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Control a selected card to the top.

2. Do a Swing Cut of the upper half into the left, (same as a Mario running cut except done once).

3. Say, "I'm going to find your card by mathematics.'

4. With the right hand portion you tip over the top card of the left hand portion, the selection, face up onto the left hand portion. The left thumb aids by dealing this card off the side so that the right hand portion can kick it over to the left.

5. Left thumb pushes the face up card over the side again, while the portion of the deck in the right hand is again used to apparently turn the card face down. Actually the left thumb doesn't move out of the way of the turning card, with the result that the card is secretly picked up under the right hand portion.

6. The left hand immediately moves forward and deals off the top card, apparently shown, face down as you say, "That is a - (naming only the value of the card.)

7. Again the left thumb pushes over the top card while the side of the right hand portion is used to flip it face up onto the deck. This card is left face up as you say, "And here is a - (again naming the value of the card.)

8. The left hand places its portion, with the card still face up on it, on the table just below the first face down card.

9. The portion from the right hand is transferred to the left hand which takes it in readiness for a bottom deal. The left hand moves to the right of the tabled first half.

10. Here your patter should give the idea that the value of one card subtracted from the other will give the number at which the spectator's card will be. If you should decide that this value would be too low, then you add the values.

In either case the number arrived at will be such as to get you in the swing for a bottom deal and yet the number will not be so large as to exhaust all the cards in the left hand.

11. Assuming the total, added or subtracted, is a six, you count off five cards face down from the top and deal the sixth from the bottom. Right hand picks up the sixth card face down while left hand places its cards onto the ones just dealt off.

12. Ask for the name of the card and when you eventually disclose it place it face up onto the packet on the right. Thus at the climax you have a nice neat layout.

13. The above has several advantages as, for example, there is nothing hard to remember, no need to get any breaks on cards, it is fast, very subtle, and gets a half deck into the hands for the bottom deal. The single face down card leaves no doubt in spectator's mind as to where the chosen card is supposed to be.

14. Magicians will be thrown off in that they will be expecting you to use the original left hand portion, which you put on the table with a face up card on top. The sequence of events will be also very difficult to re-construct.

Off the Face Seconds

Sometimes in doing a magical effect it is essential that you apparently deal off the face card of the pack, face down onto the table, without exposing the card beneath.

The following method, while stemming from some of my Variations of the Down's Change, (See Notes of 1947) will enable one to apparently keep dealing seconds without any apparent pushing over of the card. If properly done the deal looks just as if the card was dropped off the face of the pack.

It can also be used, with the deck face down, in a sort of a One Hand Stud Deal or even a One Hand Throw Deal if the cards are to be dealt face down.

This method is based on the One Hand Side Count that appeared in Off the Top in connection with a One Hand Turnover. Originally the count technique was described using the left second finger.

This was developed in 1940 as an off shoot of a two handed get-ready from Expert Card Technique; however, it was obvious that other fingers instead of the second finger could be used in the One Hand Count. When the One Hand Side Count appeared in 1945 several card men, independent of each other, changed the count technique to that of the left 4th finger. Among these were Russell Barnhardt, Olindo Galluccio, Charles Aste Jr. and several others.

In each case although the fingering was changed the grip remained with all four left fingers at the side. Its use was still that as applied to a Double Lift. In this instance, besides changing the grip, I have applied it to a One Hand Second Deal. While it can be done face down it has certain advantages as an Off the Face Second and will be described as such .

1. Hold the pack face up in the left hand in the High Grip. The left thumb is at the upper left corner, the left forefinger at position 1, around the upper end of the deck and the left 2nd, 3rd and 4th fingers lie alongside the deck.

The left 2nd, 3rd and 4th fingers now press inwards against the side of the deck causing it to bevel to the left. At the same time the left fingers will lie alongside the deck with their tips pointing towards the dealer. The left fourth fingertip will be pressing inward directly on the lower right corner.

