Rubber band magic tricks are easy, visual, and best of all, you can take them everywhere you go! Every magician should know at least ONE rubber band effect.
But where do you learn rubber band magic? Most of the rubber band magic online is either too easy or WAY too hard.
In this video, we show you an extraordinary effect that uses a rubber band and deck of cards to create a miracle, and share EXACTLY how it’s done.
This video is one of our original Afternoon Astonishment series – a brand new show from Conjuror Community designed to bring you magic when it counts the most.
Watch the video below, or if you’d prefer, you can read the complete transcript of this show below. Enjoy!
Speaker 1 (00:00):
All right now. Hey everybody. Aaron Fisher here. Joining me this afternoon is my friend Adam grace that’s related to scientists. Hey guys and Alexander slammer. Hello everybody. And we are here today to do a little bit of afternoon delight. We’re going to hang out. We’re going to watch one of our favorite rubber band tricks, uh, taught to us by last week’s special guest, mr Larry Wilmore. We’re going to lay it. Larry is going to show you the routine he did. He’s going to teach you the move and then we’re going to hop in there and make sure that everybody can do it. So grab a deck of cards and a rubber band and let’s get going.
Speaker 2 (00:40):
Speaker 3 (00:43):
Alright, here we go. I just have to do a pull it up here. So give me one moment. Um, this is going to be great. I’m excited. All right, here we go. Let’s take a look at mr [inaudible]. I think this is like the greatest rubber band trick ever, by the way. Okay,
Speaker 2 (00:59):
here it is. So I always like, like I said, I like, Oh you don’t, I want to show you guys just kind of my, it’s a nice kind of utility thing that I have, I put on the table sometimes keep coins and rubber bands and stuff like that. Um, but you can have this, if you have some lectures, you can just keep it on the table and just use it. It’s just kind of nice, you know, just kind of a nice thing that I got. I’ll tell you where to get it later. But I’m going to use these rubber bands of the legs. Oh, let me move back.
Speaker 2 (01:32):
You guys can see. Right. Okay. Um, so what I’m gonna I’ll do, um, well maybe I’ll just get into, but the thing that I’m going to end with is another one of those things that I came up with, um, because I needed to find a way to do something. So that’s what I’m mentioning right now. Um, so, and uh, Aaron, go ahead and just say, stop. It’s, I go through here. Stop. Okay. You want the ACE, the queen or the deuce? Um, I can’t see the suits is Medusa. What? Oh, ACL hearts easy. He said hearts. Okay. You said, and we make sure there’s just one if the hearts of the one of those like magic Dick’s and that type of thing. I don’t want people to think that type of thing. This is the routine I perform for Lima bell. We want to do this.
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Speaker 2 (02:19):
Okay, so you, you said stop pretty soon. That card was maybe about 33 33 for the top. It’s actually an ambitious cards move right now it’s about about 27 from the 23rd from the top. So say it’s actually, it’s actually 19th from the top, but Whoa. Okay. Just doing this. I can, I can, it’s 11 from the top. It’s really amazing. Just how the car look, if I were to stop right now, it’d be fifth bro. What’s that? It’s third from it. What was your car? Eighth. A heart made its way to the top as it was. Just go now. I’ll show you how I did that lab. You know I am doing is a take the ACE. They see that somewhere in the middle and let’s think about halfway down. So it’s not, I’m going to talk to you and you just wait. You just snap. It’s the snack that makes it come to the top and displayed a little bit. Huh? No pause. No, it doesn’t even have to go in the middle. You can just sit there and place it. Second. It really doesn’t matter. Cause watch very slowly. So, Oh yay. Thanks guys. Thanks guys. Okay, let’s do it one more time please. The cart in the middle that just stays parts. Just Suzy. Can you say that?
Speaker 2 (03:48):
No, let’s start over. Let’s do it again. Let’s actually place it on the bottom right here. Uh, so it’s not at the top. All I do is like push the black room and the car takes the elevator and comes right to the top. Little sticky says kind of stuff. Now it doesn’t have to take the elevator guys. You can actually have the car take the escalator, still comes to the top because you’re doing these tricks. But you know, you’re a magician. You know, man, you, you’re manipulating you with cards. You know, I said, okay, I’ll do it. I’ll use this rubber band. I won’t manipulate the cards. I’ll, I’ll tie the deck up. I won’t do anything. And we’ll see. Because all it is, is the snapping that makes it come to this app. Right? So one, two, three, yeah. And a couple of, uh, sequences of, uh, the ambitious card. Um, you know that I’ve kind of worked out the, um, Oh, Oh, um, Karen do me a favor and shuffle the cards. You take it through the power. Yes. Magic. All right. Mixed. [inaudible] cut them.
Speaker 4 (05:21):
Speaker 2 (05:28):
it’s going to be impossible. You guys. All you do is what you snap. Turn over the top cart. I right. Seven flubs. Is that my photos? Something like, Oh no. These guys, sometimes I’m guilty of snapping too hard. You know what happens with it? Utility bucks I told you about earlier or no, there’s something in it. But those, let’s see, there’s a little Carter come folded up and that card of course happens to be,
Speaker 3 (06:08):
Speaker 2 (06:16):
back in here. There you go. Okay. Couple of ambitions.
