Changing Palm Positions

The thumb presses on its side of the card to keep the opposite side firmly against the palm. In this way the card is now Rear Angle Palmed as already shown in Figure 2.

7. It is also possible to get the card into either the Rear Angle Palm or the Rear Flat Palm from the Thumb Clip Palm. Briefly, the procedure is merely to release the clipped card, from under the thumb, by slightly moving out the thumb so as to let this corner of the card escape. With the card now flat under the palm all you do is go through the actions of the Flat Card Pickup to get the card into either the Rear Angle Palm or the Rear Flat Palm.

Rear Angle Palm To Rear Flat Palm

1. Assuming the card is in Rear Angle Palm position and you wish to get it into the Rear Flat Palm position proceed as follows: The 1st and 2nd fingers curl in to clip the outer corner of the card between them as in Figure 8.

2. With the card thus clipped the thumb now presses in on the side of the card causing it to swing in under the palm. The card is still clipped between the 1st and 2nd fingers and the position is as in Figure 7, which is a bottom view.

3. All that you need to do now is to engage the outer corners of the card by pressure of thumb and base of 4th finger thus enabling you to extend all four fingers as in Figure 1 which is a bottom view of the cards position.

Rear Flat Palm

To Rear Angle Palm

1. In this case the card is Rear Flat Palmed and you desire to bring it into the Rear Angle Palm. The 1st and 2nd fingers curl in towards the palm with the 3rd and 4th fingers following along in a natural manner. The 1st and 2nd fingers clip the outer corner of the card as in Figure 7, a bottom view.

2. With the outer corner of the card clipped, between the 1st and 2nd fin-

§ers, it is moved outwards from under e palm and at same time the card is raised just enough so its one side will lie along that part of the palm in line with the 4th finger while the ball of the thumb maintains pressure on the opposite side of the card. At this stage, the Figure 8 shows the situation.

3. Once the card is felt to be secured, the fingers can be extended with the card retained in the Rear Angle Palm as in Figure 2.

Once it is understood how to "Change Palm Positions" the next step is how to get into those Palm Positions in the first place. Basically all you really need to do is get into anyone of the Palm Positions and from there into any of the other Palm Positions as already outlined in Changing Palm Positions; however, I will outline several procedures but for actual details I suggest you look into the references made to the various Chapters of the present volume.

Getting Into The Palm Positions First Method:

To take a card directly into Rear Angle Palm from the top of the deck, hold the deck as in Figure 9 with all four fingers at the side and the thumb angled on the front end of the deck. The other hand comes over the deck as if to square the ends.

Again, I am not stressing left or right hand as either hand can be used depending on whether you are left or right handed. Under cover of all four fingers at the front end, the angled thumb pushes the top card downwards and towards the hand above the pack as shown in Figure 10.

Figure 12

The action is continued with the thumb pushing the card still further to the rear of the hand above the deck, as in Figure 11. At this point the palming hand can press its thumb against the side of the card thus holding it in a Rear Angle Palm.

Figure 11

The hand above the deck now moves to the side, as if again squaring the ends of the deck, until the top of the deck is exposed to view. Then this hand alone retains the cards as in Figure 12 where, please note, the 1st finger is now curled on top of the deck. This hand can now deposit the pack on the table as the card is retained in the Rear

Figure 12

Angle Palm and rested on the table. From here the Rear Angle Palmed card can be changed to a Rear Flat Palm if so desired and from there into the Latest Thumb Clip Palm if need be. The reverse procedure will again bring the card into the Angle Palm. For a Multiple Rear Angle Palm, see Chapter 5; The Tabled Palm, page 26 The Tip Up Angle Palm

Second Method:

You can cut the top card to center and Side Steal it into Rear Angle Palm. For several cards, insert them into the deck as a unit and then do a Multiple Steal into the Rear Angle Palm. See Chapter 4; The Side Steal, for details of getting a card into Angle Palm

Third Method:

Use anyone of the Angle Palm Steals or Flat Palm Steals from Chapter 5, The Tabled Palm. The study of Chapter 5 is

Eractically a must if you are to get the est results from the Switches.

