Knack Magic Tricks: A Step-by-Step Guide to Illusions, by Richard Kaufman, Elizabeth Kaufman

By Richard Kaufman, Elizabeth Kaufman

From uncomplicated to complex, and utilizing loved ones and cheap props, Knack Magic tips contains methods utilizing playing cards, cash, handkerchiefs, and fruit, in addition to psychological tips, each time methods, standup methods, and tips specifically for children (to be played either for them and through them).

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So, read the text, look at each photo, Step 7 • Begin the shuffle, your left thumb pulling off the first face up card onto those in the left hand as the right hand pulls the packet away. and try it slowly. You’ll probably get lost at the point when you are supposed to raise your hands while doing the overhand shuffle so the audience can see the underside of the deck. This is when practice in front of a mirror helps a lot—it will enable you to understand the illusion as seen by the audience. If you get lost, go back to the beginning and try it again .

Your left thumb spreads off the top card, which is taken by your right hand. • While your right hand is gesturing with its card (as you talk), your left thumb gently slides the top card of the deck inward about 1 ⁄8 inch. • Your right hand places the card it holds squarely on top of the deck—the card your left thumb pushed inward will stick out from beneath it at the inner end. 36 • Lower your palm-down right hand over the deck, first finger curled lightly on top, second, third, and fourth fingers at the outer end, and thumb at the inner end—actually on the end of the protruding card.

Step 8 • After you’ve dealt the fifth card to your hand, say, “Let’s see what the other players have,” as you turn the other four poker hands face up and spread them. At least one spectator is certain to notice that there is an ace in the second, third, or fourth hands. Wave off any comments and say, “I’ve gradu- When you deal the cards for your hand off the top of the deck, do it very slowly so there’s no doubt they’re coming from the top this time. 23 ated to the big leagues,” as you turn your hand over and spread it to reveal a royal flush in spades: ace, ten, jack, queen, and king.

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