The Curled Forefinger

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the deck in the usual manner but with the right forefinger curled on top of deck as in Figure 15. Also note in this case the right second fingertip will be touching the tip of left thumb.

2. From here proceed as explained by jogging the peeked card with the left fourth finger. Then raise the deck into the Two Hand Square Up Position and square the sides of the deck.

During this action the right hand holds the card at its lower left corner with the tip of the right thumb and its upper right corner with the tip of the right fourth finger. The right hand swings downward slightly to cover the deck on the right side just before the steal. The pack is lowered into the left thumb crotch. The right hand moves to the right at same time the performer turns to his left seemingly to square the ends but actually to move the card out until it is clear or deck as in Figure 17.

This shows the right forefinger still curled even though the card is out. From the right side the audience suspects nothing.

3. The card is now moved back onto deck until it is flush with the left side of the deck. Then the right hand lifts up the pack so that the left hand may assume the square up position from below resulting in the Square Up Position as already shown in Figure 16.

4. The deck is eventually lowered into left hand into dealing position.

In order to emphasize the importance of the right hand pivoting to the right in the Deliberate Side-Steal either with or without the right forefinger being curled, we have shown a right side view of what the audience would see without the downward pivot. The right hand can pivot to the right or the left hand can pivot deck upwards but in either case the pivot points are the upper right corner of the card pressed by the right forefinger and lower left corner pressed by the left thumb and this pressure is not released at any time during the pivoting action or later.

Now, Figure 18 shows the view if the Pivot Action is not used and Figure 19 shows the view when the Pivot Action is used. The importance of the Pivot Action will be also apparent in other Side Steal Moves to be explained later.

The Bold Steal

At times this device of ours has proven to be more effective than the Side Steal. The mechanics, previous to what we call a strip out, are similar to that of the Technical Side Steal. A description of the Steal will be given followed by a few practical uses.

1. Follow all the Steps, from 1 to 8 of the Technical Side Steal. This will bring the hands into the position of Figure 5 with the peeked card only slightly angled and the right hand holding onto the corners of the card.

2. The left hand now pinches the lower left corner of the pack in its left thumb crotch while the right hand, holding onto the projecting corners of the card, strips the card out towards the right. This is similar in action to Figure 6.

3. Once the card is clear of the pack the right hand moves upwards, back of the card towards spectator. At the same time the right forefinger curls on top of the card as in Figure 20 which shows the stolen card's distance in relation to the pack.

4. The strip-out of the peeked card is covered by saying, "Your card could not be the top card." The right hand places the card on top of deck, at the same time taking the deck and turning it face up. Continuing, "And, of course, it couldn't be the bottom card."

Naturally, any effect in which the card has to be brought to the top, can be used from here on; however, there are two more handlings of a specialized sort that will fit into certain routines only, although the mechanics are basically the same.

Second Handling:

Follow all the Steps necessary to get the peeked card into the Strip-Out Position.

2. State that for this effect you will need ten cards.

3. Strip out the peeked toss it face down on the table as you count "One". Immediately the left thumb pushes over the top card, which the right hand takes from above and tosses it on the first card counting "Two." The count is continued until ten cards are counted onto the table.

4. A number between one and ten is asked for as the packet is picked up and squared. The selected card is subsequently produced at the desired number by means of a bottom deal.

Obviously, the above effect is nothing tremendous and is used only to demonstrate how the Bold Steal can be made while seeming to count off a few cards from the top of the pack.

Third Handling:

A fairly good effect will be used to show the possibility of this third handling of the Bold Steal. During the routine the performer should be seated at a table for best results although this is not entirely necessary.

1. Remove the four Aces from a pack of cards. Show them freely, square them up, then place them face down in front of you near the edge of the table.

2. Have a card peeked at and get it into the strip-out position. The hands, at this stage, should be above the tabled packet and off to the left as in Figure 21.

3, Right hand strips out the peeked card and immediately comes down to the tabled Aces, scooping them up in the process. The left hand, simultaneous with the stripout, moves to the left turning palm downwards at the same time. The action is shown in Figure 22. Remember that the above moves are made as a single unit.

