The shuttle pass is often used as a method of switching one object for another without your friends or spectators knowing. There are many effects that use the shuttle pass as an integral part of the routine. Normally the pass occurs early on in the routine when you are, for example, switching a one dollar bill for a twenty, or a folded up ace of spades for a folded up ace of hearts or a borrowed coin for a gaffed coin.
Below are some points to think about when practicing and performing the shuttle pass.
- Slow down, don't rush the pass. The spectators aren't aware of what you're doing. There is no reason to feel like you're being chased. If you move to fast you'll look guilty. The more relaxed you are the more relaxed the audience will be, resulting in better execution and misdirection.
- THINK PUT NOT TAKE when executing the shuttle pass. The action mimics putting the object into a free hand (hand pretending to be accepting the object) not taking an object from the free hand.
- Don't look at your hands when executing the pass. Look at your spectator or where your hand is going that contains the item you are secretly switching out.
You don't have to do be in a hurry to do the pass. You can relax, talk to your spectators, wait until they are looking at you, then execute the pass. The best misdirection is looking right at someone and asking them a question or speaking to them. They will look at you.
Try these suggestions, if you don't employ them already, they will improve your performance of magic.