Pull Down Estimation

Hold the pack in the left hand as for dealing except your left thumb lies along side of the deck. With the left thumb pull down, do not riffle,the upper left corner of the deck in order to open this end just as if you were about to insert a card therein. Repeat this action several times without changing the position of the left thumb. In this way you will note that at each pull you will break the pack at approximately the same position. It will also be found that if the left thumb is moved down to the lower two-thirds of the deck, then pulls downwards, a break will be made at about the 12th or 13th card. The most important thing is for the left thumb to always position itself at the same spot on the left side of the deck when about to execute the Pull Down Estimate.

You will find an effect titled "Faro Fooler #8" in Chapter Seven, Faro Notes, based on the above; however,


here is the original effect that appeared in The New Phoenix. It is based on the fact that you can bury two cards, using the Pull Down Estimation, right next to each other.

Have a card selected, then controlled to the bottom where you glimpse it. Finish by shuffling the selection to the top. Turn the deck face up and bury the face card into the deck. Turn the deck face down and bury the top selected card into the deck using the Pull Down Estimation. If working for a magician point out no breaks, crimps, short cards, etc. as you hand him the pack to look over for such devices.

I presume you know when you are working for a sharp card man to still point out the absence such devices even if you are using them.

Upon receipt of the deck, turn the top card face up and using the Pull Down Estimation Dury it into the pack. Next, spread the cards with the faces towards yourself. As you already know the name of the selection you will know if it is next to the face up indicator card. Remove the indicator and selection. Hold them both in your right hand as you ask spectator to name his card. When he does, you turn over both cards saying, "My card, right next to your card!"

In case of a miss, use the Out procedure described under Mental Stab.

Back End Riffle Estimation

This again follows the principle of the Riffle estimation except in this case the pack is tabled. The left thumb riffles the back end of the deck upwards. At the same time the right hand, which is holding a face up card, throws its card into the deck from the back end. As this is used in several of the effects to be described, I will detail the general handling.


The pack is tabled so that an end of deck is towards performer. The left hand takes its position above the pack with the left 2nd, 3rd and 4th fingers at the front end. The left 1st finger is curled on top. The left thumb is at the back end and does the upward riffling of the pack. The left 1st finger presses down on top of the pack to keep it in place during the riffling action.

2. The right hand holds a face up card by its lower right corner which will be thrown into the pack during the Back End Riffle Estimation. The situation, just before the Throw, is seen in Figure 16.

Figure 16

3. As the riffle is made the right hand tosses or throws its card into the deck from the back. With the thrown card in the pack the two hands adjust it so it projects to the right. This is seen in Figure 17 where you will note that the left hand is still above the pack and the right fingers have grasped the end of the face up card.

4. Now the left hand turns palm up and at the same time the right hand, using the face up card as a lever, flips those cards above the indicator, face up into the waiting left hand as in Figure 18.

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