Blind Overhand Shuffling

I wish you now to embark with me now into a more intricate region of overhand shuffling control and one which, in many senses, is rooted in the skills I eluded to during the discussion of counting. These skills are the simple ability to control accurately, consistently and quickly the number of cards you peel from the deck during the course of a shuffle. Blind shuffling, for those who are unfamiliar with the term is shuffling in a manner that you retain the complete order of the deck. As we...

Efl

The key lies in the last three fingers of the hand, which will conceal the protruding end of the cards. In order to ensure these ends remain in existence as the fingers pull toward you and the thumbs press away from you draw the fingers outward slightly separating the packets the desired amount. It is a difficult process to describe but I believe that once you attempt it yourself you will quickly gain an understanding of the method. Now, you want to leave the majority of the deck (the center)...

Chaos Shuffling

Chaos Shuffling is rarely used, indeed few consider the process when they think of a shuffle, however, if well executed the process does more to randomize the order of the cards than any other does. It is anything but elegant and you must perform it on a table, but as a trade off, it is extremely convincing, though to be fair, it is extremely convincing for a reason, it is night impossible to control. Perhaps these are the features that make it attractive. Perhaps it is merely eccentricity, but...

Inquisition of Shuffling and Dealing

An assortment of ideas on shuffling, stacking, and dealing New World of Card Magic Volume 8 Part One Note Regarding Author's A Note Concerning How to Read This Part 1, Methods of Overhand Overhand Shuffling Jog Maintaining Top or Bottom The Packet Counting & Running Blind Overhand Mirror Pick-up Hindu Hindu Shuffling Packet Maintaining Top or Bottom The Maintaining Top and Bottom Blind Hindu Pick-up The Gear Shuffle (Advanced Pick-up Rear Guard Shuffle (A more convincing pick-up Circulation...

Notes on Copyright

I am fully aware of the dangers inherent to releasing an ebook as opposed to a regular hardcover or paperback manuscript. However, I decided to do so, partially out to ease where production and distribution were concerned, partially to keep costs down, partially for added functionality and flexibility. Finally, because I myself like to purchase things where with only the click of a mouse I receive them instantly. Unfortunately, this medium makes piracy very easy, and inevitably there will be...

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...

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...

Sources for Additional Shuffling Information

Though I have already mentioned most of the recommended sources, here follows a brief overview. Lennart Green's Classic Green Part One Lennart Green's Classic Green Part Two Lennart Green's Shuffling Green Allan Ackerman's Advanced Card Control Volume 5 Herb Zarrow's The Zarrow Shuffle Jerry Andrus A Lifetime of Magic Part Two Ed Marlo's Riffle Shuffle Systems Ed Marlo's The Patented Shuffle Ed Marlo's The Shank Shuffle I thereby complete part one of this book. If it has been a dull reading...

Blind Chaos Shuffling

If you develop a good blind chaos shuffle, call me and let me know, it would be virtually the ideal blind shuffle and so with this in mind I will hand over the floor to Mr. Green. Lennart Green has a blind variant of the Chaos shuffle, that is to say, a blind shuffle resembling, though not fully mimicking a chaos shuffle. The name is the eternal chain shuffle and he teaches it as I recall on his previously mentioned DVD Shuffling Green. It is, to the best of my knowledge the only blind chaos...

Hindu Shuffling Controls

One may frequently employ Hindu shuffles due to the ease of performing certain simple controls, anything from moving a packet of cards around to maintaining or restoring a given packet. Generally in my opinion the advantage of Hindu shuffles as opposed to overhand shuffles lies in the ability to control packets effectively rather than individual cards, though the ability to shuffle onto a table is advantageous for gambling situations as well. Holding a break for a Hindu shuffle is possible with...

Hindu Shuffling

It is a rare occasion where I see a Hindu shuffle performed outside of the world of magic. It seems not to have gained any measure of favor in the west, which may seem at first seem a shame but I believe it is for good reason since the range of uses for a Hindu shuffle are considerably fewer than an overhand or riffle shuffle. Nevertheless, it is a shuffle that serves useful purposes and so there is value in learning it. Method One interesting characteristic of the Hindu shuffle is that it can...

Methods of shuffling

Essentially, I divide the various types of shuffles, by how the cards move within the deck, which we will learn much more about in later sections, but at least for now we will describe a series of situations according to the three basic types of shuffles. Block shuffles, weave shuffles and chaos shuffles. Block shuffling includes overhand shuffling, Hindu (capitalized when the others are not in order to keep my spell checker happy) shuffling and underhand shuffling (if anyone were actually to...

Overhand Shuffling Controls

The next step in overhand shuffling is learning how to control a single card. The obvious point here lies in knowing what will happen to the card based on a conventional shuffle. For example, if you peel the cards off one at a time, then the top card will become the bottom card. If you peel every card off the deck one at a time then reversed the order of the deck. This can of course be repeated to return it to its original order. Likewise, if you were to peel the top two cards of the deck off...

Weave Shuffling Controls

Less than any of the other shuffles, weave shuffles use any controlling. On the one hand, you could state that if you are holding a break and cut to that break then riffle shuffle so that this card remains on the top at the end of the shuffle is a control. I tend not to consider it to be such, or at least, do not recommend using it in this manner very often. In point of fact however this would, I suppose constitute a control and thus I must resign myself to being mistaken on the subject....

Info

The forefinger will now pull down on roughly half the deck creating a break, soon to be a cut. (See figure 148.) This lower portion of the deck will now be transferred between the fore finger and thumb till it is next to the upper portion, which is balanced carefully during this transition with the three last fingers in their respective positions and a slight amount of aide from the forefinger. (See figure 149 and figure 150.) By pivoting your thumb slightly at this point you can cause the...

Weave Shuffling

Of all the different types of shuffling, weave shuffling is probably the most elegant and of late has become the most common. Interestingly enough, I would suggest that for typical applications in the world of magic it is less than the most practical, but in the world of gambling it is infinitely better than any of the others and offers considerably greater potential. Among its advantages are the ability to maintain both the top and bottom stock simultaneously, the ability to cull cards from...