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The Magical Experience: Learn how to Perform Sleight of Hand Magic

teacher avatar Tim Domsky, Close Up Magician / Filmographer

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Lessons in This Class

19 Lessons (38m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Necessary Tools

    • 3. Basic Card Handling

    • 4. Basic Card Principle: The Key Card

    • 5. Card Effect: The Pulse Trick

    • 6. Explanation: The Pulse Trick

    • 7. Coin Sleight 1) Finger Palm

    • 8. Coin Sleight 2) Tenkai Pinch

    • 9. Coin Sleight 3) Retention Vanish

    • 10. Coin Effect 1: Appear & Travel

    • 11. Explanation: Appear & Travel

    • 12. Coin Effect 2: Transformation

    • 13. Explanation: Transformation

    • 14. Effect: The Changing Lighter

    • 15. Explanation: The Changing Lighter

    • 16. Effect: The Gypsy Thread

    • 17. Explanation: The Gypsy Thread

    • 18. Book Recommendations

    • 19. Conclusion

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About This Class

Hi! Welcome to my Skillshare Class on how to perform sleight of hand magic. In this course I will teach you 5 basic effects with everyday objects that require a small amount of practice and will create an unforgettable experience for your friends, family and everyone you choose to perform for. You will learn how to vanish and tranform objects, destroy and restore them in addition to knowing what the spectator is thinking of.

I've been doing magic for 10 years and had the pleasure to share my passion for the art of magic with everyone I performed for . I got booked in all kinds of venues, met many different people and got to entertain them and made them remember what it's like to experience the feeling of wonder and astonishment.

However, rather than experiencing this, it is also very fullfilling to give that experience to someone. That is what i'm trying to achieve with this course. I want to give you the ability to do that as well and go out there and bring joy to other people.

That is why I've also prepared a class project to get you started.

This Class is suited for everybody who is interested in learning the sleights and principles that make magic work. It is ideal for beginners who want to perform and practice.

The magical Experience is divided into 19 individual lessons that showcase the sleights, the performance of the effect in front of a spectator and the explanation of how the magic effect is achieved. It is simple and easy to follow with multiple angles so that you will learn it in the best way possible!

there is no prior knowledge required! Everything you learn will be used to perform the effects I’m teaching. There is no age restriction whatsoever. Everyone can join this class even if your 10 or 80 years old.

I hope you will enjoy this class and start performing these effects!

Affiliate links to the Books I talked about:

The Magic Book by Harry Lorayne :

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Tim Domsky

Close Up Magician / Filmographer


Hello, I'm Tim and I love performing magic and have been learning magic for 13 years. For me, it is one of the most fullfilling passions, that's why i decided to share my knowledge, so that everyone can learn the art of magic and feel the joy of putting a smile on people's faces by showing them the impossible.

I also studied film at a university and specialized myself in lighting and cinematography. I want to share my knowledge and the obsession of mine that is film. That is why you will also find classes about Videography and Photo related topics in the future.

I hope you will enjoy my classes and have fun while you practice and perform ! If you have any questions regarding the topic feel free to ask me.

