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Color Changing Playing Cards: Card Magic In Your Hands

teacher avatar Elisav Bizau, Close Up Magician, Cardist, Creator

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Lessons in This Class

    • 1.

      1. Introduction and Performances


    • 2.

      2. Erdnase Change


    • 3.

      3. Shake Change


    • 4.

      4. Blink Color Change


    • 5.

      5. Slipper Change


    • 6.

      6. The DL Change


    • 7.

      7. Wind Change 1 & 2


    • 8.

      8. Ending Words


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About This Class

Color changes are sleight of hand techniques that allow you to visually and magically transform a playing card in front of the spectator. With these techniques you will be able not only to change the color of a card, but to also vanish and produce cards. From my point of view, color changes are the closest thing you can get to real magic.

In this course we're going to look at 7 different and unique color changing techniques, from beginner level to more advanced, that will allow you to secretly transform a playing card into another. 

Everything is explained in such a way that if you've never performed color changes before or done any sleight of hand, you'll be able to pick up a deck of cards and follow step by step. I make sure to talk about hand positioning, grip, pressure, strength used in each finger as well as more advanced concepts such as angles, speed or naturalness.

We will also be going over what you can do after you've learned these beautiful techniques.

Enrol now and let me know what you think. I can’t wait to see your projects, gang!

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The Erdnase Change by S.W. Erdnase with subtlety by Juan Tamariz

The DL Change by Elisav Bizau

Blink Change by Elisav Bizau

Slipper Change by Elisav Bizau (credits to Noel Heath)

Wave Change by Elisav Bizau (credits to Harry Levine for "The Hurricane Change")

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Elisav Bizau

Close Up Magician, Cardist, Creator


Yo, my name's Biz and I love magic, cardistry and breathing. Breathing is the best, isn't it?

I've been practicing, playing and studying to become a magician for over 13 years now. I have had shows and lectures in Paris, Stockholm, London, Bratislava and Madrid, sharing with other magicians and enthusiasts my ideas and creations. I have been publishing original material since I was 15. Have worked with companies from Europe and USA (such as PenguinMagic, VanishingInc, Theory11 and more).

From 365 Drawings a Day and 10.000 verses in a month, to 365 Hours of Magic, I love creating projects that test the limits of my creativity and dedication. Born in Baia Mare, ever since I was 17 I have been traveling around Europe teaching card magic to other magicians. I believe that peo... See full profile

