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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 the Double Deal was used by Jack Merlin of ...And a Pack of Cards fame, in his excellent "'Lost' Ace Trick" in Expert Card Technique (page 233). Charlie Miller raved about this piece. Of course, Mario made a contribution in this area as well. His offerings are presented, as might be expected, in Seconds, Centers, Bottoms, which also includes an odd treatment, from S.F. Grip, by Warren Wiersbie. It is worth noting that Mario's Two-Card Throw {Mario in Spades, 1947, page 5) and Cliff Green's Impeccable Double Lift (Professional Card Magic, 1961, page 148) are functionally One-Handed Top Double Deals. Both techniques can be thought of and used as such.

It is fairly apparent that the Double Deal was first performed by dealing the top two cards as one, using a Two-Card Push-Off technique—probably one similar to that described in Erdnase. It is interesting to note that Mississippi riverboat casinos were known to use prepared decks, called "Sand-Tell" Decks—a precursor of magic's rough and smooth principle—to allow a Double Deal from a Dealing Shoe. Oddly, magicians have not given any form of Double Deal much focus. Jerry Sadowitz describes a Top Double in his 1987 book with Peter

Duffie, Inspirations (page 103), and Darwin Ortiz does likewise in his 1988 book, At the Card Table (page 61), and again in 1995 in Cardshark (page 147). I should probably mention that the distinction between Double Deals in which both cards come from the top of the deck, and those in which one comes from the bottom, the other from the top, has been implicitly recognized by others. The designations "Top Double Deal," "Botop Double Deal" and "Centop Double Deal," while hopefully evident in meaning, are my own. (See also Theoretical Deals on page 275.)

The Double Deal taught in Expert Card Technique (page 27), as used by Jack Merlin, is a Botop Double Deal. Stephen Hobbs describes a Gene Maze treatment from Erdnase Grip in Gene Maze and the Art of Bottom Dealing (1994, page 23). Both Mario (Seconds, Centers, Bottoms, page 107) and Martin Nash (Sleight Unseen, 1979, page 334) have offered Centop Double Deals. If the Double Deal were easier, it could become a very popular technique, because of its relationship to the Double Lift. As things are, no form of Double Deal is often performed.

Third, Fourth and Fifth Deals—The earliest mention ofThirds—though not Fourths or Fifths—appears in Dariel Fitzkee's translation of Maurice Sardinas The Magic of Rezvani (1949, page 28). In 1955, Tony Kardyro's book Kardyro's Kard Konjuring described the first method, however impractical, for dealing Thirds (page 1), while allowing for the possibility of application to Fourths and Fifths. Mario teaches an approach to Fourths and Fifths (in Seconds, Centers, Bottoms) and is the first to offer a practical technique for such Deals. His Unit Control Theory (page 111) and other ideas made these Deals more than mere dreams, but actually workable under certain conditions. For individuals who have facility with both Push-Off and Strike Second Deals, Thirds, Fourths and Fifths are fairly easy additions to the arsenal. In spite of this, magical applications are nearly non-existent, except for those by Mario and René Lavand (see Magic from the Soul, 1993, pages 84, 92, 108, 109, 110, 116, 125, 160, 163, 181, 182 and 187; and Mysteries of My Life, 1998, pages 53, 68 and 87). Martin Nash (Any Second Now, 1977, page 275), David Carré (The David Carré Collection of Advanced Card Magic, Volume 1 video) and I (Pasteboard Perpensions, "ELEVaceOR," page 50) are among the few who have published applications. A fairly obvious use of these techniques would be dealing Fifths to maintain the Four Aces on top of the deck in a Four Ace routine. This simple example demonstrates how utilitarian such a technique could be. Were it not that most Third, Fourth and Fifth Deal techniques require a moment to set and a heavy, continuous necktie if deceptiveness is to be maintained, their utility might be more often exploited. My Theory Thirds discussion, on the following pages, may change this situation.

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