The diagonal pa

CIRCA 1963

ASSUME THE Basic Position with the left hand only and allow the hand to relax. Start to bring the hands together and, as you do, begin to speak. You need to say something that will explain taking the deck from your left hand into your right. You might, for example, say, "I'll let you shuffle the cards," or "I'll keep the deck on the table."

As soon as the right hand reaches the deck, and as the line you are speaking is completed, you should be in Basic Position with both hands. Start to move the hands apart, diagonally and downward to the front right; but the right hand, which grips only the bottom packet, must stop short as soon as the left hand's packet, which turns face up as it completes the first half of the Pass, reaches a point under the right hand (Figure 247).

The instant the hands arrive at this position, the right hand starts back in the direction from which it came. The left fingers flip their packet face down again (Figure 248) and add it back to the bottom of the right-hand

packet. Your words, which should indicate that you've changed your mind and wish to do something else, should be said as your hands move inward together. Don't look at them!

The instant the packets are rejoined, the right hand should move away to point or reach for something. Almost any excuse will do.

NOTE: This Pass, which is both invisible and indetectable, is very much dependent on your acting ability. If the audience believes you simply started to take the deck, then changed your mind, they will never suspect a Pass. This is, however, because of its cover action, a Pass that should not be used more than once in a performance. Fortunately, this is the easiest Pass of those included in this section. Careful consideration to the timing for the delivery of the lines and the execution of the Pass must be given, but you'll find that once mastered this Pass is extremely reliable. The best suggestion I can offer is that you use it for a specific effect into which it can be integrated logically, and use other forms of the Pass for more general duty. I should point out that while the techniques are quite different, the idea of taking advantage of the face-to-face packet position in a Pass is an outgrowth of working on the technique described in "Vernon on the Pass" in Dai Vernon's Ultimate Secrets of Card Magic (1967, page 112 of the Supreme Magic edition; page 84 of the L&L edition). It is, arguably, also related to a Dr. James Elliott technique (see Farelli's Card Magic, Part One, 1933, page 14).

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