Sleight of Hand

 

*Disclaimer: After reading this post, I guarantee that you’ll never look at a deck of cards the same again.

 

Imagine this scenario: a magician hands a deck of cards to a spectator. The spectator is encouraged to inspect and shuffle the deck to their liking. Having completing that task, the magician spreads the deck of cards and instructs the spectator to choose one. After choosing and noting what card it is, the spectator places the card back into the deck (anywhere that they desire). With a few shuffles and cuts, an impossibility becomes a possibility—the magician takes one card out and separates it from the pack. As the magician turns the card over, he looks at the spectator and says, “Is this your card?”  and with an astonished look, the spectator nods in agreement.

 

What you just read can be a reality for you, and instead of being the one that is searching for answers, you can be the one that is accomplishing a seemingly impossible feat. Sleight of hand is a great skill to learn about and acquire in your life. It can be used anywhere you go, and you’ll learn a lot about yourself while practicing this beautiful art. Now, more than ever, it’s a little easier learning this art form—as opposed to years ago where you had to visit your local library, or find a magician to mentor you. Sleight of hand (magic) has changed drastically over the years, and there are various ways to learn and practice it today through books, DVDs, downloadable content, and if you’re lucky to have one—your local magic shop.

 

Now we can get into the good stuff: learning sleight of hand. I’m not gonna lie to you—at times you’re gonna want to give up (and occasionally be frustrated as hell), but when you learn and execute a sleight for the first time, you’re gonna want more and when you finally perform for a family member, friend, or stranger—you’re going to have an experience that you’ll never forget. Plus, you’re practicing an art form that 99.9% of people you know—will never do (which makes learning it all the worthwhile), and no longer will there ever be a dull moment wherever you are, because you’ll always have something up your sleeve (no pun intended).

 

All that’s left now is your personal journey through the world of sleight of hand. There are so many paths that you can take, and that’s the beauty of it all—you can choose what you want to learn and how you want to learn it. There is a lifetime of sleights and tricks to learn, but when you do find a sleight or trick that you particularly like, it’s with you forever and you will have the ability to astonish people, and maybe even make them forget about their bad day, and instead make them feel like a kid again.

 

Below I will provide links to sites on where you can get started on learning magic.

Added note: although I encourage people to learn magic, please do actually learn the sleights and tricks, and not expose any of the material that magicians work so hard to provide to all of us.

 

Ellusionist

theory11

Elmwoodmagic

VanishingIncMagic

 

 

 

 

Written by Justin Marroquin

Magician, Geek, Sports Enthusiast, Fitness Fanatic, Lifehacker.

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