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cards:pick-up_shuffle [2016/10/11 17:29]
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-====== Pick-up Shuffle / Lift Shuffle ====== 
-The pick-up dynamic of this shuffle is used in the first full-deck false shuffle method S. W. Erdnase described in the Legerdemain section of //​[[http://​​display/​10870/​Artifice+ruse+and+subterfuge+at+the+card+table/​162|Expert at the Card Table]]//, 1902, p. 163. This shuffle was of the haymow variety, rather than an overhand shuffle, designed to maintain the order of the entire deck and resulting in giving the cards only a simple cut. 
-The same year, Henri De Manche published an overhand false shuffle in C. Lang Neil's //​[[http://​​display/​24790/​The+Modern+Conjurer+and+Drawing+Room+Entertainer/​53-55|The Modern Conjurer]]//,​ 1902, p. 51, that utilized the lift shuffle methodology. 
-Jack Merlin describes his Outjog Shuffle in //​[[http://​​display/​14666/​Merlin+s+Master+Manipulations+Section+One+of+And+a+Pack+of+Cards/​6|Merlin'​s Master Manipulations]]//,​ 1928, p. 5. This is a false shuffle designed to control a card to the top during a single overhand shuffle. It uses an outjog to delay the pick up action until later in the shuffle. While Merlin refers to the style of shuffling as a "​haymow",​ evidence suggests that the shuffle he used is what is called today an overhand shuffle. (Conjuring literature of the period sometimes used "​haymow"​ to refer to both the haymow and overhand shuffling methods.) This detail is clarified by Jean Hugard in his revision of Merlin'​s trilogy [[http://​​display/​14785/​And+A+Pack+of+Cards+Cherished+Secrets+of+a+Master+Manipulator/​10|...and a Pack of Cards]], 1940, p. 12. 
-Judson Brown contributed a control using the pick-up dynamic under the title "The Shuffle Pass" to //​[[http://​​display/​36602/​Genii/​9|Genii]]//,​ Vol. 3 No. 4, Dec. 1938, p. 113. The pick-up is done immediately after the card is returned to the deck, during an interruption of the process of shuffling. Brown again refers to the shuffle method as a haymow. While the control could conceivably be managed with a haymow shuffle, an overhand shuffle was probably meant. 
-The use of a series of pick-ups, one after every shuffle movement, resulting in a complete false shuffle, was described as "An Easy False Shuffle"​ by Tom Munroe in //​[[http://​​display/​37735/​Linking+Ring/​49-50|The Linking Ring]]//, Vol. 29 No. 1, Mar. 1949, p. 49.