Diesel Injection-Feb. 2011-Card Tearing
Piss Off Your Friends with this Feat of Strength
This is a guest post by Jedd Johnson, from the Diesel Crew. Jedd’s passion is Grip training, he readily competes in grip strength contests, and has produced multiple resources on building world class hand strength. He is THE Grip Authority.
You pick up your cards and see a pair of Cowboys - Pocket Kings - and you heart begins to race.
The Flop comes out and two more Kings are there.
You push ALL IN.
Fourth Street comes out and there’s an Ace. Oh boy.
The River comes out and there’s another Ace. Oh Shit.
Is anyone else holding Aces? No way.
Sure enough that slimy bastard across the table, the one who toilet papered your house in 9th grade and left the bag of dog shit in your back seat in college just took your entire pile of chips.
You think, "Screw these guys. I’ll fix them" and you reach down and grab the deck of cards and proceed to twist it like opening a jar of pickles, ripping the top off and in one motion throwing both halves down on the green felt table.
Like the father in The Christmas Story who just saw his prized major award crumble to pieces, you say "Shuffle those cards, assholes."
Imagine the impact you'll have on future card games with "the boys." This will be a story that will be talked about for years to come.
In fact, once they get over being mad at you, the first thing they are going to do is ask you how you did it. And YOU WILL BE ABLE TO TELL THEM.
How to Tear a Deck of Cards
There are many ways to tear a deck of cards, but this is probably the most widely used style. There is no trick involved. There is technique, but there is no dishonesty or slight-of-hand involved.
You will take the hand strength you've built from the many articles I have written in the past here at the TPS site and combine it with the technique I am about to show you.
Start by interlocking the fingers as if you were applying a gut wrench suplex on the Iron Sheik.
Next, separate the interlocked portions of your fingertips but maintain the shape and angle of the fingers.
Now, slip a deck of cards in, so that the top of the deck rest between your top hand’s fingertips and the callus line. Also, the bottom part of the cards will positioned the same way, between the fingertips and callus line of the bottom hand.
Now that you have the cards in position, you are ready to rip them. To do this, think of twisting the lid off of a jar, sheering one half away from the other. This will most likely not happen all at once when you first start out. You may have to start over a few times and readjust to complete the tear. Each deck you practice on, you can work towards having to readjust fewer times, until you can pop the top off the cards with one or two quick motions.
This card tearing technique is called the Over / Under Technique and it is the first technique that I ever learned. Of course, if your hands aren’t strong enough to control the cards, you are just going to make yourself look like a bigger fool when you throw your temper tantrum by failing to rip them in half.
Check it out in action:
For more information on tearing decks of poker cards and building hand strength that lets you do serious damage, pick up the Card Tearing eBook. You’ll be ripping stuff up in no time!
Learn to do it yourself = > http://www.cardtearing.com
All the best in your training.
Jedd Johnson, Certified Captain of Crush, December 2003 CardTearing.com <= Find out more