Two Strike Methods

Figure 28

either in the High Grip, Mechanic's Grip or the Master Grip. Experiment with each grip till you feel which gives the best results. In the description that follows the Mechanic's Grip as pictured in Figure 27 is used.

2. The top card of the deck is arced over slightly. The right hand, with thumb and forefinger extended, the other three fingers curled in towards the palm, advances to take the top card. The right thumb comes at a point between the left forefinger and thumb. The tip of the right forefinger touches the back of the left forefinger. The right second fingertip is touching the upper right corner of the top card from below. Right second fingernail is against the corner of the deck while the right 3rd and 4th fingers are slightly further back as they follow their natural curvature in towards the palm. The starting position is shown in Figure 29

3. The top card is now easily taken by holding onto it between the right thumb and right second finger as it is dealt. This card will actually be pinched between the underside of the right thumb at its knuckle and the top side of the right second finger at its tip. The right first finger takes its place on the outer edge of the card as the taking of the card is completed.

This identical action is later repeated when taking the second card.

4. When it is required to take the second card the right thumb again goes between the left thumb and forefinger; however, this time the lower half of the right thumb is placed above the top card and directly onto the second card as shown in Figure 30. All the other fingers of the right hand are in the identical position as when taking the top card.

Figure 30

5. Pressing downward with the right thumb, the second card is moved slightly outward as the right hand moves to the right and slightly forward as shown in Figure 31.

Figure 30

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Figure 32

7. The right hand continues its dealing action of taking the card forward and to the right as shown in Figure 33 where the top card has already been pulled back, flush with the deck, by the left thumb.

Figure 33

8. Once the 2nd card is clear of the deck, the right 3rd and 4th fingers start to Sail it towards the table as shown in Figure 34 which is the start of the Sail action.

9. The "brief has been exaggerated in all the drawings in order to show the action. Actually, a very fine brief is possible with nothing but the white showing in a white border deck, during the deal.

Figure

6. As soon as the second card has been started out far enough the right second finger pinches it against the right thumb. This action is shown from below in Figure 32.

Figure 34

10. While the above Second Deal and the one to follow are fairly standard, note that the second card, in each case, is not taken by the right first finger and thumb but between the right second finger and thumb.

Second Method:

1. Change the position of the left forefinger so that the deck is held as in Figure 28, repeated here, with all four left fingers at the side of the deck.

Figure 28

2. Again, any one of the three Corner Grips, High, Mechanic or Master, can be used but for this description the Mechanic's Grip will be used. Naturally the bevel of the deck can also be retained using any of the three Grips.

3. The left thumb arcs over the top card only slightly. The right hand comes over and places the side of its

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