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Hold tJie deck face up in left-hand dealing position, maintaining a left little-finger jbreak above the lowermost two cards. VVitli y0Ur right hand, raise the deck to your left finger. dps, while using your left little finger to pui die break open a bit more. Rim the tips of die left middle, ring and little fingere forward in a squaring action along die left edge of the two lowermost cards, expanding die break along the entire right side. Press your right little finger against the outer right...

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C> 1 hp cards secretly as they are being spread between your cu x& W to count uitj y one at a time as they are displavwi I ani going10 sl * Hold the deck ready to spread the cards in b your hands (Volume J, page 21). With your left thumb, push the top card to the right When it has been pushed about twice the width of a vvliite border, the outer joint of your left thumb should contact the upper surface of the second card, which it then also pushes over in a continuing motion. This is the...

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With your left thumb, push die tipped top card to die right, sliding it over the outer phalanx of your right thumb. The cards can now be adjusted to form a proper fan. Tip Push die top card very slightly forward to overlap die outer end of the double. This provides optimal cover for die extra thickness of die double card. Tills display is another creation of the Spanish master, Arturo de Ascanio. The display is so open, natural and innocent that no one suspects hidden cards. I have incoiporated...

The Asamio Spread

The Ascanio spread was developed and refined by the brilliant Spanish card-expert Arturo de Ascanio in the 1970s. In its original fonn Ascanio held a packet by its opposite sides in his right hand while liis left fingers spread the cards for display in a very casual manner. During diis display the cards seemed almost to come alive and through aU this, one or more cards were concealed in the spread. Twenty years later, if you had a session witii Ascanio, he could show you at least a dozen...

Smd Packet Double lift

This technique deals with a special circumstance, but one frequently encountered It is often necessary to turn the top two cards of a four-card packet face up and face down again, as though they were a single card. This method requires no get ready and represents the most natural handling imaginable for such a situation. It is the creation of the divinely gifted American monk, Brother John Hamman. -1 Hold a four-card packet face down in left-hand dealing position. Place your left thumb at the...

Refinements and Find Thoudits

SECURITY It's always possible for you to lose control of a card. This could happen due to a technical error on your part, or because you drop some cards, or because a spectator grabs them, or because your instructions aren't carried out properly. Regardless, you can protect yourself in these rare occurrences by taking the earliest opportunity to glimpse the card or mark it with a crimp. You can then be certain of finding the card when it is needed THE Spectator Shuffles Wouldn't it be nice if...