Moves and Sleights

 

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A

  • All Around Square Up
    To correct a messy deck by lifting the deck to the fingertips and turning the deck by turning the wrist of one hand while grabbing the deck with the other hand. Doing this action a couple of times until the deck is square. Usually done to subtly show that there are no steps or breaks being held.
  • Addition or Add-on
    To covertly add a card, or cards, to an existing packet of cards
  • Alignment Move
    Switching a card for another card by a sliding motion, usually in a small packet of 3cards. (Henry Christ, Ted Annemann and Dai Vernon)
  • Angle Jog
    Usually a card that is placed into the front end of a squared deck and as it is pushed in, flush with the deck, the card is secretly angled out of the deck in order to create a jog, palm out a card or to obtain a break above or below the card.
  • Ascanio Spread
    To Show 5, or more, cards as 4 cards, done in a fluid, snake like spread or fan.
  • ATFUS Move Ed Marlo
    Any Time Face Up Switch. It can be used as a switch cards or to make cards disappear while showing a number of cards.

B

 

  • Back Palm
    To secretly palm a card on the backside of your hand usually while displaying the palm of the hand.
  • Biddle Grip (Elmer Biddle)
    To hold any number of cards from above, fingers to the front and thumb at the rear of the short ends of the cards.
  • Brake
    To hold a separation between two halves of the deck, between any number of cards on top of the deck, on the bottom of the deck, in a packet of cards etc.  The break can be held with the thumb, fourth finger, heel of the thumb or any finger.
  • Braue Add On – Fred Braue
    Secretly add and switch out a number of cards to a known packet of cards.
  • Bridge
    Usually done after a in the hands riffle, FARO or weave shuffle. After the cards have been weaved or riffled together, the outer ends of the deck are brought closer inwards to each other with the fingers of both hands as the thumbs are both staying above the cards and the cards cascade back together ending up at the fingers of the hand.
  • Buckle Count
    The Idea is when you have a packet of cards and you are counting or displaying them, you exert pressure under the bottom card and push your finger toward yourself to “buckle” or bend the bottom card at some point in the count and you can take any number of cards above the buckle as one card.

C

  • Center Cut
    Usually means during a shuffle sequence on the table, you split the deck into 3rds with one hand and pull out the middle 3rd with the other hand and slap it on top of the deck.
  • Charlier False Shuffle
    This move actually just cuts the deck and looks identical to the Haymow Shuffle.
  • Count
    Obviously, this can mean to actually count the cards in any fashion. But, it usually means a false display of cards in some fashion and not an actual counting of the cards. Especially when the word is used in conjunction with a name or other words i.e. Biddle Count, Elmsley Count, 5 for 4 Count etc. It can mean to show a number of cards while hiding a card(s), To display 6 cards while hiding 9 cards, to show 4 cards when you actually have 5 etc.
  • Crimp
    To secretly move any number of needed cards to the top or bottom of the deck while spreading through a face up deck.
  • Cull
    To cut the top half of the deck to the bottom.
  • Cut (Standard)
    To cut the top half of the deck to the bottom.

D

  • Dai Vernon Strip Out Addition
    Adding card(s) to a group of up-jogged cards during the strip out.
  • D’Amico Spread (Carmen D’Amico)
    Usually sort of a count to display 2 cards but secretly there are three cards.  Very similar to the Elmsley count move with lesser cards.
  • Diagonal Palm Shift
    To place a card into the front end of the deck and secretly steal that card out of the side of the deck into a palm.
  • Double Lift
    To take the top 2 cards of the deck as one.
  • Double Undercut
    To cut the bottom half of the deck to the top, instead of the regular way of cutting top to bottom, twice and in doing so, you secretly can move the top card to the bottom.

E

  • Elmsley Count (Alex Elmsley)
    Counting or showing cards while actually hiding a card(s). A.K.A. The Ghost Count, Usually done with 4 cards, seemingly showing all for while hiding one card.

