Ha! You are holding a break!

[Thanks to Zee for allowing us to share his blog with our audience]
I am almost always able to tell when someone is holding a break.
You know why? I bet you low-key know but cannot explain the “why” behind this phenomena.
I didn’t know until a few month ago too, so don’t worry lol
You see, when most people are not holding a break, they tend to be more playful with the deck: they don’t even seem to aware that they have the deck in their hand. They let the deck loose, dribble/riffle, pick it up with another hand and toss it back to dealers grip, etc. They tend to mindlessly play with it.
However, when they have their pinky stuck in the deck, they start to become aware of the deck. Therefore, the whole dynamic of movements changes and get restricted. Some people are more obvious than others that I don’t even look at their hand to know that they are holding a break tbh
Symptoms of Pinky Break are 1) the arm sudden has noticeably less movement if not completely frozen 2) significant decrease in frequency of dribbling/riffling if not completely gone 3) rarely use the other hand to pick the deck up if not never 4) treats the deck like a daughter a.k.a princess
Symptom 1 through 3 is pretty self-explanatory, so let me just elaborate on symptom 4 of infamous Pinky Break.
Sooooooooo when certain people have their fingers stuck in their decks, they gain 100% control of the deck since they don’t want to flash or lose the break. They tend to never toss it around or not even letting the deck go loose for a second. They always have that full-blown dealers grip on the deck until it is time to let the break move on to accomplish bigger things.
The point is…… Acting like you are not holding a break when you are holding a break by studying the way you move when you are not holding a break might help you with the flow of the performance and make your sleights more invisible.
I mean, I believe even untrained eyes can spot the change of movements caused by holding a break.
-Zee J Yan

1 comment

  • Another giveaway is a small, but noticeable, “step” that can be seen from the front edge of the deck. This is usually due to the break being way too big or because the magician has allowed the top portion of the deck to slip slightly forward, towards the audience. This is probably the most common mistakes that happen when someone is holding a break, in my experience of watching magicians, and performing myself, over the past 40+ years.


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