Third Method

After Hours Magic: A Book of Al Thatcher Card Magic

Encyclopedia of Card Tricks

Get Instant Access

This makes use of the Second Palm Position.

1. In this case execute all the mechanics of the Deliberate Side Steal until you reach the point where the card is angled and its lower left corner and upper right corner are felt by the tip of the right thumb and the right fourth fingertip.

2. At the above stage you may still be squaring the sides of the deck with the left fingers and thumb. After the squaring action move the deck into the position shown in Figure 2.

Now the right hand turns slightly counter clockwise, holding the card's corners by the thumb and fourth finger until it is as shown in Figure 57 which shows the card partly moved out of the deck already.

3. The right hand moves slightly to the right bringing the gripped card along as in Figure 57. Next the right hand moves left to palm the card as follows. The right thumb releases its grip on its corner of the card. The right hand moving to the left forces the card's right side further against the palm. The right thumb then regrips its corner at the first crease of the thumb. At this point the card is in the actual Second Palm Position.

4. The card is brought to the bottom by moving the right hand to the right again until the card is clear of the deck, then back to the left as the card is slipped under the deck until the position shown in Figure 54 is reached. From here the usual Two Hand Square Up gets the card flush on the bottom of the deck.

Fourth Method:

This method makes use of the Third Palm Position. Again assume you have the required break on the peeked card,

1. Hold the deck as in Figure 2 but with the right forefinger curled on top of the deck.

2. The left fingers swing down the lower portion of the deck enabling the left third finger to push out the selected card at an angle as the upper right corner hits right fourth fingertip. The continued pushing by the left third finger angles the rest of the card, after which the left second finger also comes into play. This pushes the card not only forward but backward for a short distance so that the card moves out of the deck in the position shown in Figure 58 where the right hand has been omitted for clarity.

Figure 58

3. Once the card is in position shown in Figure 58 the right thumb comes down against the inner left side of the projecting card. The card will then be in the Third Palm Position.

4. With the card in the Third Palm Position the right hand moves away from the deck. The right forefinger can remain curled until the palmed card clears the deck.

5. The right hand moves back to load the card under the deck as already detailed except in this case, due to the rear position of the card, the squaring of the card flush with the deck is somewhat different to be effective.

6. The left fingers have been extended in order to permit passage of the palmed card to the bottom. Now with the card partly under the deck the left forefinger curls in under the deck so that its outer knuckle rests beneath the upper left corner of the palmed card.

7. The left hand now moves into a Square Up Position. As the left forefinger moves it comes forwards, and carries the bottom card against it forward and eventually flush with the pack as the squaring movement is continued.

Fifth Method:

This makes use of the Fourth Palm Position or the Mario Palm Position.

1. The pack is held as in Figure 2 except that the right forefinger is curled on top of the deck.

2. The left fingers swing down the packet below the break and the left third finger moves the card to the right. The left second and third fingers then push the card inwards until the card arrives in the position shown in Figure 59 which is a bottom view with left hand omitted. Note that the card's inner right edge is resting near the center of the palm at the wrist

Figure 59

3. The right thumb comes down onto the card's left side at its center, placing it in the Mario Palm Position as shown in Figure 60 which is a left side view.

Figure 60

4. With card in position of Figure 60 the right hand moves the deck back and forth as the left hand goes through a squaring action of the sides of the deck. The deck is then replaced in the left hand as before or as in Figure 2.

5. The right hand forefinger can remain curled or straightened out during the next actions.

The right hand moves to the right until the card is clear of the deck, then moves back to load the card under the deck. At the same time the left forefinger curls under the deck and onto the outer left corner of the card being loaded underneath.

The position of the plus the left forefinger position on the card is shown in Figure 61 just before the Square-Up.

6. The left forefinger now moves forward carrying the bottom card with it until the upper right corner of this card hits the right fourth fingertip. At this point the situation is as in Figure 62.

Figure 62

7. The continued forward movement of the left forefinger will cause the card to swing into position, using the right fourth fingertip as a pivot, flush onto the bottom of the deck.

Of course, immediately both hands go into a square up action. As a matter of fact, the placement of the palmed card to the bottom is almost simultaneous with the square up.

Sixth Method:

This method makes use of the Mario Palm Position again but the method of getting into it differs. As a matter of fact, this particular technique enables one to steal two or more cards from different parts of the pack, and bring them to the bottom or top as desired.

1. Assuming you have a break on the

Peeked card, the deck is held as in igure 2 except the right first finger is curled on top of the deck.

2. Next the left fourth finger angles the card as in Figure 3 so that now the corners of the angled card will be felt by right thumb and right fourth finger.

3. Keeping pressure on the corner felt by the right thumb, the left second and third fingers press inwards on the right side of the angled card thus forcing the upper left corner of the card against the left thumb tip which in turn presses the ball of the left thumb against this protruding corner. This protruding corner against the left thumb tip is further maintained by pressure against the right side of the card by the left second finger which at this point is near the upper right corner of the deck,

Figure 63

4. The left hand remains stationary while the right hand moves the deck forward. The left thumb and left second finger retain their pressure so that as deck is moved forward the card itself is made to remain in the same position thus ending up at rear of deck as the pack is moved forward.

Figure 63 shows the pack's condition at this point with the pack still in the process of being moved forward.

Was this article helpful?

0 0
Fundamentals of Magick

Fundamentals of Magick

Magick is the art and practice of moving natural energies to effect needed or wanted change. Magick is natural, there is absolutely nothing supernatural about it. What is taught here are various techniques of magick for beginners. Magick is natural and simple and the techniques to develop abilities should be simple and natural as well. What is taught on this site is not only the basics of magick, but the basics of many things.

Get My Free Ebook

Post a comment