First Variation

1. Proceed exactly as in the above version from Step 1 through 7, Figures 1 to 6. With the right hand still above the deck as in Figure 6, the right fingers now merely pretend to push the Aces flush. This would appear the same as Figure 11 where the right hand now runs along the ends of the deck to apparently square it.

2. After squaring the ends of the deck the right fingers can move to the sides of the pack where the bending or squeezing action is performed to simulate the squaring of the sides. This is similar to Figure 10.

3. Now the right fingers hold onto the lower ends of the deck and at the same time the right end is brought upwards. During this the left thumb and 2nd finger pivots on the left end of deck as the left hand turns palm down. This brings the left and right hands into the position shown in Figure 14 where both hands are above deck holding it at each end. The left thumb and 2nd finger hide the jogged Aces at the left end.

Figure 13

4. With deck as in Figure 14, the left thumb and 2nd finger nold firmly onto the jogged Aces as well as the top portion of the deck. The right thumb and 2nd finger now pull out the lower portion of the deck as shown in Figure 15 but only up to the stage shown wherein the lower half is starting to clear the left thumb.

Figure 15

5. When the cards reach the stage shown in Figure 15, both hands do a Swing Cut as in Figure 16. That is the left and right hands swing their respective halves outward and away from each other. Now the two hands move towards each other again with the right hand placing its half of the deck onto that of the left hand, in a sort of crosswise position as seen in Figure 17,

6. You have two ways of squaring up, after the cut, from the crosswise position of the top half. First, the two hands can square up while the pack is on the table as seen in Figure 18. This is the Erdnase method of squaring after a shuffle or cut.

The second way is to lift the deck, with the right hand, still in a crosswise position, then to square up as both hands

Figure 17

tap the lower end of deck against the table, seen from above in Figure 19.

The left hand is above the right and both hands occupy a similar finger position. That is, 1st finger curled against the deck, thumb on one side and three fingers on the other.

Figure 18

Figure 18


7. The Swing Cut described and shown in Figure 16 also makes for a very deceptive False Table Cut. If done properly it is practically impossible to tell which is the top half and which is the bottom. After a bit of hesitation you can replace the halves as they originally were but do it crosswise as in Figure 17 which gives the impression that the top crossed half came from the bottom.

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