Basics - Complete 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 away!
not what it sounds like. You're not taking a break yet, we're just
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
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
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 wallet!
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
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
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
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 their attention.
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.
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
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
This is super strong because it happens in their hands!
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
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 jaws drop.
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 card!
Kreskin, watch out! You've got some competition. After this one
they'll think you can talk to dead people.
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 right?
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 Lift.
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
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 card.
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
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 what's up.
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 experience.
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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 -