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Correction... I’m not sure if Dan has put it out on print or another medium.
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He has a dvd with that trick on it on his website. Probably from the old tape.
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The Four Card Trick manuscript by Elmsley at popular prices, as they used to say:

http://www.magicinc.net/thefourcardtrickbyalexelmsley.aspx
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On May 23, 2019, Jonathan Townsend wrote:

From over five hundred years ago:
Quote:
... let your own discretion
be your tutor: suit the action to the word, the
word to the action; with this special o'erstep not
the modesty of nature: for any thing so overdone ...
or come tardy off, though it make the unskilful
laugh, cannot but make the judicious grieve; the
censure of the which one must in your allowance
o'erweigh a whole theatre of others.


Nice. Never seen that applied to close-up magic before. It's a natural, isn't it.
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Thanks for the link, landmark.
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Bob, how are you progressing?

One thing I just picked up, because I am into 5 card Elsmleys on a current trick, is make sure you push the cards over as you do the currant take. Do not wait for the next take.

This is one of those documented fundamentals that is easily overlooked.
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That was not clear.

Immediately after you take your first card, even before you display it, you already have the other two in position. It has built in misdirection and makes the whole process so much easier.
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Thanks for asking, Kevin. I'm coming along pretty well. For most of my practice I've switched to holding the right-hand cards in a pinch-grip that's in the middle of the right side, rather than at the bottom right corner. (That's what you recommended, as I remember: you said Giobbi taught the classic method.) I like it better; it seems a bit more natural. I'm also doing the count faster. Still looking for a speed that doesn't look rushed, but isn't making a big deal by moving really slowly. And still working on accuracy -- pulling the right number of cards on each beat consistently.


Your suggestion is really interesting -- and if it's documented I've missed it. ---- Actually, as I think about it, that's more or less what Ian Kendall advises. He says, push the card(s) in the right hand over to the right at the same time that the left hand is swinging to the right, having taken the previous card. --- Yeah, so I think that's what you're describing. I need to give it some attention now that I have changed where I'm holding the cards. I hadn't thought of it as misdirection, but it kind of makes sense. Audience gets this impression of overall left-to-right motion, presumably focusing on the bigger movement in the left hand, while the right hand does sneaky stuff. I hope that made sense -- I was half explaining it to myself.


Anyway, yes, I feel that I'm moving forward. I want to put up a new video, but not until I feel I've made really significant improvement.


Bob
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Yes, all my old VHS videos have been authored from scratch to DVD format. (Not simply transferred.) Thanks for the kind words.
Four Card Reiteration has also been published under the name "Four For Spot" and is on my Cabaret Connivery DVD.
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