False Dealing Theory

The theory of a false deal is quite simple. It is to deal cards from various portions of the deck besides the top (or to control the card you are dealing) while making it appear as though you are dealing normally. It is this idea of making it appear as though you are dealing normally that is so key. Obviously the process is not the same, after all, no matter how much attention you give to the concept when you are dealing cards off the bottom of the deck they will always be coming off the bottom...

Disadvantages of the Counts Grip

The first disadvantage returns to the subject of economy of motion. While the difference is less significant with poker sized cards than it is with bridge sized cards, the cards are nevertheless longer than they are wide, thus, ideally, one performs his or her deals width wise. In defense of the grip however, the forward take is better than a diagonal take used by many. Second, the Count's grip offers a decidedly annoying uncertain take, by which I mean there is the potential for hangers as no...

Practicing False Deals

When you practice false deals, I recommend you go through a certain process. First, start with the tops, deal them slowly and become intimately familiar with them, also, deal them in front of a mirror so you have some idea what they look like to others, if possible, recording yourself is also a nice idea. Next, practice the false deal exclusively and do so very slowly, make sure you get the actions perfect and make sure they are precisely the same as those of a top deal. If they aren't, then...

Future Ideas for False Dealing

I'll just mention a couple of the ideas or goals I have when it comes to dealing. One is what I call, feeding the deal. The idea is that you have some palmed cards and you feed them onto the deck at the correct moment so the cards in question are dealt legitimately from the top of the deck to the player in question. Naturally, this approach has some drawbacks, but it also has certain appeals. Another idea, is to develop a technique whereby you can peek and second deal while apparently dealing...

Thoughts on Dealing from a Tabled Deck

I say thoughts in this case because I haven't practiced enough to make this process an exact science. While I've found numerous methods are reasonably effective some tip offs remain that irritate me. Thus, what I now describe are some ideas I developed based on the concept of dealing from a tabled deck, though they originate for me with me I have no doubt the same notions exist elsewhere since as I see it there aren't a multitude of potential variations to tabled dealing. We shall begin by...

Dealing Seconds Two Hands

From the genesis of this chapter I must stress that I cannot and will not cover all the methods and variations of dealing, nor can I conceivably detail every subtlety or point of concern, for each individual is different and thus better suited to particular ideas and methods. It is up to you to develop and refine the method that works best for you, I am merely going to describe, in as much detail as I can, some of the methods I use and the theory behind the basic deals. While some may fault me...

Double Dealing Two Hands

The double deal is an odd deal and one I use seldom, it's design is essentially intended to give a player a slight advantage by allowing him or her to play with a hand consisting of more cards than normal. One accomplishes this feat by dealing two cards at once as though you are dealing only one card. One can also employ the technique with reasonable success to the field of card magic. I will caution you from the beginning that the main problem with this deal lies in keeping the cards squarely...

Notes on Punch Dealing

I mentioned earlier that punch dealing was an Ed Marlo idea, that actually isn't accurate, I simply learned it from him in his Cardician DVD and he wrote a great deal of material on the subject. The concept itself apparently dates back much earlier, though who the exact originator is I can't say, it's also noteworthy that with many of these things, they are often discovered and used long before they are in print. Now the concept, as I mentioned earlier, is to mark cards by feel instead of by...

Dealing Bottoms Two Hands

Having dispensed, at least for the time being with the majority of the useless deals, we shall waste no time exploring the meat of false dealing, and what I consider the most useful false deal in existence, the bottom deal. Along with the second deal, this is probably the most common, well-known, and well-used deal by far. When you understand the concept and its use, this is no surprise. Naturally, it involves dealing cards from the bottom of the deck, but how this is useful may not be...

Dealing Bottoms Onehanded

Generally, I don't consider dealing bottoms one-handed terribly practical, again, it's one of those things you learn more out of masochistic interest than any really practical value. Then again, if your livelihood depended on it and you had a broken hand, bottom dealing with just one hand could be important to you, so for all those hustlers with a broken hand, or maybe just one hand, we now address the one-handed bottom deal. You're invited to consult the earlier discussion points on throw...

Tipoffs How to detect a false deal

This brings us to the question of just what things will give away a false deal. Initially I planned on covering the subject of detecting a false deal at the end, but I have since decided that if you know what things to watch for it will help to improve the quality of your false deals. From the beginning it is important to realize that there is no one thing to watch for, meaning that, false deals do not look a certain way or sound a certain way while real deals look and sound another way. There...

Other Sources for Dealing

Finally, for any of you who are interested in learning false dealing from other sources. Allan Ackerman has a DVD on the subject, part of his Advanced Card Control series. Then there is the classic work by Edward Marlo, Seconds, Centers & Bottoms, which is a part of the book Revolutionary Card Technique. Another excellent source, at least for seconds and bottoms is a video CD by Ian Kendall, called Tops, Bottoms & Seconds. Though there are a number of other sources, few are so complete or...

