you’ll probably end up watching this video at least over a dozen times.

Having Trouble? Watch another producing cards tutorial

If you’re having trouble with the grip, here is a more detailed tutorial on how to form the grip with a more high quality picture and zoomed in closer to the hand.


Hopefully, you’re able to get the basics down with just a little bit of practice. The difficult part is getting to point where you can do this smoothly. To get to that end, you have to get to the end where your hands can form the grip as naturally as you can cross your fingers.

Here you can learn more about Card Illusions on Wikipedia 

Learn about The Rising Card 

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