The classic force

How not to do it –

Very tense mechanical handling and you can really notice the speed up when the spectator goes to take the card.

How I think it should be done –

Natural causal spreading – much more deceptive.


Move Monkey Mode

I’m in one of those “must learn a tricky move for no real reason” moods. Have decided on Derek Dingles “Technical Refinement to LJ’s Angle Palm Steal” from the Complete Works. Does anyone out there use this, or do you have your own tricky move you’re practising yet will never really use?

Forte Production – David Williamson

Whilst on the subject of the Bristol Day of Magic (held in Weston-Super-Mere) David Williamson performed and explained a great Steve Forte move which he used as a production of the four aces as the cards are sprung from one hand to the other (the move can be used for others things also). Managed to find a video of David Williamson performing it –

It’s near the end of the clip.

Blow Away Change – JK Hartman

First published in Card Craft this change made a reappearance in After Craft which is where I read it. The effect is that a face up card on top of the pack changes when the performer raises the pack to their lips and blows on the card. In the updated description in After Craft J.K Hartman talks about how the move created some confusion as to its workability when first published – even reading the updated description I can see why. It’s one of those moves which appears bad when read but is great when you actually use it. It’s the sort of move you’d easily overlook yet if you saw someone do it you’d use it all the time. Well worth looking up.