The second and third fingertips are now bent inwards towards the palm of the hand so that the nail side of their top joints rest just below the back of the card at the center of its inner end (see photo # 2).
The first finger (“index”) and little finger (“pinky”) begin to open slightly and then curl over the sides of the card towards its inner end so that the inner side of the tip of each of these two fingers rests on the face of the cards at its inner corners. This action has the effect of bending the card outwards lengthwise (again, see photo # 2).
From the spectator’s point of view, the palm of your hand appears empty –as if the card has vanished (see photo # 5)
Note: So much for the mechanical side of the slight. In actual performance, the card is first displayed and, as you make a forward motion with your hand holding the card, the card it apparently tossed into the air. It is “back-palmed” at the start of the upward throw, the spectator’s eyes naturally follow this “tossing” motion upwards in anticipation of its flight.
After the “vanish” of the business card has registered on the spectator, the next step is to reserve all of the above steps, bending the middle second and third fingers towards the palm of the hand and “pinching” the now visible card between the thumb and index finger. As the card is “pinched” in this way, the second, third, and fourth (pinky) fingers remain gently pressed against the palm of the hand . With the card still “pinched” between the thumb and index finger, move your hand in a forward motion towards the spectator --a gesture that invites the spectator (your client) to take the card from you (for future reference!).
Once you feel “ready”, try it out on your family and friends and see their reaction. If they “catch” you, go back to the mirror and practice some more. Then, when your ready, perform in the business world… and have some fun!
Words of Caution and Encouragement:
Max & Maxine would like to wish you success in your efforts as you work towards mastering this special effect.
Remember, as with all tricks, the goal of the magician is to create a sense of wonder, amazement and fun .
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