Before the would-be conjurer may hope to mystify an audience successfully with a pack of cards he must master certain sleight of hand moves that are a part of every card trick that requires skill. These moves can be attained only by constant practice. There are a number of these sleights, but only such as are necessary successfully to perform the particular tricks herein described will be explained.
Of late years a number of so-called "card kings" have appeared whose sole ability consists in making what is known as "the back-hand palm," a bit of card jugglery which is utterly useless in those beautiful and bewildering card illusions that may be shown with an audience on every side of the performer. Besides being useless this particular move has so frequently been exposed, intentionally or carelessly, that it is now very generally understood by the average theater goer.