Onehand Bottom Deal Illusion

Edward Marlo

This One-Hand Bottom Deal approach is in the same category as the "One-Hand Stud Second" from Seconds-Centers-Bottoms because the top single card is openly pushed over the side of the deck and remains in this cantilevered position until it is dealt. If you use both approaches, note that they are equally deceptive and decidedly different. Marlo's "One Hand Bottom Deal Illusion" seems to preclude any trickery and there is a persistence of vision that makes it visually compelling.

Method: Be sure that the top card is pushed out over the side of the deck. (Fig. 1)

Using the cover of the cantilevered top card, your left fingers execute the standard loosening process of the bottom card as explained in Seconds-Centers-Bottoms. Your left hand then turns downwards until the cantilevered card's right longitudinal edge contacts (flush) the table top or close-up pad. (Fig. 2)

As your left hand continues turning and moving downwards, having brushed the edge of the top card against the table top as in the "Paint Brush Color Change" and when it moves out of the spectator's sight, your left thumb pulls it back flush with the deck. Your left fingers simultaneously release or ease out the loosened bottom card, letting it drop face up on the table. (See Seconds-Centers-Bottoms for details. )

Your left hand immediately turns upward, bringing the top of the deck into view. There will be a tendency to extend your left second, third, and fourth fingers during the release or easing of the bottom card. Do not do this. This would be a technical tip-off. These fingers are lifted just enough for the bottom card to clear them. Inertia aids the release.

A sense of timing is essential. The illusion of dealing off the top card face up to the table is greatly strengthened if a few top cards are actually dealt face up in the exact manner just described.

If the top card is apparently dealt face down to the table, the technique is similar. The top card is pushed over the side of the deck. (Fig. 3) The deck is held a few inches above the table-top. Perform an easy, downward Wrist Turn of your left hand, moving it to the left. The top card is pulled back by your left thumb as your left fingers simultaneously release the bottom card. Again, timing is essential. Figure 4 shows a back-end view of the wrist-turning release action.

Using this technique, you will see a satisfying illusion of the action from the top. The action is an easy, soft, lilting movement, with the bottom card falling to the table rather than being shot out. The same loosening action of the bottom card with your left fingers (using the Master Grip from Seconds-Center-Bottoms) can be applied to the Erdnase Grip, using your third and fourth fingers to ease out the bottom card. Our experience dictates that the Master Grip is a better. You are less likely to hook-up and your left fingers will not visibly flash or flutter.

May 20, 1962

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