## The Hamman Count

We will assume that five cards are being used although the same technique applies for any odd number of cards.

Hold the cards firmly in the left hand in the mechanic's grip, and take the inner right corner by the thumb and first two fingers of the right hand in such a way that the first two fingers are as much along the sides of the cards as beneath, thus locking the cards in line with each other (Fig.l). Note the position of the left thumb.

With the left thumb push the top card slightly to the right and then away from you removing it completely allowing it to fall into the Mechanic's grip in the left hand, the other cards being retained in the right hand still held between its thumb and first two fingers.

Bring the right hand cards over the left hand card and repeat the previous move.

You have now counted two cards and are about to count the third in what appears to be an identical action, however you are going to make a switch.

As the right hand cards are approaching the left hand the left forefinger pushes inwards on the outer end of the two cards it holds positioning these cards so that they can be clipped between the first and second fingers of