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Buffalo McKinley

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Hello!

I'm learning a Tommy Wonder card trick.

There's a sleight-of-hand technique where he has a packet of about six cards in his left hand and pushes out a card slightly from the top of the packet.

Underneath, he places his middle finger on the top corner of the bottom card and momentarily pulls it in (pinching the card), and then extends his middle finger so the bottom card protrudes just under the top card.  (The intention is to steal the bottom card as if it is the top card.)

What's this technique called?

Also, if you recommend any instructional videos on this technique, please let me know.

Thanks!

-Buffalo
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Jack Deschain

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From that description it sounds like a one handed bottom deal action. I own the Books of Wonder but don't remember anything like that in there. I could just be forgetful though. If you give me an effect name or page number I could take a look and get back to you.
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Buffalo, what you are describing is a buckle motion.  The inward action of the middle finger creates a bit of tension in the card and then when the finger extends, the buckled card tends to move forward, aided by the "spring-like" tension.  
This buckle action is used in a number of sleights including Bottom Dealing and the Double Deal.  The Double Deal is something of a relic as I don't see too many magicians using it.  There are some amazing effects which rely on the Double Deal.
For examples, check out Ed Marlo's work.  I'm sure a search on conjuringarchive.com would yield a lot of sources.

I don't currently have any Double Deal effects in my repertoire, so I suppose I'm as guilty as any.  But it really is a good sleight.

But I use the buckle in Bottom Deals and also to assist in certain false counting procedures.
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Buffalo McKinley

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Originally Posted by Jack Deschain
From that description it sounds like a one handed bottom deal action. I own the Books of Wonder but don't remember anything like that in there. I could just be forgetful though. If you give me an effect name or page number I could take a look and get back to you.



Thanks, Jack.

I bought "Visions of Wonder" and one of the instructional videos is "Tamed Card".

I think the technique is a bottom deal, but Tommy Wonder doesn't spend a lot of time talking about it.

I'm hoping to find an instructional video that goes into greater detail on the technique.

Thanks,

Buffalo
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Jack Deschain

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I had a look and it is just a standard push off action from what I can see. The right hand take is unique to this routine as far as I'm aware. So, I don't know where else you would find more info on the take itself. The good news is that the take has great cover due to the structure of the routine. No surprise there. It's Tommy Wonder haha.

If you are just looking for info on the push-off movement there are plenty of sources out there. Any video or book with a good action should suffice due to the good cover already mentioned.

I'm partial to Jason England's video over at theory11. It's $15 bucks and about an hour and a half long. That's probably overkill for what you are after though.
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Buffalo McKinley

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Buffalo, what you are describing is a buckle motion.  The inward action of the middle finger creates a bit of tension in the card and then when the finger extends, the buckled card tends to move forward, aided by the "spring-like" tension.  



Very helpful.

Thanks, Ray!

-Buffalo
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