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Harrisgagnon

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When palming a card from the deck and then putting your hand to the side with it closed looks awkward. What should I do to fix this? I have not got caught doing this but I think it isn't the best. Some tricks have you palm it with misdirection but if you just put it to the side sometimes I find I might get caught. 

Sorry I just repeated the same thing like 3 times. 

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It's true that the "windows" i.e. spaces between fingers must be pretty much closed. However, I think that it's possible for the hand to look natural enough to not draw attention to itself. I like to curl the 2nd, 3rd and 4th fingers in just a bit while leaving the 1st finger less curled in (like it's loosely pointing). In this position it appears that you're not concealing anything IMO.

The most important thing is that you're not self-conscious about holding out the card. Specs will "smell" your fear and no that something is amiss. If you're not concerned about your hand, it's far less likely that they will become concerned. 

Holding out is inherently dangerous. If you get busted, there's just about no way out. Whereas, when you go almost immediately to your pocket, there's no chance to get busted. 

When you're standing at a table, the hand holding out is concealed below the table's edge. This can be helpful. You can also turn a bit so that the palming hand is out of view.

But again - if you believe there's nothing "going on" so will they.

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It's true that the "windows" i.e. spaces between fingers must be pretty much closed. However, I think that it's possible for the hand to look natural enough to not draw attention to itself. I like to curl the 2nd, 3rd and 4th fingers in just a bit while leaving the 1st finger less curled in (like it's loosely pointing). In this position it appears that you're not concealing anything IMO.

The most important thing is that you're not self-conscious about holding out the card. Specs will "smell" your fear and no that something is amiss. If you're not concerned about your hand, it's far less likely that they will become concerned. 

Holding out is inherently dangerous. If you get busted, there's just about no way out. Whereas, when you go almost immediately to your pocket, there's no chance to get busted. 

When you're standing at a table, the hand holding out is concealed below the table's edge. This can be helpful. You can also turn a bit so that the palming hand is out of view.

But again - if you believe there's nothing "going on" so will they.

Mike


Thanks a lot! I will try to build my routine around going straight into the reveal!
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Many moons ago, I read somewhere (I don't remember where) that The Professor said "Be Natural" and he gave an example. When you drop your hands to your sides, the hands "rock" a little back and forth until they stop. When you are palming something, you immediately want to get the hand out of the spectators view by dropping it. But you would do it in such a way that you want to get the hand to the side and it would not "rock." The Professor's advice was that you should imitate that rocking action so the hand does not look suspicious (its moves look natural). Then you would go to the pocket. 

I think if you go to the pocket immediately after palming a card, it would also look a little suspicious.

I hope this helps...

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I agree, luigimar, that going to the pocket immediately can look suspicious. I think there needs to be a pause and possibly some short conversation before going to the pocket. Fear of getting caught is why we may tend to get to the pocket too quickly. 

I love to control the card via Marlo's Convincing Control (Ackerman's variation) and then bottom palm it. The deck is tabled with an outjogged card that is believed to be the selection. There shouldn't be any heat on your hands since the card seems to be in view. You can square the card into the deck with the right hand, pause, and then use the LH to go to a pocket.

This is especially powerful in card to wallet since you can leave the card in view as you get your wallet. There's no thought that the card is in the wallet since it's in full view. Now, with the wallet on the table, you can square up and then work your mojo...

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Many moons ago, I read somewhere (I don't remember where) that The Professor said "Be Natural" and he gave an example. When you drop your hands to your sides, the hands "rock" a little back and forth until they stop. When you are palming something, you immediately want to get the hand out of the spectators view by dropping it. But you would do it in such a way that you want to get the hand to the side and it would not "rock." The Professor's advice was that you should imitate that rocking action so the hand does not look suspicious (its moves look natural). Then you would go to the pocket. 

I think if you go to the pocket immediately after palming a card, it would also look a little suspicious.

I hope this helps...


Thanks for the tips! I really like the rocking idea and combining that with a quick conversation of saying something like you had a free choice but if we snap the fingers your card goes to my pocket as I reach inside!
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