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Bob G
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Hi folks,


I've been practicing double and single lifts as part of learning Color Monte. My *double* lift is pretty good -- the only thing I'm not happy with is that the double is audible when it lands on the bottom card. I assume that in performance the sound will be masked by my patter. But... I find it really hard to do a *single* lift without exposing (slightly and momentarily) the outer left corner of the middle card. Maybe it isn't a problem worth worrying about, but I'm not sure. It does mean that there's a discrepancy between my double and single lifts. In the DL, I'm pushing the outer left corner with my left thumb, which is making contact with the *side* of the double card, at the outer left corner. In the SL, I'm placing my thumb on the face of the top card, near the outer left corner, and, as I push the single to the right, I'm pressing upward a bit with my left middle finger, on the right side of the card, to keep the middle card from sliding out.



Also, has anyone figured out a pattern to the order in which the lifts and alignment moves occur? I find it much easier to memorize patterned stuff than an arbitrary-seeming list. Probably that's why I'm a mathematician! If there *is* a pattern, then probably the easiest way for me to memorize the trick would be to memorize the sleights in order and then add the patter afterward.


Thanks for whatever help people can offer. What a fun trick!
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Hi Bob,

The best cure for the discrepancy between DL and SL is ... (yes, you knew) ... practice.

Try to execute SL exactly as the DL (same position of fingers, some movements, etc)
So much to do, so little time . . .
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Gracias, Alicauchy. Yes, practice... I often do get the SL without flashing the bottom card, so maybe the best cure is more practice to gain consistency.
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On Sep 23, 2017, Bob G wrote:
Gracias, Alicauchy. Yes, practice... I often do get the SL without flashing the bottom card, so maybe the best cure is more practice to gain consistency.


Then, you are on the right way. Best wishes.
So much to do, so little time . . .
ThomasJ
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Ackerman's variation of Marlo's Quick 3-Way might be worth a read. It's in Las Vegas Kardma.
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Thanks for the tip, Thomas. To help me decide whether to purchase Las Vegas Kardma, could you give me an idea of how reading about the Quick 3-way might help me? Judging from other comments on the Café that I read after reading your suggestion, I'm sure the book has lots of good stuff. Nevertheless, I'm loathe to buy a book just for one move unless I have an idea of how it might move me forward.


Bob
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It's essentially doing a double deal prior to the turnover. The top card is pushed over slightly and the bottom card is buckled to facilitate a more natural-looking turnover. Las Vegas Kardma is a wonderful book. I believe it's still in print.
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Interesting -- thanks Thomas. Yes, I checked after I read your message and the book is in print. Bob
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You're welcome. Good luck!
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