Nail Gauge Variation

This method uses the nail of the left forefinger and the handling appears as a series of Strip Cuts to the table.

1. The deck is held as shown in Figure 11 where you will note how the nail of the left 1st finger digs into the upper end of the pack.

Figure 11

2. The nail of the left 1st finger pushes downward on its cards to cause them to plunge out at the bottom end. Meanwhile, the right hand comes in to take these plunged out cards as seen in Figure 12.

3. The right hand drops these cards onto the table. This happens as the left 1st finger positions its nail for another plunging out of some nail gauged cards. The right hand continues to strip out the plunged cards and drops them onto those already on the table.

Figure 11

4. Naturally you test your nail to see just how many cards it will engage each time. Assume this number is five cards. Remember that you try not to add up each five cards but rather treat each strip-off as a unit. Thus if you counted five units, then 5 x 5 = 25 cards would be your estimated number of cards plus any few that may be less than five, added to the units of five.

Figure 12

5. A procedure quite different, from that of Strip Cutting the remaining cards after the cut, is as follows: After the cards have been shuffled, take it into position for the Forefinger Nail Gauge as in Figure 11. Now, quickly Strip-Out the cards as you ask spectator to call "Stop". When he does, request him to pick up the tabled cards and shuffle them. Needless to say, you have counted the units and know the estimated number of cards. Hand the remainder to another spectator to shuffle. Now you know approximately how many cards each has. By having one spectator note the bottom card of his packet and the other spectator the top card of his packet, then placing the halves together both cards will be in the center at an estimated position known to you.

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