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Rudy Tinoco

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I’ve been making my way through Michale Breggar’s book, “Dancing With the Cards”. I’m really enjoying it!

He has a really smart version of the “Lazy Man’s Card Trick” from Harry’s “Close Up Card Magic”. It’s called “52!”.

In the explanation, Michael teaches an interesting packet switch that he calls the shuffle-swap con, where you surreptitiously take their packet and give it right back to them. It sounds pretty bold and I have a hard time picturing how that would fly by someone without being noticed. Is this a burnable move? Or does it require misdirection?

I’m sure Michael will chime in here, but if any of you know this move and can tell me where I might find a demonstration of what it looks like, I’d appreciate it.

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Hi Rudy,

thank you for pushing me further: I have started to read Michael Breggar´s book but stopped just on the routine before 52! ! I am at work but have that copy on my computer so I have just read that item but I am not near my other books, so I have to confirm later:

Isn´t that Paul Curry´s Swindle Switch? Or Daley´s Delight? I know that I have used it in a Follow-The-Leader routine and a Mentalism-routine (I think Barrie Richardson) some years ago, never been catched. I think the main points are to "talk it through and over" and to not look on the hands and then to focus on the packet you give to the spectator fpr the "second" shuffle: "Shiffle this packet, too..." (hihi)...(of course without giggling..).

So, I`ll look through my books later, ok?

It´s a great book by the way, Pasteboard Tango is great fun!

All the best,

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Hey Rudy,

I have worked through that one, and the deceit seems to me one of those that rely primarily on attitude. Handle the switch in a casual, off-handed manner and it'll fly. The packet switch itself is fairly easy to execute, but I had to modify it a bit from the description. I find that using a Biddle Grip and holding the packet to be switch slightly lower in my hand facilitates the move. Dunno if Mike would approve, but it seems to work best for me.

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Hi Gang... first off, thanks for spending time with my work. I have said this many times before, but I am still humbled every time someone says they like this or like that. Even those who say I could have done this or that better, the mere fact they have taken the time to try my material is gratifying.

Having said that, I am a terribly insecure and thin-skinned idiot...so be nice....!

I am also highly amused that Rudy chose to write this post and put it in the "sleights" section!!! I have so assiduously attempted to reduce the sleight content of my tricks over the last decade ... I had to smile! I guess I still have a looonnggg way to go on that count!!!

OK...enough platitudes.... let's get down to business....

The whole idea of essentially not switching packets when switching packets first became evident to me in something I read in Tarbell three or four lives ago. In fact, I can't even recall the exact chapter (which is why I didn't didn't cite it in the book. I had every intent in looking it up later, but ... well you know how that goes....). This procedure almost exactly popped up in Matt Johnson's video of Matt Mello's trick "Photographic".  In it, there is a stack of the top half of the deck. A swing cut presents the bottom half to the spec for shuffling, and then when taking that half back, the "shuffle swap con" (as I have coined it) occurs giving the spec the same cards to (re)shuffle. The formidable R. Paul Wilson executes the same move in his effect "Sympathetic Soup" from his DVD Killers.  (By the way, blurry-eyed readers of my posts here may recall how much I love "Sympathetic Soup." I had been working on my version of the Sympathetic Cards plot, but gave up (at least for now!) because I couldn't think of a version better than Wilson's. Paul Vigil's version is great too).

I took another look at the text for 52!. (Aside: I wrote much of this description over the course of three airplane flights, travelling from one client to another. I know... get a life.) I will contend I may not have been as clear in the description as I could have been. So please allow me to try this again...

For those of you who have not purchased the book...what are you waiting for??? An engraved invitation? If so, let me know, I will send you one. I am an unrepentant marketeer. 

In 52!, the bottom 16 cards are stacked. The spectator cuts the cards taking the top half and shuffling and then you wish to give the appearance that you have given him or her a chance to shuffle the bottom half. With the "shuffle swap con," you take her shuffled half, then give it back to her to shuffle. Mechanically, after the spec cuts off the top half, you pick up the bottom half and false overhand shuffle the top 6 cards or so. With the card backs towards the audience, singly peel off the 6 or so cards, then throw the balance of the pack under the cards you just shuffled off. Attention will be on your spec anyway, so your actions will only be peripherally noted. Then clip the packet between the index and second fingers. Patter and gesticulate for a moment complementing your helper on her shuffling skills, etc. I have the cards in my right hand and spec is to my left.

Reach over and take the spec's cards with your left hand and while continuing your patter, tuck the packet between the right thumb and index finger (at the proverbial "thumb crotch"). Now, in a single fluid motion, you turn to your right and move your left hand Biddle style over the two packets. You pull out the top packet then immediately drop your right thumb on top of the other packet (as in the standard "false optical cut") and you hand this packet to a different spec on your right. If done as a single fluid movement all the motion acts as enough shade.

