Special Push Off Techniques

The Second Deal Count: While you can use any of the several Two Card Push-Off methods for this particular sleight the one to be described has one point in its favor in that it can be done with the cards facing the spectator.

The pack can be held in either the High Grip or Mechanic's Grip. The left forefinger, however, is at position 1 and is curled around the upper end of the deck while the left thumb is at position B to start with. The left 2nd, 3rd and 4th fingers are against side of the pack.

2. With the left thumb, arc the top card off the deck slightly as if about to deal. Then pull back the top card with the thumb so it comes back at an angle with its upper right corner touching the tip of the left forefinger. This will cause the top card to be angled as shown in Figure 38 which is a diagram without the hand to clearly show the angle of the top card in relation to the deck.

3. During the pulling back of the top card the left thumb moves from position B to position C at the upper left corner thus coming in contact with the exposed second card as well as keeping control of the top card as shown in Figure 39.

Figure 39

4. The left thumb now pushes the top two cards forward as shown in Figure 40 which is the operator's view. From the front only one card's index will be seen due to the fact that the top card is slightly behind the preceding second card.

5. The right hand comes over and grasps, the exposed upper right corner of the second card, between the right thumb and second finger. When this second card is clear of the deck its position, in the right hand will be, as shown in Figure 41, between the tips of the thumb and second finger.

6. The position of the card in the right hand must be brought deeper into the hand. To do this the right hand is

Figure 40

slightly tilted palm upwards. As a matter of fact if this tilting action of the right hand is done, almost as the card is taken, the card will practically fall into place deep into the right hand. The action is almost as if you momentarily let go of the card, then caught it deep in the hand as shown in Figure 42.

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Figure 41

Figure 42

7. The Figure 42 shows the next two cards already pushed off the deck. The right hand, still holding a card, is about to advance and take another card beneath the one already there; however, the action as seen by the spectator is that shown in Figure 43.

Here you will see only one index of a card is shown being pushed over while the right second finger is extended, about to be placed on the index of the exposed card.

Note that the right forefinger lies along the top end of the card, also extended, while the right 3rd and 4th fingers are curled in towards the palm. These will act as a support for any of the cards that are taken into the right hand.

8. The extended right second finger is placed on the index of the exposedcard and the hands start to separate with right second fingertip pressing onto second card as shown in Figure 44.


9. At exactly the same time that the hands separate, the right second fingertip, pressing on the index corner of the second card, whips it in towards the palm and under the first card as shown in Figure 45 where the take action has been completed.

10. Having completed the action as per Figure 45, the right second finger extends ready for the next card that is pushed over from deck with the picture again as at the start or Figure 43.

11. The whipping out action of the right second fingertip is most important as it practically gets the second card, from the pack, to beneath those in the right hand even before the two hands separate.

The whipping out action of right 2nd finger is also important if doing the Double Deal Count head on, as shown in Figure 46, because the action of this finger clearly conveys the impression that a card is taken. The action of this finger is also important in certain false counts.

Figure 46

12. With proper attention to angles this Second Deal Count can be made with the pack down in a normal dealing position; however, for the best possible cover the cards in the right hand should at all times come in very close over the deck so as to almost cover the pack with the cards held in right hand as shown in Figure 47, a top view.

13. This type of second deal can be used as a regular deal as you innocently (?) tilt the deck just enough so they

Figure 46

can see the card that is about to be dealt off. Needless to say the card they see is dealt, say, face up, but you are actually keeping back the top card.

Figure 47

14, For a quick effect, using the Bottom Deal Count facing spectators, proceed as follows: Have a card selected or peeked, then bring it to the top via a Cut, Pass or Side Steal. Ask for a number to be called. Hold deck faces towards the spectator and count off to one less than the number called. Toss cards from the right hand onto the table and lower the left hand to normal dealing position. Have the card named and cleanly show it as the card at the chosen number. Of course, it can be done also as a stop trick.

15. Some may notice the fact that there is a showing of two cards at the lower end of the deck as the cards face the audience. Do not worry about this as from experience I have found that an audience watches the point of contact during any deal. That is, the point where the fingers meet for the taking of a card. Even an expert card man's first reaction will be to watch the point of contact. It is only after many repeats of the deal that he will start to analyze and look for any defects.

Small Packet Second Deal

Two of our pet effects, which called for a Second Deal, were The Nomad Aces by Charlie Miller and an effect from

Amazing Isn't It called You Do As I Do, I U Can't Unless I Want U 2. At that time t we devised a very easy way of doingthe E Second Deal via a two card Push-Off I using the technique explained for the I One Hand Turnover from Off the Top, I In 1942 we showed the move, first to I Martin Gardner, then over the years to I such as Neal Elias, Bert Fenn, Carmen I D'Amico, Bill Simon, Art Altaian and many years later, in 1956, to Dai Vernon. It is an easy and deceptive deal once the push-off technique has I been mastered.

