The Cull Palm

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While looking over the faces of the deck to apparently ascertain if all the cards are there, any certain card or cards may be palmed out. The action is described assuming we wish to palm out the four

Aces from a deck which has just been handed to the cardician.

1. The pack is spread, face up, between both hands; however, the position of the hands is most important; especially the right hand. The pack is spread between both hands in such a manner that the forefingers of both hands will be showing above the spread while the fingertips of the right hand will be below the fingertips of the left.

2. Thumb off the cards from the left hand into the right until you reach the first Ace. At this point the left fingers push the Ace beneath the fan and into the right hand. The card goes into the right hand in a palm position similar to that of the Count Cop. This is why the proper position of the right hand is important.

3. In pushing the Ace or any desired card under the fan, the left thumb drops on the card to the right of it. The left thumb then holds onto this card while the left fingers push the Ace to the right. The left thumb s position prevents more than one card going under the fan.

4. Continue thumbing the cards to the right, all the cards will go above the first Ace till you reach the second Ace. This second Ace is likewise pushed, with the left fingers, under the fan into the right hand above the first Ace. Figure 18 shows the first Ace in the palm of the right hand and the second Ace being slid under the fan.

The illustration shows the bottom view exposed, actually there is nothing to be seen from the front, bottom or top because the two hands are held close together in a sort of a "cup" position.

5. Continue the Culling action for the two remaining Aces. After the four Aces are in the right hand the remaining cards are thumbed through.

6. When the left hand reaches the end of the pack, the left hand keeps its position. The right hand now squeezes its palmed cards, causing them to buckle away from the rest of the pack. The left fingers can now grasp the pack from below, left thumb still on face of the deck, and carry it slightly forward while the right hand drops to the side with its palmed cards. The action at this point is similar to that of the Count Cop.

D'Amico's Cull Palm Effect

One of the best applications of the Cull Palm is in conjunction with the spectator peek. It is a favorite of that smooth working cardician, Carmen D'Amico.

1. Have a card peeked at and maintain the break. (See Side Steal, Chapter 4)

2. The pack is now apparently squared but the break is maintained.

3. Looking at the spectator, the cardician says, "Your card is somewhere in this pack." As these words are being said, the

Eack is spread, face down, between both ands. The break is maintained by the left fourth finger during this action.

4. When the break is reached the selected card is slid under the fan and into the right hand as for the Cull Palm.

5. Both hands continue spreading the deck and do not stop when the break is reached. Do not stop until the whole pack has been thumbed through. The right hand, with its palmed card, drops to the side while the left fingers and thumb carry the pack slightly forward.

The palmed card is subsequently produced from the pocket.

Cull Palm Replacement

Assuming that you have Cull Palmed the Aces, this will allow you to replace them on top of the pack.

1. The cards are palmed in the right hand, backs of cards towards the palm.

2. The deck is shuffled by the spectator and returned. Take the deck face down in the left hand.

3. Turn the pack face up, use only the left hand to do this. Move the pack towards the right.

4. The right hand comes up to join the left hand. As the two hands meet the left hand starts thumbing the cards into the right hand, thus fanning or spreading the cards face up between both hands. The right hand turns palm up just in time to receive the first of these cards, The palmed cards in the right hand will now be covered by the spread and ride under the cards as the fanning is continued.

5. Step 4 is covered up by the cardician remarking, "As you can see, you have mixed the cards quite well." The spread is now closed up, the fan of cards closing together above the palmed cards in the right hand, which then become the top of the pack. The pack is turned face down and any effect using the Aces can be performed.

Note that the cards are spread in Step 5 only to show that they have been shuffled. It is unnecessary to spread through them from the beginning to the very end. Simply spread through them a ways, add the palmed cards and proceed.

Ace Effect with the Cull Palm Replacement

The four Aces are palmed, faces out, in the right hand. Have the pack shuffled. On its return do not turn the pack face


up but rather spread it face down between both hands. In closing up the spread, the four Aces are slid, as a unit, into the center of the pack. With the four Aces reversed, it takes very little imagination to see what a very startling opening Ace effect can be made.

Some may prefer to hold out the Aces and then use just the reverse effect; however, in case this is attempted be sure that you get the cards into the Cull Palm position, as this is the cleanest possible way to add the cards. From a regulation full palm, the addition process can also be accomplished. There is, however, a certain awkwardness, especially to the right hand, as the move is made.

As long as we are on the subject of replacing cards from the full palm, we may mention that in the case of the left hand palm it is only necessary to take the deck with the right hand and merely place it into the left in a dealing position. The addition of the cards, to the bottom ofthedeck, is automatic.

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