Shifting The Grip

The who has thoroughly studied the preceding Master Grip and Take with all its possibilities need go no further as, for practical magical purposes, he has everything he needs with no confusion of changing grips for the various deals.

The methods, ideas and theories that follow are strictly for those who wish to run the gamut of these further techniques of false dealing. I may as well forewarn the student right now that if he wishes to master what is to follow he first must be able to acquire proficiency in Shifting the Grip using only one hand. Shifting the Grip has also several sub headings such as Shifting The Inner Corner as well as Shifting The Thumb and Shifting the Forefinger.

Sometimes only one of the above Shifts will be required to execute the deal and at times all three plus a possible beveling of the pack. Ail this must be done using only the hand holding the deck. Having warned the student as to the possible confusion he may encounter he may follow if he still desires.

A - Shifting The Inner Corner

1. The cards are held in the Master Grip as already explained however, from this position the inner left corner of the deck can be shifted to two other positions. Each of the positions has its special advantages in certain deals.

2. First is a picture of the dealing hand with the numbers 1-2-3 marking the three different positions at which the lower left corner of the bottom card, in a full deck, will rest. The number two position is that of the standard Mechanics Grip. Number three is the High Grip in that it is above the major crease of the palm. The Figure 18 clearly shows the markings.

3. To shift the corner from position 1 to position 2 proceed as follows: Assume the deck is held in the Master Grip as in Figure 19. The left forefinger, which is on the deck's upper right corner, pulls down on this corner causing the deck to lift, at the inner end, off the palm as in Figure 20. The left 2nd 3rd and 4th fingers also aid in slightly pulling down on the side of the deck.

Figure 18

4. With the pack lifted at the back end as in Figure 20 the left 2nd, 3rd and 4th fingers easily swing the deck, using left forefinger as a pivot point, into the position marked 2. The result is shown in Figure 21 which is the Mechanics Grip.

5. If you want to get the deck up into the High Grip or at 3 merely repeat the action, shown in Figure 20, of lifting up the inner end of deck and swinging the pack into the High Grip as shown in

6. While the Shifting Corner has been explained as it works up to the other grips the reverse also holds true in that the inner end of the deck can be worked from, say the High Grip all the way down into the Master Grip. In other words the Shifting Corner can be placed up to any position and also down to any position from any previous position.

Figure 22

B - The ShiftingForefinger.

1. The left forefinger can be shifted or placed to any of these three positions.

1. Curled arouncf-the end of the deck near the upper right corner.

2. The tip of the forefinger on the upper right corner of the deck.

3. The left forefinger on the side of the deck, near its upper right corner, alongside the other three fingers.

The Figure 23 shows the positions the left forefinger can change to as designated by the circles numbered 1,2, 3.

2. In the Master Grip the left forefinger can move into positions 2 and 3 very easily, while position 1 will be awkward and is never used with the Master Grip.

3. In the Mechanics Grip the left forefinger can move into any of the three positions and all three positions have their advantages in certain types of deals.

4. For the High Grip only positions 2 and 3 will be found comfortable and at times useful.

C - Shifting The Thumb.

1. The left thumb can be shifted to almost any position along the top end of the deck as well as the front end of the deck, that is the upper right corner, with either of the three grips explained. The only difference will be in the appearance of the left thumb itself.

As an example, the composite Figure 24 shows the three different positions of the left thumb, at the upper end of the deck, using the Master Grip. Note the straight flat appearance of the thumb in A and then its gradual angularity in B and C. You can perform a Two Card PushoffSecond Deal with the thumb in all positions as well as the Strike method.

2. While Figure 24 shows the angular appearance of the left thumb, when using the Master Grip, this does not hold true for either the Mechanics Grip or the High Grip as the left thumb will have a flat appearance at the 3 positions designated in Figure 24. Also, only with the left thumb at positions B and C can you do either a Strike or Two Card Pushoff Second Deal. However, with the left thumb at position A, only the Strike method of Second Dealing is possible.

3. Bottom Dealing is also possible with the left thumb at any one of the A, B or C positions; however, the left forefingers position is always best at position 2 on the upper right corner of the deck.

D, Beveling the Pack

1. Beveling of the pack may be required for only two of the grips, namely the High Grip and the Mechanics Grip. It is never used in the Master Grip.

2. As the action of beveling the cards is the same for either Mechanics or High

Grips the description will be given using the Mechanics Grip.

3. Suppose you have shifted the deck into the Mechanics Grip. Place the tip of the left thumb angled against the left side of the deck as shown in Figure 25. Place the left forefinger at position 1 around the top end of the pack.

4. Now move the left thumb outward while at the same time pressing in against the side of the deck as in Figure 26.

5. With the thumb in this position keep pressing down and rubbing slightly.

This will eventually cause the deck to become beveled as shown in Figure 27 where the left thumb has now taken a position as in A near the upper right corner of the deck.

6. The position of the deck shown in Figure 27 is at times preferred by some dealers when using the Strike method of Second Dealing. By shifting the left forefinger from position 1 to position 3 but retaining all other finger and thumb positions, the Grip will be as shown in Figure 28 which is another type that is often preferred to that shown in Figure 27. Both will be dealt with separately.

Two Strike Methods First Method:

This first method basically uses the position shown in Figure 27 with the left forefinger at position 1 and the left thumb at position A; however, the inner left corner of the deck can be

Figure 25

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