Swing Cut
Card Control Technique

The Swing Cut is a method for cutting a deck of cards without the need of a table. It is used within many other more complicated cut sequences as well.

It is a starting move where you grip the deck in your hand and using your first finger and thumb, you swing half the pack to the left and then grip that pile in your other hand.  You then place the other pile of cards on top.

It is used in numerous tricks where you need to place a selected card into the deck. If you know the bottom card then it places this bottom card on top of the chosen card.

It looks very professional when done correctly. Its uses are numerous and I am sure that once you have mastered the technique, you will use it many times in your routines.

Thanks go to the magician 52kards for developing the tutorial video.  He explains the trick very well.

Let us watch the video below and learn how to perform the Swing-Cut Technique.

Swing Cut Card Technique

So to recap.  You grip the cards in an overhand grip where your ring and middle fingers hold the front edge of the cards whilst your thumb holds on to the back of the deck.

You then bring your first finger into place and using the pad of your first finger you pull up roughly half the cards leaving the other pile of cards in the grip of your other two fingers and thumbs.

From that position you swing out the top pile to the left using your thumb as a counter lever.

Grab this pile in your other hand and then place the cards that are left within the middle finger and ring finger on top of the first pile.

It is quite easy to master if you practice it often.  It is a smooth movement too so no need to jerk it. Practice separating the cards into two piles first before you swing the piles across. You should also see how hard you hold the cards too.

With all card techniques, you need to get a feel of the trick and performing it many times will help you get that kind of feel. Take your time. Learn it in stages and it will be like second nature in the end.  Thanks again to 52kards for sharing the trick with us.

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