Part II

The Movie Second The Deep Second One Hand Stud Second The Hit Deals D'Amico One Hand Second From Out of Nowhere A D'Amico Variation Stanley James Stud Second Variations of D'Amico'sDeal The Top Card Deal One Hand Bottom Deal The One Hand Center Deal Mario One Hand Second D'Amico's Variation As a Color Change As Production of Selection As Production of Aces As Ambitious Asa Vanish DAmico's Favorite Mario's Routine The S. F. Grip The S.F. Bottom Deal The S.F. Second Deals S.F. Natural Second Deal Wiersbie'sDouble Deal Mario's Double Double Stop M. S.F. One Hand Bottom Added Technique For WiersbieD. D. Missing Finger Deals Streamlined Dunbury Delusion Off the Face Seconds Mechanical Seconds Technical Variations Tabled Bottom Deal Tabled Seconds

The Movie Second

It must be every bit of twenty-five years since I first saw this method of second dealing in a movie which had the usual gambling scene and a crooked dealer. It is obviously a good expos'e method but there is no reason why it can't be used secretly especially if the audience is seated in front of the performer.

1. Hold the deck in the Master Grip with left forefinger at position 2 around the right corner of the pack. The left thumb is at position A and the left 2nd, 3rd and 4th fingers are against right side of the deck. The Figure 79 shows the hand position on the pack.

2. The left thumb presses down on the top card then moves straight down, at the same time maintaining pressure on the upper right corner of the top card. This will cause the top card to be moved so it does not project over the side of the deck but will buckle instead at the back end of the deck.

At the same time the upper right corner of the second card is exposed as shown in Figure 80.

3. Of course the right hand approaches the left hand and not until the right thumb is ready to take a card does the left thumb buckle back its top card in order to expose the under card which is then taken by the right thumb on top and right 1st & 2nd fingers from below.

Naturally the right thumb pulls the second card off the deck sufficiently to

Figure 80

enable the right 1st and 2nd fingers to come up and meet the card from below.

4. To keep the left thumb action uniform for both top and second dealing it is essential that the left thumb move downwards in the same direction each time; however, no buckle is executed when dealing the top card. The left thumb merely moves downwards out of the way and the right thumb always comes at the upper right corner of the deck for the take.

5. There can be two variations in the right thumb taking the second card. It can take the second card at the center side as in Figure 81. In addition it can also enter under the top card as seen in Figure 82.

Figure 81

Both methods may be found of some use. The method wherein the right thumb goes under the top card can be done standing up and used as a form of Top Change by using the same gestures as for the Top Change.

6. In Figure 82, where the right thumb goes under the top card, the deal is made straight back towards the performer as this is easiest.

The Deep Second

This type of Second Deal is very deceptive because the take action is at the center of the card rather than the usual corner. Across the table it is difficult to tell when a top card or second card is taken.

1. Hold the deck in the Mechanics Grip with the left forefinger curled around the upper end at position 1.

The left thumb extends above the front end of deck at about center. Left 2nd, 3rd and 4th fingers are at the side of the deck.

2. The left thumb pulls the top card straight down to expose the under card for no more than its white border.

3. The tip of the left thumb now presses down on the top card as well as the exposed second card. The left thumb now arcs the top two cards, as one over onto the left finger tips but not past them.

4. At this stage the two cards, as one, are slightly off the pack and their right sides resting on the left fingertips.

5. The right hand 1st and 2nd fingers are extended as they come over towards the pack. The right 3rd and 4th fingers are curled into the palm.

The right 1st and 2nd fingers come towards the top card at a point directly below that of the left 4th finger. The right thumb and right 1st and 2nd fingers will be touching the top cards as shown in Figure 83.

Figure 83

6. The right 1st and 2nd fingers now lift up the two cards almost in a sliding motion. This is easy as the cards project over the side of the deck. At the same time move the right 1st and 2nd fingers deep under the two cards as in Figure 84, a bottom view. Left thumb prevents these fingers from going any further than required.

Figure 84

7. From the top, the right thumb will be on the center of the card as shown in Figure 85.

8. To take the second card, a firm upward pressure is maintained by the right 1st and 2nd fingers against the face of the second card. As these fingers actually take the card out, the right hand moves to the right and the right thumb rides lightly across the top card until it eventually comes down on top of the second card as it is removed. This action is shown in Figure 86.

Figure 86

9. As the second card is removed the left thumb arcs back the top card but not flush; only as far as the upper white border of the next card. Again, the left thumb presses down on the two cards which are easily arced over as one to continue the Second Deal.

10. When only the top card is needed you must arc over only one card which is taken by the right hand in the identical manner as was the second. To get from a top card deal to a second deal requires practice in quickly pulling down the next card as the right hand tosses its card to the table. By the time the right hand comes back to the deck the left thumb is already pushing off two cards.

11. This Deep Second Deal is a slow deliberate type and does not depend on visual deception; however, this may be obtained by certain actions or characteristics of the deal. As an example, with the fingers in position shown in Figure 83 instead of moving under the card slowly do so by going in very quickly and coming out just as quickly.

This action will be found to conform to that characteristic of a 21 dealer who deals another card to a player who calls "Hit". In this way the deal can become visually deceptive. The right thumb sliding across the top card aids the illusion of having taken the top card.

