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Formless
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Hi guys,

I am having some difficulty finding a good card peek to learn.
Currently I am learning the side peek but I am wondering if you guys have any good ones out there for suggestion.
If someone can point me to the right resources to learn, it would be much appreciated.

Many thanks,
Tom Gagnon
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I suggest you learn Eddie Fechter’s Fan Glimpse (ref. The Magic of Eddie Fechter, p. 185).
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I like Jim Swain's "Ghost Peek". It takes a little practice but isn't too difficult to do and, performed correctly, is completely invisible.

Marty
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Formless,

The side peek has many great uses. It is probably the first one most learn.

Are you having difficulty with the side peek or are you looking for a peek for a specific situation?
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A peek is situational, depends on how and what you need to glimpse.
For a chosen card, the LePaul peek is one of the best.
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Look up Ryan Schlutz and his Pivotal Peak. This allows you to have a card selected and instantly glimpse it in a very fair and natural way. It really is a brilliant technique which more people need to know about.

Michael
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Steve Draun's excellent Fan Glimpse can be found on pg.31 of Kaufman's Secrets Draun from Underground.
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Another great one is Jerry Kogan's, from Marlo in Spades. Paul Cummins uses this to devastating effect.
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The Pivotal Peek by Ryan Schlutz.
Spectator peeks at card and you peek at same card at the same time. Invisible and brilliant.
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Formless,

The side peek has many great uses. It is probably the first one most learn.

Are you having difficulty with the side peek or are you looking for a peek for a specific situation?


Yes I am having some difficulty learning it. Often I got a glimpse of not just the chosen card but a few other cards as well.
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The Pivotal Peek by Ryan Schlutz.
Spectator peeks at card and you peek at same card at the same time. Invisible and brilliant.


I am trying to get it online but the "Tricky" site is down.
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Yeah I'd like to purchase the pivotal peek as well, can't find it anywhere 😕
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How about just looking at the bottom card while you square the deck? Not everything has to be a move.
Reality is a real killjoy.
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How about just looking at the bottom card while you square the deck? Not everything has to be a move.


OP didn't ask for a control, he asked for a peek from (presumably) the center of the deck.
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Kind of whimsical, but some of the old-timers and gambler cheats used a ring/mirror. Might work with magic tricks, but don't try it at a casino? Lynn
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Kind of whimsical, but some of the old-timers and gambler cheats used a ring/mirror. Might work with magic tricks, but don't try it at a casino? Lynn

Might? Glims are powerful Magicians' tools.
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Just to throw it out there, using a s***k might give off a better illusion that it would be impossible for you to peek the card. Have them take the deck behind their back (if they are standing), and have them cut the deck. They can either take the "new" top card, or cut the deck once more and use then take the top card. I would then tell them that I'm going to turn away, and they can look at that card, but I don't want anyone else seeing it (eliminating the possibility of stooging), so I basically want them to use both of their hands to cover the card from all angles when they take their peek... which is great justification to take the deck back from them and glimpse where you need to in the deck (;)) briefly while turning away. So you know the card as they see it. from there the world is your oyster, and you can fairly give them the deck to put the card back in and have them shuffle, all with you head turned the opposite way. You could even have them stick the card in their pocket, that also adds credibility.

Not impromptu which is obviously a negative, but from experience lay people are genuinely convinced that what just happened was the fairest possible way to peek at a card, without you knowing what it is (hehe).

You don't need to memorize a full s***k like aronson for this to be convincing, Si s****ns with a casual in the hands spread to show the cards are different seems to be convincing enough from my experience. Once you know the card, you can destroy the s***k by having them shuffle if you feel heat, or not if you want to repeat this later to someone else.

Still worth investing in a good impromptu peek, but as people are offering alternatives until the pivotal peek is available again, thought it may be useful.
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Personally, I prefer to do delayed or indirect peeks that happen contextually in the act of doing something else that is congruent with the rest of the routine.
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Larry Jennings has a great one in The Bonus Trick (I found it in The Classic Magic of Larry Jennings). Nicely covered by a natural action, if it suits you.
Another suburb one is in By Forces Unseen, can't remember the effect off the top of my head. Very open and feels bold, but very effective when done well.
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On Oct 2, 2016, lynnef wrote:
Kind of whimsical, but some of the old-timers and gambler cheats used a ring/mirror. Might work with magic tricks, but don't try it at a casino? Lynn

Might? Glims are powerful Magicians' tools.


Indeed, glims or shiners have been around a very long time. Dunninger wrote about them being used for magic; but I'm betting cheats invented them back in the 1800's. Joshua Jay's card book mentions how people now use cell phones (impromptu, no less) as glims! How sneaky! Lynn
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