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Mind Phantom

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What is your most hardest sleight that you can pull off consistently ? That you can do on a regular basis ?

Mine would be a faro shuffle ( in the hands )~

Bottom Deal with 1/4 a deck of cards for Ortiz/England Maximum Risk and a modified Greek Deal i.e second from the bottom with only one card for Martin Nash's Any Which Way You Want it.

What is yours?
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Watch me do One handed perfect tabled faro shuffle, difficult:


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Very Impressive Mats !
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Matts -- Hello!  You have shared the titles of just about every Faro routine ever created and I know you are one heck of a card guy; seeing your one hand Perfect Faro has got to be the closest thing to impossible there is!!  OUTSTANDING!!!  Thanks for sharing that clip -- johnny
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Matts, truly remarkable. Wonderful touch you have.

I love the aesthetic of long edge faro's. They make for wonderful spreads, face up especially. I've found some packets seem to faro well on the long edge.

Matts, is there much literature covering faro's on the long edge?
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I would say the Faro Shuffle as well. I was able to learn it pretty early on in my studies (~10 yrs ago) so fortunately I have developed consistency with it no matter the condition of the cards, but a friend struggling with it have reminded me the frustrations I had when first learning it. I think it's easy to forget how challenging can actually be!

Another one that I consider difficult but can pull off fairly well (and consistently) must be the Diagonal Palm Shift. I use it quite a bit and I am confident with it, but there is still room for improvements.

I would also add Top Change to the list. Mechanically it is rather easy, but I think a lot us agree that it is challenging to integrate sufficiently in a routine. I am comfortable with it and can pull it off consistently, but again, there is room for improvements!

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Classic Pass (and variations)

Daryl's Combo Count

Ultra Move with consistency

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I would say Chris Brown's "Venus Trap" for me. If you guys know about it, it doesn't look hard at all, but the toughest thing about it is getting it to look right at the right angles. 

I've done it enough (and made a slight variation) to where it's just a bit more angle proof. It's my work horse move. I can probably use it to substitute many other sleights in my routines. 
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Second deal was a touch one to learn, but i can do it now. 
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How are we quantifying difficulty?
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How are we quantifying difficulty?


And, methinks, there's the rub.

Is the Glide difficult? Not at all in my view. Well, technically speaking anyway. But how to use it without it looking like what it is--a strange looking alien creature? Err...procedure.

Or whether to bother at all? [smile]
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Arial Han Ping Chien.   It's the regular Han Ping Chien, but up in the air, about 12" or more above the table (or over the spectator's hands).  I use it as the fourth move for the coins across routine I learned about 19 years ago.  When I first learned it, my hands could not do the move.  So I put the coins away for a week and just thought of the moves that my hands needed to do for the whole week.  Then the next time I picked up the coins, I was able to do it.  Now I do it very smoothly, but I would consider it as one of the toughest moves I've tried to learn.

I've been practicing the one handed shuffle for many years (Faro or just any mixing of the cards), but still cannot get it smoothly, even with my large hands.
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And, methinks, there's the rub.

Is the Glide difficult? Not at all in my view. Well, technically speaking anyway. But how to use it without it looking like what it is--a strange looking alien creature? Err...procedure.

Or whether to bother at all? [smile]


I hadn't even thought of that, I had some other concerns, like smoothness, whether we should include cardistry etc... but other presentation aspects beside the move itself...never crossed my mind when considering the question...
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An effort to avoid confusion and make a distinction:

"Pulling off something consistently" does not indicate a move is mastered.
Although I'm sure the OP did not mean it this way, words matter. We wouldn't
want to encourage people to think that just because they can get away with
a move consistently that they've mastered it.

I could pull off the Top Change consistently after a few months. But it took
me several 
years before I was confident that I had mastered it and could use it in
almost any 
situation that presented itself.


And just like the word "difficult", "mastering a move" is a subjective term.
But I know it goes well beyond "pulling off a move consistently".

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Snap change
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I am by no means a move monkey but I am always trying to perfect my cull. It isn't even close to the level of Kostya Kimlat, but I try. Anytime I have a deck, I'm culling cards. 

Outside of playing cards, I am most proud of my center tear and billet switch. I am always using Dr. Bill's billet tear and a classic Annemann switch, with phenomenal success.  I think billet is vital for any mentalist and should be practiced just as much as any card move. 


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