Jonathan Townsend wrote:Aside from the overhand vs side grip, how do you distinguish the "Hindu" shuffle display (say from Royal Road to Card Magic 1948 - look at the second trick in the section) from the Flushtration count?
They clearly do bear some similarities, and both are based on creating an illusion of "sameness" when there is a glaring (but generally undetected) discrepancy. But here, IMO, are some points of distinction, aside from the different grips:
1. The Flustration Count ("FC") is generally done with a small packet of cards, versus the Hindu Shuffle Display ("HSD") which is typically done with the entire deck. Personally, I wouldn't use the HSD with a small packet; and, conversely, wouldn't use a flustration count when there are more than 5 or 6 cards in a packet.
2. With the FC, only one card at a time is peeled off or dealt from the packet, whereas with the HSD, usually multiple cards or small packets of cards are peeled off in each sequence of the procedure.
3. The FC may be used to show that each card in the packet is identical. For example, let's say you have a packet of 4 cards with the ace of spades on bottom. By doing the FC it can be made to appear that all 4 cards are aces of spades. It would be exceedingly awkward trying to create that same illusion with a packet of 4 cards using the HSD. Of course, the illusion that all the cards are the same can be created using the HSD, but it would be done, generally, using the entire deck, and creating the illusion that every card in the deck is (again, for example), the ace of spades. I believe Harry Lorayne (and I'm sure others, as well) uses this subterfuge in one of the phases of his AC routine to show, ostensibly, that all the cards are the ambitious card.
The HSD is a marvelous tool to use in a color changing deck routine, whereas the FC would have limited (although I wouldn't say no) utility in such a routine.
I'm sure others can point out other distinctions between the FC and the HSD.