Delayed Action Palm

11. The right third finger and thumb maintain their grip. The deck can now be taken away from the left hand and held by the right hand alone as in Figure 7 which shows a bottom view of the conditions.

Figure 7

12. The right hand, with its cards in the position shown in Figure 7, moves towards the table as if to put the pack down; however, the performer seems to spot a speck of dirt.

He replaces the deck into the left hand in such a manner that the bottom angled cards will go into the left palm position. The outer right corner, of the bottom packet, should go directly onto the pad of the left third finger. The inner left corner of the angled packet should be at the base of the left thumb. The left thumb presses on top of deck to hold the cards in position. Figure 8 shows how the left hand is held to accept the angled cards as well as the pack. The right hand, omitted here to give a clearer picture, covers the angled cards at this stage.

Figure 8

13. As soon as the right hand has placed the deck into the position shown in Figure 8, the left third and fourth fingers squeeze inwards on the outer right corner of the angled packet. This closing of the left fingers should be made before the right hand moves away from the deck.

The closing in of the left third and fourth fingers automatically places the bottom cards into the left palm position. The deck will now cover the palmed cards as the right hand moves to the center of the table to brush away the imaginary speck of dirt.

The right hand then comes back to the left hand and removes the deck from above the packet and places it on the table. With the packet palmed, the left hand drops to the side. If seated the hand can grasp the left side of the table or rest its fingertips on the inside edge of the table.

14. We will briefly review the action that the audience sees during the Delayed Action Palm. The student can then visualize just what is expected of him.

A. The cards are shuffled.

B. The pack is taken by the right hand and about to be placed on the table; however, the performer notes something.

The deck is placed back into the left hand while the right hand returns to the table to brush away some imaginary dust.

The right hand comes back, removes the deck from left hand, then places it on the table.

15. During the series of actions from A to D the cards have been palmed into the left hand.

It is obvious that this palm can be applied to any effect.

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