Posted: Aug 31, 2011 3:24am
The grip for our bottom deal is a function of necessity. Although the best playing cards in our day are the equivalent of high quality cards of today, our "average" decks were not of particularly good quality. Our bottom dealing position is designed to allow the expert to utilize any deck in play, regardless of quality and regardless of the amount of wear and tear the deck has undergone during the course of the game.
Naturally, if given a preference, we enjoyed the slip and feel of a brand new pack. However, when playing in games where we did not have a hand in providing the cards, using a new pack wasn't always feasible.
The grip for the second deal is a natural extension of the grip for the bottom deal. Depending on the size of your hand, your right finger may slip into the small opening between the left second and third fingers during the extraction of the second card.
The grip arouses little to no suspicion amongst the uninitiated, although magicians appear to be under the impression that everyone whom has ever played a hand of cards will spot the grip immediately. Our experience has shown this to not be the case.