Bottom Block Transfer

In actual practice of the Bottom Block Transfer I suggest use of the Patented Shuffle Technique however, for the clarity of explanation the Simplex Strip-Out will again be used, Here again a set-up pack can be kept in order while apparently locating or bringing 4 cards of one value to the face of each packet. Aces will again be the example cards. With four Aces brought secretly to bottom of deck undercut half the deck, with right hand, to the right. Aces are in right section. Riffle Shuffle as...

Uses For Marlos Bottom Slip

Before going into the various uses for the Bottom Slip Cut, I will describe a few other techniques of accomplishing it. In describing each technique the position of one hand may be given but it is understood that the other hand will have the same position on the opposite end of the pack. The fingers, which grasp the ends of the deck, should lie in a horizontal position or practically in line with the length of the pack. In this position, it will be found that the fourth finger will lie against...

Marlos Insurance

This is simply a process of using the underlying mechanics of the Patented False Shuffle. Assume you are doing the Zarrow shuffle as described. After the unweaving of the cards, as in the Zarrow shuffle, keep your left third finger firmly in place against the outer left corner, Left thumb is kept in place at inner left corner. As the cards are apparently pushed flush you do so by making top half ride in at an angle. This action is similar to 7A-7D figures. This prevents the top half of cards...

Topsyturvy Ace Control

Effect Cards shuffled by spectator and performer shows them well mixed. Cardician further shuffles the pack and also mixes them face up and face down. Operator now cuts to four Aces one at a time. For the climax the Topsy-Turvy pack is shown all one way. Method Cards shuffled by spectator. Deck is taken by performer and spread face up between the hands, to show cards well mixed. During this time you cull the four Aces. The simplest method is to run thru deck till you come to first Ace. Now in...

First Triumph

This keeps the whole deck in order from top to bottom. While any type of 'stack' or order can be used on the pack itself I will assume you have it in a most obvious order such as Ace to King with the suits in C-H-S-D order. That is, A to K of C - A to K of H etc. thru out the deck. The deck is not shuffled at this stage but merely introduced. Have a card selected from somewhere in center of the deck and have it returned to the same place. In squaring up the deck get a left 4th finger tip break...

Multiple Stripper Control

In essence you can have the deck shuffled and on taking it back can cull all the Aces or part of them. Also from here you can stack them. The deck la regular for 48 cards however, the four Aces have been cut to make up the Stripper Short cards. These can be cut as broad or as fine as you may feel you need. In using Multiple Stripper Short cards naturally they will not always lie in the same direction in the pack. For example two may have their narrow ends at right end of deck and the other two...

Marlo Short Card

This is a card cut on right side only, like a Stripper Deck, as the card lies face down or along its non index side. The Fig. 22 shows the idea. The above Fig. 22 is in no way a reflection on the student's knowledge but only used to give a clear picture, in the minds eye, of the length of the cut. The Fig. 22 shows the average length of cut which starts about a quarter of an inch off of the top corner and then down at an angle. As the length of the cut is lessened the stripper card is made...

Problem

Here you have managed to block off the second Ace in an ideal condition so that after the cut, at the Step, or after a Strip-Out, one Ace will be on top of left hand portion and one Ace will be on bottom of left hand portion. The right hand cards are of course now used to block oft the third Ace. If it is located and blocked off, you handle it according to whether it is an ideal situation or as follows if it is again only a few cards from the bottom. The Fig.12 shows the situation with one Ace...

Bluff Poker Stack

These can be the Jacks-Queens or Kings but do not use Aces. Spectator can shuffle deck all he likes. On getting deck you add on the three held out cards. Assume these are the 3 Jacks. With the 3 Jacks on top go into a regular riffle stack, for five hands, of the 3 Jacks. At same time comment that you will, during the shuffle, stack yourself a good hand as well as a couple of 'sucker' hands. All you really have done so far is merely stacked the 3 Jacks every...

Shuffled The Cards

The above line should be a very familiar one to any card man who has ever heard a layman speak of the prowess of some 'card hustler' he just happened to know. These stories, depending on what they are, usually also give some inkling of a possible modus operandi this of course depending on your knowledge. For example if the layman says, I shuffled the cards and then my friend dealt everybody a Full House and himself the Royal Flush you should know several things One - the trick is possible but...

Second Method

With right hand undercut a small portion to the right. Aces are bottom cards of this portion. Riffle shuffle to block off the Aces as already explained. The Fig. 113 shows this blocking off except in this case the Ace blocking would be on the right side. Telescope the cards into each other and set-up for a Strip-Out. The jogged Aces will now be at the inner left corner. The Fig. 115 shows the left end of deck where you will note a covering block just above the...

