Magic is a niche hobby. However, it saw a bit of a revival over the last few years. The success of TV shows like Penn & Teller’s Fool Us along with shows like America’s Got Talent and its British counterpart. Magic is a hands-on hobby so there isn’t a lot of material out there for mobile devices. A lot of the stuff you can find are just modernized versions of old learning methods. Still, there are a few decent apps for the aspiring magician. Here are the best magic apps for Android! We’d also like to give an honorable mention to TikTok (Google Play link). You can’t find a ton of tutorials there, but there are a ton of magicians showing off some cool tricks.
For those who arrived here hoping for Magic: The Gathering apps, we have a separate list for that!
52Kards is one of the more competent magic apps for beginners. It has a variety of tutorials for card tricks, card handling skills, common sleight of hand tactics, and other exercises and skills for card magic. Each tutorial has a video and the videos are surprisingly well done. The app has beginner, intermediate, and advanced tutorials along with more in-depth courses for those who take this magic thing a little more seriously. The app is a little older and its last update was in 2017 as of the time of this writing. However, 52Kards also has a YouTube channel with most of its tutorials in case the app doesn’t work for you.
Amazon Kindle and similar apps
Price: Free / Book costs vary
Books are the oldest and most consistent methods for learning magic. There are a variety of good ebook reader apps, including Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble Nook, and Google Play Books. Each platform has mostly the same number of magic books for beginners, intermediates, and advanced practitioners. In fact, a lot of prominent magicians have books specifically for their most complex tricks. You can go with whatever platform you want, but we recommend starting with Kindle because it’s older and larger than most. Plus, you can order physical books from Amazon or Barnes & Noble if you would prefer a physical collection.
Price: Free / Up to $79.99
Inject 2 is actually a tool for performing magic. It’s a bit simple, but can produce some neat results with the proper sleight of hand and stage performance. It’s a bit difficult to explain in words, so we recommend checking out the demo video below to see the effects. Basically, the app lets you control things on smartphones without it looking like you’re doing so. You won’t fool Penn or Teller with this one, but it’s a fun way to incorporate modern technology into an act. There are some people that found ways to use this with Wear OS smartwatches for easier peeking and better results. The app is really expensive, but it’s a single purchase so it could be worse. Check out the video below and see the kind of stuff this app can do.
Magic Tricks by Mikael Montier
Price: Free / $6.49 per trick / $79.99 for all tricks
Magic Tricks by Mikael Montier is a collection of neat card tricks that incorporate a phone in the act. The app includes 12 tricks. Some of the tricks come with the free version, but only in a demo mode state. You can purchase each trick individually for $6.49 each or $79.99 to unlock every trick. For our test, we did the scratch card trick and it worked exactly as advertised with no issues, crashes, or anything like that. There was a collection of mobile phone magic tricks called Magic Trick #1 through Magic Trick #12. This app is basically all of those apps combined into a single effort.
Price: Free / $12.99 per month
YouTube is a bit of an obvious choice, but it’s still among the best ones. Most of the apps on this list have videos on YouTube for various tutorials, including 52Kards and Magic Tricks by Mikael Montier. Additionally, you can find clips from magicians on various TV shows like the ones we mentioned in the into paragraph. Finally, and perhaps my personal favorite, are the explanation videos done by actual magicians for really cool tricks they performed on TV. In any case, YouTube has a wealth of magic content for both enthusiasts and practitioners in the form of learning materials and entertainment. Of course, you probably already knew that.
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