The 7 Strongest Sleights for Card Magicians

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I hope you’re having fun with our large 3 half sequence on magic tricks! Welcome to the third and ultimate installment within the Full Card Magic Blueprint. In case you are practising your sleight of hand proper now… don’t put down your deck… however ensure you try all 3 elements!

Full Card Magic Blueprint

This Blueprint is your fast-path to easy card tricks! It exhibits you each sleight you’ll have to do nice magic, and extra necessary, precisely why every one issues.

Simply by studying our Blueprint, you’ll save your self hours of frustration, confusion and wasted apply time on methods that you don’t really want. In the long term, you’ll have much more enjoyable along with your magic, and your audiences will likely be much more astonished while you carry out.

If haven’t learn the primary two installments of this Blueprint, use the hyperlinks above to learn them first. This submit offers with ‘Superior Methods’, and this text will make them a lot simpler to study.

However as you’ll see, the secrets and techniques to creating the ‘troublesome’ look simple lay in the way you strategy the elemental card magic ideas we cowl in the primary two elements of this Blueprint!

Okay… I’ll pause right here so you may go learn the primary two elements of the Blueprint. Don’t fear, I’ll be very affected person…:-)

Congratulations! Skilled ‘Sleight of Hand’ Will Be Simple!

Sleight of hand simple? It’s possible you’ll be considering I’m making a daring declare!

Now that you simply’ve discovered the real secrets and techniques within the first two elements of this plan, you might be in for a really huge deal with. The ‘easy’ Double Turnover is definitely far tougher to carry out than the so-called Skilled Stage Sleight of Hand.

The truth is, armed with the information you now possess, you’re about to find that essentially the most highly effective sleights in all of card magic will not be as troublesome to grasp as you could suppose.

You’ll see EXACTLY how they match into the ‘huge image’ of your card magic, and as I’m about to disclose, that data completely eliminates the pointless frustration magicians expertise once they sort out the methods you’re about to find.

Think about one fascinating factor these sleights have in frequent:

  • The Traditional Cross
  • The Gravity Half Cross
  • The High Palms
  • The Backside Palm
  • The Aspect Steal
  • The Diagonal Palm Shift
  • The High Change

These ‘sleight of hand strikes’ fascinate the interior magician in every of us due to one fundamental function all of them share:

Anytime you witness a performer who can reveal one among these strikes in individual, a mere demonstration of the sleight itself truly seems like actual magic. And as soon as you understand the ‘primary thought’ behind the mechanics of the Traditional Cross or High Change, it’s much more wonderful to witness.

The primary time I noticed a magician who might actually do these strikes, over 20 years in the past, I couldn’t consider my eyes. My face appeared as if I’d simply seen a fire-breathing dragon flying above my home!

Give up the Concept of Invisible Sleight of Hand. It’s an Phantasm.

When these sleights are carried out correctly, they appear invisible. Nonetheless, after we apply them, we discover invisibility to be an all however inconceivable aim. This strategy results in pointless ‘sleight of hand frustration’.

The truth is, this phantasm is inspired by on-screen ‘transfer demos’. In stay efficiency, these sleights DO NOT depend on invisibility for fulfillment.

That’s nice information on your success. Don’t try for ‘invisibility’, or wait to acheive it in apply earlier than you begin utilizing these sleights in your efficiency.

As a substitute, concentrate on way more necessary objectives that aren’t solely reasonable, however truly simple compared. For a transfer just like the Traditional Cross to be efficient, it should be silent, easy and economical – every secret motion should take lower than a single second to finish…with out dashing.

End the sleight earlier than your ‘second of misdirection’ expires and because of your quiet, relaxed execution, you received’t have any noises or pressure to attract your viewers’s eyes to the pack as you carry out it.

If you happen to study the sleights on this a part of the Blueprint on this approach, folks will quickly be saying you carry out these sleights ‘invisibly’.

However in fact, you’ll have mastered the phantasm of invisibility. And that’s what makes the sleights that comply with appear so inconceivable.

Superior Sleights Make Direct Miracles

Not like the Open Motion Sleight Clusters we coated in Half 2, the  methods that comply with don’t happen as you appear to show over the deck (Invisible Turnover Pass) or show the highest card of the pack (Double Turnover).

