The Stripout Shift

3. The left thumb now moves to the left inner corner of the deck, and its tip moves in under the Aces to press upwards on them. At the same time the curled left 1st finger moves back towards the inner left corner and presses downwards on top of deck. Thus the Aces are locked, for the moment, between the pressure of the left thumb under the Aces and the back or nail of the left 1st finger pressing on top of deck at this corner.

4. The bottom section of cards, just below the jogged Aces, is now moved inwards by the right 2nd finger thus making this bottom section swing into line with the angled Aces. This is shown in Figure 68 which is a bottom view of what takes place.

This moving of the bottom block is difficult to explain but once tried you will get the idea. Actually, the right thumb also aids, in moving the block, by pulling inwards and to the right at the same time that right 2nd finger is pushing inwards and to the left.

5. Once the bottom block is in line with the Angled Aces the left thumb moves between the two corners on the inner left as in Figure 69 which again is a diagram showing finger and thumb positions of both hands as seen from above. The left thumb presses inwards and to the right on the angled cards, causing them to move to the right. The straightening of the cards is as seen in Figure 70 which is a view of the pack's condition from the performer's side.

6. Once the cards are as in Figure 70 it is a simple matter to do the Swing Cut, as per Figure 16, then place the right hand portion on top of left to thus have the Aces on top of the pack.

Figure 70

7. To get the Aces to the bottom of the deck, using apparently the same action, proceed in the manner just described to get to Strip Out condition as in Figure 67. At this stage the left thumb presses down on the inner left corner of the angled Aces. This leaves the portion of cards, above the Aces, free to be moved by the right thumb.

The right thumb merely pulls on the inner right corner of the top cards, above the Aces, causing this section to swing over in line with the angled Aces. The line picture, Figure 71, shows the thumb positions as well as the arrowed direction of each action. The other finger positions have been omitted for clarity but they will be similar to Figure 69 at this stage.

8. The squaring action is now made resulting in the cards being as in Figure 72 which again is a view from the performer's side.

Figure 71

Figure 72

the actual Push-Thru mechanics. The two thumbs are close together at the right inner corner. This is so the diagonal movement at the left end is not hindered during the Push-Thru. Both 1st fingers are curled on top of the deck.

Figure 72

9. With the cards as in Figure 72, do the Swing Cut as per Figure 16 being sure to place the right hand portion beneath that of the left thus bringing the Aces to the bottom of the deck in a single cut.

The Push-Thru Shift

1. This shift is based on a Push-Thru technique I devised many years ago but it was first recorded by Milt Kort in 1946 to whom I taught the method. Of course you can use any particular method you prefer.

Begin by ribbon spreading the cards towards you. Insert the Aces into the spread as shown in Figure 73. Gather the spread by placing both thumbs at the inner end of the spread (Figure 73), then move both hands forward. This closes the spread neatly enough so that Aces still remain jogged. Immediately both hands come over the deck as in Figure 74 This is the starting position of the Push-Thru.

2. The Figure 75 shows the positions of the fingers during the Push-Thru. Note that the little fingers of both hands do

Figure 73

3. Once the Aces have been pushed through they are not squared but instead the fingers of both hands change position so that the cards are now gripped by the 2nd and 3rd fingers, at the front corners of the deck, and the thumbs at the back corners of the deck. The 1st fingers of both hands are curled on top of the deck and the 4 th fingers lie idly at each end.

THE PUSH-THRU SHIFT

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