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 Jay grip and straighten out the arm, keeping it parallel to the floor.

3. Keeping the arm in the same plane, bend the arm in at the elbow, back toward your body, at an angle of 90°.

4. The wrist continues to move back but the arm remains stationary until the card touches the base of the palm exactly as in the spinning exercise.

5. The wrist and arm swing forward to the original straight position and at this point the card is released.

6. The follow-through: as the card is released the wrist goes farther to the right of the extended straight arm and the fingers open slightly in a flicking motion.

How to throw a card and make it return to the hand, a simulacrum of the Australian boomerang. Also: fancy one-hand throws and catches for the serious student.

Advanced Technique

The Australian Boomerang

The most impressive stunt in the card-thrower's arsenal may be the flourish known as the "boomerang card." A card is tossed into the air for a distance of four or five feet. Suddenly the card seems to stop in mid-air, reverse direction, and return gracefully to the thrower's hand.

TTiough not as difficult or spectacular as some of the stunts you will read about later, it can be done with such sureness, certainty, and elan that it will impress all but the most calloused observers.

To learn this stunt, place the card to be thrown in the right hand in the Jay grip. The student should be standing in a comfortable position in a room with a high ceiling. Although the grip is identical and the throwing motion similar to that outlined in the last chapter, there are some new pointers which must be emphasized.

In the previous exercise you will recall that as the card was released from the hand the arm extended straight out from the shoulder and parallel to the floor.

To make a card return to the hand it is necessary to shoot the card up in the air rather than straight out on a horizontal plane. To accomplish this the arm must be bent back toward the face at an angle of about 45°; the card must also be sailed upward at a 45° angle. The fingers hold and release the card as in the throwing exercise, but there is a pronounced forward motion of the wrist as the card is released: it is this action which imparts the reverse-english necessary for the card to return to the hand. This motion is similar to that used in throwing a hula-hoop and having it return.

It is important to add that while the wrist is

Position for the Boomerang Card

snapped forward, excessive force is not necessary. In fact, a card may be thrown and returned to the hand with a very light and delicate toss.

A good practice exercise is to toss the cards very gently straight up in the air and catch them as they return. This helps to visualize the flight of the card. Next toss the cards out at a 45° angle and experiment with the wrist movement until you are able to make the cards return from a distance of four or five feet. With practice it is possible to propel the cards a distance of thirty feet or more and have them return unerringly to the thrower's hand.

When experimenting at the longer distances it is important to remember that how far a card may be boomeranged depends proportionately on how high the card may be thrown. It is best to practice in vacant auditoriums or the unoccupied high-ceilinged houses of the wealthy.

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