''Magic Kaito'' is a (soon to be) five-volume, thirty-six file 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, 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 ''Manga/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.

A twenty-four episode adaptation produced by A-1 Pictures debuted during the [[Fall2014Anime Fall 2014 Season]], which sees some technological upgrades (for instance, Kaito reads media coverage of his exploits on a smartphone and converses with his mother over Skype).

!!This manga provides examples of:

* AbnormalAmmo: Kaito's gun shoots ''[[DeathDealer cards]]''. Of all the things...
* AIIsACrapshoot: Robo-Kaito.
* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: The driving force behind Kaitou Kid's huge female fan base (which unsurprisingly includes Sonoko from Manga/DetectiveConan).
* ArtEvolution: This manga's early artwork can be very jarring if you've dropped by from reading any volume of Manga/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.
* BlandNameProduct: Kaito's favorite carbonated beverage is Mr. Pepper.
* BrainwashedAndCrazy: Inspector Nakamori when Akako puts a magic necklace on him that sends him into snarling shoot-everything mode. (She apparently forgets about it, and it's still on at the end of the chapter.)
** The ''1412'' anime takes care of that, as Aoko breaks the necklace when she gives her dad an ArmorPiercingSlap at the end of the story.
* 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.
* TheCameo: Not so much in the manga, [[Manga/DetectiveConan Conan]] showed up in a lot of the first adaptation into anime specials, which results in a mean ContinuitySnarl if you think about it too much.
* CerberusSyndrome: As mentioned above. It's a rather unorthodox case in that it didn't develop this until ''after'' it hit an irregular publishing schedule; the first dozen or so chapters (comprising the first two volumes) ran monthly throughout 1987 and 1988, and featured virtually no "serious" elements (unless one counts Akako's introduction). After that, the manga largely went on hiatus (with the occasional story released every few years), as Aoyama was busy working on ''Manga/{{Yaiba}}'' and later ''Manga/DetectiveConan''. For the record: Hakuba's introductory chapter came in 1990, while Snake and Pandora weren't established until 1993.
* 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.
* CrazyPrepared: In chapter 31 [[spoiler:Kaito is mentioned to have multiple plans in place for his current heist, all lettered. He also knocked out a random police officer and disguised as him, then disguised as ''himself'' on top of the police officer disguise, just in case. Heck, he crazy glued the officer disguise in place in case Nakamori pinched him. It came in handy.]]
* DatingCatwoman: Pretty much, since Kaito and Aoko are the main romance. (This works out so [[GentlemanThief Kaito]] is [[ClassyCatBurglar Catwoman]], in case you were wondering.)
* DirtyCop: [[spoiler:Nightmare, aka Jack Connery, ICPO.]]
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: Compared to the series' SpiritualSuccessor, which takes place in the same universe, ''Magic Kaito'' contains a lot more fantastic elements (such as a RidiculouslyHumanRobot and actual witchcraft) than the more down-to-earth and naturalistic ''Manga/CaseClosed''.
* 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.
* ForHalloweenIAmGoingAsMyself: Variation, in that Kaito dresses as his alter ego, Kaitou Kid, for a skiing/costume contest (MakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext)
* GoofyPrintUnderwear: In one chapter, Kaito flips up Aoko's skirt and recoils in horror - Aoko, knowing that he often does this to her, had put on panties with a fish print! (Kaito is mortally afraid of fish for reasons that were never explained).
* 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.
* {{Hammerspace}}: When in doubt, [[MST3KMantra assume]] it's sleight of hand. Somehow.
* HeadbuttThermometer: Very typical example by Aoko to Kaito.
* HiredToHuntYourself: In an attempt to catch KID, inspector Nakamori asks Kaito to help him by using his knowledge of magic tricks. Of course, to keep it interesting, a second thief is after the McGuffin of the week.
* 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.
* 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).
* MagicianDetective: Kaito very occasionally. More often in his cameos in ''Detective Conan'', since he's astronomically more likely to be encountering a murder.
* TheMeanBrit: As Hakuba is pretty much a [[BritishStuffiness straight guy]], Kaito may lean toward labeling him this way -- though Hakuba is [[ButNotTooForeign half-Japanese]].
* MonumentalTheft: The concept of the infamous clocktower heist, where Kaito claims he's going to steal said landmark. (It's sort of a metaphor, but it counts.)
* MuggedForDisguise: Kid will often steal someone's clothes as part of a heist, with the person he replaced usually left BoundAndGagged in GoofyPrintUnderwear.
* NotHimself: Inspector Nakamori. [[SarcasmMode Thanks a lot]], [[IfICantHaveYou Akako]].
* OhCrap: Basically Kaito's expression when [[spoiler: Aoko tosses away his hat when he's currently Kaitou KID, and found out his identity]], he was even sweating a lot. [[spoiler: Though Aoko thinks Kaitou Kid disguised himself as Kaito in chapter 35, so he's safe, for now.]]
* OutOfCharacterAlert: Kid shoots at the police with a normal gun in one chapter. Surprise, it's not Kaito, but it only serves as half an alert for Nakamori, who's startled, but then carries on as usual.
* 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.
* PullARabbitOutOfMyHat: Or a bunch of doves and then a large bird, rather.
* 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.
* SkyscraperMessages: Kaitou arranged for a pair of skyscrapers to display a birthday message to Aoko once.
* StageMagician: Kaito's father was one and Kaito is pretty much practicing to become one. Also the Hopper Magician Troupe in "Red Tear", who are rather good, and, aspiring...the Prime Minister. Who's atrocious.
* SuitUpOfDestiny: He has a very unique suit (for a PhantomThief at least) so of course there's a very nice one in chapter one, [[http://bato.to/read/_/89121/magic-kaito_v1_ch1_by_scythe-gp/25 and how]].
* SympatheticInspectorAntagonist: Inspector Nakamori very much so. To a point Hakuba, but with less ButtMonkey and more near-successes.
* ThemeNaming: During the preparation for Chat Noir and KID's showdown, Nakamori notes that all three characters introduced for the story have gem-related names - '''Ruby''' Jones, '''Mitsuishi (Shining Stone)''' Dan and Alan '''Cartier'''.
* VillainDecay: Snake arguably gets this; after a threatening enough introduction in "Blue Birthday", he gets handed more and more humiliating defeats from Kaito in his subsequent appearances.
* WhereDoesHeGetAllThoseWonderfulToys: A valid question. Kid in early ''Magic Kaito'' chapters uses multiple rocket-powered vehicles, including a scooter that can ride down the side of a building. What stuff does Kaito make, and what's been lying around the KID Cave / fancy-den-behind-a-painting for eight years? It's not unreasonable that Toichi (and maybe his largely unknown secondary cast) could have set it all up, but the only gadget we know for sure he used is the hang-glider cape, and Kaito had the card gun before learning about Kid.
** The ''1412'' anime tries to answer this question in the second episode - Jii supplies Kaito with the gadgets, and a shot of a yellow Volkswagen Beetle pulling away from outside of the Blue Parrot heavily implies that he obtains them from Kudou Shin'ichi's neighbour Professor Agasa.
*** In chapter 34, Kaito mentioned that Jii's professor friend fixed up his motorbike after it turned into ashes, it might possibly be the same one as mentioned in the ''1412'' anime. Also, in Manga/DetectiveConan, Professor Agasa mentions in one chapter he lent his Volkswagen Beetle to his bartender friend, heavily hinted to be Jii and furthering the connection.
* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: Kaito is afraid of fish. 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.