First comes the "hold", so take either fifteen cards, or one of the devices suggested, and place them in the left hand in this manner:—
The left-hand bottom corner of the pacK is placed in the left palm at the base of the thumb. The best way to find the exact spot is to hold the left palm upwards, the fingers fully extended, and the thumb at right angles to the fingers. If an imaginary line is drawn down the middle of the second finger, nearly to the wrist, and another line is drawn down the thumb across the palm, the point of intersection of the two lines will indicate the place. This will be position number one. (Figures 28 and 29).
The right-hand top corner of the pack is held lightly by the middle of the first joint of the second finger. This is position number two. Figures 28 and 29.
The right-hand top corner of the pack is held lightly by the middle of the first joint of the second finger. This is position two. (Figures 28 and 29).
The middle of the first joint of the little finger then holds the cards about two-thirds of the length from the top right-hand corner. This is position number three. (Figure 29).
The forefinger next comes into a perfectly natural position.
Thfe left top corner of the cards should reach to about the middle of the third joint of the forefinger, if the forefinger is fully extended. The whole left side of the cards is held against the palm by reason of the slight pressure of the second and fourth fingers. Curl the forefinger along the top edge of the pack, the middle of the first joint will naturally come into position near the second finger. This is position four. (Figure 29).
All are important; get them correct at the outset for it will make the moves comparatively easy.
The dealing of the bottom card is practically all the work of the third finger, although the thumb plays a part in the release of the bottom card. When not dealing, the third finger is situated one-third of the distance from the right-hand top corner of the pack, the first joint resting on the side of the pack, assisting the other fingers in keeping the pack in position. This is position number five. (Figure 29).
The thumb lays diagonally across the pack, the thumb-tip pointing to the right-hand top corner, held loosely, not rigid. This is position number six. (Figure 29).
Practise swinging the thumb backwards and forwards from the top left-hand corner to the third finger position.
The left hand should now be holding the pack easily, with no effort and no straining. The actual deal is made with the cards at an angle of about 45 degrees with the table top. Do not grip the cards; realise that they are being held, not strangled. After a little practice it is easy to take the cards from the table with the left hand and assume the hold without any effort.
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