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zarrow52

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Hi all,

I though I would start adding something to the proceedings now that I am part of this place. I offer to you a simple way to seemingly shuffle a small packet of cards, while actually retaining their order. I came up with this a while back, and I always use it when I want to show spectators that a packet of cards has been "mixed up".

Let's assume we have a face-down packet of four cards that we wish to 'shuffle' but keep in order (as in Twisting the Aces, etc etc):

Hold the packet in one hand, repeat the following action over and over:

Keep the top and bottom cards in place as you draw out the two middle cards, then drop them on top of the packet. The best way to do this is to pinch the packet between your thumb and finger as you pull out the middle two cards using your right thumb and finger in a biddle-grip action.

As you are doing this, note that two things are happening:

(1) The bottom card of the four card packet stays at the bottom.
(2) After every 3 iterations of pulling out the middle two cards and dropping them on top, the packet is in the original order.

So if you want this to be a false shuffle, stop after the 3rd, 6th, 9th etc repetition.

If you have more than four cards, just modify this. For example if you have 5 cards, pull out the middle three and drop on top. The packet will be back in order after every 4 repetitions.

There you go. Enjoy!

Sean
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wbausert

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This is interesting.  I do a routine from one of Bill Malone's DVDs called, "Leipzig Would Have Loved This."  It requires me to apparently mix 13 cards, but I never thought the shuffle sequence was convincing.  I may try this, although I guess it would take 12 iterations to be back in original order.  If nothing else, your post reminded me that Daryl has something similar where he is apparently shuffling cards in a similar manner, and it looks convincing.  Can't remember the name of that shuffle, but I know I must have it on one of his DVDs.

All the best,
Warren Bausert
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Paul Hallas

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For thirteen cards or so, Charlier shuffle is a good option. For small packets the Monge shuffle may be worth looking into, or simply overhand shuffling cards one at a time reversing the order, then repeating to put them back in order.

Lew Brooks had some interesting ideas regarding shuffling small packets.     
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rready

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I can't think of the name right now but Lewis Jones has a false shuffle for a small group of cards(10-15) that's a real fooler. I'll see if I can find it and post the book I read it in.
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rready

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It wasn't Lewis Jones but Peter Duffie. It is called the combo mix in his Effortless Card Magic book. He describes it with as full deck but it can be done with any amount of cards. It looks good with 10 or more though. It looks like you are mixing the deck but actually are just cutting the deck but it can be used for keeping the cards in their original order.
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