2. With the left 4th finger, press downwards on the beveled side at the lower right corner of the deck. At the same time the left thumb, at the upper left corner, presses downwards on its side of the deck.

The two opposite actions of the left thumb and left 4th finger, will cause several cards to escape, one at a time, from under the left little finger. The release of the cards is controlled so that only the desired number of cards are allowed to escape. Figure 148 shows the position of all fingers. The two cards released are greatly exaggerated for clarity.

Figure 148

3. Next, the left third fingertip moves in against the side of the two released cards to sort of trap them between the base of the left thumb and the tip of the left 3rd finger; however, the left 4th finger must remain in its position during this and the succeeding actions.

4. With the two cards trapped, between the left 3rd fingertip and the base of the thumb, the left 3rd finger pulls inwards on the cards causing them to angle slightly off the deck as shown in Figure 149.

Figure 149

5. The left thumb now pulls back only the top card leaving the second card projecting. At the same time the left thumb moves back to the deck's extreme upper left corner so that now there is no pressure of the left thumb on the 2nd card as per Figure 150.

Figure 150

6. If the left hand is now turned over, as if to throw the face card on the table, face down, the under or second card being loose will freely fall out, as in Figure 151, to the table. The left fingers do not move during the deal and the illusion of merely having dropped off the face card is perfect.

Figure 151

7. The actions depicted in Figure 149, the start of the angling, plus those shown in Figures 150 and 151 are all done as the left hand turns palm downward to apparently drop off the face card. In other words, there is no apparent pre-angling of the cards actually noticeable to the viewer.

8. After the face card has apparently been dropped off, the left hand remains palm downwards; however, if doing a sort of "General Card" effect, then the left hand turns palm up to show another card of the same value at the face of the deck.

9. To repeatedly Second Deal, the left 4th finger, which never moves out of its position at the lower right corner of the deck, will automatically keep the face card separated from the rest of the deck. All that is required is for left 4th finger to release only one card in order to repeat the Second Deal. The knack of releasing the one additional card will be found quite easy providing the left 4th finger retains its original starting position at all times.

10. Although this Second Deal has been explained with a face up pack it can be used with a face down deck, The top card deal must be similar to that of the Second. To do this only one card is released by the left 4th finger and actually dropped off. When the Second Deal is required the left 4th finger must release two cards, then proceed into the Second Deal, as explained, until the top card is again needed and is actually dropped off to the table.

The big secret of One Hand Second Dealing is the principle of getting the two cards to rest on the fingertips of the hand doing the dealing. This means that any type of two card push-off that will eventually result in both cards resting on the fingertips, slightly above the rest of the deck, can be used as a One Hand Second Deal. This is done by merely pulling back the top card so as the hand turns, the second card practically falls out of its own accord.

Mechanical Seconds

This is another Off the Face Second which was originally submitted to M.U.M. in November of 1956. It will be described in connection with an effect in order to show its possibilities.

Effect: Four Aces are dealt face down onto the table one at a time. Later they are found to be the Kings. The Aces are back in the deck in their original positions.

1. Arrange the cards so that a King and Ace are together but the pairs are in different sections of the deck. The King should be the face card of each pair and is used as a reflex tipoff.

2. Hold the cards in the left hand, as for dealing, face up.

3. Thumb off the cards, one at a time, taking them into the right hand one on top of the other. The cards are taken into the right hand into a similar dealing position, that is with the right forefinger curled over the top end of the cards as in the familiar Mechanic's Grip.

4. Continue taking the cards in this manner until you take the King. Right here the King is taken onto the first joint of right forefinger which curls under the cards as in Figure 152.

5. The next card, the Ace is taken onto the King so that now two cards are actually held, or trapped, between the tip of the right forefinger and thumb.

Figure 152

6. The right hand now turns back up to deal the Ace it has just taken, onto the table; however, the right forefinger, plus the others, straighten out which causes the card beneath to be practically shot out as in Figure 153 thus the King is dealt face down instead of the Ace.

