Guide To Card Positions

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This explanation will be a guide for you in the learning of card sleights and principles. It will make my teaching of them perfectly clear to you. You should memorize these descriptive terms and definitions thoroughly so that when one is mentioned you know instantly what is meant.

The "Bottom" card of a deck is the one facing outward, the rest of the pack facing in the same direction. Figure 1. The deuce of hearts is the bottom card.

The "Top" card of a deck is the one with the back outward, the rest of the pack facing in the same direction. Figure 2.

These terms are the conjurer's guide-post only. To the audience if a deck of cards is on the table with the cards facing up, the first card is the top card and the last card is the bottom card, whereas to you the first card is the "Bottom" card and the last card is the "Top" card. Regardless of what position the deck is in, the card facing out is the "Bottom" card and the card with the back out is the "Top" card.

To prevent misunderstanding, in the rest of your lessons I shall put "Bottom" and "Top" in quotation marks to designate the magician's terms.

The CENTER of the deck is midway between "Top" and "Bottom." Figure 3.

These terms are the conjurer's guide-post only. To the audience if a deck of cards is on the table with the

The edges of a card are designated in this manner, holding the back of card uppermost: A -- the upper edge. B -- the lower edge. C -- the left-hand edge. D -- the right-hand edge. Figure 4.

When card is turned over with face uppermost, A is still the upper edge and B the lower edge. But C is now the right-hand edge, and D is the left-hand edge. Figure 5.

Regardless of what position the card is in, the edges bear the same letters.

The corners of the card are designated by a combination of the letters of the two sides forming the corner. With back of card up:

AC -- upper left corner.

AD -- upper right corner.

BC -- lower left corner.

BD -- lower right corner.

Figure 6.

When face of card is up, corners retain their original letters, merely reversing position. Thus,

AD becomes upper left corner,

AC -- upper right corner,

BD -- lower left corner,

BC -- lower right corner.

Figure 7.

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