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The Hand Basics of How to do Tricks With Playing Cards

The Hand Basics of How to do Tricks With Playing Cards


All tricks are based upon a few basic moves and a couple of methods.  The mechanic’s grip is one of the most utilized way to hold a deck of playing cards.

The Mechanic’s Grip is formed by holding the deck of cards in your hands with the palm of your hand facing up. Move your index finger to the top/side of the deck of cards, facing you. Move your middle, ring and pinkie fingers and place them to the side of the deck of cards as if you are cupping them. Finally, place your thumb on the other side of the deck of cards from your index finger. This grip allows you to cover the majority of the deck with your hand, so that any spectators cannot observe your actions. Where you place your fingers will make it easier for you to perform more advanced playing card tricks.

Learning the Mechanic’s Grip is the most important move for anyone learning magic tricks. There are also advanced holds like the Biddle Grip that are important for you to learn. This hold is also an easier hold like the Mechanic’s Grip that is used often in magic tricks. The Biddle Grip is often used when moving playing cards and showing your cards to the audience. This hold is performed by using the Mechanic’s Grip and holding the deck of cards in your right hand. Reach over the deck of cards and grab the top card located in your right hand, with your left hand. The thumb of your left hand should be on the top side of the deck facing towards you and the middle and ring fingers of your hand should be placed on the other bottom side of the deck of cards. Your pinkie should be on the corner of the deck in whatever position that is comfortable for you.

The final hold that is important when doing tricks with playing cards is called The Glide. This is also an easier move that lets you appear to be dealing from the bottom card of a deck of playing cards, when in reality you are dealing from the second to bottom card of the deck of cards. The Glide is performed by holding the deck of cards in the Mechanic’s Grip facing up. Turn your hand over so that the cards are now positioned facing down. Using your forefingers, move the bottom card slightly towards you. This will allow your other hand to pull the second to bottom card and put it on the table in front of you. Your pinkie finger can then be used to straighten up the deck.

The Mechanic’s Grip is used for one of the easiest card tricks, finding the spectator’s card. For this trick, you ask a spectator to select a card. They show the card to others, then either you or the spectator place the card back in the deck. It is up to you to magically find the card later. The key to finding the spectator’s card is remembering the card that is next to the spectator’s card. This is called a “key card,” and is critical in tracking the original spectator card. It is also critical for you to cut the deck of cards so that you remember the card on the bottom of the deck and so that the spectator will return their card to the bottom of the cut. This will allow you to put the two cards side by side so you can magically find the spectator’s card.

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