Counting On It

It is the drag caused by the pressure of the left first fingertip that causes the card to pivot to the right as it is pushed into the pack. It ends up with its right rear corner angle-jogged from the right side of the deck. At this point the left fourth fingertip can pull down on this protruding corner and establish a break above it as it pushes the card flush with the pack.

Your situation should now be as follows: You have a fourth finger break above the bottom seventeen cards; the thirteenth card from the bottom is injogged; and the bottom card is the selection.

Ask the spectator for her number. The idea here is to get a break above the selected number of cards very quickly. For the numbers 12, 13, 14, 17 and 18, the break is obtained almost instantly. For 11, 15, 16 and 19 the deck must be quickly spread and closed. I'll describe what to do for each number in a moment, but first I want to describe the basic cutting sequence used. Assume the spectator chooses thirteen. Drop the fourth finger break, push down on the jogged card and obtain a new break above it. Say, "All right, I'll cut exactly thirteen cards from the deck." Then perform the following cut:

Pick up the deck from above with your right hand, your right thumbtip maintaining the break. Swing Cut the top third of the deck into your left hand. Place the cards below the break onto the lefthand cards but outjogged for half their length. The remaining righthand cards go on top of all, but even with the lowermost third of the pack, as shown in Figure 2.

Immediately place your right second finger against the left long side of the outjogged group and begin to pivot that group clockwise around your left second finger — Figure 3. When the outjogged packet is about to clear the deck, nip it between your right first and second fingers and pull it clear — Figure 4. Table the lefthand cards face-up to your left and take the righthand packet into lefthand dealing position.

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