EXTRA CARDS ::
QUICK TOPPER ::
THE BACK ROOM ::
MAGIC SHOP ::
What's the best way to add extra and gaffed cards to the deck?
There are a number of ways to add and retrieve cards from a deck so that you can finish clean. Perhaps the most efficient way is to use palming. You can add cards to either the top or bottom of the deck, do your effect, and then palm the cards away. Many magicians are frightened by palming but, with practice, it can be a devastating weapon to have in your arsenal.
Another way to add cards is to have the extra cards in your jacket pocket. After a few card tricks put the deck into your pocket and do a non-card effect such as a coin trick or some-such. Then you decide to do one more card trick and bring out your deck again bringing the extra cards with it. This simple method can, of course, also be used as a total deck switch. Put one deck in the pocket and, after the non-card effect, bring out the other deck.
The extra cards can be dumped using a reverse procedure. After the effect put the deck back into your pocket as if you have finished your show. Then, if you decide to do more, you can pull out the deck again and simply thumb off the gaffed cards to leave them behind.
You could combine palming and the pocket dump as well. Add the cards in the pocket then, at the end, palm them away. It really all depends on your skill level.
Holding a break at the selected card and want to get the card to the top of the deck? For those willing to abandon sleight of hand for illusion and simple handling, the pass can be over and done with in a moment.
The deck is held in the left hand. The magician asks the spectator to say Stop and either riffles the front end of the deck or takes the stock and drops the cards from right to left hand.
The magician cuts the deck at wherever the spectator wants to stop, holding the top stock in his right hand, moving his left hand forward with the bottom stock so the spectator can take the stopped at card.
As the spectator commits the card's suit and value to memory, the magician brings the tip of his left fourth finger under the upstage right corner of the deck. He then moves the left hand forward asking the spectator to return the card.
The photographs above show side and rear views of the pass action. As soon as the selected card is replaced on the bottom stock in the left hand, the magician turns slightly stage left, at the same time turning the back of his right hand downstage and moving the right hand towards the left hand, which blocks the audience view of the left hand.
The left fourth finger curls under the stock in the left hand, then swings out clipping the stock between the fourth and third fingers, which causes the bottom stock to turn over onto the extending left fingers. At the same time the right hand turns the top stock it holds face up and places it onto the face up stock in the left hand. The right hand then moves away.
This pass leaves the deck face up in the left hand. The left fingers can curl in and the left thumb can turn the deck over so it lands backs up as the left fingers extend. The selected card is the top card of the face down deck. The left fingers can also just curl in to turn the face up deck so the backs are towards the spectators and the right hand can shuffle a portion of the stock from the center to the upstage face of the deck without disturbing the position of the selected card.
THE BACK ROOM: INSIDE OUT
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