The Long Stroke Stud Push

For this deal we will use the very deceptive long stroking action of the right thumb that we used for one of our other deals. The turning action of the card will, in a quite unique manner, actually help as part of the cover of the deal. Also, as with our previous deal, there is a stunning retention of vision aspect as the card is turned. Enough praise ... let's do it !

Stage 1 - The Left And Right Hand Take Action

The left hand action is identical to that of the Side Sweep Stud but the right hand takes in a totally different way. The hands come together as in figure 103. This is almost identical to the way they would join if you were to do a normal Long Stroke Deal. The one critical difference is that the pushed off cards are rather more into the crook between the right first and second fingers. This joining position looks akward when frozen in situ like this but only happens for a split second at normal dealing speed. As part of a flowing motion it will appear to be totally natural.

Stage 2 - The Take

The right thumb strokes up towards the first Finger until it hits it as in Figure 104. It is at this moment (another set of words being used to redundancy I'm afraid ... sorry !) that the left thumb whips back the top card and immediately starts to move back to its start position. Figure 105 shows the action as the second card is just about to clear from the deck. Notice how the right hand thumb has already started to press the top clearing edge of the card against the right fingers, starting the turning action BEFORE the card actually clears the deck. It is important that only the top half of the cleared card is pressed into the fingers or the card will snap away from the deck. This pre-turn is one of the vital elements of the retention of vision aspect of the deal which make it so fooling. As the card clears the right hand continues to turn outwards as in figure 106. Note how the turning card is actually helping to cover the deal both from the front and right hand sides. Because the deck is tilting downwards the deal is also perfectly covered from the left. Even done reasonably slowly this is a deal well covered from all angles.

The right hand then deals the card down upon the working surface.

Once again all the sound elements are built into the deal for you. A top dealt card, in an identical manner to your second, will sound the same. Also, once again, you have that wonderful brain fooling visual aspect to the deal to help you along.

To enhance your practise schedule you may wish to try alternating between Side Sweep and Long Stroke Studs. Then try top sweep, second sweep, top long stroke, second long stroke. This is rather finger numbing at first but will, after extensive work, make your actions smooth and unconcious ... just the way the want you want it.

This particular deal is splendid for close up work making it ideal for small table games or for magical effects. Its one big disadvantage is that, without some overly flashy (and therefore suspicious especially at a card table) finger movements it is all but useless for scaling from. For this reason the deal is often used by Blackjack dealers in large private games. Its angle proof action combined with the smallness of the playing area make it perfect in this situation.

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