The S F Grip

The following are some deals, Second and Bottoms, using a grip I call the S.F. Grip because it originally appeared in Maskelyne's book called Sharpes and Flats. First of all there is the S.F. Grip and my modification of the grip.

For the actual S. F. Grip the deck is held as shown in Figure 133 with all four fingers at the lower end of the deck. The left 4th fingertip presses in on the side of the lower right corner.

Figure 133

The inner side of the lower left corner is pressing in against the crotch of the left thumb. Actually, these are the two grip points. The left 1st, 2nd and 3rd fingers are merely alongside to act as a support but very little of them is used to actually grip the pack.

The Modified S. F. Grip is shown in Figure 134 where the pressure or grip points are between the left second fin-

¥er tip and crotch of the left thumb. he left fourth finger does nothing and the pack is held higher up in the hand.

Figure 134

Figure 134

In doing the various deals some may find one grip more efficient for themselves than the other; however, I shall describe each deal with the particular grip I found best for myself, then let the student decide for himself which is the better in his particular case.

The S. F. Bottom Deal

This particular bottom deal was first explained in Maskelyne's Sharps and Flats. In his description of the deal you were instructed to take the cards off at the upper right corner. I found the following technique not only easier but affording greater cover for the bottom deal.

1. Hold the deck in the S.F. Grip as per Figure 133.

2. The right hand moves across the front end of the deck until the the right thumb ends up on the top card at its upper left corner. The tip of the right forefinger touches the corner of the deck while the right second fingertip touches the bottom card at the upper left corner. The situation is as shown in Figure 135 just before the deal.

3. With the right fingers in the position shown in Figure 135 you can take either the top card or bottom card.

4. To take the top card merely pull it forward with the right thumb until the right forefinger can also grasp it. Thus the card is taken, between the right thumb and forefinger, then dealt straight out of the deck. It is then either dealt face down or face up onto the table.

Figure 135

5. To take the bottom card, the right second fingertip moves the bottom card slightly to the left. This is shown in Figure 136. This action insures a single bottom card coming out cleanly and easily.

6. Note that in Figure 136 the right thumb is not touching the top of the deck. This is correct as actually when the right hand moves in front of the deck, the right second finger immediately starts out the bottom card. Thus the right thumb, while it is above the deck, does not actually touch the top card but merely bypasses it to fall onto the exposed bottom card.

7. The bottom card is carried forward and dealt face down or face up onto the table. The face up deal is the more deceptive but care must be taken not to start turning the card until it is clear of the deck.

8. Because of the right hand's position obviously the deal is most deceptive from directly in front; however, in dealing cards face down onto the table, if each card is brought down sharply to the table, the dealing of the bottom card is most deceptive even when looking at it from the top. As a matter of fact, all deals, be they bottoms, seconds or centers, are more deceptive if the card is brought straight down to the table rather than out from the pack and then to the table. This applies especially to Bottom Dealing cards face down to yourself.

The S. F. Second Deals

Actually there are no such deals in Sharps and Flats but these originations may be found interesting.

First Method:

1. Hold the deck in the S.F. Grip with the ball of the left thumb at the center of the top card.

2. Bring the right hand over in front of the deck, just as for the Bottom Deal, with the right thumb at the upper left corner.

3. With the front end of the deck thus covered, the left thumb arcs the top card over to the right. This exposes the second card to the touch of the right thumb, which presses down on it sufficiently to get it started forward and over the end of the deck.

4. When the second card is sufficiently forward, the right forefinger can nip it from below. Thus the card is taken between the right thumb on top and the 1st finger below as shown in Figure 137 where the second deal is in action.

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