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If you look at the very end of Tommy's post, you'll see a little "smiley face", which speaks volumes in this case.

Indeed, and although it was almost too cleverly couched in Cag's writing style, Tommy was executing a somewhat brilliant parody of Cag's posting proclivities.
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No worries. You should know that everything here is a possible starting point for endless debates. Sometimes, some are very interesting.

Obviously, knowing one card can provide a tremendous advantage in games like BJ. But, in my mind, I always think about Hold'Em. My fault. In games like HE, well, of course you can kill one card and get some advantage out of it. But, out of the blue, I wouldn't bet that knowing one card gives a terrific edge for such games. Of course, I should do some computations before saying that. I just have no time for it.


Knowing the position of one card in Hold Em is an advantage yes. Well controlling it that is to say.
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Video #4! A demo of a negatively stripped card in slow motion and high definition. Don't tell me I don't like you!

http://www.arnoldmcdonald.org/code/publi......=6500004 (77.1mb)

(The mark is around 1/128th of an inch)
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Video #4! A demo of a negatively stripped card in slow motion and high definition. Don't tell me I don't like you!

http://www.arnoldmcdonald.org/code/publi......=6500004 (77.1mb)

(The mark is around 1/128th of an inch)


AMcD, you may be the only person on the planet that can do that. Have you contacted The Guinness Book of World Records for insertion?

I figured it out though. It is the weight of all those rings that enables you to apply the subtle counter pressure needed to make the pull.

Just kidding of course.

Very impressive...but...can you do it while wearing gloves...just in case you are "working" in a cold climate?

Reason I ask is know guy in the Yukon who can do the pull wearng heavy gloves. Of course, his notch is 1 inch and not 1/128th of an inch but hey, give him a break. He's wearing gloves.
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You not the first one kidding about that 1/128th of an inch.

But you know, in the past (when I was still a green horn) I read many bragging about the size of the marks for their NS, and I read things like 1/32th or 1/64th of an inch. I was impressed because it seems tiny but in reality it's absolutely awful, a blind badger could spot those marks from planet Venus.

I also remember a photo of some auction, where a deck made by Zarrow for Dai Vernon (or was it the opposite?) was sold. It was even more awful, the marks were visible from the Messier 81 galaxy.

It took me years of practice, but in good condition I can feel marks which are barely visible, whatever the angle, the light, etc.

It's unfortunately for demo only. It would be unpractical for real games. Even my amateur games. I'm afraid NS are mostly a Magician's stuff.

It's fun to do anyway.
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Next step: separate just the outer atoms.
Do you have a cutting machine?
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...It took me years of practice, but in good condition I can feel marks which are barely visible, whatever the angle, the light, etc.

It's unfortunately for demo only. It would be unpractical for real games. Even my amateur games. I'm afraid NS are mostly a Magician's stuff...


I agree Arnold. I would be very apprehensive using this type work under fire. Let's face it, on a practical level, decks will become worn and sticky in play so work that is much more obvious has to be used.

In never have been a fan of stripper decks, but if I had to use one, after I was fairly certain it would fly in the situation it was being employed, I would feel much more confident with regular concave strippers. The notch work just seems to stand out more because of the short length of the cut unless the notch is minute. If the notch is minute, it probably won't stand up for long in actual play.
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@Cag

With plastic cards, things get better though but, anyway, it's not my stuff either. Stripping the cards casually is very hard to do under scrutiny, there's a big tell, whatever the type and the location of the marks. Everything being possible, I don't doubt it's already been used for getting some money but, frankly, you need players not really cautious. I prefer stacking. By a distance.

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A cutting machine. Hahaha. Just imagine bringing a tool around the card tables... I had some guts when I was younger, but I've never been delusional.
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@Marco.

A cutting machine. Hahaha. Just imagine bringing a tool around the card tables... I had some guts when I was younger, but I've never been delusional.


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Hi Arnold:

Are you still working on Arcanum vol 2 - controls?
Thanks.
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Yep. But I'm afraid I'm the slowest author ever Smile.
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A fith video. Old demo, 2nd, 3rd and 4th.

http://www.arnoldmcdonald.org/code/publi......=6500005 (10.8mb)
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Ho, Ho, Ho, Arnold. No one is that good. It has to be trick photography.

Wait a minute. It isn't trick photography. You really are that good!

I do have one request though. I am ever hopeful to some day see your signature move, the AMcD "Big Mac" Zarro Shuffle, talked about in card table circles in "hushed tones." Any chance of seeing that soon?

Failing that, can we at least see your Greek (or geek) Bottom where you deal the cut card under fire? Smile

In the meantime, nice work as usual on the seconds, thirds and fourths.
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Okay, I think I have figured it out. I can't quite put my finger on it, but I believe the secret to you sleight of hand ability lies in the rings you wear.

The ancient or astrological symbols have something to do with it.

It is almost mystical - but a little unfair... using arcane symbolic rings so your moves make the rest of us look bad.

Not fair I say...Not Fair.

I know, you will probably try to mislead us and say it is dedicated, correct practice that enables you to achieve these results.

Be serious. Practice??? That is hard work. Besides, who practices nowadays when all one needs are those AMcD magical finger rings?
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Me doing a Zarrow, well, well, well...

I practised the Greek Deal some time ago, but as it was not really useful (and dangerous Smile!), I gave it up.

Note that this video is mostly a demo, I'm not really "dealing" cards. I can really deal 2nds and 3rds, sailing the cards and all, but 4ths... it's another ball game!
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I once practised it and recorded it, but it was a modest attempt. The energy spent on pushing the card(s) to control the pressure was visible.
I mainly use Marlo's technique with a little subtlety of mine to keep the block in place during the pushoff, but I struggled a bit in switching the number.
Anyway it's about sharing right? Here it is:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y9g8H_PR53o

The coolest part about it is that I gave the credits, not something you see quite often nowadays.
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Marlo's technique is not good. But there is almost nothing in print about dealing 3rds, 4ths, etc. That's why I had to find some "solution".

About this demo, it's more a knack than anything else. With practice you can also deal a 5th, a 6th and even a 7th. When I'll have time, I'll post a version up to 5th.

Crediting? What's the point? We now have the young generation, Ben Earl, Dan Madison, etc., who have invented everything.
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Indeed there isn't much around of these deals, it looked to me the only viable thing. It's okay for the deal, but it's the get ready that has a non negligible delay prior the deal.

About crediting... you might think I've done it out of respect, but in reality I'm about to write Marco x AMcD, where I will describe your STRIKE second deal.
Mwahah.
And the Zarrow shuffle.
:D
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Is there any practical or rational reason for being able to deal thirds, fourths...tenths, etc. except for a demonstration of digital prowess? Has all the money made over the last 100 plus years with a simple second deal been a fluke?

Would not the time spent mastering such "jugglery" be better spent learning how to deal something valuable - like Cagliostro's undetectable, upside down, reverse spinning center deal?

Now you would really have something to demo at magician meetings, drunken frat parties and on YouTube. Heck, you might even be able to get a few free drinks with that ability - an added advantage to mastery.
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