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Here's a link to a tutorial on the Push Through Shuffle. Any thoughts are appreciated - both good and bad. 

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Very nice, thank you!
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Yes. Thanks Mike. I've used it before. It's a nice shuffle.
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That's one of my favorite false shuffles as well.  Sometimes, I've even tipped the deck forward (like at the step where you are exposing the back right corner to show that everything is OK).  When they are up on that front edge, then lightly tap the edge of the cards to square them even more, while still keeping the ends covered.  Maybe it's overselling it, but if you do it thinking about half-moves, and while just talking with the spectators, they won't really notice anything abnormal.

Good tutorial, Mike.  The video angles are just right and well focused.  Instructions are clear and easy to follow.
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Yes. Thanks Mike. I've used this before. It's a nice shuffle.
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Great video, Mike.

The picture and sound quality is always excellent and certainly enhances the effectiveness.

Two thoughts:

1. I'm a simple man and would really like to see the video start with the conclusion, if you will.
2. I think you are too generous about the number of good Zarrow Shuffles "out there". Gary is certainly the king, but you don't need to take your shoes off to count the good ones, I think. That tell-tale "hitch" is obvious to more than magicians.

PS I know the China trip wasn't a magic one, but surely you came back with something cool, or at least, different from the far east.

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Mike,

The widely spaced weave has really helped my push through. The whole tutorial was excellent, but that one tip makes all the difference for me.

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Hope the video was helpful.

BTW my technique is certainly not "expert level" work. Real experts can push through with near perfect alignment and still strip out. I have seen videos where both hands are moved away before the strip out. I think what I'm doing passes muster for magic work with lay people. I'd get shot if I tried false shuffling in a poker game with experienced players. I'll bet Cardshark Quixote has videos exhibiting expert level work. Maybe he would post some tips on how to refine the technique to that level.

I have spent a bit of time with the Zarrow shuffle and find that it just doesn't look good enough in my hands. As pointed out above, there are almost always big tells. Often one tell is compensated for by a different one. That having been said, there are certainly some really good looking Zarrows out there. I think I'd return to Gary Plants' method. The cover he gets has been criticized as "too cosy." But IMO it works very well, especially for magic purposes.

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Thanks Mike. I thought this was convincing. I liked the speed. Love the gesture with the right hand.

I learned a similar approach from a Luke Jermay video (put out years ago). I've recently been working on a strip-out with block transfer. For those, vertical third fingers on the strip-out were critical for a small brief. My sense is that applying the same thinking here would pay divdends so I'll have to experiment with it when I revisit the pull thru.

By the way, how did you switch to a close up? Two cameras or do you have a camera that supports multiple zoom levels?
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Hi Sean,

I have a Roland digital switcher that has four inputs. I use three cameras - one head on, one high close up and one over the right shoulder. Johnny New York has some software that allows you to use two or more webcams, switching via the software. He has bought the software, but it's now marketed with a per month fee of something like $5. 

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Thanks Mike. I will definitely explore the Roland switcher. So, does it work with Skype as well?

Re Johnny New York, I had a hard time finding contact info or info on the software. Any suggestions?

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Mike, that was great. Thanks for posting.
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The software Johnny uses works with Skype and Google Hangouts et al. 

The output of the Roland (which costs around $1000 BTW) is HDMI. You'll need a piece of hardware that converts HDMI to USB so that the computer will "see" it as a webcam. I'm using a device from Avio. I think it cost under $300 if memory serves.

My rig is pretty expensive but it puts out a very high quality image for recording and/or on-line sessions.

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Thank you for the awesome tutorial Mike. So well filmed, and well taught.
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The cover is cosy when it's done the way most people do it, but not in Gary's hands. There's a key detail everyone misses with the index fingers that (I think) he's written about but is always overlooked.


With regards to the Push Through... if you want to sell the illusion that you're cutting the top section, then it makes sense for the packet to be entirely elevated and not in the straddle faro like condition shown in the video (in my opinion). So try this modification:

Cut half and half, no need to go 1/3 - 2/3, and put the top half on the right
Riffle a block of circa 10 cards off the right hand
Weave the cards evenly 
Drop a block off the left hand on top
Push Through

Now the strip out should be easier because the packet is elevated from the table, which also sells the top packet cutting illusion. Pushing through with the pinkies is another difference I prefer for cover. Marlos prescribed close shuffle grip along with the purring he notes will put plenty of air in the cards too.

However, if you want to end with an up the ladder style sequence, I would go with top third to the left, start and end with a block from the right, then push through and up the ladder.



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Very helpful tutorial Mike. Thank You very much. I like using a strip out from ECT so the tip you gave about airing the cards has helped me greatly improve my stripping action. Also I saw a video on youtube of one of Milt Korts students (Tom Gladdis) he also reccomends riffling a bed of cards from one packet before starting the riffle shuffle as it aids the strip out on a smooth surface.


Here's the video

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Good video Shahmir. I know Tom G. He's a real expert. He does all the Ron Bauer stuff e.g. Ron's top palm very, very well.

A smooth surface e.g. glass table top or bar definitely changes the possible methods. It looks like Tom is not pushing through. He strips out the left side which is the former top. So the bottom half which is in contact with the surface doesn't have to move. Shaun (above) uses that basic idea too.

I published a shuffle based on a Mike Gallo idea in my Card Corner column a while back. Mike's idea is another way to address the slick surface problem. I'll try to cook up a video showing the Gallo concept. 

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Mike. I hadn’t actually considered that both the methods I use mean it can be done on any surface. Sure enough you’re right. It’s amazing how the blindingly obvious can often elude us when we’re so focus on other details!

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Very helpful tutorial Mike. Thank You very much. I like using a strip out from ECT so the tip you gave about airing the cards has helped me greatly improve my stripping action. Also I saw a video on youtube of one of Milt Korts students (Tom Gladdis) he also reccomends riffling a bed of cards from one packet before starting the riffle shuffle as it aids the strip out on a smooth surface.


Here's the video

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I liked how nonchalant that square up was. Nice video.
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When I tried out Shaun's method I cut to the right and then dropped a bed from the right side and finished shuffling into the left side. My natural tendency was to push the right side through the left side. But this required pushing the bed of cards on the right side. I didn't like the feel of doing this. But now I realize that I can push the left side through the right side and then strip out the cards protruding on the right. 

Doing it this way allows the packet whose base touches the table to never have to move. This is what Shaun and Tom are doing. Because this allows the shuffle to be done on a hard surface without wrestling with cards that are touching the surface, it seems to be a superior method. 

I can get the same effect by stripping out the original top half that ends up protruding to the left using my left hand. It works but it feels awkward, like I suddenly became left handed. Furthermore that would appear to undercut the deck (as with Tom's shuffle which isn't a push through). You then bring the LH packet back on top with a running cut sequence like Tom does. That's all done with the left hand which feels weird to me.

Shaun's sequence feels right to me. It seems like the natural sequence for right handed people viz. cut to the right; shuffle into the left; cut the top forward and add the bottom.

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Mike. You will be unsurprised to learn this Vernon’s method from the Chronicles. I couldn’t remember where I learnt it many years ago and Denis Behrs archive confirmed my suspicion. The nice thing about it is it is congruent with the passive and active hand theory Marlo describes in RFS. Glad you liked it.

Did you have any thoughts on the pinky versus the third finger?
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I'm really used to the third finger. I'll see if I can change to the pinky to feel the difference. Funny how we get set in our ways...

Thanks for posting the shuffle. Very instructive.


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