I have found that in trying to find new approaches to give card tricks the maximum impact, a successful method is to do something to the cards themselves that does not fall within the spectators normal understanding of the way cards should be handled. Here, I am not referring to the trick itself, but rather to an incidental action that links up the effect being performed. The trick that follows is an example of this idea.


Take any card from the pack and carefully tear a neat index corner quarter from it. Make sure that you make the tear as neat as possible and that the piece you remove is about one quarter of the card. Seal the corner in a small envelope and place it in your pocket. You will be left with the remainder of the card as in (1). Place this on the face of the pack and put into the case and you are all set.


Remove the pack from its case keeping the faces of the cards away from the audience. Position the pack in the left hand face down with the torn out corner at the left hand inner corner. Give the cards a casual overhand shuffle, retaining the face card in position by pressure with the left finger-tips. Replace the cards in the left hand position. Note that this starting position to the trick can be easily obtained after you have done a couple of other tricks. The missing corner acts as an excellent locator - you simply riffle the left inner corner upwards with the right thumb until you feel a jump, and then lift the torn card from the top of the lower half to the face of the upper half with the thumb-tip, finally giving the pack a single cut at this point bringing the torn card to the face.

Remove the envelope from the pocket and hand it to a spectator saying "This contains something valuable and if you can play a simple

Was this article helpful?

0 0
Fundamentals of Magick

Fundamentals of Magick

Magick is the art and practice of moving natural energies to effect needed or wanted change. Magick is natural, there is absolutely nothing supernatural about it. What is taught here are various techniques of magick for beginners. Magick is natural and simple and the techniques to develop abilities should be simple and natural as well. What is taught on this site is not only the basics of magick, but the basics of many things.

Get My Free Ebook

Post a comment