No Contact Add Back November 2 1995

My friend Carl Albright first suggested the idea of releasing all but the third and fourth finger clip on the card(s) and allowing it (them) to fall onto the deck. As he demonstrated it, he covered it with a pointing gesture. I have refined his idea slightly, to better incorporate the gesture, but this is, essentially, his technique. As mentioned earlier, you'll find that when you have a card in Low Lateral Palm you can still open your hand almost fully. The last bit is constrained by the need to keep hold on the corner with the second fingertip. What you might also learn, by accident, is that releasing the second finger grip does not automatically cause the card(s) to fall. You will still be able to grip it (them) perpendicular to the hand, between the third and fourth fingers, in Clip Steal position (see Figure 272 on page 366). This grip is the key to this "No Contact" Add-Back.

With this technique, the majority of the action occurs with the left hand. Turn your body slightly to the left, farther than you did when you stole the card. An imaginary line extending longitudinally straight through your forearm should point past the leftmost eye viewing you. The right hand remains in a relaxed curl, roughly on a level with the bottom of your solar plexus. Make a statement somewhat akin to "A card has been taken and returned to this deck." As you say this, close your left fingers loosely around the deck and gesture, moving it up, then down. Simultaneously move your left thumb across the top of the deck. As your left arm relaxes after the gesture, allow your left hand to drift back closer to your body until it is slightly lower than the right hand. Your eyes should not look at your hands, so you must learn to judge the position through body awareness. You should be looking at the audience. Continue speaking: "You chose the card; you returned it." Simultaneous with the first You, your right hand moves to the fully opened position described in the previous paragraph, with the fingers held relaxed but fairly straight. As soon as the hand is open, move it toward the deck. The right hand s card will contact the top of the deck and ultimately your left thumb, which is extended across the top.

With practice you'll be able to slip the card under your thumb and, without hesitation, move your right hand in an open-handed pointing gesture toward the spectator who selected it. At that instant you should be saying the word You for the second time. This can be done silently, without the card making noise as it is released. All this may sound difficult, but such acquitments are common to our art. They can be mastered. Once this one is, the card will be added without the slightest suspicion. Let me also point out that while I've given you the line I use, many others could be developed to cover the required choreography.

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