Ian Kendall wrote:The idea that you need to have moved in a card game to understand if a push through shuffle is deceptive is poppycock.
Take care, Ian
I remember watching Jack Pyle do the push through shuffle just before he did an Out of this world kind of effect. I also had it on my web site for a time.
The way that I acid test things - push through - Steven's cull - Triumph shuffle work - Punch cull work - Second and bottom dealing etc. Is I do it for people the same way I work out any other kind of move. As Ian says very nicely below.
Ian Kendall wrote: Seriously? The same way you work in any other sleight or handling - diligent practice and rehearsal followed by testing in a safe environment or seeking council from trusted friends.
And if I may add - then doing the move at crunch time in front of different audiences for a long time. And if the move doesnt work - adapt and change to suit the performing needs and then acid test the idea again until it works.
Ian Kendall wrote:This is the problem with the arguement, Jon. Taking it to reductio ad absurdum (and it's not that far, to be honest) one could say that you should not use a shuttle pass unless you have worked in a short change booth at the county fair. If I were to use a push through shuffle for the first time, I'd much rather it were in a magic show than in a poker game where I'd likely leave with fewer working apendages should my technique prove less than satisfactory. Surely it would be safer to work in the move for five years at a magic gig before using it to steal money at a gaming table than the other way round. Unless you like to live dangerously...
These moves are like any other sleights, be they coin vanishes, dissolving knots or a double lift - they just have a different ancestor. The process of working them, and working with them, is no different.
Just my opinion!