The One Hand Center Deal

1. Begin by having, say, four Aces at the bottom of the deck. Crimp the pack downwards for its length. The pack, looking at it from above, will be convex.

2. Place the deck on the table. Cut off half of it and place into the left hand. In taking the balance do so with the right fingers and thumb at the sides of [the deck with the forefinger curled on top. Press downwards with the right forefinger and at the same time pull upwards, with the right thumb and fingers, on the sides of the deck causing it to be crimped, now concave for its length.

This action of crimping is accomplished at the time the packet is taken from the table and placed on top of the cards already in the left hand.

3. If you hold the deck on its side you will find there is a definite division at the sides of the deck between the halves. This separation marks off the position of the Aces which are the bottom cards of the upper half.

4. Hold the pack loosely and you can deal the top card, D'Amico style, yet the division at the center will be maintained. Anytime at all, during the deal, your left thumb can dig into the separation and execute a Center Deal.

5. The left thumb moves to the side of the deck and lifts up the top portion at the separation formed by the two opposite crimps. The Figure 125 shows left thumb separating the deck at this division.

6. The left thumb moves in quickly and, pressing forwards, on the center card, causes the card to pivot against the left forefinger and out of the deck. The Figure 126 shows the inside exposed view of the Center Deal.

7. Continuing the action, the card will flip out from the center to end face up on the deck as already shown in the Top Card Deal. The timing for this is the same as for the Bottom Deal. The Center Deal is made while right hand is calling attention to its card.

As in the other deals, any wrist action you apply will aid greatly in the visual deception. The best wrist action is

Figure 125

Figure 125

inwards toward the body and then outwards as the deal is made. However, no hard set rule can be laid down as each individual's timing and coordination differs.

Mario One Hand Second

I have used this Second Deal on and off since 1945 having created it one evening, in the company of Bob Nelson of Chicago, while discussing D'Amico's One Hand Second. This deal needs more cover than D'Amico's but will be found a lot easier especially since there is not any difficult get-ready.

1. Hold the deck in the Mechanic's Grip with the side of the left thumb at the upper left corner while the left forefinger is held at position 1, in front of the upper right corner of the deck.

2. With the left thumb pull the top card over to the left until the card rides on the upper left corner of deck and is then forced to tilt upwards off the pack as shown in Figure 127.

3. The right hand now comes over to take the top card, fingers on top, thumb below; as shown in Figure 128. You will note how the right hand also covers the front end of the deck which will be important later. The right hand deals the top card face up to the table.

4. Each fair card is taken as explained in Steps 2 and 3. When it is time to

Figure 129

deal a Second the right hand comes in front of the deck, before the top card is pulled upwards over corner of the deck, as shown in Figure 129.

5. Under cover of the right hand the following action takes place. The tip of left thumb presses downwards and inwards on the upper left corner of the top card. Now push the top card forward against the left fingers which do not give way but remain at the side of the deck. This causes the top card to buckle upwards as shown in Figure

130.

6. At Figure 130 a large portion of the left thumb will be in contact with the second card as well as keeping the top card buckled.

7. Press down with left thumb on the second card at the same time moving the left thumb back to the left. This results in the buckled card straightening out and the second card being pulled out to the left as shown in Figure 131.

8. The left 3rd and 4th fingertips press

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