Everyday Carry: Sleight

The secret to close-up magic lies in the deftness of the magician. Even the simplest of tricks can be an amazing miracle when performed by a master of sleight-of-hand. And, while skills are certainly at the top of the pile in regards to an overall performance, the tools used during a trick are also of great importance. Whether used as the focal point of a trick or simply as an audience distraction, a magician’s everyday carry should be carefully considered — perhaps even more than the EDC of the average joe. It is with this in might that we put together a handsome set of pocket gear that would double as bare-necessities for a performer of magic. Don’t blink or you might just miss it.

MINIM Playing Cards

Probably the most iconic and important tool for any magician, a deck of cards is definitely a must-have bit of everyday carry. And while there’s nothing wrong with a standard Bicycle deck, these gorgeous design-focused MINIM playing cards are just so much more interesting than the run-of-the-mill type. It doesn’t hurt either that they’re made from PVC, which offers a bit of durability and water-resistance.

Purchase: $18

Craighill Ripple Bottle Opener

We’re not saying you should get your audience drunk before you perform, but alcohol can serve as a bit of social lubrication and helps people suspend their disbelief. Of course, if you’re going to carry around a bottle opener, you should at least make it an interesting and reliable one, like the Craighill Ripple. It’s made in the USA from solid stainless steel and boasts a nitrocarburized coating for extra durability.

Purchase: $44

MWC Submariner Military Dive Watch

A handsome showpiece that perhaps serves best as an onstage distraction due to how remarkable it is, this blacked-out dive watch from MWC is a jaw-dropping piece of everyday carry. And it doesn’t just look good, the Submariner also boasts a self-winding automatic movement with a 41-hour power reserve, 300 meters of water-resistance, a NATO strap, and a PVD-coated solid stainless steel case.

Purchase: $300

Benchmade Infidel OTF Knife

While we wouldn’t call automatic knives magic, per se, watching one emerge from the handle is definitely a treat. This particular one, Benchmade’s Infidel OTF, also has the added bonus of being an exceptional example, with a black-finished D2 steel blade, an aluminum, handle, and an easy slider-based deployment system. Just make sure automatic knives are legal to own and carry in your place of residence before trying to pick this one up.

Purchase: $421