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I've been using a sleight from this booklet but have no idea what the name is or it's source.
Basically, a card from the middle of the deck is brought to second from top.

It's found in Bert Allerton's "The Close-up Magician" booklet in the trick "The Eye Popper".

Help is appreciated.
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The move is credited to Leipzig, I think its in The Sphinx. Jon Racherbaumer describes the history of it in the book "Card Finesse 2".
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Maybe it is also in "Tribute to Nate Leizig".

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Could be the Top Card Cover Pass. The variation in Card Finesse is very good. I always thought it was Stanyon's.
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Thanks fellas.

Someone on another similar post of mine also suggested it may be the 'Top Card Cover Pass'.

I don't have a lot of card books and was just wondering because I like this move.
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Is the move done as you flip the selected card face down onto the lower half of the deck with the upper half? (I am trying to describe this without giving it away) If so, this is probably the "Liepzig Pass" which I think is in the Vernon Liepzig book. Ron Bauer (I think) also had a variant named the Screened Liepzig Pass.
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That's it Randy. Thanks.
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Bauer's version is superb. Daryl included it in The Ambitious Card book, but had never seen it done by RB. I did it for him at a convention and fooled him completely. "Oh", he said when I told him what it was - "I had no idea it could look that good!"

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P.S. It was originally described in Charlie Miller's Magicana column...
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The move in question is a variant of the Leipzig Pass. (The Leipzig Pass, by the way, does not appear in the Vernon book. There is a pass described there, but it's not the one being referred to in this thread.)

The Leipzig Pass was originally described in the January 1939 Sphinx, and it brings the card directly to the top of the deck. He used in the context of a Card Stabbing where the deck is spread on the table and covered by a handkerchief.

Ron Bauer's handling brings the card to second from the top, and is described in the February 1983 Genii. This is essentially a finessed version of Bert Allerton's handling, which is what appears in "The Close-up Magician".

Actually, reading over the Bauer handling, he mentions that both versions were described in "Subtle Problems You Will Do", by Stewart Judah and John Braun in 1937. They did not credit either Leipzig or Allerton, but apparently mention that version which brings the card to the second position was created by H. Adrian Smith.

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