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1. Introduction : To me, there's nothing more joyful and fulfilling than to have the ability to walk up to anybody everywhere in the world and put them in a state of wonder where everything is possible. The best part is everyone can do. Hi everybody. My name is Tim and I invite you to join the Magical Experience. I'm so excited to welcome you to my first Scotia class where you'll learn basic sleight of hand techniques to perform impossible magic feats such as making things disappear, appear, and even transform. I have prepared five effects that are simple, easy to learn, and most of all fun to perform and practice. I've been performing magic for almost 10 years now. Performing everywhere at restaurants, cafes, even nightclubs, and my family, friends and complete strangers. In my class project, you recreate a performance of one of the five effects that I will teach you. You can make up your own presentation and your own moves. The only requirement is that it will show it to at least one person. You can also perform it in front of the camera and then upload it to Scotia. I will give you tips and guidelines along the way so we can mask the effect and amaze everyone with it. Now take note that there's no prior knowledge required. Everyone can do these things. You just did a couple of things that you mostly have laying around in your house. Let's grab a deck of cards, some coins, and let's get started. 2. Necessary Tools: Now, before you can practice and perform these effects, you need a couple of things. I have a deck of cards with me here. That's Bicycle brand. You don't need to use Bicycle brands, but those cards are the best ones for performing magic tricks and just very cheap, $2 or $3, I think. But if you don't have them, just use any cards that you have in your drawer. You need a couple of coins. Three coins is fine or two coins is fine. I have American $0.5. The general rule is when you get the coins, the bigger, the better, but just use any currency for practice. If you want to practice at first, the bigger coins are always better. Then, a lighter. I'd just have a lighter with a warning sign because I need the warning sign for a specific effect that I will teach you. Get one of those. Some thread, just some white thread we need it for the gypsy thread effect. Then, I have just some goodies, that's just a pin. You don't really need that, but that's also required for one effect, but you don't have to use a pin. You can also use a coin from a different country or different kinds of currency. It just has to look different from the coins that you're using at first. Then, just a pen. Yeah. That's it. 3. Basic Card Handling: Now let's begin with basic card handling. I will show you a few ways how to hold the cards, how to cut the cards, and how to shuffle the card so you have a basic understanding of how to handle deck of playing cards. I have 52 cards here and I hold the cards in what is called the dealer's grip. That's the most natural and most often used grip that we use all the time. You have the first finger at the top, short side, the thumb on the right side and the right length side, and the other finger's resting on the left side. I'm a left-handed that's why I hold the cards in my right-hand. If you're right-handed, you probably be hold the cards in your left hand. So just mirror my actions and think left when I say right. So you hold the cards not too firmly, now I will show you a simple table cut. If you cut the cards, that's what's called a single tabled cut. Like this. You take those two fingers, the middle finger and the thumb, break off about half of the cards and just lay them next to you and take the rest put them on top, you need that for the first effect because there's a lot of cutting action. So the actions this cut and complete, just like that. Now the first shuffle you will learn as the overhand shuffle, and you have the cards in the dealer's grip, you come with a left-hand. Take it, turn it 45 degrees clockwise, then you have them between those fingers, between the middle finger, the thumb, and first finger, and then this thumb takes 10 of the 50 cards off and shuffles all the rest. With every take, the thumb pushes off 10 or 15 cards like this. 4. Basic Card Principle: The Key Card: The first core principle that you will learn is called the key card. The key card is the card that you will pick at the bottom of the deck that the spectator isn't aware of. So when he shuffles the cards, you give him the cards at first, and shuffle the cards. When he's finished, he gives you the cards back in a messy condition. So you need to square the deck up. That's your motivation for doing the motion, and in that motion, you pick the card. So the deck is messy. You take it and mechanics grip or dealers grip. Then you come with those two fingers with the middle finger and thumb and square the short side. Then you take the cards at the short side, turn it, and then square the length side and in that action, you look at the card. I'm picking the seven of clubs right now. So I know the seven of clubs. I need to remember the seven of clubs just repeat it in your mind, the seven of clubs. Because that's the key card that the spectator will put. His card has selected card next to. So you know, the selection of the spectator. That's the key card principle. 5. Card Effect: The Pulse Trick: Welcome back. I will demonstrate the first effect, the revealing pulse now. I have a friend of mine, Ann, joining me. Hi. Hi. Can you please take the deck of cards? Shuffle the deck of cards. Take a look at them, see if they're normal, and I will try to read your body language signs. It doesn't make sense right now I know. Perfect. Can you take out any card that you want from the deck. Show to the camera. I won't look. Then hold it against your heart so I can't see. Okay Okay? Okay. Perfect. Now and if you put the card on the top now, I know what the card is. Obviously, yeah. But if she cuts the cards, can you please cut the cards in the middle anywhere and complete the cut? I don't know where your card is, right? Yeah. Well, it's about in the middle, but it gets harder. If you cut one more time, it gets even harder. If we cut like this. Complete the cut and anywhere you want. It's almost impossible for me to know where the card is. But you will tell me what your card is with your body language. Can you give me the right hand? I will take your pulse and just concentrate on your card. Don't give anything away, but I will try to read your pulse. I think it's somewhere here. It's none of those cards. Let me do this again. Yeah, now it's this direction. A couple of cards left. Let's do this. I think you're thinking of this card, right? You're right. Ace of clubs. 