Frozen Thumb Principle

The deck is held in the same grip as the other Second Deal methods described here. Instead of pushing the top card forward after the "strike", it can also be pushed back to the left.

Begin by pushing the top card to the right side. The left thumb will now become stationary or "frozen" in place. Visualize this as a spring.

The right thumb comes to the top of the deck, striking the left thumb at the first joint. This pushes the left thumb down. The "strike" carries away the second card as the left thumb automatically

"springs" the top card back to the original position. The top card must always cover the top right side of the deck.

Practicing and Executing the Second Deal

I lerc are a number of rules and suggestions to follow when learning and Second Dealing:

1. Practice picking up the deck from the table and placing it into the left hand. Bevel the cards and "lock" them into the left hand in a comfortable dealing position.

2. Practice picking up the deck as before, but add the top card push-off so that it is forward and to the right of the deck.

3. Practice the actual "strike" and removal of the second card.

4. Alternate the deal by first dealing a "second", then a top card, following with another "second".

5. Practice at every opportunity. Use white bordered cards to help spot the errors in your method.

I lere are some important tips to remember:

1. The arms do not move while executing the "second". The hands move only at the wrists. The wrists should be totally relaxed.

2. Only slight pressure is applied to the top card. While practicing and dealing "seconds" you must believe that you are dealing the top card. This mental attitude will eliminate self-consciousness and is essential in making the moves natural.

4. No two hands are alike. You may have to make minor adjustments in the positioning of your left hand to make the move more comfortable.

5. The key to successful "seconds" is TIMING. The top card must not move until the right thumb is directly on top of it, almost touching it. The time of contact with the right thumb and the retard of the top card must be precise. Practice will give you the right rhythm.

6. The difference between a Gambler and a Magician is vast. The magician may take more liberties since the conditions are not as demanding.

7. Practice!

â– switching ia deck

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Fundamentals of Magick

Fundamentals of Magick

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