How to Do the Thumb Fan

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a cool way to have some one pick a card or just use it as a flourish

Step 1: The Finger Positioning

hold the deck with your thumb in the front and middle finger in the back,like this.

Step 2: This Is a Back Veiw of the Position.

really not much explaining to do here.

Step 3: The Fan

with your right index finger,fan out the deck by going in an top to bottom direction.make sure you hold the deck tight or else it wont go well

Step 4: It Should Look Like This

if it doesn't then keep practicing



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    8 Discussions

    A good thing that helps is to use your whole finger, instead of just the tip to fan it. otherwise you are left with a pack of unfanned cards to the right.


    Awesome! Thanks for the Instructable! I've been practicing this for the past couple days, and I think I've finally got it down. Found out that it helps me to put the pressure from my thumb closer to the middle of the deck, or sometimes the near side, unlike in your step one and two pictures. I think I just have smaller thumbs. Thanks again!

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    11 years ago on Introduction

    Awesome, been playin poker for a while with the buddies, none of us ever knew of such a painless way! Thanks a bunch.

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    Reply 11 years ago on Step 4

    i take the pictures with my cellphone so thats y they suck,some of them are ok though