Evolution to the Counts Dealing Grip

We've covered quite a large number of false deals at this point from a number of different grips along with their faults and advantages. Now, I didn't take this particular course in my discovery of the Count's grip, but, later in looking over various shuffling ideas I came to the conclusion that it is in many ways a very logical shift. It isn't a perfect one as you'll discover later, but it is a logical one and that is what I'd like to cover now. Basically, the idea of the Count's grip is...

Closing Thoughts

I've combined shuffling, stacking culling and dealing together into one book because I feel they are intrinsically related. It is the shuffling skills and techniques that give rise to the stacking and culling, thus I did not wish to repeat myself by explaining the shuffling techniques once for the sake of shuffling and again for culling and stacking. Likewise, the purpose of false dealing is often to be used in conjunction with various shuffling techniques. It makes sense then, especially in...

Snap Deal Notes

While the application is sometimes different there are great similarities between the snap deal and Benzais cop. While the Benzais cop involves stealing the dealt card into tenkai palm, the snap deal effectively involves dealing cards into lateral palm. Since the snap deal is a prided creation of Lennart Green and a brilliant technique I'll not describe the exact method here. I highly recommend you get yourself a copy of Green Magic Volume 6 which includes a thorough description plus many...

Credits

I have attempted to give some credit where it is due, as I am aware it is due. I hesitate to mention the sources where I have learned some of the material when I know it is not the original source. For example, basic overhand shuffling controls, the jog, break and packet pick-up were techniques I learned from independent sources and I am not aware of the origin of these techniques. Many of the other techniques, while I discovered them independently, or worked out my techniques independently do...

Applications of Snap Deal Benzais Cop Combination

While I described the possibility of performing a Benzais cop to hold back cards and prepare for hand mucking, I also mentioned that the snap deal is much more convincing, it is also better for switching cards among other things. Thus, the concept here is again one that involves preparing for hand mucking. Essentially, you begin with a marked deck of some sort and when you reach a marked card (say an ace), you double deal, using the snap deal to deal the bottom card to the table, while...

Thoughts on Card Type and Design

While it is possible to perform virtually any false deal with virtually any type of card, certain cards offer greater advantages over others. Generally, false deals are more deceptive when you use borderless cards, and I would recommend that while you practice with bordered cards, you use borderless cards in performances, or more importantly, in games. I recall the first time I used borderless cards. Over the past couple months I had been practicing false dealing, mostly seconds, with bicycle...

The Counts Dealing Grip

It would be difficult to understate my pride in this grip, in spite of it's imperfections, I am very pleased with it, it represents my successful attempt to perform all deals from the same grip and to do them well. This is definitely my preferred grip, particularly for centers, Greeks and bottoms and I suspect in many regards others will come to appreciate it as well. It is not without faults as I will discuss later, but it makes some of the most difficult sleights accessible and eliminates any...

Greek Dealing Onehanded

In order to deal Greeks one handed one must simply combine the earlier principles of buckle Greek dealing with the one-handed bottom dealing concepts. Admittedly, this requires more skill than simply one-handed bottom dealing, but not significantly so. Obviously, (or perhaps not so obviously to some) you begin this deal by buckling the bottom card as per the throw bottom technique, in fact the entire process is the same as the throw bottom technique except for one detail. This detail is found...

Greek Dealing Two Hands

Next to the bottom deal I probably use the Greek deal the most, though it is fairly close to the second deal depending on application. Mind you, I also most frequently use the variation I'll describe later under the Count's grip, which is incredibly easy to the point where I doubt if you'll even invest the time in learning the methods I describe here once you learn it. Essentially, I feel a Greek deal simply offers a nice convincing alternative to bottom dealing and I began resorting to one...

Inquisition of Shuffling and Dealing

An assortment of ideas on shuffling, stacking, and dealing New World of Card Magic Volume 8 Part Three Note Regarding Author's A Note Concerning How to Read This Part 3, Two-Handed One-Handed False Dealing Tip-offs amp How to detect a false Covering Against Getting Dealing Seconds Two Push-off Method Variation Variation Variation Variation Method Variation Variation Variation Variation Method Count's Push-off Strike Method Variation Variation Variation Variation Method 2 Shifted Variation...

Dealing Thirds Fourths Fifths Two Hands

It seems I've inadvertently bunched all the useless deals together, though in all honesty, this group of deals are not as useless as the previous deal, it is nevertheless somewhat nonsensical. It seems to me, that generally, people learn to deal thirds, fourths and fifths to show off. Now, don't get me wrong, the deals can be employed to great success. For example, rather than stacking four aces on the top of the deck you can deal fifths till the first ace, then fourths till the next, then...

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Benzais Card Cop

I had a very difficult time tracking down a source for the Benzais cop when I first wanted to learn it. As it happens, the technique is taught on either the Cardician or the Legend DVD, which one eludes me at the moment. Essentially, the concept of the move is to add or hold back cards in the process of a deal. It is most useful in magic and has little application to gambling as I see it because it is restricted to the angles of the tenkai palm. You begin by dealing the card as normal, but...