Turn Down Palm

In the simple action of turning a card, face up and then face down, the top card or cards can be indetectably palmed.

1. The deck is held in the left hand with thumb on top and all four fingers at the right side of the pack.

2. The right forefinger lifts the lower right corner of the top cards. Once the card is lifted, the right first and second fingers run under its right side until they reach the center of the card. At this point, the right fingers drag the top card to the right over the left fingertips. The left thumb still presses lightly on top of the deck, until its top card's left side touches the left fingertips and comes clear of the left thumb.

The card is flipped face up on top of the deck, the left thumb moving out of the way to the left side of the deck. The right hand immediately comes over and squares the ends of the pack. This squaring action is to apparently insure the turned card being flush on the deck.

3. The left thumb moves back to the top of the deck. The right hand repeats the lifting and turning of the card. This time in turning the card face down, it is made to fall so that it is outjogged over the outer end of the pack as in Figure 15. The jog is exaggerated in the illustration, actually it is no more than a sixteenth of an inch and not more than the white border of the second card.

Figure 15

4. After the card has landed in the position shown in Figure 15, the right hand again comes over to apparently square the ends. While doing this the right four fingers press down on the outjoggedcard and lever the card up into the palm. The right hand immediately continues squaring the pack by running the fingers and thumb along the ends of the pack. The hand with the palmed card can now drop to the side or remain holding the pack.

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