Getting started with card magic is both entertaining and fun. This article will give outline some of the basics you should learn to be able to copy or create card trick performances. These are just some of the techniques I advice to learn if you want to get started with card tricks.
a) Shuffling and cutting the deck
One of the first basics you should know is how to shuffle and cutting the deck. In most cases you will focus on learning techniques which allows you to manipulate the shuffling to look fair for your spectators, while you in reality are manipulating the deck to your advantage. In some cases you want it to look as you are shuffling/cutting fairly, while you in reality either let your cards being at the same place, or manipulating the cards to go to the bottom or the top of the deck.
b) Making in-jogs and breaks
Once you master some of the shuffling and cutting methods you should be able to create small cuts in the deck, which allows you to know exactly where in the deck the spectator cut their deck. The most common techniques for this are to either create a small break with your fingers, or to create a small in-jog where you have a card being a bit out of the deck. The purpose is of course for you to be able to cut the deck to make the card appear on the top or the bottom of the deck, next you can use the shuffling techniques to control the card to go where you want it to be.
c) Forcing a card
To force a card is to either force the spectator to choose a predetermined card or to put the card back in the deck to the place you want the card. The art is of course to make the spectator think they are choosing a card by random, or putting the card to a random place of the deck. It often requires some practice and psychological understanding to force a card, and making it look fairly.
If you master or understand these techniques well you are perfectly able to reveal card tricks, or even be able to create your own performances. I will be honest and say that it is time consuming to master some of the techniques, while you will be able to master other within a few minutes.
If you want to read more, and watch movies on these techniques you can read my article “Card Tricks Revealed”
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