I have read there are three ways to separate an egg… that the first way is to use a commercial egg separator… the second way is to crack the egg and pour the egg yolk back and forth between the two shell halves… and the third way is to crack the egg into your open hand and let the egg white drip through your fingers.
Here is my method… and it is a whole lot easier and less messy than any of the above. Gently crack an egg into a small bowl. Slide a large slotted spoon under the yolk and gently lift up the yolk, leaving the egg white in the bowl. Hold the spoon and the yolk above the bowl for a few seconds, and the egg white that was around the yolk will break away and drop back into the bowl through the slots in the spoon.
A slotted spoon also works great for picking up any stray pieces of eggshell.