Working

1. Position. Hold the pack, face downWards, in the left hand, as if about to deal. Advance the right hand and grip the cards more or less in the manner usually adopted for the standard pass. However, in this case, the tip of the right forefinger is in contact with the tip of the left thumb. And the tip of the right thumb presses against the base of the left thumb. This is clearly shown in Figure 1.

Further, the tip of the right thumb is NOT below the level of the bottom card of the pack as when performing the standard pass. It is at the edge of the top card.

2. "Canting" the Pack. Keeping the hands and the cards in the position above described, move the right thumb about half an inch towards your body, at the same time pressing the upper cards of the far end of the pack (namely, the end towards the spectators) in the same direction. This is done with all four fingers of the right hand—at the far end of the pack—and the result of this simple manoeuvre wiil be to cant the pack as shown in Figure 2. In this photograph, the right hand has been removed for the sake of clearness.

3. Raising the Top Card. Still holding the pack as explained, raise the inner end of the top card about an eighth of an inch. This is done with the fleshy part of the right thumb, and the very slight movement should be practically invisible from the front. The tip of the right thumb is stilf in the position shown in Figure 1.

4. Raising the Second Card. With the right thumb, lift the inner end of the second card, also about an eighth of an inch. (It should be unnecessary to point out the inner end of the top card is about a quarter of an inch above the third card). The tip of the right thumb is still close to the ball of the left thumb. It has not moved to the centre of the inner edge of the pack as in the old method described in "Lend Me Your Pack". This is a most important detail.

5. The "Break". Move the tip of the left little finger until it touches the right hand inner corner of the second card. Press downwards with the right thumb, thereby bringing the two top cards together, but retain rhe "break" with the left little finger.

6. Opening the "Break". Still keeping the right hand in position (Figure 1). slightly open the break with the tip of the little finger of the left hand. Press the tips of the third and middle fingers against the edge of the "double" card. The break is now heid firmly with the tips of the middle, third and little fingers of the left hand, and the right hand is removed. As the right hand moves away, the LEFT thumb takes up the position shown in Figure 3.

7. Observations. When performing the movements described in the above paragraphs, the hands should be held almost parallel to the body, and not as shown in the photographs.

In actual practice, these movements blend into one, and take about a second and a half to execute. They are made while squaring up the pack.

There is a "break" ar the near end of the pack, and also along the greater part of the right hand side, but NONE at the far end. The left forefinger—at the side of the pack— keeps the "double" card down flush with the rhird card. The left thumb also presses it down. Figure 3.

Before proceeding with the next stage, the left hand may, if desired, be allowed to drop to the side for a moment.

8. Advancing the "Double" Card.

Holding the pack in front of your body as if about to deal (Figure 3), push the "double" card well into the fork of the left thumb with the tips of the middle, third and little fingers of that hand. Now move your left thumb—

When performing the sleight, the hands should be held parallel to the body, and not as shown in the photographs. This is fully explained in the text. —V.F.

towards the right and pressing downwards— and, at the same time, straighten all four fingers. This will cause the double card to project (to the extent of about half an inch) over the right hand side of the pack. As this is done, the pack is still held almost parallel to the performer's body.

9. Turning the "Double" Card. Advance the right hand, PALM UPWARDS, and grip the right hand inner corner between the EXTREME tips of the third and middle fingers. The middle finger below, the third finger above. The nail of this latter digit is now in contact with the upper card of the pair. Figure 4.

Moving the left thumb out of the way for a moment, turn the right hand over— towards the left—at the same time keeping a firm grip of the "double" card with the right fingers. Immediately bring the left thumb on top of it and hold it in position as depicted in Figure 5. Note how the card projects over the side of the pack.

10. The Second Turn. Advance the right hand, again PALM UPWARDS, and seize the inner corner of the projecting double card between the extreme tips of the middle and third fingers. (The naif of the third finger is now in contact with the index of the visible card, and the tip of the middle finger is under the pair). Move the left thumb away, and, by turning the right hand over towards the left, place the doub'e card face downwards on top of the pack. It must be absolutely flush with the remainder of the cards, and it must not project over the side of the pack as before.

11. Dealing the Single Card. Push the top card of the pack towards the right with the thumb of the feft hand. Seize the card as in dealing—thumb above and the third and middle fingers underneath—and place it, face down, on the table.

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