Action

Most of the action elements applicable to the Bottom Deal and Second Deal apply to other False Deals as well. In fact, for some False Deals—such as

Thirds, Fourths and Fifths—actions like the Necktie are essential, or nearly so. Wrist Swinging, Wrist Turning, Bobbing and Reverse Necktieing are also useful to this type of False Dealer. If nothing else, they allow the dealer a greater margin for error. Many Center Deals rely on integrated deck motion to screen their overt techniques, changing them to covert ones. One might normally think of these as a consideration of deceptiveness but in these instances they are more related to allowing the opening to be widened greater for extraction, which affects ease of execution. My best advice here, as in the Second Deal, is to confine actions to ±one deck thickness up and down, ±one deck width side to side and ± half a deck length front to back. That's about a three inch by six inch by six inch space. Again, more is excessive; less is more. Easily the most important thing a dealer can do to make Deals easier is to practice. Not just any practice, though it all helps, but "overload" practice. Practicing Bottom Deals, Botop Double Deals or Center Deals with more than a full deck makes Deals with fifty-two cards or fewer easier. Al Cooper, my old friend and an expert Bottom Dealer, was fond of practicing his Deals with a glove on his gripping hand. It improves one's sensitivity. I find practicing with decks in a wide variety of conditions—borrowed decks are particularly good—a useful way of forcing your hands to learn fine compensation skills. Whatever works for a given individual is worth trying.

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