Cutting Up

Thi s breakless move controls the bottom card of the deck to the top of the pack while executing an otherwise full deck false cut. Its roots as a false cut are in the first of Erdnase°s "Fancy Blind Cuts". It also happens to be the first false cut I ever learned. I would repeat it over and over in the hopes that the audience would let it pass for a shuffle. They didn°t and I was forced to learn the injog and outjog.

Knowledge of the the original cut will help you to learn this almost immediately. Either way, it is a quickie. First, I will briefly describe the original cat. Then I will describe the handling which will secretly move the bottom card to the top during the cut.

The deck is resting on the table parallel to the table edge. The thumbs are at the near long edge, the second fingers on the far corners, and the forefingers are curled on top. This position is shown in the illustration.

The left hand actually has control of the packet. The right fingers are just going along for the ride. When the deck is three or four inches above the table, the right second finger and thumb strip out the bottom third of the deck to the right.

This third is brought up and over the rest of the deck. Since the left hand is in the way, it is necessary for the pack to be angled slightly upward in order to bring the right short edges together. In this position, it is a simple matter for the right third finger to grip the bottom half of the cards which remain in the left hand.

At this point, several things happen at once. Both hands move in opposite directions, the left to the left, and the right to the right. The cards which are being gripped by the right second finger and thumb are released and they fall squarely to the mat. The cut is concluded by dropping the cards which are held between the right thumb and third finger on top of the tabled cards and the left hand°s cards on top of all.

This is the standard full deck false cut. It can be performed by holding the deck either at the long or short edges and is very deceptive. It is also a little too flourishy to ever be used in a real card game. However, it is not too flashy to be used by someone who is supposed to be a card handler.

You are now ready for the control. I will describe it using it with the deck starting in the same position as before --- although this too can be performed with the deck held by the short ends. Note the bottom card for future reference.

In this version, the deck is held more from above at the start then in the false cut. Also, the bottom of the deck should coincide with the first joint of the right second finger. The bottom third is stripped out to the right between the right second finger and thumb.

This third is brought up above the remaining cards. This time, the bottom half of the cards remaining in the left hand is grasped between the right thumb and second finger (not the third finger as before).

You are now ready for the splitting of the deck. The hands move in opposite directions as the original bottom third (now the top group in the right hand) is released and falls to the table. The cut is completed as before.

However, take a moment to notice something which probably happened by accident the first time you did this. When the top group held in the right hand slides off the lower half, friction tends to retain the bottom card of the upper half on top of the cards remaining in the right hand.

If it didn°t happen the first time, try reversing the bottom card and repeating it several times until the reversed card appears on top of the deck at the conclusion of the cut.

After playing with this, I realized it was not just friction which held the card. It was also a slight pressure which the thumb and second finger put on the falling cards which gives the bottom card that little extra pull which retains the card. Do not apply this pressure intentionally. It°s a sense of touch kind of thing which happens automatically when the instructions are followed.

I won°t dwell on this. The move happens without a lot of help from you. Once you hit it the first time, you will find you will have it mastered within a few minutes.

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