Speaker 3 (06:25):
Yeah. So that, that is an unbelievable awesome ending with a rubber band there. Of course you don’t have to use it in your ambitious car routine. So, uh, there was a quite in depth the teach on this, uh, which Larry got into. But uh, you know, we’ve also got some touches, uh, that we’re going to show you from Alex. Aaron. Uh, did you have something you wanted to add?
Speaker 1 (06:49):
Well, I just wanted to let you know, our members know that you can be checking out the entire Larry Wilmore lecture where he’s going to go into great detail on every single aspect of what he did there plus so much more including that incredible mercury, uh, card folds substitution that he developed and all kinds of stuff there. Uh, today what we’re going to focus on, right? Are you going to be sharing Larry’s discussion of the rubber band trick? It’s up. So we’re going to watch Larry’s discussion, the rubber band trick. Then, uh, we’ve been dissecting and uh, and deconstructing it. So Alex is going to be able to bring it to you in terms. So simple that even I could understand, but let’s, uh, check out Larry first.
Speaker 5 (07:29):
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Speaker 2 (07:32):
That’s, this is one of my favorite effects. I use this thing all the time. It’s impromptu. You can have a on your wrist. Someone asks to see a trick. You can do this with the problem deck. I did it in the ambitious part, which is great too. Um, I actually did it in a closer room, but I did it a little different story I talked about, you know, when I got into magic convening was my hero. This is all true. That’s one of the things I saturated myself and I, and I wanted to duplicate. I said, the gastric metamorphosis was the fastest trick in the world in three seconds. You know, he switched places with his life. This is blah, blah, blah. I had this pattern and I said, I’m going to attempt to beat that record and we’re going to find the car and the amount of time it takes to say who need me.
Speaker 2 (08:10):
So that was my pattern for it. Yeah. So, and I think it just, that one card they picked it is the King of clubs, whatever. And you can have any crack. And I’ve done this with several cards to where people can pick multiple cards or whatever. It really doesn’t matter. And I said, okay, I’m going to tack the deck. Just like convenient was tied up. Any amount of time it takes to say who P we’re going to try to find that car. Okay, let’s practice one, two, three. Okay. And the audience gets into this. So it’s a good audience trick and say line two, three, boom. And of course the five away guys, this, let me just show you one other thing before I tip it to, this works with multiple, uh, multiple cards too. You know, uh, let’s get before Kings, like the four looked fantastic in this, but let’s say you have three or four selections or the last two selections or whatever. You place these different parts of the deck just to be proper. Let me just check. I couldn’t just do it. I actually had to do this part. I appreciate your efforts, man.
Speaker 2 (09:18):
Might be King there. Maybe King there anything down here. Who knows? [inaudible] Kings are hiding everywhere, right? We don’t know. Um, so I’m going to try to find the four Kings by not doing anything. All I’m gonna do is tie my hands the day. I’m not going to do a thing, you know, like, cause I’m tired. Tired. You’re doing that. You guys do some of the words, say the magic word day and now you found that it’s a beautiful display with multiple selections. It’s like you pick that card, you think that you think that I’m tired, I’m not doing any more magic. It’s a great closer and all that kind of stuff. So all of this, this is getting the car. Let me come up close.
Speaker 2 (10:02):
This is not my trick. I learned this years ago. I’m not even sure whose it is, but I’m happy to teach it to you, so I apologize for that. Um, so you have to get whatever card you’re going to have. Come to the top, get it to the bottom. Okay. Or if it’s several cards, it’s several cards to the bottom like, but I’ve just stayed with them. Little multiple shift to action. Um, once on the bottom you want to get a break under the bottom card. Uh, many easy ways to do that. I just kind of pull it down as I’m talking or whatever. If it’s multiple cards, you can do what I just did. Say it could be here, could be here, could be here. And then as you spread the last part, spot your four, and then as you put it back, just leave it just out jog like that a little bit.
Speaker 2 (10:46):
So you have a natural break. Just a natural way to do it. That’s, I did the last time. Hard to pull down. Hard to pull down scorecard. Okay. So let’s start with one cart. So you get a break there. So what you’re going to do is the rubber band is going to go into that brick throat, man. It’s going to go into that break under that car and seeing me hold my hand here. Rubber band is going to go see the car there. Yeah. So you’re putting the deck, the rubber band around the deck and the selection is free. Correct. So, okay, so it comes here and right now the card is on the bottom and the rubber band was around the Carter’s on the bottom by itself. Hope that I can do this slow. Okay. I have to pass. Let me do a fence real quick.
Speaker 2 (11:33):
All right. Okay. So there and then you’re going to turn it and you’re going to come. Okay. So guys, I can’t do this slow and so sir, I have to do it faster. Quick the middle. Know what I’m doing. Okay. I can’t, I can’t even understand books with tricks like this animal. So, all right, good. How does that look, by the way it looks every time. It never hangs up. It never doesn’t do the shit rubber band stuff does. It looks like magic. Okay. All right, I’m going to try to do a slow, right, right. So it’s under here and then you do, you voted like that and then you put the finger in here and then you come back like that I believe.
Speaker 2 (12:20):
I think then you let the finger go. Now see, I can’t guys, I don’t know if I can teach this new slow. Maybe if you do it real slow. There it is. Okay, so after, okay, so I forgot I was going to teach this. I didn’t go over first. You know, you’re like no, no here. And then it turns, then this comes here, then it does that, and then this finger is going to have to get out. As this goes underneath this finger, see was holding that and it’s going to let it go. And when it does that, see there’s a gap here. There’s no worker band around the deck here, right here. Right now the Berber band is really only around this car. Okay, so it looks like you’re holding it in place. It wants to spread. What you’re really doing, the illusion is that you’re wrapping the deck.
