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kaubell
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When people does double undercut, they always say "its lost somewhere in the deck". Its automatic phrase, almost subconscious.

What this little sentence actually does, makes spectator immediately think "is it really?"

By creating verbal assumption, there is always doubt.

I just started to think how we leave little unnecessary verbal/physical "marks" that reveals more than we think

I think I will try to do double undercut and don't say anything (btw. its suspicious cut, looks too organized and probably that's why we need verbal proof to make it look real, but the verbal proof actually raises the attention and gives moment for doubt in spectators minds)
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Immediately follow the double undercut with an overhand injog shuffle or three - and you can say whatever you like. It's my favorite way of controlling a selected card.
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Kaubell,

in my opinion the double-undercut is an excellent method to control a card, but don't make the mistake I used to make (and many professionals make) and perform the move as soon as the two halves of the pack come together!

There are many techniques which allow you to casually drop the cards onto the chosen one (and even then put the pack on the table) and yet a little later be able to retrieve the break and THEN perform the control, while talking to the audience without even looking at the cards, possibly - as suggested by Lorayne - following it with some false shuffles.

Being in a hurry to get rid of the dirty work as soon as possible is very tempting, but - at the same time - makes you appear anxious to your audience which may suspect "something" is going on.
Card College and Confidences, both books by Roberto Giobbi have many good suggestions you may wish to check out and the same can be said for Liam Montier's Controls Project if you prefer DVDs instead.

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This reminds me of something that Eugene Burger once told me during one of our first sessions together... "Right now your presentation is being driven by what you're doing... I would like your presentation driven by what you're saying. ". Its words I try to live by each time I perform.
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JeffAwesome,

that's a great sentence!
Thanks for sharing


Mark
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