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VOL. 14, NO. 1
ocalypse ISSUE NO. 157
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__iis routine had as a starting point A Cut Above, from Jerry's Packet Magic, page 38. Begin with three pairs of mates stacked on top of the deck. An easy way to reach this position is to note the values of the three top cards. Go through the deck with the cards face up, one at a time under-the-spread culling the mate of each to a position above or below it. Or simply move the three cards to position as you "toy" with the deck. Most often you'll find a pair of mates together. Cut them to the top; then only two more cards (mates of the two below the pair) need be shifted. Assume that from top down the stack consists of the black tens, red jacks and the red threes. With the deck still facing you, or face up, downjog the 6th-from-rear card - the last card of the set-up. Square the deck, flip it face down, and grasp it from above with your right hand. Your thumbtip pulls up on the injogged card to get a break beneath the 6-card stack. Now perform a Braue Reversal. I.e. - with your right thumb maintaining the break, undercut half the deck, revolve it face up sliding it to the top. Then undercut the remaining block up to the break, revolve it face up sliding that to the top. Re-take the deck with your left hand. The stack is now face down at the rear of the face-up deck. What follows, leading your spectator to believe that he's shuffled the entire deck, fits perfectly here. Cut off somewhat less than half the deck and hand that batch to your spectator for shuffling. Take it back, and slide it face down to beneath the deck. Without hesitation, cut of the remaining face-up cards, going to the natural break between sections to do so - and give them to the spectator for shuffling. Tell him to hold on to that section while you hold on to the other, and remind him that he shuffled both of
them. (.This maneuver is the Edwards Holdout The Cardiste #11, page 12. And this application is particularly logical and natural since the deck is not re-assembled.)
As your right hand raises the package move it to the left to meet your left hand, the latter simultaneously turning from a relaxed facedown position to a face-up position, ready to grasp the package. Your fingers are together and extended toward the right. (Fig. 3.) The hands come to rest momentarily when the fleshy pads of your left fingertips contact the bottom card of the lower packet near its left side.
Hold your half deck face down in your left hand. With your right hand, grasp it from above and obtain a break beneath the top two cards with your right thumbtip. As you do, instruct your spectator to follow your actions with his half deck. "And, if you like, give your cards another cut or two. And then take off a small group of them, like this..." As the remark is made, cut a third of your portion from bottom to top; then cut off the block above the break and deposit it onto the table. Try this once; it looks simply as if you've cut an "haphazard" small group of cards, and it takes a fraction of a second. Actually, a pair of mates are at bottom of the tabled packet.
At that instant, your left thumb is not yet above the lower packet. To bring it to that position, it is necessary to move (continual fluid motion) your right hand farther to the left (and left hand farther to the right). That is just what you do, at the same time retaining the bottom card in place with your left fingers until, stopped by your right little finger, it is flush with the upper packet. You're simply sliding the lower packet's bottom card to the right to flush with the upper packet. It's instant and imperceptible. (Fig. 4, normal view. Fig. 5, exposed view of the fleeting situation.)
Before your spectator has a chance to duplicate your actions, continue, "And put your group on top of mine, overlapping like this." By way of demonstration, match actions to words by taking your remaining in-hand packet from above with your right hand and resting it momentarily and indicatorily on the tabled packet, sidejogged to the right for half its width. (As in Fig. 1.)
Replace this section to your left hand, allowing the spectator to follow your instructions. As he does, obtain a break under the top two of your in-hand cards, and proceed by saying - "Give your cards another cut or two, if you like, then cut off a second group." As he starts, cut half your remaining cards from bottom to top. Cut off the block up to the break and set it on the table to the right of the already tabled, stepped "package." The spectator follows suit, depositing his group overlapping on top of yours, as before.
Your left hand is now in position to grasp the lower packet proper between thumb and fingers and withdraw it. In performance, this is done as that vital card flushes to the right. Immediately lever the left-hand packet face up with the side of the right-hand packet to expose a black ten (this example). Re-take the face-up packet beneath the right-hand packet, sidejogged to the left, and replace the combined pile onto the table. (Fig. 6.)
Finally, obtain a break beneath the top two cards of those remaining in hand, double cut them to bottom, and place this entire small packet onto the table to the right of the other two. Ask your assistant to give his cards a few cuts, and then to set them on top of yours to form the final pair. Review what has been done: Each of you had a section of the deck which he originally shuffled. Each of you cut his half into three groups. His are on top, yours are on bottom, of each group.
The sequence of actions beginning with the pick-up of the pile and ending with it being tabled again has been broken down into steps for you. In performance, it's done without interruption, as a flowing (unhurried) continuum. You may find that the withdrawal of the lower packet is cleaner if just prior to doing so you curl your left forefinger so that its nail contacts the new face card. The point is to make it look only as if you are flipping the lower packet face up with the upper packet. That is just what it does look like.
As you complete this summary, pick up the combined left-end pile with your right hand, from above - forefinger curled on top, second and third fingers together at outer end of the upper packet, the little finger along the right side, thumb at the inner end. What you're doing is holding the lower, stepped-to-the-left packet with your second and third fingers, at the outer end, thumb at inner end. (Fig. 2.)