Tarbell – Every Trick in the Book Book 2 - Lesson 6

Lesson 25: Sleight of Hand with Cards

The sleight-of-hand in this lesson runs the gamut from manipulation, color-changes, and flourishes to more secretive techniques like bottom- and second-dealing.

Just about everything here is considered "advanced," requiring dedication and practice to perfect, but you'll find that time spent to be very rewarding. First, we'll look at some of the staples of stage card manipulation, like keeping one or more cards hidden while showing your hand empty. Dan teaches you how to show both sides of your hand while the cards remain hidden. Plus... he tips his method that allows you to spread your fingers. To reward you for practicing this important sleight, Dan shows you how to use it to find a selected card in a very impressive way. You'll also learn to pull cards one-at-a-time from the air, or vanish multiple cards one-at-a-time and bring them back individually, or all at once. Then, Dan applies the previous manipulation technique (with a simple substitution) to find a fist full of dollars in an unexpected place. Next, Dan brings in reinforcements to show you how to produce seemingly endless fans of cards... naturally, after quite a bit of practice. Then, it's on to Color-Changes, as Dan shows you multiple ways to change one card into another, including simply pulling off the center pip... or waving your hand over it for a moment, or giving it a quick slap. And he even teaches you a way to change two random cards into a perfect pair. Next, you'll learn Dan's favorite way to secretly exchange one card for another, and he even shows you the perfect trick to practice your new technique. Once you've learned these versatile moves, Dan puts it all together into a routine that gives you a chance to show off your sleight-of-hand skills. But we're not done yet. Now, Dan tips his tried-and true technique for bottom dealing and, again, gives you a simple and effective trick in which to employ it. Plus, he shows you a couple of ways to deal seconds, and once again, how to use it in the perfect effect to create an uncanny coincidence. Then, we'll finish up by looking at a few basic flourishes, like the ribbon drop (or waterfall), the springing cascade, and even a one-handed cut. There's quite an assortment of challenging and rewarding sleights to master, and my tips will give you a head-start on each and every one of them.
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