Thinking on Sleights

Magic download (video) by Tony Chang
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Thinking on Sleights

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Magic download (video) by Tony Chang ($42.00)

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Tony Chang may be our generation's greatest sleight of hand philosopher, and with this collection you'll be able to spend over 2 hours jamming on difficult sleight of hand, performance theory, routine construction, finesse and nuance, and more.

In this bundle you'll find Tony's handling of Ricky Smith's Cherry Control and his ideas and routines that utilize this deceptive sleight, his work on the color change - a stunningly hypnotic transformation of a playing card, and a fun, surprising routine that utilizes Dave Buck's Palming Exercise from If An Octopus Could Palm  and Rich Aviles's Ballerina Change. As part of the bundle, you'll receive a 20 minute interview with Tony regarding sleight of hand theory and practical tips for making your sleights invisible.


Customer reviews for Thinking on Sleights

VI Monthly


When Tony Chang releases something, you just get it. He is easily one of the best sleight-of-hand magicians in the world. This bundle is packed with expert-level sleights that are beautifully and thoughtfully disguised under disarming and natural gestures and incorporated into powerful routines. I appreciate that Tony also offers his own subtleties on older moves like the Cherry Control, DMB Control, and the Ambitious Riser. Even if difficult moves intimidate you, this bundle is a worthy investment as Tony shares a wealth of knowledge surrounding the process of creating and refining sleights so that they look more and more like true magic. Just get it!



Tony Chang's bundle is a wonderful combination of sleights and theory that is lacking in the mentality of most magicians. With the clear touch of Spanish school of card magic, Tony drive us through is way of interpretation of angles,moves motivation and the search for the real sense of magic. This is one of the thing that I will never regret the money I spent. Thank you!



This bundle is amazing but I don't think it would be good for people who don't like to put the time in their tricks and sleights but if you do and you're a move monkey like me this would be perfect. :D



Tony Chang is a genius! Love every single routine and sleight in this bundle. Definitely takes practice but you will not be disappointed. Put the time in and be better at your craft. This will definitely make your handling better and give you a new perspective on how to approach sleight of hand



Some difficult moves but fantastic to practice!



I’m a huge fan of Tony, so the review will certainly be good. If I had to lead with any kind of negative I’d say that if you are just entering the world of Sleight of hand then this is definitely an intermediate/advanced download.

Having said that, there is a lot of theory that Tony goes over with creating magic and analyzing the reasons “why” we do magic. To that end, I’d recommend this even to novices. It’s good to understand and think about the magic you are performing and Tony addresses this multiple times.

The palming exercise taught in the download is worth the price of admission. The color change download is great with a lot of subtleties to consider. The work on TCC, DMB Spread, and the ballerina change are great as well.

The effects taught are so beautiful and intelligently conceived. You will have to put in the time to perform these well, but the instruction given and the deliberate focus on theory make it very achievable. I’d prefer a download like this that requires my time and energy to see through opposed to something very simple.

The bundle reminds me of the excitement I had when first learning magic and Sleight of hand and gives me some goals to work toward. I would recommend this bundle to anyone who is serious about making magic seem real and people who can focus on the perfection of delivering Sleight intensive routines.



Fantastic. What a great video. It's just like sitting in his living room and having a great conversation. The thought behind the moves and sleights is just great. I love his approach and find this video very helpful

VI Monthly


There's a reason Tony Chang is one of the most respected magicians in the magic community right now, he is a master of making everything he does look natural and making sure every move has a purpose. Everything in this bundle is gold, but honestly, the interview by itself is worth this price.





Great content! I love it













Tony Chang is a real "thinker" in magic. It's rare. He always makes sure to ask the "why" of magic. This is not all instruction on routines, and I think the actual interview portion is the most useful part of it. I try to devour the way Tony thinks about magic because I really do think he's asking all the right questions.

VI Monthly


Thinking on sleights is awesome. If you’re a fan of Tony Chang then this digital download is a must. Tony goes through the cherry control and his touches on it. Then he goes over his touches on other sleights like the DMB spread control, Wondereverse and the Ambitious Riser. I felt this portion was very valuable and improved my handling of these sleights. Then he goes over some applications for the moves. The color change is really great and it’s a slight variation of a color change you may already know.






Takes practice!



Possibly my favourite download. Gives you plenty to work on. Well produced, careful instruction with plenty of great tips that I make reference to often. Would love to see more stuff like this, the cherry control is great fun, god bless Ricky and Tony.



Where do I begin?

How about... Sandwiches. It's another download on this site from Tony that pushed me to excel at an extremely difficult sleight of hand technique.

His teaching style is very excellent, his humor and amazing mastery of sleight of hand juxtaposed perfectly and left me wanting to challenge myself to be able to achieve a Sandwich effect of all things. So then I found this Download.

The cherry control lesson was an absolute blast and literally has left me wondering why would I ever use any other control for one card. He didn't teach it but it can also be used to control multiple cards and it looks absolutely clean as can be. I never really do inversion routines and I won't be using his because it doesn't fit my style, but practicing it just to hone the skills of the Cherry control, the DMB spread control, and the ambitious riser it is a great workout for those moves.

His DMB spread control is very very good, I only knew and used the DMB 2.0 from theory 11, Tony's finger placements and tips on the move have made me better mine and I am thankful.

He talks about angles and how we should always be aware of what angle to use in any given situation which most Instant Downloads really never seem to cover at all.

His second effect, the curiosity from North Dakota is a very fun and visual routine, his attitude regarding classic forcing is good to try an adapt, a switch out taught is phenomenal here, but the change he uses is absolutely impossible to me so I use the bertram change instead to complete the effect. Maybe you can master it, I gave up because it is the hardest thing in this Download.

The color change he teaches is also going to be very hard to attain but I'll keep trying that because it looks beautiful.

And then the interview section is worth every penny. This guy just gets it, and is inspirational to me to get better at sleight of hand.

Buy this Download, you won't regret it.

There is gold sprinkled through-out down to what you would assume are basic things like getting a break under one card.

The camera work is great, from the side and also magician perspective for each move.

Best purchase in magic I've made in a long long time.


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  • Tony asks: Is there any possible way to just get the interview?

    • 1. Vanishing Inc. Magic responds: We do not offer it separately I am afraid.
    • 2. Ronald answers: Can I get a dvd?
  • Alan asks: Does this book/video have exercises to improve card manipulation ? Alan

    • 1. Tony answers: Nope! Tony talk about card sleights for close-up or street magic only
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  • Doug asks: What exactly does the "bundle" consist of? Is there a book? A DVD? Multiple downloads? Some combination thereof? Telling us what is taught doesn't tell us *how* it's taught!

    • 1. Tony answers: This bundle comes with 4 videos: the interview with Tony Chang, Tony shares his thinking on card sleight, control (cherry Control), Color change and one trick.
    • 2. Iain answers: Agreed, pretty unhelpful description.
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  • Peter asks: Is this a download or a dvd?

    • 1. Kevin answers: just a download with 4 parts to it. lots of great material in here that will improve your sleight of hand and the way you think about magic
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  • Noah asks: Is "A curiosity for north dakota" in this bundle?

    • 1. Tony answers: It included in this bundle
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  • Ken asks: Is just the download without the interview available?

    • 1. Tony answers: They are e available and cost $32
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  • Bhavan asks: Does the bundle include his work in the dmb spread control and wondereverse?

    • 1. Aidan answers: Yes, it does.
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