The Spade Multiple Shift

1. Hold deck face down in the left hand as per Figure 1, which will be in most cases the standard starting position. The left thumb sort of bevels left side of the deck.

Figure 1

2. Assuming the four Aces are on top of the deck, the right forefinger lifts up the top card as shown in Figure 2.

Figure 2

Note that the right thumb is on the back of the deck at about the center, The other three right fingers are left free until the top card is lifted suffi ciently for the right 1st and 2nd fingertips to move in and nip the front end of the card while the thumb presses on the back. Thus two fingers are on the face of the card and the thumb on the back.

3. The left thumb at the side of the deck, pulls down, does not riffle, about six cards at the bottom of the deck thus creating an opening into which the Ace is inserted as in Figure 3. The left forefinger remains extended, it does not curl under the deck during the opening of left side of cards.

Figure 3

4. The next Ace is picked off the top of the deck, as per Figure 2, as the left thumb again breaks the left side of the deck but this time about six cards above the first Ace already inserted. Thus the Aces are inserted more towards the bottom of the deck approximately six cards apart. They project outwards for about a third of their length from the deck. Figure 4 shows not only the distance they project from the deck but also how they lie nearer the bottom of the pack.

Figure 4 also shows how the right hand has come over across the deck as if to push in the Aces. However, nothing as yet, is happening. Note the Square back end of the deck at this point.

5. At Figure 4 the deck is at the fingertips of the left hand with the 1 st finger curled under the deck, thumb at the left side about center and 2nd, 3rd, 4th fingers on the right side of the deck. The right hand is above the deck with its 1st finger curled on top, thumb at the back end and 2nd, 3rd, 4th fingers at the front end.

Figure 4

6. Actually, the performer is looking down on top of the deck so to him the deck would appear as in Figure 5 from above.

7. Now the left fingers and thumb move the deck back against the right thumb which at the same time presses forward thus causing the deck, at the back end, to bevel as shown in Figure 6, a side view.

8. Once the deck is beveled, the right hand moves to the lower end of the deck to take a position similar to that of the left hand at the top of the pack.

In other words, the right 1st finger is curled on top of the deck, near the bottom end, the thumb is on the left side, and the right 2nd and 3rd fingers are at right side of the deck, also at the lower end. However, the right 4th finger is under the lower end of the deck. Study Figure 7 for this position of both hands.

Figure 6

9. The right hand retains its finger positions while the left hand forefinger moves over to the top of the projecting Aces as in Figure 8.

Figure 7

10. The left forefinger now apparently pushes the Aces flush with the deck as in Figure 9. The real situation is shown in Figure 10 where you will note that the Aces still protrude at the front due to the bevel. This, of course, is the side view while the picture offered to the audience is that in Figure 9.

11. At this point, the left thumb and 2nd finger move up to cover the jogged Aces from the sides. Next, the right hand seems to square the ends of the

deck by running its thumb and fingers over the deck as shown in Figure 11.

12. The right hand, after the end squaring action, returns to the position already shown in Figure 10 and then bends the sides of the deck in another apparent squaring action. Also at this stage the left thumb and 2nd finger get a firm grip on the projecting Aces as well as a few of the cards in front of the Aces.

13. The right fingers now start to remove the lower portion of the deck, minus the Aces, as seen in Figure 12.


Figure 11

This pulling of the lower packet or half is done only enough to clear the left thumb as in Figure 12; however, the actual cutting action is done by moving the lower half towards the performer. Figure 13 shows this cutting action from the spectator's view. Continue the action of Figure 13 until the lower packet clears the top portion.

14. At this stage, when the packets are clear of each other and Aces are at bottom of left hand portion, you have two alternative handlings.

One; you can hold onto the left hand half as it is and merely place the right hand portion on top of it. Two; you can let the portion from the left hand fall into the left palm and then toss the right hand portion on top.

If you use procedure One, you can again square the sides and ends of the deck as the cards remain at the tips of the fingers thus making this almost a natural follow up. If you use procedure Two, then you merely joggle the deck into dealing position, the actions showing an obvious lack of control over the cards or rather Aces. Don't forget, if you want Aces on top start with deck face up. If you want them on bottom start with deck face down.

Figure 13

Now here are a couple of variations in the handling of the Bevel Control.

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