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Corey Harris
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Ok, I have the dumbest question ever asked on here...lol.. I was getting ready to make a corner short today, and I don't know which corner I am supposed to make short, Is the the Pipped corner or the unpipped corners?

Also, any reccomendations of booklets or books that have uses for corner shorts and standard short cards? Thanks.

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Me personally, I've always trimmed the pipped corners...
but honestly, it's up to you.
You're the one handling the pack.

Do you want to feel for it on the left or the right side?
There isn't a "wrong answer," hahaha.

It's like asking for a left-handed baseball bat...
...totally up to you how you choose to swing it.
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Mr. Tommy Wonder trimmed the whole card. He said he liked to live on the edge. Check out his DVD set. If it were a tape I would have worn it out by now. Some good stuff in the Vernon Inner secrets regarding shorts also.
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Greetings Corey;
Aaron called it for you. It all depends on what you want to do and if you are right handed or left handed.
Me being right handed, I hold the deck in the left hand mechanics grip while riffling the corner with the right forefinger, so in that case I have the index corner short.
If I was going to be holding the deck in the left hand and riffling with the left thumb, using just the left hand, then I would use the non-index corner short.
Wizard Craft here on the Café have a corner short unit and a booklet that will get you started.
Also you may want to get the booklet "Deceptions with a Short Card" an Abbott publication. It's and oldie but a goodie.
Hope that helps some
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I found a pair of Fiskars "Paper Edgers" at Big Lots for $1 that are wonderful for rounding the corners of shorts and corner shorts.
These are scissors made for the scrap-booking croud with a patterned edge. The ones I have "Provincial" pattern, have several curved sections that can be used to make corners with whatever sort of curve you like. Nail clippers can be useful for this work too.
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On 2007-05-14 20:23, Corey Harris wrote:
I was getting ready to make a corner short today, and I don't know which corner I am supposed to make short, Is the the Pipped corner or the unpipped corners?


Make one of each!

I often have one of each in my decks. You won't be confused as to which is which.
There is a routine called "The Tuned Deck" (by R. W. Hull) in "Greater Magic", that uses such a setup.

I always short the same cards, and they are my "standard force cards"...

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I put mine on the none piped corner. Reason is I do all my cutting from my right hand. harry Riser "secrets of the Escamotor"(sp) has some things about corner short cards. but anything dealing with a crimp or marked card can be replaces by a a corner short( of course) you'd be amazed by the simple things well read magician get fooled by.
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Dai vernon goes into great detail about short cards on the Revelation DVDS
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On 2007-05-25 11:28, Stacked wrote:
But anything dealing with a crimp or marked card can be replaces by a a corner short.

I guess he meant 'Dot Card', not 'Marked Card'.

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You might want to check out the book by Kaplan entitled the Fine Art of Magic.

Long out-of-print, there's one on the big auction site now.

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You can get corner-rounding punches of different diameters at any well-stocked scrapbooking store. Of course, they are also available online.
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Unlilke the corner rounders needed to finish a Svengali or short card, you can find perfect rounders for corner shorting at any scrapbook joint.....Michaels and the like, for less than $10.00.
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EVERY corner rounder I,ve ever seen in any craft or scrapbooking store ( and I've looked ) is a 1/4 inch cut. The perfect playing card corner cut is 1/8 inch.
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Check out Rene Lavand's work in his books or on his DVD's I had the Distinct honor of meeting and sessioning with "El Maestro" last year. He has created many a memorable moment using a short card.
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MagicMan1957, re-read my post and then try and corner short a card with a 1/8th in rounder.

Here's a hint, the 1/8th" rounder won't do ANYTHING to the card because the corner of a factory card is already 1/8th of an inch.

You need to make the radius LARGER in order to riffle to the short corner!
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If you use a biddle grip - the pip side would do the best - dosn't it?
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Hi Silverking....I usually cut out an entire edge when I short a card so I want all 4 corners to match the deck perfectly as well. Hence my need for a 1/8th inch cutter.
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And if the upper right corner is shorted (and pack is held in right hand mechanics) is there anything to be said in favor of (1) riffling down with your right thumb over (2) riffling up with your left index finger? Thanks.
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I put mine in the index corners. That way when I'm holding the deck in a right handed end grip (biddle) I can riffle right to the short.
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