This trick is
not hard to do after a little practice. Place one end of the
pack upon the palm of the left hand, and cover the other end
of the deck with your right hand.
Actually you do
not tear the cards. You break them first by bending them in
Grasp each end
of the cards firmly and then bend the cards forward. Next,
bend them backwards. Do this two or three times in rapid
succession, then twist the hands away from each other. This
will cause a twisting tear age on the cards, right in the
middle of the deck where they are broken from bending. Twist
first to the right side and then to the left side until the
deck is completely torn into two halves.
It is a good
idea to let the back of the left hand rest on the right knee
for support when bending and twisting the cards. Later, when
you become more adept at this trick, you can do it with your
hand free of the knee.
Many become so
adept at this trick, they can tear a deck of cards into
quarters, and even tear a corner out of the deck. Many are
able to tear two decks in half at one time. It is a real trick
that always brings a rousing cheer.