Damico One Hand Second

4. The left thumb moves in until its tip comes to the center of a 3 spot as shown in Figure 105 which is a view from the left side.

5. From the top the view is as seen in Figure 106 with the card(s) being held securely in place by the left 2nd, 3rd and 4th finger tips pressing down firmly on the right side of the deck.


6. The left thumb tip, pressing on the face of the second card now moves this card forwards and outwards. Figure 107 shows the 2nd card being moved out by the left thumb, a left side view of the action.

7. Figure 108 shows the action as it appears from above the deck. Note that the left forefinger is alongside the right side of the second card and will play an important part in the next step.

8. The left thumb continues its action while at the same time the left forefinger presses inward on the deck causing the deck to slide down further into the

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left hand. The left thumb moves in towards the left forefinger causing the second card to swing towards the right and out of the deck as shown in Figure 109 where the 2nd card is about to clear the top card.

9. Continuing the action of Step 8 the second card will clear the pack and end up being clipped between the left thumb tip and the side of the left forefinger at about the first knuckle. The card will end up as shown in Figure 110, the spectator's view.

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Note that the card ends up in Figure 110 with the left thumb in the center of the lower side of the card. Also the rest of deck will wind up rather deep in the left hand due to the sliding downward action caused by pressing inwards with the left forefinger during the action of the second deal.

10. The above 9 Steps cover the mechanics of the deal; however, the following wrist action must be included in the deal to make it completely deceptive from a visual standpoint. When the left thumb starts to move in as shown in Figure 104 the left hand turns inwards at the wrist only, towards the body. If the left hand wrist action is correct the performer will have a view of the action as shown in Figure 111 if the action were stopped.

11. By the time the left hand turns back outwards again the second card will be out and held as already shown in Figure 110, the spectator's view.

12. The Figure showing the inward wrist action has been greatly exaggerated to give a clear picture of the idea. Actually the wrist action of the left hand becomes sort of a slight bobbing of the hand. It is done so quickly that the impression given is that the top of the deck is never out of view. At times it can actually be such that only a very slight bobbing of the left hand will be sufficient to cover up the fact that the second card comes out.

The thumb action can be so rapid as to actually do the deal with the hand at rest. The left fingers press down on the top card to keep it firmly in place while left thumb whips the second card out and over face up.

13. The right hand now comes over to take the card, by the upper non index corner, with the right thumb on top, fingers below. The card is then tossed or sailed onto the table.


To deal the top card in apparently I the same manner and have it end up in I approximately the same position in the I left fingers, proceed by first releasing I only one card with the left thumb.

15. Next, dig the left thumb under the card as shown in Figure 104. Continue the action up to that shown in Figure 105. Here the left thumb keeps pressing on the card until it flips face up against the left 2nd, 3rd and 4th fingers. At this stage the left thumb is on the face of the card but the back rests against the nails of the left 2nd, 3rd and 4th fingers as shown in Figure 112, a top view.

The left thumb now can push the face up card forward because it will ride easily on the nails of the left 2nd, 3rd and 4th fingers. The left forefinger meantime moves inwards to beneath the card, at the same time pushing the rest of the deck further into the palm. This results in the face up card riding off the nails of the left 2nd, 3rd and 4th

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