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1. 1. Introduction and Performances: Hi guys, My name is based and I've been a card magician for the past 11 years, creating and mastering sleight of hand to the point of obsession. Honestly, I'm so passionate about this art form that I really wanted to take the time to pass it on to those for one to be passionate as well. In this course, we're going to be looking at seven different core techniques in which one chord changes magically into another one. It's a beautiful and visual technique which when learned, it really pumps up your card game. And not only that, but it's really cool to know by itself, because once you learn some principle techniques, you can start applying it into other areas and actually can change one pennant war pencil credit card into a playing card and so on and so forth. Each color changes. This course is taught in such a way that if you've never touched the deck before or you haven't learned a more advanced color change technique. I will make sure that you understand fully everything that I am doing. I will be talking about the hand positioning of be talking about the pressure each figure does when the color change happens. I will show you the color change from different points of view so that you understand what every finger does. So grab a deck of cards and let's start looking into the art of color changing. Hi. 2. 2. Erdnase Change: For the following color change, we're going to be using a double lift. Now there are various ways in which you can do a double lift. You can do it by pushing two cards using your thumb. You can do it by picking up two cards using your index. You can do it in the most simple ways to push one chord and then still using your thumb, push the next card. And after which you pull both chords and get a pinky break beneath it. Now, if you're not accustomed with the top-left and would like to learn more about it. There are various materials which you can look into to learn this beautiful move. But I'm sure if you're watching this color changes, you probably know how to do. Basic top-left is not. So we have the pinky break at this point. And we're going to turn the chord. And what's going to happen here is we're going to use our thumbs to pull the cord towards ourselves while we're turning the cord. So this is what's actually happening. The scarred over here is going to be blocked by the palm of your hand coming above the chords. So let's not get ahead of ourselves and just go back to this double or gripping it. And notice how I'm gripping and I have the middle finger underneath the pink, the index finger at the right corner, and then a thumb on top. So I'm gripping it over here and I'm only pulling the cord towards myself when I'm almost at the point of turning to the two completely. So when I'm over here, I'm going to pull the cord towards myself and flip them and at the same time come and cover the court. Now, you can also keep your hand over there, but I don't advise is to just stay here and talk about the chord because it feels a bit on natural. As such, you come over the cord until things are going to happen here, you're gonna move your pinky underneath the card and contact the back of the card with your nail. Now because the nail has a smooth surface, when we press on the cord, we're going to be pressing with our right hand. And I'm going to show you with this finger when we press on the court and start going on it, you see, because it's contacting the nail, it's very, very easy to pull the cord and go forward. So we're going to do this, but contact the court using this part of our hand, the bottom part of our pond. So we have the nail over here on the back. We start pulling the cord towards ourselves in this way, in C, so it's going on the nail and then we can start moving this on the deck itself. We don't have to hold the nail over there all the time. We can start pulling it on the deck. And then whenever we want, we just dropped the chord on top of the cords and square root of using the fingers from our left hand is very important when you do square root. It doesn't just stay there because you might flash it at the pips and such when you drop it on top, what I do is I come with the fingers from the right side, from above and a really square root of this way we have a really nice and neat change. So once more, we execute a double. We grip the card, we pull it. At this point, we pull the cord towards ourselves. Quite a healthy distance as you can see, but not have the card. So an inch. Then we move our Pinky's underneath, start pulling the cord towards ourselves. It was like that. As you can see, my my hand right now encountered some difficulties in pulling the cord. And this happened because of two reasons. One, I was pressing weight too hard on the chord and this chord not, not to move because I was pressing so heart. And the second thing might palm was a bit dry. And when your palm is a bit dry, it doesn't have that that sweat on it. It won't stick to the court. And this might also cause for the court not to come your way as such. What I what I do if I feel I don't have I don't have a big moisturized hands. Rub them together, and then they create some heat and they become more moisturized. So we have the pink is over there. We casually pull the cord out, sliding it on the nail. Then we move the slide on the side of the deck. And then over here I like to come to the right and then drop it over there and square the deck at the same time. And that guys is the Ernie's with a twist. Actually more like put a subtlety. Now twist. 3. 