If you love magic then you’ve probably seen ‘Now You See Me 2′, the sequel to 2013’s Now You See Me, which sees the four illusionists forced into a heist by a powerful mogul (Daniel Radcliffe), which means they have to pull off an elaborate stunt to clear their names.

People love falling under the magician’s spell and plenty of elaborate and hugely impressive card tricks are featured in the new film.

To ensure these card tricks were performed convincingly the movie recruited magician and card expert Andrei Jikh and Blake Vogt to advise the actors and help them practice. A lot of magic is about doing things accurately with speed—so practice is crucial. Undertaking such complex manoeuvres with ease and finesse is integral to the trick convincing the audience.

An example of this and how deftly some magicians can perform is The Pendragons ‘Metamorphosis’ trick. Performed definitively in 1986 at the International Magic Awards it showed The Pendragons—husband and wife Jonathan and Charlotte Pendragon—swap places with each other while one is locked in a chest. You can watch the trick here and once you’ve seen it you’ll wonder just how they managed to switch places all in under a minute.

Well, The Secrets of Magic Revealed explains, “The secret here is a hidden hole and impeccable timing. There is a hole concealed at the back of the chest, which the audience and camera can’t see. If you take the time to notice, once Jonathon is inside the box, Charlotte takes an awfully long time dramatically sealing and locking box, giving her partner ample time to get out of the bag (through a hidden zip in the bag, of course), and out of the hole in the back of the box.

So there you go. There are plenty more classic tricks explained on The Secrets of Magic Revealed, from Siegfried & Roy’s transition trick of turning a woman into a tiger to David Copperfield’s insane “death saw” illusion, to the classic optical illusion trick of linking rings, performed by Richard Ross.