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Speaker 2 (13:23):
But in reality, what you’re doing is you’re just wrapping around long car. Okay. That makes sense. Okay. So that’s probably a little easier to invite helps. Yeah, that helps. So, so what you’re doing is you’re coming out and you’re doing this finger goes in cause it needs to hold that you, you turn it again and you come back around say, so please sort of round the deck. It looks like you place it around the deck twice. But this is holding the secret in place because it won’t allow the rubber band to do with it. But when you pull that finger out, that’s when it collapses and it’s just on that single card. That’s exactly right. And my hand goes under there at that time, it comes out under the single card. And what’s going to happen is the card is gonna flip over onto my hand, slipped over.
Speaker 2 (14:12):
So really slow. It does that. Wow. Sensational. And you said you don’t remember where this is from? No, I learned a years ago. Okay. It may be a John Rakin borrower thing. I’m not sure what. Well, uh, Andrew says that, uh, there’s a peach of it or not. I’m John Armstrong’s a lecture DVD. So I don’t think it’s John’s move though. Nothing, you know? Well, I’m sure he gives credits. I’m just, I’m just saying that if you want to, you want to see batek yeah, no, I wasn’t suggesting that yet, but, but cause I think I knew at point, but I just, I just forgot. You know, but it’s so clever guys. It’s, it’s so utilitarian. You could use it. You could get out of the situation. Let’s say you guessed the wrong part. What was your card? Get it to the bottom. So I don’t know how this happened, you know, and I’m never going to do magic again. I’m just going to tie this up, you know, that’s all I refuse. You know, I am just loo. Wait, what did you say?
Speaker 2 (15:17):
It’s gotta be after Charles Jordan. Right? There’s nothing in that book that, that’s strong. That’s really strong. Which one? You know, I just remember like all those rubber band tricks that appear in the Charles Jordan books, but they’re those tricks that hang up and sandwich a card. You know, this, this thing looks like it’s gotta be 2030 years later. There’s another rubber band trick where the deck twists like that and then it goes under the whole thing. I never really liked that when I was a little too right. It propels it out. It just propels it out and it’s like side jogged or, or like this to me is beautiful, you know, and that car comes, it’s just beautiful cause it happened so fast, you know, startling.
Speaker 2 (16:01):
They hold up their hand, he slapped their hand in that car. It’s up there. It’s like, what the fuck does that mean? Now? A little smelted. I’ll show it again, but I’ll show you a little subtlety at the end. Oh, by the way, here’s nothing. Here’s, here’s a really great use for it, right? So let’s put it in the cart bucks. Alright. Alright, cool. Car bucks. Okay, now we’re going to put it around. All right. There’s no way I can get to the car to diamond. That’s awesome. The rubber band still around it. There you go. It’s all good dude. Get out of a car box is really a lot of fun. You know Larry, you are so awesome man. I’m having so much fun. You’ve got such great magic man. Oh look, this is impromptu stuff too. So here’s, let me show you the car box guys. This impact, this is probably the way you should do it. So, so cardbox always put it in with the flat this way. Not this way. Okay. So you get the break here, right? And just put the flap and so you know what? I can’t find your cart. Let’s just put the cards up. The trickles over. Well, cards on the bottom right.
Speaker 2 (17:22):
Um, let’s just put it up. Is that right? It should be. It should be facing this way. Amen. Could’ve been the other way. Yeah, it have gone in the other way. I think. Cause the card should be, should it be facing that way when you put it in. So the car is like that, right? But if it’s face down, whatever, now you do float.
Speaker 4 (17:38):
Speaker 2 (17:41):
No, it’s great. Is that, where is this fucking car going to come from at this point? Stealing. You know what to date, it’s there. Now here’s a little salt that they didn’t get in their own way. Here’s a little salty handled the card as you hand it to them. This part of the rubber band goes like that as you take your hand off and it just looks like the rubber end was always on there. The whole time someone tried to reconstruct is just looking at that thing and it’s like, what the, what the hell just happened? You know? And you could do the same with the debt. I’ll see too. It’s a nice little salty, you know, I just like this little salty sometimes even if nobody ever questions that or whatever, you know, it makes it into an impromptu impossible object. That’s great. Exactly. So if you do it with the deck, you know, one, two, three, boom. So hand on the cart and then you know, you can say you put that down while you’re setting up your next trick. And that’s just sitting there with a rubber band that’s just, that’s just sitting there like an asshole with a rubber band around it. Like you’re never to figured me out.
Speaker 2 (18:49):
Speaker 1 (18:52):
You know, Larry shared so much incredible magic and you could really, it was very typical of a first time guest lecturer when we have our living room lectures because you know, Larry has performed obviously in all kinds of amazing situations and, and some he lubed up and got warmed up faster than just about anybody cause he’s used to being in all kinds of situations. But you could see at this point in the lecture, he was really just starting to, you know, he doesn’t think of himself as a magic lecturer. Right. And he, as he said, most of the time did, he gives lectures. It’s on comedy writing, you know, on how to produce a television show. Uh, but once of course we were in the show for about an hour or so. He started to realize all the things he had to share. And we had this rollicking two and a half hour mega call now in that entire call.