3. Shake Change: For the shape change, we're going to push two cars towards the right, take the top card while getting a pinky break beneath the second card and turn this card face up. Right now we have a pinky break beneath two cores that are back-to-back. We're going to grip this two chords with our thumb on the bottom. Now ring finger at the top side and lift these two chords. So we have the seven and the 308. What's going to happen as we're going to use our index finger to turn these two curves around. And this is what will create the color change. So what I want you to do is hold these two chords as such and try spinning it around. For me, it's become very natural to have a certain pressure between my fingers so that I can allow the courts to turn smoothly without separating. So it's very essential for the scholar change. You play around with the pressure between your thumb and middle finger so that you figure out what is the appropriate pressure so that the two cores can easily be turned around. And it becomes natural for you to just keep them and then be able to do the change at full speed. So this is the first thing that you have to do, you know, keep them here and just keep doing this turn on and on and on. Obviously can regroup and do it again. Once you have this turned, once you have this mastered, what she can do is start giving it this motion of shaking, and then you do it slowly. Do it slowly at first they can do two things at the same time. You're doing the change when you're going forward and then completing it when you come back. And this is what will give the instant change to the color change. Now, maybe you're not really comfortable with the fact that this finger is going to reach to the side so that it will turn the two chords. What you can do to eliminate the fingers stretching out is to use your ring finger to push down on the corner of the chord so that it will come exactly where the index finger is. And then you can complete the turn. So you push with your ring finger and then you complete the term ring finger, and then you complete the term. So either one of these two methods is good. Just try and see, look in a mirror, film yourself and see which ones you like more. And then once you have it mastered, perform these two color changes for your friends and ask for a pin opinions. You know, we can do it to a best friend, you can do it to your mom, you can do to anybody and see which ones is actually much less visible, less visible. So play around with that. Master it. And I'm sure you guys will have a lot of fun doing it. 4. 4. Blink Color Change : This one is a very easy but visual color change that you can do in an instant. And it works like this. Or you're actually doing as you're gripping two chords which are back-to-back as such. And then you're turning the two facing the spectator. I'm going to do it from this point of view so you can see what's happening. I'm gripping it here and then I'm just turning it around. So for the spectator, it looks like a visual color change. For us. We are literally just always looking at the ace of spades and then pulling it down. But from the front view for the spectator, it looks like a visual color change. Now, the way that we get into the scholar change is by pushing two chords. Then we're gonna take the top card and pull the other chord back onto the deck, keeping a pinky break beneath it. We're going to turn the top card face up. And then this pinky break is the space where we're going to insert or index finger underneath. And then our thumb on top. And we're going to grip the two chords is one. From this point, we're just gonna do this wiping motion. You see? We're just pulling it down on the deck and then releasing it to reveal the change of the court. Just brushing it along the top of the deck. So just practice this index underneath thumb on top and just brush it towards the spectator. And then when you come back, this is complete the turn and leave the card on top and in completely clean for the spectator to examine the card. If you want, you can grip three cards and you execute the change. And then you can instantly go into a double if change or just robbing the cord and it changes. Or it can go into an earnest change. We can do any of the other color changes that we're going to learn in this course. There isn't much else to talk about the blink change. Just that if you do notice that when you're doing the change, the courts are not actually sticking together. I just did a double by mistake. Then what you need to do is to grip higher the court since matters the corner, but more towards the center so that when you do it, you'll get less of a flake. But the change will happen and the courts will not separate C, it's less of a flake. Then when we do it like this and the court bounces back and forth. So we're just over here, the core changes and then we put it back. And that is the blink change. 5. 5. Slipper Change: For this color change, we're going to be executing a double lift, which is going to push two cards, put them in the front as such, and then we're going to push them back. And at the same time as you notice, we're going to keep a bit of pressure from the thumb so that the cord is arched a bit upwards and we can get a pinky break. At this point, what's going to happen is the pinky is curled a bit inside of this space. And by having the thumb on top of the chord, we're going to relax the pinky towards the right. And the court underneath is going to come towards the right. You see? And then I can just pull the cord and drop r1A to execute a color change. So getting this position where we have a pinky break, you can do it by the method that I've explained where you have it over here and push it so you get the pinky break. Or you can just get two chords, turn them like this, and then put them on top already, keeping a pinky break. Then you have the pinky curled underneath the two chords. Move the thumb on top of the card and then extend the pinky finger. Just do this casually. You don't need to apply a lot