For a great visual effect, a sleigh-of-hand that’s a color change, the top color change is one of the killer moves in the ambitious card routine. It’s almost a card magic trick in itself but it’s best combined with other moves to create a great performance.
The idea is simple, you flip the card on top of the deck so it’s face up and cover it with a face down card. Now you’re free to create the illusion at any moment when you cover the card with your hand.
I hope you enjoy this one, it’s definitively worth being in your card magic arsenal!
Update in our card magic section; if you’re new to card magic, the following video will teach you how to learn magic trick that is also in the ambitious card routine. The double lift is the most basic sleight of hand anyone wanting to perform basic card magic will need to learn. Here goes:
You might also be interested to learn a more advanced sleight of hand if you want to combine the double lift with another sleight of hand in the same performance to get a good reaction from your audience by closing with a kick ass magic trick, that could be the pass. The pass has a few variations, notably the turn-over pass, the riffle pass, and the dribble pass.
The double lift is great in card magic tricks and is used in many card tricks. You can invent different performances using the double lift alone. I hope you will take the patience to learn the double lift, it will be a great friend in card magic.
This is a nice little color change, only this time it will require you to practice quite a few times before attaining perfection…
It is basically the same methode as seen in the Shapeshifter that is the only unrevealed trick on magicopen.com by the way.
Hope you enjoy it!
This is a clean colour change and might be the best I’ve seen in a long time, the tutorial is made by CardShark88. I could not resist linking the video, it adds good value to the Colour Changes section. Watch.
This colour change is not hard to perform but that doesn’t mean you will be performing it like CardShark88, I’ll call that extra-fluid-dexterity
This is a beauty used to bring a card back to the top of the deck in one of the most convincing way; watch it in the next video (at 00:34):
Still wondering how it is done?
- The magician is holding a break at the very last card of the pack of cards from which the selected card is taken from its top and then placed on top of the other packet (at 00:30).
- While pushing the selected card to let it stick out of the deck (00:36 to 00:38) the bottom card held by the magician’s break is dropped on top of the selected card.
- The magician then shows the card that is sticking out of the deck (Ace of spades) while hidding the card that was dropped on top of it. (00:39 to 00:41)
- The top card, that appears to be the card just shown is then inserted in the middle of the other pack of cards, this pack of card is then inserted in the middle of the other pack of card (with the ace of spaces on top).
The selected card was put back on top of the deck in front of everyone without a single fancy, suspicious move. Simply efficient!
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This based on the classic pass but requires more practice. It is best performed when the card inserted in the middle of the deck is left face up and creates a very convincing visual illusion when it is brought back on top of the deck.
It can also be combined with the turn-over pass or in a magic trick routine like the ambitious card routine.
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This is another variation of the classic pass in which you bring the bottom half of your deck of cards on top of the top packet to bring a selected card to the top. This move requires practice but is very convincing in a magic trick.
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The pass is a sleight of hand used in magic tricks to control a card that is apparently inserted in the deck back on to the top of the cards. The following video is quite descriptive, it will show you a few variations and different methods to get your pinky break.
Here it is explained slowly (you can also use the finger next to your pinky instead):
This is a video of what this card magic trick or sleight of hand should look like when you learned it well (it also has a very nice variation that is a magic trick in its own):
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Here is a performance of the shapeshifter magic trick:
Since this colour change is copyrighted and cannot be explained in details we are not allowed to publish it’s solution. However I strongly suggest you look at the video a few times to find out how it is done (i.e.: basic sleight of hand and/or card switch).
Related: Push-off Double Lift
Post Update: We have found a way to help you understand how the shapeshifter is executed! Read on…
Quite simple: it is practically the same methode used in the Smooth Wave Colour Change. Enjoy!
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This is a must, do not even think about skipping this one if you intend to do any card magic or free magic at all! The first and simplest variation of the pinky break is done in 3 steps that can easily be covered by gesturing with the hand that holds the deck while creating the break:
- Hold your deck with the mecanics grip
- Push the top card slightlty using your thumb until you can fit your pinky between the top card (that is pushed) and the second card
- Put the fat part of your pinky between the top and second card and push back the card gently until it is aligned back with the rest of the deck.
In the following video, Brandon Nowasky describes using a break to give the illusion that a selected card is inserted and then lost in the middle of a deck.
Learn how to do a pinky break:
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