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How to INSTANTLY Change a Card – SNAP CHANGE Tutorial


(oriental music) – Hey brother, hey! So, you want to learn the
secrets of the snap change huh? (punching noises) Well, I don’t know if
you’re ready yet, pupil. (punching noises) Get your cards and get
ready, because I’m a virtuous teacher and I will teach you
the ways of the snap change. (punching noises) Yo, what’s up guys Chris
Ramsey here, welcome back! Today I busted out the old
kung-fu suit, look at this. This is an actual kung-fu
suit, I used to do Wing Chun. Smells gross, it’s got a stain. I thought I’d wear it
today to make this tutorial just a little bit more exciting. Now, there’s so many
tutorials on the snap change, probably the most common change with beginner magicians,
but I do see a lot of flaws in the snap change being performed online. So today I wanted to tackle
those flaws, I wanted to tackle different
handlings on the snap change, as well as some tips that I’ve got, and help you clean it up. Keep it clean! The snap change was heavily
popularized by David Blaine. – I know this is not it, but visualize your card right here. (laughter) – And then consequently
was eventually butchered by Jesse Eisenberg on David Letterman. – Is this your card? – [David Letterman] No, no.. – Hell naw. – So I’m gonna teach you guys how to avoid doing the second part. A little bit of intricate
tips to help you with this because it is a fairly
easy change once you get the hang of it, you get the
muscle down and everything. But there are a few little
tips that can help you make this more deceptive. And, you know what, let’s get into it. So we’re gonna look at three
handlings for the snap change to make it more deceptive
as well as the clean up. Most people I see doing the
snap change, they do like the three finger snap. Let me turn this down a little so you guys can see what I’m talking about. They do like the three finger snap change. Focus! And this is a really
weird snap change because you’re going from three fingers to one. It’s like, the disappearing finger trick. We don’t want that. What we want is a clean snap
change, so after the next evolution of that, I guess
would be the two finger snap change going from two to
one, which is a little more imperceptible, and what I’m
gonna add to that is actually a snap change that looks like there are no other fingers involved. So you’ll wanna start here
in this gentle little grip, just like you would if
you had two fingers on the snap change, but instead you’re
going to just have the one. And it’s going to happen very
quickly, this middle finger is going to come in and grab
that card, leaving you still with only one finger. So, if you’re not familiar
with the snap change, basically what you want
to do is you wanna put your two fingers down here,
and the action is basically going to be this. You’re going to pull
with your middle finger, underneath while
maintaining the index there, the index stays there, and the thumb and the middle
finger pulls it back here. So from straight on it’s
completely invisible, here it’s visible, visible, visible. (gasp) It’s gone! So that’s kind of what you want it to be. Now that will take some practice, at first you’re gonna be like,
you’re gonna be like this. That’s gonna happen a lot,
or the cards will go flying, right, that’s gonna happen a lot as well. So don’t get discouraged,
it’s just like a muscle memory thing where eventually it
gets to the point where the card just really
quickly disappears and changes to another one basically. It just looks like it
basically morphs into that. I’m clean! What? That like fell off camera. Okay, again, like I said, in this version, you’re going to have one
finger here, show this, and then really quickly
the middle finger’s gonna, it’s curled like it would be at the end. It’s gonna come out and pull. Alright, so at full speed! Basically what you’re gonna
do is you’re gonna hold the two cards like this,
and you’re gonna remove that middle finger
without doing this, right. So it’s a really gentle
touch on those two cards you want, there you go. Now you can show this pretty cleanly, and your middle finger
is gonna come in and do that basically really quickly. Boom, you’re here, and
so it just looks like basically a little flash
happened but you’re not disappearing any fingers on this okay? The second way of doing this
is actually using two hands. So you can do this with
the deck in your hand, or without the deck in
your hand and we’ll get to the cleanup in a second, but for now two fingers two fingers here,
and now you can take off those fingers or you can keep
them there, it’s up to you. I prefer taking them off because it adds a little bit more deception. You’re here and here, now
this is fun because it helps you square up the cards
without fear of splitting them. So as you’re here you can
hold them really tightly, and I like to do this
little motion like this, and as my right hand comes
in, the hand that I’m going to snap change with,
as it comes in that’s when I’m gonna do the change. It kinda looks like the
bending of the cards caused it to change which is kind of magical. So here again, right, bam
bam bam, and then I’m here. Now I’m left in this predicament,
this weird predicament. Right, so what do you do? Naturally, the idea is
to drop it on the deck, but there are a few subtle things. So a lot of people, what
they like to do is show it, bring it forward, so
then you’re left clean. After you’ve done this
change, bam bam bam bam bam, you can bring it out so
that this here is basically gonna drop on the deck as
you bring this card forward, and show it cleanly as one card. Or, you do a little
flourishing thing, so bam after you’re done changing
it your hand here, your thumb is gonna just grab that card
as you’re middle finger turns it over like that. It adds a little bit of
a flourishy action to it, so what’s fun about that,
it kind of takes away from the moment that you drop it on the deck. Because that moment’s
gonna be a hot moment. So bam bam bam bam, and
instead of doing this, you know, this thing. It’s a really light touch,