of pressure either from the thumb and the pinky. The thumb is just resting here on top of the deck so that it makes sure the Joker doesn't move. But it's now really pressing down, nor is the pinky pressing up. It's sort of a bit maybe pulling on the card, but that is pretty much it enough for the court to come outside. Now, obviously, when you're doing this, your right hand is above blocking the view of the spectator so that they cannot see you're going to steal the card. What you're gonna do is you're gonna use your pinky to contact the outer right corner of the card. And then the inner right corner is going to contact the lower bottom of your palm. And then the base of your DOM is going to come and contact the inner left corner of the chord. And then you're going to have the court pond in a classic palm position. So we're over here. You come over the cord, you already start executing the Porsche. You still the card, and then you drop it on top. And that is pretty much the change. From here on. You can play around with the motions of how you still the cord and how you make the magical gesture, even still it and slap the card like this. That is visual and sound full way of changing card, boom, and the is changes. Or you can start playing around with what you do with the stone and coin. For example, what you can do is get a pinky break beneath the second chord, but only turn one chord. Then as you steal the chord underneath, you can execute a vanish. This is something that I love doing. Just pawn in the chord underneath. And then you pretending to pick the top card dot and show that it has vanished. Another thing that you can do is let's say for example, you would have the two tenths, right? And you want to produce one and then the other one. So you would turn the first one over until the spectator that they're going to help you find the broader it's broken. So you still the other ten. And then you can just come underneath the palm and produce the other 10. Or you can take it from your pocket. Or it can even use this to vanish. Give a cut through the deck, and then show that inside one of the tens has found his brother. So there are very many ways in which you can use this, since it's a steal. That ends up with you having a court pond. And the top chord provides cover. So you can even have these two chords on top. You can get a score card from spectator, put it on top, and then still the court from underneath and hold it over here. So play around with the method at first, make sure that you know how to execute it. And then you can start experimenting to see what you can do with it. 6. 6. The DL Change: For this color change, we're going to be using a double lift, but it's not going to be a complete one as we're not going to turn the card and show it as a double. But what we're gonna do is we're going to grip the double as such. And then we're going to drag the top card into classic palm and our right hand while we flip the chord that is underneath on top. And we still the other one in our palms so that we can change it. So I'm going to show you this color change from the other point of view so that you can see what is actually happening from the back. You see I am flipping it over here. And then my fingers are holding onto the top chord so that my left hand, in this occasion, my left hand, can drag the card and then pawn it and then drop it. You see? So that is what's actually happening with my left fingers when I'm turning the card over. So what I want you to do is to grab two chords with your ring finger underneath index finger on the corner, and thumb on top told him towards the right. And then similar to the earnest change when you would flip the two and then pull the cord inside. We're not going to release that cord and pull it towards ourselves, but rather we're going to contact the face of the chord with all left fingers over here. And you see the cord is going to come on top of the deck. And at the same time, we're going to steal this chord into palm. And the way that we do that still is by contacting the inner right corner of the chord with the base of our right hand thumb. So we grip the court as such, and then we come at the base of our thumb and contact that corner. So the court is actually sitting in this position over here. Then when we're going to turn the double over and we're going to contact the face of the card. We're gonna release from our thumb and middle finger. Everything else is just going to flip and we're going to close our fingers over the cord and steal it. So let me show you again from the other point of view what is happening. We take a double, we grip it, contact the corner. And then from over here, I'm going to contact the face. And by pulling the cart continuously, you see that it will go down and it will allow me to palm it into classic porn because I'm holding this chord on top. I am holding this chord between the base of my thumb and the index finger. One thing that will help you facilitate the steel as your right thumb, which will pull slightly together with the rest of your fingers on the card upwards. And see I'm just slightly pulling upwards and then continuing the steel. So this entire thing happens in a wave. You're just flipping, stealing, dropping. And similar to the earnings change as before, when you're dropping the chord, you're dropping it and then you're squaring it up many times we will square by itself. But if it doesn't, just make sure that you square it up. And there we go. That is pretty much the change. Once you master it, you can start doing it as a steel as well, where you showed the ten of hearts, then you still the card and you can do other things. But honestly I don't use it as a steel. I just believe it's so powerful as a color change that you can use other things to still the card for. But this is the change itself. I hope you guys enjoy it. You can start playing around with having three chords. And when you flip it over here, you are just keeping the top chord and then you're dropping the other two on top. So now you're in perfect position to actually execute that change that we talked about with your kidneys, where you're going to take. My dry hand is really not helpful right now. Where you take the bottom chord and then you change it. So you have a double change. And many of the color changes that you're going to learn in this course are going to be really great for putting together head to head. So guys, that's pretty much it. And now we can move on. 7. 