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Tukaram
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My favorite deck switch hardly counts as a switch. I learned it from Harry Anderson. During the effect he simply puts the cards in his right jacket pocket. A few minutes later, when he needs the cards again he reaches into his left jacket pocket and pulls out a different deck. He says you are not switching decks... you just put them in your pocket... and take them out of your pocket... the fact that it is a different pocket is not an issue.
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I do it with sleight of hand or I just add a different type of trick in the middle. Or I just put the deck in my pocket "so that I cannot touch it" and then come out with a different one. Gaffed and gimmicked decks usually have a stronger effect than impromptu effects with borrowed decks. But I have always done both. I love to go that extra mile using elaborate set ups, gimmicks and gaffs for maximum effect. I have borrowed decks then to prove a point that it is not the deck. But I mostly use my own as borrowed decks tend to me dirty, bent, and missing cards. I love doing pure sleight of hand effects as well but you are limited if you do just that, I like to have a lot of variety as well. So I do it all and mix my sets up nicely. I also use sleight of hand mixed with gaffed/gimmicked decks for even stronger results.
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Dougini
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Slipping a gaff card into a borrowed deck plays very strong as well. Like a short? Smile

Doug
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Yeah that works as well, as long they do not give you a one-way picture back bridge set Smile
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LOL!
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The “in-one-pocket-and-out-the-other” switch is risky. People DO notice! I’d put it in the same category as the Cross Cut Force. It can work for some people, but most who try do it so poorly they are likely to get caught. “Time misdirection” is mandatory!
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Hello everyone. I'm new on the Café.

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On Mar 29, 2015, Dougini wrote:
Hi Otto! Welcome to the Café! Smile

You mean switch decks? There are many ways to do this. One, is buy the book, "The Art of Switching Decks" by Roberto Giobbi:

http://www.amazon.com/Switching-Decks-Ro......0CD7DIK2

Another is the Deck Shell:

http://www.chazpro.com/deck-shell-bicycle-poker-red-back/

Does this help?

Doug


Agree! Giobbi's book is a true gem. It covers everything you need to know about deck switch in detail.

How about a Flash Deck Switch by Shin Lim? Any thoughts?
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Jan Schattling
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I like Flash Deck Switch very much.
You have to practice a bit that the movement is natural but then it is a great tool.
You will get a well made bicycle style gimick and all information you need to know, to make custom ones for your prefered deck types.
I like it more than traditional shells, so if you need another method for a deck switch I would recommend it.

Jan
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