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Jean Hugard'sCARD MANIPULATIONS (Part 4)
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This version of Hugard's classic book has been preparedand edited by Magic For All. You may however distributeit in any way you see fit with two small conditions. Firstlyyou may not alter the ebook in any way, secondly pleaseensure that this document is distributed only to genuinemagicians.
To Palm a Number of Cards from the Top
 
 
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alming is probably the weakest spot in the technique of most cardworkers, both amateur and professional. The most common faultsbeing the manner in which the hand is brought right over the deck,taking off the required cards with a perceptible grabbing action, atthe same time telegraphing the movement by throwing the thumbstraight upward and, finally, the removal of the hand with the cardsin it without any reason at all having been given for the whole action.Under these circumstances it Would have to be a very innocentspectator who did not suspect that some cards had been removedfrom the pack.To palm cards perfectly the action must be so covered that aspectator who keeps his eyes fixed on the performer's hands candetect no suspicious movement. This is not so difficult as might beimagined and the method that follows is well within the reach of anycard handler with a minimum of practice.I do not know who originated the move but it has been in useamongst some experts for years and the general belief is that we areindebted for it to the same source from which have come many of themost subtle card sleights--the gambling table. Hence I have dubbedthe move--
The Gambler's Top Palm
To execute the sleight proceed as follows:1.Hold the pack in the left hand by its sides between the first joints of the thumb and the second and third fingers, the first joint of the forefinger being doubled under the pack and restingagainst the bottom card, the tip of the little finger beinginserted in the pack under the cards to be palmed. Fig. 1.2.Bring the right hand over the deck, the fingers held closelytogether, covering the outer end, and the ball of the thumbtouching the inner end, the hand being arched naturally overthe deck.3.Move the right hand towards the right and back again in the
 
usual motion of squaring the ends of the cards with the tips of the fingers and the thumb.4.Grip the pack between the right thumb and fingers, releasing itfrom the hold of the left fingers and thumb, and move themoutwards as if merely squaring the sides of the deck, but in thisaction the first joint of the left little finger levers the cardsabove it upwards into the right palm, being assisted in themovement by the tip of the left thumb on the opposite side of the deck. Fig. 2.5.The right hand must be held motionless as the cards are.pushed up and palmed. The pack is again gripped by the lefthand as m move No. 1, and the right fingers and thumb are slidalong the ends of the deck, squaring them as before.6.Finally seize the pack with the right hand at the Outer top andbottom corners, at the same time extend the left middle fingerand with it push against the middle of the palmed packet,pressing it securely into the palm.7.Remove the left hand leaving the pack gripped by the righthand at the outer top and bottom corners between theforefinger and thumb and bend the other three fingers inwardsa little, bending the cards in towards the palm. Fig. 3.
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Note particularly that speed is not required, the action shouldbe simply the apparent squaring of the ends and sides of thedeck. Reference to the One Hand Top Palm in Volume 1 willshow that the principle is the same but, in place of one cardonly, any required number of cards can be palmed

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