One Handed Card Break




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.

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

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 3: Push Up the Cards

Use your index finger (that's the one next to your thumb) to push the back of the cards up, piviting on the front of the cards at the base of your thumb.

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 5: Pull Back!

Use your pinky to pull the cards back, and at the same time, use your index finger to pul lthe cards forward.

Your pinky, at this point, is also keeping the bottom card from sliding forward.

Step 6: Drop the Cards Again

Drop the top cards into the palm of your hand.

Step 7: Close the Deck

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.



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    8 Discussions


    10 years ago on Introduction

    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

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    11 years ago on Step 6

    hmmm, i'm definitely going to try this. Awesome.


    12 years ago on Introduction

    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.


    Reply 12 years ago on Introduction

    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.


    Reply 12 years ago on Introduction

    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.