The Multiple Shift

The Spade Multiple Shift For One Card Side Jog Multiple Shift - Neat Elias Double Undercut Multiple Shift- Neal Elias Mario's All Around Square Up The Moveable Jog Single Cut Side Shift Mario's Single Cut Shifts Single Side Cut Shift Technical Variation Single Cut Swivel Shift The Moveable Block Shift Strip-Out and Push-Thru Multiple Shifts The Strip-Out Shift The Push-Thru Shift The Shuffle Shift ShuffleShift and Palm Off The Faro Shuffle Shift D'Amico's Multiple Shift Veeser'sBluffMultiple Shift Tom Wright's Multiple Shift Marios Subtle Shift Alternatives The Most Flexible Shift The Simple Shift Notes: The Crimped Ace Aces and Numbers Simple Shift - Undercut Variation The Immovable Multiple Shifts To The Bottom - Delayed Type To The Top - Deck Face Down Mario Sleeve Technique The Block Shift To The Top Block Shift Variations Added Notes Mario's Turnaround Glimpse Mario's Side Squaring Glimpse Mario's Acrobatic Aces

Basically, the Multiple Shift means to control several cards together or rather simultaneously. There have been several techniques and variations for accomplishing this but it is always interesting to know who was the first one to think of such a process.

Looking in Erdnase I find that such a thought is not exactly new as you can judge by the following quote from the Erdnase Diagonal Palm Shift - "The plan of having one or several cards inserted in the deck, then forcing them through slightly diagonally, and twisting them out to the top or bottom, is well known to most conjurers, and by some treated as a blind shuffle."

In view of the explanation Erdnase gives for the Diagonal Shift I must conclude that the last words, "As a blind shuffle", can only mean a sort of false Strip-Out shuffle done in the hands. He further states, "That the process is not satisfactory is seen by the fact that is is seldom or never employed, and but rarely even mentioned in any list of card sleights."

Erdnase then goes on to give his improved version of the sleight and it is interesting to note that his "diagonal positioning" of the card is being used by some conjurers to this day.

The use of the Diagonal Push Thru is evident in the Cardini Ace Trick on page 545 of Greater Magic; however, the use it is put to is far different from that of Erdnase. Matter of fact, it is more in the subtle class. It is to be noted that the steps of the Diagonal, as shown in Figures 2 to 5 on page 546 of Greater Magic, have been claimed as originations by at least three present day card men who use this technique for their particular Multiple Shift.

The next source to have a description of an entirely new procedure for the Multiple Shift is that of the Tarbell Course, revised edition for 1943 on page 192 of Volume 3. Although there is no credit given to any particular person for this "Move" it undoubtedly is the Vernon Multiple Shift. In 1946 when Buckley published his Card Control, he included the Vernon Shift with credit. At the same time he gave his own method for accomplishing this manuever.

There is one important addition in the Buckley method and that is he gets the desired cards to the top of the deck while the pack is face down. In the Vernon sleight the pack has to be held face up. However, Buckley fails to give a method to bring the cards to the bottom while still holding the deck face down. In the various methods I will set down here I intend to give procedures that will get the cards to either top or bottom without any apparent change in the handling of the deck.

While the Buckley and Vernon Shifts were described using a Single Cut, to control the cards, present day card men, for some strange reason, all have followed the original Strip Out with a series of Run Cuts called the Hindu Shuffle. I personally feel that the less you do to the cards the more effective any control; therefore, I have always stayed with the Single Cut idea in all of my shifts.

In a book called Mario in Spades was given a Multiple Shift that had several new advances to the sleight. Up to this time the Shift was done "straight away" so to speak. In the "Spade" book the cards were pushed flush and then a Squaring Action was made to give the impression of the cards really being flush with the deck but in reality they were behind a bevel of cards.

The squaring action was an end square but later I added a sort of Side Squaring action by holding the ends of the deck between both hands and sort of bending the sides of the deck just before the eventual single cut that brought the cards to the top of the deck. Thus this was the first step towards what finally became the "Mario All Around Square Up" which will be described and applied to the various Multiple Shifts in this chapter.

As I have never been particularly happy with the fact that some of the drawings in the "Spade" book were made upside down, thus confusing the text for that particular Multiple Shift, a brief and correct description, as done today, will now be given.

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