To Perform

1. With the right hand arched above the deck, grip the deck with the right thumb at the inner narrow end of the deck and the fingers at the outer end. The right first finger can be either at the outer end of the deck or curled atop the deck. As the right hand takes the deck from the left hand, the right thumb picks up the break previously held by the fourth finger of the left hand.

2. With the left hand, cut off half the cards that are below the break. Transfer the small packet of cards to the top of the deck.

3. Then, in similar manner, the left hand cuts off all the cards that remain below the break and transfers them to the top of the deck. The top card of the deck following this second cut will be the spectator's card.

Note that if instead of holding a break above the selected card at the beginning, the break were held below the selected card, it would end up on the bottom of the deck.

Should the performer wish to transfer a small quantity of cards from the top of the deck to the bottom, the procedure is similar, but at first does not seem the same. For explanation purposes assume that the intent of the action will be to transfer four cards from the top of the deck to the bottom. To begin, obtain a little finger break under the top four cards of the deck and assume this break with the right thumb as the right hand arches over the deck. Should the performer wish to transfer only one card from top to bottom, he would hold a break beneath only a single card.

TO PERFORM

1. With the left hand, cut off half the cards that are below the break and transfer them to the top of the deck.

2. Then cut off the remainder of the cards belowthe breakwiththe lefthandand transfer these to the top of the pack. The fourcardsthat wereat the top ofthedeck are now at the face of the deck.

(Reprinted from "Counts, Cuts, Moves and Subtlety"withpermissionfromauthor and publisher, Jerry Mentzer.)

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