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Topic: Where to get FASDIU 1 by Paul Cummins?
Message: Posted by: Nikodemus (Oct 13, 2021 03:26PM)
I am sad to hear that Paul Cummins passed away last year.

Can anyone suggest how to obtain his FASDIU 1 book? I looked at his website, but it looks like the ordering page has been removed. I presume this is because his family don't want to process orders for his products. I also looked on the Lybrary website, but can't find it listed there.

Actually what I am specifically interested in is "Personal Slop" - his Slop Shuffle version of Triumph. I have read many comments on the Café that if you want to do a SS Triumph, Paul's is the one.


PS. I believe Personal Slop is different from his table sloppy shuffle in True Triumph
Message: Posted by: AsL (Oct 13, 2021 08:29PM)
Before you track down a copy of FASDIU, are you sure it's called Personal Slop? Perhaps I'm mistaken since it's been awhile since I've cracked it open, but I don't recall an effect called Personal Slop. I do recall a triumph routine, but I don't think it used the slop shuffle. My memory isn't known to be a strength so perhaps somebody near their library can confirm?

(By the way - I spent quite a bit of time trying to find a copy for sale online today without any luck. Perhaps post in the "Let's Make a Magic Deal" section and ask if anybody is looking to part with their copy? I'll let you know if I find anything.)
Message: Posted by: Rupert Pupkin (Oct 13, 2021 10:07PM)
Yes, Paul's Triumph using the slop shuffle is called "Personal Slop". There are two Triumph handlings in FASDIU 1.
Message: Posted by: AsL (Oct 13, 2021 11:05PM)
[quote]On Oct 13, 2021, Rupert Pupkin wrote:
Yes, Paul's Triumph using the slop shuffle is called "Personal Slop". There are two Triumph handlings in FASDIU 1. [/quote]

Thanks for clearing that up! I must've been thinking of the other...
Message: Posted by: ajb6864 (Oct 16, 2021 06:50AM)
My notebook says 'Personal Slop' was in FASDIU 2, but I'm not near my copies to confirm.
Message: Posted by: ajb6864 (Oct 16, 2021 06:54AM)
Just got my Son to check, it's page 20 FASDIU 2
Message: Posted by: Axelchen (Oct 16, 2021 07:04AM)
Sorry, but page 20 of FASDIU 2 contents a version that is called A Total Triumph...

the confusion can base on the fact, that "...from a shuffled deck in use..."(1) is divided into two parts...and in part two is "Personal Slop" on page 20, so, to sum it up: "Personal Slop" is (at least in my set (4th Revision, 4/1/99)) in the second part of "...from a shuffled deck in use..." (and that is not FASDIU II !).

Hope that helps a little bit!

All the best,

Message: Posted by: ajb6864 (Oct 16, 2021 02:53PM)
I'll have to write better notes!
Sorry for the confusion.
Message: Posted by: ajb6864 (Oct 17, 2021 02:14AM)
In order to redeem myself 😃 there is also an 'updated' version of Personal Slop' by Paul Cummins in the Jack Parker/Andi Gladwin book - Magicians Ltd Cookbook.
Message: Posted by: Nikodemus (Oct 17, 2021 03:26AM)
Thanks for all the replies.
Thanks too to a couple of people who PM'd me and were willing to answer my questions.

For anyone else interested in Paul C's slop shuffle - it seems he didn't add anything to the slop shuffle per se. His contribution was to follow it immediately with another (different) shuffle to act as a kind of convincer. I won't say exactly what, but it is a well-known technique for Triumph style effects. I believe it is used in Last Man Standing by John Bannon.