Insertion Steals

Figure 74

The completed action is shown in Figure 74 with the thumbs of both hands in view after the right hand has released its card onto the packet. (For further use of this type of side squaring action, see Chapter 5; The Tabled Palm.)

The Insertion Steals

At times it is required to Side Steal a card that has been inserted into the pack rather than peeked at. This usually means the card is injogged in some manner then later stolen out from its central position to the top, bottom or into the palm.

It is not our intention to discuss here the various ways of obtaining these jogs, as that will take another chapter, but rather to show the procedure once the jog has been obtained at the inner end of the deck as shown in Figure 75

where the pack is held in the left hand dealing position with forefinger curled over the top end of the deck as in the usual Mechanic's Grip.

1. To get the injogged card into position for any one of the Side Steals already explained it is necessary for the left thumb to move to the left side of the deck and the left forefinger to straighten out so that the right hand can be placed above the deck.

2. The right thumb comes over at the inner end and with its tip engages the inner left corner of the injogged card. Then the right thumb moves it to the right as shown in Figure 76, pressing inwards to trap the corners of the card just as if the card were angled after a peek.

Figure 76

Figure 76

3. After the action shown in Figure 76, the card is in position to be stolen by any one of the means described, however we shall detail a Left Hand, Rear Palm Steal at this point.

Left Hand, Rear Palm Steal

1. Having jogged the card as per Figure 76 the next step is to get the card into position for palming using the Sixth Method as per Figure 63.

2. With card in position of Figure 63 the card is brought into position shown in Figure 64. At this point nothing else is done except the deck is lowered into the left hand where the condition of the

deck and injogged card are as in Figure 77. Again, the right hand has been omitted for clarity.

3. With the deck lowered into the left hand as per Figure 77 the right hand which has remained above, lightly squares the ends of deck. It does not move too far to the right in doing this. The right hand can be removed entirely providing the pack is tilted upwards to prevent any one seeing the card at the

Figure 77

4. The right forefinger on top and right second fingertip under the deck pinch the upper left corner of the deck in order to move the deck forward and out of the left hand. As the forward movement is begun, the right thumb at the back end, near the lower left corner opens or flattens out in order to pass over the card being held back in the left hand.

5. As the right thumb clears the palmed card it straightens out against the back end of the deck so that the pack is now held normally from above by the ends while the selected card remains in Rear Palm as in Figure 78.

6. The right hand drops the deck onto the table while the left hand drops to the side with its palmed card.

Full Left Hand Steal

This is not only a full palm into the left hand but shows how the right thumb doing the pivoting action in the opposite direction practically places the card into position.

1. Assume the card is jogged as in Figure 75 but that the left hand has assumed the position in Figure 76 and the right hand has not as yet started its action.

2. The right hand comes over the deck and lightly runs its fingers and thumb over the ends as if to square them.

Figure 79

Figure 79

3. During the squaring action to the I right, the thumb at the back end goes clear to the inner right corner of the injogged card, then in the right hand i moving back to the left, the right thumb presses on the corner of the card pivots the card to the left as in Figure 79.

4. As the right thumb pivots the card, the left fingers straighten out to allow

DIRECT INSERTION STEALS

the card's passage out of the right side of the deck. After that the left third and fourth fingers curl in against the corner of the card so that now it is gripped between these fingers at the upper right corner and the base of the left palm at the lower left corner as in Figure 80. This is the final palm position for the card. From the front the hold looks normal. Here the right hand has been omitted for clarity.

Figure 80

stolen but rather is positioned for palming out almost on the initial insertion. We will describe two methods, one for the right hand and one for the left hand.

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