Edward Marlo

This technique is simple, fast, and uses very little finger manipulation.

Insert the selection to the white border of its outer end. Place your right hand above the deck in Biddle Position to apparently push the selection completely flush with the deck. The tip of your right second finger pushes down and to the right, which causes the selection to move to the right. (Fig. 11)

Perform the All Around Square and note the projecting index as in "The Neo-Piquant Glimpse." After it is glimpsed, your left thumb and fingers push it flush.

It is also possible to perform this glimpse when the face of the deck is shown to the spectator. You can take the glimpse, but the spectator cannot see anything. This is how it works. After you have angle-jogged the selection, run your left thumb along the left side of the deck as your left fingers run lightly along the right side. (Fig. 12)

During this action, the bottom of the deck is beveled to the right. (Fig. 13) Make sure that during this action that the jogged selection remains in place. The beveled cards will conceal the jogged selection. You can then turn the pack face up and the spectator will see only the face of the deck's bottom card. You can look right under the bevel and clearly see the chosen card's index.

Your patter line for the above action is "Do you want to shuffle the cards?" Or: "Someplace in the pack is you card and I will x-ray the deck and name it." Be sure your right fourth finger is over the outer right corner of the deck so that the spectator will not spot the projecting or jogged card at this corner.

A very easy method is to merely insert the selection slightly off to the right, then simply push the card straight. It will then be jogged to the side for the eventual glimpse. The bevel idea can be applied to other jog glimpses, giving each an added dimension.

April 25, 1968

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