Fourth Method:

Use the Clip Steal from either the center or off the top of the deck. From here, the clipped card can be easily transferred to the Rear Angle Palm by moving the hand to the edge of the table and then pressing the thumb down against the side of the card.

The Figure 13 shows how the card is clipped at base of the 3rd and 4th fingers. Figure 14 shows how the card is

GETTING INTO PALM POSITIONS

Figure 14

brought over the edge of the table so that the thumb can engage the side of the card and thus get the card into Angle Palm. From the one palm it can, of course, be changed to, say, a Rear Flat Palm. For details of The Clip Steal, see Chapter 4, The Side Steal

Fifth Method:

You can use the edge of the table to get into the Palm Positions, required for the Switches, from a Regular Full Palm. The card is palmed in the usual manner into the hand as for a regular palm. The fingertips of this hand are rested on the edge of the table as in Figure 15.

Once this position is attained, the card can be brought to a Rear Flat Palm by merely rocking the hand slightly so as to raise the front end of the card. The fingertips will also raise slightly above the table just enough for all four fingers to curl in under the front end of the card. As the fingers curl in, they push the card further in towards the palm which will eventually move the card into the Rear Flat Palm position. Once this is done the fingers can again be extended.

To get the card into a Rear Angle Palm, from the position shown in Figure 15, simply turn the hand in towards the body, then with the ball of the thumb

?ress down on the side of the card. his will cause the card to tip up into an Angle Palm similar to that shown in Figure 14 except in this case the thumb keeps the card in place against the table while the rest of the hand moves slightly forward in order to bring the card further back into the hand as per Figure 14. In either case, once you reach one position or another the card can be changed to any other position.

Figure 15

It is interesting the way the table edge can get you not only into the two Palms mentioned but also into the Thumb Clip Palm. All you need do is merely move your thumb downwards till you feel that the inner corner is above the thumb. Now bring the thumb in against this corner and the card will be in position of Figure 3, the Thumb Clip Palm. This position is also important in some of the Switches.

Sixth Method:

This also uses the Table Edge but it is assumed that in this case the card happens to be flat on the table under the nand which is more or less away from the edge of the table. With the palm of your hand flat on the card, move your hand to the edge of the table at a sort of inward angle, moving in towards the body. As the edge of the table is reached the card will automatically tip up into a Rear Angle Palm similar to Figure 14.

Seventh Method:

This has already been explained under The Flat Card Pickup.

Eighth Method:

From a top Full Palm. Cards are palmed off the top of the deck into a Full Palm as the palming hand holds the deck from above in the normal manner. The other hand holds the sides of the deck from below. This hand now grasps the sides of the palmed cards, just above the deck, between its thumb and 2nd finger. These fingers now hold the cards above the deck while the hand originally palming the cards, swings down around the cards so as to Rear Angle Palm them. The palming hand can then either retake the deck or move away with its Angle Palmed cards.

The cards can be Rear Flat Palmed from this position, directly off the top of the deck. By merely moving the palming hand forward as the thumb and 2nd finger of the other hand hold onto the cards, the cards come into position to be clipped into a Rear Flat Palm.

Ninth Method:

Similar to the 8th Method except here the thumb and 2nd finger, which grasp the sides of the originally palmed cards, do the actual placing of these cards into either the Rear Angle Palm or into the Rear Flat Palm. The process is very simple as the moving of the cards into position passes off as a side-squaring of the pack.

Tenth Method:

Here the card or cards are palmed in the regulation manner with the hand above the pack having its first finger curled on top of the deck. By pressing inwards with the 1st finger the palmed card will be forced to slip off the base of the palm until the card is clipped only by the curled first finger.

At this stage the other hand can leave the deck. The hand with the deck goes to deposit it on the table but the card, clipped against the palm by 1st finger, is retained. Immediately as the deck is released the card is clipped into the Rear Flat Palm. Of course, from this position the card can be changed to one of the other palms.

