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Glide is a card sleight used to control the top or bottom card keeping it at that position during a deal. It comes from the French equivalent term, glisser la carte (glide [or slide] the card).

The term has been in use in English since Roterberg (1897).

In Card Control By Arthur H. Buckley, the Glide can be used as a shift. The Glide Shift can be used to control a card to the top or bottom while giving the illusion of squaring up the deck.

The ancestor of this sleight is in The Discoverie of Witchcraft (1584) written by Reginald Scot. It's explained page 188 (Dover Edition 1972) during the effect How to deliver out foure aces, and to convert them into foure knaves. For more details, read CardMagic by Richard Kaufman (1979), page 59-66.


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