This final replacement doesn't need any remarks to cover it but should be made into a habitual mannerism in order that its use will not stand out at the crucial time. The mannerism is one that will suit any one of any type of personality because it is not exaggerated. It can be used for a packet of cards or with a Side Steal.
First, a description of the revolving action, which is really very simple, in order to give an idea of what the action would look like whether replacing cards or not.
1. The pack is held face down in the left hand. The right hand is above the pack holding it by the ends.
2. The right hand tilts the pack towards the right on its side and over which brings the deck face up onto the fingertips of left hand. The fingertips of the left hand will be below while the left thumb will come onto the face of the deck.
3. The left fingers pull the deck back into the left hand, the right hand aiding in this. The deck is now face up in the left! hand.
4. The pack is now turned face down by duplicating the same actions used in turning it face up. At the completion, the pack will be back, face down, in dealing position.
Although the movements were described I in steps, the process is simply that of revolving the pack, face up—then face down, between both hands. The move is made at a leisurely pace, not too fast nor too slowly. Once the above is understood the replacement follows:
5. Either with a palmed packet or immediately after a Side Steal, the two hands assume the position for the Basic Replacement Move.
2. The left fingers pull the palmed cards onto the pack at the same time the pack is revolved, face up, between both hands.
3. Immediately revolve the deck face down again. It should appear as if you have a habit of, at intervals, revolving a pack of cards in your hands. In this way effective use can be made of this particular replacement.
Probably the biggest problem to confront even well versed card men is the knack of keeping or holding out a card in the palm of the hand while the pack is being shuffled by a spectator. The reason for this stems from the fact that many people do not know what to do with their hands under certain conditions.
Actors, singers, public speakers all have the problem of what to do with their hands as they stand there before their audiences; therefore, they invent something to keep their hands occupied or at least make themselves less conscious of their hands. The next time you watch a movie, play or telecast, notice how the principals' hands are kept busy or at ease during the various scenes. Very seldom are the actor's hands held stiffly at the sides. They may be holding a glass, handling a phone, a cue stick, hat or anything depending on the setting.
The should follow the same example and not just stand there with his hands at his sides. No matter how relaxed he may feel he does not look relaxed. Any kind of movement, even if it appears a nervous habit, is better misdirection than just holding the hands at the sides. Here is a list of suggestions to give the student an idea of various ways to move the hand or hands with the palmed card;
1. Picking up a glass and holding it with the hand that has the card palmed. The curved appearance of the hand around the glass appears normal. It also gives a reason for taking the pack with the left hand. The right hand replaces the glass, then squares the pack and replaces the palmed cards.
2. If you wear glasses, many people frequently adjust them by using the thumb and forefinger to push them back. Again the curved appearance of the hand seems normal.
3. Tie straightening, using both hands, is an accepted mannerism.
4. If you are a pipe smoker you really are in luck. The hand curves around the bowl naturally, at the same time the added advantage of movement, with pipe in hand, is all that can be desired.
5. When seated at a table you can rest your elbows on the table and cross your arms. To conceal a palm, rest the fingertips of both hands on the near edge of table or grasp the side edges of table.
6. Most men wear a ring, and a mannerism of twisting it around on the finger can be used to cover a palm. If the ring is on the right hand, the cards are palmed in the same hand. The left hand comes over to place its fingers on the design of the ring while the left thumb goes to the right palm where it goes against the face of the cards. The ring is now twisted back and forth by the fingers of the left hand. It appears as if the ring is being manipulated from both front and back thus indirectly implying the emptiness of the right hand. The above are just a few suggestions but any others that the reader may devise to suit himself may, of course, be more effective.
Next we deal with what we consider the easiest of all Palm Transfers ever devised, plus a Fake Transfer that can be used on many occasions.
Was this article helpful?