First, let me say, welcome to magic! It's great to see a beginner looking to improve his performance, instead of just blindly following the instructions provided.
Now, let me ask you something. Is the method of forcing
lame, or is the presentation
lame? A common hardship that many new magicians face happens when they read the instructions for the first time.
The moment they get the "AHA! So THAT'S how it works!" they often get a feeling of disappointment and think "that's terrible! nobody will fall for that!" I had this difficulty myself, and it made it difficult to get good reactions when performing. It tends to lead the beginner to buy lots of "tricks" that end up on a shelf unused.
My solution to this problem is to place the focus on the presentation rather than on the method. From the spectator's point of view, you could force a card on them 100,000 different ways, but if you focus on the force, they will not be impressed. The key to forcing cards is placing the emphasis on the rest of the presentation, and not on the force itself. Focus on your patter (what you're saying), and on your gestures, and you'll find that 1 'lame' method of forcing can be QUITE POWERFUL in the eyes of a typical spectator. If, however, they suspect you're up to something, the effect will die immediately, no matter what force you are using.
All that being said, I can give you some excellent references to learn other methods of forcing. The best by far is available here at Penguin Magic and is called the Classic Force
. This takes work, but once you are proficient, nothing even comes close.
Penguin also offers 5 Methods of Forcing
If you're looking to become a card magician and REALLY learn some technique, then you might look to Card College
One last comment (I hope I haven't scared you off by now...) is that whatever road you take as a magician, the best way to get started and learning is through books. While it's not as thrilling as opening a brand new gimmick and learning the secret, it will make you better and you will get much more bang for your buck.
Thanks again for sticking with me,