This technique for false counting in which a small packet of cards appears to contain a lesser amount than is actually the case is relatively simpie to perform and completely deceptive in operation.

Once the mechanics are understood the sleight will become automatic after a comparatively short practise session, and no difficulty will be experienced in keeping an even rhythm, nor will there be any evidence for anyone to suspect that the performer is doing anything other than simply counting the cards.

Assuming that it is required to count five cards as four hold the packet of cards by the inner corners between the centre of the palm and the outer phalanx of the little finger of the left hand (1). Drop the thumb diagonally across the top of the packet and bring the other three fingers up to the right side of the packet. The cards are now held in what will appear to be the usual one for anyone about to deal. Reference to the left hand in (3) should make everything clear particularly the position of the left thumb.

To commence the count the left thumb pushes the top card forward diagonally and its right outer corner taken between the right thumb and index finger (2) and pulled clear of the packet in readiness to take the second card. It must be understood that all cards as they are counted are pulled off the packet diagonally i.e. in the direction the left thumb is pointing.

The second and subsequent cards are taken in a special manner. The right hand moves in and the corner of the packet slides under right thumb and above the first card taken (3). The left thumb does not push the top card forward but remains static, neither does the right thumb move its position but merely eases its pressure slightly enabling the corner of the packet to pass between it and the card. Immediately the corner is under the right thumb this member renews its pressure and the right hand moves away taking Jjthe top card of the packet.

We now come to the move itself wherein the third and fourth cards are taken together as one card. The right hand comes in and takes these two cards as one in perfect alignment in exactly the way as the second card was counted off. It is the left hand which does the work, or more precisely the pad of the left index finger which presses upwards and inwards on the face of the bottom card just below its outer comer causing it to buckle as shown in (4) just as the outer right corner of the two cards are about to pass under the right thumb. The buckling of the bottom card does two things. The inward pressure takes the right outer corner clear of the two cards being counted off, and the upward pressure causes the right hand sides of the two cards to rise clear and out of contact with the left hand fingers making the removal of the two cards a simple matter. The last card is, of course, counted off in the same fashion.

In the initial stages of practice some difficulty may be experienced in preventing the thumbs from moving their position after the first has been counted off. The only movement of the right thumb is the slight easement of pressure to allow the corner to pass beneath it. The left thumb remains completely inert, except for exerting a little pressure when the bottom card is being buckled. Once the first card has been taken the only visible movement is that of the hands coming together as the cards sire being

Packet of 5 cards face down

Packet of 5 cards face down

One card being counted off the packet of 5 (should be face down)


Right hand with one card about to count off second card (should be face down


Right hand with one card about to count off second card (should be face down


Three cards face down with lower one buckled Note 2nd, 3rd and 4th finger tips not touching top two cards, but just below. Tip of index finger just visible

counted. The only digit that moves at all is the left index finger as it buckles the bottom card. Even this movement is barely an eighth of an inch and is covered by the cards already in the right hand.

Apart from its use as a false count the sleight will be found useful in many of the small packet tricks. One example is the Xmas Calculator by Ed Eckl (see page 155 of No.l Vol.2 of this magazine) in which it can be substituted for the Ascanio Spread, a sleight difficult to do really well. No claim is made that the routine using the 'More for Less' false count described below is any better than the original but it will provide an alternative method for those who wanted to add the effect to their repertoire but who did not care for, or had failed to master, the Ascanio move.

Arrange, Ace, two, three, four and ten, of any suit in the following order reading from the top:- two, three, and four face up, ten face down, and the ace face up. Show the cards by false counting the five as four, only the face up cards will be seen, the face down ten will remain hidden.

Take the Ace which is now at the top and push it, still face up somewhere into the centre of the packet, at least that is how it appears to the onlookers, but you make sure it goes in second from the bottom. This is a simple matter if the bottom card is buckled in the same way as during the false count.

False count the cards showing that the Ace has turned face down.

Take the two which is now at the top of the packet and repeat the moves done with the Ace, putting it second from the bottom and false counting the packet. The two will now appear to be face down and the Ace again face up.

The three is now the top card and a repetition of the moves used for the Ace and the two will cause this card to appear face down and two to re-appear face up.

Repeat the procedure with the four which is now conveniently on top and it also will appear face down, and the three will be again face up. In this case the face down four (actually the ten) ends up at the top of the packet so it would be more logical to put it on the bottom than in the centre of the packet. It practice this is not questioned, but if desired it is not difficult to make it appear that the card is being placed on the bottom of the packet when in reality it is going above the bottom card as required in the routine. Your patter should give some reason why this particular card is placed on the bottom of the packet rather than in the middle as were the other three cards.

To return to the routine the top face down card is pushed into the centre of the packet face down, again actually second from the bottom, taking care not to let its face be seen. False count showing all four cards face up.

Turn the packet over and fan out the cards revealing the ten spot.

fred lobinson

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