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Tenkai Palm

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The Tenkai Palm is a card palm invented by the Japanese magician Tenkai and described in 1945 within a marketed routine entitled Tenkai Manipulative Card Routine.[1]

The card is held lengthwise in the hand but is not flat against the palm; the card instead is held between the thumb which lies below and parallel to the palm and the right side of the palm so that the width of the card is clipped by the length of the thumb. While this palm is easily seen from certain angles, it can allow a much more natural appearance for the magician's hand. This palming technique is easily adaptable for a jumbo coins.

The Tenkai Palm usually allows much more freedom in the way of palming and revealing.


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  1. New Tops, Vol. 32, no 2, February 1992, Book Bonus, page 28.