This uses the opening shuffles from Marlo In Spades. Briefly, the deck is split and one half is turned face up on the right. Riffle Shuffle off half of the face-down portion on the left, then half of the face-up portion on the right, then all the cards of the left section except for the top one, and finally riffle off all the face-up cards in the right-hand portion. They are riffled off under the single face-down top card.
Although this shuffle is explained in steps, the actual shuffling action simulates a regular Riffle Shuffle as closely and as expertly possible. (Fig. 1)
Cut the pack at the middle where the cards meet face-to-face, placing the top portion to the right. (Fig. 2)The next Riffle Shuffle is fair-looking. Care is taken to shuffle only the face-up cards into face-up cards and the face-down cards into face-down cards. Leave a face-down card on the top. (Fig. 3)
.half now face-up -half now face-down
This is the off-beat aspect. Cut off a quarter of the top portion to the right. (Fig. 4) Riffle Shuffle the sections so that a few of the face-up cards from the right-hand portion initially fall onto the face-down half on the left. This is easy because the natural separation in the left-hand portion is handily picked up by your left thumb. The result of this action should look like Figure 5, with only the face-up cards shuffled-in.
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Telescope the cards inward for about half their length, then your right hand tilts its cards up and forwards, as your left finger immediately performs the Tabled Reverse technique, turning the face-down cards face up. All the cards are now face up underneath a face-down card, which is facing the spectators. Without any hesitation, let the deck fall over and forward. Your right fingers holds onto this face-down card. (Fig. 6- a side view of this action.
Your right hand immediately uses its card to wave over the pack. It is then added face down on top of the deck. The deck is then ribbon-spread, showing all the cards face down or one-way. In both methods, selecting a card has been eliminated and all the cards end up facing one-way at the climax. The action depicted in Figure 6 is used to "right" the remaining single card after the Zarrow Shuffle Method.
KING'S TRIUMPH Larry Jennings
Effect: The four Kings are removed from a deck and shown. They are replaced face up into various parts of a face-up deck. The deck is divided in half, then one half is turned face up and spread. The other half remains face down. Both halves are shuffled together, apparently mixing face-up cards into face-down cards. The deck is ribbon spread, revealing that all the cards, except the four Kings, are face down.
Set-up: Before performing the effect prepare the deck as follows: With the deck face up, bridge them upwards by squeezing the long sides. Make sure that the four Kings are distributed in the upper two-thirds of the deck. That is, no Kings should be among the first twenty cards from the face. It is best to place a King twenty-first from the face and distribute the remaining three Kings within the remaining cards.
Method: Spread the cards face up between your hands, up-jogging the Kings as you come to them. Close the spread, leaving the Kings out-jogged and flip the entire pack face down into your left hand. Spread the cards again until you come to the last out-jogged card. Your left hand with its cards separates slightly at this point. Your left thumb more or less pulls back on its cards to roughly square them, allowing your left fingers greater freedom and access to facilitate the next action.
Your left hand (still holding its cards) reaches over and pulls out the four Kings. (Fig. 1) These out-jogged Kings are grasped and easily slide out. When freed from the right-hand portion of the spread, your left hand turns palm downwards and tosses the Kings face up to the table. Ask the spectator to arrange the Kings in any order. This misdirecting ruse covers the following action:
As the spectator attends to the Kings, opportunely assemble the cards in the following way: Your left hand is still palm downwards with its cards face up. Your right hand, holding its cards in a face-down spread, moves toward and slightly lower than the left-hand cards. In a coordinated action, your left hand turns palm up to meet your right hand, which simultaneously flips its cards face up onto the now face-down left-hand cards. Everything is immediately squared. This action takes only a moment. Within the spectator's peripheral vision, everything looks fluid and natural. Do not look at your hands during the action. Look directly at the spectator. When you know that he is not looking directly at the cards, perform the action.
