Originally posted by Paul Cummins:
I've gotten to where I can clock a half-deck (reds or blacks) in 12 or 13 seconds, just about as long as it takes me to spread through the deck. With that amount of speed, and within the context of a routine, clocking the deck has been extemely effective for me because magicians don't even suspect that I might be doing so.[/QB]
Exactly. Back in the mid-1970s I could clock a full deck at a consistent sixteen seconds (personal best: fourteen). Hitting that stride meant, among other things, that I could let a spectator do the dealing, making the circumstance seem less "conducted" by the performer.
Most of the related work I developed in the late 1970s remains unpublished, although it was established by demonstrations for various people. (You can find kind comments by Harry Lorayne in some issues of Apocalypse
of that time.)
The point is, applied straightforwardly it's a somewhat impressive skill demonstration. Using a clocking technique in conjunction with other elements. however, can make for some very strong stuff. The combinatory work that has been published, notably the recent Pit Hartling routine, gives ample proof of that.