Tabled Riffle Palm

This type of Table Palm was first shown to Russell Barnhardt in 1946 and its sole object was to palm off a card, or cards, into either hand while merely squaring the pack after a riffle shuffle, it is thoroughly practical and with practice can be undetectable.

1. The card or cards to be palmed are on top of the deck.

2. The deck is lying on the table face down with its short end towards operator.

3. The top half of the deck is cut to either the left or right depending on which hand is to do the palming.

4. Assuming the right hand is to do the palming, the top half is cut to the right of the lower half.

5. The cards are now riffled into each other at the inner corners only.

6. The right hand holds back the desired number of cards, to be later palmed.

Figure 4 shows the shuffle completed except for the right hand holding back its card or cards which will now fall on top of all.

7. Both hands now shove each half into the other for about half their width as in Figure 5 which is a top view of the action.

Figure 5

8. Both hands now change position so that the palms of both hands are now at each side of the deck. The tips of the fourth finger of each hand should be at the upper outside corners of the cards as they are about to be pushed in by both palms as in Figure 6.

9. As the action is about to be started, the left thumb presses down on the back of its cards while the side of the right hand presses on the right side of its half. This causes the top cards of the right portion, above the left side portion, to tilt upwards against the right palm.

10. As the cards tilt up against right palm, the left thumb moves in under them, and presses these cards further into the right palm as in Figure 7, an exposed left side view.

Figure 7

10. Actually the action depicted in Figure 7 takes place under cover of both hands, as in Figure 8. The hands merely seem to push the cards together just as if doing the V type shuffle.

12. Once the cards are firmly in the palm, both hands move away from the deck, the fingers of each hand square-ing the sides of the deck to complete the action of the shuffle.

The right hand cuts off the top half of the deck, (the right forefinger snould be curled on top of the deck during the cut) and places it forward slightly, then picks up the lower half and places it on top of the other half to complete the cut.

The right hand then moves away with its palmed cards.

As has been previously pointed out, any number of cards can be palmed off, by either hand, merely by holding back the required number of cards at the back end of the deck, using either the left or right thumb. These are then allowed to fall last in the shuffle.

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