Sleight of Hand.

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.


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 ______

Magician’s flawed logic

Posted in What not to do by unseenforces on November 13, 2008

So I have a confession to make.  The only thing that gets me through the day is to watch kids ruin the name of magic.  It’s like watching someone torture a turtle.  I don’t like it, but I sure hell would watch it.  For fun only of course.

Ever since Dan and Dave Buck came out with two card transpo trick Tivo, there has been a shit-load of “variations” from kids trying to make it better.  They don’t.  Which comes to the topic for today.  Why do these kids think that their variation is better, more visual, and more magical?  Roll film.

I won’t go into all the little things he is not doing well since it seems like he is a beginner.  The major things that stand out is the construction of the trick itself.

  • After the first insertion, he does a DL but uses a KM move to get the card in place.
    Besides using the KM move at the worst time, the logic behind it is just plain horrible.  There are much better ways to get the card into position for the change.  This is a case and point of a magician doing something different for the sake of difference so he can call it his own.  If it doesn’t add anything to the effect, its not worth it.
  • After the transpo, he takes way too long to reveal the card has changed places.
    Did the kid forget where the card transported to?  The fact that he takes more than 10 seconds to turn over a card is enough to say that this method is poor.  Is it really that hard to turn over a card?  I mean, can’t you just turn the fucking card over?  Instead, you pull it out while holding the double, then put the card back on top of the deck putting the double card back on top, then thumb off the top card to show the card that was in the middle?  I mean watching this guy makes more sense than the method of this trick.

The only reason this kid made this variation was that he wanted to be “original” and get praise from the chat groups.  In fact, many kids put videos on solely for this purpose.  It is amazing how these kids even think that their variations are improving the original method.

I will leave you with a post that the creator of this video wrote.  It says it all…

"Yes it is a simplified tivo  more cleaner though"

To quote from the show Boondocks, “Bitches love the smiley face.”

…and the winner is…

Posted in Rant by unseenforces on November 11, 2008

People ask me what my favorite books or videos are.  I personally prefer books over videos.  Although I did learn many tricks from Michael Ammar’s Easy to master card Miracles series,  it was books that taught me the subtleties and theories needed to surpass the Ammar clone of doing magic.  Yes, I said it, I was a Asian Ammar Clone.  (magicians call it A.A.C)  Before I give my list, I will not be listing the basic books that everyone needs to have.  That is of course the Card College series, Expert at the Card Table, Royal Road to Card Magic, and Expert Card Technique.  There are many more, but those are my must haves.  So here is my top list of books that I recommend.

Paper Engine by Aaron Fisher
This book focuses on taking tension out of your card magic.  Designing moves around gravity is an amazing concept.  My favorite book of all time.  When magic is done slow and elegant, we call that person a “Smoothie”.   I love Smoothies.  Not sexually.

By Forces Unseen by Ernest Earick
Move Monkeys beware.  This is the hardest book ever devised on sleight of hand related to a deck of cards.  Currently my Bible®.  You will be seeing more videos from this book.

Card Fictions by Pit Hartling
Even though it is a small book, It’s the only book I would perform every single trick to an audience. Try “Color Sense”.

Revelation by Dai Vernon
The new edition that just came out this year is by far the more beautiful book I have seen.  It is a must have.  Not only do you get to go through Expert at the Card Table again, you get to hear what the master, Dai Vernon, has to say about it.

Pure Effect by Derren Brown
This book is pure gold.  Derren Brown’s touch of mentalism while he was still a card magician?  What else do you need.

Absolute Magic by Derren Brown
This is the only book on theory I would really recommend.  I read it every half year to inspire myself.

False Swivel Cut

Posted in video by unseenforces on November 10, 2008

No major updates today.  Filling up the blog with some fun sleight of hand stuff.  Dug this video up from the grave.  Tell me if this is convincing as a false cut.  It’s something that either looks good or is just plain obvious.

Password is again the same as the last post.  “What was the Elmsley Count first called?” The _____ Count.

Pass work by Gary Au

Posted in video by unseenforces on November 10, 2008

Good friend of mine, Gary “Auuuu sexy” Au doing some quick passes for the blog.  Nothing major, caught him off guard doing some passes.  He has some great hands and a major move monkey when it comes to magic.

The password for the video is the answer to this.  “What was the Elmsley Count first called?”  the _____ Count.

Is it really that hard to do something simple?

Posted in Theory, What not to do by unseenforces on November 7, 2008

Here is a prime example of what magicians think good sleight of hand is.  In the video he is “performing” the classic pass, or some sort of horrible shift.  Obviously he is using dupes to trick you into believing that his pass is “My Best Invisible Pass Video card trick magic” there is.  He says in his description of the video so it has to be true.

"Well this is my final pass but it can always be better i do need
to work on my double lifts and color change thou but i would one day do
the pass with out even moving my hands if that is possible. love the
invisible pass no one can catch it even if i am surrounded with 100
people coz they just dont know. Check my other video old one but that
is slow invisible pass + learn how to do this with the tutorial."

So this begs to ask the question.  Is it really that hard to do something so simple?  The layman’s perspective is showing the card in the middle of the deck and squaring up the deck making them believe it is lost in the deck.  For the sake of argument, lets say that using a duplicate card would be the most convincing way while keeping control of the card on top.  Then why does he square up the deck so horribly.  Its like an infant who never seen a deck of cards.  Is it REALLY that hard to square up the deck?

Next time you perform any sleight of hand, ask yourself that question.  Is your D.L. easy on the eyes?  or does it feel like you are turning over a brick?  is it REALLY that hard to turn over a single card?  The whole point of sleight of hand is that it should emulate the same exact action as if done for real.

Does magic make us stupid?

Posted in What not to do by unseenforces on November 6, 2008

Why do magicians think just because they are doing sleight of hand that they can get away with it when it obviously looks like shit?  Does something go off in their brains that say “Oh, that looks perfect! The illusion is complete.”  Looking back now, I can see how horrible I was younger but yet easily blinded to it.  Its like someone new to using Photoshop who would basically put all the filters known to man onto one photo and parade it around like some masterpiece.

I strongly believe in order to break this “spell”, you have to go out and perform for the real world.  They are the real judges.  All those Youtube magicians get no feedback and even if they do, they don’t listen.

Below is an excellent example of this phenomenon.  Be warned, the spell has taken over this kid greatly.

Does this kid really think he fools anyone?  Why does he publish this onto You-tube?  Why does he even film it?  This stupidity is what ruins magic as an art.  Knowing the method does not mean you have mastery over it.  The only reason I think the performance is bare able is because I really do think this person has serious arthritis, the mental toughness of a 3rd grader, and Arachibutyrophobia.