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Break

break sleightA break is a very small gap held in a deck to mark the position of a card or cards. The following method is often employed by card magicians to bring the desired card to the top of the deck using a "break":

The deck is held in the left hand for dealing. The skin at the tip last joint of the pinky finger is pushed against the division at the right side at the inner corner. The rest of the magician's fingers are kept together at the same side, hiding this secret.

This break is generally taken by the ball of the right thumb at the inner edge of the deck, with fingers being at the outer edge -- before an overhand shuffle.

The cards are shuffled into the left hand until those above the break have passed -- the leftover cards are then moved to the ones in the left hand.

 

 

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