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Figure 74

Figure 76

4. While the left fingers retain the Strip Grip of Figure 76, the right fingers are free to move over the top block of cards, as in Figure 77, thus making these cards, above the topmost Ace, join the Aces in the diagonal position.

The left fingers, of course, now hold onto this top block as well as the Aces as both hands go into the Swing Cut, as per Figure 16. The right hand portion going on top the left hand packet. The Aces will be at bottom of the deck.

Figure 77

The grip of the left fingers is mostly on the slightly diagonal Aces. The right fingers merely press on their end of the deck to keep the Aces from breaking through. The positions of the fingers of both hands is seen in Figure 76 which is a sort of Strip Grip in that the left fingers and thumb can actually feel the edges of the Aces just as if they were reversed in a Stripper Deck. This Strip Grip is very fine. In fact the deck looks as if no control were possible.

Figure 77

5. Some may prefer to start the Push-Thru action by using the 3rd fingers of each hand, as per Figure 78. This allows you to get the required Strip Grip at the same time. In this case, the 1st fingers, of each hand, should be in front of the deck. The Figure 78 shows the thumb and finger positions at the start of the Push-Thru.

Figure 78

6. To get the Aces to the top proceed exactly as outlined in Steps 1 to 4 except use the suggested Push-Thru technique of Figure 78 to get immediately into the Strip Grip.

7. With the Aces in the Strip Grip, held by the left fingers and thumb, the right fingers and thumb are free to move over the bottom block of cards so they go in line with the Aces. The left thumb can aid in this action by firmly pressing the Aces against the left 3rd finger and then slightly lifting the pack at the back only. This enables the right thumb, at the back, and the right 2nd and 3rd fingers, at the front, to swing the bottom block over in line with the Aces. This is seen in Figure 79, which is a bottom view of the same action seen in Figure 68.

Figure 79

Once the block is firmly gripped by the left fingers and thumb, along with the Aces, the hands do the Swing Cut with the right hand placing its half under the cards in the left.

While the above techniques have been described using only the Aces, obviously they can be used as out and out False Shuffles. Also in moving over the top block, as in Figure 77, some may prefer to use the left 1st finger in pulling it over in line with the Aces.

On False Shuffles - The All Around Square Up can be used in a False Shuffle that is done in the hands.

The Shuffle Shift

There have been several techniques already in print for this type of Shuffle Shift, namely, by Cardini in Greater Magic, Fred Braue in Miracle Methods No. 4, and Arthur Buckley in his Card Control. The technique I have devised is entirely different from any of the above mentioned.

With deck face down in the left hand insert the four Aces, nearer the bottom of the deck, so only about an inch of the Aces protrude from the front end of the pack. With the right hand grasp the inner right corner of the deck and turn it, to the left, on its side. The left hand grasps the sides of the deck with the thumb on top, three fingers below and 1st finger curled against the back of the deck. The pack is thus displayed to show the separated aces.

2. The right hand now comes over as if to push the Aces into the deck, as seen in Figure 80, three fingers at the front end, 4th finger under the corner and thumb at back. Note also that the left 1st finger has now moved over to the lower left corner. I will now describe separately the actions which later occur simultaneously.

Figure 80

3. The right fingers, in pushing the Aces does so by first pulling the Aces, inwards and slightly to the right. This creates a separation from the block of cards above the Aces. This separation, taking place at the front end, will later aid the action to be made by the left 1st finger.

Next, the Aces are pushed in diagonally, as in Figure 81, by moving the right fingers upwards during the pushing action. The right 4th finger, under the corner, aids in this.

4. As the Aces move up diagonally the left 1 st finger, which is at the lower left corner, moves the top block of cards upwards as well, seen in Figure 82. This lines up the top block with the Aces. At this stage the right fingers will be holding a grip on the Aces as well as the top block of cards.

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