when you drop it anyways you can just literally just
deposit it there, right, and show it off. But to add a little bit of
flair to that, after you’ve done the snap change drop it on
and turn the card this way. Bam bam bam change, hand comes
back here, under the thumb, grabs it, and my middle
finger is gonna turn just like that to clean it all up. Also a good thing to know
about the snap change, is only as good as your
double lift, so you have to practice your double lift,
because if you do a weird double lift they’re gonna be like, you know, if you’re like this, you know, they’re gonna be a little bit suspicious. So make sure your double
lift is very clean, practice that whatever
double lift you choose to use make sure it’s very clean,
not like what I just did. Whatever double lift
you wanna use is fine, just absolutely make
sure it is clean so that the snap change looks a lot cleaner too. Let’s get into the other method. This is a really cool method actually. And this can happen once
again, you don’t need the deck in your hands if
you want to put the deck down and have this happen away
from the deck that’s fine, but you’ll have no where
to really clean it up, it’s good for the camera however. So instead of doing it this
way, you’re going to do it on the long side like this. The card’s vertical here, and you can do the snap change here and it looks okay, I mean it’s not going to flash that much, and that’s fine as well, if you just want to have a little visual boom,
have it change like that. But hiding the deck for
a second is actually a nice little thing, so
it looks like this hand comes in, and is actually the
one that took the card away, but then you show this hand clean. Now if you have the deck
in your hand, however. Say I have the deck in
my hand at this point. I can come in like this,
and do the change, right? So again basically you’re
doing the exact same thing, you’re doing this, the
action is going to look like your other hand, your
opposite hand, this hand, is doing the change, so you
come in, you know you can just, and now at this point your
left hand is gonna come scoop that card up as
you clean up once again. Let’s take a look at this
again from the other angle. From the back, this is what
the snap change is going to look like, especially that bendy one. As you bend back is where
you’re going to do that and then here your hand drops
off and this one turns it, and you’re clean. So for the one that’s vertical, like this, your hand comes in and then comes under, and then scoops it up and turns it up. Alright now the next thing
that we’re gonna talk about is angels, like what are the
angles for the snap change? Obviously everything except this. This is no good, this is
no good, this is good, this is no good. Angels are dead on! This card has two lines, two
lasers, pointing at their face! And if those lasers go up a
bit, you’re gonna get flashed. Right, so you don’t want flashes. The only way you should ever
perform this in real life, is if you’re one on one,
someone’s right in front of you, there’s not two spectators,
there’s not a whole crowd of people, on national
television to the side of you. – Is this your card? – [David Letterman] No, no.. – Okay, you want to be
straight on, right here, and that’s it. That’s it that’s it,
that’s the only time you’re gonna perform this in real life. I don’t perform the snap
change in real life, I used to when I started,
but then I learned other changes that fit me a little better, that made less noise. Because there is some noise here, that (Snapping of Card) And so how do you mask that noise? A lot of people give it a flick. And so if you’re here, let
me turn this down a bit. So if you’re here and you
use this finger, to flick it, right it kind of masks that noise. And it becomes the snappy flicky change. I’ve got this card here,
and boom, like that tada! But again, I really like the subtlety of using one finger at
first, holding it like this, boom doing the change, and then still having one finger there. Kinda like the eye didn’t
catch what happened, right? So you’re here, boom, and clean up. Clean yourself! Bom bom bom bom bomp. And that’s really all I have
to say about the snap change. So again, it’s a muscle memory thing, so don’t get discouraged
if you’re doing this. If the card is doing
this and you’re having a hard time getting it out it’s probably because your fingers are
too high up on the deck. You need them to be more down
here, down at the corners. Because that is going to
leave you the cleanest. You can kinda display your
openness, even though you’re here the card is covering this part here. The hand comes in as you
turn, so it looks like you’re just putting that
card back on the deck. Sneaky sneak. (Cards shuffle) And outro! Alright so that was a tutorial,
as well as some handlings on it, I hope you guys enjoyed that, I hope it was fun to learn. Snap change is not that difficult, but with these subtleties,
hopefully they will help you make it more deceptive. Like I said, not necessarily
something you want to perform unless you’re
straight on, dead on, for one person. But it is fun to do , it is
fun to do for the mirror, the camera, it looks really great. And with those subtle
tips, they can really help you make it almost look
completely imperceptible. So once again guys, if
you like this video, hit the like button I
do appreciate it, drop a comment below and let me know what you thought of this tutorial. And what you think what I should bring on next week’s tutorial. I appreciate you guys so
much, we just hit 300k, I’m super excited, I had
a meet and greet yesteday, near Montreal and a whole
bunch of people showed up I filmed everything, so
that will be up this week stay tuned for that video,
and thank you once again for the 300k, each and every one of you. Although there aren’t 300,000
people watching this video, I do thank each and every
one of you watching, yeah you, specifically Brendon. Nah, I don’t know, I
just dropped that random. All the Brendon’s are like ‘Oh my God!’. Alright guys, that’s
it take care, we’ll see you on the next video peace! (calm electronic music)

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