Pivot Bottom Steal

The usual method of side stealing the bottom card, into the right hand, is to hold the packet from above with the right hand while the left fingers push the bottom card into the right palm. It is this pushing and straightening of the left fingers that almost always tips off the move.

Several methods of handling have been devised to overcome or cover up the movement of the left fingers, but the technique described here is by far superior to any other methods.

1. A packet of five cards with an Ace at its face is assumed to contain only four cards, three cards and an Ace. This condition is one that, at times, exists during an Ace Assembly routine.

2. The packet is held face down from above with the right hand. The right thumb is at the inner left corner while the first, second and third fingers are on the outer edge with the third finger at the actual right corner of the cards. The right fourth finger is near the upper right corner just barely touching it and lying alongside the others.

3. The right hand, holding the packet as above, turns palm upwards to display the bottom Ace.

4. As if to call attention to the indifferent cards, the left first and second fingers pull down the Ace at the index corner near the right fingers. The left thumb is at the back of this corner helping the left fingers in pulling back the Ace as well as keeping the other cards from spreading. The Ace is pulled back far enough to expose the index of the card behind it as in Figure 28. Note that the Ace is not Dulled past the fourth finger of right hand. Also the second fingertip of left hand is close to fourth fingertip of right hand. This position is important; therefore, study Figure 28 before proceeding further.

5. The right hand now turns palm downward using the left second finger tip as a pivot point. The left hand simultaneously turns palm upwards and at the same time the left second fingertip presses its corner of the Ace against the fourth fingertip of the right hand.

This pressure causes the Ace to pivot to the right and into the right palm as in Figure 29 which is a bottom view of the action. The left fingers do not move from their position during the turning of the hands, or the pivoting of the cards. Only the left thumb moves over to the left side of the packet as it normally would in preparation for squaring the sides. The right forefinger also curls on top of the packet at this stage.

6. With left fingers still retaining their position, similar to that shown in Figure 29, the right hand moves the packet, back and forth, over these fingers in a simulated squaring action. Actually the left fingers will ride below the face of the palmed card; however, it looks as if the left fingers are actually squaring the sides.

Figure 29

7. The left hand now removes the packet from the right hand, taking it at the center of left side, with the left thumb on top and left fingers below. The left hand places its cards down while the right hand reaches for another packet adding the palmed card at the same time.

Brush Palm

While this is similar in action to the Misdirection Palm, the position of the left fingers must be changed when using a small packet. This will insure a clean palm of the top card without disturbing or moving any of the others.

1. Hold the small packet of about four cards face down in the left hand. The packet is held at the left finger tips, high above the left palm as follows. Its outer left side corner is held by the ball of the left thumb which lies parallel to the left side of the cards. The tip of the left forefinger is under the packet at the outer index corner. The left second fingertip holds the right long side near the corner. The left third and fourth fingers are alongside, but are not touching the packet as in Figure 30.

2. The right hand is held in a flat palm position with all four fingers and thumb close together. Do not let the thumb jut out from the hand.

3. The right hand held in this position comes over and completely covers the packet held with the left hand. At this point, the first phalanx of right fourth finger will be in contact with the packet's outer right corner. The right fourth finger presses on this corner as the right hand moves forward slightly. This will cause the top card to pivot and rise above the tip of the left second fingertip and into the right hand. Do not flex the right hand at this stage. Keep it still, in a flat position.

Figure 30

4. Once the card is actually in the palm of the right hand, the right hand swings out towards the right and the right thumb moves to the back edge of the packet. The right hand now moves left and right over the ends of the packet in a squaring action. At this stage the right hand is still in a more or less flat position, the card being held in the palm by a very slight contraction of the right fourth finger. This causes the card to be held by two diagonal corners, the card's index corners. These are held between the base of the thumb and fourth finger of right hand.

5. Take the packet with the right hand and drop it on the table. The hand with the palmed card can now scoop up any of the other packets and add the palmed card at the same time.

Several points must be remembered in this palm. Although Step 3 describes the right hand being deliberately placed over the packet, this position lasts for only a second and should appear as if the right hand came over and merely squared the packet very lightly. Also the cards should not move or be disturbed during the palm. It is the absence of movement here that prevents suspicion, and makes it seem impossible that a card could be palmed off. For this reason the right hand must completely cover the cards but only briefly. This hides the usual telltale pivoting of the card otherwise visible at the inner left corner of the pack.

If one wishes to use the Brush Palm with a full deck, the left hand should hold the pack in the same grip as that used for the Misdirection Palm. Since there is enough body to the cards when using a full deck, the support of the left forefinger, below the pack, is not needed as in the small packet palm. Again, the right hand should not flex after the top card is under it. Not until the right hand takes the pack do the muscles contract.

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