Block Shift To The

secretly in-jogged, can be swung over onto the Aces thus making a secret card addition; however, I will detail a method that is more in keeping with this particular series of actions.

10. In order to use the above Block Shift on cards that have been inserted separately into the deck the following must first take place. After in-jogging the cards to the back end, the cards are held as in Figure 120, the Side Square Up Position. The pack is held end on towards the spectators in order for the next move not to be seen. This consists in merely pulling out the in-jogged cards, with the right thumb and 3rd finger, for about half their length as in Figure 127, which is the performer's view as the deck is held end on towards the audience. This now loosens the cards enough for the right fingers to clip them between the 2nd and 3rd fingers the situation being similar to Figure 122.

Figure 127

The rest of the sleight is now concluded as in the first instance, Figures 123 to 126 with Figure 113 being the final move to get the cards flush onto the deck.

If doing these Block Shifts on the table be sure the left hand hugs close to the table during the moves. If standing, turn your left side, slightly, to the audience and be sure to watch your angles ofvisibility.

Special Handling

Here now is the special handling to get a secret block of cards over, say, the four Aces.

1. Hold the deck face up in removing the Aces. The Aces are placed face down on the table. Run through the balance of the deck as if to make sure you have what you wanted. In the meantime get a break, with the left 4th finger, above the four last cards. The right hand now moves the deck forward, all except the four cards, thus in-jogging the four cards. With the right hand turn the deck over, to the left, face down into the left hand. The left hand is tilted slightly to conceal the now top four in-jogged cards.

2. Right hand picks up the Aces, one at a time, to place them onto the deck.

The first Ace is placed directly in line with deck but out-jogged for about half its length. Remaining Aces are now placed, one onto the other, in a fan. Once the jogged cards are covered, the left hand can tilt down so as to show the backs of most of the fan.

3. The right fingers now move across the top of the fan, as if adjusting it. Gradually the right thumb moves down to the lower right corner of the topmost card of the fan as in Figure 128. This places the right 2nd and 3rd fingers in position to clip the in-jogged block.

Figure 128

Figure 128

4. Once the in-jogged block is securely clipped, between the tips of the right 2nd and 3rd fingers, the left hand moves outwards and to the right to thus display the faces of the fan of cards. This action frees the block from under the fan and the block is behind the left wrist. In fact, the actions from now on are similar to Figures 122 to 126 except here the fan of Aces is the excuse for the left Wrist Turn instead of the riffling of the deck.

5. Once the block is moved on top of the Aces, but still at the rear of the deck, the right hand closes the fan of Aces still leaving them out-jogged. The right hand comes over the deck as if to push the Aces flush with the deck.

Actually by pushing down on the as they are pushed inwards, the block of in-jogged cards will be forced away from the deck. The top block of cards will rise up slightly to be immediately taken by the right 1st finger, which has been curled on top of the out-jogged Aces, at the upper left corner and the right thumb at the lower left corner, The other right fingers, at the front end, have done most of the pushing and levering up of the top block. The right hand raises the block above the deck to square it and the whole action appears as if the Aces had been taken.

Block Shift Variations

These variations can be used on a block of cards or one card such as a peeked selection.

First Variation (Block Shift)

1. Have a card peeked at. Angle it, as in A of Figure 48, with the tip of the left 4th finger. Do the All Around Square Up to end up with the card in-jogged and the deck in the hands as shown in Figure 120. From here, get to the position shown in Figure 121 where the right 2nd and 3rd fingertips clip the lower right corner of the card.

2. Face the spectator full front during the next moves. Say, "Don't forget your card", at the same time, the left hand moves directly forward in a gesture towards spectator. Naturally, the right fingers hold onto their card so it ends up clear of, and behind the deck as in Figure 129. The left hand is also tilted upwards slightly during the forward movement.

3. A reverse of the forward move, shown in Figure 129, places the rear card on to deck as in Figure 126. The right hand comes over the deck and pushes the rear card flush with the deck (See Figure 113) while at the same time the pack is raised up to the left fingertips and a Square Up action

BLOCK SHIFT VARIATIONS

Figure 129

is made with both hands, of the ends and sides of the deck. See Chapter 2; Action Palm, for the Square Up Position mentioned here. The card is now on top to be dealt with in accordance with your effect.

