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Topic: Overhand Shuffle: 'Arranging Two Cards' Question
Message: Posted by: BigSmile (Jul 2, 2010 05:13AM)

I need some advice for a little card routine:

After the first routine I have two (known) cards at the top of the deck (deck is face down). Now I want to do an overhand shuffle and I have to end with one card at the top and one card at the bottom of the deck for the next routine.

At the moment I am doing it this way:

1) Run three cards.
2) Injog the thrid card.
3) Get and hold a break below the third card.
4) Undercut the lower half (while keeping the bottom card at the bottom by "slipping" it to the left side) and shuffle this portion to the left.
5) Shuffle the last card (break) to the top of the deck.

Is there any other (better?!) technique for doing this?
Message: Posted by: vpatanio (Jul 2, 2010 08:41AM)
Honestly, if I were you, I would practice the drills that are provided in The Royal Road To Card Magic. These will help you with your overhand shuffle controls

What you are looking for is in the first chapter.

I am not sure if we can provide specifics in the open section of this forum as to methods of controling cards.

However to answer your question, there is a much easier way to do this without having to jog anything, or slip anything. This can be accomplished in 2 simple overhand shuffles. PM me if you don't have the resource and want specifics.

Message: Posted by: BCS (Jul 2, 2010 08:53AM)
Big Smile… The book that helped me the most to understand and perfect the injog shuffle is “The Magic Book” by Harry Lorayne. It also covers placement as you describe. It takes time to get it down so that it looks natural… as you practice think about rhythmus as you shuffle.

Good luck,
Message: Posted by: Cyberqat (Jul 2, 2010 11:10AM)
Of course you could simply practice moving one card from top to bottom or vice versa with a single hand. Then drop your hand to your side, distract your audience, and move the card :)

But what I would do is simply pick up the deck in my left hand and pinch the top card against the rest of the deck. Then, with my right hand, lift a packet of cards "out" of the deck that included everything but the top card. (This is really pretty easy with a little practice.) I'd then overhand the cards in my right hand onto the bottom of what was left in my left, saving the top card in my right (which was the second front the top of the original deck) til last and drop it on the bottom.
Message: Posted by: DWRackley (Jul 2, 2010 12:24PM)
I was thinking about Royal Road as well. The first chapter gives great detail on moving one or two cards to the top or bottom.

For what you want, I’d say use a first shuffle to send both cards to the bottom, then a second to hold one on the bottom while bringing the other one to the top.

You [i]really[/i] should get Royal Road to Card Magic. Spending an hour (or less) with just the first chapter will improve your card handling skills enormously.
Message: Posted by: Harry Lorayne (Jul 2, 2010 12:36PM)
C'mon, now - do a slip shuffle, and shuffle until the last single card falls. Obvious. Or, run one card first and shuffle off until you reach the last card. HL.
Message: Posted by: Cyberqat (Jul 2, 2010 01:34PM)
Btw... the "pinch" thing I described above is basically the same move as a riffle force if you do one of those...

It sounds like Harry L. used the proper terms for what I was trying to describe :)
Message: Posted by: BigSmile (Jul 2, 2010 01:43PM)
Really obvious Harry!

Thank you all for your HELP. Sometimes I am blind to see the obvious things... :)
Message: Posted by: molsen (Jul 5, 2010 03:21PM)
After having a deck of cards in my hands a few minutes, I agree with the suggestions above. Run 2, shuffle off, slip, shuffle off to last and drop.

You are done in two shuffles, with no jogs or breaks. This can easily be done while engaging the spectators, thus not adding unwanted heat to the shuffle.

You are doing the very short run immediately after starting, before the spectators even register you are shuffling, the best moment. The rest is invisible.