I DO NOT advocate the superior methods that comply with as a result of they’re difficult, or as a result of they’re ‘cool’. The truth is, as you undergo  this ultimate a part of our Blueprint, you’ll see that I’ve solely included a small variety of sleights on your consideration.

Every of the sleight of hand strikes that comply with are direct and economical. After studying about misleading Double Turnovers in Half 2 of this plan, you’ll be very glad to find that the majority of those methods require a secret break and just one different Secret Motion.

To the viewers, It can appear as if you happen to’ve barely dealt with the playing cards. And as you’ll uncover, this one function can have an especially highly effective influence in your viewers’s expertise while you carry out.

The Traditional Cross

The Traditional Cross, or as it’s titled in The Expert at the Card Table , The Two Handed Shift, permits you secretly to chop the pack as you appear to do nothing in any respect. This one sleight can be utilized to pressure, change, management or pressure any variety of playing cards.

The truth is, the Traditional Cross is essentially the most dynamic, adaptable secret transfer in magic. It at all times has been. For that cause, the Traditional Cross was thought-about ‘the spine’ of card magic for hundreds of years. And when you begin utilizing it, you’ll discover it to be some of the helpful sleights in your whole repertoire.

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Right here’s a tutorial sharing a robust, little recognized secret to performing an imperceptible Traditional Cross:

 In my Pathways Coaching System , we use distinctive coaching strategies and particular methods to assist passionate magicians grasp the shift shortly.

 Nonetheless, you’ll find the essential method I educate below the identify, The Two Handed Shift in The Skilled on the Card Desk, by S.W. Erdnase.

Our Pathways Coaching goes into nice element about each side of mastering this sleight. There’s over an hour of coaching on this one transfer, that in efficiency, takes lower than a second to carry out.






However right here’s crucial tip I can give you for working from the easy-to-find technique that seems in Erdnase.

Fixing Sleight of Hand Frustration

In some unspecified time in the future throughout your apply, you’ll turn into pissed off and not sure. That’s when most magicians turn into vulnerable to ad-copy or youtube demonstrations that promise a better technique.

If you happen to’ve already had this expertise, you’re not alone. I’ve carried out it. And so has each nice magician I do know.

You’ll be tempted by variations that appear so much simpler to grasp. For instance, for longer than I’ve been in magic, magicians have used a riffle of the entrance finish of the deck with the precise fingers to make the cross extra ‘invisible’.

Nonetheless, I’ve seen lower than 5 who can carry out a riffle sort cross softly sufficient to keep away from drawing focus to the deck.

Bear in mind what you’ve already discovered from this Blueprint. The Riffle Motion is an Open Motion. On prime of that, it makes a sound on goal!

The sound and the Open Motion truly FORCE your viewers to take a look at the deck…and at precisely the incorrect second.

You will discover my full video coaching on The Traditional Cross and the opposite gadgets on this Blueprint, in my new improved Pathways Coaching System.

In 12 Volumes and over 13 hours of instruction, you’ll uncover a novel strategy to studying that makes The Traditional Cross, and each different sleight, simpler than ever earlier than to grasp.

Click Here to find out more about the Pathways Training System.


The Half Cross

The Half Cross works so much just like the Traditional Cross, and permits you to reverse any variety of playing cards on the backside of the deck, from one card, to all of the playing cards beneath the highest card of the deck.

Just like the Traditional Cross, The Half Cross might be completely imperceptible from any angle for a vast variety of spectators.

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On this case, I can proudly advocate my very own method, The Gravity Half Cross, which first appeared in my 2002 e-book The Paper Engine. I’m lucky that consultants everywhere in the world nonetheless agree that is one of the best ever devised.

You may see an indication of the Gravity Half Cross within the unique trailer for the Paper Engine right here. Pay shut consideration – it’s used right here to create some extremely visible magic:

The Gravity Half Cross is definitely invisible from each angle. Much more necessary, and never attainable to point out on video, it may be carried out with no pressure and thus, it’s additionally fully imperceptible. And as we’ve already mentioned, that’s what actually counts.

Just like the Traditional Cross, the Gravity Half Cross can be utilized to pressure, management, change or visually reverse playing cards within the pack. It’s extremely versatile, and when you get snug with it, you’ll use it each day.

The Gravity Half Cross is the precise technique I educate within the new Pathways Training Program.

