A stuart gordon turnover variation

while discussing Double-Lift technique, it seems a good spot to mention a turnover finesse I use here.

In 1998, while helping Ken Simmons rewrite his book, Guarded Secrets Revealed (1988), he recounted the events surrounding his development and later West Coast performance of what he titled the "Simmons Pivot Turnover," a Double Lift turnover technique that appears in Larry Jennings the Cardwright (1988, page 114) credited to Stuart Gordon. At that time, based on the relevant available information, I concluded it had been miscredited. I have previously stated as much. A more recent conversation with Earl Nelson, at the Buffalo Get-together, changed my view. Simmons reported having developed the technique in the late 1970's. He later showed it to Jennings and Jim Patton during a visit to the Magic Castle; no doubt, this occurred. Ken believed, based on statements made at the time, that neither Jennings nor Patton had seen the technique previously. This too may have been true. Never having read or seen such a technique, presumably combined with the reactions of other informed individuals he consulted, Ken concluded it was original with him.

As it happens, that is all irrelevant in light of new information. Earl Nelson recounts that in 1974, when he relocated to California, David Roth showed him the technique, crediting Stuart Gordon. This clearly places Gordons creation prior to Simmons, based on Kens representation of when he developed the idea. Jennings and Patton being unfamiliar with the technique alters nothing. It does, however, explain why Simmons, in good faith, believed the

technique was his. It also explains his surprise and confusion at the inclusion of the technique in the Jennings book, credited to Stuart Gordon. Its history now clearer, the technique has always provided finesse in the handling of a Double. I present my variation here.

In the original Gordon technique —

the second finger secures the card ^

ward edge. Employing the physics / < -^kM^mI / ■

I used in my treatment of Mario s / y^

"Flexible Count Grip" (Pasteboard / /^V - ___

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of this work), I place my third fingertip directly on the forward /¡T ¡23

(Figure 122). The mechanics are {/ ^jTf otherwise essentially those Max- // C^J (

well described for the Gordon / HEK/ :

technique: I slide my thumb over /y the undersurface of the Double, until the thumb converges with the first finger at the middle li?^

of the right side. This action naturally moves the Double to a vertical position, back outward (Figure 123). The hand completes the turnover by rotating outward at the wrist (Figure 124). Apart from feeling more secure and comfortable to me, using the third finger leaves the second finger free to take over the primary hold, freeing the first finger for the role it is about to play. After the turnover, the first fingertip moves to the forward right corner (Figure 125) and pivots the Double counterclockwise, so that the near right edge contacts the fleshy pad at the base of the thumb. It also

pushes the two cards inward until the thumb meets the first finger at the corner (Figure 126). The first finger on the corner and the edge contact with the base of the thumb provide secure alignment control as the card slides inward.

NOTE: With practice it is possible to reliably push the card inward without the right edge moving as deep into the hand as shown in Figure 126. This is preferable but not essential. You will find that the crease at the base of the thumb will serve as a track in which the Double can slide if you wish to employ this sligh tly riskier version of the technique.

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