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One Handed Card Break

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A one handed break that I made-up when I was in Junior High School. It could be the "official" way to do it, or it could be really poor form. I wanted to do a one handed cut, and there was no Internet to search back then, so I had to figure it out for myself.

Turns out it's a slight variation on one posted by FrenchCrawler about a year ago, so I must not have been very far off the mark.
 
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Step 1: Hold the Cards

Take all the cards in one hand. Hold them with your four fingers (assuming you have four) along the back of the deck, and your thumb on the other side. You want to just bearly get the tip of your fingers over the top of the deck.

Step 2: Drop the cards

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Roll your thumb up so the bottom of your thumb comes off the cards. This should let part of the deck drop into the palm of your hand.

Step 4: Pinky Work

Put the tip your pinky on the bottom of the deck still between your thumb and your fingers. You'll use this in the next step.

Step 6: Drop the Cards Again

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Drop the top cards into the palm of your hand.

Step 7: Close the deck

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Use your thumb do close the deck.

Step 8: Videos

Here's a clean cut. (The end of the cut kept getting cut off--no pun intended--so I had to add that stupid title thing at the end!)



Here's a not so clean cut.



And here's a really not clean cut.


zetlin5 years ago
its good but i think i tore my cards to much throwing it at vent >.< will get a better deck overall nicely written and demonstrated by the pictures i think its hard to show card tricks in pictures so good job
mrmath (author)  zetlin5 years ago
Thanks!
psyoper226 years ago
hmmm, i'm definitely going to try this. Awesome.
AT6 years ago
Nice! I have been doing something like this for year (with my left hand though). A couple years ago I broke said hand and have been working on things like this to get back some of that lost flexibility. The way I end up doing it is pushing from under the deck and running my thumb down from the top of the deck to about the middle. Then letting the bottom half drop. I'll have to try it your way to see if my poor broken fingers can do it this way.
Much better photos then mine
mrmath (author) 6 years ago
By the way, Junior High School was over 20 years ago, not last week.
PKM mrmath6 years ago
That's certainly the break I was taught by a friend who was very into his card magic. If you know the two-handed version (where the deck is split into quarters, 1-2-3-4 becoming 2-1-4-3, if you see what I mean), an Instructable on that might go down well as I believe it's one people have problems with.
mrmath (author)  PKM6 years ago
Don't know the one you're talking about. Did the one your friend showed you include the pinky thing? Like I said, I figured this out myself (only becaues it was before the Internet), and added the pinky to solve the problem of the bottom card sliding out.
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