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Dorian Rhodell
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Question:

I'm relatively new to magic, but have quickly become absorbed. I have learnt so many sleights, and have learnt some great tricks. The problem is I tend to improvise a lot, i.e... I make the tricks up myself as I go. I have just perfected the Pass, the Hermann version being my favourite as it is undetectable and leaves the unsuspecting audience baffled and bewildered when they see their card appear on top of the pack, when the hands have barely moved.
My favorite trick involving the Hermann, riffle and classic pass is "Passing along the invisible Aces". It's a great effect although a bit limited after having done it a million times. Please friends fill me in on some more tricks using the pass. I would be very greatful.


Paul's response:

First - the pass in many of its' incarnations is, or can be, invisible. That pretty well negates the "lay audiences are bored by technicians" theory. How can they think you are a technician if they can't tell that you are doing anything?

Second - the ad hominem attacks on un-named performers because they CAN do the pass, (statements to the effect that even though big name close-up performers can do moves they would die in front of an audience), or any other difficult sleights for that matter, smack of justification to me. Just another reason not to learn the hard stuff - it would make you just like the people you disparage (envy?).
It also presumes, falsely, that poor performers are bad because they are skilled technicians. Maybe they're just poor performers - regardless of their skill, not because of it?

Finally, check out the Stars of Magic - there is a classic trick with the pass in its pages...

Best, PSC
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