Magic tricks that use doves either make them appear or disappear using props. Magicians appear to pop doves out of scarves, cages, balloons, confetti and pans. Successful dove tricks require the magician to distract the audience while producing a dove from a hiding place.
Magicians use a variety of behind-the-scenes tools that make the dove tricks possible, including loops of wire or fishing line and velcro harnesses to hold the doves snugly until produced for the audience to see. Some magicians do the pan trick in which the dove is concealed in the lid and is produced by placing the lid on the matching pan. Some magicians use an electric dove that looks real enough to the audience in an auditorium or theater.