The Regular Pass

Fan a deck of cards and have spectator select card. Close deck and divide it into two parts, holding upper section A in right hand and lower section B in left hand. Faces of cards are down. Figure 1.

Have selected card returned to deck and placed on section B. Place section A on B, and in doing so, insert little finger of left hand between the two sections. Figure 2.

To the audience it looks as though the two packets have been brought together and the selected card lost in the middle. Keep front edges of cards well together so that audience cannot see that the two packets are separated.

Place first and second fingers of right hand (first joints) on front edge of lower packet B and right thumb on rear edge of B. Be careful not to exert any pressure on top packet A. Figure 3.

First, second, and third fingers of left hand are curved down over top of packet A.

Push up packet A with left little finger. The packet is securely held by little finger on left side and first, second, and third fingers on right side. Figure 4.

Raise packet B with right hand. Figure 5.

Curve fingers of left hand back toward palm, pushing packet A back down under B. Figure 6. Get packet A down in position which B was in at first. Figure 7.

Drop packet B on top of packet A. Figure 8. The selected card is now on top of the deck.

Study the diagrams, Figures 9 to 14. These show the movements in the PASS. Packets A and B are marked. The line above Packet B designates the selected card.

THE PASS must be performed in a flash. It must be done, not as a series of movements, but as one quick move. You must practice it until its performance becomes automatic with you and you can do it almost without thinking.

Never look at the pack while you are doing the PASS. Do not squint your eyes or make grimaces while doing it.

Some magicians close their eyes or do something peculiar while doing some important move like the PASS. You must watch yourself so that you do not give yourself away at a crucial moment by some grimace.

The best angle for doing the PASS seems to be the position in which the performer's right side is turned a little toward audience. Back of right hand and backs of cards are toward audience. Stand in front of your mirror and watch your reflection in the mirror in studying the Angles of Visibility in doing the PASS.

After spectator returns selected card to deck, wait a few moments before doing the PASS. Do not hurry to do it immediately. Wait until the audience is off their guard.

Remember NATURALNESS in performing the PASS. It must not appear that you are doing anything unusual or that you are performing any quick movements. Naturalness, you know, is the secret of good Magic.

When doing the SIMPLIFIED PASS you can go right ahead with it even when the audience is watching closely for there is no danger of detection. And this form of PASS requires no Misdirection.

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