The Deep Bottom Deal

need not depend on any visual deception or speed.

My Favorite Stop Effect

This one is taken from a routine of mine I call "Never Miss."

1. Have a card selected and control it to the top of the deck.

2. Hand the deck to a spectator to deal cards face down into your left hand. After he has dealt about a half dozen cards tell him that he can stop dealing at any time he wishes.

When he stops position the cards using one hand throughout, as you ask if he is sure he wants to stop now, etc.

4. His decision having been made ask him to name his card. At the same time do either the Inward or Outward Deal which throws the bottom card, the selection, to the table.

5. If you use the Outward Deal follow by pushing the dealt card forward with left forefinger, as you say, "Just take a look at the card." Naturally it is his selection.

6. If you use the Inward Action the right fingers pick up the card, then slowly turn it face up to show that it is theselection.

7. Of course, you can have a card appear at a selected number also dealing top cards until you arrive at the chosen number, then deal a bottom. For this, control the selection to the bottom, have the deck cut and use the lower half.

The rest is obvious; however, one point, you can use either the top card deal of the Outward Method for the Inward Deal, or use the Inward Method for the Outward Deal. Experimentation will soon enable you to decide which combination you prefer or perhaps one method for both.

The Deep Bottom Deal

1. Hold the deck in either the Mechanic's Grip or Master Grip. The tip of the left forefinger should be at a position around the upper left corner of the deck. The left thumb is straight across the deck. The left 2nd, 3rd and 4th fingers can be either against the sides of the pack or extended.

Figure 72 shows the pack in the Master Grip with the left three fingers extended to later permit clearance of the bottom card. The left thumb has moved the top card over very slightly, in fact just enough for its upper right corner to come free of the left forefinger.

Figure 72

2. The right hand comes over to take the top card. The right thumb moves in very deep, above the left thumb, until tip of right thumb touches upper left corner of deck as in Figure 73. At the same time the other right fingers are positioned as follows: The right forefinger lies across the left forefinger. The right second finger has gone way under the pack, into the gap caused by the left 1st and 2nd fingers, until its tip touches the bottom card almost at its upper left corner. The right 3rd and 4th fingers are also extended, in a slightly curled position, so they go below the left hand and touch the backs of the left 2nd and 3rd fingers.

3. With the right hand in the position of Step 2, Figure 73, the operator has the choice of taking either the bottom card or the top card. In any case the taken card will end up in the right hand, deep into the palm and held between the thumb on top, second finger below, at the upper left corner of the card. As the card is taken, the right 2nd, 3rd and 4th fingers curl into the palm. This aids in getting the card taken, into the position shown in Figure 74,

Figure 73

4. For each succeeding card to be taken off the top the left thumb merely moves the top card over very slightly as shown in Figure 72. When the bottom card is taken instead then of course, the left thumb simultaneously can pull it back or merely leave it as is. Because the top card has not been moved over noticeably, it is not really essential to bother bringing it back.

5. The dealing action is that of the right thumb sweeping across the top card in order to take it. This sweeping action later adds to the illusion of having taken the top card when in reality the bottom one is dealt.

The Moveable Thumb

Probably the first recorded source of the principle of the Moveable Thumb is that in Walter Scott's manuscript Phantom of the Card Table. There it is applied to the Second Deal and here the application is to the Deep Bottom Deal.

1. Hold the pack exactly as for the Deep Bottom Deal except that the left thumb is at the upper end of the deck as shown in Figure 75. The top card remains stationary at all times, it is not moved.

2. The right hand action is identical to the Deep Bottom Deal except, as the right hand comes over to take the top card, the left thumb moves downward, as indicated by the arrow in Figure 75, until it reaches the position already shown in Figure 72. This enables the right hand to get into position, Figure 73, for either the top or bottom deal.

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3. When the right hand has taken its card the left thumb moves back to the position shown in Figure 75. By continuing this back and forth action of the left thumb you give the illusion of dealing a card even though the top card is never moved.

The Clip Bottom Deal

The following Clip idea came about in 1946 while trying a move called the Turnover Switch from Neal Elias' booklet At the Table. As a matter of fact, when I first did this for Neal Elias and

THE CLIP BOTTOM DEAL

Bert Fenn on the streets of Colon, Michigan, they saw no difference between this and what Elias already had in his book and actually there was none except for one little detail; The Clip, which made for an easy release of the bottom card.

First will come a description of the original method of setting the card into the Clip, then the refinements.

1. The deck is held in the left hand face down. Card to be clipped into position is on top of the deck.

2. The first card is counted off face down into right hand so that the upper right corner of the card comes directly over the third joint of the forefinger. The right thumb tip is also at this corner pressing down on the card to keep it in place as shown in Figure 76.

3. As the right hand moves towards the pack to take the next card, the right forefinger moves over onto the card's upper right corner, clipping the it between the first and second fingers near the base of the palm. The right thumb keeps pressing down on the card to keep its position while the right forefinger can change its position in order to Clip the card as in Figure 77.

4. The next card is taken onto the first one and, of course, now covers the fact that the card is clipped. As a matter of fact, the situation would now appear again as in Figure 76.

5. Steps 1 through 4 are the original method of getting into the Clip during a counting process and will be referred to as the First Clip Method. The 2nd method is a great improvement, not only in technique but in flexibility of application.

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