Speaker 1 (19:47):
Right. The only trick that, cause Larry, you know, he’s a real genius. You hadn’t given a lot of thought to how to teach that rubber band trick over the course of his life. So you could see in real time he was sharing all this stuff and he’s going, I’ve never really thought how to describe this before. So what we’re going to do now is we’re going to everyone grab your rubber band, grab your cards, and Alex is gone a step by step, show you exactly how to do this rubber band, a rubber band production. And you know, Ron mentioned that the rubber band, uh, cutting the deck, cutting the rubber band card out of the deck. Uh, that’s an old JC Wagner trick from his wonderful book, the commercial magic of JC Wagner. And while I’ve always loved Jaycees trick, I really like this production more than anything in terms of a card trick and a rubber band production. Uh, I don’t think it gets any better. And Kendall, I’ll just say, uh, my mother recently suggested who’s been staying with us for, for the last couple of weeks because we’re having to look quarantine. She said, well, you can always pull the knob, the face masks. And I went, no, we’re going to, we’re building a lot of wonderful face mask magic, but we’re going to wait. We’re not currently done with PPE.
Speaker 3 (21:08):
I’m with you man. This is like top notch rubber band magic. Like some people love to love to just do stuff with two rubber bands or one member band, but this side, this combines the best. That production is amazing. And I have a feeling we’re about to learn it in such a way that we’re all going to be able to do it easily and then ride Alex [inaudible].
Speaker 6 (21:28):
It’s really no pressure. Alex asks, usually that’s usually my introduction. I’m used to it now. So the thing about it is, um, you want to use a smaller rubber band. Uh, if you can, I know everybody’s sort of not near a stationary story and it’s tough to get these things at this point. Normally for magic, we’re using the number 19 rubber band because that works best for these, you know, linking rubber band tricks. This thing because it’s a smaller rubber band, it makes that card spring into view quicker. So it’s better to have a smaller rubber band, even if it’s like a rubber band that you get on the newspaper and you still get the newspaper delivered, that’s usually a smaller rubber band. It’s just going to have more traction and it’s going to grab that car to make it pop into view better. So for what it’s worth, uh, get yourself a number 16, uh, you probably can order them online.
Speaker 6 (22:16):
That’s probably when you’re going to be the best you can do at this point. Um, the other thing to keep in mind is when you’re doing this, get your, don’t, don’t use your best deck of cards right now. This thing is going to grab cards and it’s going to put little dings in them, especially when you’re learning it. Because in the beginning, when you’re learning this, you’re going to be a little bit heavy handed. With this, you’re going to be pulling tighter. You’re going to be, you know, just putting more work into it. Having said that in addition to the deck, get a little handful of rubber bands, right? Because as you do this, they’re going to break, you know, you’re going to go through it. And I’m finding that now I’m getting pretty good at it. I can get about 20 Springs out of river, out of a rubber band before it just snaps on me and it’s over.
Speaker 6 (22:53):
So those are the things you should know going into it. Uh, other than that, I think we should probably just get into the hand positions here and we can start doing it. I hope that everyone has a SM rubber bands around and has a deck of cards. So I’m going to forgo the control part. Just assume that whatever the card is on the bottom is going to be the card, but obviously you need to do a car control, control it to the bottom, and then you’ll get a break above that card by either pulling down with your pinky or buckling and getting a break so that that card is loose, the selection is loose. And now the rubber band is the, is the, uh, is the gain here because you’re going to wrap that rubber band around the deck and there’s a specific way you want to do this.
Speaker 6 (23:31):
First of all, I start like this, like a claw so that I can come in around the deck and then pull away with my fingers at the extreme right end. It’s important, uh, as you’ll see in a second here. So again, I that around the entire deck with the exception of the selection. So the selection is free band is around the entire deck. You’re going to pull your hand to the extreme right now here’s something to pay attention to because if you do this part backwards, it will not come loose and the card will never spring. And in fact, you’ll have the band around the deck. It’ll just lock it in place. Uh, the top band is the upper band. The lower band, uh, is the one you don’t want to pay attention to the separate band. You want to pay attention to it in this way.
Speaker 6 (24:13):
I’m going to twist my hand and bring so my Palm is towards me and when I’ve done that, the upper band is the front band of the two. That’s important. If you do it the opposite way and that lower band is the front band of the two, it locks up and it won’t work. So position check, just make sure that you’re bringing that hand far away and towards yourself so that this top band twist forward. That’s the front most of those two strands. So once I have that there, I’m forming a little X here because I’ve twisted that band on itself. That’s the point where you put your middle finger in and you grab right? And once you have that, now you untwist what you have here and that makes a bit, that goes around that middle finger. So basically that middle finger is trapped in that little bite of rubber band.
Speaker 6 (25:00):
That’s the end game. That’s, that’s what you’re looking for for that middle finger to make this whole thing work. I’m going to start it over. I just want to show you this one more time here. Just so you understand. That’s what you’re shooting for. So again, I’m going to just start the whole thing over. And if you’re already there or you think you’re close enough, start from there. Uh, put the band around the deck again, the upper band, and going to twist so that my Palm is now facing towards me and the upper band is now front. Most of the two. That’s the X. That’s where that middle finger goes in. Now I untwist this hand and that’s how I get that bite there. Now once I have that, this band here is going to be what goes around this entire configuration in my left hand.
