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Peter Duffie

Peter Duffie

(April 15, 1957 - )

Peter first became fascinated by magic at the age of eight after his uncle showed him some magic tricks using cards, coins, matches and chalk. But it was the cards that held his deepest interest, and so began a learning process that continues to the present day.

Peter’s chief mentor was, and still is, Roy Walton. Others whom he met and had a profound influence on his path include, Gordon Bruce, Andy Galloway, Tommy Frederick, Fred Robinson, Dave Campbell, Eric Mason, Ken Brooke, Peter Kane, Alex Elmsley, Pat Page, Phil Goldstein, Gene Maze, Richard Kaufman and Dai Vernon.

A past winner of the Scottish Conjuror’s Association Close-up competition and the British Ring Zina Bennett Cup, Peter considers competitions "good fun but meaningless."

His early association with Jerry Sadowitz led to a series of books, beginning with 17916 Alternative Card Magic (1982). It started with two young men - a manuscript - and no publisher. Peter is grateful that Martin Breese saw in the material what others didn't, and took the chance. All five Duffie/Sadowitz books have recently been reprinted by Martin Breese in a single collection titled Cardzones - a handsome cloth-bound tome. While the material dates back to the 1980's, Peter is proud of this collection.

The 1990's saw a new direction with the release of Imagine, a self-produced manuscript of near-self-working card tricks. This was followed by Obsession, Ulterior Motifs, and so it went on, and indeed, Peter continues to release new booklets to this day.

In the mid-90's, a chance encounter with Richard Kaufman at a Blackpool convention led to a publishing contract being signed. Duffie's Card Compulsions was published in 1995 by Kaufman and Greenberg. This was followed by Five Time Five (Scotland) and Effortless Card Magic.

Peter is currently in partnership with the clever Californian magician Robin Robertson. Together they have created over 200 new effects and recently released Card Conspiracy Vols. 1 and 2. A third book is planned.

Coauthors: Robin Robertson, Jerry Sadowitz, Cameron Francis, Aldo Colombini

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Peter Duffie
21 Card Tricks by Peter Duffie

This book has nothing to do with the "21 Card Trick". However it features twenty-one of the best card tricks Peter Duffie has to offer. Three other individuals significantly contributed to this book. They are Roy Walton, Gene Maze and Marty Kane. It can get hardly any better when it comes to cards.

1st edition, 2000

BETWEEN THE ACES: Very slowly you deal cards onto the table and a spectator stops you anywhere. He notes the card stopped at - it is placed on top of the deck and the dealt cards dropped on top with absolutely no moves. Despite the fairness of the procedure, the selected card is now...

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4 Most by Peter Duffie

Four lovely card effects put together by Peter Duffie.

4-SOME: Here's a simple and automatic, yet highly effective, way to get four of a kind using the Fulves "Gemini Twins" concept.

3-SOME: A matching effect where the spectator does all the work and finishes with Three of a Kind. Inspired by, but not using, Marty Kane's Status Quo-2 Principle.

THE HEAVY TEAM: A selected card lost in a packet is found by a randomly chosen Ace detective.

GHOST BUSTER: In effect, you show an Ace, Two, Three and Four of Spades. Each card passes from top to bottom and it is then discarded. When you reach...

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7 by Peter Duffie

Automatic Gambler
Created in October 2000 (along with Klectors that is elsewhere in this book) as an impromptu performance piece for the International Magic convention in December of that year. You demonstrate how to stack 4 Aces for a four-handed game. Then, you drop the Aces face up on top of the deck and they instantly vanish. You immediately give the deck to a spectator who now deals, not 4 but 5 hands this time. The face up Aces fall to his hand!

Satanic Writes
STAGE 1 – THE IMPOSSIBLE
You give out a diary to spectator 'A' for close examination. There are playing cards entered throughout...

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About Moves by Peter Duffie

Here Peter Duffie talks about moves in general and how some moves can be improved. He demonstrates his main point on the side steal.

runtime: 2min 1s

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Ace Production 1 by Peter Duffie

The four aces are lost in the deck and then one by one found in a visual and magical manner. (Also part of Move Mastery 1.)

runtime: 3min 53s

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Ace Production 2 by Peter Duffie

The four aces are found one by one in a visual and magical manner. (Also part of Move Mastery 1.)

runtime: 4min 2s

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Ace Production 3 by Peter Duffie

The first ace appears and then the remaining three aces appear all at once in a nice display. (Also part of Move Mastery 3.)

runtime: 5min 27s

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Ace Production 4 by Peter Duffie

Find the foure aces in a neat final display. (Also part of Move Mastery 3.)

runtime: 4min 55s

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Peter Duffie & Jerry Sadowitz
Alternative Card Magic by Peter Duffie & Jerry Sadowitz

This work has become a classic among card magicians. Alternative Card Magic was the first book for Peter Duffie and Jerry Sadowitz, two creative card men. Jeff Busby called it "the card magic book of the decade".

