What is My Magic Skill Level?
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NOVICE – Someone who is just getting started on their studies of magic. No knowledge of sleight of hand required.
BEGINNER – Someone who has read some books, watched some videos, bought some tricks, and who is generally comfortable handling small props and can shuffle cards.
INTERMEDIATE – Someone who has studied the basic techniques of sleight of hand: double lifts, overhand shuffles (genuine and false, such as jog shuffles), holding a break, double undercut, various false counts (Elmsley, Hamman, and others), basic coin techniques (classic palm, finger palm, vanishes), and some experience simply handling small props.
ADVANCED – Someone who has studied the more difficult techniques of sleight of hand: palming cards (both hands), the faro shuffle, culling, top change, more advanced false shuffles and false cuts (lift, chopper, optical, Zarrow), memorized deck work.