Flat Palm Steal

This is a type of palm that enables one to steal a card off the top of the pack while the deck is on the table. Various effects are possible, some of a very startling nature.

1. The deck is on the table in front of the performer with a short end facing the body.

2. The right hand is momentarily, palm up alongside of deck as in Figure 9.

Figure 9

3. The right hand turns so that it deliberately comes over the deck as in Figure 10. Note that the upper corners of the deck are at base of the fourth finger and first joint of the thumb.

4. The top card of the deck is now caught, at the upper corners, between the base of the right fourth finger and tip of the thumb as these parts contract slightly to nip the card.

5. Immediately the right hand raises


upwards, slightly, then moves to the right.

6. During the steal there should be no movement of any other of the top cards. The right hand seems to merely pass over the deck and away in less than a second.

Figure 10

Figure 10

The hand having stolen the card maintains either an extended flat position on the table to the right of the ideck or the four fingers can bend inwards so that the hand has the appearance of being closed. In either case, regardless of which position the hand assumes, the opposite hand must assume an identical appearance on the other side of the pack. In other words, both hands must either be placed palms down fiat or both must have the fingers curled into the palms.

8. In nipping the top card for the Flat Palm Steal some may find it more expedient to catch or nip the card between the tip of the thumb and second joint of the fourth finger, which is the position shown in Figure 11.

9. In using the previous instructions of Steps 1 through 6, the Flat Palmed card will end up further back in the hand, nipped between the tip of right thumb and near the base of the fourth finger.

The handling and position of the card, of course, will depend a lot on the use it is put to and the effect to be obtained.

Figure 11
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