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The Amazing Noobini
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Most basic card instruction start out with how to hold the deck. At first the left hand is covered, then once in a while there is a fleeting and brief reference to the right hand placement, something which is apparently so obvious that nobody finds it neccessary to explain in detail.

For me however, there is one thing that I cannot find any logic to: What does the curled right index finger do in a Biddle Grip? Thinking about it now, it seems to me that I have seen several explanations to effects that emphazise that the right index finger MUST be curled on top of the deck? And then, as the sleight commences, the finger is no longer curled, like they simply forgot about it.

What does it do, except giving the right hand a theatrical appearance? Is it a tradition thing? For me it looks similar to people drinking tea with their pinkys stretched out. You see that finger curl inwards when the hands aren't really doing anything, as if to prove that the carditian is qualified to do this. But what people really see is a finger moving itself into an odd position. Doesn't that just potentially raise suspicion where none is warranted? If it has no actual function, I mean.

Wouldn't it also seem logical that if you curl up one finger, then you have rendered one tenth of your arsenal useless? And had one third of your front cover blown? Unless you are very eccentric. (Jerry Reed curls up his right index finger, the strongest of his right hand when playing finger style guitar. To get it out of the way. If others copy that then they are simply learning a bad habit, because most people just aren't wired the same way as him.)

I can imagine however, that a curled right index finger may prevent right index finger stretching/signaling during a classic pass. If you can slide the packet away from under it, that is. But what other advantages does the curl have that makes it so indispensable? And why then go away from it as a move starts?
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Robert Apodaca
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I don't do that when I Biddle Grip. You can set your magic to suite your personal taste and preferences.
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It's curled inwards in a resting position so that when you count the cards, you can lift up the finger and not let it get in the way. Additionally, it also lets the entire card be more visible since your finger will not be blocking the view. This could psychologically translate into having an open posture with nothing to hide.

I found that for me, when handling the cards, my index finger curls up naturally.
However, if having the index finger pointing outwards is what seems natural to you and makes you more relaxed, then stick with it.
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I don't find that I really have it there that often... not really. It's there sometimes however I don't really notice it. Maybe it's something that I should pay more attention to
I want to go far...
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It's just the way Elmer Biddle held the cards prior to executing a glide.

FWIW

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Stanyon

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The Amazing Noobini
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Thank you all for offering your thoughts and wisdom. I guess my conclusion is that I should endeavor to become more independent and stop worrying so much about doing something the "wrong" way.

I also like the idea of planting the idea in the spectators mind that the hand is not up to any trickery, by showing more of the card. It's a daring concept. I was reading something along those same exact lines of thought yesterday. Very bold. Sometimes you just hear something and instantly know that... yeah... that's a good idea. I want to try and do that. I tend to hide everything away as much as possible. But as I get better at my sleights, I should realize that I can get away with more under peoples noses.
"Talk about melodrama... and being born in the wrong part of the world." (Raf Robert)
"You, my friend, have a lot to learn." (S. Youell)
"Nonsensical Raving of a lunatic mind..." (Larry)
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