Figure 16 shows the right 1st finger bending inwards causing the card to travel, past the base of the thumb, towards the rear of the palm. Figure 17 shows how the card is held momentarily, by the right 1st finger pressing the card against the palm, after the deck is released. The right thumb is placed against the side of the card enabling the right 1st finger to straighten out. The card is now in Rear Flat Palm and from there it can be changed to any of the other palm positions.

Figure 16

Note that the right 4th finger has to be moved outwards only very slightly in order that the base of the 4th finger can clip the corner of the card. The

THE FLEXIBLE UNLOAD

Figure 17

card is now kept in place by pressure of the right thumb and the base of the 4th finger on the upper corners of the card.

Methods of Unloading The X Card After The Switch

It is essential at times to be clean of any card after the initial Switch; therefore, getting rid of the new palmed card should be one of the requisites. Basically, you can unload the card into the lap or directly onto the top of the deck, from either a Rear Flat Palm or Rear Angle Palm. I suggest a study of Chapter 5, The Tabled Palm for several methods of accomplishing this.

However, I will detail a method that is very flexible in its application not only to unloading a card, whether the pack is face down or face up, but will also be an aid in several of the effects mentioned in Chapter 5, especially in such effects as Card To Top, page 19, Out of Your Hands, page 16, and the second method of Rise-Rise-Rise on page 25. Also a method for transferring a Rear Flat Palmed card or a Rear Angle Palmed card from hand to hand. But first—

The Flexible Unload

1. Assuming you have a card palmed in any one of the various positions it is eventually brought into the Rear Flat Palm position. Also suppose the card is in the right hand although either hand canbeused.

front end of the card. The thumb is placed on top of the upper corner thus the corner is actually pressed between the tip of the thumb and the tip of the

1 st finger.

3. The thumb and 1st finger now sort of move the card out so it peeks out from under the hand. As this is being done the other hand, the left hand in this case, is placed against the inner left corner of the tabled deck as follows: The thumb is at the back end at about center, the 1st finger is pressing its tip on top of the deck at center near the left side, the 2nd finger is at the left side of the deck at about center while the 3rd and 4th fingers merely lie alongside and touch the table top.

4. With the deck thus anchored in place and the palmed card swung out slightly the position of both hands is as shown in Figure 18. This is showing the right hand already moving in towards the deck. It is obvious from this that the card will be brought under the deck and yet as simple as it appears there are a few technical details to keep in mind.

First, do not press down too hard, on the palmed card, with the thumb as this will cause the inner left corner to curl upwards too much and instead of

2. With the card Rear Flat Palmed the four fingers curl inwards under the ly it will hit the deck and cause a noise and even prevent the card from going under.

5. The palmed card is not brought out, as in Figure 18, until the hand starts to move towards the tabled deck. The lower left corner of the palmed card is started under the deck at its upper right corner although this can vary to anywhere from the corner of the deck to down the side of the deck.

Figure 19 shows the corner of the palmed card being started, under the pack, at about a half-inch from the upper right corner. An attempt at starting the card, under the pack, further down the side of the pack may result in more trouble, and even failure, but do experiment.

Figure 19

6. Once the card moves under the deck you will note that the fingers also go beneath the cards thus it is an easy matter to nip the front end of the deck, between the fingers and thumb, and lift it up to the left hand. The left hand takes the deck by the sides which gives the right hand a chance to change position so it comes above deck to take it by the ends. Both hands now square the deck in the usual manner after which the cards can be retained or again dropped to the table.

Suggestions

Besides the already suggested uses for this Flexible Unload, in reference to Chapter 5, here are a few more.

1. The deck is face up or face down, and the palmed card is in the opposite way to that of the pack. After the unloading the deck can be cut and the card revealed face up.

2. It can be used as a secret Pass or Shift of the top card to the bottom of the deck. This would consist in the deck being on the table and the top card palmed off using a Tabled Palm, The hand then comes towards the deck and unloads the card to the bottom as the deck is picked up and squared then replaced on the table.

