We have covered two sessions from the Royal Road to Card Magic. I confess, I am still learning some of this material for the first time. So far we have studied how to do the overhand shuffle. We have learned how to use the overhand shuffle to control a card or group of cards to the top or bottom of the deck while seemingly shuffling and mixing the cards.
We have learned the following tricks;
- Topsy Turvy(Half of a deck of cards is cut and reversed on top of the other half of the deck, yet magically the cards correct their orientation into the same direction.)
- APoker Players Picnic,(A spectator cuts the cards, into four piles and apparently has cut to the four Aces.)
- Pinkie Does It(A selected card is shuffled into the deck yet it rises up from the center of the deck.)
- Thought Stealer(A spectator mentally selects one of six face up randomly selected cards from a shuffled deck. The magicianshuffles the cards into the deck so that the spectator’s mentally selected card is revealed by spelling down to their thought of card.)
- Telepathic Cards(A spectator removes 5 cards of their choice with different values and mentally selects one of them. The magician shuffles each card into the deck while asking the spectator to merely think of their selection. Their thought of card is revealed by counting down from the top of the deck to its value.)
Next month, October 4th, we will learn the riffle shuffle and the riffle shuffle control, a few flourishes, and few tricks.
TIPS FROM THE PROs
“The most valuable piece of advice I received when I began learning card magic was to spend time perfecting one control, one palm and one double lift. I was told that with these three tools alone I could perform miracles. It was great advice.”
“Cards are not boring (they have no personality and, as bits of cardboard, can be neither interesting nor boring)
-it is the performer who breathes life into card effects.”
“Do not concentrate on the deck, concentrate on the spectators.
Avoid a closed position as much as possible, move the elbows out a bit, open up as much as can be done.”
“The most helpful thing for me in learning card magic was to try and develop a “soft touch”, and to handle the deck lightly. This is not, as might be imagined, a stylistic choice, but actually aids in the execution of most sleight of hand with cards. This doesn’t necessarily translate to the overall look of your handling — I am not one of those really graceful soft cardmen like Freeman or Skinner. It’s just that when learning new actions I think we tend to be tight, and have too much tension and pressure on the cards Relax and it will come faster and easier. “
– Eric Mead
“Nothing disarms and deceives an astute spectator more than an unhurried and deliberate presentation executed in a relaxed manner with neatness and precision.”
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