7. Wind Change 1 & 2: In the following color change, we're going to steal the top card deck into a classic pomp. And it looks like this. We have two chords now on top of the deck. And then when we wave our hands over the top chord, we're going to instantly still it into classic pop. Now, we do this by contacting the outer left and the inner left corner of the chord with our index and base of our thumb. If you take a chord and you put it directly into palm position, you're going to notice a point at the base of your thumb where the card contacts, and this is exactly the point that we're going to use to steal the card from the top of the deck. Then you're going to notice that the core touches the second part of our index finger. We're not going to steal it with this. We're rather going to seal it with the tip of our finger. And what happens is we're steaming the court with the tip. And then the rest of the chords are palming the cord. You see the pinky fingers, the main actor here. So it can tax the corner, it flexes the hand, and then I can extend my index finger and the court is instantly pond into classic palm position. So this is what I want you to do. I want you to have two chords on top of the deck. Then the deck a bit inwards so that it's easier for you to palm the card and then just come above the chords and try and steal that one card. You do this by contacting the corners, moving the court a bit towards the left, and then flexing your index finger. I am doing it much faster, but that's exactly what's happening. I'm contacting the deck amount, just contact in one corner and contact in the entire deck. But when I'm moving, only one chord moves because I am only applying a pressure just slightly C and only one card is hold when I'm applying just a bit of pressure. Obviously, I can pour more. I can pound the entire deck if I want. And then you can go like this because I'm applying pleasure with more of my finger. You see? And this is what's nice about this, that you can actually use it to call more Court. When you come from above, you just want a bit to touch the deck, move that chord, and then instantly go into the position of the classic Paul. Now, when you've mastered picking up that one card, you don't want to just keep your left hand still and just come with the right hand, the ball and still the card because that's obviously, it looks exactly like what you're doing. You're just taking that card like this. What you wanna do is you want to mask this by moving your hands together and then dropping the card on top of the deck. So you're moving the hands together and then you're dropping. See, I'm moving the hands as if they're in a dance. None of them are staying static. Both of them are moving. And it's through this movement that the action of picking up is in veiled. And as such, the spectator does not see that I'm taking the chord C now actually to both cards. And you have a vanish when you do that. So you're just doing this. And you see I have a motion of going rightwards, leftwards and then back, going right, left and back. Boom, boom, and boom. And then you have the color change. So play around with this motion and see what you like best. But this is the one that I've noticed that works and you can just do the color change back and forth and it looks beautiful. Now, obviously, there are more ways of doing this color change which can make you end up clean and ending up clean for foreign magician means that you don't have two chords on top of the day. Now what I'm going to show you is not actually ending clean, but what you can do is you can actually show the chord at the end. You see I can show this card to be a single chord. And many times people will say, Yeah, but you have it underneath and you can just show them that it's just one coin. But now the other card is in the center of the deck face up, which is not technically three because you're going to have to go through the course and pick it up. Or because of the natural bend of the card, you can just cut at exactly that position and turn the card. So let's do this one's more. We pond the top chord. Then as we come towards the deck, we're going to relax or pinky finger and just insert the card in the deck. That's pretty much all that's happening. I'm relaxing the grip for my pinky finger and this creates an opening between my palm and the card. And I can just insert the card in the deck. So I'm coming over here, insert the card in the deck. I am releasing slowly from all of my fingers except the base of my thumb and index. Finally, when I get close to the deck and can relieve from my index and continue the motion to square the cord inside the deck. I think I've gone a bit too further away to start teaching you guys that because I feel some of you might actually have a problem with ditching the card on top. Now, the way that I ditched the card on top is by contacting the front side of the deck with my fingers. You see I'm coming from above. I haven't finished the card yet. I am only ditching it when the court is on top of the deck and my fingers are contacting the front side. And then I can just drop it and continue my wiping