This 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.”
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