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/H ne of the biggest areas of "move inflation" LS (technique in search of an effect) is false shuffles and cuts. It's almost impossible to wander through the move-infested close-up jungle without being attacked by a minimum of four false cuts and three false shuffles. One unfortunate victim was reported to have been gang-shuffled by an entire tribe of cannibal cards. He managed to escape...but will now spend the rest of his life with a permanent block transfer and a Mexican Joe crimp running diagonally across the length of his body.

Putting this past sadness aside, let us focus our attention on a non-sequitur of equal relevance. True close-up greatness requires only one (count 'em, one!) false shuffle and one false cut. It always struck me as odd that there are innumerable shuffles and cuts that are designed to retain only the top stock or only the bottom stock or sometimes to keep just a few cards in position. All you really need is one good universal shuffle that keeps the full deck intact. Even if you only need to retain a few cards, if the false mix is convincing, it's convincing!

Well. I've been through the jungle and bravely fought off my fair share of false cuts and shuffles I used to do a passable Zarrow, a couple of push-through/pulk)ut variations and about 600 false cuts I've recently done my spring cieamng and boiled the whole mess down to one easy, anywhere, any deck, any surface full deck false mix that I use whenever the audience must be convinced that the deck is randomly arranged It's an extended variation g4 a sequence from Expert Card Technique by one of the original close-up kinda guys, Charlie Miller It's less than a shuffle, more than a cut, and more than enough to persuade your audience that the deck really is being mixed.

The face-down deck is tabled in front of you. Your right and left fingers grasp their respective ends of the deck in the same grip as shown in FIG 1

Your forefingers are curled on top of the deck, your thumbs are at the long side nearest you, and your second and third fingers are at the outer corners. The one difference between the right- and left-hand grip is that the left little finger acts as a guide by resting against the left end of the deck.

Your right fingers slide the upper two-thirds of the deck about half of an inch to the right, as shown in FIG. 2.

In a continuing action, without changing your grip, the right fingers slide out a small packet of cards off the face (bottom) of this side-jogged two-thirds of the deck as in FIG. 3.

Place this small packet onto the deck square with the deck's left end as shown in FIG. 4.

Without changing your right-hand grip, your right fingers strip out the cards side-jogged to the right and place them on top of the deck, once again side-jogging them to the right as shown in FIG. 5.

Whenever the right-hand side-jogged block of cards is on top of the deck, the deck will be in its original order. Continue by repeating the running cut sequence until you run out of cards: Again remove a small packet from the bottom of the side-jogged block and place it onto the deck squared with the left end of the "tabled" portion of the deck. Remove the right-hand side-jogged block and place it side-jogged on top of the deck. The small packet removed from the larger block is always placed square with the deck's left end. The larger block is always side-jogged to the right side of the deck. Small to the left, large to the right. This running cut is especially effective because not only do the blocks of cards seem to change position, but the shuffled group continuously diminishes in size "proving" that the deck is truly being mixed up.


• The left forefinger does not hang freely in the breeze. The left forefinger is always lightly pressed against whatever packet is on top of the deck. The finger should not make a noticeable jump when it changes packets. It should glide smoothly off and onto the cards in a dignified and orderly manner.

• The right-hand grip should be positioned so that the right fingers can release the small packet and grab the larger block without changing position. A subtle sliding action with a slight shift in pressure should be enough to accomplish the task.

• The right hand performs the actions of stripping out the cards in a smooth, circular wrist action.

• Strive for a loose care-free handling.

• Never put your fingers in the toaster.

Okay, so I still keep my Zarrow Shuffle alive but that's it.

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