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The Elmsley Count - An Essential Technique for Card Magic

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3 Lessons (13m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. In-depth Tutorial

    • 3. Final Thoughts

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The Elmsley Count allows you to hide cards, while you are counting them. You could have a packet with face-up and face-down cards and the Elmsley Count would allow you to count the cards in a manner only showing the face down cards to the audience.

The Elmsley Count is one of the fundamental techniques in card magic and can be used in countless card tricks. So it is really worth it to learn this very versatile technique!

Some Tricks utilizing the Elmsley Count (growing list):

"Oil and Water" - Red and black cards act like oil and water and seperate themselves from each other after being shuffled:

"Twisting The Aces" - The four aces turn themselves over invisibly on your command:

"The Million Dollar Card Trick" involves four Aces and a big surprise:

"Jumping Gemini" - four Twos turn into Tens and then into Kings:

A very impressive trick, that is extremely easy to do (great for beginners):

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Mr. Jack of Hearts

Card Magic since 2007


Hello, I'm Mr. Jack ;-)

I started doing card magic in 2007. Over the years I have learned many useful sleights and techniques, that I would love to share with you. Magic is all about lifting people from the sometimes mundane day to day and letting them experience a kind of child-like wonder again.

So grab a deck of cards and let's get started!

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1. Introduction: I'm Mr Jacque Finance, and this is my class on the elms we count, and the Emslie counters one of the most important techniques on gun count magic. It's a technique that basically allows you to show fall carts, but height one of one of them, one or more of them so he could count these count without showing the ace Andi. It's used in many, many, many card tricks, and it is really essential to count magic. So if you want to learn card magic there, you really have to learn this technique. So without further ado, let's jump in on. I'll teach you this essential essential CART technique. 2. In-depth Tutorial: This is a my tutorial off the Helmsley count Andi the elms Lee counters one off so very basic but very important technique and cart magic. It usually uses four carts and looks a little bit like this. And what it actually does is it hides everything between the bottom card and the second card from top. So in this case, this three of clubs, But I could put more carts here, could put four or five Cartier and they would all be hidden. So this is what the elms may count will look like in this configuration. And as you can see, the three of clubs was hidden and ends up on the bottom after the arms an account. So let's get into how to do the elms, Lee Count. Um, basically, what happens is the following in very broad strokes on will get into much more detail later . But just so you know what, what happens? I'll tell you. Um, well, you take the first card, then pushed to cards off as one. No. While taking those two carts, you return the first car to the bottom. I'm done counting the cards. So what happens is the top card has shown twice, and the third card from top is hidden. If you do it like this, you can see. So now the three of diamonds is shown twice, and the rewards card is hidden. Okay, so that's the very broad idea. So, no, let's look at this in a little bit more detail. How how to do this first, The grip. Well, what I do is I, um, hold the cards in my left hand. You can also do it in the right hand. I think the official way is actually holding them in the right hand. If you're right handed on, then counting the cards in the left turned so they end up in the mechanic scrip. This has some advantages because you don't have to shift your cards around as much if it's like this, and I have to return them to the left hand to do the next move or something, So consider learning it the right way. I kind of learned it like this, but I also would like to mention that to me, it's a little bit more logical to count from left to right, always or from your secondary hand to your primary hand because normally if I would count cards, I would hold them in the left hand and counter to the right and 1234 like this, Uh, and this is kind of a fatter handling. So now that people think I can't really do anything, do 1234 So that's why I chose to learn it, uh, this way. But you you can do it in whichever way you want, So the actual grip looks like this. You have it, uh, tips off your fingers with the thumb touching the card ride above the middle, a little bit above the middle of the cart right here and all the other fingers. Uh, just touching the back just a little bit like this. Okay, so I have a very close look at this picture and try to imitate this. Then what happens? This is the right hand, comes and goes to disposition. So the middle finger is near the top corner. The ring finger is also in the top corner, but on alongside, like this under the the first finger is curling around the front edge like this. And the card I could no, let's go with my left hand of the cards would stay like