motion. See I'm just gently touching the top side of the deck. And this creates this beautiful square up. I don't have to do anything else, just do that and see. And another thing that is happening as the base of my thumb is actually contacting the corner of the deck. And like this, I'm making sure that the card will stay in perfect position. Over here. Contact the inner left corner, dropped the cord, and at the same time I think he is at the corner of the deck. So that chord is 100% squared up with the rest of the cards. When you come in this position, you're just going to grip the two as one and turn them face down. And you have finished the color change. Obviously, you can do this as a poem as well, where you're just stealing the top card. When you are stealing the top chord as a poem, it doesn't work anymore to just wave your hand and then come back because it looks a bit fishy there, just waving your hand and then you come back. Obviously, somebody is going to think that you you've done something even if they don't know what you've done. So it's very, it's much more wise to cover this action while you're doing something. So maybe you're checking for your watch the time. Maybe you're going towards a pen on the table. I drop the card on the floor and we're going towards the pen on the table. Maybe you're picking your coming close to the hands so that you can do a false, you could do an actual shuffle. I'm just so used to doing fall shuffles. So mascot inside of a gesture and then the palm will go unnoticed. That's when you're doing a poem. When you're doing a color change, you don't necessarily need to do that as the motion itself is motivating the change. One change. And then when you come back the second change, definitely not between the two of hearts and for diamonds gets, get coarser of the more visible like these two. Wave 1's change with back, another change. We can wave once and then when you come back, when you come back, you clean up and you can show the card and then you turn around and clean up. And that guys is the wind change. 8. 8. Ending Words: So now that you know how to do this color changes, it's up to you how you use them. You can put them inside of a video because they're so visual, they're really stand alone. It can just make a video of a nice color change and that's it. It look great on Tik Tok, you look great on Instagram grid on Facebook. It'll greater, sends a message to a friend, you know. But if you want to put it into a magical effect, you have to think about when is the right moment to do a color change. And the best moment for color changes doesn't reveal at the end of an effect where you take the color, the chord, the next chord, say our tennis clubs is neither card. You just blow on it. Then you show that the court has changed. It's really impactful. And when you do it is beautiful because the spectator does not expected. But if you choose to pour it in the middle of the fact, then you have quite something interesting because you gotta think about what you're doing after. So if you're producing the four aces or if you're producing four different chords of force selected spectators as perfect. But you can also use this as a vanish. Something that is can be used as a color change can work. So work as a vantage. It can also work as a production. We're just palming the card and you put it on top of the deck. And then the chord appears most beautiful about color changes as that. You can do it once. And then if you master it, you can do it twice. Repeat the same thing, one after the other. You can do it three times. You can challenge yourself. And this is why I really like about changes, is that I can really feel like athlete where I'm putting myself challenges to do something. And by conquering those challenges, I really do feel so much cooler. Honestly, that's it. I could I could lie to you guys, you know, but if you are so much cooler because I can do and I couldn't do them before, but I can do now. And that's a great feeling to have. So I want you guys to challenge yourselves to not only mastered the color changes, but take them out of their comfort zone and do something different with them. You know? So for this course, we're going to be looking at a project that is a bit difference. I want you guys to check out the project that I got from a store in the description. And I know it's weird to film yourself and put yourself out there for people to critique and look. But honestly, inner-party going to say anything. We're all in the same, same boat. We're all trying to learn here. So if you have the courage to film yourself and put yourself in the project, I'll be 10 times more happy than I usually I'm in the morning because I'll see that message from you. Somebody went through the entire process and posted it. And I'm going to look at it and tell you everything that you need to know if there's something you're missing or I'm going to really feel happy and show you my excitement. And then we can just jam about it. If you have an issue with anything regarding any of the changes, you can post it in the project as well. So guys, we've come at the end of this Skillshare course. I'm very happy. I'm very happy that you've chosen to learn these moves because honestly I'm in love with them. You know, I'm in love with them. I created them. So obviously I'm in love with them. And as a thank you to you about in front of the student versus taken time out of their day to look into these moves. And I hope you guys have a lot of fun with it because I love them. I love the moves that have a lot of fun with it. So I really think that other people might be able to have fun with them as well. You know, my name is base. Very happy to see they've chosen to spend some time and learn about the art of color changing. I'll see you guys in the next course.