The Magic Within Essay

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Magic tricks have fascinated people of all ages for centuries. From David Copperfield to Chris Angel, many performers use magic to amaze and astound. One of the least elaborate types of magic tricks is the card trick. There are two main types of card tricks: there are mathematical card tricks and sleight of hand card tricks. The former are simple to learn, but do not impress audiences. To really attract attention, an aspiring magician should learn sleight of hand card tricks. Sleight of hand card tricks are tricks that use misdirection and special manipulations of a deck of cards to do something seemingly impossible. The techniques involved require much practice. While performing a sleight of hand trick, a magician must constantly be distracting the audience. Because of this, many people believe that they are not capable of learning sleight of hand magic. In order to prove them wrong, I will describe a simple sleight of hand trick that anyone can learn, as long as they remember that we all have the potential inside of us to do magic.
The first step is setting up the trick. In order to begin, the performer needs a deck of cards and an attentive audience. The audience can be any size, from one person, to a small group, to a full auditorium. Before performing the trick, it must be introduced in a compelling manner. This can be done in one of several ways. One approach is to ask “Do you believe in magic?” Some people will be skeptical, and they will have a “prove it” attitude. Others will say that they believe in magic, and they will revel in the opportunity to experience a moment of validation for their occult beliefs. No matter what is said, once the trick is introduced, it should be something the audience is excited to see. As soon as the audience is captivated by the charming performer, the actual trick can begin. It is important to have the audience’s attention, because misdirection is an essential part of illusion.
The next step is the card selection phase. The performer first selects a volunteer from the audience. The best volunteer is an audience member who looks excited. Once the performer has a willing volunteer, he then takes the deck and fans it out so the backs of all the cards can be seen. He then tells the volunteer to “choose a card, any card.” The audience member picks a card (any card) and shows it to the rest of the audience. While the volunteer is doing this, the performer should put the cards back into a stack and place them in his left hand. The grip on the cards is very important: with the cards face down in the left palm, the deck should be held with the thumb on the left side, going from the bottom left edge toward the top left edge. The index finger should be along the top edge, starting at the back, top, left corner and extending over the top, front, right corner. The rest of the fingers should have their tips pressing against the right edge of the deck. With the cards held like this,...

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