With the pack assembled and squared face up in your left hand, your right hand cuts twelve of the face-up upper half of the deck to the bottom. This sandwiching the face-down half between two sections of face-up cards. Perform this cut in a casual manner.
After the cut, two natural separations occur, off-setting the center block of face-down cards. This is due to the bridge in the deck. Because of these natural separations, bear down on the face of the pack with your left thumb and cause the deck to appear squared. (Fig. 2)
Pick up one of the tabled Kings and insert it into the first natural separation as your left thumb relaxes to facilitate the insertion. The front end of the deck is out of the spectator's line of sight. Leave this King outjogged for half its length.
The next two Kings are inserted into the face-down center portion, making sure that they are evenly distributed in the block and equidistant. Needless to say, these Kings are inserted face up to coincide with an apparently face-up deck. The last King is inserted face up into the second natural separation. All four Kings have now been inserted into the deck, obviously appearing to enter the pack at different positions.
Situation Check: The first and last Kings are sandwiching the face-down center block of cards and the second and third (middle pair) Kings are within the face-down center block. when not held under the left thumb's pressure.
Your right hand (from above) comes over to apparently push the four out-jogged Kings flush. In reality, all four Kings are angle-jogged to the right. All four inner right corners of the Kings jut out at the inner right corner of the pack. Your right hand covers this condition. Your left pinky now performs two separate actions: (1) It pushes up on the lowermost angle-jogged King and gets a break on all the face-up cards below it; (2) It pushes the angle-jogged King so that it is flush with the rest of the pack, while retaining the break.
As your right hand holds onto the cards above the break (from above and by the ends), your left hand cuts all the cards below the break to the top. Almost immediately you go into a type of All-Around Squaring action. This is tricky to describe in print, but is easy to accomplish. Your right hand rotates palm up, bringing the deck into what appears to be a face-down position. As it reaches the half-way point in this rotating movement, your left thumb and second finger grasps the lower end of the deck. (Fig. 3)
Your left fingers squeeze the deck at this stage and the angle-jogs will not be disturbed. Your right hand now releases it grip on the cards, momentarily moving away as your left hand moves palm down to table the deck longitudinally. (Fig. 4??) Only one jogged card is shown for purposes of clarity. In reality, there are three jogged cards.
Suppose that the one shown is the lowermost King. Once your left hand tables the deck, your right thumb and second finger move over to the right end of the deck to split the cards for a Riffle Shuffle. Your right thumb contacts the lowermost, jogged King and lifts upwards, grasping and pulling all the cards above it to the right. Simultaneously, the jogged Kings are pushed flush. Your left hand with the lower portion of the deck moves to its left and turns its cards face up. These cards are spread and squared, thus momentarily showing that they are all face up.
The halves are now given a Triumph-type riffle shuffle as the face-down portion is supposedly shuffled into the face-up portion. When you execute this shuffle, your left thumb releases a few cards first, then the right-hand portion is shuffled onto it, with a small block of cards from the left-hand portion falling on top at the completion of the shuffle. The pack is squared and immediately ribbon spread face down. The four Kings will appear face-up and evenly distributed.
July 9, 1970
Racherbaumer Note - In experimenting with Larry's handling, after you cut the lowermost portion to the top, all the remaining Kings can be pushed flush. No angle jogs or breaks are needed. Perform the usual squaring action and table the cards for the subsequent shuffle. You will note that a substantial natural break exists between the portions. When your right hand comes over to split the pack for the shuffle, your right thumb lifts up at the natural separation and also picks up the top card (a King) from the lowermost portion below the separation. Now you split for the shuffle as already outlined.
While this eliminates some difficulties in one phase, the operator must be careful in the subsequent split and shuffle action, making sure that only one card is picked up and so on. Those performers who do effects while drinking are advised to play it safe and use the angle-jogs. In the final analysis, it is still a matter of personal taste. In conclusion, you will find a similar effect by Edward Marlo in Expert Card Chicanery called "Delayed Double Climax."
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