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 hand. As the card returns to a position between the two halves, the hands quickly come together and capture the card in the center of the deck.

2. Place the deck well into the crotch of the left hand so that the thumb extends over the East side of the deck. The thumb curls around enough to grab about one-half the pack along this edge while the other fingers grab the remaining half from underneath. This allows the two halves to pivot open like a book and the card may be captured between them as it returns from the air. It is best to keep the deck closed until the last possible moment as it looks quite mysterious to see the card return to the center of an apparently closed pack of cards.

3. Again throw the card with the right hand and hold the pack with the left. After the card is thrown the right hand grabs the pack from the left hand, the thumb on the South end and the second, third, and fourth fingers grabbing the North end underneath the pack. The index finger is curled on top of the pack. The right hand now turns the pack around and the

To catch a card returning to the deck. Method 1.

Card returns.

To catch a card returning to the deck. Method 1.

Card returns.

wrist is now rotated clockwise so that the thumb side faces forward. Use the index finger to press down on the top of the deck and the second, third, and fourth fingers to press up underneath. The cards are held

42 firmly in this position while the right thumb riffles down the end of the pack, opening it near the center and pulling it back toward the body. This leaves a hinge-like opening for the card to enter on its return flight.

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