THE INCREDIBLE DIMINISHING CARDS - A MOTG IN DEPTH TEACH-IN

THE INCREDIBLE DIMINISHING CARDS - A MOTG IN DEPTH TEACH-IN

A massive and ever growing playlist of methods for one of the greatest and most entertaining stand up card effects of all time.

The next THIRTY ONE videos will deal with one of my favorite plots in card magic, THE DIMINISHING CARDS.

I first saw the trick when I was school boy and it made such a powerful impression on me, I just loved it. Dick Turpin used to perform it all the time and killed with it, but I never felt I could present it effectively.

Then recently, when working on my one man show, I decided to give the effect a shot. I did my usual massive research looking for the perfect method and presentation and made some truly eye opening discoveries, and I’m here to tell you all about it.

Within the 31 awesome D.C. versions performed, explained and taught, I discuss my approach to creating the routine for my live show. We go deep into methods from Bob Haskell, Al Baker, E.G. Brown, Edward Victor, Robert Houdin and many more, all with my personal additions, tweaks and observations. THIRTY ONE videos, and it’s all leading up to my own personal routine on the SUPER DIMINISHING CARDS along with my conflicted thinking behind it and plenty of live performance footage.

It’s another magic, performance and history lesson all rolled into one massive super fun playlist.

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THE INCREDIBLE DIMINISHING CARDS - A MOTG IN DEPTH TEACH-IN
  • 1 INTRO - DIMINISHING CARDS

    The next THIRTY ONE videos will deal with one of my favorite plots in card magic, THE DIMINISHING CARDS.

    I first saw the trick when I was school boy and it made such a powerful impression on me, I just loved it. Dick Turpin used to perform it all the time and killed with it, but I never felt ...

  • 2 HASKELL'S DIMINISHING CARDS

    Haskell's method has two fantastic advantages:
    1) The hands are empty of extra cards after each shrink... looks crazy clean.
    2) These cards are for sale at OwensMagicSupreme.com. so now you don't have to make your own, YAY!

  • 3 AL BAKER'S DIMINISHING CARDS

    A brilliant self contained method, used by pros worldwide... created by the incredible Al Baker.

  • 4 JOHN MOEHRING & AL BAKER DIMINISHING CARDS

    As tribute to the late great John Moehring we will be looking at his handling of the Al Baker diminishing cards. As a teenager I was inspired by John’s book ‘A Texan Trickster’ and I can’t tell you how happy I was to find this routine.

    John’s handling has some lovely finesses that we will ...

  • 5 ROBERT HOUDIN'S DIMINISHING CARDS

    One of the original methods by the grand master himself, Robert Houdin.

  • 6 EDWARD VICTOR'S DIMINISHING CARDS

    Yes, it's a great method. The Classic master, Edward Victor's ingenious brainchild. Actual cards, almost 100 years old, a brilliant self contained NO PALMING method.

  • 7 BIRO - VALENTINE DIMINISHING CARDS

    Pete Biro's super professional method for DC. PLUS - my ideas and notes and my killer finish where the entire deck just disappears.

    This is GOOD.

  • 8 DUSHECK'S DIMINISHING CARDS - PLUS!

    This is tricky, here, without revealing the secret and gimmick behind Dusheck's terrific, marketed, routine, Steve attempts to discuss his handling and presentation improvements.

    The great news, these gimmicked cards are available everywhere.:)

  • 9 EXTRA FINESSE FOR DUSHECK'S DIMINISHING CARDS

    Steve's quick extra finesse for the Dusheck version that will help sell that final shrink.

  • 10 E. G. BROWN'S DIMINISHING CARDS

    A legendary method for the Diminishing cards, by a legendary creator of sleight of hand. This is rarely, if ever witnessed. It's revolutionary in technique, unlike any other method out there.

  • 11 EXTRA FINESSE FOR E. G. BROWN'S DIMINISHING CARDS

    Steve's notes and extra finesse on the brilliant E. G. Brown Diminishing cards. This should make it way easier to handle.

  • 12 THE RAMESES DIMINISHING CARDS

    A wonderful discovery, back in the 1940’s a little known chap named Rameses shared his personal method. It was the 'anti - method..', a sequence that I thought especially clever, designed to fool those who think they know, and able to be performed on a nightclub club floor.

    A routine where at ...

  • 13 DICK TURPIN DIMINISHING CARDS - PERFORMANCE

    Steve introduces this classic old footage of his childhood mentor performing the Diminishing Cards and discuss various points of Dick's method.

  • 14 THE CHARLES BERTRAM DIMINISHING CARDS

    One of the earliest explanations of diminishing cards was by Charles Bertram in C. Lang Neil’s groundbreaking book, the now ironically named, The Modern Conjuror. It’s a terrific and oh-so-simple method and one he performed for Royalty around the world. It’s also incredible practical.

  • 15 VALENTINE'S SUPER DIMINISHING CARDS

    It’s all been leading up to my own personal routine on the SUPER DIMINISHING CARDS along with my conflicted thinking behind it and plenty of live performance footage.

    It’s another magic, performance and history lesson all rolled into one massive super fun playlist.

  • 16 THE CHAPENDER DIMINISHING CARDS

    I didn’t think this would happen, but I am happy to say it DID!

    I was thrilled to find a vintage set of what some consider to be the greatest of all methods for Diminishing cards. A method invented a hundred years ago by Martin Chapender. These are the ultimate cards, hands are empty of extra...

  • 17 CHAPENDER'S BIG SECRET - DIMINISHING CARDS

    CHAPENDER’S BIG SECRET:
    I think I discovered what made Chapender’s presentation so special, what raised his performance above all others and I’ll be sharing that in this video, I’ll give you a tip…

    ONE. HAND.

  • 18 CHAPENDER PART 2 - DIMINISHING CARDS

    So I decided to take the Chapender Diminishing cards out for test drive... this is what happened.

    Whilst I love my super diminishing card routine, I’m also never satisfied. So I decided to take my 70 year old Chapender diminishing Cards out for a test drive, and give them the life they were cre...

  • 19 BOB OSTIN'S DIMINISHING CARDS

    No one knew that legendary English close up magician, Bob Ostin, used to perform the Diminishing Cards. His routine was never published in any book. More than that, no magician ever saw it performed. Why? Because Bob only performed the trick for kids!

    Wait, WHAT?

    So many questions:

    How? How w...

  • 20 LIMIT DIMINISHING CARDS

    So you've just watched the Bob Ostin video yes? Awesome to see Bob's approach to the classic. That's what original magic is, YOUR APPROACH.

    There's a bit of magic history here with THE LIMIT DIMINISHING CARDS, you will probably never use this very clever method for your Diminishing Card Routine,...

  • 21 BLAIR'S BEST - DIMINISHING CARDS

    I have a love/hate relationship with this method. There's no palming, not much skill needed, it seems obvious and yet in real life this method TOTALLY WORKS! Maybe it's magicians guilt.

    What makes it worse is that the cards I'm about to show you, vintage though they are, are so well made, and w...

  • Chapender-Diminishing-Cards-TWO-DESCRIPTIONS.pdf

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    By request, I was asked if any reference existed for this amazing method, these are the only two I've found. The descriptions are weak, but coupled with the version demonstrated should clarify the set up and manufacture of the cards

    cheers
    Steve