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The Mechanics Grip

At the core of all sleight of hand card tricks are a few base moves and methods. In this page we will cover the mechanic's grip. The mechanic's grip is the basic way you hold the deck of cards for almost all tricks. It is a simple method on how you position your fingers on the around the deck.

To form the Mechanic's Grip, first hold the deck in your hand with your palm facing up. Take your pointer finger [1] and move it to the side facing away from you. Take your middle [2] , index [3] and pinkie finger [4] position them on side of the deck. Finally your thumb [5] holds the deck together on the opposite side of the other fingers. With this grip, more of the deck is covered by your hand, making it harder for the spectators to see what you are doing. The position of your fingers help in many tricks like the double lift, peeking, and more.
mechanics grip basic card sleight move
1. Pointer Finger
2. Middle Finger
3. Ring Finger
4. Pinky Finger
5. Thumb

This grip is essential to learning magic tricks. I recommend beginners to magic tricks and card tricks to practice holding a deck of cards with this grip. Walk around and use your hands while holding a deck with the mechanics grip. This will help you train your hands to act normal while holding the deck. If you are to master card tricks , it is vital that you keep practicing simple holds and moves on a daily basis. Do it so much that its second nature to you. Your friends and family should become accustomed to seeing you with a deck of cards in your hand. 



The Biddle Grip

The biddle grip is a simple hold that is frequently used in card tricks. You can use a biddle grip to hold a deck, multiple cards, or a single card. It is commonly used in transferring cards and showing cards.
Hold the deck in your right hand using the mechanics grip..

With your left hand reach over and grab the top card in your right hand

Your left hand thumb should be on the short side that is facing towards yourself and your middle and index finger should be on the opposite short side of the deck.

Your pinkie can be in the corner.

biddle grip basic card sleight move
  1. 1.thumb
  2. 2.middle finger
  3. 3.ring finger
  4. 4.pinkie finger 

Double Lift

The double lift is a clever sleight of hand where two cards are lifted of the top of the pack at the same time. The cards are held together and manoeuvered in such a way that they appear as one card. The audience are shown the face of the second from the top card which they believe to be the top card. The cards (still being held together) are then placed back on top of the deck.



False Cut

A false cut is a way of cutting a deck of cards. This should convince your audience that the cards are randomly mixed throughout the deck. If done correctly, the cards will remain in the same order as they were before you started the false cut.



False Shuffle

A false shuffle is where you appear to shuffle a deck of cards, convincing your audience that the cards are thoroughly mixed and that you do not know the order of the cards, Again as with the false cut, the cards remain unchanged in their order.


Palming A Card

The card palm is a very useful move in card magic and demands a lot of respect. It basically is the art of hiding a card in the palm of your hand while maintaining the hand in a natural looking position. Done correctly, your spectator should be totally unaware that you have a card hidden in your hand and you should be able to move the hand around normally and unsuspiciously.




Forcing A Card

Forcing a card involves the magician offer displaying the deck of cards to their spectator and inviting them to pick any card of their choosing. What they don't know is that the choice was not completely free and that the card that they picked was suitably "forced" upon them by the magician. There are several ways of forcing a card. The video below shows a few techniques to get you started.


How To Do A Pinky Break

The pinky break is a very useful sleight to usein card tricks and can allow you to perform some really cool card magic. The sleight involves using your pinky to make a little break in the deck to allow you to keep track of a certain card. The tutorial video below shows a few ways of obtaining this very helpful move.


The Glide

The Glide is a card trick basic move that allows you to give the appearence you are dealing the bottom card from the deck when you are actually dealing the second to bottom card.

How the Glide is performed

Hold the deck in the mechanics grip, face up. Then turn your whole hand over. The cards should be now face down. Using your fingers, move the bottom card towards yourself just a small bit (fractionally). This will allow your other hand to pull off the second from bottom card, and put it on the table. You can use your pinky finger to then square up the deck. This card trick basic moveis pretty easy and should only take you a little practice to perform smoothly.

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