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.
Micromagic can combine sleight-of-hand manipulations with flourishes.
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.
Flourishes are an example of skill rather than of illusion or deceit. It is the equivalent of juggling to a juggler. 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. 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.