Turn Around Center Glimpse Edward Marlo

Objective: To glimpse a card that is in the center of the deck after a spectator peeks at a card.

This action is similar to the Turnaround Glimpse cited in Chapter Eleven of Marlo's The Multiple Shift. Here the card peeked by the spectator, remains in the center, and is glimpsed in situ.

The deck is held for the usual Spectator Peek. A card is peeked as the performer holds a break below the selection with the tip of the left little finger. Your right hand comes over the deck with the right first finger curled on top, your right second, third, and fourth fingers at the front end, and the right thumb at the back end. As soon as your right hand grasps the deck, your left fourth fingertip presses towards the left on those cards above the break. This causes the lower end of the deck to angle to the left. (Fig. 14)

During the action of your left fourth finger, your left first, second, and third fingers also move to the left. In fact, the tips of these fingers keep the angled cards in position as your right fingers get a firmer grasp on the ends of the deck.

Your right hand starts to turn the deck clockwise at the same time your left hand releases its hold. However, your left first finger presses up against the bottom of the deck, raising the deck off your palm as your right hand turns the deck clockwise.

Midway into the clockwise turn, the performer will note that the lower end is now on top, with the back of the deck towards the spectator. The exposed indices of both the spectator's selection (in the center) and the bottom card come into the performer's view. (Fig. 15)

During the clockwise turn, your left forefinger keeps pressing inwards against the bottom of the deck. As the half turn is completed and the glimpse is taken, your left fingers immediately grasp the sides of the deck and square it in the process. With your left fingers momentarily holding the sides of the deck, your right hand releases the pack and turns counter-clockwise, using the right forefinger (against the deck) as a pivot point to re-grip the deck by the ends again. The deck is now in the Square Up position, between both hands with no breaks held.

Since the performer knows the name of the spectator's peeked selection, he can indulge in all sorts of fair handling such as the Dribble, Riffle, Spring, Squeezing, and so on. Also, if you take the trouble to note the spectator's selection's approximate position, you can maneuver it in a Faro Shuffle(in the hands) as your right thumb riffles down to the glimpsed selection. Separate the sections at this point, then perform a Faro Shuffle to control the selection to the bottom or top of the deck. For a positive control of the card, see Notes on the "Turnaround Control."

October 28, 1961

Fig. 14

Fig. 14

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