In the foreword Roy Walton writes:

I have known Peter and Jerry since they first became interested in conjuring and have been amazed at their rapid progress in the art of conjuring with cards. Their work shows considerable originality, combined with ingenious methods and an acute awareness of what makes a good audience trick. Studying their tricks will give you pleasure - performing them...

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Applications by Peter Duffie

These are almost all effects based upon magic that can be performed without faked or gaffed cards.

1st edition 1993; original 60 pages; PDF 48 pages; illustrated

  1. Contents
  2. Introduction
  3. Centre Forward
  4. Jointly Does It
  5. The Auld Curse
  6. I Give Up!
  7. Boxed - In
  8. Mind Games
  9. An Odin Sequel
  10. Women
  11. Palmed Addition Utility Sleight
  12. A Turn - Up For The Book
  13. A Curious Incident
  14. Collusion
  15. Rising Crime
  16. Audience Participation
  17. Fireside Aces
  18. The Scottish Assembly
  19. Once Again
  20. Duffie On Keyboards
  21. A Change In Mood
  22. Glasnost
  23. Guardian Angels
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Peter Duffie
Applications (for resale) by Peter Duffie

These are almost all effects based upon magic that can be performed without faked or gaffed cards.

1st edition 1993; original 60 pages; PDF 48 pages; illustrated

Table of Contents

  1. Contents
  2. Introduction
  3. Centre Forward
  4. Jointly Does It
  5. The Auld Curse
  6. I Give Up!
  7. Boxed - In
  8. Mind Games
  9. An Odin Sequel
  10. Women
  11. Palmed Addition Utility Sleight
  12. A Turn - Up For The Book
  13. A Curious Incident
  14. Collusion
  15. Rising Crime
  16. Audience Participation
  17. Fireside Aces
  18. The Scottish Assembly
  19. Once Again
  20. Duffie On Keyboards
  21. A Change In Mood
  22. Glasnost
  23. Guardian Angels
 

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Peter Duffie
Area 52 by Peter Duffie

Fourteen wonderful card routines by one of Scottland's card experts, Peter Duffie. One routine, 'Blendid', particularly caught my eye. The effect is as follows. You give two spectators each a packet of four cards and you have a similar packet. Each packet contains two black cards and two red cards. The idea is simple - you place one card face down on the table, and both spectators place one of their cards on top. The idea is get three cards all of the same color. The only problem is that neither of you are allowed to look at the faces of your cards. However, a 100-percent color match is guaranteed....

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Best of Duffie 1 by Peter Duffie

45 tricks from more than 20 books, 2 insane essays

The Best of Peter Duffie 1 is a perfect cross section of card magic's evolution over the years. Duffie has worked with so many legendary figures that his inspiration is a frenzy of possibilities. Each trick in this ebook was selected as the very best of Peter Duffie's extensive online library.

Duffie employs the most direct method to get from point A to point B. You'll finish the trick without one wasted move; an important characteristic of any good magic trick. A streamlined effect provides ample opportunity to develop the presentation. ...

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Best of Duffie 2 by Peter Duffie

The Best of Peter Duffie 1 consisted of material extracted from all of Peter's ebooks prior to the year 2005. It was published by Magic.org. Peter has published more books since that date.

"The Best of Peter Duffie is a perfect cross section of card magic’s evolution over the years. Duffie has worked with so many legendary figures that his inspiration is a frenzy of possibilities. Each trick in this book was selected as the very best of Peter Duffie’s extensive online library." - Aron Smith
You may ask. ‘if volume one was “the best of” then what is special about Volume 2? Well,...
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Best of Duffie 3 by Peter Duffie

45 Routines including a Roy Walton effect. Plus a previously unpublished bonus.

"Just a note to tell you I have finished Best of Duffie 2 and it's terrific ... I can't wait for 3 thru 10. I made up ULTI-PRINT and that is easily worth the price of the ebook." - Charles Kleiman

Here is what was said about Volume 1.