6. Explanation: The Pulse Trick: Welcome. Welcome back. Now, let's take a look at the explanation of how I did it. You learn the key card principle and have used the key card principle in this effect. Shuffle the deck of cards. She can shuffle. Can you shuffle? I don't have to do anything. I just have to wait until she's finished. Then we will do the square of action like this. The cards are messy. I will square key card up and pick the card. I'm picking the two of spades. I think two spades. Then I split the cards. Let her take any card. She takes it out. Hold that against her heart. I'm looking away and I still think two spades. I don't know what card she picked, but that's not important. I just know that there's two of spades at the bottom. Then I say to her, if you put the card on top, I know what the card is. She puts the card on top and I know where the cards, but if she cuts now. Your key card that you remember the two of spades, is the card that is below her selection. Even if she cuts one more time or if she cuts like this, that doesn't change anything, you still know where the card is or where key card is. If you split the deck now, like this, now I'm looking for the two of spades. I see another two of spades as there in the spade and the card right next to it, so on the right is her card. In this case, the seven of hearts, was it the seven of hearts? Yeah. The seven of hearts. Then the rest is just presentation. I just take a card, take her pulse , so I'm just looking for the two of spades. I say I'm reading her body language, let me see. Then I just eliminate a few cards and say, Oh, you put me in this direction or you put me in this direction. That's the presentation. You can make your own presentation, but that's what I chose to use. Then at the end, I just dramatically reveal the card that she picked the seven of hearts by using her pulse. That's all there is to it. 7. Coin Sleight 1) Finger Palm: Basic coin handling. Now I will teach you three moves or three consumers and one fake put that you will learn in the use in the next two coin effects. The first move is what's called the finger palm. That's a method to conceal a coin between your fingers. It looks like you don't have a coin hidden in your hand. You have it here between the second finger and third finger and you have it in the lower third of the finger and the only thing you do is curl those two fingers in. The coin will stay put and you can move freely and it looks like you don't have anything in your hands. You can also make a gesture like this, that's to show the spectator that there is nothing here. He is not going to think that you have something concealed there. Just like that like that mirror the two fingers, they look natural, and again, that's the position of the fingers. You curl just slightly curl it in, then you have the coin concealed, that's what's called the finger palm. [MUSIC] 8. Coin Sleight 2) Tenkai Pinch: Now, the next consumer that you will learn is called the Tenkai Pinch or the Goshman Pinch. It looks like this; the hand looks empty yet I have a coin hidden. It's an archy move, but you will get used to it, you just have to practice. The hardest part is getting it into the position between the pinky and the third finger. You hold the coin like this between the second finger and third finger and thumb. Then move the coin back, and you have to make this gesture with your hand. When the coin is in this position, you just take the pinky and the pink curls in takes the coin or takes a part of the coin, and now it is clipped between the third finger and the pinky like this. Again, the movement is this, and then you just open the hand and now it looks empty. You have to keep the hand to you a little bit angled towards you. So the spectator can't see like a little flash of the coin there. But then you have the coin at this position. The move to make it appear is like a reversal of every action. So you just close your fist like that, and then open your hand, then the coin appears. You have to practice this, it's a little bit more difficult, but you have the coin in Tenkai Pinch like this, then you turn and close the fist like this. So you have the coin there. Then the next move is relied on by gravity. You have to move the hand up like this and you have to let go of the coin, so it lands in your palm. You have to try it. You don't have to use it for the first magic fact. You can also make it appear in any other way, but just try it and learn it. It's very visual move because you have an empty, then you go like this, and then the coin just suddenly appears. Yeah, that's the Tenkai Pinch. 9. Coin Sleight 3) Retention Vanish: Now I will teach you the retention vanish or retention of vision vanish. It's a fake put technique where you're supposed to take a coin, put it in your hand, but it's not there, it's empty. I will teach you a basic way to do the retention of vision vanish. There are hundreds of ways to do it, and that's just a simpler method. You take the coin between the second finger and thumb, and you put it in your hand, or supposedly put it in your hand. That action, you start closing the fingers of the right hand, like this, finger by finger, and when you come to the third finger, when the coin is not visible anymore, that's when you do this action. This hand just does this action, it just pulls away like this. I do it like that. It looks like you put the coin in, but it's not there. You also try to let the coin cast some light so it looks better, like this, if you move it. It looks like you put it in, and then blow or do anything and make it vanished. 