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Thomas Hudecsek
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Hello friends,

For me, it's far more difficult to secretly remove a crimp (i.e. a corner crimp) than putting it secretly in. Does anyone of you have a stratagem to remove the crimp undetectably.

Until now, I cut the crimped card to the bottom and while toying with the cards, injog and remove it.

Any ideas?
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First of all, it sounds like you're putting the work in far too strongly.

Probably the best way to remove a crimp is to control the crimped card to top or bottom, bend it to take out the work, cut it to off-center and then give the deck a few shuffles, springs, etc. In other words, get it in the middle of the deck and use the deck normally.
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If the crimped card is a selection you can hold it up to display it by "that" corner (firm grip), then the forefinger of the other hand taps the card for emphasis near the top edge. Usually does it.

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Have you considered using any of the
"invisible" crimps that have been published over the years? They don't have to be removed, as there is really nothing to see in many cases. Check out Martin A. Nash's Infinity concept (from Infinity and Beyond), the Breather Crimp (of Dai Vernon's devising lots of work on it by Bob King), the DeSieve gimmick (which you can read about in books by Eugene Burger -- Mastering The Art of Magic, I believe, and also in Ted Lesley's Paramiracles). Of all the ones I mentioned here, Infinity might appeal to you the most, since the work can be put in impromptu, and it is less detectable by the spectators, should they ever handle the card with the work in it.
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In fact, Ted Lesley's Paramiracles books contains three or four 'invisible' equivalents to the breather crimp - very nice ideas too!
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Ah yes, thats a good idea, to use an invisible crimp.
Till now, I don't know the infinity crimp, but I will look for it.
Thank you to all of you for the hints.
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