Method: Suppose you have a packet of eight cards consisting of four Aces and four Kings with the Aces at the face of the packet. Hold the packet in a left-hand dealing position. Angle-jog the first seven cards at the outer left corner of the packet. The bottom or lowermost card remains where it is. These seven cards are moved over as a block, which is easily accomplished by using the left pinky Pull Down as your right hand, holding the other cards in a Biddle Grip, pivots the seven-card block to the right.
Your right hand now grasps the inner left corner of the packet with your right thumb on the face of the cards. Your right first and second fingers are beneath the packet. This grip acts as a fulcrum point.
Your left thumb now pushes off, very slightly and at an angle, the first three Aces on the face. (Fig. 1) These three Aces are slightly fanned and the fourth Ace covers the block of cards. The lowermost card (KC) is a single card. This jogged card is very important.
With the cards held accordingly, the packet is shifted so that it is held at the fingertips of your left hand. Your right hand comes over to take the first Ace into your right hand. (Fig. 2)
Your right hand peels off the first Ace into a right-hand dealing position. Your right hand then comes back in a sliding action to peel off the next Ace. (Fig. 3- a front or spectator's view.) Notice that the card already in your right hand is slid along under and close to the cards held by your left hand. There is no separation between the card held in your right hand and those held in your left hand. This snug sliding action is important to keep the actions uniform.
The second Ace is peeled off onto the first Ace in your right hand. The same snug sliding-and-peeling action is repeated to take the third Ace onto the others. As your right hand approaches to apparently take the fourth Ace, the packet switch occurs. Your right hand, maintaining its snug sliding action, moves inward far enough so that the right-hand Aces are aligned with the bottom King. (Fig. 3 This is an exposed view of how the right-hand cards are aligned. The right-
hand Aces are simultaneously pushed between your left thumb and fingers, which ease up slightly to pinch them. Your right thumb near the base also pinches the block of cards with the fourth Ace at its face.
Your left fingers hold onto the three Aces from your right hand, along with its angle-jogged card, as your right hand pinches off the block of three Kings with an Ace at its face. (Fig. 5) This shows a stop-action view as your hands are about to separate.
When your right hand pinches off the block, it can do so only by pinching the block at the base of the right thumb. Your first fingertip can also engage the outer left corner of the block. This ensures perfect alignment of both packets and no Kings or Aces are exposed beneath their respective cover-up cards.
If the whole action sequence is performed correctly, it will appear as though your right hand peeled off four Aces, leaving four Kings in your left hand. The angle-jogging aids in eventually getting alignment as the packet-switch is performed. Be sure that your right hand always moves in a snug sliding movement towards the left-hand packet. Your right hand should move slightly rearward of the front end of the packet. This way the switch is not evident from the front end. Fanning the cards at the outset ensures that each Ace can be easily taken with your right hand.
Finally, please do not re-invent the original handling described in M-U-M (December-1959) in "Discourse On A Move." The fanning method is easier and far superior to other variations, especially when your hands are cold or dry and sticky cards are being used.
This is an idea where you set up a packet of twelve cards for a subsequent exchange of three or four Aces. The underlying exchange itself is not new, but the manner of setting-up is interesting.
Method: Suppose you have the four Aces face up on the table and are about to deal off twelve cards from the deck alongside the Aces. Spread three cards one at a time at a time into your right hand. Drop them face down onto the table in a semi-squared packet. This action is
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