7. The right fingers should place the card against the table. Do not make the mistake of shooting it out onto the table from a height of any sort. The placing action gives excuse for the extension of the right fingers.

8. Continue the action with the remaining cards, the King each time giving you a tipofffor the move.

9. If desired to do the move without the reflex cards it will be necessary to slow down the tempo. Also, the right forefinger must enter under every card as it is taken and each time removed as the succeeding cards are taken; however, when the desired card shows, such as an Ace here, the right forefinger remains under the card, then the Ace is taken onto it and the move executed as already detailed.

10. The Ace that is held back is, of course, immediately concealed by the next card taken onto it as the right and left hands meet to resume the taking of the cards.

The above move can be used very effectively in such effects as the Separating Aces. In this case one of the Aces is actually dealt down.

Technical Variations:

Variation #1: Instead of placing the right forefinger between the King and the deck, as per Figure 152, it is not used at all. Instead the right second and third fingertips move in between the King and the rest of the cards in the right hand. The next card, the Ace, is taken onto the King and these two cards are now held or trapped between the tips of the right 2nd and 3rd fin-

┬žers with the right thumb on top. Now, y merely straightening the right fingers, as the Ace is supposedly dealt down, the second deal is made, and the King goes to the table.

Variation #2: This is merely a slight change in Variation #1 in that instead of two fingers moving in between the King and rest of cards only the second right fingertip moves in to actually touch the back of the card at this stage. The other fingers lie in a line along with second finger but do not actually touch the back of the card. The right second finger, plus the others, now straighten out to apparently deal the Ace card down but the Second Deal is made.

Tabled Bottom Deal

This method of dealing the bottom card is primarily a stud poker type. That is, for most effectiveness the cards are dealt face up onto the table as they are apparently taken off the top of the pack. From the above title one can assume that the pack is resting on the table during the actual deal. Actually, the mechanics of the bottom deal are as follows:

1. The deck is placed lengthwise in front of you. It is face down and we presume that you are seated at a table.

2. The left hand takes hold of the pack from above by the left end. The left forefinger is placed at the center of the top card near the left end. The left second and third fingers grasp the upper left corner of the deck. The left fourth finger is merely alongside the third finger. The left thumb is at the lower left corner. Held this way, the deck is grasped between the left thumb and fingers on the left end of the deck.

At this the deck itself should be slightly off the table at its left end due to the grip of the left fingers. Its right end is touching the table. Figure 154 shows the position of the left hand while Figure 155 shows the rear view of the deck in relation to the table top.

Figure 155

3. The right hand now comes over the deck in a palm down position. The right fingers come across the top of the deck and pull the top card inward towards the body as in Figure 156 which is a top view of the pack with the right hand removed for clarity.

Figure 156

4. The right hand continues to move inward, then turns palm upwards, at the same time the right thumb has come in under the inner side of the top card enabling the right hand to remove it. As the right hand comes up, its palm will face the dealer. The right hand continues to turn inwards and then moves forward to deal its top card face up onto the table at the desired spot.

The above are steps taken to deal the top card. The bottom deal must simulate these actions. During the top card deal, the right thumb must always come to a point near the left thumb. In fact, the right thumb tip will at times touch the left thumb tip.

5. In order to deal the bottom card, the deck is held as already detailed. When it is desired to deal from beneath the deck, the right thumb tip goes in under the deck at its lower left corner and past the left thumb. If you were to look at the bottom of the deck at this exact moment, the right thumb would be directly beneath the left thumb as in Figure 157.

Figure 157

6. The right thumb exerts pressure which causes the bottom card to loosen and pivot out past the left thumb. The right hand, of course, deals the card face up onto the table.

While the Tabled Bottom Deal just described is practical, it cannot deceive anyone who decides to glue their eyes to the deck. The Deal depends on lulling the minds of the watchers as well as calling attention to the face up cards dealt for additional misdirection.

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