Four Aces From Bottom To

Four Aces on bottom of deck, Right hand cuts off a large portion, from top, to the right. Left hand portion has about 18 cards or so. Riffle shuffle by first riffling off about half the cards from right hand portion. Follow by releasing the four Aces from left hand portion and then a few cards, 8 or so, from right hand section. The result is the Aces are actually between a large block of cards on the bottom and small block of cards on top. This is seen in Fig. 113. The rest of the cards can now...

Four Aces Top To Bottom

With right hand cut off top 15 cards or so. In other words a small packet from top cut off to the right. Riffle Shuffle starting with the small packet in order to get to hold back four cards, Aces, in right section before you riffle off too many cards in left section. Actually you should have around twenty four cards, more or less, remaining in left packet at the time you have the four Aces held back in right packet. The Fig. 106 makes this clearer. Right hand now...

In Two Shuffles

This combination is interesting in that during the two shuffles the top cards of deck are apparently lost or shuffled into deck. Nine cards on top of deck. With both thumbs riffles cards upwards and hold back top three cards. Get a break, with left thumb, below these 3 cards. Right hand does a Center Cut from under the top three cards. Left thumb maintains its break under the top 3 cards during the riffle shuffle to follow. Riffle Shuffle holding back an additional-3 cards with left thumb....

Gin Rummy Stack

This game is quite popular and while several players can participate, it usually is played by two who enjoy the immediate personal conflicts Of course the fact that each player gets Ten cards con also account for this being a two player game as compared to the usual Rummy Game in which a player gets only seven cards. At any rate this stack is a two player Gin type. It is designed to stack nine cards or three sets of three. While using a Faro Riffle Shuffle could accomplish this very easily the...

The Double Stack

Here is a system for stacking two hands. One is the dealers or winning hand the other is the so called Sucker hand. This sucker hand is also stacked to fall into any position regardless of how many players may be theoretically involved. Assume you wish to use the four Kings and the four Aces. The Kings and Aces are on top or deck with the Kings uppermost. Although it does not make any difference as to whether the Aces or Kings are top most cards for this example, the Kings will be uppermost....

Flexible Placement Deck Shuffled

Assume you wish to bring it to 40th from the top. First deduct 40 from 52 which give you 12 as your key number or how many cards from the bottom. The cards must be placed in order to make it 40th from the top. Begin by undercutting half the deck to the right. Riffle Shuffle keeping back four cards with left thumb on left section 30 these fall last. Don't forget the blocking off of these 4 cards with cards from' right hand section. Situation is as in Fig. 85 except...

Block Stacking

In removing the 4 Aces the crimp is easily brought to 5th from the bottom. Toss Aces face up to table. Shuffle remainder of-deck keeping crimp at 5th from bottom. Place Aces on top. Cut top halt off to the right. Riffle Shuffle holding back 4 cards on the left and one Ace on the right. A large block from right section is on top of left section. The Fig. 73 is similar situation. The crimp and five cards should still be on bottom Telescope the cards into each...

Left And Right Block Transfer

Bottom card crimped at inner right corner as deck lies lengthwise in front of operator. Do any preceding shuffles to retain this condition. Assume the stack is to be for a five handed game. With right hand cut off top half to right. Aces are on top of right hand section -crimp is on bottom of left hand section. Riffle Shuffle holding back four cards in left hand section only but being sure that these four cards will be blocked off by a fairly large portion from...

Call And Stock

The Cardician stacks four of that value into practically any number of hands. This uses the stacked deck, of Ace to King, in C-H-S-D order as in the effect Any Four-Repeat The bottom card of deck is crimped. Assume the spectator called for the Three Spots and wishes them to come to the dealer in a Six Handed game. With both thumbs ruffle deck upwards getting a break, with left thumb under the top three cards or under the 3C. With right hand cut out the center...

Any Four Repeat

Effect - Spectator calls for any four of a kind. The cardician, during shuffles and cuts, locates these one at a time. The effect can be repeated as often as desired. This is based on glimpsing or peeking plus the Holding Back of a required number of cards. As you do the effect you will quickly realize why both ideas are essential. The pack itself is set-up from Ace to King in C-H-S-D order. Therefore, the top Ace to King are Clubs followed by Hearts-Spades and Diamonds arranged Ace to King....

Placement Process

Assume you wish to place the top card into the 12th position from top of deck and also retain the order of the pack. Undercut halt the pack to the right in readiness for a riffle shuffle. Riffle shuffle holding back four cards on left hand section and a fairly large block on right hand section as in Fig. 60. Telescope the cards into each other only as far as seen in Fig. 61 Here the right end is in a side-jog and deck is in Strip-Out condition Also most important is the fact that there is a...

