Angle Palm Switch

Although similar in concept to Miracle Card Change No. 1, the technique is such that no movement of the right hand, or the hand doing the actual exchange is necessary.

1. Hold two cards as one with the left fingers at the left side and near the lower left corner.

2. The left hand tilts the card(s) upwards to show the face and then the card(s) is transferred to the right which really drops it face down onto the table. Actually no change has been made as follows:

3. The right hand takes the cards into a deliberate Angle Palm as in Figure 99; however, left fingers have slightly pushed the two cards apart so that when the right thumb nips the left side of the cards they will be slightly separated at this side.

4. Now the right hand moves forward to the left, back of hand facing audience, then with a slight outward movement of the ball of the right thumb the lowermost card is released to fall face down on the table while the top card remains in the hand.

5. Although right now it may seem ridiculous to go through a move that practically accomplishes nothing there are nevertheless several possible applications. Among these applications are the following.

A. In a four Ace effect wherein an Ace from one packet is secretly transferred to another or Leader packet. Have five cards in a packet supposedly consisting of four. The Ace is secretly 2nd from the top. Do a Double Turnover to turn the Ace face up and then face

Figure 98

down. Deal the top X card to the table. The top Ace of the packet is left slightly jogged over one side of the packet.

The right hand takes the packet into Rear Angle Palm and the top Ace is held back by the Angle Palm Switch as the rest of the packet is tossed face down onto the supposed Ace, really X card, on the table. The left hand now moves towards the three face down cards to turn them face up as you say, "Oh, these three cards should be face up on the face down Ace."

Needless to say that during this, the right hand can move over and above another packet to either drop its palmed Ace or add it in the act of scooping up the packet.

If it is desired to hold out the the right thumb should move in along side the right forefinger. In doing this the card will automatically be placed in Rear Flat Palmed.

A card can be very easily stolen from the Leader packet and added to another packet while picking it up. Merely have the indifferent card or cards on top of the Leader Packet after the display. Turn the packet face down, transfer it to the right hand which retains the desired cards as the rest of the packet is dropped to the table. The cards from the right hand can now be added secretly to one of the other packets.

If two sets of four cards each are crimped in opposite directions they can be exchanged, one value for another, by the Angle Palm Switch. To do this show the cards face up showing only the first four. Turn the cards face down then cut at the bridge to transpose the bottom four to the top. Immediately after the cut the right hand, which is holding the cards from above by the ends, moves into position automatically by just moving the right thumb, from the back end of the packet, to the left side where it nips the top four cards. This is easy due to the bridging of the packets at the start.

D. Using the pack for a four card Switch makes this cutting unnecessary. Also the four initial cards can be shown at the start.

The four Aces are on top of the deck. They are thumbed off into the right hand but at the same time the left fingers push over enough cards so that in resquaring the deck, using only the left hand, the left 4th finger can obtain a break under the top four cards while the right hand is busy displaying the Aces.

The four Aces are now squared against the deck and picked up, by the ends from above with the right hand, thumb at the back end and fingers in front. At the same time the four cards below the Aces are also picked up but in such a manner that the right 4th finger is between the packets and thus separating them at this corner. Also the upper right corner, of the top four Aces, is nipped between the right 3rd and 4th fingers. In this manner the whole eight cards are picked off from the deck. As there is no switch the whole action of merely squaring the Aces against the pack and picking them up is convincing.

At this stage the right hand is holding the packet so that the right thumb is lying across almost the length of the back end. The 1st finger is curled on top while the other three fingers cover almost the whole front end as shown in the Figure 100. The right hand now moves towards the left and as the 1st finger is straightened out, the lower packet of cards is dropped as in Figure 101. Here you will note that the original four cards are now hidden by the back of the right hand. The right side of the cards will be touching the inside


of the hand thus affording plenty of cover. The right thumb retains its position at the back of the packet.

Figure 101

As soon as the right hand releases its lower cards it travels to the deck taking it by the ends from above with right 1st finger curling on top of the deck. It will be found that the adding of the cards to the deck is almost mechanical. As the right hand takes the deck, as explained, the left hand points to the four cards on the table as you say, "Keep your eye on the Aces." Naturally the sleight is best performed at a fair distance so that spectator can not look over the hand or under it. Angles are most important for perfect execution of this maneuver. Once it has been acquired the following direct transposition effect is possible. Lets call it Four and Four Transposition. The Effect is that four indifferent cards change places with the Four Aces.

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