The Sloppy Jog Shuffle

I wasn't going to tip this or the following effect, simply because most magicians are more interested in "how it's done," rather than "how to do it effectively." I don't consider myself a "cardman," but I certainly can do highly technical sleights when

I need to. However, in my work, keeping my skill hidden does far more for my reputation than flaunting my ability. The pros and cons can be argued for either side, as they have for so many years. What I'm telling you works for me, producing far more powerful results than if I presented myself as a "card trickster."

I always try to make it seem as if I am not a card magician. I've developed my fog Shuffle so the standard "undercut, injog, and shuffle off" is normal, but when I "shuffle off to the break," I hold the cards I've just shuffled into my left hand in a very loose grip. Often a card or two will fall from my left hand, or from the cards still above the break in my right, from the sloppy shuffle. I'm safe: the important cards below the break are gripped snugly with my right hand, then dropped as an intact block on top. After I've completed the shuffle, I pick up the dropped card or cards, and calmly shove them into the center of the deck. This adds inestimably to the aura of casualness I try to achieve, and it doesn't interfere with any stack I have at the top of the deck.

I don't always drop a card on purpose, but throughout my work the impression left with my spectators is I don't control cards. I used to make a joke of this when working table-to-table at the Marriott, saying, "Jeez, I can't even shuffle a deck without dropping cards!" These days, since I'm not perceived as a magician, I don't bother. As you'll see when you read the description of Viewed ESP Prediction in the next chapter, I use this to give the aura of entire randomness during the routine.

The Art Of Cold Reading

The Art Of Cold Reading

Today I'm going to teach you a fundamental Mentalism technique known as 'cold reading'. Cold reading is a technique employed by mentalists and charlatans and by charlatan I refer to psychics, mediums, fortune tellers or anyone that claims false abilities that is used to give the illusion that the person has some form of super natural power.

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