Seconds Centers Bottoms

The contents of these chapters are the results of an analytical study of False Deals, the conclusions of which were not arrived at overnight. Over a period of years ideas were formed, changed, tested, and changed again. Who knows but that another span of years may again change some of the opinions formed but I'll gamble on the soundness of what has been set down in the three chapters to follow.

As in the past I have recorded inspirational sources, credited the original ideas of others as well as claiming those I feel are rightfully mine.

I know that the opening theories in regards to the motions of the hands will not readily be accepted by magicians at large. Only time will eventually convince them. How long this will take is difficult to say. Although the immobile dealing hand was mentioned as a superior method twenty-seven years ago it has not been taken up, not only by magicians, but also disregarded by those who supposedly make their living cheating at cards. A book titled Cheating At Bridge by Judson J. Cameron and published in 1933 has mention of the immobile hand and refers to 'taking the second card' but perhaps due to the lack of technical details failed to catch the attention of; its readers. I'm sure no such excuse can be made after reading the contents of this volume.

In j ust looking over the illustrations in this book one may get the impression of repetition; however, reading the instructions will show that at times a thumb, a finger, a grip may be altered for just that particular technique. In I those cases where the illustrations are I repetitious they were made so for I convenience of the reader in order Hl I he may not have to thumb back many pages in order to arrive at the referred figure.

The various One Hand Stud Second Deals are my technical variations a deal known as the California Second, There have been other books detailing One Hand Seconds but they depended on a propulsion force to execute them and were not of the Stud type. Also they did not advance the important basic principle that really make such deals work.

Permission was asked for and granted in the deals by Carmen D'Amico, Warren Wiersbie and Stanley James.

Each of these men do their specialties very well, otherwise I would not have asked for their permission to include them. My own variations of these deals as well as their application to effects [more than show their practicability.

|To make this as complete a treatise of False Dealing as possible I have reprinted three of my own contributions fromvariouspublications;namely, The Cardician and the magical magazine M.U.M. These are The Tabled Second, Tabled Bottom, and Mechanical conds while the Tabled Center Deal is here printed for the first time.

rhi techniques of Center Dealing in [this book are strictly my own. The application of the Step Principle to the actual deal of the Center Deal is original with me. I have checked all existing sources and none of them employ the technique of directly dealing from the step. I believe it to be the finest method of all. I have taught only one person the Center Deal and that is Frank Henich of Chicago who technically does as fine a Center Deal as any.

I have never seen Charlie Miller per-lorm his Center Deal which reliable sources tell me he does skillfully. I have never chased so called 'card .cheats' in an effort to discover their lethods and I have asked no ques-jns, regarding this sleight, from any iifthe other card experts. Most of my information came from a cinema short subject featuring Louis Zingone and [some of the existing methods in print. These sources were the starting point of my own experiments in the Center


[The "Unit Controls" is something that I have experimented with on and off for a number of years. It had its beginning with an unorthodox second deal contributed to the pages of the Sphinx many years ago.

This deal was one in which the deck was straddled and the top card was pulled straight back, buckling it upwards. Under the tunnel thus formed the right thumb was inserted and the second card was removed by the right hand. In experimenting with this method I found that two cards could be pulled back. The right thumb could enter under them, as shown in Figure X, and the third card removed.

Many years later Paul also used the idea of pulling back two cards as per Figure X except he utilized it in a sort of One Hand Shooting Deal of the second card. That was in 1949 and in 1955 this same buckling back idea was used by Tony Kardyro in his book Kardyro's Kard Konjuring. Here it was used not only as a method for dealing 3rds, 4ths, etc. but also as a Center Deal, except that the right thumb dealt the cards off the front end of the deck. In this same Book Tony Kardyro says, "Another much talked about deal or sleight is the dealing of Thirds, Fourths, Fifths, Etc I have never seen anyone perform this or even attempt to put it into print... "

I must concur with part of Kardyro's statement in that I myself have heard of such a deal but have never seen anyone perform it; however, an attempt was made in print. In "The Magic of by Maurice translat ed from the French by Dariel Fitzkee in 1949, there is an explanation of a Second Deal, and on page 28, paragraph there is a mention of using the described Second Deal as a possible method of dealing There isn't any mention of 4ths or 5ths and appar-that particular method was not practical for more than the number mentioned.

The Unit Controls described here I believe are the most practical to date, and of all False Deals these seem to have a greater flexibility of magical application than any other. To add proof I have applied the Unit Control to several effects of an unusual nature, not possible with any other False Deal.

In the "No Touch Theory" section the student may Second Deal Grips that bear a resemblance to those of Jack Merlin's in his And a Pack of Cards, the Walter Scott manuscript "Phantom At the Card Table" and Boyar's Ghostly Seconds.

In fact, in one of the grips, it is just the application of the Touch Theory" that will allow the practitioner to understand how these deals operate, thus making his in this type of

Second Dealing much easier, enabling him to attain his goal that much sooner.

The previously mentioned book, Cheating At Bridge describes what is termed as the 'Iron Thumb', the action being the same as that described in Ghostly Seconds, i.e., the right thumb pushing the left thumb downwards in order to get at the second card. I must warn the student that the "No Touch Theory" does not depend on such actions. Rather, the left thumb moves down as the right thumb comes over to take the second card. The finer the brief the more imperceptible is this movement of the left thumb. One has only to try the "Strike Unit Control" to fully appreciate the "No Touch Theory."

The section on "Cover Upsw contains some standard methods as well as some of my own. The introduction of the Wrist Turn as a principle should start some sage comments. As well as my "Concluding Observations."

The 225 excellent illustrations were made by Charles Aste, Jr. They certainly are a great help in understanding the text but more than that they were made by a man who understands the subject. Charles Aste, Jr. is not only an illustrator but has a deep love and passion for the magic of cards. He is a clever card man with definite ideas of his own. Anyone having the same interests and who may at some time be in the vicinity of Memphis, Tenn. is always welcomed to a session over a card table. [Note: for this edition, Hoy Palloy made the illustrations. E.C.]

To the students of card lore everywhere I offer this text with high hopes that the contents will reveal something new,

Cardially yours,

Edward Mario

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