Side Riffle Estimation Pull Down Estimation Back End Riffle Estimation The Cut Estimate Visual Retention Estimate Fingertip Riffle Peek Estimation The Sudden Stop The Fan Spread Estimate Estimation Demonstration or Practice Packet Estimation Key Card Plus Estimation Fingertip LocationTriple Estimation Peek Triple Estimation Peek Method 2 Miracle Estimation Peek A Three Locator 15-K-11 Speller Mental Spell 7-5-2 X-Ray Spelling Fingertip Face Up Locator Double Peek Face Up Locators Spin Cut Stunner Sudden Stop Effect Mental Stab Super Mental Stab Miracle Card Stab Location Mario's Favorite Out Sensitive Fingers A Mario Miracle Mario Miracle "Stop" Stab Miracle Coincidence Toss The Magic Throw #1 Face Up Finder Sure Throw #1 D'Amico's Latest Method Mario's Suggestion The Dribble Stop The Dribbling Spectator
The methods of Estimation that are about to be described are strictly of my own origination based on my own theories that over the years have proven to be practical in my own work and can be as well for yours. They may read far fetched and in fact some great authorities on cards have questioned the original contributions that I made along these lines to The New Phoenix, issue 329. It is highly possible that once more these authorities will voice the same opinion; therefore, it is only fitting that I start this chapter off with the method that started the whole thing. Its title now is The Side Riffle Estimation. Its original wording has been changed but very slightly.
This is based on the idea that if you thumb riffle the outer left corner of the deck with one downward thrust of the left thumb, and make an effort to time each riffle about the same each time you do so, you will, with very little practice, riffle to about the same position each time. In my case, I can stop at the 19th or 20th card every time.
The riffle move is hard to describe so follow with a deck in hand. Deck is held as for a regular riffle with the left hand forefinger curled beneath, except that the inner left corner of the deck is not held by the base of the left thumb. This inner corner is left free. The left thumb riffles downwards with one deliberate thrust. Because of the position of the hand, see Figure 15, the thumb will stop somewhere close to halfway down in the deck, and the stop will be very deliberate, almost as for a short card.
The whole move should be very casual, in fact, there should be no attempt to make this a studied action. The less attention you pay to the move the more accurate it will be, just riffle down. Everyone will have one spot at which he will stop the majority of the time and with a little practice this can be developed into a sure thing.
To use the Side Riffle Estimation in an effect, here is the one that appeared in the same issue of The New Phoenix. Have a card selected and control it to 21st from the top as follows: Shuffle overhand, running off 20 cards and injog the 21st, then shuffle off. Leave the card injogged while having the selection made. Close the spread, catching the break below the injog. Drop several small packets from the top of the deck to the table, timing it so the spectator will return his card to the top of the tabled packet and leave you with just the bottom stock of 20 cards which is dropped on top of the selected card again in several small packets.
Square the deck in the hands and turn the top card face up, taking the lower right corner with the right thumb on the face and 2nd finger beneath. The right 1st fingertip is on the corner of this card. This is the position of the face card in readiness for the Throw. Hold the deck for the Side Riffle Estimation as explained above and the face up indicator card in the right fingers. Riffle down with the left thumb and Throw the indicator card into the riffle at your automatic stop. The right hand throws the card from the left side into the lower left corner of the deck as it is riffled.
Push the indicator card flush with the deck. Spread the deck between both hands while at the same time counting by two's so you can be in a position to cope with the selected card if it should be to the left or right of the indicator card.
At any rate, you show that the card next to the face up indicator is the selection. In the event you are way off, due only to lack of practice, you can use the Out as described in Mental Stab, further on in this chapter/except here the pack is handled face down. Some may prefer to put the face up indicator in from the front end of the deck and, of course, this can be done as well.
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