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4 years in card magic and I still don't know how to do the Classic Pass. The first pass I learned is the Hermann Pass,it took only 2 days. Then the Turnover Pass. After knowing the basic mechanics of a turnover pass, I devised my own passes. It's better this way as for me. And it's easier to bring the bottom stock to the top rather than the top stock to the bottom.

If you want a thorough lesson on passes, Brad Burt and Kaufmann tapes are good. If you want a quickie lesson on passes visit and look for the NINJA1 video.

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The pass is one of the more difficult sleights which isn't used very regularly but when it is used it is a beautiful move and very rewarding when you perform it flawlessly. The classic pass is a must... if you are worried about concealing it try moving the deck to the left as you close the halves together.. I find that it covers it better as themotion disorientates the spectator. The turnover pass is also a great move and easier to conceal. they are my two personal favourites. -- for info, booking or queries on Liam Gilbert
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I too am struggling with the classic pass, despite reading it in Royal Road and practising for a few months. I've tried the link for an instructional video that someone suggested earlier on, but I need to pass the test by answering some Q's. I think I have them right, but it's telling me I haven't. Anyone care to help me please ? These are my answers:

1) Ed Marlo invesnted Snap Change
2) A coin matrix uses four coins underneath playing cards
3) David Blaine levitated on his special using Balducci technique
4) Crazy mans handcuffs uses elastic bands
5)A chop cup is used to vanish objects

Please help !
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5 is a magnetic cup.
It seems like you have to use the link for the advanced section as well unless I was in such a hurry that I made a mistake the first time around.
I'll see what is on the site and let you know.
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To Eddy. True the more methods you know, the more versatile you will be when performing your magic. This is handy when you should perform one trick twice to the same audition;)
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Kaufman's On the Pass DVD has helped me out a LOT!

It is great if you can stand the terrible and redundant music.
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I think the classic pass is the best. A riffle pass seems like it draws to much attention to the deck right after you've done your dirty work. This could make some spectators feel like they missed something.
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Ken Krenzel's tape is the way to go for learning the pass.
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I think Classic Pass is best in some situations and Riffle Pass is best in other situations.

If you want Pass after closing Ribbon Spread, I have Spread Closing Pass in which you change top portion and bottom portion while you are closing the spread.

Best depend on the context of the trick.

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I was given the DVD "Pass with Care" by Pete Cassford a while back, which I think is a great primer for someone attempting to learn the pass. I own a few DVDs that 'teach' the pass, but this one is by far the best resource for it.

Just my $0.02.

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If you are interested in the pass I have some information on it on video at my web site in both my scrapbook video theater and my hidden theater.

It might be useful for members wanting to learn the pass.
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Actually, I prefer Ninja before Richard Kaufmann. It's a lot better teaching, a lot easier to follow and get the technique good.

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