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Dr. JK
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Apologies if this has been discussed before. I did a search, but did not see any immediate results based on the query I entered. Anyway, have you guys considered (or has it previously been published) to use a stripper deck for a false shuffle that keeps the deck in original [pre-shuffle] order? In the example below, the objective is to keep the deck in stack order while genuinely shuffling the deck.

The way I do it is to cut stacked deck in half, revolve those cards around in a natural pre-shuffle type motion, then perform one riffle shuffle. Strip through the deck in a cutting action, and complete the "cut" to return to original order. Of course, half the deck will be oriented the wrong way, which means you are in the perfect position to repeat the shuffle/cut sequence by breaking the deck for the shuffle at the built in step. When you've decided it will be your last shuffle, simply finish the "cutting" sequence by giving the 2nd half of the deck a 180 degree revolution.

I also considered that this would be ideal for allowing the spectators to shuffle the deck. The only thing you would have to do is do the initial cutting to revolve one half, then do the cut yourself when they're done with the riffle. Of course, if you're performing a routine (ala Gilbreath) that allows the spectator to shuffle the deck anyway, there's no need for you to do anything for the spectator once you're done with your shuffles.

Granted, you could just learn a Zarrow or other impressive false riffle shuffles, but this one has the benefit of being within the grasp of the average performer, and can be used to allow the spectators to shuffle. I realize there is some risk that when the spectator shuffles; when they push the deck together, they may notice something is amiss. However, I don't think that anyone will notice anything like that if you treat the deck with the proper nonchalance.

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Hey Jeff, that's a great idea!

Unfortunately, I don't believe you're the first to come up with it. First mention I could find of this idea is in Encyclopedia of Card Tricks published in 1936. And it seemed like a relatively old idea even then.

To follow up on this, yes you can retain a full stack this way but you can also do something simple like reversing red/black cards from one another. Do whatever tricks you want to do and have the spectator shuffle as much as they want. When you want to go into your OOTW finale, you're just 1 strip away from a perfect color separation.

I've also used this with a mem deck by putting cards 1-26 facing one way and 27-52 facing the other way. You can perform a couple of tricks and then do 'Memory Jumble' from Mnemonica, which will end up with half of the deck stacked in a very deceptive way from a freely shuffled pack.

The stripper deck is an underused device. To quote from Encyclopedia of Card Tricks:
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The use of this expedient is too often condemned by unthinking magicians as being of a childish nature and of use only to those to whom the difficulties of the more pretentious and elaborate methods of sleight of hand are insurmountable. but any road that leads to the desired result, that of deceiving your audience, is as good as any other, and where simplicity is achieved, it may be much better. After all the deception of your audience is your ultimate goal.


Quite an elegant way to put it.
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Hi Jeff

I personally don't use Jumbo decks but I've seen this idea put to great use on stage with a jumbo MD. And it flew by the first time I saw it.

At least you've re-invented a really good idea.

Greg
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Oops, double post. Please delete mods.
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Dr. JK
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Thanks for the feedback, guys. Maybe I'm becoming psychic, but as I was posting, I was thinking, "I should check with Steven Keyl first. He would know." Thanks for chiming in, Steven! I agree that the old time authors put everything so eloquently.
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