Observe Tip: The Gravity Half Pass was developed from intently following the ideas underlying the Traditional Cross. The truth is, you’ll be capable to make even quicker progress by learning the 2 sleights on the identical time.






Use 3M Cross Coaching to Grasp…Solely Quicker!

In my common 3M Coaching Program, I take advantage of the frequent train time period ‘Cross-Coaching’ to explain this precept. In impact, a small breakthrough in any one of many Cross-Skilled methods causes a right away leap ahead in all of the others. 

For the reason that Invisible Turnover Cross, the Traditional Cross and the Gravity Half Cross are all based mostly on related mechanical rules, practising them on the identical time will get quicker outcomes than engaged on any one among them alone.

The High Change

The High Change is to the Double Turnover what the Traditional Cross is to the Invisible Turnover Cross. No open motion is required, and nothing appears to alter from earlier than to after the change. There’s not a touch to alert anybody that one thing suspicious has occurred.

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In all appearances, you merely hold the deck in one hand and a card within the different. As you place the cardboard on the desk, or on a spectator’s hand (or actually, you don’t should do something with the cardboard in any respect), it transforms into one other card.

This extremely highly effective method is just not exhausting to do, however it does check your nerves.

For that cause, I like to recommend you get very snug with the Double Turnover earlier than you add this ultra-direct ‘energy device’ to your belt. Whenever you’re prepared, you’ll discover the High Change to be some of the dependable ‘sleight of hand instruments’ in magic.

To study this sleight, I recommend two variations. First, the strategy that seems in Skilled at The Card Desk is excellent, as is the David Williamson Technique from his first e-book, Williamson’s Wonders.

The finger positions are completely different in every of those strategies, however each might be carried out splendidly. However in every case, invisibility deserves little thanks.

Success right here relies upon greater than ever on misdirection, efficient construction and easy, relaxed execution.

The Full System Of Palming

Now you’ll uncover crucial new idea on this plan. It’s the one thought that may’t be simulated by strategies launched within the first two elements of this Blueprint.

Even if you happen to solely grasp the simplest of the methods on this part, The Backside Palm, you’ll be capable to accomplish astounding miracles that can’t be completed another approach.

Just like the passes talked about above, there’s no change within the deck after any of those Palms are executed. Once more, softness and context are way more necessary than ‘invisibility’ in terms of this sort of sleight of hand.

Bear in mind, no individual is a mean, and you’ll undoubtedly expertise quicker outcomes with a few of these methods than others. With regards to palming playing cards, there’s no substitute for experimentation.

The High Palm

High Palms are harder than Backside Palms, however regardless of this reality, most individuals select to apply the High Palm first. I think it is because the High Palm appears, at first look, to be extra sensible.

Nonetheless, when you’ve got a card hidden in your proper hand, it’s extraordinarily troublesome to carry your hand simply as you’ll if it have been truly empty.

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Many instructors recommend you maintain the deck from above for just a few moments after palming.  In apply , that is solely sensible when you’ve got extraordinarily massive fingers. Even then, it’s fairly simple for viewers members to ‘see the products’.

For these causes, profitable ‘High Palmers’ practically at all times steal the playing cards from the deck instantly after palming.

Stealing the palmed playing cards away from the deck is named retiring, and whilst you’ll discover it takes a little bit of braveness with ANY palm, you may cowl the motion through the use of the opposite hand to cross out the playing cards for shuffling, or by putting them on the desk.

Finally, the High Palm is a useful sleight of hand technique in lots of conditions. Nonetheless, I point out it right here first – primarily to get it out of the way in which. There will likely be loads of time to grasp a High Palm after you’ve skilled the success and confidence that come from beginning with a way more sensible strategy.

The Backside Palm

I recommend you start your journey to masterful palming with The Backside Palm due to a number of huge benefits it has over the extra common High Palm.

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First, the Backside Palm is simpler to study. Second, you may hold the deck in your left hand, above the palmed card, for so long as like. It appears to be like as if the deck sits usually in your hand.

In efficiency, this may make it very simple to retire with the palmed playing cards as a result of you may wait for so long as you want, with out concern of detection.

Within the Pathways System, you’ll uncover a lot of my favourite Backside Palm strategies. However why wait? Begin utilizing my simplest way proper now, which seems in one among our hottest posts here.

