Moveable Block Shift

Note that in Figure 62 the left forefinger has moved over onto the top end of the deck during the actual cutting of the pack.

6. If you wish to make this into a Table Cut, merely pivot the deck into the position shown in Figure 14, then do a Swing Cut as in Figure 16 placing the right hand half onto the cards in the left Square up on the table as in Step 6 of the First Variation.

7. To apparently use the same series of actions and get the Aces to the bottom proceed as follows: Angle the Aces as in A of Figure 48. Next, move over the top portion of the cards in line with the angle-jogged Aces as in Figure 54. The right thumb now presses on the inner right corners of both the deck and angled cards.

This causes the cards to assume the position shown in Figure 55 with the upper left corner, of the lower half, projecting from the cards squeezed in the right hand. At the same time the lower left corner, of the upper half, is also projecting from the inner end of the left hand's cards.

Now the right hand turns the deck clockwise to bring the inner end facing the operator as in Figure 63. You will note how the left forefinger is already nearby to be placed against the jogged cards.

Figure 63

8. The left 1st finger is now pressed against the jogged cards at the left corner and the left thumb presses against the same cards on the right side as in Figure 64 where the right hand fingers have been moved out of the way to show what is taking place.

9. The action of the All Around Square Up is continued resulting in the block of Aces in-jogged on the left end of the deck as in Figure 65 where the left thumb has purposely been moved out of the way to show the condition, otherwise the left thumb normally covers the j°g.

Figure 65

From here you can do the cut in the hands, placing the right hand poriton onto the left, or you can get the deck into position for the table Swing Cut again placing the right hand half onto the left. The Aces will be at the bottom of the deck.

Strip-Out and Push-Thru

Multiple Shifts

One of the very first to use what I call a Multiple Table Shift was Clark Crandall using the basic mechanics of the Vernon False Shuffle used in the Triumph effect from Stars of Magic. Years later Jerry Andrus used basically the same idea as Crandall's which was published in M.U.M. Magazine.

logic was superior in that he argued that it was illogical to start the insertion of the Aces with the deck in the hands and then use the table for the rest of the manuever. It is, however, logical to start the action on the table and finish it there.

I have applied this logic to the methods that follow but have stayed with almost the basic principles of the standard Strip-Out and Push-Thru Shuffles in getting my results. These will take practice but in the long run will prove to be superior. They all require only a single cut to get Aces to either top or bottom.

The Strip-Out Shift

1. The Aces should be off to one side of the table and the deck face down. The left hand is above it, holding it at the sides. The left thumb lifts up about two-thirds of the deck, at the front end only, to enable the right hand to insert the Ace as shown in Figure 66.

2. Insert the other three Aces above each other until all four are projecting from the right end of the deck for about a third of their length. Both hands now come over the pack just as if to push the Aces flush and square the deck.

Figure 66

Actually the actions of the Strip-Out Shuffle are made to cause the four Aces to move in diagonally as in Figure 67 which is a diagram view from above. The numbered circles show the positions of the fingers as well as both thumbs during the actual angling of the Aces.

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