Second Variation (Block Shift)

1. This Second Variation can be used on a block of cards, four or more separated cards or a single peeked at card. For this description I will assume a block of cards is to be shifted from center to top.

1. Having inserted the block get into the Angle Position of A of Figure 48 and from here do the All Around Square Up to get into the in-jogged position. The deck is held, between both hands, for the Side Squaring Action as in Figure 120. From here the injogged block is moved out at the rear as shown in Figure 127.

3. When the cards reach the point of Figure 127, the deck is lowered into the left hand. The right hand immediately positions itself as follows: The length of the right thumb is placed along the left side of the block. The right third finger will lie along the length of the block of cards on the right side. The inner right corner of the block will be pressing against the center of the right palm.

4. The left hand now moves forward and upwards so that back of the left hand is towards the spectator. At this stage the cards in the right hand will be behind those held in the left hand as in Figure 130. Originally, the left thumb is at the side of the deck at the start of its forward movement but once the block is clear of the deck the left thumb moves on top of the deck as in Figure 130.

Figure 130

The cards in the right hand will be covered, on the right side, by the extended fingers of the right hand. On the left side they will be covered by the left wrist so the move is practically covered on both sides and front and only open to someone in back of the performer. At this stage, the deck is riffled by left thumb at the upper left corner.

5. To get the cards to the top of the deck just bring the left hand back towards the waiting right hand thus getting the block on top and shoving it under the left thumb, which holds it in place. This gives the right hand a chance to come over the deck and push the block flush, (see Figure 113) then square the deck.

Concluding Observations

In all Multiple Shifts described the deck is at all times handled face down unless it is strictly essential, from a presentation standpoint, to have the pack face up.

While I have not exactly stated, in every case, to show the Aces or cards before you insert them into deck, it is assumed that you will do this in your best possible manner.

The degree of the Angle Jog, at A of Figure 48, is controlled by how far the projecting Aces or cards protrude before the right 2nd finger starts to press on the upper left corner of the Aces. If the Aces or cards protrude, say, a half inch from the deck and the right 2nd finger presses inwards on the upper left corner, the degree of angle, at the lower right corner, will be greater than if you start pushing, with right 2nd finger when the Aces are only projecting say, a quarter inch. The closer you push the Aces into the deck, before the right 2nd finger pushes, the finer or smaller the eventual Angle Jog will be. During the angling only the left thumb and 2nd finger keep pressure on the front ends of deck.

The first variation of the Block Shift can be used on four separated cards or more. All you need to do is to get, say, the four Aces moved out far enough to the rear of deck as in Figure 127. You will find that the moves in Figure 129 and 126 can easily be done.

A subtlety you can use with any Multiple Shift, that brings Aces to either top or bottom, is the following: With the deck face down and the Aces on top of the deck, the right fingers pick off the top card as per Figure 2. Insert this first Ace in upper portion of the deck. The next two Aces are picked off, one at a time in the same manner, to be inserted below the 1st Ace. As you pick off the last Ace Actually two cards as one are taken and inserted below the other three Aces. Now, after even the standard Multiple Shift, you can immediately show the bottom of the deck as not having the Aces and, of course, also the top. Yet the Aces are just above the one A card at the bottom ofthe deck.

If you handle the deck faces up the same procedure is used, i.e., the last Ace is a double card. After the Multiple Shift the Aces are shown not on the bottom and the top X card can be shown to apprently prove the Aces are not there; however, they are in an easily accessible position just under the top X card.

Straddling the cards, between 1st and 4 th fingers, has been used in one form or another by several card men. Erdnase describes it in a form of the color change as well as its use just before the Back Palm. Walter Scott made use of it in his Bottom Deal and Farreli suggested it as a form of control over the cards during a Second Deal and Buckley applied it to his Shuffle Multiple Shift in his book, Card Control. Other present day card men such as Art Altman, Neal Elias, and Bill Simon have used the Straddle idea in one form or another. My use of the "Straddle" differs from any of the sources mentioned or those of the Cardicians mentioned.

As one can see, the Immovable Shift basically consists in twisting the inserted cards out to the top or bottom, Just in case some student may point out that according to Erdnase such procedures are ola hat may I remind him that first, Erdnase gave no definite technique for such an accomplishment (Outside of his Diagonal Palm Shift which has been used by present day card men, notably Danny Ross, to get the cards to the bottom of the deck,

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