1. Assume you have a packet of eight cards and wish to deal a second on the fourth deal.

2. Spread the packet between both hands saying "Only eight cards" and in closing up the spread get a break under the 5th card with the left fourth fingertip.

3. All four fingers are alongside of the packet with the thumb on top across the packet as in Figure 48. Note the angle of the left thumb.

Figure 48

4. Now the left thumb pushes off the top card and straightens out naturally across the middle of the packet. At the same time the left fingertips move inward slightly to permit passage of top card over them; however, they still maintain pressure against the packet in order to keep the break. This will run along the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th fingers and is also covered by these fingers.


5. Continue the deal normally until the fourth card is reached. At this point the second and third fingers of the left hand press against the break and thus push two cards upwards slightly while at the same time the left thumb presses down on the cards so that the two cards are now firmly gripped at the edge between the left thumb on top and the left 2nd and 3rd fingers underneath. Move the left 2nd and 3rd fingers forward as in Figure 49 thus the cards, because they are being pressed between left thumb and fingers, will also move forward as one card.

Figure 49

Figure 49

At this point the right hand advances and grasps the two cards, at the upper right corner between the second finger on the bottom, thumb on top and forefinger along the top edge. Next the left thumb pulls back the top card while the right fingers and thumb hold onto the under or second card and deal it out as in Figure 50.


Immediately after this second deal the left four fingers resume their original position alongside of the packet as the deal continues. The whole deal is done with no hesitation at any point and looks very normal and is deceptive.

In pushing off two cards as one it should be done so that the card goes way over the side just as the others; however, if it is desired to push these two off only slightly, just enough for the right fingers and thumb to grasp them, then the other cards must also be dealt off only slightly to conform to the second deal.

6. When using the above deal with a full deck, as in Miller's Nomad Aces you would spread the top four cards as you say "Four Aces". Now in squaring up the deck you would get a break under the fifth card from the top.The deal is made as already detailed so that on the 4th card an easy second deal is available.

Following are a few examples of holding a break, plus the push-off previously explained as used in False Counting by myself long before the invention of the so called Buckle.

First Example: In The Cardician we used a Triple Buckle to spread out apparently four cards when in reality there were eight.

The same result can be obtained by releasing three cards at the back via the right thumb, then the left 4th finger getting a break over them. Next, the right 1st and 2nd fingers enter into the space so that right thumb naturally goes on the top or face of the cards.

These cards, a block, are now firmly grasped between the right thumb and fingers while the left hand moves away, to the left, with its cards at the same time spreading them with left fingers and thumb.

To further aid in the deception, the cards in the left hand are counted into the right. The right fingers moving away with the block of cards, and then returning to the left fingers to receive the first face card dealt under the right thumb at the inner right corner. This is followed by the next card, then the third thus doing a reverse count as you say, "One, two, three, four Aces" or Kings, or tens or whatever four you are dealing with. Naturally, you can hold a two card break, or a one card break, or even a four or five card break depending on the purpose at hand.

Second Example: I used this in a false count feeling that the last two or three single cards would add to the deceptiveness as compared to a single Buckle. For years before we have used the following to false count twelve cards as nine.

The packet is held face up or face down as the case may be. The first four cards are counted off, being taken one onto the other, then taken by the right hand at its upper right corner with the thumb on top and 1st and 2nd fingers beneath.

The cards are literally shoved under the right thumb as the left hand deals them into the right.

During the deal the left fingers will automatically go above the cards held in the right hand and be momentarily between the cards held in the right hand and the one dealt off by the left hand into the right. After thus taking four cards the count is stopped under some pretext and the cards from the right hand are returned under the packet in the left hand but inward so they are injogged towards the body.

The right hand now comes over the cards to square them but the right thumb presses downwards on the four injogged cards so that the left 4th fin ger can obtain a break above them. The count is now resumed.

The first four cards are pushed off and as before, taken by the right hand but on the fifth count the left second and third fingers and left thumb move all the cards, above the break, as in Figure 49, into the right hand which takes them, then the remaining four are counted singly with no Quadruple Buckle being necessary.

During the count it is sometimes expedient to take the cards into the right hand into almost a dealing position. In other words, from a dealing position in left hand the cards are taken, one onto the other, into a dealing position in the right hand. The cards from the left hand are in this case shoved under the right thumb, which remains pressed against the base of the right forefinger as each card is taken and held. Again the left fingers will automatically go above the cards held in the right hand, during the count.

Third Example: In Devilish Miracle it was already pointed out that a break could be used in place of a Single Buckle for the vanish of one card among five. Next, we will show how holding a break on two, three or four of even an indeterminate number of cards, a vanish can be effected using the Push-Off as described so many times.

Let's assume you have a packet of twelve cards held face up. It is possible to vanish a card that may be somewhere in the center of the packet with no adjustment or placing and without the use of any Buckles. Spread the twelve cards face up and let us assume a selected card is in the center of that packet. All you need do is to note the card in front or to the right of it, then in closing up the spread get a break below the selected card.

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