Another Rear Palm Switch

A method for switching one or more cards through the use of the Rear Palm. The switch is made as follows;

1. The card, or cards, are held in the left Rear Palm as in Figure 112. The cards are held lengthwise between the base of the thumb and the 2nd, 3rd and 4th fingers which leaves the left forefinger free as the cards are below it.

Figure 112

Figure 113

3. Some appropriate gesture is now made with the right hand or some objects, such as the deck, is moved.

4. The right hand comes back to take the cards from the left hand. The right thumb goes on top of the visible packet at the inner right corner while the right forefinger goes between the two packets. The remaining right fingers go below the palmed packet with the result that while the right thumb and forefinger are grasping the upper packet the right second and 1st fingers will be clipping the Rear Palmed cards as in Figure 114.

5. Once this position has been reached the left hand starts to drop to the side keeping the upper cards between the left thumb and forefinger while the right hand moves upwards and forwards to take the lower cards between the right 1st and 2nd fingers. The right thumb will wind up pressing down on the right forefinger and thus the illusion of the sameness of position is maintained.

Figure 112

2. The card, or cards, to be switched are taken with the right hand and placed into the left hand in such a manner that the front ends of these cards will be resting on the left forefinger as in Figure 113.

Figure 114

6. The packet or card is immediately dropped onto the table or placed where ever necessary for the effect in hand.

7. The Figure 115 shows the action when taking the exchanged card into the right hand. As the left hand moves downwards the right hand moves upwards. The right thumb goes under the card, at the inner right corner, to turn its back toward the audience. Thus the card ends up being held between the thumb on the face and 1st finger on the back of the card at its upper right corner. The other 3 fingers curl in towards the palm to facilitate the turning of the card.

8. The cards can be added to the bottom of the deck by the right hand placing the deck into the left, or they can be transferred to a full right hand palm using Mario's Palm Transfer. See Chapter 2; Action Palms. They can then be added to the deck, sleeved, pocketed or merely held out for a time.

The Spread Switch

To Switch a face down card for another card in a face up deck. (Note: For original use of The Spread Switch see "Deuce Sandwich Switches" Notes for Aug. 10, 1956.) The mechanics of the switch now follows:

The second card from the face of the deck is previously reversed. Let us assume this card is the 10H.

2. In order to try the switch, reverse any card somewhere in the center of the deck. Thus one card is face down in the center and one card, the 10H, is face down under the face card of the deck.

3. Holding the deck face up in the left hand obtain a break under the two cards at the face of the deck, actually the back to back cards.

4. Push off these two cards as one into the right hand which takes it into the Count Cop Position. Continue by taking the next five cards singly, one onto the other, into the right hand.

5. At this point the right hand moves away, with its cards, from the deck in a gesture or some excuse. (This excuse should conform to the effect at hand.)

6. As the right hand comes back towards the deck the right fingers buckle the bottom card of its packet so that a space is created between it and the rest of cards above it.

7. As the hands approach each other the left thumb spreads its cards towards the right. These cards go into the buckled opening between the reversed card and those above it as in Figure 116.

Figure 116

8. The left hand continues spreading the cards but these are now all going into the buckled space with the result that the bottom card stays under the spread but still remains against the right palm.

9. Continue spreading the cards until the reversed card in the center is reached. At this stage the spread is halted for a moment to give a clear view of the lone face down card.

10. Now comes the switch. The left thumb is resting on the face down card from above while the left fingers are underneath. The left hand moves towards the right thus pushing the reversed card under the spread and supposedly into the right hand.

Actually the left fingers merely push the reversed card under the spread and the left fingers automatically go between the bottom buckled card and those above it. This action causes the left fingers to further force the buckled card firmly against the right hand. The left thumb also falls on the face of the previously spread cards with the result that the whole deck is held by the left hand while the right hand merely comes away with a face down card in its hand as shown in Figure 117.

Note that there is a definite step in the deck at the point from which the reversed card was seemingly removed.

This also acts as a marker for the position of the reversed card now underneath the section stepped to the right.

Figure 117

The right hand tosses its card face down onto the table, then comes back to the deck. The deck is separated at the stepped place and the left hand section is run or spread onto the right hand section. The obvious purpose being to show no other reversed card. These actions leave the original reversed card on the bottom of the deck.

To right the reversed card the deck is taken from above by the right hand. The left fingers push the bottom reversed card to the right under the right palm as for a side steal except no palming is done. Instead the left thumb moves under the deck at its left side in order to turn it face down. As the deck is on its side the right hand immediately moves upward and at same time undercutting half the deck, then immediately going into an overhand shuffle. Result is the reversed card is automatically righted in what seems like a casual overhand shuffle.

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