This force is a departure from the usual run, since the deck itself is resting on the table at the time that the actual force is made. Other features of it make the entire procedure appsar to the audience as fair beyond a doubt.

The flexibility of this method allows not only the force of a single card, but also the force of any number of cards and the force of one card any number of times. There is no uncertainty as to the results; the force is positive.

FORCING ONE CARD: Assuming that you have control of the card

----you wish to force, bring it to any convenient number near the top of the deck, say third. Step be3ide your table or a chair, with your left side a little bit toward the audience and place the deck on the table beside you.

Explain that you are going to pick up the cards from the deck one at a time and you would like to have someone in the audience stop you at any time by simply saying, "STOP". (If you prefer you can ask for a number between 1 and 52, but this explanation assumes that you are using the first procedure, the method being just the same.) "hile giving your explanation, start picking up the cards one at a time but do so without undue care. As you place the first one in your left hand, put it in the position shown in FIG. 1, Just as a deck is held for dealing. If your forearm is about parallel with the floor, the position of the left hand will be both natural and convenient for receiving the cards.

The second card is picked up and placed on top the first as the left thumb raises up to accommodate It. Each successive card is handled in exactly the same way. However, after you place the third (the force card) card on top of these and are reaching for the next card the left thumb draws back the force card about a half inch.

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