F

  • FARO Shuffle
    Usually, the deck is split into two separate halves or 26 cards each, the short ends of each halve are butted together and then interlocked exact and evenly. Every single card is to be interlocked or weaved one after the other i.e. 1 card from the right side then the next card form the left side etc until the deck is exhausted and then you can finish with a bridge. Done in this fashion is usually referred to as a Perfect FARO. But, you can do a FARO and really only need the top 4 cards or bottom 6 cards etc., to be FARO’d perfectly.
  • Flushtration Count (Brother John Hamman
    Usually a count used to show four different cards as the same card while showing the back and front of seemingly every card as they are dealt to the table.  It can also be used to show 4 cards with four different back designs as four cards with the same backs.
  • Forton Pop Out Move (Piet Forton)
    A card pops out of the center of the deck.
  • Fourth Finger Brake
    To hold a separation between two halves of the deck, between any number of cards on top of the deck, on the bottom of the deck, in a packet of cards etc., by means of the fourth finger.

G

  • Ghost Count
    Counting or showing cards while actually hiding a card(s). (Same as Elmsley Count) Usually done with 4 cards, seemingly showing all for while hiding one card.
  • Glimpse
    To secretly get a glimpse or peek at a chosen card without anyone knowledge.
  • Greek Brake
    To hold a separation between two halves of the deck, between any number of cards on top of the deck, on the bottom of the deck, in a packet of cards etc., by means of the pad of the thumb.

H

  • Half Pass
    This move secretly reverses the bottom half of the deck.
  • Hamman Count (Bro. John Hamman)
    Usually, this display openly shows the faces of any number of cards (and the cards may be counted aloud) while hiding any number of cards. As in the “6 Card Repeat” effect, displaying 6 cards, removing one and you still have 6 cards over and over.
  • Haymow Shuffle
    This is a real shuffle that commonly gets confused as the Charlier False Shuffle. The deck is held face down, with both hands, the left hand pushes over some cards to the right hand, the hands separate and then the left hand pushes off some more cards and places them on top of the right hand packet. Now the hands separate again and the left hand pushes off some more cards and these are placed under the right hand cards, both of these actions are repeated until the deck is exhausted.

I

  • In FARO
    Usually means to do a FARO shuffle (see FARO Shuffle), and in the process of doing the FARO shuffle, you make sure that the original top card is second from the top of the deck after the shuffle is complete.
  • In-Jog
    To push, or jog, card(s) out of the deck, towards yourself. But, it can mean to secretly in-jog a card(s) from the deck during a shuffle or in general.

J

  • Jiggle Pass
    The act of secretly cutting the deck while apparently toying with a messy deck and then squaring the deck.

K

  • Kane Count (Peter Kane)
    A four card display seemingly showing all four backs of the cards when in reality, the spectators only see the backs of the top two, believing they saw all four backs. This count also displaces the original cards i.e. the original order of the cards are 1, 2, 3, 4 and at the end of the count, the are in 2, 3, 1, 4 order.
  • K.M. Move (Kardryo/Ed Marlo)
    A move invented by Tony Kardyro and Ed Marlo, it is a way to vanish, change, or reverse cards during a double lift.

L

  • Larreverse (Larry Jennings)
    In the action of finding a reversed card in the center of the deck and placing it the proper facing direction in the deck, you secretly reverse another card unbeknown to the spectators.
  • Larry Jenning’s Add On
    Similar to Vernon’s Add On. A way of secretly adding card(s) to a packet of cards.

M

  • Milk Build Shuffle
    Used while executing an overhand shuffle. The top and bottom card are taken together on the first pull of the overhand shuffle.

N

O

  • Out FARO
    Usually means to do a FARO shuffle (see FARO Shuffle), and in the process of doing the FARO shuffle, you make sure that the original top card remains on top of the deck after the shuffle is complete.
  • Out-Jog
    To push, or jog, card(s) about half way up and out of the deck, away from yourself. But, it can mean to secretly out-jog a card(s) from the deck.
  • Overhand Shuffle
    To shuffle the deck in the hands. The deck is perpendicular to the dealing hand at the base of the fingers as the other hand holds the deck. The dealing hands thumb will pull a few cards from the top of the deck down into its hand as the hands both move in opposite directions and separate. The non dealing hand, holding the rest of the deck, comes back to the dealing hand and places the cards in its hand in front of the packet that was just pulled onto the dealing hand and the action is repeated until the deck is exhausted.