The Double Block Transfer

Here is where you will be making use of the technique of Obtaining and Maintaining blocks or sets of cards. Once more let us use the tireless four Aces for the example. Four Aces on top. Cut off top the third to the right. With left thumb do the Preliminary Riffle to obtain a break on four cards. Lower left thumb but keep break. See Fig. 17 and 18 for the action. Riffle Shuffle obtaining another four cards which are held back in left hand section. Right hand section of course holds back four...

Center Block Transfer

With four Aces on top the right hand cuts off top third to the right. Riffle Shuffle holding back four cards on the left and four Aces on the right. Release one Ace with right thumb. Now left thumb and second finger move their four cards to the right and under the other 3 Aces as seen in Fig. 29. Hands now telescope its cards but only up to the point of the four card block. In other words as in the Simplex Strip-Out Shuffle. The Fig. 30 shows situation with deck in a Strip-Out condition. Do a...

Obtaining And Maintaining

In this first example it is assumed the student is familiar with the method of releasing cards from under one thumb which in turn are caught by the other thumb as per Fig. 132 in Riffle Shuffle Systems. Use of the Break and Step will be given for a stack of 4 Aces, in just one shuffle, so that the idea may be fully in one description. The hands are positioned at each end of the deck as if ready to cut the deck for a shuffle. The four Aces are on top of deck. With hands in position, as above,...

Combination Top And Bottom Block Transfers

Assume you have secretly brought 4 Kings to top of deck and 4 Aces to the bottom of deck. You can also assume the rest of deck is in a Stay-Stack order. Proceed with any of the false shuffles and cuts to retain the order of the deck. Do not overdo this first part. Remember 4 Kings are on top and 4 Aces at bottom. With right hand undercut half the deck to the right. With right thumb release two bottom cards, Aces. Next left thumb releases a block of cards onto the two Aces. Continue now in a...

Block Transpositions

This is most useful when you want to transpose some cards with other cards yet retain the rest of deck in order. Suppose you have say four Aces on top and four Kings under that you wish to get the four Kings on top of the four Aces yet retain the order of the deck. Begin by doing the Two Thumbs Upward Ruffle as explained on page 88-89 of original Riffle Shuffle Systems step 4 and figures 140 and 141. Continue the two thumbs upward riffle until you have come to hold only the top four cards. At...

Fivehand Stack

Cut off top halt to the right. Riffle Shuffle holding back four cards on left and few cards on right. Release all but two cards, the Aces, from under right thumb. This action is important to control that Ace which is third from top. Release one Ace from under right thumb followed by letting the four cards from left hand fall onto this Ace. Last Ace falls on top. Square up the deck. Cut top half to right. Riffle Shuffle this time holding a fairly large block on right hand...

Card Placement Deck Shuffled

Assume you wish to place the top card into the 13 th position. Cut top half to right, Riffle Shuffle holding back say four cards with left thumb,, Right hand lets a fair block of cards fall just before letting the four cards from left hand fall last. Situation is as in Fig. 85 where the 4 cards in left section have been blocked off with several cards from right section. Card to be placed is top card of this block. Set-up for the Strip-Out which will bring you into the position as seen in Fig....

Marlos Triumph

This involves real shuffles so to speak and yet one added Strip-Out at the right moment keeps the colors separated. A still later cutting and shuffling will keep the colors separated or you can actually separate the pack to split each color perfectly without having to look. The deck is preset with four Aces on top followed by all the black cards and then the red cards. Table the deck and with both thumbs do the Upward Ruffle in order to stop at where the colors meet. With right hand undercut...

Flash Aces

This effect has already been explained in the section dealing with the Bottom Slip Cut however, this method has certain advantages and ease of working. This version permits of flashing the bottom cards of deck, as well as of each half, before the shuffle and cut. The final result is four Aces, one at the bottom of each of four packets. The arrangement on bottom of deck is, from face up, an X card, two Aces, X card and two Aces. The set-up is kept on bottom during a preliminary riffle shuffle....

Marlo S Patented False Shuffle

The underlying techniques of this False Shuffle provide easier and greater control and unlimited flexibility of application. First, the bold, basic technique will be explained. Then we will explain its cover. Grasp the deck for the start of the shuffle. Your first fingers are curled on top and your second and third fingers of each hand are on the outer corners. Your thumbs, lying parallel to deck, are at the inner corners. The fourth finger of each hand is at outer ends, their tips touching...

Cautionary Note

As readers and students of card magic we tend to examine texts at face value, ignoring the fact that texts are written at a particular time and era. Also, we seldom frame written works in historical contexts. We rarely appreciate the specific Zeitgeist that gives rise to a book or manuscript and may significantly influence its writer. I say this because Marlo's Riffle Shuffle Trilogy when it was written and even now is a curious work. At the time the manuscripts were cobbled together from...

