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rready

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To control 2-4 cards to the top, I always liked Harry's Spread Control where you table ribbon spread the deck FD and place the selected cards spaced out on top of the spread and then one sweep the noted cards are on top of the deck.

            I was playing around with it today and of course the correct way to do the move is to place your left hand on the end of the left side of the spread and pick up all the cards. What if you do the same move but instead of putting your hand all the way to the left side of the spread you place your left hand about 3 cards to the right of the bottom of the spread. When you sweep your hand you will leave 3 to 4 cards on the table. The spectators eyes will probably follow the cards left on the table and you will already be finished and holding the deck in your right hand with the selected cards on top. You will then just pick up the cards left on the table and place those on the bottom.

         I don't think this move has to be done that way as it is excellent the way Harry wrote it and performs it  but was curious what you guys and Harry thought.

          

           
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Hi rready,

For me I feel the Spread Control is actually complete not after the cards are swept up but after an overhand injog shuffle if used.  I believe Harry would call this the "convincer".  This way if a spectator noticed something, the shuffle would "convince" them the cards are lost.  

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     DJ: Yes; that's the way I've taught it quite a few times. The tabled spread is swooped into your right hand in just about proper position for an overhand injog shuffle or three. Also as I've written a few times, and always stress at my lectures, the overhand injog shuffle covers a multitude of sins. 

      rready: Nice thinking but not at all necessary. There would most often be a bit of hesitation when putting your hand "about 3 cards to the right of..."  The immediate shuffle after gathering the spread is more than sufficient.
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        Actually there is no "sin" involved with my Spread Control. Just a false cut to the table or in hand would suffice. But I ALWAYS do a couple of overhand injog shuffles immediately after the "gather." 

        I've told this story before - but if you haven't read it...I completely fooled Dai Vernon, John Scarne and S. Leo Horowitz (I called them "the Triumvirate") decades ago when I did it for them exactly as I teach it at Tannens.
 
        

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I love the Spread Control stuff in JawDroppers
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I have most of Harry's books but that is one I have to pick up in the near future.
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   If you mean JAW DROPPERS, rready, sorry, too late. Sold out. JAW DROPPERS TWO will be coming out in Sept. or October. ACT FAST!!
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   There's a video clip titled Ricky Jay in another thread here. He opens the routine with my Spread Control. He's been using the Spread Control for a decade or two.
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I noticed that Ricky used your control. Great endorsement!

I did notice that it appears that he does a "deck switch" too. If those aren't legit shuffles early on WTF!

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Originally Posted by Harry Lorayne
 I've told this story before - but if you haven't read it...I completely fooled Dai Vernon, John Scarne and S. Leo Horowitz (I called them "the Triumvirate") decades ago when I did it for them exactly as I teach it at Tannens.

Harry Lorayne also shares this story in part of his recent lecture for The Magician's Forum, after which he goes on to teach the spread control. 

You can watch the video clip in which he tells this particular story right here:


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