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JayLugh
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So I've been practicing with cards for about 48 hours. I know that's not long at all, I've always been interested in magic, but now I have a burning desire to master card illusions. I didn't realize I had this desire until I started playing around with them, and I've been hooked, deeply. The effect I've wanted to figure out the most is the back palm, making a card appear in your hand out of thin air. I love seeing people do this, but I thought my hands were too small to do it. I'm a short guy, 5'3". I posted about my small hands woes in the card section. But I figured out the angles, and managed to get the card to appear.

I know I'm an absolute beginner and this video is in no way surprising to you guys, my stage presence and misdirection haven't even been figured out yet, but if you've ever absolutely loved a trick and wouldn't rest until you figured out how to do it, maybe you'll understand my pride. I know I've hit on something I love because I just want to keep practicing, all the time. I want to get really proficient at one card, so I can figure out how to back palm multiple cards and make them appear one by one.

The video is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CFT-_Q9EY_8

Please go easy on me! I'm brand new. As for stage craft, it might be more effective for me to be looking at my hand?
orbityellow
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For only practicing a couple days you're definitely getting there! I'd try concentrating on being as natural as you can. It's probably difficult to not concentrate on the sleight at this point, but try to work on natural body language. The use of your right hand isn't really necessary, not sure what it's accomplishing. Maybe try "pulling" the card out of thin air with only 1 hand and then place it back into the air 'invisibly'. Hope that helps a little.
JayLugh
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Thanks for the feedback! I definitely need to work on making my body language more natural. Once I learned to get the card into back palm as well as out of back palm I made a new video a couple of days ago where I try to pull the card out of thin air: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qjzYKxDhNy8 This one is slightly longer and I included bloopers for fun. I can tell by watching it though that my body language needs work. My left arm just looks stiff and unnatural to me once I've palmed the card. This was only four days in though, and I'm practicing every day. It will get better, it already has.
magikyle
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Really looks not to bad for only practicing a few days! Backpalming was the first thing I tried as well when I was first getting interested in magic...and you're doing it a lot better that I did at the time (and now;)
One of the best pieces of advice I received regarding performing sleight of hand: "always keep your hands mirrored". This may seem counter-intuitive at first, but two palms with closed fingers looks significantly more natural than one with closed fingers concealing a card and one being displayed freely and openly. I hope that makes sense?

keep up the good work!
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