Originally posted by Max Maven:
The Haymow Shuffle is actually more closely related to the Monge Shuffle, but that's for another thread.
In brief, the Haymow is done as follows: The pack is held in the left hand. The left thumb pushes over a block of cards toward the right. The right hand takes this block. The left thumb pushes over another block, which is taken beneath the first. Another block is pushed over, and taken on top of the right hand's stock. Continue alternating, until all of the cards are in the right hand.
It's a rather primitive shuffle, that is still in use in many western countries, primarily among people with little experience handling cards. (Ironically, it actually does a better job of mixing than most more sophisticated shuffles.)
The Charlier Shuffle is actually a false Haymow. It looks much the same, but the deck is not mixed; at the conclusion, the pack is not mixed; rather, it has simply been given a complete cut.
In fact Haymow Shuffle is the equivalence of our old shuffle named "Mlange au pouce (thumb shuffle)" in french (See Robert-Houdin for a Stack with this shuffle) and even Camille Gaultier in Magic without Appaaratus still described this shuffle in 1914.
Now, if we go back to my first question, do you think the explanation of controlling the three Aces (in The Art of Magic, page 130, Another Poker Trick) is made with the Haymow Shuffle or a kind of Hindoo Shuffle ?
Here is the excerpt :
"Place the three Aces in center of Pack, keeping the little finger above them. Now make the Haymow Shuffle. This is accomplished by drawing out the under half of the pack, that is to say, the packet below the little finger, and slapping it rather forcibly on the top packet. Now undercut about three quarters of the pack and allow the cards to drop in small paquets on the packet remaining in the left hand. Ad the three top cards of this packets are the aces, the little finger must be kept on top of the packet. The final movement is to draw out this undermost packet and drop it on top."
I realise that Hilliard don't tell us to take the bottom half by the lower corners (as we do with the Hindoo Shuffle) but this description is very curious (for me).