Sleight of Hand.

Prime Examples of Visual Noise

Posted in What not to do by unseenforces on November 30, 2008

I wanted to talk more about visual noise in magic as mentioned in Lesson #1.  I really want to stress the importance of having less tension and awkward moves just for the sake of the method.  Laymen’s perception of magic usually boils down to a few things.  We are “faster” than the eye and misdirection.  It’s not good if the spectator says “Well you did it while I was looking away.”  Even if they can’t figure out the real method, they will tell you that you are just doing sleight of hand (horrible at that).  What other explanation do they have since all they see is you man-handling the cards.  These are prime examples of having visual noise.  Does it make the effect weaker?  Would people even understand what is going on?  Dai Vernon said it best, “Confusion is not magic.”  Roll Film.  Excuse my language.  This stuff pisses me off.  Please don’t do it.

you are god damn right.  It is fucking confusing.

did you catch his “classic” pass?

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Happy Turkey-day!

Posted in Rant by unseenforces on November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving everyone.  Eat lots of turkey… unless you are Ben Pratt.  He doesn’t like Turkey-day! BOOO!

Ben Pratt disapproves of Turkey-Day.

I have a dream. The perfect Classic Pass.

Posted in Classic Pass by unseenforces on November 27, 2008

This will be my diary on learning the classic pass.

I had never really thought about the classic pass before but the blog has given me a new excitement for this move.  I will be able to share my thoughts and thinking process.  I think the best way to learn from others is to also learn side by side with them.  I am not a beginner in any sense but I am aware of the weaknesses I have with the move.  Every time I post, I will post a video of me doing the classic pass.  Hopefully looking back in a few months it should get better.

Whoever wants to tackle this with me please feel free to send me a link of you doing the classic pass.  (preferably on vimeo and passworded).  I will put your video side by side as this diary progresses.  I think it will be a great experiment for all of us.  So here is a video of me doing the classic pass as of 11.26.08.

Password is “What is a form of a pass/shift that the basic packet movement is opposite of the classic pass?” Answer is “______ Pass.”

If you guys think this is a stupid idea, feel free to express it in the comments.  I feel this would be a interesting way to collectively try to learn one of the most difficult moves out there.

Push-off Double Tutorial taken off

Posted in lessons by unseenforces on November 27, 2008

I am taking off the tutorial because of the lack of credits for the move.  I too hastly put the tutorial on without giving credit and references to the move.  That is my fault and I apolagize.  I will put the tutorial back on in the future when I find proper credit and also make it better and more refined.

Watch those angles…

Posted in Rant by unseenforces on November 25, 2008

So I was driving down the road practicing my classic pass when I saw this sign.

big dog is not happy

big dog is not happy

I guess we always need to be aware of our angles and who is watching.  Practicing or not, the big man did not approve of my sloppy passes.

Photograph

Posted in photography by unseenforces on November 24, 2008
The kid amazes friend with the S.W.E Shift

The kid amazes friend with the S.W.E Shift

Push off Double Tutorial

Posted in lessons by unseenforces on November 23, 2008

I am taking off the tutorial because of the lack of credits for the move.  I too hastly put the tutorial on without giving credit and references to the move.  That is my fault and I apolagize.  I will put the tutorial back on in the future when I find proper credit and also make it better and more refined.

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Here it is guys.  The nitty gritty on the push off double I use.  If you have any questions, post them in the comment page and I will try to help you out.  Here are some wishes I hope people respect when viewing this.

  • This is intended for people who respect the art of magic.  If I see anyone post this anywhere else or passing it off and not crediting this blog, I will take it down.  It’s free so hopefully none of this will happen.
  • If I see some person trying to do this on youtube and is horrible, I will take it down.  Take the time to perfect it.  Please.  That’s all I ask.
  • Have fun with it.  This isn’t a easy sleight and is really for people who really love sleight of hand.

Password is from The Expert at the Card Table.  In the description of the S.W.E shift, he writes “We have not dubbed the following process with our initials because we wish to appear ‘big on the _____,'”.  Fill in the blank.  Hope you like it.

Hang out until Sunday for something big…

Posted in Rant by unseenforces on November 20, 2008

Sorry for the lack of updates but this Sunday I will be posting a tutorial that everyone has been asking me for.  I will be hyping it up like Theory11 does.  Here is a hint… its something to do with pushing off cards.

Stay tuned.

If you can’t wait, watch this video.

Make sure you have a copy of Expert at the Card Table.  The password will be from the book for this tutorial.

Lesson #1 : Visual Noise

Posted in lessons by unseenforces on November 18, 2008

Think we got a small group of people reading the blog (thank you by the way) that I will begin to start giving little tips and advice on card magic.  If you guys hang in with me, down the road will be some good lessons that wouldn’t want to miss.  Any feedback would be great.  Thanks guys.

Password is the answer to this question “What state is the U.S. Playing Card Company located?”

Quick card trick…

Posted in video by unseenforces on November 16, 2008

At a bar with some friends.  Sooner or later you get drunk and throw up, or do card tricks… Its not perfect I know, but you know what? Its my blog and its shielded from the public so fuck the police!

Password : Who invented the card trick “Twisting Aces”?  Answer: Dai ______