The Tabled Center Deal

From the above title the whole thing may sound like an impossibility but in fact, as a Center Deal, it can be said to have a lot more cover for its basic mechanics than some of those center deals attempted in the hands.

1. The cards, to be eventually dealt from the center, are on top of the deck. Assume these cards are the four Aces.

2. Having kept the four Aces on top of the deck during a shuffle give the pack an upward bend for its whole length. Place the pack in front of yourself, lengthwise, then undercut about 15 to 20 cards, no more, from the bottom of the deck.

3. In placing the bottom portion on top be sure that the left 3rd finger, which is at the front left side of the deck, obtains a minute break between the two portions. The left forefinger can press down on top of the deck to close up any visible break from the front.

4. The position of the left fingers, on the tabled deck, is similar to that shown in Figure 159 of the Tabled Second Deal, repeated here, but with these exceptions.

The left 3rd fingertip is holding a break at the front left end of the deck. The left second finger is alongside the third finger and later plays an important part. The left forefinger is on top of the deck in readiness to pivot the top card forward.

5. The left forefinger pivots the top card as already shown in Figure 160 and the right hand comes in front of deck to take it as shown in Figure 158.

6. When a Center Deal is required the left second finger goes into action.

As the right hand comes in front of the deck the left second finger pulls or buckles back all the cards above the break similar to that shown in Figure 161, where the first finger is being used. This enables the tip of the left second finger to contact the top card of the lower half to pivot it out of the deck in a manner similar to that shown in Figure 162.

Figure 162

7. As the left second finger pivots the center card naturally the top half of the deck automatically resumes its normal position with the left third finger regaining and retaining the break.

8. Continue dealing the top card until another Center Deal is required when the actions described in Step 6 are repeated.

9. In the majority of Center Deals if you will think of them as glamorized Bottom Deals, then a large mental block will have been removed making mastery of them much easier. In the case of the Tabled Center Deal just think of it as a glamorized Tabled Second Deal - if you can master either one, the other becomes simpler.

MARLO CENTER DEAL

The most common fault in Center Dealing, especially in the preceding methods, is in stopping the movement of the left thumb at the time of the Center Deal.

The correct procedure to practice is to push over the top card in the same way as when about to deal it. As the center card is dealt the left thumb pulls the top card back flush with the deck.

Sometimes it may be preferable to merely move the left thumb without pushing over the top card, as the Center Deal is made. This will give greater control of the upper portion during the false deal. In either case the whole idea is to give the impression that the thumb has pushed over a card whether it actually has done so or not.

May I mention that by using the Erdnase Grip for the Center Deal, and easing the center card out at the upper right corner, it is possible to do a Center Double Deal. That is, taking the top card and center card together as one to be dealt into a hand.

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