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At the table dinner table - displaying the cards.

Posted: September 13th, 2017, 9:02 am
by Jonathan Townsend
Hi folks,

Where can I find some discussion of how to adapt/use card sleights for occasions where the audience is directly across rather than looking down on the cards? I 've been toying with a variation of Bob Farmer's Spiritu count and would prefer not to reinvent some classic wheels. Yup, now the cards are at chest level and the objective is to display things for the audience yet get the sleights working.

@BobFarmer, after the count of two the counting packet can be thumb clipped - and levered up to go behind the counted incoming cards...

Thanks in advance,

JonT

Re: At the table dinner table - displaying the cards.

Posted: September 13th, 2017, 12:45 pm
by performer
Most if not all of the card sleights I do can be done at the dinner or in fact any kind of table. Offhand I can't think of any that can't. It has never even crossed my mind.

Re: At the table dinner table - displaying the cards.

Posted: September 13th, 2017, 2:44 pm
by Jonathan Townsend
Mark, folks -
There's a chest-height version of Elmsley's count in print. The item as usually cited is the trick with tombstone cards. The cards are held faces-out toward the audience.
Where are the basic logistics (ease of view, actions which read correctly from audience view ...) of displaying cards to the audience explored in our literature?

Re: At the table dinner table - displaying the cards.

Posted: September 14th, 2017, 9:31 am
by Tom Frame
Jonathan, you're asking for references to executing various card techniques with the cards held vertically, right? I'm also interested in that approach and would appreciate any references.

Re: At the table dinner table - displaying the cards.

Posted: September 14th, 2017, 9:53 am
by Edwin Corrie
Guy Hollingworth has a stand-up version of Waving the Aces in "Drawing Room Deceptions" with a discussion about performing "vertically" in stand-up situations.

Re: At the table dinner table - displaying the cards.

Posted: September 14th, 2017, 10:49 am
by Jonathan Townsend
Tom Frame wrote:Jonathan, you're asking for references to executing various card techniques with the cards held vertically, right? I'm also interested in that approach and would appreciate any references.


I'm looking at that count by Farmer and some items which look as if they are done that way in Counthesaurus ...

Things are different when the audience is not at the coffee table / theater angle view. Wrist breaks, economy of motion, consistency...

To count "reversed" as if a bottom deal action is an interesting new habit. As is adopting a palm out overhand grip (think Biddle grip meets the tourniquet) to hold the cards as they're transferred.