"Peter Duffie did a good job with this book. Every trick is one of those items like you already do where you are not afraid to pull it out at any moment. Now I have about 12 card tricks I can do for anyone and they all look like pro tricks!" – Charlie1

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Best of Duffie 4 by Peter Duffie

Over 40 tricks including another Roy Walton effect. Also includes 4Most manuscript bonus.

This volume concentrates on card magic based on clever principles rather than sleight of hand. Gilbreath, Sands, Fulves, Walton, Hummer, E.G. Brown, Stebbins, Kane, and so it goes on. Over 40 routines have been extracted from Peter's books and are reprinted in this new volume. Where there were illustrations; these are also included.

Table of Contents

  • SATANIC RITES
  • THE BROWN DETECTIVE
  • THE MENTAL PACK
  • DYING TIME
  • PREDICTUM
  • DIVINOTION
  • COMBINATION LUCK
  • K.I.A.
  • CANNY FAIL
  • SHORT TERM
  • THE PARANORMAN ...
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Best of Duffie 5 by Peter Duffie

Over 40 Tricks - Fully Hyperlinked - LOW introductory Price!

This volume takes off from where the previous volume finished. Featuring more card magic based on clever principles rather than sleight of hand. 43 routines have been extracted from Peter's past books and are reprinted in this new volume.

  • JACK OF ALL TRADE-OFFS
  • MAGICAL MIXTURE
  • INNOCENT CONFUSION
  • A NAIL-WRITING TRICK
  • TOHU BOHU
  • PRELIMINATION
  • BLACK SHEEP
  • WHERE IT’S AT
  • THE UNDERTAKERS
  • THE MILKING WAY
  • RANGE ROVER
  • FAROSATION
  • HANDOUT
  • THE MAGIC SHUFFLE
  • BAD INFLUENCE
  • CRIME SUSPECT
  • AN IMPOSITION
  • FIRST EXPERIMENT
  • THE...
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Peter Duffie
Best of Duffie 6 by Peter Duffie

This latest volume in the "Best Of" series of Peter Duffie eBooks takes a new direction. Almost 40 card routines have been extracted from Peter's past books and are included in this volume. All the routines have a common denominator: They all involve the selection of a card (or cards) and their subsequent revelation in clever/devious ways!

Contents:

  • Klektors
  • By Pass
  • Hour Magic
  • Card Two Pocket
  • Saved By The Belles
  • Special Envoy
  • 37 Years Later
  • The Keepers Of Secrets
  • Miracle Or Impossible Revisited
  • Phantomesque
  • Dreamland
  • Simply Stated
  • A Twisted Tale
  • In Place
  • Catalystic Collectors ...
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Peter Duffie
Blind Cut by Peter Duffie

A simple deceptive false cut. (Also part of Move Mastery 3.)

runtime: 3min 13s

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Blink Change by Peter Duffie

A color change of the bottom card of the deck. (Also part of Move Mastery 1.)

runtime: 2min 16s

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Block Center Palm by Peter Duffie

Palm several cards from the center of the packet. (Also part of Move Mastery 1.)

runtime: 5min 41s

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Bottom Deal by Peter Duffie

The bottom deal is one of the most practical moves to cheat at cards, as well as a great tool for the magician, which is not only useful for gambling demonstrations. (Also part of Move Mastery 3.)

runtime: 9min 58s

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Peter Duffie
Card Addict by Peter Duffie

Twentyone fantastic tricks with cards. Comes with several photos for a better and clearer description. If I had to get one book by Peter Duffie, this would be it.

1st edition, 2000.

KICK-START ACES: A spectator locates the four Aces in your deck (without looking!).

SWEET SIXTEEN: You show the four Fours which you point out total 16. You turn one face up. The face up four splits into two Twos. This leaves two face down cards. Question: "If the cards total 16, what should the remaining two face down cards total?" The audience reply, "Twelve?" "That's right," you say. "Well, actually it's...

