The Inward Deal

1. Hold the pack exactly as shown in Figure 64.

2. This time do not buckle the packet but hold it rather loosely as the left thumb shoves over all the cards except the bottom one which is kept back by the base of the left forefinger. The left thumb has been moved aside as seen in Figure 69 to show the bottom card's position which is normally covered by . eft thumb. For this action, the Block Push Over, the left fingers must move out slightly in order not to buckle the packet as in the Outward Deal.

3. The left thumb presses down on the single bottom card at the same time rolling on its left side to engage the gacket of cards above the bottom one. aise the left thumb so that the packet is raised while the bottom card remains in the left palm. You will note that during the raising of the packet the major grip is by the left thumb on the left corner at the side and the left 3rd and 4th fingers on the right side. These fingers act as a pivot point during the Block Push Over and the eventual raising of the packet to a position shown in Figure 70 which is a back view.

Figure 69

Figure 69

Figure 70

4. The dealing action now is not forward but rather to the rear. To deal a bottom, turn the hand inward, entirely in a wrist action, at the same time letting the separated card fall out the back end as in Figure 71 to end up face down in front of you.

5. The left hand, once the bottom card is dealt, moves back naturally to your left on the table to its original starting position.

6. To deal the top card the left thumb, at the upper left corner, moves the top card, in an action similar to that of the Block Push Over, over onto the left fingertips. At this stage the top card's right side is resting on the left fingertips. The card is slightly above the rest of the cards and held in place by the left thumb.

Figure 71

7. Hold your left hand with the cards naturally to your left on the table. Now, in the same action as before, almost entirely with the wrist, twist your left hand inward towards yourself and deal the top card in front of you by merely releasing it with left thumb, the inward action doing the rest. This is the same action you simulate when dealing a Bottom card. Remember the Bottom Deal get-readv is made as the left hand turns inward to deal.

8. It is helpful in getting the bottom card out if, in the reverse action to the normal deal position, you literally jerk the hand and packet away from the separated bottom card. It should end up with its side to you in the normal position.

9. You can further strengthen the illusion if you hold your left hand well forward on the table as well as to your left. However, as the spectator is normally in front of you, the Inward Deal

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