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J773
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Can anyone tell me the most basic card sleights.

The ones that each beginning card magician should absolutely learn above anything else ?

Thanks
knibby
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Double lift, glide , (shuffle controls.) and maybe some forces? All I can think of off the top of my head.
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Overhand shuffle control of cards using jogs. A good force. The double turnover (most people refer to this as the double lift). The glide, though ancient, has it place. A good false count plus other counts like the Elmsley Count.

Next, venture through something like Marlo's Revolutionary Card Technique which covers other basic sleights like the Side Steal, Multiple Shift, Basic Action and Tabled Palms, and eventually the false deals if that is where you want to go with cards.

Other basics for card magic are in The Royal Road to Card Magic, Expert Card Technique and of course now, the Card College series of books.

The bible, for most cardmen, is Expert at the Card Table by Erdnase, but I would not recommend starting here as a beginner.
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The MOST basic I'd imagine, as jcards has said, are all in the Royal Road to Card Magic. Ones like overhand shuffle, double lift, glimpse perhaps?
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Depending upon a definition, learning to catch and hold a break with your pinkey and/or thumb is pretty essential as well.
Chet Atkins, Jerry Reed and Tommy Emmanuel are all you need to study to learn to play guitar.
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Hi J773, I'm also a beginner in magic and I recently bought Steve Fearson's basic sleight of hand card magic series. I've been practicing with it for a while, it has most of the sleights recommended above and a lot of false cuts and shuffles, and while I don't have a comparison point (no other book or video) I would recommend it to you. It's a set of eBooks and not expensive. I would like some of the experts to tell us if it's good though, meanwhile you can take a look at it here:

http://www.downloadmagic.com/basics/
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I would go with the first post.
A false shuffle and cut
A double lift
Some forces
Instead of the glide I'd go for a top palm.
One thing, try the classic force from the start. You will miss it at first and need get-outs but it's really invaluable.
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You MUST know a good force, a good card control and a good method of getting the card out of the deck.

Then you should learn a double lift and/or a double turnover and a good false shuffle.

The Royal Road to Card Magic is an excellent starting point. One often overlooked book is Anthony Norman's Basic Card Technique.

Mentzer's Counts, Cuts, Moves and Subtlety is very important.

The Ammar Easy to Master Card videos are highly praised. Brad Burt has some good videos, too.

The Expert at the Card Table is difficult for most modern readerst to understand, because the descriptions are quite terse, but Vernon's Revelations and Darwin Ortiz' book on Erdnase will demystify the work for you. But you don't have to know all of Ernase to do good card magic. I'm not saying you should ignore it.

Giobbi's Card College is very good, but you don't need it right now.

Far more important than any of the sleights beyond the basic ones are what are termed "Revelations." The more ways you know to reveal a card, the more effects the audience will think you know. One famous magician, it might have been David Devant, said, "If you know fifty ways of controlling a card and only one way of revealing it, the audience will think you know one trick. If you know one way of controlling a card and fifty ways of revealing it, the audience will think you know fifty tricks."
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Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

I cant believe that no one has mentioned the hindu shuffle, force or card control...........


CAUSE ITS GOOD FOR US NEWBIES TO LEARN.......
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On 2004-01-06 15:10, Bill Palmer wrote:
The Royal Road to Card Magic is an excellent starting point.

Mentzer's Counts, Cuts, Moves and Subtlety is very important.


Stop right there.
You may never need another resource. Additionally, they will be the best collective purchase in magic you will ever make. Oh, I almost forgot....IMHO.

(feel free to cut this post and paste it as your own response to this question on any forum)
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Beside the double lift,hindu and others mentioned there are overhand schuffle ,single or double cuts,riffle schuffle and a host of others. Probally one thing I would do would be purchase some info either in books ,dvd's video's or what ever you can afford at the time.
Mark Wilson's book has all the above mentioned and cost as little as 9.00 or so.
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Bill Palmer sums it up perfectly.
You need one false cut, one false shuffle, one force two or three ways to control a card and 50 ways to reveal the card. You can use a double lift and a glide as sleights to reveal a card.
I would also suggest you learn the Dove Tail Shuffle and learn to "spring the Cards" and a nice fan.
That will already make you look pretty good and entertaining.
Good Luck
I d also suggest the Mark Wilson book and then Expert at the card table if you want to be an expert. Smile
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Back palming is also a good sleight also. Can be used with business cards to.. Smile
J773
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I've got rtrcm on pdf, so I can start practicing all your sleights.

thank you for the advice, guys (and girls off course)
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I think:

double lift
false shuffle
top palm
top change
classic force

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Skeptic
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Up the ladder false cut is a good one to know and easy to master. See Daryl
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Techno Card Magic by Daniel Rhod:
$10 published by Joker Deluxe:
French-1999 English-2001:
49 pages:

Grips-
-standard dealing
-Biddle grip
-verticle grip
-straddle grip
-bevel grip
-slip-cut grip

Breaks
-holding a break
-forming a top card break

Buckle
Pull-down
Swing-cut
-simple swing
-multiple swing

Transfer Cut-
-in the hands bottom double-cut
-reverse double under-cut, top card control

Slip-Cut
-basic techniques
-visual appearance in hands

Flushtration Move
Jordan Count
Elmsley Count
Kardyo-Biddle Move
Hamman Count

Tilt-
-two handed tilt
-one handed tilt

Atfus
Ascanio Spread
Complete false overhand shuffle
Double lift and turnover
Chornology

Nice little book covering many basic moves consisting of sleights and counts. Many photographs that are large and clear. Also nice is that each move has a small historical note telling where the move was first published and by whom. Fantastic price for such a wealth of basic knowledge and reference.
Chet Atkins, Jerry Reed and Tommy Emmanuel are all you need to study to learn to play guitar.
J773
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Oke, since I posted this I got very good posts and replies.

By now, my library has gotten a little bigger.
I'm practicing every free moment I got.
I have :

- Royal Road to magic.
- Dante King's fanning tutorials.
- Michael Ammar easy to master card magic 1, 2, 3.
- A bunch of penguinmagic's video's.
- Jeff McBride art of card manipulation.
- Ellusionist's Crash course 1&2, Ninja 1&2, Street magic.

So, I think have enough to read and watch for now ??
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