Elmsley Count Tutorial
Magic sleight

The Elmsley count tutorial. It is a Card Sleight.

Below we have TagsMagic teaching us the best way of performing this move to disguise another card in the pile of cards.

It requires a lot of practice and skill, but it is easy to master if you practice. You will find many tricks that use the elmsley (ghost) count.

You basically take the first card of the top of the pile and move it to the bottom, whilst doing that you push two cards of the top as one card..

That is the secret you will have to master.. then place those two cards on the bottom.. then continue showing the cards..

It will take a while to learn and to master it will take a lot of practice. You will need to just keep dealing out the cards then focus on perfecting the count as you deal.

Its very deceptive and the audience will not see if it performed correctly.

There are many tricks that need you to learn this sleight so get practicing

Watch the trick below and learn a brilliant sleight to add to your arsenal!!

The Elmsley count tutorial. It is a Card Sleight.

Elmsley Count

Some history behind the Elmsley count tutorial


Alex Elmsley  was born the 2 March 1929 and died 8th January 2006. Born in Scotland England, He was a brilliant Magician and also a Programmer.

He invented the Ghost Count or Elmsley Count as it was renamed later on, This special count was used in Elmsley's 4 Card Trick and became on of the greatest inventions of the 20th century magic.

He created many mathematical card tricks, and published the maths behind of playing card shuffling.

He started to learn magic as a teenager in 1946. He went to Cambridge University and studied physics / mathematics.

He created many magic tricks, including the Ghost Count, Point Of Departure, Diamond Cut Diamond. and Between Your Palms.

The Manuscripts he wrote were Elmsley's 4 Card Trick (1967) and Cardwork (1975),


He Became secretary of the Pentacle Club.

His day job was as a patent agent then later computer expert. But best of all he was an amateur card and close-up magician.

He was awarded an AMA Creative Fellowship in 1972.

For further reading and inspiration this book The Collected Works of Alex Elmsley <vol. 1 1991 and vol. 2 1994>. is available to read.


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