Nnemann

Hindu Shuffle! Even the name sounds mystical.

I must confess ignorance as to its birth. John Northern Hilllard told me that he didn't know much about it either. In the fall of 1927 I was in Rudy Schlosser's old magic store on New York's West 42nd Street. Clinton Burgess had taken me there and we met, both for the first time, Emir Bux, an adept with the cups and balls, and an obsession (true or false?) that he was the only Hindu who could do card tricks. What few tricks he did show us were and are quite inconsequential. His rising card bit (with a hair) was sloppily done and the open door draft didn't waste time In spinning the ascending pasteboard to reveal a piece of wax as big as a dime! However, Emir Bux did one thing well. The shuffle. He used it for each trick. It undoubtedly was his only way of controlling a card. It fascinated me, and certainly was unknown to Burgess who wa3 a fountain of magical lore and possessor of a very complete library. It had fooled ne in itself, but Clint took the right track in assuming that It was a longitudinal variation of (I think) a so-called Hermann shuffle wherein on the first overhand throw off the original top stock is stolen away behind the others which are then shuffled off in packets to the break and the stock once more left at the top of deck.

I worked on that shuffle for several weeks constantly. It's not easy to acquire a smooth, regular, and mincing shuffle which does not let the cards go off In gobs and clumsy bunches. Take a deck and follow these words: Hold the pack face down in left hand. Now shift it to a position about half an inch from the tips of all fingers and thumbs. The thumb is at center of left side, the forefinger is at center of the front end, and the remaining fingers are at the forward two-thirds of the right side. The whole deck is thus held about two Inches above the actual left palm underneath.

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