10. Coin Effect 1: Appear & Travel: This next effect is called the [inaudible] travel. I have a coin here. Can you take it in your left hand? But, the thing is we need two coins, so I'm just going make one appear. I will take it, and change places with it, the coins will change places. Okay. Okay? So like that I did it. Now, they will change back tilt it again. You're not impressed, right? Not really. The hard part is making disappear and appear in your hand. 11. Explanation: Appear & Travel: Now I'm going to explain the appear and travel effect. You start with one coin and ten k pinch, like this, and the other coin rests in your hand there or there, it doesn't matter. The hand looks like you have a coin in your hand, nothing more, but you just secretly have the coin in 10 k pinch. You go to your spectator and say, "I'm going to perform a magic trick for you. I have a coin here, can you put the coin in your hand?" Then you say, "Oh, I need two coins." Then you do the action of making the coin from tinker pinch appear like this, but you don't have to use it if you're practicing it and you find that you can't get it to work. Just start off with two coins and just say, "I'm going to give one coin to you and I'm going to keep one coin", and then just do the fake put and vanish. But that's the way if you know the 10 k pinch or if you master it, do it like this. Give her the coin, and then you make the coin appear with the 10 k pinch like this, and now you do the fake put. You tell her, "I'm going to take this coin and I'm going to make the two coins change places with each other." Now I have the coin in finger palm right now because I did the retention vanish that you just learned, and I put my hand on top of her hand. If I would do it like this, it would fall or it would make a sound. I put the thumb on top of the coins so I can straighten out my fingers and go like this. Then I will say the coins were changed places, just like that, but nothing happened. Then you say, "Okay, I'm going to make them change back again." She's not impressed. Then you reveal that the coin has vanished, but in that moment, exactly in that moment, you put your thumb off so the coin can drop and it makes it sound like this, then she knows the effect happened, and in that moment you reveal that the fist is empty. Again you have it like this, and magic, the coin appeared. That's the appear and travel effect. 12. Coin Effect 2: Transformation: Now, this next effect is called transformation. Do you like my button? Yeah. Yeah. Yeah. You want to take a look at it? Of course. Take it. Wow. Two smiley face. If you could change that button into anything that you want to, what would be your choice? Money. Money? Yes. Let's do it. Hello. Just like that, now we have. 13. Explanation: Transformation: Now let's take a look at transformation. I'm going to explain it to you. The preparation is you have the coin at finger palm and you have a button or something that looks in similar shape of a coin, but has different attributes. I also have another coin like Chinese coin, you can use that or use smaller coin because when it changes, the difference is very appealing, so use anything. You can also use an SD card. The preparation is the coin in the finger palm. I'm taking the button and giving it to her so she can examine it, take a look at it and then she gives the coin back to me and I ask her, "If you could change this coin into anything, what would it be?" This is the action that's like the conditioning the spectator that you do this movement, taking this button and throwing it in your hand because after a few times, you have to just talking to her and saying, "What would you change it into?". My knee. Then you do the move and the move is called the bobo switch and you take the button and when you're throwing it, you straighten the fingers of the left hand that has the coin in it. So you basically push the button in with your first finger and the thumb, push it in and let the coin fall into the sand and immediately closing the fist so she doesn't see the change, but the action is this. Do this two or three times and then in that action of throwing it again, push that in, push the button in with your first finger and thumb and straighten out the second finger and third finger so the coin can fall into the fist, close it and then this hand takes the button into finger palm and then hopefully she says nothing. Hopefully she says money, but if she says something else I don't know what other people would change that into, but if she says something else then you say, "You know what I would want to change it into? I would want to change it into money". You can always use your presentation for that or your wish or I would wish for money, let's wait for money. Then the coin or the button changes into the coin and that's it. That's the effect called transformation. Then you can leave and take the money. 14. Effect: The Changing Lighter: Now let's get into the next effect, called The Changing Lighter. I have a lighter here with a warning sign; Keep away from children. The funny thing is, if you take the sign, right there, you can make it disappear just like that. Now it's gone, from both sides, but you can also just take it again, now it appears again and now it's gone. Just a [inaudible] effect. 15. Explanation: The Changing Lighter: This is the explanation. You will learn what's called the paddle move. The paddle move is basically just this, turning the lighter 90 degrees. But you will do it in the motion of showing both sides. That's what covers this small action. This small action is covered by the large action of the wrist turning. That's a basic principle in magic, that they're larger motion covers the smaller motion, so it's invisible. Because if you look at the lighter like this and I do this, it looks like I'm just showing both sides to you. But I'm showing you the same side. You start off with the lighter and explaining that there's a warning sign on it to keep away from children. You just show it casually on this side and then on the other side with the paddle move. The timing is crucial here. You have to start here. Again, this is the movement. While you're turning, you start moving. That's slowed down action. While you start to turn your wrist, the thumb will roll the lighter forward like that. So it looks like you're showing two sides because the wrist is turning but you're showing the same side. When you're doing it fast, it looks like this. That's the warning sign. The action to make it disappear is to take the other hand and in this fast motion of turning it like a clock, clockwise, you turn with your thumb like this; with this thumb, in that case. You can also use this thumb. It doesn't matter. You can use this thumb to do the turning, or this thumb, or both. They help each other. Then you just make it disappear. That was fast. In slow motion again, like this, and fast. Now it's gone. Now you show the sides again. You do the paddle move again. Show this side it's gone there from there and it's gone from there and then you can make it appear again. You could do this as many times as you want. That's it. That's the changing lighter. 