 

P

  • Packet Switch
    To secretly switch 1 packet of cards for another.
  • Palm
    To secretly hide a card in the palm of the hand.
  • Pass
    To secretly cut the deck sometimes referred to as a shift.
  • Peek
    Usually used as a “Spectator Peek” means to hold the deck faces to the spectator and riffle, back towards yourself, the cards so a spectator can get a peek at a card. It also can mean for you to secretly get a glimpse or peek at a chosen card without anyone knowledge.
  • Perfect FARO
    The deck is split into two separate halves or 26 cards each, the short ends of each halve are butted together and then interlocked exact and evenly. Every single card is to be interlocked or weaved one after the other i.e. 1 card from the right side then the next card form the left side etc until the deck is exhausted and then you can finish with a bridge.
  • Push Through Shuffle
    A false table riffle shuffle that leaves the deck completely intact after a seemingly complete riffle shuffle and single table cut.

Q

  • Sample
    Lipsum axiom

R

  • Ribbon Spread Hide Out – Charles Nyquist
    To hide a reversed card when doing a full, wide table ribbon spread.
  • Riffle
    Usually to run your left thumb down the side of the deck as the cards riffle off the thumb.
  • Riffle Force
    To force a card with riffling the deck.
  • Run Up Shuffle
    Usually used during an overhand shuffle to track and place specific cards in specific places.

S

  • Side Steal
    To secretly steal a card out of the side of the deck into a palm.
  • Spectator Peek
    Usually means to hold the deck faces to the spectator and riffle, back towards yourself, the cards. Now, in doing so, the spectator can get a peek at a card instead of selecting a card.
  • Square, Squaring Up
    To correct a messy deck. Usually done on the table by squeezing the thumb and forefingers to the back corners of the deck, by tapping the deck on the table or in the hands by pushing the deck forward, back and side to side. Sometimes used as a ruse to subtly show that there are no steps or breaks being held.
  • Straddle FARO
    Usually means to start a FARO shuffle with 27 cards in one half and 25 cards in the other half and in the process of doing the FARO shuffle, you make sure that the top and bottom cards in the half containing 27 remain the top and bottom cards after the shuffle is complete.
  • Strip Out
    The action of removing up-jogged card(s) from the deck.

T

  • Triple Lift
    To take the top 3 cards of the deck as one.
  • Tenkai Palm
    A very specific placement of a secretly hid card in the palm of the hand.
  • Thumb Brake
    To hold a separation between two halves of the deck, between any number of cards on top of the deck, on the bottom of the deck, in a packet of cards etc., by means of the thumb.
  • Top Card Cover Pass
    To execute a classic pass under the “cover” of the top card staying in place.

U

  • Up-Jog
    To push, or jog, card(s) about half way up and out of the deck, away from yourself. But, it can mean to secretly up-jog a card(s) from the deck.
  • Undercut
    To cut the bottom half of the deck to the top, instead of the regular way of cutting top to bottom.

V

  • Veeser Count (Bob Veeser)
    Similar to the Elmsley Count using a Biddle grip counting or showing cards while actually hiding a card(s).
  • Vernon Strip Out Addition
    Adding card(s) to a group of up-jogged cards during the strip out.

W

  • Weave Shuffle
    Same as Faro shuffle, during a shuffle or in the hands, the deck is split into two separate halves or 26 cards each, the short ends of each halve are butted together and then interlocked exact and evenly. Every single card is to be interlocked or weaved one after the other i.e. 1 card from the right side then the next card form the left side etc until the deck is exhausted and then you can finish with a bridge.

X

Y

Z

  • Zarrow Shuffle
    A false riffle shuffle that leaves the deck almost intact except for the top cards. Although there are many versions that can be employed that actually leave the deck completely intact, Dai Vernon has a version that accomplishes this, as do many others.
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