How to "Camouflage" Your Sleights!
Are you getting super discouraged trying to perform difficult sleights? They can be difficult to get away with, especially when a spectator is "burning your hands!" Over the years of performing, I have come to realize it is not about how well you can execute a sleight, but how well you can misdirect and motivate a sleight. Now I am not saying stop practicing and just rely on this method, because the cleaner the move is, the easier this will be to pull off! We will use the pass in this example because I tend to have a pretty ugly pass. In fact, it is downright DIRTY! However, I get away with it 100% of the time.
HERE IS HOW!
1. Create Misdirection: The easiest way to get someone to miss a sleight is simply to get them to look away from it. The easiest way to do this is to; ask a question and perform a gesture. Typically the question I ask is their name. This will get them to look up at you to answer it and will get everyone else to look at him to hear his answer.
2. Create a Motion Blur: There is a theory in magic that says the bigger motion will hide the smaller motion. All this means is if you move your arms and body while your hands perform the sleight, it will create a "motion blur" that will prevent your audience from seeing it.
3. Perform on the Off Beat: The "beat" in magic simply refers to the time when a spectator believes magic is happening. They will usually be focused in on your hands during this. The "off beat" is the in between time were nothing is happening. This is the perfect time to perform a sleight because their attention will be easiest to divert at this point. The perfect time to create misdirection!
Combine ALL THREE of these elements together and you are now covering your moves so much it will become impossible to detect them! Make sure your movements are natural and motivated and they will fly right over your audience like an SR-71!