The Dribble Replacement

In other words, with a card palmed in the right hand, either the standard or rear palm, the card can be easily replaced to the top as the right hand dribbles the cards onto the left hand, In other words, the palmed card is actually released as apparently part of or the last card of the dribbling action, This means both hands can now resquare the pack very cleanly.

Note 9:

The Side Steal can be used as apparently a method of control especially in those Side Steals wherein the selected card is brought to the bottom while so much of the top of the deck is in view, If you have done your Side Steal well the spectators imagine the card is still in the center of the deck.

This impression is strengthened by dribbling the cards onto the table, then squaring the cards up very fairly and letting them rest on the table while you turn attention to some other point.

After awhile you can pick up the pack and shuffle the selection to whatever position you desire. The whole idea is to convey that the selected card remains in the center and that apparently you have no control over it.

Later, the shuffling may lead them to suspect that you are now controlling the card. However, they will wonder how this is possible under the conditions you have led them to believe exist, i.e. that the selection is some


where in the deck apparently out of any possible control.

Those who do the Pass, then follow it immediately with a shuffle are not entirely wrong in the concept but their timing is way off. To show what we mean, suppose a magician does the Pass but he does it so well you haven't any idea he has done the move; therefore, in your mind the card is still somewhere in the center of the pack.

Now if he dribbles the cards onto the table, the idea of a break is now dispelled, a squaring action further dispels jogs of any kind, then add to this that you scrutinize the pack closely for crimps but find none. You are now wondering if perhaps the card is daubed or marked off by a key card but this is further dispelled when the magician later picks up the deck and shuffles it very casually without so much as looking at it. Yet later it is revealed say, at a chosen number.

Having missed spotting the initial Pass you will be worrying as to just what type of control that magician is using. In this way you 11 be led far afield of the real answer. This then is the approach you can use at times with the laymen. Remember not to use the shuffle approach in those effects whose real strength lies in the fact that the card is meant to remain in the center of the deck at all times as in the case of the Ambitious Card.

Here are some more important Notes: Regardless of which type of Side Steal you are doing, there must be an excuse for the right hand to come over the deck. This excuse is for the left hand to seemingly square the sides of the deck. Broken down into proper Steps:

1. The break is obtained on the peeked card.

2. The right hand comes over the deck from above to grasp it by the ends.

3. At the same time the left hand executes the action of getting the peeked card into the proper position for the steal to come.

4. Once the peeked card is positioned, the right hand grasps the deck as the left hand moves into a Square Up Position from below. The sides of the deck are apparently squared up.

5. The right forefinger can also be curled on top of the deck during the squaring of the sides of the deck.

6. The deck is lowered into proper position into the left hand.

7. The right forefinger either remains curled or straightens out, depending on the type and angle of Steal during the apparent squaring of the ends of the deck by the right hand.

8. The card comes clear of the deck during the squaring of the ends and is reloaded either to top or bottom of the deck or palmed out entirely depending on the situation or effect.

9. If the card is loaded to either top or bottom, the deck is brought up into a Two Hand Square Up Position which, of course, also aids in the subsequent reloading.

10. If the card is to be stolen out completely it is advisable to do the Two Hand Square Up just before moving away with the palmed card. In other words, the palmed card should be cleared of the deck first, then the Two Hand Square Up is made with the deck eventually taken by the right hand which places it on the table or, under certain conditions, returns it to the left hand.

In doing Side Steals, it is essential that the finger-nails be clipped. The tips of the fingers should extend beyond the nails. If the nails are too long it becomes difficult to angle out a card into the proper position for palming.

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