Sidesteal

(with Top Card Cover)

COMMENTS: The side-steal is one of the most powerful tools of card magic, and it is taught here in exacting detail. Students will enjoy reading Mario's book on the side steal, from his RE VOL UTIONARYCARD TECHNLQUESERLES.

This description is written in context with "Switching Sandwiches." (found in the RESTAURANT MAGIC section). To follow along here, place the two blackjacks on top of the deck. Obtain a left little finger break at about the center of the deck. In "Switching Sandwiches," you have just had a spectator peek at a card, bringing you to your current position.

PROCEDURES: The deck is held in a specific way. In FUG. 1, notice how the left thumb is along the left edge of the deck. This insures there is no visible break or step now, or later, when the left little finger pushes upward on the selection. The pad of the left little finger is against the selection.

The position of the right hand has been omitted from the first figure, and is raised in FIG. 2 to show the exact position of the right thumb. Without this position being exact, there is little hope of proper execution. The pad of the right thumb is exactly at the inner left corner. Perfectly at the corner. This way, it serves as a gauge, keeping the upper half of the deck flush, while allowing the inner left corner of the selection to slip free when pushed to the right by the left little finger. The right fingers are curled naturally over the front edge of the deck, making sure no opening is visible from the front.

The left little finger kicks out the selected card; it leaves the deck at an angle (FIG. 3). When this point is reached, the left thumb can move from the side of the deck, and the right fingers can move to the right, away from their covering position at the front of the deck. Once the card has moved this far out, upward pressure by the left little

finger is no longer needed. Pressure might cause the upper and lower packets to separate. Notice that the left thumb has moved to the right, where it pinches the deck between itself and the base of the left index finger. Its hold is firm enough to support the deck as the right hand pulls the selected card to the right

When the selected card is half-way out, the right little fingerholds the upper index corner, and the thumb holds the lower index corner. FIG. 4 shows an underview. These are the only two points by which the right hand holds the card.

The right hand then moves to the right, as if squaring the front end with the middle finger and the back end with the thumb. Naturally, since the right thumb holds the lower left corner, and the little finger holds the upper right edge of the selection, it moves along with the right hand.

As soon as the selected card is half-way out, the right index finger buckles the top card, insuring that only it and the selected card can move to the right (FIG. 5). The right hand moves to the right, with the selection at a slight angle, hidden underneath the top face-up jack. The selection is totally covered as the right index finger points to the face-up jack still on the deck (FIG. 6). It looks as if you are showing the top two face-up jacks.

Move to the right until the card is free from the deck; then begin moving to the left to return the selection and thejack to the top. The selection is now between thejacks. This is a veryversatile move.

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