S F Second Deals

5. As the second card moves further out the left thumb moves the top card back flush with the deck.

6. The arcing of the top card is done only when dealing a second otherwise all top cards are taken as explained in connection with the S. F. Bottom Deal.

Second Method: The Side Second

1. Again hold the deck in the S. F. Grip but this time the left thumb openly arcs the top card over to the left thus exposing the second card at the upper rigntcorner.

2. The right thumb and forefinger come over and actually grasp the top card at its upper right corner. However, a portion of the right thumb is also in contact with the second card. The position is shown in Figure 138.

3. With the right thumb and forefinger in this position, either the top card or second card may be taken. The other three fingers are slightly curled in towards the palm with the nail of the right second finger touching the side of the deck at the upper right corner.

4. If the top card is desired it is merely taken between the right thumb and forefinger and dealt off to the right. If the second card is desired, the right thumb presses down on the second card, to start it to the right.

Immediately that the right second finger feels the corner of this second card it comes up to nip the card between the thumb and 2nd finger and, once the grip is firm, the 2nd card is dealt off to the right.

Figure 138

5. As the second card is taken, the top card simultaneously is moved down flush with the deck.

The fact that this top card moves downwards aids in the illusion, especially from the front, that it has really been moved off the pack. The right forefinger, at the front end of the card, can aid in this downward action of the top card during the second deal.

6. This Side Second can also be used as a Stud Deal by merely placing the right second fingertip on the exposed second card, and moving it out just enough to nip it between the right second and third fingers, then dealing it face up. The exposed action is shown in Figure 139.

7. Some may prefer to use the tip of the right third finger to move the second card out. Then, at the same time, grasp this card, which will be angled out; between the right third finger at the front end and the right thumb at the back end.

8. Once the card starts to clear the pack the right hand snaps the card face up by releasing its lower end from the right thumb so that the card ends

Figure 139

ace up with the right thumb on the face and the right four fingers on the back.

S. P. Natural Second Deal

1. Hold deck in S. F. Grip. This time arc the card over to the right. This exposes the upper right corner of the second card.

2. Right thumb comes over to contact the second card. The right forefinger touches the bottom corner of the deck while the right second finger is against the side of the deck at this corner.

3. Press down with the right thumb to move the second card out until the right second finger can also contact it. Once the second card is firmly grasped between the right thumb and second finger it can be dealt either to the right, forward, or sailed to the table.

4. While the three Steps have been explained separately, all actions blend into one. The result is that the taking of the second card should take no longer than the taking of the top card.

Wiersbie's Double Deal

This unorthodox but deceptive Double Deal was shown to me by Warren Wiersbie back in 1945 at the Ireland Magic Co. in Chicago It is bound to deceive any one who is unfamiliar with this method.

Hold a small packet of about twenty cards face up in the left hand as shown in 134. The left third fingertip presses against the side of the lower right corner while the lower left side corner presses into the left thumb crotch. The left thumb itself is extended across the face of the packet so that its tip rests at a point between the left 1st and 2nd fingertips.

2. The left thumb now arcs the face card over towards the left using the thumb crotch as its fulcrum. The Figure 140 shows how the face card is dealt over towards the left.


3. The left forefinger now moves into action. By pressing on the back of the bottom card, using the length of the left forefinger, the card is moved or pivoted towards the left. The bottom card is swung over until it lines up with the face card above. The action of the left forefinger swinging the bottom card into position is shown in Figure 141 which is a back view of the action.

4. Now that you know the mechanics of the deal, let's go back and detail the exact actions needed to execute this Double Deal deceptively. When the face card is dealt over as shown in Figure 135, then the right hand comes over to take it, by its upper left index corner, as shown in Figure 142.

Figure 141

5. Not until the right hand is in the position shown in Figure 142 does the left forefinger move its card over as shown in Figure 141. In other words, the right hand completely covers the action of the actual Double Deal.

6. The tip of the right forefinger should be on the upper left corner to act as a stop or line-up gauge. The two cards are grasped between the right thumb and second finger, then dealt forward to the table either face up or face down.

7. The dealing over of the face card as shown in Figure 140 can be only slight if so preferred; however, it is the action of obviously moving over only the face card that adds to the deceptiveness of the Wiersbie Double Deal. Now here is

Mario's Double Deal Stop

1. Control a selected card to bottom of the deck. Have spectator cut the deck. Pick up the lower portion as you say, "111 use the cards right where you cut."

2. Hold cards in position for the Wiersbie Double Deal. Pivot or arc the top card to the left as per Figure 140 except probably more so, in order to impress the fact that only a single card is being dealt.

3. Point to the card and ask if they want it. If not the right hand takes it at upper left corner and deals it face up to the table onto the face down half of the deck. Continue in this way each time eliminating the card when it is not wanted.

