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Confidence is a key component when performing card tricks at any level. Your poise is just as important as your skill when performing card tricks. Ben Salinas addresses this very important quality in this magic training, 25 Card Weapons by Magic Makers.
Even if you're nervous or a little too excited, this instant shuffle is so smooth that anyone can pull it off. Ben Salinas' practical trick has so much cover that it will look completely natural to any spectator.
For everyone that who thinks that they can't do a pass, this trick is for you. A reverse of the classic shift developed by Alexander Herrmann in the 19th century. This technique involves reversing or shifting two halves of the deck until your control card is on the top.
Perfected by Randy Wakeman, this trick has you use a quick tap of the knee to control your card up to the top of the deck in mere seconds. Done right, this trick will look so natural that no one will be able to see through it.
Tricks don't need to be hard to impress and audience, they just need to be smooth. Ben demonstrates how to force a card using a simple but exciting dribble force. No matter where a spectator tells you to stop, you'll always have their card ready for them.
Ben demonstrates a classic illusion by Dai Vernon that used to and still will stump any magician. This purely visual illusion will only take minutes to learn, but will endlessly baffle your audiences for years to come.
Ben introduces double-lifts and how to adequately prepare yourself for them. It all starts with finding the perfect break under your top two cards. It may take some practice to get the knack of this break, but soon it'll be so natural that nobody will ever be able to catch you doing it.
Ben demonstrates the easiest and most casual way to get a double lift. This double lift is so nonchalant that you'll be able to perform it while you're also engaging with your audience and boosting their excitement for your next trick
Ben heats it up with a more difficult trick this time around, the one he personally uses to get a double lift every time. This trick will make you work a bit more for it than all previous ones so far, but the payoff is huge.
Ben demonstrates the first double lift he ever learned, the Lorayne Double Lift created by Harry Lorayne, a memory-trained specialist and magician from the 20th century that was well-known for his proficiency in card tricks. This trick allows you to very discretely create a break in your deck and...
Another straightforward but still discreet way to get your break, the Thumb Count is very literal. You need to count the cards with your thumbs to find your way to your break. But, since this trick is so easy the trade-off is that you're exposed that will call for some misdirection on your part.
This double lift will prove to people that you definitely know your way around a deck of cards. This lift, created by Derek Dingle, a world renowned close-up English magician, takes a certain level of finesse to master. Instead of using your thumb, as in the Lorayne lift, the Dingle lift uses the...
This move, from Canadian magician Gary Kurtz, adds a small flourish to spice up your lift by twirling the cards to create your break.This small embellishment can really help sell your magic to any crowd.
Ben demonstrates how to perform one of the basic techniques for beginners, the Hindu Shuffle. This shuffling technique reorganizes the deck into segments to create the illusion that you are working with a deck made up entirely of only one card, repeated over and over again.
One of the smoothest color changes allows you to change a 6 of diamonds into a 6 of clubs with one swift motion. The faster you can complete the trick, the more instantaneous the color change will look. The mechanics of which will be invisible to your audience, making it appear to be real magic.
The One Handed Top Palm is easier than meets the eye and is sure to delight your audience. The move occurs at a very unusual time, right when you hand the deck over to the spectator. Using your pinky, you'll make the control card pop right up into your palm as you hand the deck out to completely ...
Ben shows how to complete Gary Kurtz' Flutter Change. If you really want to knock some people out with a single move, look no further than the Flutter Change. This trick will purposely disappoint your audience so that you can find their card in a flash at the last second. Always keeping them on t...