Obviously, with the card out of the deck you are free to do with it as your need dictates. Often, you'll want it back on top of the deck. Occasionally, you'll want it on the bottom or elsewhere. The following approaches will give you those options. The previously explained Palm Conversion techniques will allow you to load the card anywhere one might chose.

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Unlike most Side Steals, the Low Lateral Palm Control leaves the deck in relatively unsquared condition. This provides a legitimate reason for the hands to meet again at the deck, to square the cards. (I thank Steve Draun for making me sensitive to this issue. See Secrets Draun from Underground, 1993, page 11.) To add the stolen card back to the top of the deck (or most anywhere else) you'll need to be able to open your hand almost fully with the card(s) in Low Lateral Palm. You may feel a bit shaky doing this at first but it can be done with complete control.

Move the left hand to the right and inward, toward your body. Stop when the left hand is about a hand's length in front of the right hand and a hand's width to the left (Figure 274). Open and extend your right hand in a gesture as you

move it to the deck (Figure 275). Almost ignore the presence of the palmed card(s). With your right hand, grasp the deck and begin to square it. Your knowledge that you want to add the card will drive you to open the third and fourth fingers, releasing the card(s). The legitimate squaring will take care of the rest. If you're adding the cards to a tabled deck, one-handed, curling your first finger will facilitate the transfer.

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