I don't want to sound flip, but if you can SEE the Seconds or Bottoms, they are not good from the standpoint of deception.
If you SENSE that the Seconds and Bottoms are being done, they are equally inefficient.
You can say, however, that so-and-so masterfully EXECUTES these sleights.
I think that Steve Forte is one of the best card handlders on the planet. If you have not been forewarned or otherwise prepared, you will not see or sense his false deals when they occur.
This is the highest praise.
Otherwise, I have seen and admired many superb EXECUTORS of false deals. I have also seen a great number of PRETENDERS.
In my own sad case, I cannot perform a decent false deal. Never could. Consequently, I seldom, if ever, perform them.
[ August 24, 2001: Message edited by: Jon Racherbaumer ]