Expert Poker and Bridge Deal

This is an Andrew Wimhurst Effect that is fairly unique to gambling demonstrations; this does not require a close up pad. This is a two phase routine, the first dealing four of a kind using an overhand shuffle, the second dealing a perfect bridge hand (all thirteen spades) to one person. All this from a deck shuffled by a spectator, not a bad demonstration of skill!

Setup: None

While pattering about card cheating techniques I have a spectator shuffle a deck, while making a big deal that they shuffle it well. After they have shuffled, I take the deck from them and cut the first king I see to the rear of the deck. I patter about using the kings for this demonstration, while spreading thru the deck (to remove the kings). I cull all the spades to the rear of the deck, injogging the last spade.

I then turn the deck face down and shuffle off from the injog, bringing the spade stock to the face of the deck.

Explaining about cheating using an overhand shuffle, I place all four kings face up on the top of the face down deck.

Now I stack the deck using the Erdnase stock shuffle for four cards (from Expert At The Card Table Or Dai Vernon's Revelations, or Darwin Ortiz's Annotated Erdnase)

I place the four kings face up on the face down deck. Now I perform the Erdnase four card stock shuffle for five hands. Peel off the top king and toss the deck on top. Undercut slightly less than half the deck. Injog the top card. Run eight cards. Outjog the next card and shuffle off, Running the last few cards to bring the bottom king back to the top (being careful to not disrupt the spade block). Cut at the outjog, taking a break at the injog. Run four cards. Throw to the break. Run one card and injog the next card. Run eight cards. Outjog the next card and shuffle off. Cut to the injog and throw. Cut to the outjog, run four cards and throw. ( This runup is taught in detail in Expert at the Card Table as well as the Annotated Erdnase by Darwin Ortiz's and Dai Vernon's Revelations)

The above is not only the explanation for the stacking sequence, but it's also the patter. I tell the spectators that I am going to teach them how to stack four of a kind in a poker game. I explain that I will leave the Kings face up to make it easier to follow. I then narrate the Erdnase run-up as I perform it.

At the end I false cut the deck, and then deal five hands of poker, with the fifth hand receiving all four kings. I pick up the other 4 hands and fan them as I remark that not one is a very good hand, while looking at these hands I check to make sure that no Spades accidently ended up amongst them. These four hands get inserted in the bottom half of the deck, leaving the spade block on top intact.

Then I fan the deck facing me so I can glimpse the spade block double checking that the shuffling did not disrupt the block. The four kings are then inserted in various parts of the fan, with the king of spades going at the front of the spade block (thirteenth from the top of the deck).

Then explaining that poker is a fairly easy game to cheat at and that bridge is much tougher. I proceed to Give a very brief explanation about bridge; always four players, teams sit across from each other, and the best hand at bridge would be all 13 spades in one hand.

As I explain the rules of bridge I perform two In Faro's, the first faro needs to be a perfect weave but not a perfect cut. The second has to be a perfect cut and a perfect weave. Cutting so the king of spades is on the bottom of the top half insures a perfect cut.

I deal out four hands, explaining the odds of dealing a perfect hand are 1 in 635,013,559,600, and that would be impossible for evan the best card handler in the world. So I will attempt to deal all the spade cards to me and my partner sitting across the table. Once all four hands have been dealt I reveal no spades in either of my opponents hands. Turning my partners hand over I also reveal no spades, then turn over my hand revealing all thirteen spades.

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