Cover

There are some very real problems faced in every type of False Deal. The Center Dealer must hide the opening of the deck. The Third, Fourth and Fifth Dealer must hide the state of the stepped, jogged or fanned cards on top of the deck. The Top Double Dealer must assure that the cards come off in alignment. The Botop Double Dealer faces an even more difficult version of the alignment problem, plus the need to screen the cards as they come together. Every Deal must be seriously analyzed and considered before it can be used with any hope of deceptiveness. The Center Dealer can use a deeper Take, which can help conceal the opening of the deck. The Botop Double Dealer can use the same Deep Take to help in hiding the top and bottom cards converging. The Top Double Dealer can combine careful Take-hand finger positioning with a longer than usual Take stroke to increase certainty that alignment problems will be minimized or concealed. These suggestions can't address every problem with every False Deal. No single discussion of this size could adequately do so. Rather, I offer some suggestions for particular problems. More importantly, the examples offer tools that may be employed to address other problems. Ultimately, knowledge, experimentation and experience are the most powerful tools. There are few problems that can't be overcome with careful consideration and the judicious use of the appropriate tool.

When the problems of deceptiveness unique to each Deal are satisfactorily addressed, there remains the matter of illusion. The creation of the visual illusion that the top card is being taken, when it is actually some other card or cards, or no card at all, is key to the illusion, positive or negative, and must receive careful attention. Even if one decides to sacrifice illusion for other values, it should be a conscious choice. The matter of note here is that there are means of assisting illusion that can be used for many different types of Deals. These may be thought of as principles for assisting illusion. My Deep Thumb Take (see my Back-Right Bottom Deal in Pasteboard Perpensions, page 19) is an example of such a principle. The countervailing motion phenomenon that is operative in the New Theory Second Deal and its progeny can also be considered a principle. A number of others no doubt exist. Some may not be universally agreed upon (see my observations on the Chase Second Deal, page 236), while others will find nearly universal acceptance. It can take years to analyze, learn, coordinate and incorporate all the actions and covers required to turn any False Deal into a smooth, reliable, natural and illusionary one. As always, developing an objective eye may well be the most difficult and useful tool of all. It's worth it.

THEORETICAL FALSE DEALS

In addition to the No Deal and Swap Deal, I've conceived a number of other deals that could theoretically exist. In other words, they would exist if there were techniques to accomplish their tasks. I'll not go into a lot of detail about any of these deals. I'll merely list them here: the Second-Third Double Deal, the Middle Double Deal, the Middle-Middle Double Deal (Middles from two different spots) and the Middle-Bottom Double Deal.

Some of these Deals have no apparent gambling applications that are not filled by existing techniques, but each could have magical applications that might be tapped. Some thought will reveal these applications and, with effort, methods may be devised. Someday we may think of some of these Deals as common, particularly if the No Deal concept catches on.

SUMMARY

There is, at some level, a critical mass for False Deals. When enough cardmen have acquired facility with a given False Deal, applications begin to appear. On the other hand, with so few applications for False Deals in print, relatively few cardmen are motivated to invest the time and effort necessary to acquire the requisite dealing skills and thus to develop additional, new applications that employ them. I can only hope that, with time, applications and proponents will come. Until then, we must love False Deals for themselves. My sincere hope is that the ideas I've included here will help speed the widespread acceptance and use of False Deals.

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