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= Oe oe OO en Welcome to the Coat Shuffle. Paying tribute to the Zarrow Shuflle by Herb Zarrow, the Coat Shuffle is a completely false table shuffle that retains the full order of the deck whilst imitating the action of a fair table riffle shuffle. After the initial publication of the Coat Shuffle in my book HOW TO CHEAT AT CARDS, | performed this shuffle on the video DEAL, and following the interest in this move | decided to offer a filmed explanation. The best kept secrets of deception hide in books. Such a move that one reads of cannot be truly appreciated until seen and cannot truly be understood until performed correctly. Use this PDF book to understand the technical positioning of fingers, timing and motion. Use the video as a visual accomplice. | hope that the Coat Shuffle finds it’s way into your table collection and serves you as well as it has served me for the past fifteen years. | am Daniel Madison. This is The Coat Shuffle. THECOQOATSHUFEL FE To fully understand the Coat Shuffle, you must be able to competently execute a standard table riffle shuffle. You will then work to find a perfect marriage between the visuals of a real table shuffle and the false table shuffle as the goal is to make them look as alike as possible. Seize the deck at either end as in image one. The thumb is at the back corner, finger two is at the opposite front corner. Finger one is curled on top of the deck at the front corner. Finger three is at the side of the deck near the front corner and all of the fingers are closed. The right hand grips the bottom half of the deck and the left grips the top. The hands separate to pull the two packets apart as in image two. The back corners of each packet, at the opposite end to the thumb are slightly tilted toward each other as the thumbs lift each packet no more than one centimeter from the table. Each packet is gripped firmly and finger one applies downward pressure to the top of the packet. The thumb than allows the cards in the packet to riffle off rapidly one at a time. This is executed with each packet in unison allowing the cards from each packet to interweave as in image three. The same grip os then applied on each packet and finger three of each hand forces the packets together until they are completely flushed together as in image one thus completing the table riffle shuffle. You must become competent at executing this shuffle before attempting to master the Coat Shuffle, as the Coat Shuffle must appear to be nothing more than a standard table riffle shuffle such as this. felis TWO aaa The deck is seized as to prepare for the standard table riffle shuffle as in image one. As two halves are separated, left finger one applies pressure to the top card. As the top half is pulled to the right, the top card is retained with the left packet which falls to the top of the lower half as shown in image four. Although this simple action is executed at a fair speed, one must resist the temptation to pull the right packet away with unnatural speed in attempt to hide the deception. Practice will reveal that standard and natural speed and motion will suffice. The two packets are slightly twisted so that the back corners - opposite the thumbs - point toward each other in preparation for the interweaving riffle. At this point, the illusion is offered that both packets are being raised at the back ready to be riffled together, however, only the right packet is raised in the standard and typical way, whereas only the top card of the left packet (the coat card) is raised to mimic the same. Left finger one adds pressure on the back of the top card of the left packet to prevent the card from lifting from the deck at the front end. The right packet is now riffled from the thumb into the gap above the left packet and below the coat card, the coat card (5 of Clubs in image five) is carefully moved up and down moving no more than 2mm each way to create a matching ‘flutter’ as naturally made by a riffling packet as if cards are falling away from the thumb. The coat card is then released so that it lands below the top card of the right packet as in image six. Without a pausing moment, as the packets come to rest, they are pushed together and squared. The coat card interlaced under the top card of the right packet will offer a further visual deception supporting the illusion that both packets were fully interlaced. mOleL This sequence, however, will merely switch the top card for the second card down and the rest of the deck will remain undisturbed. To return the positions of the top two cards, this false shuffle is executed once more, this will reposition the top card back on top and the full order of the deck will be returned. Once the packets have been deceptively interlaced, one must take care in pushing them together to square the deck. One can help add shade by pushing the right packet slightly forward as the packets are pushed together. The packets can be pushed together creating quite a mess, both the unbalance and the squaring will shade any would-be obvious tells. The accompanying video will offer a great visual for the squaring moment. You shouldn’t need warning about the dangers of this shuffle. The angles are unfair and the discrepancy will feel as though it is open for much longer than it actually is, however, in spite of how dirty this false shuffle is, it is highly deceptive and relies in part on the sucker’s psychological understanding of a standard table shuffle. No opponent will scrutinize that which appears fair and more than they would be skeptical of any other fair move at the table. As soon as the shuffle looks unnatural, heat will be brought to the deck along with speculation and interruption to the deception. Your deceptions must resemble that which is fair and therefore your execution of this move must not breach any natural actions in any way. The Coat Shuffle shares similarities with a few other published false shuffles. The Zarrow Shuffle by Herb Zarrow as said to be the only false shuffle (at that time) to have gone from the magic industry to the card table. Zarrow’s shuffle offers are far more deceptive technique which allows the packets to be interlaced and then secretly and invisibly separated as they are pushed together. You can learn this move from Herb on his DVD or from Jason England at Theory! |.com. It is a fantastic move that will benefit your understanding and execution of the Coat Shuffle. Thank you for taking the time to learn this false shuffle. As always, | take no credit for the move. There is nothing new under the sun. | have simply discovered this shuffle within my own private practices away from the industry, without influence. I leave you with a thought. You can deceive the most skeptical player with a simple move, but it is easier to deceive yourself into believing that you are good enough to get away with it. Until you have executed such moves at the card table, you are not ready to do so. He who learns how to cheat but does not has wasted his time. | am Daniel Madison. Thank you. www.DANIELMADISON.co.uk