First Method

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Your right third fingertip beneath the spread is against the right side of the card fourth from the bottom. As your hands begin to close the spread, your right third fingertip pushes against this fourth card, causing the bottom four cards to converge into a squared unit. Without any hesitation your right second, third, and fourth fingers slide above the four bottom cards as the spread is further closed. (Fig. 3) This shows how the spread looks from above during this action. Figure 4 shows the position of the four bottom cards in your left hand with the spread removed for purposes of clarity.

As you continue closing the spread, the backs of your right fingers will press the bottom four-card unit into your left palm. (Fig. 5,an exposed, right-side view of this action.)

When the bottom cards are firmly pressed into your left palm, your right hand moves its cards to the table. The right-hand cards are not completely squared and the palmed cards are essentially held in the same position shown in Figure 6.

They are necessarily buckled or bowed as your left fingers close around them to effect a more natural appearance.

The slight forward spreading action of the cards (Fig. 7) later covers the subsequent palm off from the front. The rear portion of the palmed cards, which may or may not protrude depending on angles and the performing situation, can be easily covered if you rest your left hand near the edge of the table. This permits the possible exposed portion of the cards to protrude behind or below the table's edge.

These actions for palming a card or cards can be reversed. That is, the technique can be used as an easy palm replacement. Simply pick up a deck, place it directly onto the palmed card(s) in your left hand, then immediately spread the cards between your hands as you utter appropriate remarks to cover the actions.

This method places one or several bottom cards into a full left-hand palm.

The deck is held high in an Erdnase Dealing Grip position. (Fig. 8) Retaining the above grip, the cards are spread between your hands, using the same kind of forward-spreading action as featured in the First Method. The cards are again spread until the bottom four cards are under the control of your left thumb. Your right third fingertip touches the fourth card from the bottom and the essential actions of the First Method are duplicated. Figures 7 and 8 show the differences between the conditions of Figures 3 and 4 in the First Method, particularly the palm position of the bottom four cards.

With the cards at the stage shown in Figure 7, your right third fingertip nips the right side and moves them in an arc to the right so that the outer right corner of the bottom cards contact your left third fingertip. This altered position of the four bottom cards (with the spread removed for purposes of clarity) is shown in Figure 9. This position-shifting is one of the different aspects between both methods.

Without any hesitation, your right fingers go between the deck and the four bottom cards, the backs of your right fingers pressing the cards into a full palm. (Fig. 10, an exposed view). Your right hand then moves away with the deck as your left hand retains its cards in a relaxed manner.

January 30, 1971

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