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Emmanuel
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Hi there, I was cracking my head for deck switches method recently as I was working with m.d. on stand up position. I was challenging myself to do something like, give the spectator the deck and shuffle it, then I switched it in a flash. How is that possible? Can anyone here share the name of method or resources (books, dvd) that has good deck switches that require "less" misdirection in stand-up or close up that I can refer to? I have seen jay sankey's method of switching deck but I think I need to learn something more deceptive than that.

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Emmanuel.
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Do a few tricks with the deck first. Act as if you are done as you are putting the deck in your jacket pocket. Then say that you will do one more as you make the switch. If your timing is good, no one will suspect a switch.
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Tamariz describes a number of deck switches in "Mnemonica".

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Tamariz describes a number of deck switches in "Mnemonica".

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I do the same thing as lee does with the jacket pocket trick.. I use the invisable deck a lot and some times ill say "im gonna put this in my pocket for safekeeping while I light a cigerett. " then do the switch
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Don't even draw attention to the pocket switch. It isn't necessary to state your reason for putting it in your pocket. The beauty of this one is that it isn't about the switch. Don't run.
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Porper has a new deck holder to pin inside your jacket and with a topit you can bring in the cooler as you get a pen or something else from you inner jacket pocket.
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Jean Saques Sanvert has absolutely fantastic method in his video vol.1 card act. Seem similar to what Porper has manufactured, but doesn't need topit or special gadgets really. Just normal jacket.
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I don't have any experience with deck switches. It is a new exciting concept to me. But I already know that I do NOT like any elaborate setups with secret pockets or holders inside your belt. Anything that requires the deck to clearly go out of view is a minus in my opinion. It doesn't help if there is a bit of humorous patter explaining why you suddenly need to hold your hand behind your back.

So I was thinking... how about a very open deck switch? You put a second deck of cards on the table, explaining that this is a special magic deck that can read the spectators minds or something. I've thought about printing a sticker and gluing it across the front of the box saying something like "super secret special extra very magical deck de luxe". And then do a switching trick like Aronson's Bait and Switch, only that you need to go into the other, special deck at the end to reveal the results, making a point out of the fact that you haven't touched this deck while the spectator chose his card.

You could also start off by making this second deck cheat-proof somehow. Lock it in a box or ask someone to keep it in their pocket, close to them where it could pick up their thoughts. Or something.

All you need really is one transitional effect. Once you have jokingly justified the change, you can continue using that deck, or go back to what they think is the first deck, which has now been easily switched since you put that one in your pocket. An obvious deck switch hiding another.

Or simply do the stack work first and the rest later.

Well... lots of possibilities. Anyway the main point was to openly switch instead of hiding it if that cannot be done smoothly. I think I would die of embarrassement if someone in a street setting saw a belt clip or something. That would be so corny. Me a grown man playing with toy pockets, tsk tsk. So it would come off if done away from a stage or a professional type show.
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Pete - does the deck have to be in its case to perform the switch, or can it be "free" from the deck?

This sounds interesting.

Thanks in Advance,

Tom Rav
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I like the Tommy Wonder switch....excellent...
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I use different technics, but still prefer a deck switch inbeded in a routine as this is extremely subtle. Please look at "The Trojan Deck" in Card College Vol.4. This is a very strong routine you can switch a bit to your needings. While performing this trick you switch a deck and nobody will see it. Jan
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Pete,

Eric Anderson has an excellent deck switch that he teaches on his lecture video. The deck is free of the case and has just been shuffled by the spectator and you do it out in the open. It is a real time switch that can be done standing. There are no extra gimmicks. The shuffled cards are always in plain sight, and all of a sudden they've been switched. The spectator will swear that they never took their eyes off the deck. All you need is to be wearing pants when you perform. Of course if you don't wear pants when you perform, this switch is not for you. The switch is very deceptive and it's one of those things that won't be back tracked because it is such an off the cuff odd moment that it won't be associated with a switch. If you have a chance, track down Eric's tape. The entire tape is filled with excellent routines and is worth the effort to locate.

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There are some very open deck switches out there. There is a particularly good one explained on the Educating Archer DVD wherein he openly swithces the deck for a tossed out deck routine.
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Something that should be really obvious...make sure they have the same color backs!

I also think Lee has the best idea. Do an effect, act like your finished and put the deck away. Then decide (as an afterthought) to do something else and bring out the other deck instead.

No one will suspect a thing. Simple, direct and easy.

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A deck switch that was taught me by a friend that works great, and is similar to the basic pocket switch mentioned above:
Do a couple tricks, then act like you're moving on to something else. Case the deck in preperation for putting it in your pocket. Both hands go in their respective pockets, and as you put the deck in one pocket, pull something else (coin, spongeball, etc.) out of the other pocket with your other hand. A split second (the "off-beat") after the new object comes out, your deck hand comes out with the new deck. All attention is on the new object/new trick, and you can quietly set the switched deck aside on the table. No one will ever realize you ever went near the pocket with your cards.
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I like the small "unnoticed" details that supports the overall impression.
After making some tricks with the red deck I need a deckswitch in preparation for a colorchanging deck routine.
When the red deck is introduced, the case has a blue rubberband around it. I remove the rubberband, place it at the table to the right side and the empty case to the left. After dooing som fantastic tricks (inolving spectator shuffling) I take the deck back, and while talking as if I am finished with magic, I take the rubberband and wrap it around the deck of cards and "without thinking" start to put it in my right pocket.
Simultaniously I discover the empty case at the table, take "back" the deck "still" with the blue rubberband around, remove the rubberband and place the cards in the case. And the rubberband around the case.
After some talking I suddenly remember this strange thing about cards. And I take out the cards again showing how the they are printed in highest quality etc. etc.
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Very nice touch Trolle!
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Very nice touch Trolle!
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Thanks korttihai_82.
You can present my deck switch standing, surrounded, and without any toppit work. You only need a jacket - and a little someting very easy to make.
JJS
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