Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Sleight: The Glide

The Glide is a very common sleight that is only found in card tricks, simply because it has no aesthetic effect or purpose in a flourish performance. It is a move used for card control, and for falsifying card placement. The Glide is one of the easier card sleights, and only takes no more than five attempts to master. 

The Glide is done by placing your thumb on the bottom most card of the deck. Then, slowly slide your thumb back, taking the bottom card with it. This should reveal the second to last card, like the image above (All this should be done while the deck is upside down so the spectator doesn't see any of these secrets). Now, you can start dealing all the cards starting from the second to last card (in this case the King of Clubs). It is used in a context where the spectator asks to stop dealing and the bottom card ends up being the spectator's, because in reality, the bottom card stays on your thumb, and you are actually dealing all the cards on top of it.

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