June 1988

this is an interesting and very deceptive Pass in that it seems to do itself. If your hands are in the correct position, your problem will lie in controlling it to assure that it does itself only when you want it to and not before.

Begin from the Basic Position in the left: hand only. You will need to speak a cover line as your hands come together. The line must have a tone of resignation or otherwise give you a reason to take a deep breath. A line that justifies a sigh would also work. You might try, "I guess I missed your card [sigh]," or you could deliver a line that's too long for one breath, such as, "You've put your card back into the deck, which has no crimps, breaks, bends, mirrors, rubber bands, trapdoors or concealed assistants [breathe deeply]." Any such line will work.

Just as you are completing the line, your right hand assumes its part of the Basic Position. Simultaneously, wrap your left fingers around and onto the deck as far as they can reach, with the fourth finger thrust deep into the break and the left front corner of the deck resting on the base of the first finger (Figure 249). You cannot look at this when executing the sleight so you must learn to move to this position by feel.

When the deck has reached the desired position, grip it firmly (not tightly) and lower your hands a few inches in coordination with your sigh or breath. You'll have to experiment to find the exact spot for you—each person's wrists vary in flexibility—but you will reach a spot at which the natural tendency of the wrists

to rotate will cause the two packets of the deck to move in such a way as to do a Pass that is similar to the Squeeze Pass but without the need for the right fingers to squeeze. What you must explore—in practice, not in performance—-is where the spot at which the Pass wants to do itself occurs for you. You must move to that position but prevent the Pass from occurring by not allowing your wrists to rotate naturally. When you breathe or sigh, relax your wrists, allowing them to do what they want to do. The Pass will essentially do itself. As soon as it does, you must immediately lift your hands, which will rejoin the packets. Because of this lifting action you should endeavor to keep the downward motion of the hands as small as possible. This requires that you find the exact spot for your wrists, the point where the Pass will occur if you let it. Move only that far. In this way, the distance you will have to raise your hands to rejoin the packets will be reduced to a minimum.

NOTE: When this Pass is being done correctly it will look like the deck shook ever so slighdy and that's all. In the context of the larger movement of the breath or sigh, such a movement is natural (in the bio-physical sense) and above suspicion. Moreover, a deeper than normal inhalation or exhalation provides excellent misdirection. Breathing is generally regarded as a natural occurrence, rather than one calculated to distract. It is, therefore, not suspected.

Hopefully, I've made my point, and by doing so have encouraged you to practice the Pass with a new perspective. You will, I believe, find that the move is a fine, useful and very streamlined way of accomplishing many things. One must open one's thinking to create contextual frames for the Pass. By so doing, one can find many other ways to employ various forms of the Pass indetectably in a wide variety of performance situations.

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