Block Alignment

This next sequence is difficult to describe yet easy to do, once the feel is acquired. Its function is to align the block of cards below the in-jogged cards with those cards. Until now the left first finger has been under the deck. Place it on the front edge. At the same time move your right thumb to the near upper corner of the in-jogged cards and pull them firmly rightward. By lying across the upper edges of the in-jogged cards, the thumb also helps to conceal them from the audience. The right first finger prevents the upper block of cards from moving rightward as your right thumb applies its pressure on the in-jogged cards. Because of the positions of all the fingers, the left thumb and right second finger will have independent control of the block below (that is, to the left of) the in-jogged cards. Apply upward pressure with your right second finger, pressing against the lower edge of the block containing the target cards. The pressure from the second finger results in an inward articulation of the second fingertip which, in combination with the right thumb's rightward pull, causes the block below the lowermost in-jogged card to slide back into alignment with the in-jogged selections (Figure 58). The moving block rides on the left second fingertip. The odd thing about the technique is that nothing seems to be providing direct energy in an inward or outward direction, yet that's the direction in which the packets move relative to each other. The right thumb is the prime force for the movement but its pressure is applied to your right. Do this alignment slowly at first, until you are familiar with the feel; otherwise you may lose control of the block. You will be able to speed it up considerably after practice.

NOTE: The physics of this alignment action are extremely complex. I've been using it since the early 1960s, when I accidentally discovered it, and to this day I can't fully explain the fulcrum, lever and cantilever relationship that make it work. I do know that it feels amazing and pleasurable in the

hands. Even if you don't want to use this Multiple Shift, try this alignment action. I think you'll get a kick out of it.

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