What is ‘Card Manipulation’?
Card manipulation is often used to manipulate cards at casino tables, where sleight of hand techniques are used to create an illusion with playing cards. There are basic principles and techniques upon which most of the illusions are built, and presentation and context account for many of the variations, including a technique known as patter, which is the magician’s misleading account of his actions.
‘Card Manipulation’ Explained
Performing illusions with playing cards using basic card manipulation techniques known as sleights, is intended to be performed in such a way that is undetectable to anyone watching, which requires both practice and a complete understanding of the method.
‘Card Manipulation’ Techniques Include:
Lifts: This is a card manipulation technique used to extract one or more cards from the deck, in which the card produced is usually known to those in the audience, because it has been previously selected as part of the illusion.
False Shuffles: This is a card manipulation technique used to give the illusion of fairly shuffling the deck, when they are actually maintained in the specific order dictated by the illusion being performed. This can involve one or more cards to remain in position, or even the entire deck to remain in the unshuffled state, or the state it was in before the said shuffle. One false shuffle technique is known as the Gambler’s Shuffle.
False Cuts: This is a card manipulation technique where the magician appears to fairly cut the cards, when in reality a predetermined card is staged to be on top of the deck. One false cutting technique is called the Gambler’s False Cut.
False Deals: This is a card manipulation technique giving the illusion that the dealer is dealing cards fairly, when they are actually dealt in a predetermined manner only known to the magician. False dealing techniques include Second Dealing, Bottom or Middle Dealing, False Count Dealing (more or less cards than what is expected are dealt), and Double Dealing.
Side Slips: This is a card manipulation technique used to bring a predetermined card to the top of the deck, where depth-perception plays a key role. This is achieved by sticking the pinky finger below the top card, which is known as the pinky break.
Other card manipulation techniques used are Passes, Palming, Crimps, Jogs, Reverses, and Forces.