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Card Conspiracy 1 by Peter Duffie & Robin Robertson

12 Chapters, 50+ tricks, 150+ illustrations by Joseph K. Schmidt.

  1. Biddle Force: 26 Faces North; Double Knavery; 25 Faces North + 1 South
  2. Concealed Allerton Control: CAC Visitor; Only Joking; Anti-Matter; Anti-Matter Revisited; Final Control
  3. Cut Force: Diminishing Matches; Beastly Assembly; Faith Counter; 51 Faces North
  4. Daley's Delight Switch: Hotel Daley; Shifty King; Repelling & Attracting; Double Rouge et Noire; Daley's Do-as-I-Do
  5. Daryl's Diminishing Count: Bad Guys Wear Black; Just a Little off the Top, Please; Repligator; Blackjack & Blackjacks
  6. Divide and Conjure (Marty Kane)
  7. Double...
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Card Conspiracy 1 & 2 by Peter Duffie & Robin Robertson
  1. Biddle Force: 26 Faces North; Double Knavery; 25 Faces North + 1 South
  2. Concealed Allerton Control: CAC Visitor; Only Joking; Anti-Matter; Anti-Matter Revisited; Final Control
  3. Cut Force: Diminishing Matches; Beastly Assembly; Faith Counter; 51 Faces North
  4. Daley's Delight Switch: Hotel Daley; Shifty King; Repelling & Attracting; Double Rouge et Noire; Daley's Do-as-I-Do
  5. Daryl's Diminishing Count: Bad Guys Wear Black; Just a Little off the Top, Please; Repligator; Blackjack & Blackjacks
  6. Divide and Conjure (Marty Kane)
  7. Double Deal Turn-over: S.O.P. (Slightly Open Prediction); Blackjack Transpo;...
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Card Conspiracy 2 by Peter Duffie & Robin Robertson

14 Chapters, 70+ tricks, 150+ illustrations by Joseph K. Schmidt.

  1. Interlocked Principle: Topmost; Blackjack Aces; Between 2 Worlds
  2. Jog Switch: The Producers; JS Ace Production; Rags to Riches
  3. Kosky Switch: Compression Agents; Compression Agents Revisited; Fan Dancing Queens; Infallible Foolable Kings; Self Correcting Sandwich & variants
  4. Misc. - General: Bottom Biddle Following Orders; Change-Over Queens; Clockwise; Con-found; The Piston; Shiftless Royalty; Impaired Royalty; The Ringmaster; Return to Sender; Traveling Queen; Vollmer Variant; Ambitious & Overworked
  5. Misc. - Set-ups: Flexible...
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Peter Duffie
Card Flair by Peter Duffie

Seventeen excellent card routines from an innovative card man.

1st edition, 2000.

FREE AS A BIRD: This effect is a two card discovery that I find quite effective. It uses the Hamilton/Finnell Free Cut Principle - a visual deception of the highest order.

WEDLUCK: The trick that follows is a simple, yet effective, royal marriages effect using the Rusduck Stay Stack principle. A Stay Stack is a mirror stack that retains its properties after certain shuffling.

THE PARANORMAN: A chosen card is found using three unknown numbers. This uses the Norman Gilbreath Principle. Before commencing set...

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Card Magic USA by Peter Duffie

Featuring mostly unpublished material and other rarities from some of America's Finest Creators. 49 contributors - 80 routines and moves.

JON ARMSTRONG
My Opening Act:

Deciding to show off your ESP skill and having only a deck of cards and a rubber band, you hand your deck out to be shuffled to a nice man named Ted. After he is finished shuffling, you ask Ted to place the rubber band around the cards to make them tamper-proof. You ask Ted if he will stop you on a card as you riffle them past his eyes. To prove to Ted that all is on the up and up, you offer to stare at his girlfriend Mary...

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Card School by Peter Duffie

1st edition, 1995.

ILLUSION Versus REALITY: This is a direct and magical production of the four Aces, with two of the Aces seemingly appearing in the hands of a spectator.

THREESIGHT: A simple, but effective, prediction using the Gilbreath Principle.

IN PLACE: This simple trick is an ideal one to perform for anyone at a moment's notice. It uses what is often referred to as the Automatic Placement.

CENTRAL RESERVATIONS: This is essentially a small packet version of Paul Curry's "Power of Thought," and a possible miracle single card prediction.

TRANS-VERSE CARDS: In an attempt to cause two cards to...

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Card Secrets Unlocked by Peter Duffie

This is the latest release from the prolific Peter Duffie. Card magic that is easy to do and very effective.

1st edition, 2005

CRYSTAL CLEAR TRANSPO: The classic transposition between two cards placed on the top and bottom of a glass. No duplicate cards are used.

A ROYAL ENIGMA: Based on "The Vernon Card Puzzle" in Early Vernon (1962). It was inspired by Peter Kane's "Royal Families" in A Further Card Session (1975) and by Roy Walton's "Split Up" in The Complete Walton Vol. 2 (1986).

