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 be performed both in the hands and onto a table, while we will cover both methods they are essentially the same and the Hindu shuffle is most often performed in the hands. You will begin by holding the deck in the left hand pinched between the thumb on one side and the middle and ring finger on the other. These fingers should be towards the back of the deck, the pinky is loose, but we will use it later, and the forefinger is held just above the deck. (See figure 53.)

Figure 53.

The right hand will now come up and grab small packets of cards by pinching them between the thumb and middle finger. In the case of shuffling into the hands, your right hand will rise from below the deck and you will draw the packets into the hand. (See figure 54 and figure 55.)

Figure 54.
Figure 55.

If shuffling onto a table you will change the approach of the right hand, come from above with the same grip, and then simply place the packets on the table. (See figure 56 and figure 57.)

The process is really that simple, I'm sure you will figure it out with minimal practice. At this point the only note I will make is that you should practice pulling very small packets off as there is a tendency with Hindu shuffles to pull very large packets, getting small ones is quite easy and you will find it will come to you with minimal practice.

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