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Jeremy Salow

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A while ago I came up with a way to reverse a card from the top of the deck to the bottom during an overhand shuffle. In short it involves a combined action of slight receiving hand finger movement with inertia to reverse the card under the shield of the other hand as it comes back down to deposit more cards. I've worked on it and I feel polished it pretty well as far as angles and subtleties. I'm sure most of you will understand the gist from my description, but I will post a more detailed description and a video in The Session Room.

Although I came up with this independently, partly after mistakenly reversing cards during a shuffle, in hindsight it seems so simple and obvious (to someone who handles cards often) that I can't imagine I'm the first. I've never in over 20 years seen it or a similar slight published or discussed. If it has been and anyone knows any references I would appreciate it.
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    I don't have the time to do the "search" now but I published pretty much that exact idea in one of my books years or decades ago. (Right hand holding deck face up from above, palm-up right fingers push/slide rear card to right as right hand starts turning palm up and overhand shuffling onto that rear card.)
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You'll find that FACING THE BOTTOM CARD in Expert Card Technique is a way to reverse the top card to the bottom during an overhand shuffle.

It's an excellent technique.
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Jeremy Salow

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    I don't have the time to do the "search" now but I published pretty much that exact idea in one of my books years or decades ago. (Right hand holding deck face up from above, palm-up right fingers push/slide rear card to right as right hand starts turning palm up and overhand shuffling onto that rear card.)


Thank you Harry. I'm not surprised you published something similar.

Our movements to get there appear to be different. Correct me if I'm wrong, but it seems in your move the receiving hand pushes the top card over while turning the hand which turns the rest of the deck over onto the card as the other hand goes to grab it for the overhand shuffle. That's an interesting way to do it. I'm not sure I'm really understanding it the way you wrote it though, and I may be completely misunderstanding you.

My method is a bit different; I keep the receiving hand still, using finger movement and inertia to flip the card while the depositing hand blocks the view and deposits additional cards on top.
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Jeremy Salow

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Originally Posted by Claudio
You'll find that FACING THE BOTTOM CARD in Expert Card Technique is a way to reverse the top card to the bottom during an overhand shuffle.

It's an excellent technique.


Thanks.

Unfortunately ECT is one of the only important historic card books I don't have, so I can't look it up.

Edit:

So I found the reference in a copy of ECT, and I think it might be similar to what Harry was describing. They are two different moves. In ECT the reversal is done in the process of grabbing the deck for the overhand shuffle, before the shuffle actually starts, and the reversed card ends up in the hand that releases the cards. In mine the reversal happens during the shuffle itself, and is always in the receiving hand. Staying in the receiving hand allows all clumps of cards to drop to the front like a normal shuffle. Keeping the reversed card in the moving hand requires a front back movement as in ECT, or just dropping the last packet to the back. Not something I'm against or haven't used before, but not my preference.

I actually really like the ECT technique version, as it is less prone to problems with angles. I think for different situations both techniques would be good.

Additional Edit:
Now that I think about it, my technique would also allow a packet to be reversed, although it would be much harder to shield. The ECT move doesn't really facilitate that.
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