As A Control

Object: To apparently cut the top noted card into the center of the deck yet retain it on top under control.

The whole approach to the above must be as if it is going to be a Take A Card' effect with the selection being made under fair conditions.

1. Hand the pack to the spectator saying, "Please shuffle the cards."

2. Having shuffled the deck instruct the spectator to place the pack face down on the table. Ask him if it would be possible for you to know the top card after his shuffle. If so, he is free to cut the cards.

3. Eventually tell the spectator to note the top card while you turn your back, The noted card remains on top of the deck.

4. As you turn around you approach the pack and Side Square it and Angle Palm the top card.

5. Immediately both hands move back to further square the cards but this time with the fingertips as in Figure 30,

6. The right hand now cuts off half the

Eack as in Figure 31 and carries this alf to the right where it is dropped; however, the Angle Palmed card is retained in right hand.

7. As the right hand moves back towards the left, the right first and second fingers move in to clip the upper left corner of the Angle Palmed card as in Figure 32 which also shows the right hand just approaching the tabled half on the left.

in Figure 32 which also shows the right hand just approaching the tabled half on the left.

Figure 32

8. The right hand travels down towards the pack, still clipping the corner of the card, until the Angle Palmed card is actually held against the pack as in Figure 33.

Figure 33

9. The right second finger moves out from under the card and takes its place alongside the other fingers while the forefinger remains curled on top. The right hand's position is now as shown in Figure 34 where it seems to be merely picking up this half of the pack.

Figure 34

10. This portion of cards is dropped onto the other thus completing what seems like a cut that has lost the top selected card. With the card under control it can be used for any effect which requires a selected card on top.

The Angle Palmed card can, of course, be added to the deck as Figure 14 except here the card is released, then immediately, the right hand moves into the position shown in Figure 34.

Also remember that starting as in Figure 34, then pivoting on the right forefinger into the AngleTalm Position, the top card can be stolen off as in Figure 14. In other words, using the same actions in reverse will enable one to add or steal a card or cards.

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