A DEVELOPMENTAL SNAPSHOT
IT IS only when one attempts to list the variety of False Deals that one realizes how many different types there are. That realization gave me pause about addressing them as a group. The fact that the literature contains so few descriptions of techniques and that one sees so few individuals perform most of them puts the subject back into perspective. I certainly don't want to give any Deal short shrift; at the same time, I have no desire to repeat myself unnecessarily. So, with the awareness that so little is written on the subject that almost anything I add will be helpful, I have put pen to paper. Still, a significant portion of what I could say about Center Deals and Botop Double Deals I have already said about Bottoms. A significant amount of Two-Card Push-Off Second Deal information applies as well to the Top Double Deal, Thirds, Fourths and Fifths. These pages will, therefore, primarily endeavor to standardize nomenclature, provide some historical perspective, offer some thoughts about applications and open some new horizons with a group of Theoretical Deals that explore areas that may prove worthy of future investigation. At some future date I may attempt a more detailed view of the Center, Third, Fourth and Fifth Deals. Until then the cited sources should provide a sufficient foundation.
Center Deals, Double Deals (both Top and Botop), Third, Fourth and Fifth Deals, Greek (also known as "Minus One") Bottom Deals, No Deals, Swap
Deals and all the Theoretical Deals share essentially the same Appearance Factors, with each other and with the Second Deal, Bottom Deal and legitimate deals. Grips, therefore, can be, and are, all over the deck, including most of the grips common to Seconds and Bottoms. The Center Deal uses some of the largest deviations from the more or less standard set of False Deal grips. This is not surprising, since Center Deals require that a particular point within the deck be kept available for the taking of a card while allowing legitimate deals to be performed. Whatever grip one chooses, as in all False Deals, the technical details of method are defining. Nevertheless, the level of detail in this section will not rival that of the previous Deals I've explored. Again, I'll simply cite those sources I've discovered. Those sources and my other writings on Deals will have to suffice to put the grip issue into perspective.
There is nothing inherent in any of the deals under consideration that precludes the use of a Standard Take, Stud Take (either Overhand or Underhand) or No Take (One-Handed) for any particular application. That is not to say that methods for every type of False Deal have been developed to employ every type of Take. Rather, the literature is so sparse in the exploration of these techniques that many combinations of Deals and Take types remain unpublished, if not undeveloped. It is clearly the combination of technical difficulty and limited application development that has inhibited popularization, proliferation and publication of new methods. Just as with the principal False Deals (Bottoms and Seconds), Take grows from application and drives method. The future, therefore, holds many opportunities for the intrepid explorer, but successful explorers must be visionary.
Most of the False Deals under discussion are in the veritable infancy of their technical development. Many have no more than two or three entries in the extensive literature of card technique. Perhaps the only False Deal within the scope of this document that can be said to have progressed beyond the infant stage is the Center Deal, and the Center is no more than a toddler. A look at some of the more important, though scant, variations amply endorse this opinion. Still, no aspirations to comprehensiveness are entertained. I'm not persuaded that further comprehensiveness would serve any additional purpose at this time. This foray into the subject should merely help to frame this under-explored area and provide a sketchy historical view. If it motivates thought it will have served.
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