Multiple Rear Palm Steal

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5. The action started in Figure 63 is continued until the left and right thumbs meet at inner the left corner of the deck as in Figure 64.

6. When the card reaches the position shown in Figure 64, the left third finger pivots the card out slightly to the right using the right thumb as the pivot point. This slight pivoting action brings the right side of the card out of the deck. Figure 65 is a bottom view with the left hand omitted to give a clear picture of the card's position.

Figure 65

7. The deck is now brought back to dealing position in the left hand while the right forefinger which has been curled on top maintains enough pressure to keep the hanging card from falling out of the deck.

8. As the deck is lowered into the left hand the right palm moves down onto the hanging card as the left hand also brings the deck up slightly in order to meet the right palm. The two actions place the card into the Mario Palm Position as in Figure 59 and Figure 60.

9. From this point the card can be brought to the bottom as already explained in the Fifth Method, Figures 61 and 62, Steps 5, 6 and 7.

As has been pointed out, the above method is very good when desiring to palm out more than one card and bring them to the top or bottom. Two or more cards can thus be stolen from different parts of the deck, such as two peeked cards. A block of cards, such as the four Aces, can be inserted into the front end of the deck, the packet angled as needed, then going thru the mechanics of the Sixth Method the operator will have the four Aces in the Mario Palm Position.

The Fifth Method can be used easily to Side Steal the bottom card into the Mario Palm Position; however, on occasion it may be necessary to steal more than one card off the bottom into the Palm Position and the following technique will accomplish just that.

For lack of a title well call it the

Multiple Rear Palm Steal

1. Assuming you have four Aces on the bottom of the deck you must obtain a break above them. Use either a thumb count or spread the pack under some pretext, then in closing obtain a break with left fourth finger above the Aces.

2. The right hand comes above the deck to take it in the usual manner with the right forefinger curled on top. Also the right thumb at the back maintains the break so that the left fingers can change their grip for what is to follow.

3. While the right thumb retains its break the left second and third fingers

move into the break and press down on top of the packet. The left first and fourth fingers move under the Ace packet, resting the back of their nails against its face. This results in the four cards being nipped between the left third and fourth fingers at the inner end and the left first and second fingers at the outer end as in Figure 66 which is an exposed right side view.

4. Under cover of the right hand the left fingers move the packet to the right at an angle below the right palm as in Figure 67, a bottom view.

Figure 67

5. The packet now under the right palm remains stationary, still held by left fingers while the right hand moves deck forward to position shown in Figure 68 which is again a bottom

6, With the cards in this position the left second and third fingers slip off the sides of the packet.At the same time the first and fourth fingers press the packet towards the right palm. The right palm also comes down slightly to meet the raised packet with the result that the Four Aces will be in the Mario position shown in Figures 59 and 60.

The right hand can now move the deck into a Two Hand Square Up Position just before going into the next move.

7. After the Square Up the deck is ered back into the left hand. Left thumb nips the deck at its upper left corner enabling the right hand to move its cards out from under deck and to the top as in Figure 69 where the right hand alone now grasps deck from above. The whole action of getting the cards to the top is that of squaring the ends of the deck.

Figure 69

8. With the cards held as in Figure 69 the pack can be dropped cleanly on the table. The right hand, with its palmed cards, can then move to pick up another packet or scoop up a packet off the table while adding the palmed cards.

To The Top

At times it is required to get the card from the Mario Palm Position to the top instead of the bottom of the deck. Here are two methods to accomplish this.

First Method:

1. The pack is treated just as in the Fifth Method for getting into Mario Palm Position.

2. Instead of getting the card to the bottom, the right hand moves the card on top. At the same time the left thumb moves across deck so that the upper right corner of the palmed card goes under the left thumb.

The situation is as shown in Figure 70 which is a left side view.

Figure 70

3. The left thumb now moves forward moving the chosen card along with it as in Figure 71 until the upper right corner of this card touches the third finger of the right hand. At this stage the card will still be at an angle on top of deck as in Figure 71.

Figure 71

4. The left thumb now moves completely to the left side of the deck but as it does so it keeps a constant pressure on the card being replaced to the top. This will cause the card to pivot against the right third finger at its upper right corner.

The card will eventually straighten out as the left thumb takes its place at left side of deck. The left fingers also aid by pressing in on the side of the deck as the replacement is being made.

5. Immediately the deck is lifted into a Square-Up Position. In fact the replacement and Square Up are almost as one complete action.

Second Method:

1. This second method begins by getting the card under the left thumb as shown in Figure 70.

2. Now instead of any action being made, the left hand turns palm down as the left thumb holds onto the added card. This results in the card being slightly injogged but it will not be seen.

3. Before the left hand turns palm up the left thumb pulls the injogged card up flush with front end of deck. The left forefinger aids the action by pressing inwards on the front end thus the two opposite actions cause a quick alignment of the card onto top of the deck.

4. Once the card is flush on top of the deck the left hand can bring the backs of the cards into view.

Two Effects

Card From Case and The Stop Effect

Effect: A peeked at card is found in a card case which has been on the table all along.

1. Get a card peeked at using the Fifth Method to get the card into Mario Palm Position.

2. Get the card to the top of the deck as in Figure 69 with the right hand alone holding the deck.

3. Drop the deck cleanly and move to the card case, which should be on the left side of the table. Pick it up in an identical manner to Figure 69 except in this instance a card case is handled instead of a deck. The closed case is taken with the flap's hinge downward.

4. The left hand comes over and takes the case, plus the palmed card, in an identical manner to Figure 70 except here again a card case instead of the deck is used.

5. The left hand turns palm down and holds the case. The selected card will be below and injogged slightly but it will not show from the front.

6. The right first finger reaches under front end of the case and flips out the flap thus opening the end of the card case.

7. The right thumb now moves under the flap and into the case proper but the right fingers go under the case.

8. The right fingers and thumb now move out, the right fingers taking the card along from the bottom of the card case until the card is brought out as in Figure 72. Here the right thumb and fingers are now really holding the front end of the card while the card itself seems to be coming from inside the case rather than from under it.

9. The card is pulled out completely and tossed onto the table for identification.

The Stop Effect

Effect: Performer deals the cards one at a time on the table until someone calls "Stop". The card stopped at proves to be one previously selected.

1. Get the selected card into the Mario Palm Position via the Fifth Method.

2. Get the card over on top of the deck as in Figure 69 holding the deck in the right hand.

3. Transfer the deck to the left hand and with the right hand remove the top card by the ends and toss it from a height face down onto the table as you patter, "While I deal the cards you say 'Stop' anytime you like."

4. Continue the deal by taking the top cards one at a time and dropping them face down onto the table as shown in Figure 73 until told to stop.

Figure 73

5. Having been stopped, the left hand places the deck down and to the left. The right hand scoops up the tabled cards adding the palmed card in the process, and placing these into the now free left hand.

6. Ask for the card to be named and turn over the top card.

The above Stop Effect using a Rear Palm was first shown to Laurie Ireland years ago and then in 1948 it was shown and explained to Cy Endfield, Since then we have added a little subtlety in which the tabled packet need not be picked up to show that its top card is the selection.

This consists in merely bringing both hands to each side of the tabled packet in order to push its sides flush, Needless to say, the palmed card is released during this action.

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