In Al Leech’s excellent book on misdirection “Don’t Look Now” he talks about misdirection which occurs as the result of an apparent accident.
There can be not stronger misdirection than a carefully planned accident.
Leech talks about how a card can “accidently” fall to the floor or it can fail to appear in a pocket which provides cover to transfer the deck to another hand with the card ready to produce from another pocket. Of course this should not be done in ever trick as Leech also wisely states; overuse would make the spectator think you were simply inept. In fact in most cases it should never be done at all, however there may be special circumstances when this can be an effective ploy and is worth keeping in the back of your mind for such an occasion.
Anyways I found an excellent example of this which I’d failed to spot several times before realizing what was going on – it comes from the one and only Tom Mullica – see if you can spot it during the card sections.
This originally appeared in “Stuff the White Rabbit”.