4. When the card is finally decided upon, ask them if they are sure - do they want to change their mind, etc. Finally ask for the chosen card to be named.

5. Right here, as you reach for the stopped at card, you do the Wiersbie Double Deal and then handle these two cards, as one, in either of the following ways.

6. You can deal the card(s) face up directly onto those face up cards already on the table or you can take the two cards, as one, to hold them in the left fingers above the deck thus displaying what apparently is a single card, the chosen one. Either way you'll find this stop effect can be done at very close quarters.

Modified S, F. One Hand Bottom

1. Hold deck in the Modified S.F. Grip as in Figure 134.

2. Now, with a forward flick of the left wrist, deal the top card off to the table by arcing it off the deck as in Figure 140 for the Wiersbie Double Deal.

Remember, do not arc the card over and then deal but rather flick the wrist at the same time arcing the card off the top of the deck to the table. The action of left hand is a slight inward movement towards body, then a sharp forward action to the table.

3. To deal the bottom card the left forefinger moves the bottom card out towards the left and forward as shown in Figure 143. The bottom action is similar to that of Wiersbie's Double except here the bottom card is shot out completely, from under the deck.

Figure 143

4. The left hand action for dealing the bottom card is the same as for dealing a top card; that is, inwards and then outwards to shoot the bottom card out onto the table.

5. A very good illusion of dealing the top card can be obtained by first arcing the top card over as in Figure 140. Now the left hand does its wrist action, apparently dealing this top card to table. However, the left thumb moves the card back flush with the deck as at the same time the left forefinger shoots the bottom card out onto the table.

6. This deal can be done with a small packet of cards or a full deck. Also some may find it easier to kick out the bottom card with the tip of the left fore-finger,which has been curled under the deck for this purpose, rather than the flat swinging out of the left forefinger. Experiment with both the Modified and regular S. F. Grips to see which feels better for you.

Added Technique For Wiersbie's Double Deal

1. Pivot the top card as per Figure 140 but now place the right thumb on the upper right corner of the card. Also place the tip of the right forefinger on the card's upper right edge.

2. Now with the left forefinger, pivot the bottom card to the left until it contacts the tip of the the right forefinger. The two cards are now in line and can be taken, by the upper right corner, as one card to be dealt face up to the table or placed face up into the left fingers which then hold these cards as one, above the pack for display.

Missing Finger Deals

For many years one has heard of the card cheats who apparently have cut off part of their finger in order to enable them to do a bottom deal with no knuckle flash. I was always curious to know just what actual advantage this would be, but not overly so as to chop off any of my fingers above the cuticle in order to find out.

Anyway, I did the next best thing. I

curled the finger in under the deck and towards the palm. I couldn't do any type of push-out bottom but I was gratified by the fact that there was now such a wide gap at the right side of the deck that the withdrawal of the bottom card, via the strike method was a lot easier, thus making the deal simpler with less chance of a possible miss.

If one will try out the various deals to be explained, I'm sure he will get the same satisfying results.

1. Hold the deck in the left hand as for the Master Grip previously explained,


The deck is, of course, gripped mostly between the left forefinger tip around the upper right corner, and the base of the palm, that portion between the fourth finger and the palm crease. The other three fingers are pressing with their tips against the side of the deck.

2. With the left thumb push over the top card just enough to cover the three fingertips.

3. Under cover of the top card, curl the 2nd finger underneath the deck. If the top card were pulled back the hand holding deck would look like Figure 144 where you will notice the large gap between the forefinger and 3rd finger.

Figure 144

4. The Figure 145 shows how the deck looks viewed from the bottom with the 2nd finger curled in.

5. This missing finger will not be noticed too readily because each succeeding card will immediately cover this during the deal.

6. When you are ready to do a bottom deal you will then see how much striking surface you have, for the right second finger, as it enters into the gap, to strike out the bottom card.

7. When you have tried the above one missing finger deal try it with two, 2nd and 3rd fingers curled in, as shown in Figure 146, then for an easier deal yet, try it with all three fingers curled under the deck as in Figure 147. The card will practically fall off the bottom.

Figure 146

The above deals are good exhibition deals as you tell the story of the card cheats who chop off their fingers to do an easy bottom deal.

The Erdnase grip with the 3rd finger missing or curled under the deck will also be found quite easy. With both the 3rd and 4th fingers curled under the deck, its so easy its almost like cheating at bottom dealing.

While on the subject of Bottom Dealing here is another of my favorite methods for the Dunbury Delusion, in this case using a Bottom Deal for the count down. The mathematical angle was suggested by Jerry Kogen of Chicago and makes for a non-confusing type of Dunbury.

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