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Friday, April 25, 2003

25 APR 03

A card trick.

I’m right handed and wrote the instructions that way. If you’re left handed, swap hands.

The effect of this sleight is that a card...

The effect of this sleight is that a card…

...appears to magically rise out of the deck.

…appears to magically rise out of the deck.

Hold the deck in your left hand with the bottom card facing your audience. Grip the deck in a manner that allows the top card will slide freely. Place your right index finger on top of the deck. When your right hand is hidden behind the deck extend your right pinky and hold its tip against the back of the top card.

Hold the deck in your left hand with the bottom card facing your audience. Grip the deck in a manner that allows the top card will slide freely. Place your right index finger on top of the deck. When your right hand is hidden behind the deck extend your right pinky and hold its tip against the back of the top card.

Push the top card up with your pinky tip. It can be raised and lowered in this manner. From the audience's point of view the card appears to rise unaided from the deck and return.

Push the top card up with your pinky tip. It can be raised and lowered in this manner. From the audience’s point of view the card appears to rise unaided from the deck and return.

Keep your movements smooth and natural. Practicing with a mirror will allow you to see the sleight from the audience’s point of view. Speaking while performing (magicians call this “running patter”) will further distract the audience from the fraud that you’re perpetrating before their eyes.

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