First published in 1902 by S.W. Erdnase, the Diagonal Palm Shift - a secret maneuver for bottom palming a selected card placed into the middle of the deck - is explained in detail by one of this generations most beloved sleight of hand artists, Ricky Smith.
Although he would argue otherwise, we think Ricky does the move better than anyone and could not be more pleased with this exposé on one of our favourite sleight of hand techniques.
In addition to the video tutorial we’ve included a copy of the original write-up which we suggest reading first. It’s only three pages so won’t take long. The video itself is nearly an hour and features an extremely detailed explanation from multiple angles along with guidance towards finding a plethora of variations and tricks from magicians such as John Carney, Dai Vernon, Bill Kalush, Paul Chosse and David Ben to name a few.
Ricky Smith's skill with a pack of cards is as deep as his knowledge of the art. A true student of magic, Smith has learned from some of the greatest card-men the world has ever seen. His devotion to the craft, and tireless scholarship in countless published and unpublished works on conjuring, has thrust him to the highest echelons of the magic community. One thing is for certain, Ricky Smith cares about the art of magic. Not surprisingly, Ricky's contributions to the community have been transformative. From handlings on the DPS to highly sought after lecture notes, Smith's work is nothing to scoff at. It's common knowledge that Ricky is a master of our art, and just by watching him you can immediately appreciate that Ricky's skill level is something worthwhile to strive for.