ABOUT TWO years after I first learned to do a Second Deal well—thanks to Francis Carlyle—I was contemplating the subject of such deals. I theorized, not too originally, that the more closely the procedures for dealing Tops and Seconds paralleled each other, the more indistinguishable they would be. This is hardly a groundbreaking line of thought. I realized, however, that no matter how closely they matched, the one point at which these deals must differ is the moment of the Take. Since that is the most vulnerable moment, I reasoned, something must be done to enhance the illusion that the top card has been dealt. The technique that follows was the outgrowth of that reasoning. It is a deal that can be performed in rapid-fire fashion, and it has an excellent illusion, owing to an altered timing of the return of the top card. Give it a few hours' work—yes it's that easy—and you'll see how good it can look. Additional time and effort will be required to bring it to its optimum but by then, as you'll see, it will be clear it's worth it.
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