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KenTheriot Just did that, Steven. BTW, based on everything I've seen from you on this so far (though not sure if I've seen the one on the "Card Sleights" Tutorial from Andru, since I don't have that DVD), I wanted to know if I at least have the BASIC mechanics down before I practice it a zillion times.
Ken, is this video based on the Lybrary video you listed or another resource?
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Gary Kurtz teaches his approach to the top change on one of the lectures he did for International Magic. At one time I had this on VHS, and it was chock a' block with top tips and techniques.
The change was used as part of his 'Hypothetical Possibilities' routine which you can see here:
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When I started learning Williamson's top change, I just couldn't get it when I was under the slightest scrutiny, but now I can and do perform it without thinking. If it hasn't been said already above, it is really the action of the left first finger coming over the top of the deck in front just a bit which reads the card at the last minute. From then on, as long as the cards are held very lightly, the change practically does itself, and is completely silent and free of any extraneous movement, and since done on the off-beat is a total non-event. Because it's a non-event, you don't even have to do it well to fool almost any audience, and thus you don't have to worry about perfect technique at first. Therefore, practicing it under fire is easy, and you just keep getting better and better, if you keep up the effort.
Of course Steven's top change is perfection too.
But, I got on to say that one I have not seen mentioned is the Eddie Fechter top change. This is the easiest thing in the world to learn and is completely deceptive to my eye. It is done from the Biddle grip of the card to be changed. I thought it was in the Mentzer book, but looking through it right now, I can't find it. I'm not sure where I learned it, but someone will know where it is.
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There is a new book by Magic Christian from Austria on this topic. I don´t have it so I can´t say anything about the quality but normally Magic Christian is a
well versed pro who knows what he is talking about...and he has some prominent support. http://www.magic-factory-essen.de/buecher/zauberbuecher-englisch/the-top-change.html?sCoreId=1de65eb9c0d0eb24085958807051bf52 Axel
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”But, I got on to say that one I have not seen mentioned is the Eddie Fechter top change. This is the easiest thing in the world to learn and is completely deceptive to my eye. It is done from the Biddle grip of the card to be changed. I thought it was in the Mentzer book, but looking through it right now, I can't find it. I'm not sure where I learned it, but someone will know where it is.” Page 69 and 70 in the Mentzer book in the ‘Off beat Top Change routine.’ Will have a play with it this afternoon. Thanks so much for pointing this out Oscarf. Plus your detail of Williamson’s is great. Thank you.