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Erdnase Color Change

By Elliott Terral
Sleight Of Hand - Erdnase Color Change


Erdnase Color Change

This classic color change from S. W. Erdnase's The Expert at the Card Table is one of the most commonly performed and explained transformations of a playing card. Here, Elliott explains the original handling of the "Two Handed Transformation" as well as a more modern and magical handling of this fundamental technique, affectionately known as The Erdnase Change.

"The card conjurer in many instances purposely produces the wrong card, and when his error (?) is proclaimed by the company or the individual, he coolly proposes to 'make good' by transforming the wrong card into the right one." - Erdnase (Artifice, Ruse, and Subterfuge at the Card Table, 151)

As a cofounder of, Elliott is dedicated to advancing our art and honing our craft. While not a professional magician, his enthusiasm for intimate performance and his attention to detail, coupled with his knuckle-busting chops, have provided him valuable insight into why good, powerful magic is essential to elevating the public's perception of our community.