Adjustment Misdirection

9, Obviously this leaves the whole left side open for the right thumb to move in and clip the card against the right palm with about an inch of the upper right side of the card coming between the right fourth and third fingers.

Figure 18

Figure 18

10. If the above position in Step 9 is obtained, it will be found that by moving the right thumb in against the right forefinger, the card will become Flat Palmed in a position similar to Figure 11 ofThe Flat Palm Steal.

10. Another advantage to using the Left Hand Grip of Figure 18 is that the Angle Palm Steal can be done with a small packet of cards such as four or five. The obvious application here would seem to be in a four Ace effect of some sort, or a transposition. In this case the right hand makes an excuse to touch the packet held in the left hand and then travels over to a tabled packet.

Using the Angle Palm, the top card can be stolen immediately after the right hand places the pack on the table. In other words, the deck is held normally from above by the ends with the right forefinger curled on top. Now the right hand places, or slaps the deck on the table and at the same time, using the right forefinger as a sort of pivot point, the right thumb swings into position so the top card, or cards, can be stolen.

The whole action appears as if you merely set the deck on the table - that's all. This technique with a little adjustment can also be used in the Flat Palm Steal.

Remember that in most cases the Angle Palmed card can be swung into the Flat Palm position from which it can be sleeved or merely held, almost as if finger-palming a coin.

It should be obvious that a reversal of this procedure on the Angle Palm will act as a replacement. For example, with a card Angle Palmed both hands square up the deck as in Figure 13. During this it is the easiest thing in the world to release the palmed card to the top.

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