False riffle shuffles

LOOKING AT False Riffle Shuffles analytically, all other considerations aside, they all must, at some point, deviate from legitimacy. While that statement might seem fatuous, the instant at which this deviation occurs determines the last moment the shuffle can be fully scrutinized by viewers. That is an often overlooked but fundamental consideration. From that perspective, the shuffle that deviates earliest is the Zarrow. A One-Shuffle Zarrow begins its deviation in the split before the...

December 27 2001 BETA

On december 22nd, in a brief but rich session, a serious, young card-worker, Rick Franceschini, showed me his handling of a well-explored plot, the card sandwich. To this plot, by virtue of method, he had added some interesting elements not otherwise possible with the same directness. I considered Rick's treatment immediately interesting, as I informed him, but somewhat flawed by his less than optimal exploitation of the features he had made possible. Thereafter, despite the season's...

Allan Kennedy Fake Center Deal

Center Deal -The Center Deal has a nearly mythical history, documented in a little-known article by Bruce Elliott and James Tuck in Saga magazine (March 1952, page 51). The article was titled The Search for the Middle Deal. It recounted Dai Vernon's tenacious effort, throughout the 1930's, to track down a man rumored to deal from the Center of the deck. The man Vernon eventually found was a card cheat named Allen Kennedy who, Vernon maintained, taught his technique to him. More recently, Karl...

The Wj Side Steal December 15 1968

There is a strange history to the Side Steal. For many years it was considered an essential move it then fell into relative disuse. Still more recently, it is again enjoying a resurgence of interest and popularity. I believe the reason for its fickle past is, at least in part, that few people do it well or invisibly. This is due in large measure to the considerable exertion of force required to squeeze the deck, as part of the extraction. The exertion of force, biophysics being as they are,...

February 111973 FINAL

I consider Card Warp (released as a one-trick manuscript in 1974) to be among the most unique effects of the twentieth century, and a masterpiece as it was originally intended to be performed. In spite of all the variations that have seen print in the ensuing years, none have improved upon the gem at the core. I will not either, nor is there any need for me to do so. Instead, I will offer an improved means of beginning the effect and an ending that approaches par with the rest of it. I believe...

Miscellaneous false deals

Double Deal It may be argued that the Double Deal is insinuated in Erdnase, with no technical detail, by Illustration 26, page 59. It was certainly in use as a means for dealing extra cards to oneself or a partner. That, of course, is the purpose for which it would be most useful to a gambler. For the magician it has many additional uses. It should be apparent that the Double Deal has some of the functionality of a Double Lift. It can also be applied to False Counts. It is in that capacity that...