Low Lateral Conversions November 7 1995

For a wide variety of reasons, including applicability, angles, choreography and general deceptiveness, the ability to convert from one palm position to others argues for its desirability as part of one's arsenal. Motivated by this awareness, I've investigated a number of "Palm Conversions" for Low Lateral Palm. These conversions run in both directions, to and from Low Lateral Palm. I considered including full details for every imaginable conversion but have decided that an overview of the subject will prove equally useful and far less cumbersome in helping to showcase the utility of the position. This is true because of the common features shared by all Low Lateral Palm conversions.

conversions—-There are three positions that are closely related to Low Lateral Palm and, therefore, are most easily converted to or from: Gambler's Flat

Palm (which includes what Gene Maze has named Unit Control Grip), Tenkai Palm (for purposes of this discussion, in spite of the small technical differences, this term will include Slydini Palm, and Mario Palm) and Bold Steal position.

These positions can reasonably be considered gateways for Low Lateral Palm. All conversions will achieve one of them, or something very close, in the conversion process. It follows that any conversion that gets you to any of these positions will effectively get you to Low Lateral Palm, and any conversion from Low Lateral Palm to these positions will get you to any of the other positions. Since there are bi-directional conversions between the three gateway positions, all I need to describe is how to get to Low Lateral Palm and how to get from Low Lateral Palm to any one of the gateway positions; but I'm going to give you more. I'll describe how to get from Low Lateral Palm to each of the three positions and how to get from each of these positions to Low Lateral Palm.

Low Lateral Palm to Gambler's Flat Palm—Curl the third and fourth fingers and push on the underside of the card(s). This will lift the left edge (Figure 265). Grip that edge at the inside edge of the outer phalange of the thumb (Figure 266) and rotate your hand to palm down.

Low Lateral Palm to Ten kai/Si.ydini/Marlo Palm—Curl the third and fourth fingers to support the card(s), then bend the first finger inward to contact the front left edge of the card(s) (Figure 267). Push with the first finger until the card(s) have slid back as far as you require (this varies with hand size). Extend your thumb to grab the left edge at the corner (Figure 268), forward portion of the edge or middle of the edge, as required for Tenkai, Slydini or


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that if you push further with your first finger and curl your third finger inward further, you can use this approach to move the card(s) to Rear Palm as well (Figure 269).

Low Lateral. Palm to Bold Steal—This is a two-step conversion that is not likely to be needed often, but I include it for the sake of completeness and because it is on occasion useful. The first step is to get your thumb on the inner left corner. Pulling forward with your second finger will cause the inner end to rotate clockwise enough so you can place the pad of your thumb on that corner (Figure 270). The second step is to hold the card(s) with only your thumb and second finger so you can pull your third and fourth fingers away from the corner they hold. It is then a simple matter to move the fourth finger into position to hold the outer right corner as required (Figure 271). The card(s) should be held parallel to the floor throughout the process.

Gambler's flat palm to Low Lateral Palm—This is an easy conversion. Part of Gambler's Flat Palm is a third and fourth finger clip that is essentially the same as that used in Low Lateral Palm. As a result, if you release all other holds on the card(s) and simply rotate the hand thumb up, the card(s) remain in Clip Steal position (Figure 272). Curl the third and fourth fingers to support the card(s), then extend the second finger to contact the outer left corner and you're in Low Lateral Palm. That's all it takes.

tfenkai to Low Lateral Palm—This conversion is easier still. Again, curl the third and fourth fingers to support the card(s) (Figure 273). Next extend the second finger to contact the outer left corner. Pull in with the second finger as you clip the card(s) between the third and fourth fingers.

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Bold Steal to Low Lateral Palm—This conversion is the reverse of the process for getting into Bold Steal position from Low Lateral Palm. Hold the card(s) with only your thumb and second finger, so you can grip the card(s) between the third and fourth fingers. It is then a simple matter to curl the third and fourth fingers to support the card(s), then extend your second finger to contact the outer left corner.

To and From Gambler's flat palm—That completes the conversions to and from the gateway positions. It should be apparent, but Clip Steal position is part of Gambler's Flat Palm and, therefore, shares the same conversion paths. Full Palm, the most common palm position, is convertible to Gambler's Flat Palm by moving the fourth finger alongside the edge of the card(s), then curling the second and third fingers, driving the cards toward the wrist. The thumb can then take its position alongside the card(s). The reverse, moving the cards from Gambler's Flat Palm to Full Palm, requires that you move the first finger along the edge of the card(s) and rotate the left inner corner to contact the flesh at the base of the thumb. The thumb can then bend inward to hold the cards in position while the first finger straightens to wrap around the front corner of the card(s). The fourth finger can then contact the opposite front corner and you have the card in Full Palm.

Many of these conversions cannot be performed with the audience looking at the hand. This is not a flaw in Low Lateral Palm but in Palm Conversion techniques generally. The hand will, therefore, need to be screened, taken out of direct sight or misdirection will have to be applied. Nevertheless, as should now be clear, Low Lateral Palm is an extremely flexible position, certainly more flexible than standard Lateral Palm. This is yet another point that favors Low Lateral Palm.

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