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Ovette Master Move

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The Ovette Master Move is a card sleight developed by (or attributed to) Joseph Ovette around 1927 to secretly place a chosen card on the bottom of the deck. It later reinvented as Kelly Bottom Placement.




  • Racherbaumer's book Card Finesse (1982) has a no clutching or odd-looking right hand grip version called No-Clutch Bottom Placement.
  • Ron Bauer discussed his handling of the move in Genii 1982 December, Vol. 46, No. 12. (Santa on the cover.) It was in Charlie Miller's Magicana Column.
  • Eric Mason shares his thoughts on this move in his book, Stuff (1983).
  • Paul Harris describes a variation of the move in Art of Astonishment (1996) within an effect called Face-Lift by Allan Ackerman.
  • Gene Maze has a variation of the move in Apocalypse, Vol. 20, No. 12 December 1997, on page 2878. (The Final Issue!)
  • In MAGIC, Vol. 9, No. 3, november 2000, page 87, there's a palm based on the Kelly Move, called the Kelly Kop by Seth Kramer.