Circa 1969

This has been my general-duty Pass for more than twenty-five years. I am assured by magicians that it is invisible, and by lay people that it is indetectable. Learn it well and it can change your thinking about the Pass. The major innovation embodied in this Pass is the movement of the deck from edge-on to front-tipped-down via a diagonal rolling action. I wish I could say its easy, but it isn't. Expect it to take about six months to master if you don't already do a decent Pass, and perhaps a month if you do.

Take the deck in the left hand with a minimal left fourth-finger break at the near right corner of the deck: the Basic Position just described. Assume also the Basic Position right-hand grip. Immediately, rotate your right hand to the right without changing the hand's grip. The right hand and deck together form the shape of a letter D (Figure 243).

The left hand, which should have rotated as well, inserts the end of the fourth finger into the deck while you firmly maintain your right-hand grip. Because of the way my fingers bend and the size of my hands, the fourth fingertip rests at a diagonal angle across the inner right corner of the bottom packet, but this may not be the case for all hands. With the deck held edge-on in this manner, the left hand has reasonable flexibility in its movements as long as the fourth finger maintains its position. I will frequently straighten my left fingers, excluding the

fourth, and lift the deck away from the hand to exhibit a looseness of grip. If that is done, the left fingers must re-establish the grips described under Basic Position. Simultaneously, both hands roll the deck downward in the direction of the forward left corner as the right second finger exerts upward, compensating pressure, but not pull, and the left second and third fingers pull inward (Figure 244).

If you have done everything correctly, you should find that you've executed the major portion of the Pass. The original upper packet is below the original lower packet. All that remains is to remove the left second and third fingers, reunite the packets and press down with the left thumb while your right thumb riffles upward at the near end. Next, bring the deck back to the edge-on position, the edge aimed toward the eyes of the primary spectator. Curl the left first finger and riffle the left front corner. That's it.

NOTES: This is not a Riffle Pass, inasmuch as the riffle in no way contributes to the action of the Pass. The riffle is an after-action that is included to justify the extended duration the deck is held in both hands. As I've said, the two-handed grip is an unusual position and one frequent tip-off that a Pass has been or will be done.

When the deck is on edge there is a tendency for the break created by the fourth fingertip's entry into the deck to produce a line on the upper edge. If you run your left thumb along the edge and experiment with your right hand's grip you can minimize this line. Then, if your grip is firm but not tight, you will not have a problem with the line being seen and tipping off the existence of the break.

The entire Pass, start to finish, should flow smoothly. There is no jerking action at any point. When you do everything correctly, the Pass will be both invisible and ind├ętectable, being perceived as an elaborate, perhaps even ritualized, squaring process.

I have been using this Pass under the toughest of all conditions, "My Ambitious Card Routine" (page 170), with the spectators staring at it, but without it producing a visible result, for many years.

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