Jog Through

The left forefinger curls under the deck, applying upward pressure near the right side. The left thumb and second finger hold the deck along its sides, near the front. The second finger is close to the front right corner. The third and fourth fingers rest idly along the side of the deck.

The right hand will seem to push the cards flush into the deck. In actuality, the right second finger does nearly all the pushing (Figure 54). The left first finger's upward pressure and the right hand's second-finger push combine to cause a pronounced right-side angle-jog. (The use of pressure from the left first finger to cause angling is Andrus' idea.) The angle-jog is most

pronounced at the near right corner. The jogged selections may protrude as much as an inch from the side of the deck. Such an extreme jog is not necessary but may be helpful while you're learning the technique.

73 During the creation of the jog, the front left corner of the selections will break through the left edge of the deck under the left thumb. At that point the left thumb can take control of these cards. The right fourth finger should then take over as the primary pushing finger. This finger continues pushing until the front right corners of the selections are flush with the front end of the deck. The jog condition will look like that in Figure 55.

7.4 The continuing action of this technique will move the jog from a right-side angle-jog to an in-jog. (This is an application of the Moveable Jog.) In other words, the completion of this next sequence will leave the selections extending an inch or more from the inner end of the pack. Knowing that in advance will help you understand what follows, which may otherwise read like a flurry of finger movements. The right thumb moves from the near end of the deck to the middle of the left side. This thumb should take hold about an inch nearer your end than your left thumb. Simultaneously, the right fingers release their grip on the front edge and move around the front right corner to the right side. The second, third and fourth fingers should take hold closer to the near end than the left fingers (Figure 56). During its movement the right hand stays close to the deck to conceal the left fourth finger. Meanwhile that finger is busy pulling inward on the angle-jogged cards, converting them to an in-jogged condition. During all these finger movements the hands are rotating the entire deck clockwise until its left edge is uppermost (Figure 57). You may also, depending on where your audience is, want to tip the deck back a bit.

NOTE: Some readers may feel that in-jogging the cards an inch or more is excessive. However, there is a reason for it. Small jogs create more visible "tell-lines" at the front edge of the deck, while larger jogs allow these tell-lines to be compressed and eliminated. It requires slightly greater care to screen a larger jog but greater reliability is gained—particularly with various deck conditions—and the elimination of the tell-lines justifies the increased attention demanded.

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