For One Card

1. To apparently place one card into the deck yet keep control of it you hold the deck face down with the left forefinger, of course beveling the cards as required.

2. The card to be lost is inserted from the back end similar to Figure 21 except here only one card is used. This card should be placed at, or below the center.

3. The right thumb alone now pushes the card in as in Figure 27. The Dall of right thumb now moves back and forth along the back end as if squaring the deck and flushing the inserted card.

4. The right hand now seems to square the ends from above, then the deck can be held in left hand as for dealing.

Later, when it is necessary to control the card, the right thumb can relocate it then cut it to either the top or bottom as needed.

Figure 27

5. If you wish you can use this method, for one card, on four Aces. The top Ace is taken by the lower right corner and inserted into the back end of the deck starting at about six cards from the bottom.

The insertion of the Ace is aided by the left 4th finger pulling down on the cards at the inner left corner. Repeat by placing each of the other three Aces, one a few cards above the other, until all four are inserted.

6. Now proceed as in the Second Variation, Steps 6 through 9 , Figures 21-22 and 23. From here you can do the cutting action of Steps 10 to 14 of the Second Variation, Figures 24-2526, bringing the Aces to the top. Or you can use the Swing Cut of the First Variation and bring the Aces to the bottom.

You will note that here the deck is handled in an identical manner in each case, yet, in one instance, the Aces can be brought to top and in another they can be controlled to the bottom. I will discuss this point further in still other methods.

In May, 1955, Neal Elias sent me a couple of Multiple Shifts with an entirely new aproach. In fact, it was downright revolutionary and started me thinking further along the same lines but first, let me give you Neal Elia's original Multiple Shifts and see if you do not agree that it is a brand new idea.

Side Jog Multiple Shift -Neal Elias - (January 1955)

1. The four Aces are on the face of the deck. The deck is face up in the left hand in dealing position.

2. The left thumb pushes off the 4 Aces which are taken in the right hand, thumb on faces, in a fanned position.

3. Both hands are turned over so that both the deck and the fan of Aces are face down as in Figure 28.

4. The left thumb riffles the deck (as for thumb count) to about the center of the deck. The right hand slides the first ace halfway into the side of the deck. The other three Aces are placed in the deck in the same manner with about 5 or 6 cards between each Ace.

5. Turn the left hand over again so that the deck is face up with the Aces side jogged at the left side.

6, Place the right hand over the deck, fingers at the outer end and thumb at the inner end.

7. The left thumb presses on left edge of the Aces, and with the help of the left fingers (which are still on right side of deck) squeezes the Aces into the deck as in Figure 29.

8. When the Aces are all but in the deck (that is, when less than half an inch of the aces extend from the deck), stop squeezing and slide the left hand to the right. This brings the Aces flush with the left side of the deck, and jogs the cards that are between them to the right.

9. The right forefinger swings to the left, taking the Aces with it, as well as the packet at the top of the deck (which is square with the Aces). The left hand takes this packet in the crotch of the thumb and forefinger and draws this packet clear as seen in Figure 30.

Figure 30

10. The right hand drops its packet on the left hand packet. Turn the deck face down. The Aces are now on top. If you want the Aces on the bottom of the deck, start the above move with the deck face down.

Next, here is what I consider the really great approach, to the shift, by Neal Elias. Again it is in his own words plus date of origination.

Double Undercut Multiple Shift -

Neal Elias - (January-1955)

1. The deck is held face down in the left hand as for the thumb count. The four Aces are held in a face down fan in the right hand.

2. As the left thumb riffles the corner of the deck the Aces are inserted half way into deck. The first Ace should be about 10th from the top and the other three at intervals of about 7 cards.

3. Place right hand over deck, thumb at the inner end near the base of the left thumb. The right forefinger is doubled on top of the deck and the other 3 fingers are at the outer end of the jogged Aces as in Figure 31.

Figure 31

Figure 31

4. The right fingers push the Aces into the deck. The second finger doing most of the pushing which will automatically jog the Aces. The Aces are kept under control by the right thumb at the inner left corner and the right little finger at the outer right corner,

5. The right hand slides the deck back and forth in the left hand apparently squaring the deck. The left thumb slid ing on the left side of the deck adds to theillusion.

6. The left hand momentarily grips the deck, fingers underneath and the thumb on top, so that the right fingers can slide a little to the right and the right forefinger can be placed next to the right second finger at the outer end of the deck. See Figure 32.

Figure 32

7. The moment the right fingers have shifted to the new position, the left hand undercuts the portion of the deck below the diagonal Aces. Figure 33 shows the cutting action and condition of Aces, with the hands omitted.

Figure 33

8. As the left hand moves away with the under-cut packet, the right little finger moves to the right, followed by the 2nd and 3rd fingers taking the aces with them. The Aces pivot out of the pack on the Right thumb. The right forefinger, on the outer left corner of the deck, prevents the rest of the packet from moving with the Aces which will now be side jogged about 1/2 inch along their length. Note the arrowed action in Figure 32. After this action, the condition of the deck as shown in Figure 34, in the right hand.

Figure 34

9. The left hand now slides its packet on top of the deck, following the handling of the double undercut. In sliding this packet onto the deck, the left fingers curl around the side of the jogged Aces and then slides this packet to the left, sliding the Aces flush with the right side of the deck and side-jogging to the left all the cards between the Aces. This is shown in the Figure 35.

Figure 35

Figure 35

10. The left thumb presses down on the jogged packet squeezing the outer left corner in the crotch of the left thumb and forefinger and moves to the left, sliding the jogged packet free of the Aces, and places it on top of the deck. The Aces are now at the bottom of the deck. If you want the Aces on top of the deck, start with the deck face up.

Before proceeding I must mention that when Elmsley was in Chicago, for the Covention, he had demonstrated a method similar to Neal Elias's Double Undercut Shift. At that time I informed Elmsley that Elias had preceded him in the idea by several years. I also mentioned that there was one thing that neither Elmsley or Elias thought of in connection with the Multiple Shift and this was what I call the All Around

Square Up. I then gave a brief demonstration to Elmsley on the purpose of the All Around Square Up.

I consider this a really revolutionary addition to not only the Multiple Shift but to the Control of Cards in general. While in my notes the All Around Square Up takes on many facets, such as with peeked at cards, in this case I will deal with it in connection with the Moveable Jog. Once the All Around Square Up with the Moveable Jog is understood, then the various Multiple Shifts will be grasped more easily.

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