Bottom To Top Shifts

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Important in sleight of hand with cards is the ability to shift undetectably the "Bottom" card of a deck to the "Top" or vice versa, without disturbing the position of the rest of the cards.

Oblique Slip Up Palm Shift

To get "Bottom" card to "Top": Hold deck in left hand with "Bottom" card facing outward in oblique angle away from audience. Perform the Oblique Slip Up Palm, getting "Bottom" card into right palm. Allow right hand to come between left fingers and back of deck. Leave "Bottom" card on "Top" and with the same movement take deck from left hand, holding it between thumb and first and second fingers of right hand. Figure 12.

To the audience it appears that you have merely transferred the deck from the left to the right hand.

To get "Top" card to "Bottom": Practically the same movements as described above. The deck, however, in this case, is held in the left hand with backs up. "Top" card is slipped up, palmed, and shifted to "Bottom" of deck. When deck is transferred to right hand, it should be pivoted around on thumb and first finger of right hand so that backs of cards are toward audience.

The audience does not see face of "Bottom" card and is not aware of shifting and pivoting of deck if you do this properly.

Index Finger Shift

To get "Bottom" card to "Top": Hold deck in a slightly oblique position in left hand. Right hand in vertical position screens cards. With left thumb push "Bottom" card over C edge of deck for about half an inch so that corner AC comes between first joints of index and second fingers of right hand. Figure 13.

Do not open fingers of right hand to receive card and do not push card far enough between fingers to show from back of hand as either one of these two things would bring the attention of the audience to what you are doing. Merely get the card far enough between your fingers to grasp it and hold it securely.

Pull deck away with left hand for a few inches, allowing the cards to fall back against base of left thumb with backs up. Figure 14.

Bring palmed card up to deck in left hand, and place it against deck. Figure 15.

With a continuous movement, as you place "Bottom" card on "Top" of deck, pivot the deck around and into position in right hand. Figure 16.

To the audience it looks as though you just turned the pack over in left hand and flopped it over into your right hand with a flourish.

To get "Top" card to "Bottom": Hold deck in left hand with backs of cards up. Repeat movements as described above, but finish with cards in right hand, backs to audience.

Thumb - Little Finger Shift

This is especially adapted for shifting the "Bottom" card to the "Top" of the deck when cards are held backs up in left hand.

Hold pack in left hand, thumb on top of it and fingers under it. Grasp pack at A edge with first and second fingers of right hand and at B edge with thumb of right hand. Figure 17.

With fingers of left hand slide bottom card toward the right so that it is automatically slipped into right hand with AD corner pressed into first joint of little finger and second joint of third finger and BC corner pressed into first joint of thumb. Figure 18.

Draw deck just far enough to left to allow placing of deck below card in right hand. Right hand does not move; the left hand performs the move. The "Bottom" card is now on "Top" of the deck. Finish by bringing up the deck into position between thumb and first and second fingers of right hand with faces of cards toward audience. Figure 19.



Performer allows spectator to shuffle deck of cards and to remove one card. Remainder of deck is placed in per-

former's right-hand trouser's pocket. Magician then asks what suit the selected card is. When the spectator names it, magician produces a card of the same suit from his pocket. Then the spectator is asked the number of the card and as soon as he gives it, magician produces a card of the same number from his pocket. No matter what the suit and number of the selected card, the magician can produce it immediately from his pocket.


1--A deck of cards. SECRET AND PATTER:

To Prepare:

This effect requires a prearrangement of four cards which can be done in a moment. Run through the pack and pick out the following cards:

Eight of Clubs

Four of Hearts

Two of Spades

Ace of Diamonds

Figure 20.

Place these four cards on top of the pack of cards in the order designated, with the Eight of Clubs on top.

Each suit is contained in the four cards and any number from one to thirteen can be made by using each card singly or adding one or more of them together, thus:

If Selected Card Is: 1 2

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