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MrThomas
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Hello there,
for an effect I am developing, I'll like to switch a small item such as a box of matches (which is lying on the table) for another one. The switch should happen on an off-beat. I think on something under the coverage of a writing pad but I'm uncertain how to motivate the coverage and how to do the actual switch.
I appreciate every idea or hint in the right direction. If there are any questions on the details, feel free to PM me.

All the best,
Hans
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Look up Juan Tamariz's Double Crossing the Gaze switch. Likewise a shuttle pass would be an easy solution.
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Tony Georgio and Albert Goshman swittched matchboxes... so easy. Have one in P**m, drag one off table to Lap.
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The Double Crossing the Gaze switch is something I have just got the hold. And when you see it and learn it you feel fake all the time, but once you do with guts and of beat it works so well.

Patrick Page was a fan of just doing so could you pick them up to clear a space then put them back down. In this time you could switch them in your pocket.
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MrThomas
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Thanks to all of you for these inspirations, so far. From all these different approaches, one will suite my style. One question: Is The Double Crossing Gaze switch only published in "the five points in magic" or are there other publications I could choose from?

Thanks again,
Hans
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Using a table with a "well" makes things easy. Otherwise, it is a matter of using "directed focus" and moving other objects on the table. Different methods for the switch "at placement" or "at pick up" or "incidental to the object." Can't explain too much on this forum/ Ask again in Secret Sessions.
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Dave V
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Whatever you decide, just do it on the off beat as if it's totally insignificant. I handle a ball vanish in Cups and Balls the same way. Here's my mental dialog: "There's a wand on the table. I have to pick it up. My right hand is full and the wand's on the right side of the table. Hmm, let's move the ball into my left hand so I can pick up the wand. There, that worked!" This all plays out in my head (and in the minds of the spectators) in the spilt second it takes to move the ball to the other hand so I can pick up the wand.

Same thing applies here. Have the matchbox on the table, preferably somewhere where it's in the way for whatever is to happen next. Without even a second thought, push the box off to the side to clear a space in front of you. Of course, having the second matchbox palmed and ready to switch is pretty much a given.
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Great advice, Dave. After reading your post, I rethought the slight and timing for the switch and now I'm satisfied. As I heed your advice, it's now absolute off beat and until it is done, the matchbox is not a prop at all.

That realy helped me, thank you!

Best,
Hans
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I was thinking g exactly what Pete Biro said, before I even read his post
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On May 9, 2014, hansma wrote:
Thanks to all of you for these inspirations, so far. From all these different approaches, one will suite my style. One question: Is The Double Crossing Gaze switch only published in "the five points in magic" or are there other publications I could choose from?

Thanks again,
Hans

It is in Pocket Power's toilet paper to egg
It is some of Sankey's work. He calls it a cross over switch (e.g. Torn and Revealed)

there is a variant of it (in my mind) in Art of Astonishment V3 p21
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