Marios Push Off Unit Control

This idea will enable you to deal not only seconds but thirds, fourths and even fifths. Basically, the principle consists of controlling, with the dealing thumb, a number of top cards thus enabling you to deal the cards that are beneath this controlled unit.

To show that the Unit Control is not just an impractical dream I will later describe some effects that can be done using it. For now let's go on to the technique required to accomplish the deal successfully.

1. Hold the deck in the standard Mechanic's Grip. For now let's suppose you want to get set to deal thirds.

2. The left thumb should be at the upper end of the deck at about the center. Left thumb tip is touching the left forefinger at its first crease. The left

Figure 182

forefinger is in Position 1 around the upper end of the deck.

3. Very slightly push over, diagonally, the top card of the pack as shown in Figure 182.

4. Now bring the top card back flush with the deck but jogged down very slightly as in Figure 183 which is exaggerated to show the existing condition.

Figure 183

5. The left thumb tip presses down on the two cards, the injoggedone and the under card, now exposed, then deals these off, very slightly, also diagonally as shown in Figure 184.

6. Once more the left thumb moves the cards, this time two cards, so the; become in-jogged as in Figure 18

Figure 184

*hich again is an exaggeration to dearly show the condition.

'. The left thumbtip can now engage third exposed card as well as keep

Figure 186

the first two under control, as the left thumb now deals over the three cards as shown in Figure 186.

8. The right second finger and thumb DOW can come over to take the third card in the following manner. The right second fingertip goes under the upper corner of the third card but the right thumb should not come down completely on this card until the right second finger, by a slight upward pressure has started to move the third card out from underthe top two.

Then and only then the right thumb comes down to aid in taking the third card as in Figure 187. The whole object is to make sure that the right thumb at

no time comes in contact with the controlled unit of cards in order not to upset it.

9. As the right fingers take the third card clear of the deck, the left thumb moves back to the position required for the next 3rd deal as shown in Figure

188 where right hand holds the card clear of the deck and the left thumb has moved back into the required position for the next third deal.

10. A repetition of these moves and you can keep dealing the third card as long as you desire. I must mention that another way for the right fingers to take the card below the controlled unit, is to actually grasp it, at its exposed corner only, with the right thumb and second finger, as you deal.

11. Using the same technique, of pushing over a card, then bringing it back injogged, can be used to also setup a 4th or even a 5th deal depending on how much practice you wish to contribute towards its mastery.

Figure 189 shows three cards injogged in readiness for a 4th Deal, while Figure 190 shows the four cards pushed over. Both figures are exaggerated for clarity. It is Figure 191 that shows how the cards would actually appear in the deal itself. Only all white would show with a white border deck.

12. Before going into some of the effects, let me first point out that when

Figure 186

doing a Unit Control Deal and dealing to yourself you do not take the top card but rather the lowest card of the unit. This will insure the left thumb keeping the remaining cards of the unit under control. Let me give an example. Suppose you are controlling 3 Aces using a 4th Deal and are dealing out,


Figure 190


Figure 191

hand you would deal a 3rd or one of the Aces. If you were to take the top card at this stage the tendency to lose control of the remaining cards in the unit is much greater.

On the next round you deal 3rds but a 2nd into your hand thereby getting another Ace. Now you automatically go into a push-off second deal and, of course, this time take the top card into your hand to give you three Aces.

Now here are some effects made possible through the use of the Unit Control,

Face Up Assembly

1st Effect: Spectator places the four Aces into different parts of the deck, then shuffles same. Performer takes the deck and, dealing the cards face up, says he will use the first Ace that is dealt; however, when an Ace does show it is found that the other three are right behind it. The four Aces have somehow assembled.

1. Spectator inserts four Aces and freely shuffles the deck.

2. On its return hold the deck face up in the left hand so only you, not the spectator, can see the faces. This is practically automatic if you sit across the table from the spectator. Just tilt your hand enough so that he can't see the face of the pack.

3. Start by tossing or sailing the face up cards into the center of the table. When you reach the first Ace on the face of the deck, you go into a push-off second deal to keep back this Ace. At the same time you will be able to spot each card, below this Ace, during the second deal.

Continue the deal until you spot the second Ace coming into view. At this stage you say, "I will use the first Ace I come to." This patter line gives you ample time to set-up for a 3rd deal to keep back the two Aces. At the same time you will be able to spot the card, coming into view, below these two Aces.

any Ace as yet?" This again gives you time to set-up but this time for a 4th deal to hold back the three Aces and as before, enable you to spot the card below them, coming into view.

6. Now continue dealing 4ths until you spot the last Ace and then stop the deal with all four Aces at the face of the deck.

7. Square up the cards in the left hand, then lower them to show the Ace at the face as you say, "Here is an Ace but the strange part is that the other three are right below it." Here you deal off the four face up Aces in a row on the table.

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