Yes... it is extremely bold and you have to really have conviction. But it works.

But here's the best news of all: I have learned (and have been told by many others performing the trick), it's not even necessary! Some people just do the false six-card overhand bit and nothing more. Anthony's idea of a false swing cut of the packet is an excellent idea. In the end, the spectator make so many other decisions along the way they even forget about the shuffling bit anyway! They tend to remember only the giant card at the end!  And if you have sold the whole concept of "fifty-two factorial" even the most rudimentary shuffle is acceptable.

I hope this clears up at least some of the muddle. 

Rudy, thanks for bringing this up. Rudy, Axel and Anthony, thanks for the kind words. Harry, if you are reading this, thank you for bringing the original "Lazy" idea to the fore.

Now ... turn your up "Glib" setting to "11" and get out there and entertain the the heck outta your audiences!

-- mike


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Hi Gang... first off, thanks for spending time with my work. I have said this many times before, but I am still humbled every time someone says they like this or like that. Even those who say I could have done this or that better, the mere fact they have taken the time to try my material is gratifying.

Having said that, I am a terribly insecure and thin-skinned idiot...so be nice....!

I am also highly amused that Rudy chose to write this post and put it in the "sleights" section!!! I have so assiduously attempted to reduce the sleight content of my tricks over the last decade ... I had to smile! I guess I still have a looonnggg way to go on that count!!!

OK...enough platitudes.... let's get down to business....

The whole idea of essentially not switching packets when switching packets first became evident to me in something I read in Tarbell three or four lives ago. In fact, I can't even recall the exact chapter (which is why I didn't didn't cite it in the book. I had every intent in looking it up later, but ... well you know how that goes....). This procedure almost exactly popped up in Matt Johnson's video of Matt Mello's trick "Photographic".  In it, there is a stack of the top half of the deck. A swing cut presents the bottom half to the spec for shuffling, and then when taking that half back, the "shuffle swap con" (as I have coined it) occurs giving the spec the same cards to (re)shuffle. The formidable R. Paul Wilson executes the same move in his effect "Sympathetic Soup" from his DVD Killers.  (By the way, blurry-eyed readers of my posts here may recall how much I love "Sympathetic Soup." I had been working on my version of the Sympathetic Cards plot, but gave up (at least for now!) because I couldn't think of a version better than Wilson's. Paul Vigil's version is great too).

I took another look at the text for 52!. (Aside: I wrote much of this description over the course of three airplane flights, travelling from one client to another. I know... get a life.) I will contend I may not have been as clear in the description as I could have been. So please allow me to try this again...

For those of you who have not purchased the book...what are you waiting for??? An engraved invitation? If so, let me know, I will send you one. I am an unrepentant marketeer. 

In 52!, the bottom 16 cards are stacked. The spectator cuts the cards taking the top half and shuffling and then you wish to give the appearance that you have given him or her a chance to shuffle the bottom half. With the "shuffle swap con," you take her shuffled half, then give it back to her to shuffle. Mechanically, after the spec cuts off the top half, you pick up the bottom half and false overhand shuffle the top 6 cards or so. With the card backs towards the audience, singly peel off the 6 or so cards, then throw the balance of the pack under the cards you just shuffled off. Attention will be on your spec anyway, so your actions will only be peripherally noted. Then clip the packet between the index and second fingers. Patter and gesticulate for a moment complementing your helper on her shuffling skills, etc. I have the cards in my right hand and spec is to my left.

Reach over and take the spec's cards with your left hand and while continuing your patter, tuck the packet between the right thumb and index finger (at the proverbial "thumb crotch"). Now, in a single fluid motion, you turn to your right and move your left hand Biddle style over the two packets. You pull out the top packet then immediately drop your right thumb on top of the other packet (as in the standard "false optical cut") and you hand this packet to a different spec on your right. If done as a single fluid movement all the motion acts as enough shade.

Yes... it is extremely bold and you have to really have conviction. But it works.

But here's the best news of all: I have learned (and have been told by many others performing the trick), it's not even necessary! Some people just do the false six-card overhand bit and nothing more. Anthony's idea of a false swing cut of the packet is an excellent idea. In the end, the spectator make so many other decisions along the way they even forget about the shuffling bit anyway! They tend to remember only the giant card at the end!  And if you have sold the whole concept of "fifty-two factorial" even the most rudimentary shuffle is acceptable.

I hope this clears up at least some of the muddle. 

Rudy, thanks for bringing this up. Rudy, Axel and Anthony, thanks for the kind words. Harry, if you are reading this, thank you for bringing the original "Lazy" idea to the fore.

Now ... turn your up "Glib" setting to "11" and get out there and entertain the the heck outta your audiences!

-- mike




Excellent! Thanks for clarifying this for me, Mike.

I’m not afraid of bold moves. I’ll have to give this a try!

Rudy

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Coolness, Rudy!
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