The Spread Half-Pass was first published by Roy Walton in 1978 in a booklet of the same name released by Karl Fulves, and later included in The Complete Walton, Vol.2, p. 50. The concept being, that the bottom section of the deck (or a single card) is reversed while closing a spread deck, with the lower section revolving in a clockwise direction. In the various Half-Passes that follow, the bottom half is "back-flipped" so that it revolves in the opposite direction than most versions of this sleight, which makes them easier to conceal, especially in small hands. In Steranko on Cards (p. 42), Steranko uses a similar method to reverse the bottom card of the deck.
First, the Spread Half-Pass:
a) Assume you have a break in the middle of the deck and want to turn the bottom half of the deck face-up. Casually spread the deck to the break (Fig.1).
b) At that point, as the right hand moves to the left closing the spread again, right fingers go under the bottom half and flip it over to the left (Figs.2, 3 & 4). A body movement from right to left can be used to help cover the Pass, but it isn't really necessary.
Alternatively, you could spread the deck and have a card chosen. As the card is being looked at, replace the upper section and execute the HalfPass as you close the spread.
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