Playing cards originated during the 9th century in China. Cards became popular in Europe during the 14th century. Card decks originally were similar to tarot cards. The four suits used in most of the world today — spades, hearts, diamonds, and clubs — originated in France around 1480. There are many different kinds of card tricks. The disappearing card has always been one of the magician's favorite tricks, whether it is done by sleight of hand or diversion.