The Moveable

1. As can be inferred from the title the object is to square the deck on all sides and ends, yet keep control of certain desirable cards.

2. For the time being insert the four Aces so they lie more in the center portion of the deck and are still projecting, for about an inch, from the front end of deck.

3. The left forefinger now curls under the deck and the pack is held, at the upper ends, between the left thumb and 2nd finger while the left 3rd and 4th fingers lie idly along side of the pack.

The right hand comes over to apparently push the Aces flush into the deck as in Figure 36. Actually, the right fingers

do push the cards in for a little distance, until about a quarter inch of cards is left projecting.

Then only the right second finger pushes on the upper left corner of the Aces, thus causing the Aces to jog as in Figure 37 which shows the condition of the cards with the right hand removed.

Figure 38 shows the deck with right hand apparently having pushed the cards flush. Note that the right forefinger is curled on top of the deck during the pushing in of the Aces.

Figure 37

Figure 37

4, The left thumb is run along the left side of the deck to help push in any projecting corners of the Aces, that may show at the upper left corner of the deck. Next, the right hand holds onto the deck and turns to bring the thumb upwards. Figure 39 shows the performer's view of the cards at this stage.

Note the edges of the angle jogged Aces are facing you. Also, the turn is made using the left forefinger, curled under the deck, as the pivot point. The left hand also turns at the same time thus its thumb is facing performer as in Figure 39. Here, the left thumb has purposely been kept out of the way to show the edges of the angle jogged Aces at this stage.

5, The right forefinger, which up to this time has been curled on top of the deck, now moves so its tip is against the side of the deck, near the corner. Actually this corner of the deck is between the right forefinger on one side and the right 2nd finger on the other side. If the right hand were turned over the finger positions, plus the angled cards, would be as seen in Figure 40.

Figure 40

6. The left thumb is now placed directly onto the angled jogged Aces where they project from the right rear corner of the deck. Figure 41 shows the deck held as in Figure 39 with the left thumb pressing down on the corner of the aces.

The positions of the other left fingers are; the 1st finger still curled against the deck, and the 2nd, 3rd and 4th fin gers on the left side of the deck.

7. Pressing down, with the left thumb, on the angle-jogged cards will cause them not only to slide downwards but also to start breaking through at the corner occupied by the right 1st finger. At the same time that the left thumb starts pressing, on the corner of the angle jogged Aces, the left 1st finger moves to alongside the other fingers on the side of the deck.

Figure 41

If the right hand were removed from the deck you would see how the Aces are now breaking through the opposite side of the pack as in Figure 42; however, this is prevented by the right 1st finger, and will later be concealed by the right 2nd, 3rd and 4th fingers.

Figure 42

The right hand changes its position to hold the end of the deck. Sliding along the side of the deck, the right first finger eventually curls on top of the deck as the right 2nd, 3rd and 4th fingers take their place on the side of the deck as shown in Figure 43.

Here you will note the Aces have broken through, during the movement of the right hand. They will now be con-cealea and squeezed back, by the right fingers, to end up injogged as in Figure 44 where both hands now bend or squeeze the sides of the deck.

Figure 43

The condition in Figure 43 will not be seen by the performer as the end of the deck will still be towards him; however, the Figure 44 will be seen if performer decides to tip the deck so as to bring it back up, otherwise, if the deck remains end up this view will not be seen.

Figure 44 \

8. While the above 7 steps basically comprise the All Around Square Up, there are other refinements that enter into it depending on the type of Multiple Shift you intend to use.

As an example, with the Aces injogged, again as in Figure 44, you can not go into the Second Variation of the Spade Shift. On the other hand, suppose you wish to use the Double Undercut Shift. In this case you would have to get the Aces angled again.

To do this the right hand holds onto its end of the deck so that the left hand can position its fingers as follows: The 1st finger curled under the deck, left thumb on the left side near the upper corner, left 2nd finger on the right side of the deck, also near the upper corner. The left 3rd and 4th fingers lie idly along on the right side of the deck.

The right hand is now free to come over the deck from above. The right 1st finger is curled on top of the deck and the right 2nd, 3rd and 4th fingers at the front end. The right thumb now does a special action. Its tip is placed against the jogged Aces, at the lower left corner, the thumb pulls on the Aces moving them, angle wise, to the right as in Figure 45. Now by pressing straight in with the right thumb the Aces will again be Angle Jogged and you can go into the Double Undercut Shift.