Center Stacking

As the heading implies desired cards are stacked while apparently being in center of deck. One Ace is on top of deck. Three Aces are on bottom of deck. Undercut about a dozen cards to top and hold break with left thumb. The Fig. 89 shows conditions. Undercut about 16 or more cards to the right. Left hand retains its original break as both hands start to riffle shuffle. Bight thumb holds back four cards in its section before left thumb reaches the break in left section. The Fig. 90 shows the...

Marlos Techniques On The Zarrow Shuffle

The following technique for the Zarrow Shuffle is not only the result of many hours of experimentation but of observation as well. Several important features of the added techniques will enable one to do the shuffle deceptively even if someone is in back of the operator. A definite technique for the secret weaving process - or rather, unweaving - is used and explained separately, Marlo's Insurance plus a method for the slow-motion camera will also be explained. First, I will deal with the...

Foreword

This is the second volume dealing with the Riffle Shuffle Systems and is being sold only to those who have purchased the original Riffle Shuffle Systems and not a pirated copy. This material, comprising Six Sections, is an extension and application of the principles laid down in Riffle Shuffle Systems however, there are new and revolutionary approaches concerning techniques for False Riffle Shuffling, Block Transferring, Slip Cutting and other stratagems. The bulk of the manuscript took shape...

The Great Discovery

You are now in possession of the finest Stripper deck available anywhere. Your deck may be either an End Stripper or Side Stripper and the pack is so marked. At this point you may say, So, what is so great about even a fine Stripper Deck ' Well, my friend, the deck you have in your possession has NOT BEEN TAMPERED with in any manner whatever These cards are EXACTLY as bought from the counter of a retail store. If you have received a Side-Stripper deck chances are it is the Invincible plastic...

Four Ace Shuffle And Packet Cut Discoveries

After spectators shuffle, you do the Order cull so that two Aces will be on top of deck and two Aces in center with one Ace injogged to keep location. Deck is, at this stage, face down in left hand. Injogged Ace is upper or top Ace of the two in center. Use an overhand shuffle as follows. Obtain a break at injog. Shuffle off top two Aces and injog the third card, and then shuffle off to the break. Obtain a break at injog (this separates the two Aces at the bottom of the deck) and undercut half...

Fourace Location Stacked Deck Retained

Effect - In effect you show control over tour Aces as you shuffle and cut deck into 4 packets and disclose an Ace on top of each. Assume you have a deck stacked in your favorite system. You will keep this stack during the effect. Spread deck and openly remove the 4 Aces. Turn deck race down and place 4 Aces on top. Do any one of the False Shuttles already described, such as In One shuffle or Simplex Strip-Out or a Zarrow. These will bring Aces back to top of deck and retain rest of deck also....

The Three Card Cull And Stock

The Cull and Stock will be described first under what would be ideal conditions and then its Problems will be detailed further on. Assume the pack has been shuffled and you have not had any opportunity to glimpse any cards. The deck is in front of you ready for your shuffle. You will use the Open Shuffle as per Riffle Shuffle Systems. Cut off about 15 cards, from top, with right hand. As both hands lift up the portions, for the shuffle, you get a look at the bottom card of the left hand...

Marlo Technique For The Top And Bottom Slip

Deck face down on table lengthwise in front of performer. Both hands come over to deck for the cut but just before the cut you make the following adjustment. With right thumb pull upwards, on about half the deck, at back side of course, forming a break. Left forefinger presses down on top card as right fingers move out the portion below the top card and up to the break, for only a fraction of an inch, after which everything is released but both hands still are around the deck. After step 4 the...

The Triple Card Stack

This makes it possible to set three pairs of cards so that two pair will fall into any hand desired while the highest pair comes to the dealer. It requires only two shuffles for any number of hands from three to Ten however, if the hands are not completed, five cards per hand, then you can comfortably stack up to eighteen and have the pairs fall into 6th-12th and 18th places. For the example a 9 Handed dame is used with the pair falling into third-6th and 9th places or hands although, it must...

Shuffle And Cut Discovery Of Four Aces

Cut off top half to right, Shuffle and block off Aces with about top Ten cards from left hand portion, as per figure 1. Set up for Strip Out. Press down, on inner left corner, with left thumb and press inwards to get break, with left thumb at inner end. Situation is as in Figure 2. Undercut bottom portion, with right hand, as left hand keeps break on remainder of cards, as per figure 3. Riffle shuffle, at same time retaining break on the left hand portion, in such a manner as...

Simplex Strip

This Strip Out Shuffle is very easy to do and as deceptive as any in existence. Undercut about two thirds of the pack, with right hand and place it on top in a side jogged condition as in figure 21. The jog is about a half inch. This is followed by immediately stripping out the center section with right hand, as left fingers hold hack a top block of about 10 cards or so. The action is seen in figure 22. The center cut is apparently made to split the deck for a shuffle however, the situation is...