Speaker 6 (25:41):
But know this, at the end of this, I’m going to transfer all of it to my right hand. Just keep that in mind. So I bring this around and when I bring it around the hand, here’s what I’m shooting for. I’m shooting for getting this band to sit right between that first and second finger and come around the top knuckle of this knuckle here of my thumb. Let me do that. It goes around like this, the whole deck, and it’s like this. Now look, it’s right there around that first knuckle there and it comes up on the second knuckle and I have not let go with my fingers. There’s a reason for this because I’m going to put my hand into that gap and the way I do that is by transferring this whole grip to my thumb, just like this, letting my hand slip out and then go underneath the band.
Speaker 6 (26:24):
Now this is the point, just the position. Check here, that middle fingers trap, that whole bit of band there. It’s going around my first finger and around my thumb. I’m going to take over control with my right hand, but as I do that, that middle finger slips out of that little bit there and when it does that, the deck slips so that it’s going around my hand, underneath my hand to the side and it’s on just this single card right here and that’s what’s going to make it propel and spin around on my hand. There’s a lot there. So let me go through that again and if there’s any questions as I’m going through this, please feel free to ask. But I think you guys are with me here. After what we saw Larry do in these little details, I think everyone’s going to have this thing.
Speaker 6 (27:03):
So again, get that break below or above that, that bottom card of the deck, I twist forward, bringing my Palm towards myself. Get that bite with the middle finger untwist. Now this whole band goes around my hand on the deck sitting in those positions that I mentioned before. I’m still holding it like this. I transfer everything to my thumb so that my hand can then go inside of that. Now here’s the thing, I’m going to let that middle finger slip out of here and when I do that, I generally bring my hand over a little bit so that there’s nothing to be seen, right? So that’s free now and once that’s done, you need to make sure that your first finger and your thumb are grabbing that bottom card. Otherwise it’ll slip out and side jog on you. But once you have that, now I’m in position for that card to spring into view and I’ll do it first on the table so you can see what’s happening.
Speaker 6 (27:57):
Just like that. It Springs into view. It’s a beautiful thing. Uh, there’s a trick about that though. You need to make sure that first of all, you have enough space between the table and your hands so that that card has enough room to flip out and hit the back of your hand before you hit the tabletop. Second of all, when you’re doing this, a note, I’m just going to set it up once real quick and I’ll show you that it can be set up really quick here. I’m just going to do it once real quick to show you another position. Check here. Once you get it around, you can set this whole thing up pretty quick so that you have the band around the deck and everything’s ready to go. Uh, the other thing is, is that I have my thumb here sort of trapping that card.
Speaker 6 (28:31):
I have my fingertips starting with that first finger, I transfer it to that grip so that I have a claw like grip and I’m holding that card there. Uh, one of the things about this is that you have to make your hand flat. If you don’t make it flat, it can get caught on that thumb. It can get caught on any of these fingers and you won’t get the full revolution. It won’t snap to the back of your hand. It’ll sometimes hit the side of your hand. So make sure that when you come down, you make your hand extend and go flat as possible. Okay. And I think I just had too much tension there and held it for too long and that’s why they didn’t work. Let me do it one more time and I’ll show you what I mean, you want to make that hand go flat cause that’s the one way that you can hang up on this and make the whole thing just not, not work. Do it one more time here. Okay. Make that hand flat.
Speaker 3 (29:19):
I’ve got a, I’ve got a big question, right? Yes. So at the very beginning, um, when, when the rubber band is around the deck, when you put, when you insert your hand here Alex, and you pull out where in your deck hand, where is that rubber band coming out through? Is it coming out between these two fingers? Is your middle finger behind? Yeah. No, you
Speaker 6 (29:42):
were right the first time. It’s right between those two middle fingers. And let me do that slow and I’ll be a little bit more descriptive here as I’m, as I’m setting that up. So I put it around and I’ve captured basically have a, have that one lap, the bottom card, not within the rubber band. It’s coming right through these two middle fingers. And now watch my hand here when I twist so that my Palm is towards myself. There’s that little X and that’s when I put that middle finger in there. Right now I untwist and that middle finger is trapped now in that little bite right there. Got it. So now this whole thing comes around my hand like this and it gets trapped in that knuckle so that it can’t slide off. And I put it behind that knuckle on the thumb, lift my thumb up while still maintaining all this tension here right now.
Speaker 6 (30:28):
So now it’s around the deck. Now I put my thumb in there to hold it open so that my hand can go in, my right hand can go in, and then I can grab the whole deck. And that’s when that middle finger gets free from that bite of the rubber band. And then I can take the deck into a full position that I’m going to use to actually make the, uh, the production happen. And in addition to the table, you can do it on your hand so you can do it walk around, which is pretty wonderful. Any other questions before I, uh, go through it again? Oh, one more time. Slowly I’ll do it. Okay.
Speaker 7 (30:59):
Yeah. And while, while you’re doing that slowly, just the answer this, if I’m some, I’m able to get it to pop, uh, come up around. Uh, but not fully, there’s too much Slack at the end. Is that because this, you were saying it needs to be a rubber band. That’s okay. So that’s what’s going to happen. If you use too big of a rubber band, there won’t be enough. There’ll be too much Slack at the end. Right.
