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What's the best way to learn the pass?



Asked at 10:33am on October 29th, 2013 by standup44 (54 karma)
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Richard Kaufman has a killer DVD

http://www.penguinmagic.com/p/586


Randy Wakeman has a great one too.

http://www.penguinmagic.com/p/998


Answered at 10:47am on October 29th, 2013 by s_branham (151 karma)
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The first thing you want to do is to find a pass you like. Check out some of teh various DVDs such as Kaufman's "On the Pass" as noted, Earl Nelson's DVD if you can find it, The Brick Pass by Alex Pandrea, etc. You may also want to check out Pathways to Mastery Lesson 7: Classic & Invisible Passes by Aaron Fisher (Instant Download). Now it's a matter of taking it slowly and doing it over and over. Don't try for speed initially but instead focus on accuracy and method. You will build up speed eventually. If you try for speed initially you often learn the actual technique poorly. It's good to film yourself doing it so you can analyze what looks good and what doesn't.


Answered at 07:22am on October 30th, 2013 by timtrono (64 karma)
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1. Start with a DVD.
2. Learn ONE version of the pass. If you're new to the pass, it doesn't matter which one you learn. Alex Pandrea's is excellent.
3. Practice like crazy, and you'll get it.
4. Remember, it's done on the offbeat, not when people are staring at your hands.


Answered at 05:38pm on November 4th, 2013 by acar (68 karma)
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Oh the best way to learn is to follow the correct instructions and practice with a magician friend who will honestly tell you what you are doing right AND wrong and keep you from developing bad habits.


Answered at 12:55pm on December 19th, 2013 by kgphoto (5 karma)
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There is nothing suspicious when the pass is properly done. Once mastered, it is a very versatile and powerful tool.

Those who say "who needs it" typically don't have a good on in their repertoire. Those who do use it, typically have more than one.

Gary Ouellet's book, THe Pass, is great. The video is pointless.


Answered at 12:47pm on December 19th, 2013 by kgphoto (5 karma)
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Lots of great advice...some are easier than others. Unfortunatly, IMO,the best way to learn is by trial and error. Try to get as much as you can on the pass, try them all, and as was suggested, go for technique before going for speed. See which feels right for you. The one that you feel more comfortable with, is the right one. All that's left is to practice, practice, practice.I like Jay Sankeys turn over pass, it's never let me down and it feels more natural for me.


Answered at 07:31pm on February 25th, 2014 by Cool4cats (2 karma)
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There is nothing suspicious when the pass is properly done. Once mastered, it is a very versatile and powerful tool.

Those who say "who needs it" typically don't have a good on in their repertoire. Those who do use it, typically have more than one.

Gary Ouellet's book, THe Pass, is great. The video is pointless.


Answered at 12:46pm on December 19th, 2013 by kgphoto (5 karma)
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I really like the different passes taught in the book Expert Card Technique. There is a ton of great magic in this book, and many different Passes and Shifts. Really clear illustrations and a lot of different types to choose from.


Answered at 10:05pm on October 29th, 2013 by A_Adelie (13 karma)
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Royal Road To Card Magic is a great book for beginners. The pass and many other sleights are taught.


Answered at 01:21pm on October 29th, 2013 by p3 (0 karma)
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Honestly, what's up with the pass obsession? Just double-cut the card to the top? Or something else. SO many people notice the pass as something suspicious...


Answered at 01:42pm on October 31st, 2013 by SemiFamous_Mort (7 karma)

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