this. Okay? I don't need the thumb. The cards are actually held by all those fingers. But what I now do is I come over and with the thumb, I take the first cut and the first cut ends up exactly in the position we just showed. But only the first card. So I can't hold it very comfortably like this. Very securely. Okay. Next up, after taking the card, the thumb pushes forward a little bit upward, and the fingers pull back a little bit. But mainly is the thumb pushing. And you you're holding the bottom cards back with your fingers and pushing with the thumb. So those two cards separate from the bottom card, and it looks like like it's only one like this. Okay, So pushing on the on the etch off the cards and it's hindering the bottom card from moving with your other fingers and makes those two cards appear is one moment. Yeah, like this. So, for just a second, I would suggest that you take only two carts and for now, only practice this returning motion. So, like this, but slow at first. What you do is you take the top cart and you see that on 33 sides, more or less or to at least there's a really clear guidance to this card. So if you know feet, the the cutback on the bottom or this cut back into this and whatever you want, however you want to call it, um, it's really easy to square them up perfectly. And that's actually what you want to do you want. You don't want to move your left fingers at all. The left fingers stained place and the right hand just returns to card squared perfectly like this. Like this. Like this. Okay, and it's okay to correct in a little bit with the right hand as well, and try to be very smooth. Andi, don't put a lot of pressure with your left fingers, because if you clamored out, it's really hard to return the card. Okay, just light touch. Very light. Touch on. Then it's easy to return cart easy. Okay, Very light touch. So let's go a little more. It will fall. Just light. I'm done. Just go on back and back like this. No, you can come to cards to be her fault, for example, which look like something like this. 1234 1234 OK, 123 Want to Okay. 123 Something like that. Practice this because this is integral. Move to the honestly count. Andi, if you feel comfortable doing this with two cards done, moved to the next step. So for the next phase, you will have to combine everything we learnt. So first, take one card in this and its grip. We landed and pushed over to, as we learned, returned a car to take the to and then just count the remaining counts. Okay, so a few points is, um now, because you're pushing over two counts, it's a little bit harder to actually return the bottom card and align it with this other one. Okay, Especially if you try to do this really slowly. You'll notice that it's not. It's harder than just two cars. Okay, so what I suggest is that you actually do it with a little bit of speed, the returning motion, Because if you have a little bit of speed, you can actually, um Well, the card gets actually pushed, pushed back a little bit further, making this alignment a lot a lot easier. So and as you all also can see it sometimes the the two cards that have pushed over get pushed back a little bit for for a second while aligning. But that doesn't really matter. OK, so just practice this and try to to make the alignment as good as possible. This is, as you can see, not perfect, but good enough. Okay. No spectator will notice that What's far more important that this waas pretty bad. Okay, so But another thing that's really important is the pace in which you do it because you don't want to do like one, 234 Because that's a suspicious. Nobody comes carts like this. If you would just do 1234 normal count like this, just hold it in the normal position to be learned. But now discount. Just do a real accountant and look and have a look what it looks like. And this gives you an idea what you helmsley can't should look like. 1234 1234 To see the last one was an arms. We count on it. looked nearly identical to the other counts. Okay, so once I get Norma, count. 1234 Now, Helmsley, count. 1234 Looks almost identical. Okay, that's what you're going for. The final tip is to actually separate your hands a little bit of what? Counting. So don't do, like, like this. Very crammed, but actually have a little bit of flow and do it like 1234 It also adds a little bit of misdirection because the people who normally follow the right hand with with all the motion that does, and this also helps conceal a little bit. What's going on here? Back here. Okay. And also, if you have real Spectators, look and your right hand while doing this don't look at the left hand. Look at the right hand. 1234 Follow the right hand with your own eyes. And the Spectators will also follow that. Okay? 3. Final Thoughts: So I hope you enjoy this tutorial on the Youngs We count. If you did, police consider leaving me a positive review. Andi, if you have any further questions, don't hesitate to ask them in the discussions section off this class on. Also, check out the description of the class because they're I will link some some tutorials to card tricks that utilize theology account. So if you just mastered your only count, then it's a good idea to actually learn some card tricks to go along with it. So, um, checked those out on bond. I hope to see you in the next class. Until then, have a great day and goodbye.