To The Top Shift

4. Once the Aces are towards the rear of the deck, as per Figure 105, the right hand lowers the deck into the left hand so that the jogged corners of the Aces come in at about the left thumb crotch. The approximate position of the deck is seen in Figure 106 with the right hand omitted. You will know if you have the correct position when you try the next moves. Note that the left thumb is along the left side of the deck. The deck is also forward in the hand more than usual.

Figure 106

5. With deck as in Figure 106 the right hand can either move away from the left hand and come back later or it can remain above the deck right along. Assuming the right hand is above the deck, the right hand simulates an end squaring action. This results in the right thumb being able to move to the right side of the Aces as in Figure 107 which is the operator's view. From the front the view is amply covered by attention to angles and properly tilting the deck upwards.

Figure 107

6. The right fingers at the front of the deck now move lightly across the front end, as if squaring again, while the right thumb at the back end pivots the Aces to the left as in Figure 108, The pivoting action is continued until the Aces come clear of the deck as in Figure 109.

Figure 108

At this stage the Aces will be trapped between the crease in the left palm and the right thumb. The left fingers at the same time pull on the right side of the deck causing it to move in against the left palm. This not only aids in freeing the Aces but also enables the right thumb to swing the Aces back and onto the top of the deck as in Figure 110.

Figure 110
Figure 112

The above sleight can be used on a block of Aces inserted together and as a matter of fact, it is much easier this way then when they are separated. It also can be used from a peek to control a selection to the top and in this way makes for a very deceptive form of Side Steal to the top of the deck. It can also be used as a secret Card Add as follows;

Figure

Figure shows the spectator's view at this stage. Note how the back of left hand is practically towards spectator. This tilt action covers the Aces effectively until the left hand swings back into the position shown in Figure 112. Figure 112 is the performer's view, and shows the Aces going onto the top of the deck. The right thumb now moves back far enough to get at the back end of the Aces after which the right thumb moves the Aces forward, as in Figure 113, to eventually get the Aces flush on the top of the deck.

Figure

Secretly get a block of four cards injogged near the top of the deck, about ten cards or less including the Aces which are on top. Show the four Aces by first taking them off, in a fan, into the right hand. Replace each Ace separately to the top of the deck doing this so the Aces are more or less uneven. After the last Ace is shown, the right hand comes over the deck as if to square it. Instead the right thumb, at the back end, pivots the block of in-jogged cards to the right. This angles the block. The corners of this block, at its upper end, are taken over by the left

MARLO SLEEVE TECHNIQUE

thumb and left 3rd finger. From here do all the actions shown in Figure 105 to 113, when you will have secretly added four cards above the Aces. From here you are on your own.

Mario Sleeve Technique

This sleeving technique is, of course, the result of studying the one by Jerry Andrus from his book Andrus Deals You In. There are several advantages in my technique especially the fact that there is no movement of the left fingers during the action. It also uses most of the technique already explained in the Shift To The Top. It is done seated at the table.

I 1. Although you can have four cards inserted, a single card inserted or a block of cards inserted, for this particular case let us assume you have had a card peeked at and are holding the usual left 4th finger-tip flesh break. At this point the left 4th finger enters the break, presses upwards on the peeked card at its lower right corner thus making it angle out in a manner similar to that of A at Figure 48.

2. At the same time that the left 4th finger is angling the peeked card the left arm rests against the table and the forearm is moved to the left causing the left coat sleeve to billow out or open more on the right side of the left wrist.

3. The angled card is now taken over, at its upper corners, by the left thumb and third finger in order to execute the action of Figure 105 and bring the card to the rear of the deck as in Figure 106; however, the right hand remains above the deck and the action shown in Figure 107 is made next.

Now the card is pivoted to the left as in Figure 108, but this time the card is going into the sleeve as seen in Figure 114. This is practically automatic as the card moves into the opening of the sleeve immediately as the pivot to the left is made. Note also the V space made, near the lower right corner, between the card and the deck. This plays an important part.

■ Figure 114

4. The right hand can now move away to perhaps brush the table or just place something aside. When the right hand comes back to the left it does so by placing its right thumb into the V as in Figure 115. The right three fingers meantime go in front of deck and and right forefinger curls on top. With the momentum of the right hand moving to the left, the right thumb also is extended causing the card to be pushed up into the left sleeve as in Figure 116.

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5. The above action should appear only as if you came back to take the deck out of the left hand to place it on the table. If you do not wish to take your right hand away from the deck at any time, then the card is pushed up the sleeve while apparently squaring the deck. Matter of fact, done this way the right hand can almost conceal the card going up the sleeve as most attention, from the right, will be on the front of the deck or what is normally visible to the spectator.

Figure 116

If you are working behind a Bar you can use this approach very successfully as the line of vision of the spectators, that may be to the right of you, is not the same as if they were around a table on your right.

6. The actions of To The Top Shift can also be used while seated at a table or standing up; however, in order to sleeve the cards, while standing, means the preparation of the sleeve so it will remain billowed out on the right side of the wrist.

There are two fairly satisfactory procedures to use when away from a table. One is to place your left foot on a chair, if your host will permit it, thus getting a chance to place your left forearm on the left knee. This will give the same results as a table. If seated and away from a table the mere crossing of the left leg over the right and then resting the left forearm on the left thigh will enable you to sleeve the cards unde-tectably.

The Block Shift To The Top

While actually one card or several separated cards, such as four Aces, can be brought to the top I will describe the action required for a block of cards inserted as a unit into the center of the deck. Later I will describe the special differences to bring separated cards to the top. An entirely new and fast jogging action is introduced. This sleight can be done either standing up or at a table.

Assume you are using four Aces as the block of cards. The deck is in the left hand with four Aces on top. The left thumb shoves over the top four cards in a spread. The right hand comes over to square these cards against the deck as the left 4th finger goes below the Aces. This enables the right hand to come over the deck, from above, to take the squared block of Aces with the right 2nd, 3rd and 4th fingers at the front end, right 1st finger curled on top of the packet and the right thumb at the back end. The block of Aces is lifted off the deck and then the right 1 st and 4th fingers straddle the sides of these cards. This enables the right thumb to move away from the back end and move onto the back of the block.

Meantime the left hand has curled the left 1st finger under the deck and the left thumb has pulled down the upper left corner of the deck, at about the center, to create an opening into which the Aces are inserted. This action and the straddling of the cards, by right hand, as they are inserted is shown in Figure 117.

2. Having inserted the block of Aces the right hand comes over the deck as if to push in the block. Actually the block is pushed in but only up to the point where the tip of the left thumb meets the tip of the right 1st finger. All four

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