The Take Top Palm

The Push and Take Top Palm" is almost perfect, but there is a way to change the vital moment, when the cards are pushed up into the palm. Steve feels that this method, which alters that instant, is an even quicker palm. It can be r^v. done only with two or more cards. /--^^

The right hand swings downward, turning palm down in the process (fig.2). Once the hand is palm down, and while it's moving, the thumb snaps inward, flicking the cards flatly against the palm (fig.3). The cards end up in a thumb clip akin to a gambler's flat palm. The hand is now ready to enter the appropriate pocket and bring out the palmed cards.

Proceed exactly as just explained in "The Push and Take Top Palm." The only difference is that your left fingers do not push the separated cards into the right palm—they simply remove the deck from the right hand (fig. 1). This leaves the cards to be palmed held between the right thumb and fingers, considerably away from the palm. The lower end of the cards rest precisely in the joint in the center of the thumb.

This technique transfers the time required to push the cards into the palm from when the left hand takes the deck, where there might be the slightest hesitation, to when the right hand is moving

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One would think that this type of technique would, in this instance, be extremely vulnerable from the left side. A peek in the mirror will quickly show you. however, that the left hand and deck completely shield the interior of the right hand from anyone on the left side.

Dai Vernon also experimented with the notion of coming away from the deck with a card or cards not vet pushed into the palm, and then pushing them into position once the hand leaves the deck.

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