The Premier Control by Lloyd Barnes

Downloadable Video
In his first release with Ellusionist, Lloyd Barnes showcases his aesthetics-first take on magic with the perfect, invisible single card control.

In over twenty minutes of explanation, Lloyd discusses the psychology, nuances and framing of this streamlined control that ensures it flies under the radar in every performance.

A single card is chosen from a spread, returned to the deck, and the deck squared. Without any cover, funny angles or finger-crippling manoeuvres, the card has been controlled to the top of the deck.

Featuring two methods of control - a 'graceful' and 'heckler' version - Lloyd Barnes proves that when aesthetics are at the forefront of methodology, all that remains is the only top control you’ll ever need. And it’s as slick as you can get.

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Format: Download/Stream
Difficulty: Beginner
Duration: 21 Minutes.

Note: Although Lloyd provides extensive crediting of the masters who came before him in the download, just prior to release we were made aware of a case of independent creation of this effect, which neither Lloyd nor Ellusionist had previously seen. Therefore, we would also like to include Hanna van Veen among those who deserve credit for the creation of this work.

Customer Reviews

  • by Benny Wen

    Apr 2016

    I thank Lloyd Barnes for releasing this skill to add to our toolbox of sleights! It takes a tremendous amount of practice and certain angles to make it look smooth and legit. That being said, this tool can be incorporated into a lot of tricks where it is beneficial to have a selected card be kept on top without appearing to the audience that it stayed on top all this time.

  • by Reaves Christie

    Nov 2014

    Although it is easy to see how this works in the trailer, the great tutoring in the dl on the perfect technique is key to performing this correctly. I am very tall, so although most controls are hard for me to cover up if I'm standing, this effect works especially to my benefit. Although it is difficult togged used to if you have longer fingers, it is a very good effect and easy to get started on. I struggle with the second force that you should use if being burned, but it works incredibly well when done correctly and goes completely unnoticed from all angles. I would highly recommend this effect.

  • by Connor Heinz

    Sep 2014

    Clean, deceptive, amazing! The two methods that are taught are both clever and easy to perfect. The method for when spectators are burning your hands is so convincing I trick myself when I do it, it's that good! Much more convincing and easier to do than passes! I highly recommend it! It's only $7, what are you waiting for?