Backflip Halfpass

You can also do this Half-Pass without a spread, though a spread is preferable to provide cover.

a) Obtain a break at the middle. Grasp the deck in right hand Biddle grip—your right thumb taking over the break—as your left hand moves round slightly so the thumb is on top and the fingers lie flat against the face. Squeeze the deck tightly with the left hand.

b) Now, riffle the front edge of the deck with your right first finger, while the flesh of the thumb stays in the break at the back (Fig.5). It looks as if you couldn't have retained a break. If you have a problem keeping the thumb break during the riffle, simply flex the deck up and down as a gesture, then go into the Half-Pass. But the main reason for all of this is to get the deck lying on the left fingers.

c) The deck is now moved back into its dealing position. As you do so, tilt your hands down slightly and move the upper half forward slightly, then back in a squaring action, as the left fingers flip the lower over counter-clockwise (Figs.6 & 7). The upper half covers this movement from the front. The visible action resembles a slight "Jiggle Pass."

Or, alternately, again assume you have a little finger break in the middle of the deck. When the right hand comes over the deck, the right little finger goes under the deck at the front right side, then pushes the right side of the bottom half upwards. Almost immediately, the left fingers close, turning the packet fully over. The right hand provides cover with a movement to the left during the process.

Though this Half-Pass can be totally undetectable, it is best used in routines where it can be done on the off-beat, either when fooling around with the cards between tricks, or if during a trick, when attention is elsewhere. In either the spread or non-spread version, the strong point is that the bottom half pivots in the opposite direction than normal; that is, the right side rises during the turn-over, which means that there is more cover from the top and the right side.

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