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What's the Difference - Part 6

Posted on October 30, 2008 by chris ballinger There have been 5 comment(s)

Changing Cards

"Color Changes" are hugely popular in the modern card magic. A lot of changes require sleight of hand, and if you're down with learning them, I suggest you check out Card College - Volume 1, Card College - Volume 3, and The Art of Card Manipulation DVDs by Jeff McBride. But if you're looking for something a little easier, I thought I'd go through these clever gimmicks.

Blink by JB Magic:
This is the quickest change that we will look at. It happens in plain view and... well... in the blink of an eye.">null

Strengths: Super visual and no sleight of hand.
Weaknesses: It's a delicate little prop and the card isn't examinable at the end. In fact, you need to hide parts of the card from view.

Alpha Cards by Jesse Feinberg:
A slow transition from hearts to spades... or the other way around. The reactions you get from this one are crazy.


Strengths: A slow change from one card to another which can happen in the spectator's hand.
Weaknesses: The hearts are configured the wrong way around, so a card enthusiast might call you out on that. I don't want to give anything away, but you might have to get creative with how you set up or perform the effect so that the change is drastic enough.

Moving Point by SEO Magic:
Two of the pips slowly travel across the card until it becomes a completely different card. Cyril Takayama performed this on Japanese television--and for good reason.


Strengths: The slowly moving pips can make audiences scream. It's so different from what most people expect from a card trick.
Weaknesses: It's another one of those delicate gimmicks and it can't be performed super close-up unless you move the card around a lot while your performing.

WOW!! by Masuda:
This is the easiest change featured here and it looks like trick photography. You put an indifferent card into the sleeve and it changes. It's up to you if it changes slowly or in the blink of an eye.


Strengths: No sleight of hand required and it can be done with a signed card (which is my favorite part.)
Weaknesses: You have to carry around that little sleeve. This may not be a big deal to most of you, but some people don't like carrying around a bunch of extra stuff.

Well, there you have it. Before I wrap this post up I do want to say that there is a lot to be said for learning some color changes that can be done with a regular deck. I strongly recommend checking out the Card College Series and the Art of Card Manipulation DVDs. But each of the gimmicks in this blog allow for something that just isn't possible with sleight of hand.

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5 Responses to What's the Difference - Part 6

  • Pureghost

    Great review but it's "What's the Difference- Part 6!

    Posted on October 30, 2008 at 7:52 am

  • Chris Ballinger

    Wow. Thank you. I didn't realize I had done so many of these. The title has since been changed.

    Posted on October 30, 2008 at 7:59 am

  • Matthew
    Matthew says:

    Yay :D

    Posted on November 1, 2008 at 1:24 pm

  • Pureghost


    Posted on November 3, 2008 at 7:17 am

  • Fiora
    Fiora says:

    Love the advice. Thank you.

    Posted on February 3, 2009 at 9:17 am