Sleight of Hand.

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.


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  1. Lawrence said, on November 27, 2008 at 2:18 am

    Hey there,

    Great blog. Your tutorial on the Push-off Double was excellent, and you are very adpt at the move, I have only seen a handful of magicians do it well. Though admittedly, it is much harder to do under fire than at home on your couch.

    I learned the move about a year ago, mainly from Steve Draun’s “Secrets Draun From Underground”, p.14 Stud Two-Card Pushoff Lift. The only difference is the way Steve’s thumb is cocked to the side, which is also the way Kalush and Blaine do the lift… however, I feel this looks awkward and I modified the push-off to look more like yours. The stud-type turnover is also a big difference, and is mainly the way I turn the double over, but sometime I just flip it book-wise, as you do.

    The most important tip is on p.16 “With practice, you will already have felt whether you have two or three cards. If you (happily) have two cards, then ignore the step described in this paragraph and proceed to the next, otherwise, with a light downward pressure by your right hand, your left thumb continues to push the block of three cards to the right. The block is dragged over your left fingertips. They (the left fingertips) will hold the lowermost card in place, freeing the double to continue moving (fig.5).”

    This is very similar to you saying the left middle finger is the most important part of the push-off. Sometimes, when I am lazy or the deck is in poor condition, I just do a pinkie count then push off the double, that way it is 100% sure fire.

    I hope this helps with your credits, I have a few more sources too if you are interested. Keep up the good work!

  2. Gary Au said, on November 27, 2008 at 11:51 pm

    The two main credits I think you should include are, Expert Card Technique (which basically has this method) and I think is where you first found it in the first place (!) and Earl Nelson has some work. The last contemporary person doing this that I recall. His is slightly different. I can lend you the video (it’s the only good thing he does on it, unfortunately. Somehow, when he pushes the card over, it starts straight (instead of angled). I have no idea what he’s doing and he never explains that part of it.

  3. Anonymous said, on August 14, 2011 at 10:00 pm

    The technique described in Expert Card Technique is pure baloney. Marlo pointed this out to me 35 years ago. According to the authors the move works by some mysterious means. The method in my book is explicit and works every time.
    Steve Draun

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