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Figure 1

use it to pull down all but about the top ten cards of the packet. Figure 2 shows the left little finger's break as well as the one still held by the right thumb above the face up selection.

Bring the right hand's packet down squarely on the left hand's packet. Here is where it gets tricky. Push the top ten cards of the left hand packet (the cards above the break) forward about a quarter of an inch or less. Be careful during this action not to lose control of the selection held by the right thumb. As soon as the cards project slightly over the front edge of the rest of the left hand's packet, the far right corner of the packet can be grasped between the right second and third fingers.

As soon as these two fingers can cradle that comer as they are doing with the right hand's packet, you want to start spinning that ten card packet around in a clockwise motion as shown in figure 3. The packet is held together during the spinning action by pressure applied at diagonally opposite corners between the right middle two fingers and the left palm at the base of the left thumb.

Figure 4 shows this action from your view. Note how the packet spins on around the right second finger. Spin the packet all the way around the left hand toward the left wrist to the position shown in figure 5.

Don'tpause here. Immediately reverse the action, spinning the middle packet (the ten card packet) back to the position shown in figure 6. Do not bring the packet flush with the left hand's packet. Rotate the right hand's packet in a clockwise direction (on the same plane) so that the right hand's packet will come to rest directly over the ten card packet. At this point,

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drop the selection from the right thumb's break to the top of the ten card packet.

As soon as the selection is firmly on top of the ten card (now eleven) packet, reverse the spinning action again, separating your hands again. Bring the hands once again to the position shown back in figure 5 (only the face up card has changed to the selection). Allow the middle packet to go farther this time, completely clearing the right hand' s packet. This will allow you to pivot the middle packet up and above the right hand's packet. See figure 7.

To finish, bring the two hands back together. The middle packet will spin once more, coming to the position shown in figure 8. Note that the right hand' s packet is beneath the middle packet as a result of the

actions taken in the last paragraph. The right hand's packet goes into the pack between the left hand's packet and the middle packet for the conclusion.On top of the pack you have two (supposedly one) face up cards. You can now clean up by double lifting the top cards and flipping them face down. Deal off the new top card and rub it on your sleeve, it changes to the card it was originally.

Once again smoothness is more important than speed. Unofficial clock time on the change itself when I do it is between three and four seconds. This is from the point when I drop the right packet on the left hand packet until the packets are reassembled at the conclusion of the change. It can easily be done more quickly, but the actions wouldn't appear fluid. The motions should appear effortless.

Regurgitations. Of course I like this change — or it wouldn't be here. You have many options with this since you end up with two cards ready for a double lift. If you would prefer to deal the changed card cleanly to the table, control the selection to a position third from the bottom and reversed at the beginning of the trick. Obtain a right thumb break above the selection. Repeat the change exactly as described above, dropping the three cards below the break instead of the single selection. At the conclusion, you can cleanly deal off the selection. On the down side, you now have a face up card third from the top to get rid of.

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