Introduction

While what I have stated above about receiving little instruction is true, I have been exposed to the ideas of others, in fact the mere concept of false dealing was not my own, but something I heard about from others and read more about as my study of cards continued. As such, I owe a debt of gratitude to a multitude of nameless faces, to whom I can never convey my appreciation. My first expose to the notion came when I saw someone demonstrate a second deal and though it would be a considerable period of time before I attempted to learn this somewhat difficult sleight it planted in me the idea. Over the course of the next few months I read more and more on the subject of false dealing, how some people could deal the second card in the deck, deal from the bottom of the deck, or even the middle of the deck. At first the concept had me baffled, I couldn't grasp how I would get a card off the bottom of the deck, but I realized that bottom dealing at least would be extremely useful. An understanding of just how one might bottom deal came when I witnessed the finger position of someone who was bottom dealing as a demonstration in a short video clip. I began to experiment with that idea and soon developed some acumen of skill. The idea of a Greek deal (which is when you deal off the second card from the bottom) remained seemingly impossible to me. A strange thing happened though in the early days of my practice. I was sitting at a desk dealing off I believe it was every fourth card as a bottom when someone asked me what I was doing. I explained to him that it was very difficult and required a great deal of practice, to which he commented that it didn't look so hard. Feeling somewhat irritated I handed him the deck of cards and asked him to try so he said all I was doing was dealing cards off the deck and every once and a while pulling one out of the middle. I mentioned that I wasn't pulling it from the middle but rather the bottom and that the key was to make it invisible. He pointed out that he could see my deals weren't real which prompted me to mention that this was in fact why it required so much practice. The point of interest however came when he attempted to perform the deal himself. I was using a modified mechanics grip, but he, being completely unfamiliar with cards grasped the deck in a somewhat rough and clumsy manner.. .or so I thought.

I later examined the grip and realized that it had numerous advantages. Over the course of the next few months I then refined that grip to what will be described later on as "The Count's Grip" for what I call "invisible dealing". One of the key advantages of the grip was the ability to perform Greek deals quite easily, which was naturally quite desirable.

Now, I found that it was relatively easy to fool an unsuspecting audience; in fact you can have many blatant tip offs and skill pull the wool over their yes with ease so to speak. What I had always been taught and still adhere to in some regard is the notion that you should practice either in front of a mirror or on video and when you are good enough that you can fool yourself, then it is enough, then you can fool others who don't know what you are doing. In practicing in front of a mirror, I noticed one tip off that was more troublesome than all the rest and it remains for most card workers I think the most difficult tip off to avoid by far. The problem was that often no one could tell where the false deal was coming from, but if you kept your eyes fixed on the top card of the deck, you would see that it never moved. My idea then was for invisible dealing, the idea of which is to make it so that you can't tell where the top card comes from either and in so doing tops would become the same as seconds, centers, bottoms, Greeks etc.

Over the coming pages I will describe many false deals as well as numerous methods and variations for each, and you may choose to learn and apply whichever suit you, but you would do well to keep the above and all the other tip offs I mention in mind as you proceed. I have practiced false dealing for many hours, in fact it is probably the group of sleights I have devoted the most time to, rarely going a day without putting in perhaps an hour of practice or more on false dealing alone. While I have tested these methods on audiences in magic effects and on more savvy spectators in fun bouts of gambling, it is rare to demonstrate and receive criticism from someone who knows the techniques and can truly help detect disparities. In this regard I owe a debt of gratitude to a young man without whom this project would not have occurred, someone who assisted me by taking the pictures necessary and who would sit close while I dealt off cards using various methods and identify for me when I was false dealing and how he could tell.

With that in mind, I dedicate the rest of this book to Kevin, thank you.

I alluded above to a slightly different approach and concept, at least not as common as the others approaches from what I have seen, namely a focus not on the false deals, but on the tops. (Tops of course referring to the fact that we generally deal cards from the top of the deck.) See, the key to a good false deal is a good top deal, if the tops are well done and well planned then you can mirror them perfectly with the false deal. All too often, a false deal may be perfect, but what gives it away is the top. This is I think the case with a D'Amico one-handed second deal. It is not too terribly difficult to perform the sleight so that it is completely invisible, in fact when well perform it should appear almost as though the card simply appears at your finger tips. The problem, is that making a top deal look the same is extremely difficult and a subject I will address more in the relevant section. This is however, how I will make my descriptions, focusing not so much on the false deal (though I intend to give the false deals a great deal of attention), but focusing instead of what the top deal that the false deal is mirroring should look like, in order to ensure that the two are the same in every aspect. Bear in mind then, the key to a good false deal is an excellent real deal.

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