List of Sleights and Card Tricks
you'll find every sleight and magic trick included
in The Basics.
The volumes are listed in order with each listing
the sleights, followed by the tricks that can
be performed with the moves learned.
learn how to handle the cards like a professional.
You'll learn how to hold the cards for optimal
performance. This lesson will give you confidence,
knowing that you appear comfortable with a deck
of cards in your hand.
you ever wonder how magicians manage to fan their
cards out so perfectly with what seems like just
a flip of the wrist? It's actually easy to do
and it's going to make you look like a pro right
not what it sounds like. You're not taking a break
yet, we're just getting started!
What is it then? Well, we don't want to reveal
that here but let's say that with this one bit
of knowledge you'll be able to let someone else
put their card in the middle of the deck and you'll
know exactly where it is. It's like you
have a sixth sense!
is a to the point, pull no punches card control.
Of all the ways to control a selected card in
the deck, this is probably the easiest and most
straightforward. Don't discredit it because it's
easy to do. The Quick Cut Control is the card
control Steve Fearson chose to use during most
of his peformances for magicians.
It's simplicity is exactly what makes it devestating.
Shuffle 1 - The Slip Shuffle
false shuffle is the partner to the Quick Cut
Control. This is an in the hands shuffle that
looks 100% real.. they actually see the cards
being mixed.. but you are never in danger of actually
losing track of a card.
You're going to feel like a riverboat gambler
once you learn this one!
Shuffle 2 - The Dovetail Shuffle
a shuffle everyone does.. throw in a tiny bit
of sleight of hand and what do you get? You get
the most innocent false shuffle on the face of
the planet. You will be able to do this the very
first time you try it!
Cut #1 - Straight Cut
is an open.. honest.. swindle! You seem to cut
the cards so fairly. It looks like you cut the
cards. It sounded like you cut the cards. But
you didn't cut the cards!
Cut #2 - Swing Cut
great false cut that comes in handy when you're
not near a table. Out on the street for instance.
This one looks very casual. Deceptively casual.
Both cuts in this volume keep the deck in it's
original order. Not one single card is disturbed!
TRICKS IN VOLUME ONE
card in wallet
freely selected, signed card appears inside your
The card really is a free selection and it is
the same card that is found in your wallet at
the end of the trick.
wallet is ordinary and is not gimmicked in any
way. The deck can be borrowed.
You do not need to know how to palm a card to
perform this trick. All you need to know are the
simple techniques you'll learn in this volume.
This is a blockbuster of a trick. You won't believe
how easy it is to perform!
card is selected and lost in the deck. You tell
your spectator that magicians blow on the cards
sometimes because they respond to magical breath.
You have someone select a number and then blow
on the deck to cause their card to travel to the
selected number from the top. It doesn't seem
to be working until you offer a breath mint to
the spectator. That seems to do the trick. Now
when you ask them to count through the cards to
any number of their choice, their selected card
is found at the exact position they stop!
card is named and.. BAM! You cut right to it!
This is as direct as it gets.
As a magician, this is exactly the type
of thing people expect you to be able to do.
And now you can.
This is a quickie that commands respect, and gets
call this force "The old standby". It's
useful in most any situation where you're looking
for that special someone.. to pick that special
card. It's hard to call it a sleight because you
barely even touch the cards.
This force is so easy and soooo convincing you'll
find yourself using it all the time. You'll fool
yourself with it, it's that good! You'll be able
to do this very popular force immediately after
reading the description.
move is bold and it takes balls to pull it off.
It's not physically difficult to perform or understand.
The mechanics of it are actually very simple.
It just takes a strong will to pull it off without
giggling. It's that bold.
ask someone to name a number between 1 and 20.
You let them count down to that number in the
pack and remember the card at that number. You
already know what the card is though because the
card is your force card!
This is super strong because it happens in their
Classic Force is the purest of all the forces!