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Aspect Steals and Diagonal Palm Shifts

Aspect Steals and Diagonal Palm Shifts let you palm a card or playing cards immediately into both hand from any place within the pack.

Left and Proper Hand Steals use the very same palm positions because the Backside and High Palm – and so they turn into most useful in conditions the place you wish to steal the cardboard(s) from the pack with out first shuffling or passing them to the highest or backside of the deck.

Bear in mind, generally, 90% of the ultimate impact on the viewers will likely be simply achieved utilizing solely a High or Backside palm. Surprisingly few results demand such directness.

Miracles like Card to Pocket , Card to Pockets and any impact the place four-of-kind are produced from an viewers shuffled pack can all be carried out, with roughly the identical influence, utilizing solely a High or Backside Palm.

How Palming Expertise Progress

With just a little apply, you’ll be capable to use the Autopilot Card to Pocket in efficiency. You’ll be capable to not solely palm a card, however imperceptibly retire with that card to your pocket.

As you carry out the Card to Pocket usually, you’ll purchase the arrogance to retire with out shifting instantly to your pocket. After just a few months, you’ll sooner or later really feel daring sufficient to calm down with the palmed playing cards to your facet or in your lap.

This will likely appear formidable now, however you’ll be stunned at how shortly you develop the ‘sleight of hand confidence‘ to ‘maintain out’ playing cards whereas the viewers shuffles.


The picture above exhibits a card halfway by the Aspect-Steal Sleight Cluster

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This picture exhibits a card halfway by the Diagonal Palm Shift, in any other case often known as a Left Hand Aspect Steal


The primary time you ‘maintain out’, you’ll be so happy and amazed that you could be practically give your self an award!

However in brief order, you’ll start to depend on this tactic on a regular basis!

And meaning you’ll want to start out overlaying your tracks. When you begin utilizing palms in your sleight of hand, for a wide range of results, together with multi-phase routines like “Card to Pocket”, you’ll positively NEED alternate strategies to maintain the viewers off your path.

For that cause, Aspect Steals and Diagonal Palm Shifts will in the end play an important position in your advancing repertoire. Nonetheless, don’t hurry the method.

Simply as every stage of this Blueprint has led to the subsequent, the left and proper hand palming positions you study at first will turn into second nature as you utilize them. It doesn’t take very lengthy.

And also you’ll uncover as you progress, that Aspect Steals and Diagonal Palm Shifts will truly come to you. You’ll discover you’ve already half-learned these unimaginable sleights earlier than you even apply them.

The Unfold Cull

The Unfold Cull permits you to unfold casually by the deck and to steal any card or playing cards you need, and to maneuver them secretly to any location you want. So far as sleight of hand goes… that is very helpful!

It’s an astounding device, however troublesome to accumulate and carry out with actual confidence. The perfect path ahead is to concentrate on creating your Hand to Hand Unfold, adopted by the Traditional Pressure on the identical line.

These methods develop your ‘unfold intelligence’, in order that while you’ve acquired lots of the methods on this Blueprint, you’ll be prepared grasp the Unfold Cull in brief order.

Now You Know the Pathway!

Many priceless methods and sleight of hand strikes don’t seem on this Blueprint. I made a decision to incorporate solely crucial, priceless methods I’ve encountered over the past 20 years.

My hope is that you need to use this materials to develop your personal card magic with out questioning what to do, what comes subsequent or if you happen to’re practising the precise issues.

Now that you simply’ve learn the entire plan, I recommend you return and begin at Stage One. It Gives an entire suite of card magic instruments.

Use these instruments to carry out wonderful magic for anybody you understand. Then let these instruments, and the micro-skills they embrace, present a basis on which to grasp first your Stage 2, after which Stage 3 expertise as you want them.

I sincerely hope you’ve loved the Full Card Magic Blueprint – I’ve had a good time creating this materials and educating it to passionate magicians everywhere in the world. And now, it’s yours!

With Heat,
Aaron Fisher

P.S. Sleight of hand is so rewarding! If this Blueprint has helped you, there’s a VERY good probability that my Pathways Coaching System can prevent lots of or hundreds of apply hours and {dollars} by yourself path to astonishing card magic.

You will discover out all in regards to the Pathways Training Program here. You’ll be very glad you probably did.

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