MORE ROYAL ENIGMATICS: Can be used as a Follow-up routine to the previous effect, or a stand-alone trick....

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Card Selection by Peter Duffie

Peter Duffie selected self-working as well as skill-required card tricks with a mix of interesting effects.

1st edition, 1993

DEEP THOUGHTS: The following effect uses the Ed Balducci Cut Deeper Force and adds some logic to the procedure by making each stage of the cutting process important.

DOUBLE DECKER: The following trick Is a direct variation of an intriguing sandwich effect entitled 'Predict Wich', published by Jerry Sadowitz in the July 1992 issue of Magic.

MAGICIAN: Among the many brilliant concepts in 'The Collected Works of Alex Elmsley' is an item called, 'Australian Self-Help'. What follows...

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Card Tricks for the Fractured Mind by Peter Duffie

Twelve new card routines - all using a regular deck.

  • K.F.C.: A card attached to a ribbon with a sticker changes into the selection.
  • Misdirection Monte: A bluff explanation of Three Card Monte ends in the revelation of a previously signed selected card.
  • Broadside: Claude Chandler’s “Sideways Changing Card” receives the Duffie treatment.
  • From Beyond the Veil: A two-card discovery with a little help from the spirit world.
  • Biddle Wed: Another look at the classic Hofzinser plot where Kings and Queens magically marry.
  • Dance Steps: More Royal shenanigans.
  • Numberville: A self-worker based...
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Card Zones by Peter Duffie & Jerry Sadowitz

For those who have been looking for the first five books that Jerry Sadowitz and Peter Duffie published through Martin Breese - there is good news. All five books have been compiled in one ebook called Card Zones. These are:

Card Zones has over 100 illustrations by David Britland and Roy Johnson.
"I received Card Zones yesterday and just wanted to tell you what a beautiful piece of work it is. You've really done proud by Peter and Jerry. I love the cover, both color and illustration. The inside layout for all the tricks is beautiful....
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Cardeceits by Peter Duffie

Twenty fine card tricks.

1st edition, 2003.

A Pain in the Ace: You push a selected card into the middle of the deck - it rises to the top. You push it back into the middle and flip over the top card. Unfortunately it's not the selection. It's an Ace. You - or a spectator - give the deck a fair cut to bury the face up Ace in the middle. Upon spreading the deck all four Aces are now face up together in the middle - but there's one face down card caught in the middle. This proves to be the awkward selection.

The ROLEX Gang: You remove the four Aces then place a random card between them....

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Cards By All Means by Peter Duffie

This is the latest in a long line of excellent ebooks of Peter Duffie. It features many photos for a much clearer description of the sixteen routines. Beside his excellent ideas I just love his play with words in his trick titles. For example "Cannibalector" or "Witch Way?"

1st edition, 2001.

BLACK SHEEP: Two spectators each select cards from a packet, then you select one, but you leave your selection face up as proof of your actions. You spread the packet and remove your card along with the two cards on ether side. These prove to be the other two selections. As an afterthought, you point...

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Cards in Principle by Peter Duffie

Twenty-one card tricks by one of the most creative card man alive.

1st edition, 1994.

AUTO - SPLIT: A mysterious double card revelation, where a spectator manages to separate the colours of the cards with the exception of two selections. Interestingly, you never touch the cards!

THE SUABIAN TWIST: There have been several combinations of Dai Vernon's 'Twisting the Aces' and 'The Hofzinser Ace Problem' over the years. If the following version has any merit, it is the simple means by which the one at a time reversal is accomplished.

AURA BEST: This is a fairly puzzling routine based on...

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Cards Insight by Peter Duffie

Twenty-two card tricks by one of the most creative card man alive. This ebook in particular shows Peter's fondness of Johann Nepomuk Hofzinser and his ace problem.

1st edition, 2000.

PSYCHIC MATH: This is a card discovery that appears impossible for two reasons: first, it doesn't seem possible for you to know where the card is in the pack, and second, the card is found using the values of two random cards that were selected before the trick began. The only requirement is a full pack of fifty-two cards.

THE ANTI-GRAVITY SHUFFLE: A sort of mathematically induced multiple sandwich!

ANTI-GRAVITY + THOT: This is...

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Center Double by Peter Duffie

This is a nice sequence for an ambitious card routine. (Also part of Move Mastery 3.)

runtime: 4min 28s

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Charlie Miller Waterfall Control by Peter Duffie

Control a card to the top during a waterfall flourish. (Also part of Move Mastery 3.)

runtime: 3min 45s

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