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Swing Cut to Bottom Palm

By: Remon van Scheijen 1998

Goal: While pattering chit-chat you perform a simple swing-cut. In the act of cutting the deck you palm the bottom card into the right hand and establish a left pinky break to keep the top card under control.

Explanation: If you look at picture 1 through 4 you'll see some stages in which a swing cut is made.

The deck is cut in half with the index finger of the right hand and swiveled to the left (a standard swing cut).
The bottom half of the deck goes on top of the left hand packet.
The cut is completed and the deck is squared.
Conclusion: The deck is back in the right hand in Biddle position and a card is palmed in the same hand. And you've established a thumb break at the position of the top card.

Now see how it looks at the underside. In picture 5 you see the begining of the swing cut it self. The right hand swivels the top half to the left. The left hand is not in the picture for clarification purposes. The right hand receives the packet as in picture 1.

In picture 6 the left hand receives the right hand bottom packet. This is the moment that you almost palm the entire card. The middle finger of the left hand pushes the bottom card back to the right hand. The pinky of the right hand is used as a pivot point. This is to control the card automatically to the standard palm position. At the same moment the left hand pinky enters between the two packets to prepare for a coming pinky break. This is the hardest part of the trick so practice. practice. practice. and when you've got the feeling just practice one more time. Remember the bottom card should be sliding in position. It's not the force that you use but the smoothness that does the trick.

Now in picture 7 you can see why i prefer this palm above a side steal. in the side steal i do 1 in 10 times there is a click when the card comes loose from the center. If you know Daryll's video tape of the side steal he explains that sometimes you can hear the magician side stealing across the room. Well this move prevents me for clicking it because when the right hand packet enters the left hand the two packets are still separated, this way the card slides more easily to the right hand palm position. It's very difficult to explain for me because I'm dutch, and don't know the right words to choose here. Anyway most important is that the card is palmed just a moment AFTER you finish the cut so before placing the packets together. The thumb of the left hand and the index finger of the right hand holds the top packet (formally the bottom packet) steady. This way you prevent the cards from shattering through the room. The thumb of the right hand is also holding the the top packet.

Now finish the cut by squaring the packets together. The pinky break to control the top card is established easily because the pinky was already where it should be. Because the right thumb was holding the the top packet only you can transfer the pinky break directly to a thumb break. Cool ah. This leaves the left hand free. And the finish should like figure 8. My patter through this sequence is :" What would you like to see? you're card fly through the air invisible or would you like to see it fly visible". Well anyway the trick and explanation are coming up so the sentence will make sense in a moment.

Figure 9 The recap. Look at the freeze action. 1. Right pinky is used as pivot point 2. Left pinky enters between the packet before they are closed. 3. Left middle finger is sliding the bottom card. Well i know the picture sucks a little because i hold the deck at a angle something you must NOT i repeat NOT do. But it's a nice try. Hope you can follow the explanation if not than don't do the trick. (Editor: Trick Located in Hard Trick Area (2 Card Flight)

 



 

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