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‘The Pass,’ made easy

In this series of photographs, Magician David Denney demonstrates “The Pass,” a basic sleight-of-hand movement used in a number of magic tricks.

Step 1: Begin with a ball in your left hand, pinched between the fingertips and thumb.

Step 2: The key is to act as if you were passing the ball into your right hand, when in fact, you are secretly keeping it in your left.

Step 3: The effect is achieved by quickly tucking the ball into the palm of your left hand and, while pulling away, misdirecting the viewer’s attention by pointing to the right hand.

Step 4: When performed smoothly, the audience is led to believe that the ball is held tight in the right hand.

Step 5: Once this effect is mastered, many variations on the trick can be achieved.

Step 6: The right hand is opened, and, to the audience’s surprise, the red ball has magically disappeared.

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