‘Sleight of hand’: A brief note

‘Sleight of hand’: A brief note

 It is a common trend among the performing artists especially in the field of card tricks to use the technique of ‘Sleight of hand.’ The other varied names of the technique include legerdemain or prestidigitation. The procedure essentially uses various finger techniques as well as hand methods during the course of performance. ‘Sleight of hand’ has been closely associated with close-up magic along with card cheating and flourishing and has been confused with them almost all the time.

 This technique has been used in various card tricks whether close-up or stage performances. Close-up tricks include those magic tricks where the audience is in close proximity to the performer. The manual dexterity of the performer keeps the trick intriguing. Besides, ‘sleight of hand’ is widely used in stage shows in magic. ‘Sleight of hand’ is invariably used by cardsharps to cheat at card games in pokers, casinos and other gambling facilities that use cards. The most common ways of cheating using ‘sleight of hand’ include stealing, switching, ditching and palming cards from the game table.

Card flourishing is another form of performance in cards that is closely related to ‘sleight of hand’. The ways to perform card flourish seems extremely difficult without ‘sleight of hand’. It is also closely related with the practice of card throwing. Even though this technique is extremely popular with the magicians, it forms a separate form of entertainment in reality. It is a prevalent observation that many individuals practice ‘sleight of hand’ without an ounce of interest in magic. 


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