In this week's Performance Breakdown I'll be showing two simultaneous performances of Two Card Monte. Two Card Monte is a quick set-up effect that can be done with any regular pack of cards, the effect was made famous in David Blaine's first television special. After the performance there will be a breakdown of me explaining step by step what I did, when I did it, and why I did it.
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ABOUT EVAN CLOYD
I grew up in Macomb, MI, I am the youngest son of two history teachers. I went to a film school for a year and currently working as a video editor for an exercise equipment company.
I plan on moving to the Los Angeles area either before, or early, 2012. I primarily work with After Effects, Final Cut Pro, and Cinema 4D. I am also a cinematographer, an independent wrestler, a magician, I can solve a 7-sided Rubik's cube, I am drug and alcohol free, and a proud graduate of P90X.
Be inspired to learn. Then aspire to disturb.
So today on the bus ride home I did this trick and it worked. It worked so well that this girl was like, "Man, I should've put this on Snapchat." (She was kinda cute by the way) And she recorded it and I am on Snapchat now! I screwed up though and got her friend's name (I was doing it on her friend) and I didn't even ask for her Snapchat! Thanks so much though because I used what you said from other videos about asking their name to get their attention. I got a great reaction from this too.
Yup I used to do three double lifts
So my set up would be
To turn the reds to the blacks
So when you show the joker you pretend like it was random then peal two cards into the middle of the deck and your ready for the final double...
I don't like doing the top change as well.. this is what i do: i turn the top card using my lap, and put the ace or whatever the card is on top.. then when i do a double lift, turning both cards over, as in a ambitious card routine.. then i put the card we just switched on their hand...
I always worry about that second move because it's hard to cover, but I've never been caught, so I guess it's working. This is such an awesome trick, because the story, and they are focusing on something completely different. Plus, the two proof points, after you give them the heart, and let them look, then when you pull the heart and show it, it really reinforces things nicely,and sets up a GREAT finish. I love love love this trick.
It's reverse psychology. The more obvious it is, the less likely they'll be suspicious about it. The story means everything. Trust me I've done this trick countless times and I have only been caught doing this move ONCE and that was when I was performing to another magician. Don't worry about it.
I just came here to say that I made my version of the two card monte because you inspired me to disturb and that you were my role model without you i wouldnt have been a magician so it would mean the world to me if you could just check out this video, thanks for inspiring me :)
For me I dont need to hold onto the Ace using both hands. The hand which hands the Ace of diamonds (wich is a queen), will take the Ace of hearts immediatly from their hand and show it above the handed card (queen). Then you hit the cards together and take away the ace of hearts, here you say "You see the switch? withought looking at it (during this speech u do the top switch)." . Then you place the other queen on top and start arguing wheather they switched places or not. like David Blaine.
hey @howtodisturbreality i love your backstory im trying to become as amazing as you in the feild of magic an such but im also facing ur overcame problem... just because i like magic im beat up bullied and i have depression already and have gained high acting anxiety and paranoia cuz of it all.. and not even my famil gives me the time to show what i try to practice.. any help would be greatly appreciated thank you have a nice afternoon.(:
I just found your channel and honestly I think its great what your doing. there are some great card and general magic teachers on here and many of them are great also but i just felt compeled to tell you that i love your stuff
I'm getting a black scorpion deck for Christmas. Should I try doing the two card monte with all four aces and switching the normal ace of spades with the ace of spades holding the ace of diamonds ( or hearts I can't remember which one it holds) after the reveal?
You're exactly right, but other members of the audience were dogging your cards. A little positioning and they wouldn't have seen a thing either. Instead, everyone except the person you were actually doing the trick for saw the top change.
Maybe next time I'll just angle the camera to my left or just remove my hands from the frame when I do it so NO ONE CAN SEE IT EVER EVER.
The video is designed to teach when move happens.. the top change is supposed to be invisible to the spectator - if the spectator was holding the camera, the footage wouldn't show the top change because at that point he's looking at my face, not my hands.
There's a method to the madness. It doesn't need to be invisible if you can redirect your audience.
Please do more of these types of videos. Learning the slights is extremely important but I learned more about magic in that 6 minutes than I have in the last year and a half of watching other how to videos. Thank you.
i'm having trouble hiding the fact that i'm grabbing the second queen, i've tried like moving my hands a lot and trying to explain what the trick is and where the two card monte came from and as i do it i just kinda switch them real fast as i bring my hands together but like everytime i do it when they look at the cards they are like "i saw you switch the one but how'd the other one get there" any tips on how i can hide that i'm switching the ace in my hand for the queen on the deck?
Their are numerous Three/Two Card monte routines out there, just like Ambitious Card routines. All of them are based off of the exact same concept, just with different ways of achieving the end result. This routine is actually an easier one to pull off, due to the reduced amount of sleights involved. However, simplicity does not necessarily mean less amazing, in the eyes of the spectator. As has been said in previous videos and often in the military: Keep It Simple Stupid (KISS)
Yes, the "real switch" is him sliding the Ace of Hearts in, and pulling it right back out. Then he does the Top Change of the Ace of Hearts to the Black Queen, and places the Black Queen on top of the card the spectator is holding.
I like the addition of holding the card after the first switch to keep them from flipping the card and exposing the trick. You can tell you learned that through trial and error in other performances. I like this performance. It's quick and doesn't involve too many sleights.
Hey Evan, Vivek here..those having problems with the Top Switch here is an alternative.After doing the Triple lift & giving the apparent Ace we can misdirect them and turn over the top card face up.Now we take the Ace(H)..and say you can tell that the A(H) is here because you are seeing the face..What if i showed you the back..now turn the deck down..show the back and now you are in a DL position..Show the Ace(H) and turn the Double over &Switch it for a Queen..Erases Top Switch angle issues.
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