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 finer providing the same relative angle of cut is used. Conversely if the angle is changed the stripper card also becomes either very fine or quite obvious. Naturally this all supposes that the cut is not started down the full length of the card. For the present the following ideas are based on the standard Stripper card.

With the narrow end, of the stripper key, at inner end or towards performer the card can be located (A) by riffling upwards with right thumb at left lower side while holding deck as if to split for a Faro shuffle in the hands. (B) Card can also be located by riffling down, with left 4th finger, at right side near inner right corner.

You will note I am not here concerned with the obvious method of riffling down, with left thumb, at upper ' left side if the narrow end is at front end. The riffling action in all cases must be soft and noiseless as possible and accomplished without looking at the deck; however a quick glance, before the actual riffling action, is an aid in determining its position thus making the location faster knowing just where to expect the riffling action to pay off.

By tapping the deck on its right side the strip short will jog itself very slightly at lower left corner and upper right corner. The pack should be held at center of the ends, between right second finger at front end and right thumb at back end. The faces of cards will of course be towards the left and the backs toward the right. The narrow end of card is towards performer.

At any rate the projections can be spotted visually as well as located by sense of touch. By touch the right thumb can locate card at lower left corner or by right second finger at upper right corner. When the deck is tapped on side where the card has not been cut, nothing will jog due to the straight edge of the card on this ride. Tapping deck on the right side will also show you a line in the pack to note the key cards position. -

With the deck tabled, as for a Riffle Shuffle, and narrow end to the right the right thumb can locate the card by riffling upwards at right side near right end. This action is used previous to splitting for a riffle shuffle. The key card will be top card of left hand portion and easily brought to top providing left thumb riffles its cards at extreme ends in order that only one card will be held back. Otherwise if the narrow side is engaged the thumb will automatically hold two cards which will be difficult to separate if the situation should call for this.

In step 2, where the tapping of deck is used to jog the key card, this can be used to locate via the Roman Shuffle (See Riffle Shuffle Systems) or the so called standard Dovetail Shuffle. The right thumb, in this case, would locate the key at upper end as the pack is turned for the splitting of the deck prior to the shuffle.

If you cut at the outer corner or at the projection then the key will be cut to face of the upper half and naturally will be shuffled to the bottom. However, if right thumb riffles at inner corner, nearest performer, the key here is short, due to its angling, thus it can be left on top of the lower half and eventually becomes top card after the shuffle.

With the narrow sides or the Stripper Key at upper end of the deck the left thumb can locate in the standard manner; however, by curling left first finger under deck the key can be located at upper right side by riffling downwards with tip of left second finger. This action becomes a secret one if the right hand is above deck apparently grasping it by the ends for the cut to follow.

Tapping deck on its left side, faces of cards to the right, the Stripper Short will jog itself at lower left corner and upper right corner. The pack is of course face down at this stage. The pack should be pinched firmly in crotch of left thumb in order to maintain the jogs when using them to locate by touch and grasped firmly at sides by left fingers and thumb if you use the jogs for the Dove Tail Shuffle control.

Left first finger is curled under deck and aids in keeping jogs in place by pressing inwards against face of deck. If the deck is tabled for a Riffle Shuffle the left thumb locates the Stripper Short at inner left side but right hand undercuts this portion in order to carry the key on top of right hand portion. This way the wide end is on right side and no trouble is experienced in making this card the last card of the shuffle. These left and right actions become important when dealing with multiple Stripper Short cards.

With the narrow end, of the Stripper Short, at upper end of deck hold deck with left hand as follows: The face of deck is towards left palm. The left thumb is placed on top end of deck and second-third-4th fingers at bottom end of deck. The left first finger is curled on face of deck. The right fingers and thumb squeeze the upper ends of deck, as in Fig. 23, causing them to spring or buckle away from under left thumb.

This action also separates the cards in a sort of accordion condition. To retain this condition the right fingers and thumb maintain their pressure, This leaves left thumb free to now move over and press down on top end of all the cards again. Left fingers and thumb now hold the cards as right hand lets go for the moment.

Right hand now re-grasps the pack but this time by the upper ends only between right second finger and thumb. The right first finger is slightly above top ends of cards. The Fig. 24 shows how right hand is holding the cards.

Note that the accordion condition of the deck is retained thus the cards are in a separated condition. If you now shake the deck slightly, the Stripped Short card will fall out at bottom end. This in itself is a good effect; however, to use it as a control this card is let fall onto tops of left fingers.

The left 4th fingertip pulls down on the corner of the card at same time pushing it back and getting a break above it. The left hand turns palm upwards. This moves the decks sides along right fingers and thumb until right hand can grasp the right ends of deck. Right thumb takes over the break, at inner right end, and deck is lowered to table for either a cutting action or a riffle shuffle to bring card to top.

Using the above as an out and out effect the best procedure is of course to force the actual Stripper Short. The best method for this would be the Marlo Reverse Fingertip Peek (See Advanced Fingertip Control) In this case, the card would have its narrow end at the top end of deck. Do the accordion actions as per Fig. 23.

When left band is holding deck, as in Fig. 25, the left hand turns inwards so that right hand can grasp this end of deck. Right hand now moves forward quickly and stops sharply. This results in the Stripper Short shooting out of center of deck. The Fig' 26 shows the card in the process of moving out. The right hand action is mostly with the wrist. A few trials and you will quickly get the idea.

All the steps l to 6 assumed a Stripper key that has been cut on the right side or along its non-Index side; however, a Stripper Short can also be cut along its index side or on left side of the card as it lies face down. It such a card is used then the steps l to 6 still applies but the results will be in reverse. As an example with the deck tapped on the sides the jogs will be at upper left corner and lower right corner of ends of deck.

A few other uses of the Stripper Short are in things like a Double Lift, Placing the Stripper Key, with its narrow end towards performer, say at third from the top and using the Hit Method of Double Lifting will insure two cards each time; however, its best application would be to place the key at about 5th from top and then using the Hit method very easily do a Multiple Lift as for an ambitious card routine.

If you should want to include the Stripper Short in the left then use the left 4th finger tip to pull down or riffle down to the Key. In this way the key will be part of the upper cards.

At this stage the student may feel that I have gone far afield from the subject in mind which is Riffle Shuffles; however, a complete understanding of the actions of the Stripper Short Card will enable one to handle Multiple Stripper Short Cards with more confidence. The next pages will deal with that phase.

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