An Underused Move #3 – The Edward Victor Change

edwardvictorThis great change is the invention of British sleight of hand genius Edward Victor (1887 – 1964). He’s somewhat overlooked in the world of card magic, yet the sleights he invented are brilliant. Look through the pages of his “Magic of the Hands” trilogy and you will find a sleight akin to the Convincing Control and a false riffle shuffle scarily similar to Marlo’s (?) Shank shuffle. There’s also a move called “The Book Return” which is essentially the same as the four for four switch which is currently doing the rounds. The move under discussion is a startlingly visual change of a card as it is removed from the pack or as it is tapped with the fingers of the hand.

Two great tricks which use the move to great effect are Peter Duffie’s “Colour Change Collectors” from “Inspriations” and Jerry Sadowitz’s “Ipcress” from “Contemporary Card Magic”.

Click here to see Roger Curzon (an underground British legend) perform the change at 1:10.

As usual, an idea of mine using the change – it’s not a trick but an application of the move to a triumph type effect.

To end, some words of wisdom from the opening page of “The Magic of the Hands” –

The Rules of the Sleight-of-Hand Artist Are three, and all others are vain; The first and second are “practice,” And the third one is “practice again.”

To gain access to the trick section you must enter a password. The password is the title of the trick on page 130 of The Complete Walton Volume 1.

7 Comments Add yours

  1. Kolisar says:

    What is the name of the sleight demonstrated in the video at 1:50? I picked up “The Magic Of the Hands Trilogy” after reading your post and watching the video, but I am having a hard time locating the change.

    BTW: I enjoy your blog, before finding it I had never heard of Edward Victor or Roy Walton. It is a shame that these names are not more widely known.

    1. Kolisar says:

      BTW: I realize that the title of the post is “The Edward Victor Change”. Perhaps my imagination is not that good any more, but I cannot see how that change would produce that effect.

    2. blendomagic says:

      I first read of the move in the two tricks I mention in the post. Both Sadowitz and Duffie refer to it as the “Edward Victor Change”. Looking through the books I can see how it could be confused with “The E.V. Colour Change” but the move I’m referring to is described under the heading “A Move for the Rising Cards (Sleight of hand method)” and this is also the move performed by Roger Curzon in the video link. Sorry for the confusion and thanks for the comment.

      1. Kolisar says:

        Thank you for the reply, I can now both find the sleight and am working on it.

  2. Mathias says:

    Thanks for pointing out the Duffie/Sadowitz routines using the change. Hopefully I’ll have chance to study their work in the near future.

    I just remembered that the Victor-change is also in RRTCM – page 169 as ‘The Changing Card’. It’s also used in the ‘Double Colour Change’ in page 168.

    Kevin Ho has a variation in handling in his ‘Smooth Operations’ notes. He modified the handling to make the change easier to execute, and the left-hand grip a bit more natural/comfortable. (00:54)

    1. blendomagic says:

      No worries. You should definitely check out their work – essential reading. The trick I recommended by Jerry Sadowitz is where the A, 2 and 3 of clubs are lost faceup in the deck – the A, 2 and 3 of diamonds are all found faceup instantly. They then all change visually into the correct cards. Brilliant trick.

      Thanks for pointing out the link – not really a fan of that style of magic – much prefer the more natural approach where the manipulation is hidden and magic things just seem to happen on their own.

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