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shaunluttin
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Hi Jason,

Certain seemingly easy sleights give me a great deal of trouble. E.g.

  • Spinning a card on my finger (the whirl).
  • The LePaul Spread.

What, if any, sleights have you tried to learn without yet succeeding?

Shaun

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Shaun,

There aren't any sleights that I've tried to do but failed, but there are plenty of them where the issue is that I have only "played" with the move and haven't given it the time it truly deserves.

With regard to sleights and moves, I'm a firm believer that there are very few problems that a 100,000 or so attempts can't solve! The moves that I've devoted that many "reps" to I've pretty much got down. The ones that I've only tried a few hundred times (or a few dozen) still give me as much trouble as they give everyone else.

The list of moves that I'd love to be able to take a pill and wake up tomorrow able to perform invisibly is rather long, but here are a few:

The Gagnon Spread Control (what a useful and diabolical move)

The Truffle Shuffle (I don't riffle shuffle cards in the hands at all)

The Pressure Fan (I've always used a thumb-fan type movement but with my forefinger)

The Classic Force (I've never put in the time - shame on me, I know)

The Clipshift (I can do the Clipshift with a small packet, but the move "talks" if I try it with a full deck.

Jason
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Hi Jason,

I think you nailed it. I've played a lot with the LePaul Spread and the Whirl without devotion.

  • The Gagnon Spread Control: I love that, after 21 years in magic, there are moves of which I'm not aware.
  • The Truffle Shuffle: That resonates. I never riffle in the air, it feels bad in my hands. I use the BLIND SHUFFLES. ERDNASE SYSTEM OF from ARTIFICE and the Fourth Method of BLIND SHUFFLES. RETAINING ENTIRE ORDER from LEGERDEMAIN. The latter is harder than it sounds.
  • The Pressure Fan: Me too! I've played with it to no avail, just like the LePaul Spread.
  • The Classic Force: This is one I do. The best explanation, for me, is in Close Up Illusions by the late Ouellet.
  • The Clipshift: That's another of which I've never heard. Cool.

It's encouraging to know that it's practice not talent that leads to expertise.

Shaun

Here is a 29-minute live performance of mine: https://youtu.be/lq2Rj1uf05M

I used to be quite sensitive to criticism; I am much less so now; so, please do criticize my technique, presentation, and posts. It helps me to grow, and I promise to take responsibility and not to be defensive.

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