Speaker 6 (31:21):
Let me show you this too. I have some nineteens here just so that we can compare. Uh, cause I do tricks with nineteens all the time. I’m sure many of you do. They’re the ones that you buy the first giant bag of this is really the size difference between the two, right? It’s like almost half the size. Okay. So the number 16 is the one you’re really after. Um, but like I said, often, uh, they have that size 16, that’s what uh, paper delivers will use to wrap those and they’re a thicker band, which actually probably is helpful for this cause it won’t break as quick. So there it is. All right, so let’s go through this thing again. Slowly. So again, cards returned controlled to the bottom and then I get that break above that bottom card. Now I get the rubber band and I’m going to do this.
Speaker 6 (32:06):
I’m going to get rid of this one because I think it’s about ready to break. Get a nice new one and a nice new one. Make them pop a little bit better too. And when you start to see things not popping the way they should, there’s generally a sign that it’s time to switch bands. So again, that goes around the whole deck and I come between these two middle fingers with the band. I pull this away and I twist forward again. So that front band or the top band is the front band. That’s when the middle finger goes in and I’m holding that there. I undo my twist and that’s what creates that bite in the rubber band that the middle finger is holding there. Now this whole thing comes around the whole deck and I aim for that first knuckle there between the first and second finger.
Speaker 6 (32:48):
I aim for that knuckle because that’s sort of like a track and that band can’t come out of there. Plus I have all this tension here. I never let go. I never let go with my right hand. Then I can switch my left or excuse me, my right thumb to take over that tension, hold that tension so that my whole right hand can go into that rubber band. And then I can take control of the deck, making sure that that bottom card stays in place. And that’s the moment when I can pull out that middle finger so that everything pops into place as it should be. And then I’m into the production. [inaudible]
Speaker 3 (33:21):
Alex. Um, so, uh, something happened just now where like, I don’t know where the car went. I’m looking through the deck and it’s not even in there. So I’m not even sure where the card is right now. It’s working and you just don’t know it. It’s so, it actually is the most easy to back Palm ever video. This is amazing, dude. I just learned it really easily with your, uh, with your instruction. Thank you. Oh, great. Well let’s work on, how about everyone else? Put some ones in there. If this is working out on your end so we can, we’d have some direction and know where to go next.
Speaker 1 (33:52):
Very curious. We’ve got a lot of comments about what a great, even Ron Porter. Excellent explanation, eh, uh, one is loving it. I think we’re going to want to do it again. Who out there put a one like me, if you literally didn’t put a rubber bands, magic rubber bands, nineteens whatever in your magic plague kit. Because I for one tried to tell the state troopers recently that my Emagic rubber bands were totally necessary purchase. Uh, but it was a tough sell. Anyone else? Mike’s having issues, getting rubber bands or doing the actual thing. So I think Mark Spitzer says on this explanation, let’s really dig in
Speaker 3 (34:35):
to the left right orientation so that we can [inaudible] for us all the way through a quick demo. First two. Okay. Yes. Rolando, do you want to get some in there before you start? So I’m fine up until the twist around the other hand. That’s where I get lost. Okay. Okay. Everything else. I got the, the finger forward, the right rubber band. I twist it back and then when I try and come around the deck is where I get hung up. Okay. Well, let’s see what we can do there and make sure that we get uh, enough details so everyone catches up. So again, how’d that break put the band around the car?
Speaker 6 (35:10):
It seems to be doing okay with the twist, getting that bite with the middle finger. Now here’s what happens. This left hand is holding everything that left middle finger has the bite. The right hand is going to take this band and put it around the left hand. But when it does that here, I’m aiming for this knuckle right here so that this band, the bottom part of this band, basically the band, the part of the band is right next to my little finger. That’s what’s going right on that knuckle. That’s what’s going on right on that first knuckle. And then I bring it back and pull back. And that’s what I’m keeping that tension, right? So my right hand, those fingers are keeping that tension there. And if you look, you’ll see that this is the situation, right? That middle fingers there. If I pull that out, we go back to where we’re supposed to be, which is just having that rubber band around that one card.
Speaker 6 (35:54):
Right. Um, if you’re not getting that situation when you’re doing it, it means that the bottom band is going first and that it’s not coming loose. It means you need to pay attention to that twist, that first twist that we do. Because I, when I first learned this, obviously Larry doesn’t say anything about anything with the bands and all of that stuff and I was doing it and like 50% of the time I was getting this situation, I’m going to do it wrong once you understand what I’m talking about, I would get this situation, I put the thing around the deck and I would let go and then no. Did it work that time? Huh?
Speaker 6 (36:28):
I don’t know why. Okay, let’s do it again though. Let’s go slow. It goes in here and says he’s getting lost. When you put your other hand, your hand around the other hand. So maybe it’s pay extra special. So when I do a twist here, that’s when I get that middle finger on that first X I untwist and that’s what makes that bite exist for the middle finger. Now this band here, that’s the whole thing that’s going around my left hand. I’m just coming around my left hand like this and when I come around I’m dropping that bottom part of the band right there. So it’s in the knuckle of that first finger and it’s around the top. That’s it, right? I could come off and go right back in. That’s the hole. That is the whole thing. It goes around like that and that’s, that’s step two basically, right? Or step three after that twist of getting the bit of the middle finger that goes around like that. And now when you’re in this position, that’s when that right thumb can take over to allow the whole right hand to go in, take over the deck so that you can then do the production. You know, I do to clear it up here.
