Special Techniques

The entire deck is used to jab and strike an opponent at close range in this exercise. With the right hand assume the familiar hitchhiker's posture, thumb extended and fingers curled in a loose fist. Place the deck into the hand so the fingers curl around the East side of the deck. Move the thumb down to the top of the deck and turn the wrist to the right so you are now looking at the back of your hand if your hand is large it may be impossible to see the cards from this position. This is a...

The Jay Grip

Card Throwing Grip

First we must assume that the card, like the divinatory arrow mentioned earlier, can express four directions. The four corners of the card will now be designated as Northeast, Southeast, Northwest and Southwest. Place the Northeast corner of the card into the fleshy part of the right index finger tip. The right second finger is placed under the card about one inch down from the index finger along the Eastern edge of the card. The right thumb is placed over the card in exactly the same position....

Self Defense for the Elderly

The abuses suffered by our senior citizens are now unfortunately commonplace though frequently reported they are rarely dealt with in an effective way. While it is not in this author's power to change a society which has allowed such things to evolve, it is in his power to at least suggest some effective deterrents to theft or personal injury. Cards are a particularly efficacious self-defense technique for the elderly because all old people play gin rummy. Consequently, cards are a familiar...

Special Cards

Although the author uses ordinary playing cards for self-defense he has been questioned frequently about the effectiveness of poisoned, steel or razor-bladed cards. He has Self-defense to protect against a would-be mugger and or rapist. Self-defense to protect against a would-be mugger and or rapist. kept abreast of these developments in the field but is reluctant to make any recommendation. There are, of course, certain advantages in the use of such products, but many difficulties may be...

Self Defense for Women

Although the basic techniques and practice exercises for men and women are the same, there are several advantages for women who become proficient in the use of cards as weapons. Protection from the potential rapist or mugger is an essential in this society and no matter how unpleasant or distasteful this subject may be, every woman would be wise to at least consider the possibilities of such an uninvited advance. In my women's classes at the Columbia School of Card Throwing, various attack...

Long Distance Practice

To throw a card long distances requires practice of a more direct and simple nature than the preceding accuracy drills. Distance throwing should proceed at the student's own rate and he should make sure he devotes at least one fifteen-minute time period to its mastery each day. Starting indoors, you should throw cards with all your might until you can hit the farthest walls in your house. You then should move outside. Notice how much more difficult the scaling becomes. It is a good practice to...

The Eleven Foot Shot

When I was just a tyke and card-in-the-hat and balkline billiards were big games, Ellis Stanyon was the Card-In-The-Hat champion of the British Isles. I was a cocky kid and not a bad hat man myself. I wangled a trip to England and set out to find the limey with the weird monicker. In those days, and things haven't changed much, the regulation hat pitch was ten feet. I found Stanyon's home court and cased it. Then I found Stanyon at the local pub and let him hustle me into a game. The old-timers...

Practice Techniques

Set up a large hatbox in the center of the room and sit in a chair about five feet away. Hold the cards in your left hand and feed them one at a time into the right hand as you begin to throw. It is best to toss the cards lightly over the box so they will float gently down inside. 58 This requires a subtle control which will be useful later in more difficult shots. Once the student is proficient at this drill he should move the chair so that it is ten feet away, and throw cards into the hat...

Loosening Up

Start with an old-fashioned finger pull. Commencing with your favorite finger, pull it back and forth several times gently at first and then with rigor. Repeat this process until all the fingers have been pulled. To loosen the wrist, arm and shoulder simultaneously, one must adopt the attitude of a young frigate bird. Begin by letting the arms hang limply by your sides. Start to slowly shake the arms, wrists and hands. Raise the arms out, perpendicular to the elbows and continue the shaking....

Fancy Throws and Catches

It is possible with the following technique to place the entire deck in one hand and launch single cards forward from the top of the pack in a continuous fashion. Cards may also be boomeranged in this fashion and made to return to the center of the pack. This is an excellent method invented by the late Audley Walsh and is adapted from the explanation in the Tarbell Course In Magic (Louis Tannen, New York, 1945). The deck is held in the right hand with the thumb and second joint of the second...

