''Magic Kaito'' is a four-volume (currently) manga series starring Kaito Kuroba, an OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent. He has a pretty sweet life: a small but nice house, a loving mother, and a childhood friend in Aoko Nakamori, whose father just happens to be a respected Inspector at Ekoda's Division Three. He's also incredibly smart, athletic and has fast fingers.

Everything's perfectly fine, until one day when he finds out about a recent resurgence by a local villain, a mysterious PhantomThief clothed in white and famous for his signature [[BadassCape cape]], [[NiceHat hat]] and [[HighClassGlass monocle]] who specializes in using stage magic and street magic to steal his targets. Feeling challenged (since all {{Shounen}} characters must inevitably have some form of ego in order to advance the plot), he decides to find out all he can about the man.

That's when he stumbles upon the secret room in his house filled with props and innumerable pieces of junk. And also a white tux, a cape, a top hat and a monocle. Alarmed by the discovery of a veritable Bat Cave in his own home, young Kaito suits up as best he can and heads out to ask some questions. Turns out that the guy currently running around is not only an old friend of the family, but Kaito's dead father was the original PhantomThief - until one day he was brutally killed in an 'accidental' explosion on stage. The old friend of the family, Jii, is under the impression something incredibly funny happened, and not anything particularly ha-ha funny either.

Well, turns out he's right, and now the only way to find out what happened is to lure the killers out into the open the only way Kaito knows how: by taking up his father's mantle and becoming the new PhantomThief.

His new name? Kaitou Kid.

Sound familiar? It should. The Kaitou Kid also happens to be one of the most popular characters of ''DetectiveConan'' - the infinitely more famous detective show by the same mangaka, Gosho Aoyama. The two series are set in the same 'verse, and since Magic Kaito volumes stopped being produced, you can thank CanonWelding for his continuing existence and that of his peers.

At first, ''Magic Kaito'' is very much a formulaic comedy - Kaito notices something shiny, attempts to steal it, and Inspector Nakamori attempts to stop him (most likely failing) - but, just like its better-known successor, the series quite promptly catches CerebusSyndrome, although this series somehow manages it sometimes during its second volume, which is probably some kind of record. Well, yeah, it's still very formulaic afterwards; but the fact that Kaito has a purpose after that point becomes a major part of his motivation. The series is pretty notable, not only for its contribution to the ''Detective Conan'' universe, but also for featuring a lot of arcane magic which, sitting next to ''Conan'', would likely [[HowUnscientific render most of its logic moot]]. (Then again, it ''is'' a manga about one of the more chaotic characters of anime and manga. There's no time for logic when you can manipulate time and space.)