Speaker 7 (37:31):
Well, I actually, if you don’t mind, may I take a, I take a shot at explaining what I also or how I feel is that maybe, so what was tripping me up is that everything Alex is saying is right. I’m here at this position. So I turned down, stick the finger in, turn back up. Right Alex. I’ve got the bite now. Okay, now I’m going to widen. Right. I’m going to widen the whole thing. Right. And it’s about to go in. It’s about to go around. So notice it’s going around everything. It’s going around the finger at the bottom. It’s going around the thumb at the top. It’s cool around all of that. And so when I let that go, I can actually, you said not to let it go, but I noticed that as long as I hold the pressure there with the bite in the thumb, it stays right.
Speaker 6 (38:23):
It’s terrible. You got to transfer that thing to the other hand.
Speaker 7 (38:27):
Right? Oh, you do. Right. Right. You have to be, you have to insert and then move it over there to that hand. I got you. Okay. All right. So sorry if I wasn’t spotlighting. Uh,
Speaker 6 (38:38):
I pinned you. I pinned you. Yeah, everyone got it. I think. I think we’re there and it looks like a couple of people.
Speaker 7 (38:45):
Right? Right. Okay. So let’s try it one more time. Okay. So Alex, you don’t mind D cause I have one, I have one other point I want to click clear up with you too that I have to ask about. So here I am, right Moran’s coming up. There I go this way. Stick the thumb in, come back. And now this whole thing, this whole thing is going to go around. Notice it’s going around the finger and on top of the thumb. So it was like he’s saying you can come around on the whole thing or off. So you go ride around and on [inaudible] and then I’m just going to let go for clarity because that’s the position I’m in right now. It’s still around my finger and my thumb. Now I know you’re not supposed to let go, but that’s what I’m saying. So Al, Alex, the one question I had for you is, um, is this, and maybe you can get back to explaining the other part, but really it’s at the very beginning and this Alex, you know, this is one of those little, this is one of those little things that like you don’t really think about sometimes when you’re getting into this, but what I have found to be snagging me up a little bit is when I’m putting the rubber band on when that break.
Speaker 7 (40:15):
So it’s the rubber band goes under that break. Right? For some reason it’s wanting to snag up at the other corner and grab more cards.
Speaker 6 (40:25):
Yeah, I have a tip on that.
Speaker 7 (40:26):
Okay. Thank you. I need, that’s the part I really, really need now.
Speaker 6 (40:30):
Sure, sure. So here’s the thing. So when I get that break, I’ve been turning this thing so that I can show you that it’s going on, but if I do it from the front, you do this
Speaker 7 (40:41):
Speaker 6 (40:43):
Right. I pulled that whole thing down. I pull it all, I pull all the way down so that I can get in there, if that makes sense. Right, and from the front they can’t see that because you’re just, you know, you’re pulling it down. The thing goes around and I’m almost like lifting the deck up a little bit so that I get a clear view of that thing going right and so that it can easily go on. Then I can let it all collapse and then twist it and then twist it and then again around the hand and I want to show something else here. There was a question in the Q and a. Once I put my hand in here and I take over the deck and I release that middle finger, that’s what the band looks like on that card, right? It’s both of these strands are basically as close as I can get them to being lined up to each other.
Speaker 6 (41:25):
So that’s basically going around the middle of that car and let me do this right. You can see it’s right on the middle of that, that card. I’m basically trying to get those bands next to each other when I do the thing. Uh, I, I know it’s tough to do with all this tension on the deck to be able to show all the angles. But let me see if I can get a better angle here to show it. Release what that middle finger, and you can see those two bands, they’re running as close as I can get them to be right next to each other so that I can get this picture right. Cause if that bands on the middle, uh, it’s going to make sure that when it Springs around that the band stays in the middle. And when you practice this, you’ll notice that sometimes you get this where the bands that one of the ans, that’s what makes that happen. If you don’t have it as close as you can to the middle of it, sometimes it’ll be close to a corner or it will just completely spring out. So that’s, that’s what causes that. So you want to make sure that you get that band as close as you can to the middle portion of that card when you, when you want to do it.
Speaker 2 (42:25):
Yeah. Did you have any problem learning it today? Uh, no. And actually the, the trick, I think Todd had the same issue that I did where I was getting hung up was I was forgetting to transfer it to the other hand. Once I transferred it to the other hand, then it started popping up. I was keeping it in the, in the well left hand, my left here, right. Going through the whole thing and then wrapping around and yes, it would release but it wouldn’t pop. It was that motion to take it over with the right hand and once I got that down, then it started popping.
Speaker 6 (42:58):
Right. You need to have that distance. Otherwise if you don’t do that throw, then there’s no way for that thing to pop out and do the do the magic thing that we’re trying to make happen.
Speaker 2 (43:05):
No, no, actually it’s more than that. It pops automatically that the distance and everything else that you write about it. But what I was doing was I was taking it over and not putting it all the way in this hand and not transferring the hand.
