Through the Fist Flourish

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Through the Fist Flourish is a card flourish and a sleight.

As a flourish, it can be used to signal the "magic move" during a card routine. As a sleight, the card is secretly turned over.

The action is similar to a standard element of cigarette manipulation, which goes back to the 19th century, where a cigarette is pushed up through the the closed fist with the thumb as the hand turns from palm up to palm down. It has also been applied to knives, paddles, and business cards.

The move with cards is often credited to Dai Vernon, who may have popularized it, but no credit has ever been found it print.

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