16. Effect: The Gypsy Thread: This is one of my personal favorite effects, it's called the gypsy thread. It means nothing more than a piece of thread, just like that, I'm going to break it off. I hope you can hear that. I'm going to break it into a few individual pieces like this, and then I'm going to take them just like that, and roll them into a little ball. Can you see them? I'm going to take it with the ball attached and blow, and now it's restored again. 17. Explanation: The Gypsy Thread: Now this is the explanation for the gypsy thread. You need a white thread or red thread rolled onto your tube, because the tube will hide your secret. The preparation you have to do before performing the effect is taking about the same length that you were cut off in the effect. You will take it and at the end, at the tube, you will roll it up. You will roll it into the small little ball, just like this. This small little ball is concealed behind the tube. You have this little ball, and that is concealed just here behind the tube. Nobody sees that. You can leave that in your pocket and just take it out and then perform. You can come out like this and show it or just leave it somewhere there, where the tube pies the small little ball. When you're performing, you take the thread there, like this and then cut off about the same length that you rolled up like this, break it off and then you will cut them with your fingers or you can use lighter, or if someone has a scissor, you can use that. You will cut it into small pieces, just like I did in the performance. When you have those pieces, you take them. This piece with the ball you will keep in your left hand. Then you roll up those pieces into a little ball. Now this is the situation that you're in. You have the thread with the ball concealed between the thumb and first finger, and cut pieces that are also rolled up into a ball on the other hand. I will transfer this ball into the hand where the thread is, show it like this, and now you change hands, you change from the left hand to the right hand, and in this moment you will conceal the ball with the cut pieces and bring the other ball into view that's already on the thread. They see the ball every single time and then with the left hand you will take the one end of the thread. With the other hand you will take the other end so the ball is still concealed, but it's now concealed on the right hand. Then everything's finished you just need to pull them apart. That's the effect. Now it's restored again you can give it to the spectator or just get rid of the piece, just throw it away. 18. Book Recommendations: Now, what I've shown you is just the beginning of the art of magic. There is a lot more to discover. If you have any questions or want to learn more things, I will be uploading other classes concerning other effects or other topics such as coins, cards, and other everyday objects that will go deeper into the subject of current effects or coin effects. I have two books that I would recommend if you're a beginner. The first one is The Royal Road to Card Magic. That's a very good beginner's book if you want to dive deeper into the subject of card magic. Everything is in here, from transformations to transpositions, and every single factor you can think of, and the necessary moves that will make it happen. You will learn many shuffles, the double lift that I will also cover in my next class, and this is just a really good card magic book to start if you want to focus on one topic. If you want more general knowledge of performing with cards, coins, everyday objects, paper, or number magic, then I would recommend The Magic Book by Harry Lorayne. One of my first books, I really enjoy that. They're very good effects I use to this day. I still use. There's also magic with everything with. With balls, with cards, with coins, even mental magic, that I'll also be covering in my next class. Mind-reading effects, predicting the future, and so on. If you have any questions regarding the specific topic that you want to dive deeper into, just ask me. Just send me a message, and I will recommend something for you that you can buy. By the way, those two books can be bought really cheap on Amazon. I think I will just leave the affiliate links from Amazon below so you can find them very easily. Royal Road To Card Magic is, I think, nine bucks or 10 bucks, and the same with this one. That's an older version, but it's been reprinted a couple of times, so you shouldn't have any problems. But yeah, that would be my book recommendations for you if you're starting out in magic. 19. Conclusion: That's it. Five effects that are easy to perform and fun to practice. Now for my class project, please create a performance of one of the five effects that you learned. You can make up your own presentation and change it however you want. Make it your own. That's the most important thing. You can film yourself in front of a webcam or show to a real person, show to a friend of yours or to your family, and film yourself while doing it. It would be amazing if you could share your performance with us. I can take a look at it and give you tips, so you can master the effect and everyone else gets to enjoy the performance you created. Be sure to check out my upcoming Skillshare classes that will dive deeper into the topics of card handling and coin handling with advanced effects. See you next time.