Jon Racherbaumer wrote:Having written a compilation book on Triumph (which lists most of the many versions in print) doesn’t necessarily qualify me to say anything authoritative on the subject. However, I’ve performed most of the variations over the years for an eclectic bunch of people. Versions that have many face-up/face-down “displays” to over-prove that the cards are truly mixed in topsy-turvy fashion have an unintended consequence. Many times, after I’ve performed these versions to a underwhelming response, I asked: “Don’t you think that’s extremely puzzling?” A standard reply was: “You somehow straighten out the cards during all of those cuts, shuffles, and turnovers.” It didn’t impress them that, if this was truly the method, that such skillful manipulation warrants some praise.
So what?— they thought.
When I perform versions using the Slop Shuffle, the audiences almost uniformly gasps.
The killer version using the Slop Shuffle is by Henry Evans.
For those who want to look up this routine, it's published in the April 2009 issue of The Linking Ring (as well as in Mr. Evan's first L & L video set, I believe). Would make a very nice combination with the preview that was just published in the latest issue of TLR.
Currently, the two Triumph displays I favor most are Guy Hollingworth's and the Goodwin/Jennings display because I think they come much closer to being natural displays than most of the alternatives.
I'm not a Triumph scholar by any means, but are there any published non-gaffed routines where you do a complete shuffle and simply ribbon spread to show the FU/FD condition?