Figure 45

Figure 45

9. There are other finesses for getting the Aces into various jogged positions. As a further example, suppose you wish the Aces to be side-jogged. To do this, from the above angle-jog, the left forefinger curls around the upper right corner of the Aces and by moving the Aces to the right the Aces will become side-jogged. The Figure 46 is an exposed view of the left 1st finger's action. Normally this is covered by the right fingers from above as well as the front.

10. To get the Aces back into an angled position all you need do is squeeze the outer ends of the deck, with the left thumb and 2nd finger, and the Aces will again be angled as before.

Figure 46

To get the Aces in a reverse angle position, from that of a side jog, the left thumb and 2nd finger squeeze the inner ends of the deck. To get the Aces injogged again, from the reverse angle, merely place the left 1st finger onto the upper right corners of the Aces. The left 1st finger goes between the Aces and the deck at this corner as seen in Figure 47 which normally would be covered by the right hand from above. Pushing the left 1st finger inwards will cause the reverse angled Aces to move downwards. Place right thumb at the left side of the deck, right 2nd, 3rd and 4th fingers on the right side, thus preventing Aces from breaking through on the lower left side. Instead the Aces are forced to go into the injog position, shown at F in Figure 48 as you press in with the left fingers and thumb on the side of the deck.

11. No matter what sort of convolutions you go through during Mario's All Around Square Up you will eventually have to arrive at one basic position from which you will eventually do the Multiple Shift. For this reason I will give the basic positions that the deck may have to be in, before doing any of the Multiple Shifts to be described, as well as each succeeding action. Later in describing any particular Shift I will refer you to the basic position the pack has to have before starting with the actual shift.

Figure 48

12. The composite Figure 48 shows all the various jog positions of the Aces. In A the cards have been apparently pushed in but, of course, secretly angled. At B the Aces are in-jogged after the All Around Square Up. At C the right thumb has pulled the injogged Aces to the right, then pushed them flush again, resulting in the Aces once more being angled. At D the Aces are side-jogged by the left 1st finger pulling the upper right corner of the Aces to the right thus straightening or side-jogging the Aces. At E the side-jogged Aces are squeezed, by the left thumb and 2nd finger, at the lower ends thus Reverse Angling the Aces. The F position, which is an injog condi tion again, is obtained by placing the left 1st finger onto the upper right corner of the reverse angled Aces. Study the composite Figure 48 and the above finger positions as reference will later be made to them.

Mario's Single Cut Shifts

As I have stated I always had a preference for a Multiple Shift that used only one cut to control the cards. My reasoning is that the less done to the cards in the way of cutting or shuffling the more effective the end result, as far as a Multiple Shift is concerned. The following methods, obviously inspired by the Elias Double Undercut Shift, you will find has several fine advantages. Among these is the fact that the cards or Aces to be controlled can be brought to either top or bottom of the deck, yet the pack is handled face down and apparently in the same manner for either condition desired. The introduction of the Thumb Hook is a great aid in the executing of the initial strip out or cut of the pack.

Single Cut Side Shift

1. Having inserted the four Aces and then perhaps going through all the actions of the All Around Square Up, eventually get the Aces into a side-jogged position as in D of Figure 48.

2. The left 2nd and 3rd fingers now press down on the side-jogged Aces as in Figure 49 which locks the Aces into place and at the same time lets the portion of deck, above the Aces, lift slightly as seen in Figure 49. Of course, this operation is normally concealed by the right hand from above, but here it has been omitted for clarity.

3. The right hand moves the cards, above the Aces, to the right, directly in line with the side-jogged Aces. This is shown in Figure 50 which is an end view diagram of the existing condition of the cards at this stage. The hands have been omitted for a clearer picture of the situation.

4. The left thumb now Hooks around the upper left corner of the under section and pulls these cards diagonally to the left. This use of the Thumb Hook insures no binding of the cards in the initial stages of the cut.

Figure 50

The right thumb and 3rd finger are pressing on the ends of the side jogged Aces, as well as the cards that are above the Aces, holding these cards back during the time the left thumb is hooking the lower section to the left. This action is seen in Figure 51.

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