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!!This manga provides examples of:
* AbnormalAmmo: Kaito's gun shoots ''[[DeathDealer cards]]''. Of all the things...
* AIIsACrapshoot: Robo-Kaito.
* ArtEvolution: This manga's early artwork can be very jarring if you've dropped by from reading any volume of DetectiveConan, or even from the Shounen Sunday specials.
** Indeed. The first and second volumes of the series show Gosho's style was much more cartoonier and, in some ways, sloppier: lanky bodies, thinly inked lines, and [[MangaEffects abuse of screentones]]. His style got more proportioned, refined and cleaner as time went on.
* BelligerentSexualTension: Kaito and Aoko play this to a T.
* BettyAndVeronica: Or something like that. For Aoko, she could pick either Kaito or Hakuba, [[VictoriousChildhoodFriend although everybody knows how this one goes in Gosho's work.]] However, both can be pretty arsy.
* BlackMagicianGirl: Akako Koizumi is, admittedly, a CuteWitch.
* BruceWayneHeldHostage: In one chapter Kaito is kidnapped by a clueless MadScientist who then unleashes Robo-Kaito on the world while keeping Kaito tied up. MadScientist gets mad and confused when Robo-Kaito runs off to play Kid at night. When Kaito finally escapes, explosions and FridgeBrilliance ensues.
* ButNotTooForeign: Hakuba might seem like a pompous Brit (and is even introduced with the Union Flag), but he's only half-English. This is pointed out during his first appearance when, despite being one of the most well known [[GreatDetective detectives]] in England, he's also shown to be the son of the highest-ranking police officer in Tokyo (Tokyo Metropolitan's Superintendent General).
* CallingCard: Kaito always sends a letter ahead to let the police know what he's going after in the form of a riddle. If nothing else it means that he finds out quickly when someone is planning on framing him for something, and can take steps to properly humiliate them.
* ChildhoodFriendRomance: Kaito and Aoko.
* ClockKing: Saguru Hakuba, who uses his freakishly accurate pocket watch to keep track of time down to the hundredths of a second and knows just how late Kid will be to any given heist...and well, apparently Kid picked this up to a certain extent while fighting Conan.
* ColorCodedForYourConvenience: Kaito might be the desperado, but he's still the one that wears white.
* ColorfulThemeNaming: It's Gosho Aoyama, it exists. Everyone's name is related to a color: Kaito '''Kuro'''ba, '''Ao'''ko Nakamori, '''Gin'''zo Nakamori, '''Aka'''ko Koizumi, Saguru '''Haku'''ba, and even Keiko '''Momo'''i.
* DatingCatwoman
* DirtyCop: [[spoiler:Nightmare, aka Jack Connery, ICPO.]]
* EurekaMoment: In one chapter, Kaito figures out how a street magician got a parliamentary pin after a kidnapper claiming to be the Kaitou Kid took the Japanese Prime Minister, when Aoko tells him the key to beating the boss of their video game is to defeat the king controlling him first.
* EverythingsEvenWorseWithSharks: Partly due to Kaito [[IdiotBall kicking it while it was asleep.]]
* EvilOverlordList: Kaito's read it. Snake most certainly hasn't.
* {{Flanderization}}: Fanfiction loves this for Hakuba. See Ho Yay.
* ForHalloweenIAmGoingAsMyself: Variation, in that Kaito dresses as his alter ego, Kaitou Kid, for a skiing/costume contest (MakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext)
* GravityIsAHarshMistress: During the Angel Crown heist date chapter/special.
* GreenRocks: Pandora, the stone Kaito is looking for, is a mystical gemstone that bequeaths immortality to whoever holds it underneath a certain comet.
* IfICantHaveYou: Akako figures that, if she wants to control all men on the planet, she might as well kill off the one who she can't control.
* ImpossibleThief: Some of the stuff Kaito manages to pull off are pretty nuts.
* ImpossiblyAwesomeMagicTrick: Most of Kaito's tricks simply aren't possible with real-life stage magic.
* LatexPerfection: Kaito, when he has a mind to do it. Often though he doesn't bother, leading to a time where Inspector Nakamori saw his face, forcing Kaito to disguise as Aoko and taunt the Inspector with the lie that he regularly disguises as someone from his life.
* MacGuffin: See Green Rocks. Also, any piece of artwork Kaito is aiming to steal will usually become one, considering said object will little have any effect on the plot (except that one time the [=MacGuffin=] was a statue).
* TheMeanBrit: As Hakuba is pretty much a [[BritishStuffiness straight guy]], Kaito may lean toward labeling him this way -- though Hakuba is [[ButNotTooForeign half-Japanese]].
* NotHimself: Inspector Nakamori. [[SarcasmMode Thanks a lot]], [[IfICantHaveYou Akako]].
* PairTheSpares: Hakuba/Akako is a preferred pairing with Kaito/Aoko fans.
* PantyShot: Played with. Upon seeing Aoko's panties, Kaito is scared because her panties have fish pattern. Aoko is then all too eager to show her panties.
* PhantomThief: Kaitou Kid's profession.
* RevolversAreJustBetter: Kaito's card gun is a revolver. His enemies have sniper rifles. Then again, they're specifically trying to shoot him out of the sky.
* RuleOfCool: Most of early Magic Kaito can be summed up as "Why is there a pirate submarine/mad robot/[[WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes fish]]/dark sorceress intent on stealing Kaito's heart? ''Because there can be''."
* SecretIdentity: Only Kaito and Jii are meant to know that Kaito's the Kid.
* StageMagician: Kaito's father was one and Kaito is pretty much practicing to become one.
* SuitUpOfDestiny: He has a very unique suit (for a PhantomThief at least) so of course this trope's going to be somewhere.
* SympatheticInspectorAntagonist: Inspector Nakamori very much so. To a point Hakuba, but with less ButtMonkey and more near-successes.
* WhereDoesHeGetAllThoseWonderfulToys: Kid in early Magic Kaito chapters frequently uses various types of rocket-powered vehicles, be they skates or devices that can ride down the side of a building. And then of course there's the hang glider cape...
* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: Kaito is afraid of fishes. It especially becomes a problem when he has to rescue Aoko from a sunken pirate submarine (don't ask).
* YouKilledMyFather: Kaito's main motivation against the bad guys is to get them back for murdering his father onstage and playing it up as an accident.
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