Along with this "couldn t-care-less" attitude and the employment of different mixing styles, I like to think of false-shuffle work in terms of using the minimum required to be convincing. The idea is lo find that point where the audience is convinced of the mixed nature of the cards, and have the strength of character to be finished—even if you havent used the really cool in-the-hands-riffle you've spent years perfecting. Remember that the job of false shuffling is complete the instant they believe the cards are mixed. To do any more is to risk drawing unwanted attention to a part of the performance that should be downplayed and was already effective. Not too little, not too much, but just enough to convince. This is a case where less really is more.

Eric.: MEAD

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