12. A very easy and deceptive method of this deal is to arc the two cards further over the side of deck. Now the right thumb and fingers deal the card directly from the position already shown in Figure 83. In other words the fingers do not go under the two cards but rather deal from the right center edge. The left thumb obviously pushing over the top card(s) plus the right fingers taking them at the center edge add greatly to a very deceptive action of seeming to deal the top card.

One Hand Stud Second

If the deal, about to be described, is done correctly you will have to practically prove you are dealing a second, something which I hope you will avoid doing. It is one that I have used and analyzed over the past two decades, trying the various Grips to find which is the best for this particular deal. I have found both the High Grip and Mechanics Grip to work well; however, the preference is for the High Grip and the description will be with that grip in mind.

First I will describe the action of getting the second card out and then the actual method of dealing.

1. Hold the deck with its lower left corner in the High Grip. This is at a point just above the crease in the left hand and on the mound of the left thumb. The left forefinger is at position 1 around upper end of the pack while the left 2nd, 3rd and 4th fingers are at the right side of the deck. Their tips are just high enough to enable the top card to be dealt over them yet keep back or control the rest of the cards from following the top card.

2. The left thumb can bevel the pack if so desired but it is not necessary. The left thumb's starting position is important. It is angled back towards the left side of the deck until its tip is as shown in Figure 87. Only the left side of the thumb is touching the top card, Because of the left thumb's angle its position is about an inch from the upper left corner.

Figure 87

3. The left thumb now pushes the top card straight off the deck until it is as far over the side as the left thumb can get it. At this stage the left thumb is completely extended and lies flat across the middle of the pack as seen in Figure 88.

4. With the top card over the side of the deck, left thumb extended, keep pressing downwards and forwards with the left thumb. This will cause the under bone, at its first crease, of the left thumb to contact the second card. By

Figure 88

Figure 89

continuing the downward and forward pressure the second card will also move slightly forward as in Figure 89.

Figure 89

continuing the downward and forward pressure the second card will also move slightly forward as in Figure 89.

5. The second card will of course move past the edge of deck and onto the left fingertips. At this stage the second card will rest on the 2nd and 3rd fingertips of the left hand as seen in Figure 90 and will also be slightly separated from the deck at the right side.

Figure 90

6, The left 2nd, and 3rd fingertips press slightly upwards in order to keep the second card in place on these fingertips while the left thumb pulls back the top card flush with the deck as in Figure 91.

7. At the stage of Figure 91 the second card still rests on the left 2nd and 3rd fingertips and is slightly separated from the pack. Also the left thumb, being back at the extreme left side of deck, does not actually press on the second card, as this second card is just beyond the left thumb's pressure point.

Figure 91
Figure 92

8. This situation results in the second card actually being free from the deck. If the left hand is tilted downwards the second card will fall out as seen in Figure 92. What has been described are just the actual mechanics of the deal; however, the action must be done correctly to get a complete illusion of having dealt the top card.

9. First the deck is held as in Figure 87. Next the top card is pushed over as in Figure 88 but, this is important, the action of Figure 89 must be done as the hand turns palm down in a sort of throwing of the card face up to the table. Matter of fact as the hand turns down the mechanics depicted in Figures 89-90-91 and 92 are all done simultaneously. Resulting in the second card being dealt face up to the table as shown in Figure 93.

10. There should be no movement of the second card, shown in Figure 89, when the hand is palm up as this will definitely spoil the deception. The deal itself is a sort of one-hand throw and the second deal should conform to that of the top card deal.

11. A slight forward momentum is added during the deal causing the second card to practically shoot out while at the same time the left thumb pulls back the top card quickly enough so it will not be seen sticking out when the left hand turns palm down as per Figure 93.

12. Due to the slight separation of the top two cards, by the left 2nd and 3rd fingertips from the rest of the deck, the card falling out practically rides over the nails of the left three fingers. Thus there is practically no friction to hinder the second card from travelling freely from under the top card.

The left thumb places no pressure on this second card but is merely holding onto the left edge of the top card as the second card is left to fall free of the deck and face up onto the table. There is no movement of the left fingers during the deal.

The above deal can be made as a straight face down deal and it is best if it is done on the swing in towards the body of the operator; however, its over all effectiveness is best as a Stud type deal.

The Hit Deals

Ever since 1948 I have experimented with applying the principles of the Hit Method of Double Lifting to substitute for the standard strike and push-off methods of Second Dealing. One of my first Hit Second Deals was recorded in July 1949 by Bert Fenn and here, in his own words, is the description.

"Hit Second Deal For One Deal

Mario Chicago July '49.

See Hit Turnover. This deal is based on the same principle. Although this can't be used for continuous 2nd deals it is ideal for a single second deal.

Hold the deck in left hand Mechanic's Grip and bevel it to the right. The cards are "hit" in the same manner as for the Double Turnover, in this case, hit between the left 2nd finger and outer right corner of deck. The left thumb stays constant on the top card. Simply "hit" at the outer right corner, lifting the corner only of the top two cards. The right first finger on the face of the second card deals this card outward, as left thumb holds the top card on the deck. Very clean deal. Can also be used for a double deal."

Over the period of years I have devised not only other techniques but have come to the conclusion that it can be done as a continuous type of Second Deal provided a certain tempo is set and kept for the deal. Here then are the variations of technique for Hit Deals.

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