Rsc Multiple Shift

Here, RSC is used as an almost self-working substitute for a Multiple Shift.

a) You will have three cards selected. Spread the deck until a spectator stops you. At that point, outjog the card, pick up the outjogged card under the right hand cards, and raise your hand so that the spectator can note the card (Fig.1).

b) Leave the card outjogged, as you drop your hand back down and continue spreading for another selection. When another card is picked, again outjog it, then pick it up, as before, and display it. Repeat with a third card (or four or more, for that matter).

c) "Let's lose them in the deck," you say, as your left thumb riffles down and breaks in the middle of the left side of the deck. For the moment, stop the riffle between the first and second outjogged cards (Fig.2).

Your right hand reaches over with the fingers on the left side, picks up at the break, turns outward and adds the cards back on the deck (Fig.3).

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2 and 3

Your left little finger picks up a break under the inside packet. This is identical to normal RSC except that you don't hold the cards up for the spectators to remember a card, since they've already done so. You're simply using the RSC movements for a different purpose.

During this, the upper selected card revolves onto the inner half of the deck.

d) Strip out the outer cards and drop them on top, retaining your previous break (Fig.4 and 5). If you want to finish exactly as with RSC, cut at the break and complete the cut. Instead of simply cutting at the break, however, you might want to cut and do a Riffle Shuffle, dropping the three bottom cards of the right hand half first.

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In either case, the three chosen cards are now on the bottom in a known order. In our example, where you cut the first selection to the inside, they will be 1-3-2, from bottom to top. If you cut between selections 2 and 3, they will be 2-1-3. If by some chance and all three went to the inside (say all three spectators chose a card in the top half), they will be 3-2-1, from bottom to top. The same cards end up on the bottom in any case; their order simply varies, depending on where you cut.

To make this clearer, let's assume that the three cards chosen were the Ace of Spades, Two of Spades, and Three of Spades in that order. If the cut goes between the Ace and the Two, the final order will be Ace, Three, Two from the face. If the cut was between the Two and the Three, the final order will be Two, Ace, Three. But see variation #1 below for more on controlling to different positions.

1. You can use the same procedure to end up with any desired number of the cards on top or bottom. Let's say that you want to end up with one on top and two on the bottom. We'll assume that the three chosen cards are again the Ace of Spades, Two of Spades, and Three of Spades. To control the Ace of Spades to the top, break with the right fingers between the Ace and Two, but when you pick up the left little finger-break, pick it up above the injogged Ace, not below, as normal. When you complete RSC,

VARIATIONS

the Ace will be on top, the Three and Two on the bottom in that order from the face.

To control the Ace and Two to the top, the Three to the bottom, break between the Two and Three, and again pick up the little finger break above the injogged cards.

2. RSC-MS can be performed either vertically or horizontally. To do this vertically, hold the cards upright, facing the audience. through most of the process, simply dropping the deck to horizontal before the final cut and shuffle. To do it horizontally, hold the cards parallel to the table throughout, though preferably tilted upwards just slightly enough that the spectators can't clearly see the inside of the deck.

3. RSC-MS can also be used in more normal Multiple Shift situations. For example; insert four Aces into the deck, leaving them outjogged, then control them to the bottom of the deck. One nicety here is that for many tricks, you then have to further shift one or two of them to the top of the deck. With RSC-MS, you can do that directly. If this is done with the deck face-up, the vertical handling should be used.

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