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Sleight Intended
by J. G. Thompson Jr.

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Sleight Intended by J. G. Thompson Jr.

From the foreword:

For years the pattern has been the same. A newcomer to magic invariably turns first to cards as a vehicle for mystification. He spends hours upon hours mastering difficult sleights and then, to his dismay, learns of the existence of easier and more effective maneuvers hidden away in magical literature - moves about which he could have no knowledge, but which would have made his previous struggles unnecessary, or, at least, eased them. Gradually he discards the results of many arduous hours of practice and substitutes the newly discovered and simplified versions until, after a score of years, he possesses a series of comparatively easy sleights that enable him to accomplish without difficulty the feats that caused him so much sweat and tears earlier.

In 1948, I decided to do something about this situation and wrote the first version of Sleight Intended, which was published in the October issue of The Linking Ring.

In 1956, it was revised and included in the text of Top Secrets Of Magic, Volume 1.

Another revision, prepared about 1970, has become a part of Miracle Makers.

  • Foreword
  • Chapter 1: Shuffles And Cuts
    • Standard Shuffles
    • Fancy Shuffles
    • False Shuffles
    • Cuts
    • False Cuts
  • Chapter 2: Peeks And Keys
    • Bottom Peek
    • Top Peek
    • Some Special Keys
    • Key Insurance
    • Triple Threat Card
  • Chapter 3: Controls
    • The Double Cut
    • Hindu Shuffle
    • A Natural Jog-Control
    • Glide Control
    • Sarles-Simon-Rutledge Card Control
    • The Master Move
    • A Fancy Control
    • The Pass
    • The Hocus Pocus Pass
    • The Pocket Pass
    • Gyrations At The Pass
    • Controls For More Than One Card
    • Multiple Card Pass
    • The Lost Card
    • The Chesbro Flipover
  • Chapter 4: Exchanges
    • Double Lift
    • Controlled Double Lift
    • After The Lift
    • The Glide
    • Slip Change
    • Color Changes
  • Chapter 5: Plus Or Minus More Or Less
    • Multiple Switches
    • The Five-Cent Switch
    • The Counts
    • Three As Two
  • Chapter 6: Forces
  • Chapter 7: Reverses And Palms
    • Palms
  • Epilogue

1st edition 1973; 65 pages; 1st digital edition 2017, 74 pages.
word count: 23791 which is equivalent to 95 standard pages of text