To catch a returning card in the deck

It looks pretty to catch a card at the fingertips but it is prettier still to see a card boomerang through the air and return to the center of a pack of cards. There are numerous methods of accomplishing this. 1. The easiest method is to boomerang a card with the right hand while holding the remainder of the deck palm up in front of you in the left. After the card leaves the right hand, the right hand grabs half of the pack from the left and remains poised three or four inches above the left...

The fay throwing technique with complete arm action

The entire throwing action is similar to that of scaling a Frisbee or saucer and the motion of the arm bending back at the elbow is like the swing of a pendulum. This back-and-forth action may be repeated a few times before the release of the card as a sort of warm-up exercise this is similar to practice-stroking before the shot in a game of billiards. 1. Resume the relaxed position in the chair. The chair will be familiar with you by this time and it too will be relaxed. 2. Hold the card in...

The Modern Playing Card Defense

It is with great pride that the author introduces this epochal system. We will start with a discussion of the four basic throwing techniques for self-defense. This throw is used for its distracting effect and it is not meant to cause harm or do bodily injury. Hold and throw the card as explained in the chapter on technique, releasing the card softly as you did in the practice throw. Should this card hit bare flesh it will cause only minor annoyance but will serve as a warning and let the enemy...

Medical Considerations

Long-distance throwing places a heavy strain on the arm, shoulder and elbow. Particular care must be taken to avoid injury or a condition known as tennis elbow is likely to occur. This phenomenon, called tenosynovitis by the knowledgeable, is also common to baseball pitchers. It occurs when there is an undue strain on the musculature in a specific area. The best defense against this discomfort and pain is warming up properly, and careful attention to one's daily practice habits. If this...

Consumers Guide to Mechanical Card Throwing

There are no doubt some people who despite every good intention, frequent practice, and careful attention to detail, are too dysfunctional to master the Jay method of self-defense. This poses a serious problem. Can we allow these unfortunates to be abused by the hostile rowdies who inhabit our streets, and those who break into our homes In all good conscience, we cannot. For such people there are mechanical aids which, with a minimum of practice, may give a person a means of conquering fear and...

Tilt of the Herons Neck Is Explained

Standing in the coastal shallows, its head and neck tilted at sharp ancle, the peat blue heron appears to be listening to the wind or merely listing for want of anything better to do with a neck so long. Actually, the pose is not Idle, and two Canadian zoologists now believe they have figured out the primary reason why herons and some other wading birds often tilt their necks while standing or walking slowly through the water. It is not simply a way of scanning the waters for fish, the...

Afterword 119

The death by suicide of a San Quentin inmate who blew himself to a netherworld with a bomb fashioned from a pack of cards. For those who doubt the seriousness of the subject or the tone of the tome. On a pleasant, breezy day a short while ago, a letter of great significance was received by the Secretary of Defense. The letter is reproduced on the following page. The plausibility of this idea and its importance to each and every citizen is the subject of this book. 37 RIVERSIDE...

Moving Targets

To hit a moving target requires considerably more skill than hitting a stationary object. There are, I suppose, some exceptions to the rule. Hitting a large stuffed toy panda which has been thrown into the air may be easier than splitting a piece of string cheese, but enough of humor and on to the business at hand. In the past it has been difficult to find a target-propelling device which has more consistency than the human hand, but which could also be regulated for height and speed. 95 A new...

Info

May I say right at the outset that a common failing in almost any profession and most certainly any art is a student's eagerness to propel himself forward at a rate of speed that is injurious to his ultimate advancement. I realize that many people have purchased this book with no other intent than to receive the tumultuous applause and jubilant congratulations of the multitudes after neatly severing the cigarette in a loved one's mouth or some other equally spectacular feat. However, I must...

The Finger Flick

Cards may be propelled a considerable distance by flicking them with the second finger. The card to be flicked is held either singly in the left hand or protruding horizontally from the top of the deck as it is held in a dealing position. The second finger cocks up against the right thumb and then shoots forward hitting the Southeast corner of the card with the fingernail. The action is identical to one used by most schoolchildren in propelling expectorant spheres. Holding the card or cards in...