This is how I used to palm (in the security of my room, alone) cards and thought it's alright, because real performances have the elements of misdirection and naturalness to hide sleights. Now this looks pretty darn natural from above, except the obvious point that, well, the card peeks out from its inner non-pip corner. I'd have thought this is not an issue, but then I can't do many of the things after palming (such as handing the deck out to the spectator) that act as subtle convincers. So I tried again with the book-correct position for palming:- Needless to say, it looks awkward. I would practice it, but whenever I bend my fingers to have them rest in their natural curved positions though, the card keeps slipping out from the thumb pad and flops to the ground (the inner corner doesn't remain pressed against the thumb pad). Will practice take care of this issue? Please do reply. Thanks!