Block Shift To The

Figure 117

right fingers are at the front of deck during the push-in action as in Figure 118 which shows the exposed action. Actually even the performer will not be able to see the jog as the right fingers will cover it from the front and above while the left thumb and fingers cover the sides.

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3. Immediately that the impression has been conveyed of the block having been pushed home the right fingers remain at the front end of the deck as the right thumb and fingers grasp the deck and turn it face up, end for end, as in Figure 119 where you will note the jogged block is concealed by the position of the right fingers at the back end.

The left hand is tilted upwards just enough to hide the gap of the in-jogged block. The right fingers grasp the deck at the lower right corner, thumb on

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top, fingers below, to turn the deck over to the left and thus face down.

4. Both hands now lift the deck into the Side Square Up Position shown in Figure 120 where the left 1st finger is over the top end of the deck, left thumb at the side near the inner left corner, left 2nd, 3rd and 4th fingers on the opposite side. The right hand's position is; right 1st finger curled on top of the deck near the inner end, right thumb actually pressing on the in-jogged block at the lower left corner. The right 3rd finger presses on the block of Aces on the opposite side with the 2nd finger alongside but not in contact with the block, but only the side of the deck. The right 4th finger is free of any contact with the cards. The Figure 120 shows the in-jogged block and this Side Square Up Position. This is important for the next moves to fit in with the rest.

5. The pack is now lowered into the left hand but the right hand remains at the rear of the deck. Here it swings into the position shown in Figure 121 where it nips the block, at its lower right corner, between the tips of the right 2nd and 3rd ringers. Although the deck is now low in the palm the left fingers retain their original positions.

6. The left hand now moves the deck forward while the right 2nd and 3rd fingers keep the block clipped. The right thumb should be touching the right 1st finger during the action, as seen in Figure 122, not stuck out. The left hand not only moves the deck forward but also slightly upward as the block becomes more and more free of the pack. The block of Aces rides, on its left side, along the crease of the left palm.

7. Continue moving the left hand forward and upward until the block is clear of the deck. At this stage the back of left hand is towards spectators while the block of cards is behind the left wrist. The left thumb at the same time riffles the uppper left corner of the deck. All this is shown in the two illustrations where Figure 123 shows the performer's view of the situation while the Figure 124 shows the spectator's picture of the same situation.

Figure 123
Figure 122

Figure 124

8. The right hand now moves its block slightly forward so it comes up against the top of the deck as in Figure 125. The left hand now turns inwards causing the block to ride up further onto the deck as in Figure 126. The right hand now comes over the deck to push the block flush with the deck. This action is similar to that already shown in Figure 113.

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