Bottom Add Backs

Carl's technique for the No Contact Add-Back led to the following pair of techniques for adding cards from Low Lateral Palm to the bottom of the deck.

While turning to the left, move your left hand to the right and in toward your body. Stop when the left hand is about six inches in front and four inches left of the right hand. Open and extend your right hand, releasing all holds except the clip. Move the hands together, the left fingers straightening, to allow the clipped card to pass above them but below the deck (Figure 276). Immediately grasp the deck in Overhand Grip. The added card(s) will be on the bottom of the deck but jogged to the right for about half their width.

You will now engage in one of two actions, depending on whether you

need to learn the identity of the card (assuming you only added one). If you already know the card or don't care, move the deck to your left fingertips and finish squaring it. You'll find it easy to bring the jogged card into register with the balance of the deck. When you need to glimpse the card you've just added, release your left hand's hold and tighten your right hand's grip enough to retain the card at the bottom. Turn both hands, the left hand turning palm down, or nearly so, the right hand turning palm leftward. (This action is similar to that of Steve Draun's Midnight Shift. [See Richard's Almanac, 1984 Winter Extra, page 157, under the title "The Graveyard Shift"; and Secrets Draun from Underground, 1993, page 37.]) At one point along the way, two positions will coincide: You'll be able to transfer the deck from your right hand to your left, and you'll be able to see the face of the jogged card. When these conditions are both present, take the deck with your left hand, pulling the jogged card square (Figure 277), and rotate that hand palm up. Handled casually, it will appear to be an innocent, if unusual, and slighdy fancy part of the squaring of the deckā€”via an end-forend turn. This is a perfectly acceptable conclusion for an audience to reach.

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