3. With the above suggestion in Step 2, some effects are possible. A top card can be shown and tossed face down onto the tabled deck. In squaring the tabled cards a Tabled Palm is made. The hand moves away, for only a short distance, from the pack, then immediately comes to apparently scoop up the deck and square it in the hands. Naturally the palmed card has been unloaded to the bottom of the pack during this action. Deck replaced to the table. The top card can now be shown as either having Vanished, Changed or travelled to the bottom ala the Ambitious Card theme.

4. In doing the Flexible Unload the action is not fast or sharp as if trying to force a card under the deck. Due to the left fingers anchoring the deck the Unloading can be easy, smooth and performed in a natural manner. The importance of the fingers being placed on the deck or on a card will be seen in some of the Switches. The unloading is best and most easily done directly from a Rear Angle Palm as the card is practically in the desired position.

CARD SWITCH TRANSFER

The Card Switch Transfer

At times it is to one's advantage to be able to transfer a card from one hand to another either before, during or after a Card Switch. This then is such a manuever.

1. Assume a card is brought to Rear Angle Palm position in the right hand. The right hand, fingers extended, travels to the left hand which it meets as in Figure 20. At this point the left fingers are curled under the front end of the card while the left thumb is pressing on its upper right corner. Thus the card is trapped between the tip of the thumb on top and the tip of the 1 st fin-

fer below. The extended right thumb, olding the Angled Card, is under the left palm. If the right hand were moved away at this stage the position of the card, in left fingers, would be as seen in Figure 21.

Figure 20

Figure 21

2. Before the right hand moves away, the left thumb and 1st finger swings the card under the left palm. The left hand now has all four fingers curled under the front end of the card as in Figure 22. From this position the card is easily brought into the Rear Flat Palm enabling the left fingers to be extended.

Figure 22

3. To get the card back into the right hand a reverse of the actions described is made. The right hand comes over to the left. The left thumb and 1st finger swing out its card, similar to Figure 21, which is taken into the right hand as in Figure 20. The swinging out of the card, from left hand, does not take place until the right hand is close to the left as in Figure 20.

4. The ball of the right thumb catches the side of the card and moves away with the card, now in a Rear Angle Palm. From the Rear Angle Palm the card can be brought to a Rear Flat Palm as already detailed in the section on Changing Positions.

Never hold the palming hand flat on the table when the hand is supposed to be at rest. Using the edge of the table is all right but on the table the fingers should curl in toward palm in a natural relaxed way.

Single Card Switches

These Switches that follow are basically those which exchange one card for another. Where it also can be used for several cards I will mention this. Some of these can be used as out and out demonstrations of skill and as such can be impressive to both laymen and

Figure 21

magicians but the road you choose to follow is yours.

An Impressive Sequence

This introduces several new innovations as well as making use of some already described. It is a sequence that will give you a chance to keep up on several sleights and for that reason alone is worth practicing even if you never use it publicly. It can be done seated or standing.

1. Hold the deck in the left hand as for dealing. The left thumb shoves over two cards one in advance of the other. The foremost card is taken by the right hand, its face is shown and the card is tossed face down onto the table. The right hand comes back, fingers sort of extended, in front of the card that is still thumbed off to the side of the pack. The upper right corner of this card is clipped between the right 2nd and 3rd fingers, as in Figure 23, near the base of the palm.

Once the card is secure between these fingers the right hand moves in causing the clipped card to go flush onto deck. The right hand now takes pack as in Figure 24 but, of course, the top card remains clipped between the 2nd and 3rd fingers.

2. The right hand now places the deck to the front and right of the tabled card. As this is being done the left fingers position themselves on the single tabled card as follows: The left 1st finger is placed on top of the inner left corner of the card. The left thumb is at the back end of the card but near the 1st finger. The left 2nd finger is on the left side of the card near the left 1st finger. Thus these three digits converge at the inner left corner while the 3rd and 4th fingers merely lie alongside or can be curled into the left palm.

3. The right hand meantime has dropped the deck but the clipped card is retained. As the hand moves away from the deck the fingers are extended but the thumb moves in alongside the 1st finger. In other words, do not let it jut out. This covers the clipped card sufficiently on the right side.

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