A completely false overhand shuffle that looks just like the real thing.
Let me tell you a quick story...
In the early stages of this shuffle, I met up with my mate Alex Ward to hang out.
(You might know Alex from his CTG release with Ellusionist)
He asked what I'd been working on, so I pulled a deck of cards out of my backpack and showed him the early, rough around the edges version of The Victory Shuffle.
I showed him the deck after, in perfect new deck order. Not a card out of place.
He stared at the deck...
After staring for a few seconds, he looked up and said...
"That's the best thing I've seen in years. You've just contributed to card magic!"
And when I showed him the method, he was even more impressed.
Here's the thing...
A great false shuffle unlocks doors in card magic!
It gives you potential to do a whole host of effects that just aren't possible otherwise.
Effects that... for spectators... have no explanation.
Good false overhand shuffles are hard to find.
Many have these problems:
- They're blocky
- You have to run lots of single cards (nothing like a real shuffle!)
- They lack naturalness and casualness (two essential elements for a deceptive false shuffle!)
Shuffles that do
have that casual feeling, often only look good if the spectator isn't watching too closely.
When you perform, you don't want to worry about a spectator watching your hands...
You want a shuffle that looks just like the real thing!
Real shuffles are:
- Casual (It shouldn't look like you're concentrating!)
- Natural (Does your false shuffle look just like a real shuffle? It should!)
- A bit messy (No one who is genuinely shuffling cards cares about neatness!)
The Victory Shuffle is that shuffle.
In fact, I think Magic Mastery member Eric summed it up perfectly with his response: a