Second Method

This method of Tabled Bottom Dealing is more deceptive as far as watching the deal is concerned. However, the deck has to be lifted more than in the first method, off the table. It is included here for those who may find the technique easier or preferable.

The deck is held exactly as described for the first method.

2. The right hand comes over the but this time from the front side. That is, the right four fingers will be covering the front side of the deck while the right thumb will rest on the top card in readiness to pull the card forward off the deck, as shown in Figure 158.

Figure 158

3. The right hand, with its card, moves forward, then deals the card face up onto the table.

4. In order to take the bottom card, the same action is made but this time the front side of the deck is tilted upwards to enable the right second finger to enter under the deck at the upper right corner.

At this stage, the right second will be directly beneath the first finger of the left hand in a position similar to that occupied by the thumbs in the first method of the Tabled Bottom Deal.

5. Once the right second finger has loosened the card, it will pivot against the fingers of the left hand, just as the top card has, while the right hand takes it and deals it face up onto the table. During both the top and bottom deal, the right forefinger remains rigid.

Both methods of the Tabled Bottom Deal are practical. However, one need not feel that he is strictly bound to follow these instructions to the letter if a slight change in handling or position will improve the above techniques.

Tabled Seconds

As the title implies this is a method of dealing Seconds with the pack on the table. The method here described is one of the two that originally appeared in The Cardician, page 65, Second Method.

1. Place the deck on the table, lengthwise, in front of you. The left hand takes hold of the pack, from above, by the left end. The left forefinger is placed on top of the upper left corner, its first pad resting on the top card. The left second fingertip grasps the far side of the pack near the left end. The left third fingertip is pressing directly behind the left end and near the upper left corner. The fourth left finger is merely alongside the third. The left thumbtip is grasping the deck at the lower left corner on the near side. The position of these fingers are shown in Figure 159.

Figure 159

2. The left forefinger is placed slightly over the side of the deck and presses down and forward on the top card. This causes it to pivot outward, as in Figure 160. Here the left second finger becomes the fulcrum point for this pivot. This fulcrum point is important.

The right hand now comes in front of the pivoted card. This also automatically screens the deck. The top card is taken with the right thumb on top and right fingers below.

The card is now tossed face up on the table by the right hand going upward and forward at the time of the deal out. This upward and forward action is important as it later covers the second deal perfectly. Now that you know how to deal the top card, the next step is to deal the second card.

4. Each time the top card is dealt off you must let them see the card pivot off. However, as the second deal is about to be made, the right hand comes in front of deck before the pivot.

Under cover of the right hand, the top card is buckled back by the left forefinger in a manner similar to Figure 161. Because the left forefinger was originally placed slightly over the side of the deck, it is now in a position where it can contact the exposed card.

Figure 161

5. The left forefinger tip presses downward and forward on the exposed card. This causes the second card to pivot out from under the top card as in Figure 162 at the same time the top card straightens out to normal.

6. The right fingers and thumb now deal out the card, by taking it as shown in Figure 163, and dealing it upwards and forward to the table where it lands face up. In doing the above second deal the pivoted card, the second, will show out from under the right hand on the right side. This is quite all right since they assume, as the card makes its appearance, that it

Using these deals in connection with marked cards, it will be necessary to mark the cards only in the center because the full back is at all times exposed. This applies only to combination marking. In the case of a mark such as the "punch", the work should be put in at each corner. These are the corners that will normally come in contact with the left forefinger.

In Tabled Seconds one might make the mistake of resting the right hand on the balls of the fingertips when this hand comes in front of the pack.

Actually, this is wrong because there will be windows between the fingers. The proper way is to rest the right hand, as it comes over to apparently take the top card, on the backs of the first knuckles. At this stage the hand will be almost in a finger palm position.

In other words, if you will finger palm a half dollar, then bring this hand in front of the pack until the fingertips touch the front side, you will have the correct position.

The palm of the hand will also slightly touch the top of the deck. One more point - with the right hand in the above position it will be found that the pivoting of the second card can be made very slight. The right thumb can then move in and pinch the slightly protruding card between it and the right 2nd and 3rd fingertips. The card is then dealt out as already explained.

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