Four Aces on top of the deck. Four Kings on the bottom. The order of the cards in the middle is not a critical issue. What is critical is keeping a tight reign on the spectator's attention.


STEP ONE - "Most people think that magicians know how to shuffle as soon as they're born. The truth is, we start learning at a very young age." (As these lines are delivered, you are casually shuffling the deck, keeping the setup intact.)

¿TEP TW/O - "In fact, I'd like to teach you right now." Cut off the top half of the deck and hand it to the spectator. Casually spread your cards and square them again, obtaining a break above the four Kings on the bottom and double-undercut them to the top.

5TEP TJ-lREE - "The first step is to hold your cards exactly like I do." Hold your cards in overhand-shuffle position in your right hand (FIG. 1) and wait for the spectator to do the same.

6TEP fOUR. - "Now, follow along with me and you'll be an expert in no time! When we're real young we shuffle like this." Start a very SLOW overhand shuffle, your left thumb pulling off one card at a time on top of each other, until you've gone through about six or seven cards. You must go slowly, to make it easy for the spectator to follow along.

5TELP FlVL - "Well, you're a pretty fast learner. Let's move on to the advanced stuff." As the last two lines are delivered, you should be on the sixth or seventh card of the shuffle. Without pausing, start shuffling in a "normal" fashion by pulling off small groups of cards, until none remain. These, of course, go on top of the single cards you pulled off in the beginning. Again, remember to go slowly, so the spectator can easily follow along. The four Kings should be on the bottom of your packet while the four Aces should be on the bottom of the spectator's packet.

5TE.P ¿IX - "Now, to really mix them, some magicians will do this..." Spread the packet between your hands and up-jog a small group (5 or 6) of cards in the middle for about half their length. Make very sure the cards come from the middle, and that the cards on the bottom remain undisturbed. Square the packet back "into your leVt Viand, leaving the cards out-v^cj&ecL VNvtkv HC^K tvasvd, sto^ cassis, out and drop them on top of your packet. The spectator, of course, should do the same.

5TE-P 6E.VEJ\I - "To really confuse you, most magicians do it twice." Repeat the sequence in Step Six and again if you feel up to it.

i>TE_P EJ^J-lT - "To further mix them, I'd like you to put a few cards here...two or three here...a couple more here, and a few more here." As you deliver this line, you thumb over two or three cards, take them in your right hand, and drop them on the table face down. Repeat this three more times, forming a row of four small piles in front of you. The spectator, who follows along, also lays down four packets in a row. You should both end up with about half of your packets left in your hands.

5TE.P NlllslL - "To complete the shuffle, let's deal these down like this..." Starting at the first pile, deal one card onto each. When you reach the fourth pile, go back to the first one and start again. Do this until you have no cards left in your hand. It's extremely important that you and the spectator deal the cards in order like this, or the effect will self-destruct. If you have followed the instructions carefully, you should have the four Kings on top of your piles... your spectator should have the Aces.

¿TC-P TE.N - "Don't feel bad, because I've been doing magic a long time. You see, I've got the four Kings!" Flip over the top card of each of your piles to reveal the Kings.

5TE.P E-LE-VE-N - "Let's see how well you did." The shuffler-in-training will turn over her four top cards and be thrilled to see that she's out-shuffled her teacher with the four Aces.

beginner! Thanks for helping."

pjJootNotl - Again, you have to go slow and keep control of your spectator, so she doesn't start shuffling wildly and blow the stack. Although if this does happen you could then exchange halves to complete the sequence. You would then end up with garbage cards while your student shuffler gets the four Kings.

• While you're in a teaching mode you might as well teach your student a good false cut from Expert Card Technique:

1. At the end of Step Seven hold your facedown half in your left hand. (Spectator matches your actions with her cards.)

2. Your right fingers cut off the top third of your cards and table them to your left.

3. Your right fingers then cut off half the left-hand cards and table them to the right of the first packet.

4. Your right fingers take the remaining left-hand packet and table it to the right of the other two.

5. Your right fingers now pick up the far left packet and place it face down square onto the packet to its right...then places the combined cards onto the remaining tabled packet.

This self-working false cut should leave both of you with your four-of-a-kind on top. (This should also leave you wondering why you spend so much time practicing false cuts.)

• We're currently developing a technique to misdirect your spectator into doing a tabled faro shuffle and a half-decent center deal.

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