The Shake Change Tutorial

The Shake Change is an incredible utility move that you can perform to reveal a chosen card to a spectator.

The premise is this. A spectator stops at a card during a riffle selection. The magician then shows them this card and places it into the middle of the deck, before showing the top card from the deck and picking it up.  The card is then shaken for it to change into the selected card. 

You can also use this method with a signed card which is explained below.

You will need to learn the double lift and triple lift which are taught in the videos at the bottom of the page.  

Our thanks for this wonderful tutorial go to the great magician Sleight of Hand 101.  Click on the link to see his YouTube channel.

Let us get into this extremely versatile move by watching the video below.

The Shake Change Recap

It is a marvellous utility move and one which can be used in many situations. 

So let us recap the trick.

  • You need to perform a triple lift whether it is from the top of the deck or the middle. This is the start as you will need three cards to complete the illusions.
  • Let the spectator see the card at the bottom of the pile of three so they know this is their card. (the spectator does not know there are three cards on the pile)** read below to see how to get them to sign the card**
  • Place these three cards on top of the deck and remove the top one explaining this is their chosen card and place it into the middle of their deck.
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  • Take the next top card and show the spectator and during this you make a break under the card on top of the deck. Place the card you have shown to the spectator on top of the deck.
  • Pick up both cards as one using your thumb and middle finger.
  • Shake your hand and during the shake use your first finger to twist the cards showing the spectator his chosen card.
  • Place the cards back onto the deck and remove the spectators card and give it to them.

**You can also get the spectator to sign their card by putting the cards on top of the deck face up, get them to sign the card as you hold the deck, you then triple lift the cards face over and you are then set to perform the trick**

Double and triple lift explanation 

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