Speaker 3 (43:19):
Once I could transfer the hand to the right hand, then it just sits there and Hey, that’s amazing. That’s that. It looks so good. We just had a comment come in from Anton over on the, uh, Facebook on the, uh, sorry, the a YouTube stream and he said that, shoot ogawa sorry. Uh, he said, shoot ogawa showed this trick to him and had him as the spectator put his hand through the band,
Speaker 2 (43:50):
Speaker 3 (43:51):
the deck and then he said that as the spectator dropped the deck at that carpet,
Speaker 6 (43:57):
hopped around on the back of this spectator’s hand. That’s fun. That’s a fun thing to play with. Why not? That seems cool. I’m a more of a control freak. I would never put it in someone’s hand, but Hey, if that, if that turns you on, I say go for it and work it out. Figure out what you need because you’re going to have to definitely pay attention to how the spectator holds up thing. Otherwise, when you put it in their hand, it’s immediately just going to spring out. But, uh, yeah, that’s, that seems like a cool idea. I would definitely chase that down if it turns you on. That’s neat. What a, what a great trick. Thank you for the, I’m very clear and concise,
Speaker 3 (44:30):
uh, explanation on this is one of those, Alex, I fear this is one of those that, uh, I would have never learned if you hadn’t had done a deep dive for us and, and really, you know, really figured out that little details in it. So thank you so much for doing that.
Speaker 6 (44:47):
You’re very welcome. I must admit it was definitely for selfish reasons. I needed this too.
Speaker 3 (44:55):
Now, you know, we were talking about some other great rubber band tricks that people love, that people do. Um, and of course I’ve got a ton of them, so if you guys want, maybe we’ll, uh, maybe we’ll come back and do a show more on, you know, other, other great rubber van tricks. Uh, later on, maybe next week or something. Uh, if you guys liked that idea, let me know. I just, yeah, rubber band day. Exactly. Harbor bandaid.
Speaker 1 (45:21):
Dang. Have we done club meetings about rubber band before?
Speaker 3 (45:24):
We’ve shown like one or two here and there, but we’ve never done it. We’ve never done like a dedicated,
Speaker 1 (45:29):
we’ve done crazy man tanks.
Speaker 6 (45:32):
Yeah. And we did the, uh, the missing link. I remember explaining the missing link and maybe one of our favorite tricks or something. Oh, that’s a good one. That’s a good, but that’ll be a great one to do in this, you know, for us all to work together on it and practice together on it. It would, you know, we could probably get more, uh, more progress on it that way, doing it one of these afternoon sessions, that’s for sure. Oh, absolutely. You did over there, Adam, I don’t know if you were saying something.
Speaker 3 (45:54):
Yeah, yeah. Sorry. I was going to say, listen, I’m in just a moment. Uh, we’re going to wrap this up, but Michael Sproul is doing a member jam today.
Speaker 6 (46:03):
Speaker 1 (46:05):
pop on over to the group. If they’re a CC club member and you will find a link to the member jam. Uh, cause Michael’s gonna to fire that up in the next few minutes. Right Adam?
Speaker 3 (46:14):
Yup. I think it’s going to start in seven minutes.
Speaker 1 (46:18):
You mentioned this again. I, we have, we may even have a, we might already be full up, but you know, uh, for CC club members and just, uh, tomorrow night we’re having another member mastermind. There’s our chance to see you do your stuff, your chance to get CYA, get your three, uh, your three, your three performances. Uh, just show us a trick, a move, whatever it is you’re working on a presentation, anything you want. Three appearances. A CC club member gets the coveted Chondra community cup and that’s a lot of alliteration from anxious errands. Adam, do you happen to have the cup and the cowbell in show the cup in the Cabo?
Speaker 3 (46:58):
I have the cup and I’m not technically allowed to touch the cow bell until we have a winner. So AKI showed the cup that is the contract community cow bell. But I don’t go near that unless we have an official winner. But what you do when is this cup
Speaker 3 (47:16):
rocks, but Coke rocks. And if you’re a Mississippi real dog, so does the cowbell. That’s right. Oh, that’s funny. More cowbell. That’s right. Yeah. So, Hey, if you’re watching this on our YouTube channel, make sure you like, subscribe and hit that little, uh, that little bell to notify you next time when we go live. We do these, uh, all the time now, so, uh, we’d love it if you’d, uh, follow our channel and, uh, be a part of what conjure community has to offer. If you also, uh, like and being a part of these kinds of things, you ought to think about joining the club, uh, off the cool place to be. Um, all right, so it says, uh, he says he can’t copy the links out of zoom. Yeah, I’ve noticed that too. I can’t either.
Speaker 1 (48:02):
Apparently there’s been zoom is it had some, uh, experiences, uh, since the entire world hopped on zoom. We’ve been using it for years here. Zooms, had to make a few changes. So I like the way I got around it as I took the link and then just dragged it off to my, um, desktop and it popped up on the desktop. And that’s maybe computer dependent. So I guess, uh, if, if, if it can do that on his device. But, uh, I think that’s a pretty recent development.
Speaker 3 (48:34):
Oh, I got it. I have it fixed. Highlight it. Okay. So highlight the link and then if you’re on a Mac or PC, do a right click instead of a left click and there’s little things should pop up that says maybe services. And then you can search with Google or show you have open URL. That’s how you do it right there. Um, that, that worked for everybody. Yep. Not on PC. Sorry, Louis will not highlight on iPad. Well that doesn’t surprise me. Actually. No.
Speaker 1 (49:07):
Our friend Michael Sproul has posted that link inside the group. So just pop on over to that CC group, grab the link there and go on in. Don’t, don’t let this cause friction between you and your.
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