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In this video I demonstrate two types of sleight of hand: overhand shuffle stacking and riffle stacking. I also talk about their applications in card cheating and card magic. Enjoy!
This is NOT meant to be an instructional video on how to cheat at cards or on how to protect yourself from cheating. Don’t watch this video and then try this stuff in a game or think you can’t be cheated. I make these videos for entertainment so that people can more deeply appreciate the craft and the art of sleight-of-hand. If you find this stuff interesting, go check out the work of people like Steve Forte, Jason England, Richard Turner, Darwin Ortiz, and Jason Ladanye. If you want to learn how to protect yourself at the card table, check out “Casino Game Protection,” “Poker Protection,” and “Gambling Protection Series” by Steve Forte and “Gambling Scams” by Darwin Ortiz.
As you can see in the slow-motion segment, I (still) overprotect a slug of cards at the bottom and the slug of cards right beneath whatever I’m stacking. I also don’t perfectly synchronize the riffling speed of both hands, so I end up with slightly lopsided rhythm at the ends of the shuffles. Just shows that no matter how much you practice, there’s always more ground to cover. The ending clip showing the hands of a real expert is what all of us sleight-of-hand lovers aspire to be able to do, myself included.
For more information on stacking the deck, see “Gambling Scams” by Darwin Ortiz (some of the stories about stacking the deck come from this book) and “Poker Protection” Steve Forte. The overhand shuffle slug controls and five-handed run up come from The Expert at the Card Table by S.W. Erdnase. I first encountered the presentational idea of reciting the formula for the stack out loud in Darwin Ortiz’s routine “The Professional” published in “Scams and Fantasies with Cards.” This idea has previously been used by Andrew Wimhurst in his routine “The Expert at the Bridge Table” and in Bruce Elliot’s routine “The Expert at the Card Table.” However, it was originally invented by Jack Merlin, published in “And a Pack of Cards.” I learned to riffle stack from Jason England’s Foundations Vol. 2 and Steve Forte’s DVD set Gambling Protection Series. The modified method of stacking the two red aces was demonstrated on Steve Forte’s “52” in his Gambling Protection Series. Further refinements on riffle stacking are explored in “Gambling Sleight of Hand Volumes 1 and 2” by Steve Forte — highly recommended for the serious student.