Sleight of hand magic is perhaps the most technically demanding of all areas of performance magic, and perhaps the most rewarding. One must have both drive and diligence to perform sleight of hand magic. I meet many magicians who have the desire to be a great manipulator, but they work on their excuses more than on their technique….
“My hands are too small,” or “My hands don’t work as well as they used to,” or, “I don’t have the time to practice manipulation as much as I would like to.”
I have offered up this material for the magician who has only limited skill or time to practice. Often, complicated sleight of hand routines take many months or years of practice before you can experience the results. These routines and effects are designed with minimum practice involved, and almost immediate results. Routines like these do take some practice, but will give you more rewards than blisters, more “wows” than “ouches.” The manipulation exercises and effects are here to help you build confidence, and perhaps will trick you into becoming a sleight of hand artist. – Jeff McBride