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Has anyone encountered difficulty with Alex Elmsley's "everchange count"? I very much want to do "Dazzle" but immediately encountered difficulty with this count. The book recommends utilizing a bottom card buckle or a bottom card pull down. I find the buckle very awkward and although the pull down is easy enough with a full deck, I find it takes too long for me to secure with only four cards, thus interrupting the flow of the effect. I am experimenting with an alternative, holding the cards in a pinch grip on both long sides. After many hours of practice, I can do the count, but not consistently yet, and the third step is very tricky as it is easy to flash the bottom card in the right hand. (I am transferring cards from left hand to right.)

Does anyone do this count as described in the book? Any other alternative methods out there? Any help will be appreciated.

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Not something I'm familiar with, Dave. I have toyed around with Bannon's version of Dazzle, called Sizzle, but like most of his stuff, the moves are streamlined. No doubt someone else here can offer some helpful advice.

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Thanks for the tip on "Sizzle" Anthony. It's a bit different from "Dazzle" and I think no longer available. (Watching Elmsley perform his effect is inspirational - smoothly done and quite humorous as well.)

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For a much easier version of this kind of effect, see:

https://www.lybrary.com/bad-influence-before-computers-series-2-p-922595.html


It was my attempt to make Dazzle much easier.
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Has anyone encountered difficulty with Alex Elmsley's "everchange count"? I very much want to do "Dazzle" but immediately encountered difficulty with this count. The book recommends utilizing a bottom card buckle or a bottom card pull down. I find the buckle very awkward and although the pull down is easy enough with a full deck, I find it takes too long for me to secure with only four cards, thus interrupting the flow of the effect. I am experimenting with an alternative, holding the cards in a pinch grip on both long sides. After many hours of practice, I can do the count, but not consistently yet, and the third step is very tricky as it is easy to flash the bottom card in the right hand. (I am transferring cards from left hand to right.)

Does anyone do this count as described in the book? Any other alternative methods out there? Any help will be appreciated.

Dave


Why is the buckle awkward to you?
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I second RayJ question, coud it be it'a a matter of hand condition? I have extremely dry hands, and use glycerine based products systemetically. I love Dazzle, the way Elmsley performed it, even if it's not the easiest one, first time I saw it made me crying with laughters.
You can use three fingers to buckle the card, it shouldn't be such a problem? What was more an issue was keeping the cards in nearly perfect alignment, to avoid flashing, I don't know if we can talk about this on a public forum?
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Yes, you can talk about it. It is far easier to find exposures in the comments section of YouTube videos than here. Just keep it general, please.

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The problem is flashing, Ray, as Gilles pointed out, and I will continue working on the buckle using three fingers instead of one as he suggests. Not sure why, but I have no problem with the buckle with many cards in hand, just here - constantly flash. (I have dry hands as well, Gilles - am using O'Keefe's Working Hands hand cream which works well,) I thank you both for responding.

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Thanks, Bob! Just downloaded "Bad Influence." Looking forward to playing with it.

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Try not to break the rythm when you buckle- easier said than done-. About flashing: what helped me is to slide the cards deep into the crotch of the left thumb, almost forcing them; this solves the right/left problem of alignment; for the up/down misalignment, I slide the cards along the left first finger. Hope this helps...
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Gilles.
Your suggestions have proven very helpful. By moving the cards deep into the left hand crotch as you describe, I get more coverage in front from the index finger which hides any flashing there. With many more hours of practice I think I'll be able to get the move smooth. Many thanks.

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