Originally posted by Randy Campbell:
Jason England has been doing this finesse for the past couple years, with the card angled and fingers open. Those two changes, combined with smooth technique and perfect timing, make for a great illusion.
He has another touch which further sells the visual retention. Perhaps Jason will add to this discussion when he returns from Vegas.
Actually, I've been doing the Rub-a-Dub Vanish (essentially) like this for almost 10 years. I saw John Riggs of Knoxville, Tennessee do a really nice version of the move and tried to learn it from memory. Since I had no written (or videotape) source for the move, I came up with my own variant.
Some, like Ed Andres, Mark Modeer, and Derek Delgaudio have seen this technique as far back as Spring of 1997. Others, like Bill Taylor, Earl Nelson, Darwin Ortiz, and Andrew Wimhurst have seen me do it in the past 3 or 4 years. Paul Wilson saw me do this at one of the A-1 conventions in 1999 and even kidded me once that he'd contributed it to Genii. Also, we filmed it for one of the card sequences for Shade in June of 2002.
I do have a new touch on it Randy, one that I've developed in the past 2 months or so. If you're nice to me I might show you.