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KenTheriot

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I've been playing with a couple of different culling methods - mainly from Kostya's Roadrunner Cull, and Ed Marlo's Prayer Cull. I have a question about the latter.

I'm learning it from MINT Vol 1. And the question is: how do you make a smooth transition from making the first cull to continuing the spread? This is one of the primary differences in the methods. In the Marlo method, after the first cull, you have a block of cards in your right hand, and "without hesitation, immediately start spreading the cards from left hand onto the cards in right hand."

I know what to do. And I like this method. I'm just wondering how you smoothly keep the action going when you switch from spreading under the right-hand block to then spreading onto those cards. I'm finding that it causes a bit of a stutter or hesitation in the action. 

What do the experienced folks do?[smile]. I'm just a 15-month old magic newbie.

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Ken,
Good point.  I've found that Erdnase's advice of "changing the moment" may come in handy here.  Let's say you're doing the cull and you've moved the appropriate card.  Stop.  Look up at the spectator and say something, then continue; you may even want to gesture with your receiving hand, making the "stutter" more natural.
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Ken,
Good point.  I've found that Erdnase's advice of "changing the moment" may come in handy here.  Let's say you're doing the cull and you've moved the appropriate card.  Stop.  Look up at the spectator and say something, then continue; you may even want to gesture with your receiving hand, making the "stutter" more natural.


Thanks Steve. I was thinking something along those lines. 

Cheers,

Ken
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A lot is just timing and being ready for the first card.  Simon Lovell had his bucket cull.  When we were taking the pictures for his book, I quizzed him a lot about it.  He had a really smooth way of increasing the spread and then when a card was showing up that he needed he'd tighten up the spread.  It was quite devious.  I would hope it's on one of his DVDs so you could actually see it.  It's pretty well described in "Son of Simon Says."
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Thanks Tom. I'll add that to my note on Culling.

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You should also check out Jimmy "Cards" Molinari's Overhand Cull. It's awesome & fast.
Here's the man himself performing it:
https://www.youtube.com/shared?ci=UUrqKiu55Ts

I use it ocassionally while talking, but add a little extra table shuffling & cutting to throw-off spectators even more. Just in case.

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Wow! That's pretty impressive. Thanks!

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Fast cull, but who shuffles face-up? Very odd looking compared to what is normal shuffling for most people. I suppose it could work with the right audience, but you have to look at your own hands and that makes the spectators look. To me, anyways, it is a suspicious looking shuffle compared to a typical cull where you just spread through the cards.
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True. It is odd, but i've done it with great success sorrounded by my non-magician friends.
And believe me...on this particular ocassion I remember I was at a restaurant with the most obnoxious bunch. Lol. So they would of called me out on it immediately. It flew right past them, & I culled 3 specific cards that I needed.
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