This move is a little more advanced than the other
moves but if you take the time to learn it, people
will believe you are a true mystic. Because when
you perform a Classic force correctly it seems
like you really do have an unseen force working
in your favor.
You won't have to learn this move to do any of
the tricks in this volume. It's been included
as a bonus, or a goal to shoot for. Good luck!
TRICKS IN VOLUME TWO
getting something.. it's.. it's.... it's.....
the name of their card! Magic doesn't get any
more direct than this. Just when they're wondering
what's going to happen.. you say it. And their
identity of a selected card unknown to you is
magically revealed in ashes rubbed on your arm!
This is a classic of magic which was performed
on television recently. It has stood the test
of time and so will the impression you make on
your audience when you perform this terific effect.
sealed envelope contains a single piece of paper,
on which is written the name of a freely selected
Kreskin, watch out! You've got some competition.
After this one they'll think you can talk to dead
fold a selected card up in a small packet and
then you do the strangest thing.. you flush
it down the toilet with an Aloha, which means
both hello and goodbye.
So what happens next?
Let's just say that you do get the chance to say
Aloha to the card again. And when you do it's
in a very surprising, and funny place.
And it's not in Hawaii.
The Double Lift
double lift is probably the most important move
in card magic. It is the most useful and can be
the most devestating. It can produce effects that
look like real magic. Cards magically change places
or mutate into other cards. The double lift makes
cards come alive.
This is a move that is easy to learn but challenging
to master. Don't worry, you will be able to use
this move after just a few minutes of practice
but it is something you will continue to study
and refine for as long as you do card magic.
The number of effects that can be performed with
this one move is virtually endless. It is the
axis on which most of card magic revolves.
a genetically altered version of the double lift.
Or maybe a double lift on steroids. It's an enhanced
version that is only appropriate in certain situations.
You wouldn't use an Elephant gun to hunt Rabbits
Well it's the same thing with this move. You will
only need it in a certain situation, but when
that situation comes up.. you'll be really glad
you had it ready. And to make sure that situation
comes up, we've included a really great trick
that uses it!
little tip is a gem. There is a philosophy in
magic regarding conservation of motion. The basic
idea is that you want as little extraneous motion
during your sleights as possible.
If you're not sure what that means, you will after
you combine the Spread Break with your Double
TRICKS IN VOLUME 3
display a card and place it on someone's outstretched
hand. As you set it on their palm, you announce
the name of the card incorrectly. When the spectator
points out your mistake you snap your fingers
over the card and let them turn it over.
They are shocked to find that the card has magically
changed into the card that you named!
Warning: This trick
gets extremely strong reactions and should not
be done by anyone with sensitive hearing because
there is going to be a lot of screaming.
card is inserted into the center of the deck and
with a snap of your fingers it magically rises
to the top!
You may recognize this trick as it is very popular
with magicians. If you've ever wondered how they
do it, now you can do it too.
Cards Change Places
cards are selected and signed. One by the spectator
and one by you, the magician. The spectator's
card is lost in the deck and your card is placed
into your pocket.
You tell the spectator to spread through the deck
to find their card and they find one card face
down in the spread. That card turns out not to
be their card at all. In fact it is your signed
If you stopped at this point it would be enough.
But instead you let them reach into your otherwise
empty pocket and remove the card inside, which
of course turns out to be their signed card.
The two signed cards have apparently changed places.
This one is an absolute killer!
black Aces prove they're still the biggest pimps
in the deck by changing places with the red aces
right on some girl's hand and she don't even know
This is one they'll talk about for a long time
after you've gone.
And remember.. As a bonus
each volume contains a "Pro Tip" from Steve
Fearson, a piece of advanced knowledge. Not necessarily
anything difficult, just a tip you couldn't get any
other way except from a professional with years of
series will really make you feel like you have
the power. And you will have the power. The
power to fry the brains of other humans
with just a deck of playing cards."
- Steve Fearson -
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