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-In this shuffle, ​the deck or packet ​is mixed by taking the top card, placing the second card above it, the third below, the fourth above, etc. Prof. Kunard, in //The Book of Card Tricks//, 1888, p. 67, refers to the shuffle as "​skinning the goat."+This method of "​mixing"​ or rearranging ​the cards of a deck is named after the renowned French mathematician Gaspard Monge, who in 1773 published an essay, "​Reflexions sur la tour des cartes",​ which examined the mathematical properties of a method of shuffling as applied to a card trick. The essay actually examined two tricks or problems: the least number of shuffles required to return a deck to its initial order, and how to produce certain cards at certain positions in the deck through a series of mixes. Both problems were solved with elegant mathematical proofs. Monge'​s essay was translated into English ​by Maxwell Pritchard in //​[[https://​askalexander.org/​display/​67938/​Gibeci+re/​177|Gibecière]]//,​ Vol. 10, No. 2, Summer 2015, p. 175. 
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 +The Monge Shuffle consists of taking the top card, placing the second card above it, the third below, the fourth above, etc. 
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 +Prof. Kunard, in //The Book of Card Tricks//, 1888, p. 67, refers to the shuffle as "​skinning the goat."
  
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