Figure 22

4. The left hand leaves the pack face up on the left side of the table, then aids the right hand in the secondary showing of the Aces. The selected card is, of course, on top of the packet.

5. Spread the four Aces face up and transfer three of them to the back of the packet to bring the selected card fourth from the top.

6. Turn the packet face down, saying you will once more show the Aces one at a time providing they can call out their order. They will not be able to do this; therefore, after a slight reprimand, say you will show them once more but they must remember the order.

7. Flip the top Ace, face up, flush onto the top of the packet. Deal it, still face up, onto the table. The Ace is taken with the right fingers by the upper right corner.

8. Continue in this way for the second Ace, dealing it face up onto the first one. On the third Ace being shown, the Buckle Count is made thus the selected card will be taken, back to back, with the Ace.

9. The last Ace is flipped face up, then placed on the others. The peeked at card is now reversed between the Aces.

10. The Aces are turned face down and held at the upper end by the right thumb on top and fingers below. The left hand holds onto the pack on the left of the table while the right hand runs the lower end of Ace packet thru the face up deck. To facilitate the Aces being run thru, the left thumb lifts up the right side of deck at the upper right corner.

11. Right hand now tosses the Ace packet, face up, onto the table and spreads the packet to disclose a face down card between the Aces.

12. Have the selected card named. Remove the face down card and slowly turn it face up for the Climax.

As had been mentioned, the various effects in connection with the Bold Steal are not to be taken as sensational but rather to show a practical application of the move.

At times when the angles are right the following technique for the Bold Steal will be found very disarming.

Fourth Handling:

1. Proceed to get the card into position for the Bold Steal but at this point instead of actually stealing out the card, your right hand moves it to the right as for the Technical Side Steal but does not remove it completely from the deck. In other words, the card will be in a position similar to Figure 6, almost out of the deck but not quite.

2. At this point, with the card almost out of the deck, the right hand lifts the deck so as to enable the left hand to once again square the sides of deck. Naturally the left fingers run along side of the deck but under the projecting card.

To further enhance the illusion the right forefinger can curl on top of the deck near the outer right corner. The right second finger will be holding the deck by the outer right corner while the right thumb holds it at its inner right corner.

From here the deck is lowered into left hand dealing position while the right hand easily adds the stolen card to a tabled packet or cards previously dealt onto the table.

The Bottom Bold Steal

It is just as easy to steal the bottom card of a deck, or packet, using the same technique of angling the card with the left fourth finger so that the corners of the angled card can be grasped by the right hand, as already detailed. Then the card is either added to another packet or merely lifted up to be looked at as shown in Figure 20. Using this last approach, we see how it can be effectively applied to a Stop Effect.

The Bold Stop Effect

1. Let us assume you have a selected card at the fifth position from the top of the deck. Let us also assume that psy chologically you have timed the deal so that nine times out of ten they will stop you at that fifth card. Let us keep on assuming that one day that tenth time comes along and the assisting spectator lets you deal merrily away past that fifth card, what then? Well, the Bold Steal in this case will get you out of an embarrassing difficulty.

2. If the spectator does not stop you at the selection, just remember to injog that card as you deal it onto the others on a table. From here all cards are now dealt haphazardly, thus covering the injogged card until spectator calls "Stop".

3. Place the deck aside. Now place the right first finger on the right side of the packet and move it off the table to the left and into the waiting left hand which receives it.

4. Once the packet is in the left hand the right hand comes over the packet as if to push the cards flush. Actually the right thumb, in back, locates injogged card, pulls upwards on it, then pushes the cards flush as left fourth finger easily obtains a break under the selected card.

5. The left fourth fingers angles the selected card at same time the packet is lifted so that left fingers and thumb can square the sides as you say, "Remember, you could have stopped me at any time."

6. The packet is lowered and immediately the right hand steals out the card as already explained and shown in Figure 20 as you finish the sentence by saying, "And you stopped me at this card." The card is not shown but merely replaced on top of the packet. Now ask what the selected card was. Take off the actual top card holding it in a manner similar to the Bold Steal as you say, "This is the card you stopped at - the (name the card)," letting the

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