I have this theory when it comes to learning things. When you want to be good at something, find people in it that you admire, and learn their approaches to whatever you're trying to learn. Learn their approach, their philosophy, how they viewed and created their art.
Right now I'm making an attempt to understand Dai Vernon's approach to magic by learning his original published versions of classic effects. So far that includes Twisting the Aces and Triumph. I found an effect in Inner Secrets that does something I've been curious to do for a while. Picking Off The Pips.
The description for this effect is rather thin and the photos aren't a huge amount of help either. So, I'm wondering if anyone could offer some insight in to what Vernon might have been thinking here. The palming style he's suggested seems to be left WAY exposed to anyone on the left side of the magician, and loading the card in to palm seems to require holding the deck in a very awkward and closed looking fashion with the right thumb running along the low inner short edge of the deck so that the inner right corner of the bottom card can nestle against the flesh of the thumb.
I don't know if I'm just reading this effect wrong, but it seems like for something that Vernon touched it runs very unnaturally, at least when done as described. What am I missing here?