Magic Fred wrote:
Jonathan Brown wrote:... At that point an open cut (controlling the card) followed by a convincing false shuffle is the best option instead of risking exposing the sleight...
....The bottom line is, it depends on the context. Some tricks rely on the fact that the cards are not manipulated at all.
If you think it couldn't possibly
enter the spectators mind that you cut or shuffled his card to the top, you are living in a dream world.
It all depends on the impression you need to convey for the trick at hand.
Agreed- I don't think that suspicion is very far from the spectators mind at that point, but it is much less concrete than seeing an open execution of the sleight. I find that whenever I do an ACR, I jazz and never proceed in a linear fashion. I know the open and close of the routine but the stuff in the middle is open- depending on the audience. If I am forced to execute a cut and a shuffle due to an iron eyed helper, I normally try to get that pass back in to fry them. The seeming non existent action on my part sends them over the edge. It takes a lot more effort on my part in audience management and momentum for sure because you know they are watching like a hawk! But when you see that moment of weakness and their eyes shift and you hit it....what a RUSH
! The pass is done at that point and you KNOW you got 'em! They're waiting for the dirty work which is a thing of the past. I don't run into this situation too often, but when it does I enjoy the challenge. Although I don't, some spectators turn the performance into a challenge and I rise to the occasion.
I think we don't give spectators the credit we should. And it's our job to know enough about our craft to take a moment when they think they have "outsmarted" us by burning our hands and turn it on them. In context to your statement about conveyance, I agree 100%! And I firmly feel that a pass boils down to what it looks like to the audience- "That card hasn't been moved or manipulated." If you select the pass as the control in a routine, then it's because you want them to firmly believe the card is in the position you've openly placed it in or left it. Because a pass is supposed to be "invisible" for all intensive purposes. Otherwise you would
just shuffle and cut. If the location of the card needs to be seemingly random than a pass is useful but irrelevant in the context of the shuffling.