Magic download (video) by John Carney ($6.00)
Learn effective technique and practical tips on the Side Steal, an invaluable technique for controlling a card placed anywhere in the deck. Expertly explained by master close-up magician John Carney.
As part of our Community Captions project, the explanation video for this download has optional English subtitles.
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Customer reviews for Side Steal
The tutorial is very great. It doesn't only focus on the palming technique, but also on the moment you should do the palm. Side steal can be done just in the moment that one hand transfer a deck to the other hand. The move isn't that very difficult but you will need to practice to make it flow with your motion. The side steal only, can be done as a great color change effect, or it could be done to steal a card from anywhere of the deck.
The trailer showed many options for the side steal but did a poor job of actually teaching the technique
I agree with the other review there. Some nice basics for the color change, but the trailer sowed way more than you actually get.
This video has some pretty good tips, and is almost certainly worth $6, but it is not as advertised. What you get is Carney's tips on motivation and using the Side Steal as a color change and/or steal from the bottom. You don't get any kind of detail on the general-purpose version of the move (less than a minute at the end), and you don't get any mention of the Bold Steal or variations mentioned in the trailer. In fact, it seems like the trailer may be cut from a totally different project. Again, if you're just looking for a few of Carney's always-interesting touches, then go for it. If you're starting from zero and want to learn the Side Steal, look elsewhere.