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 ====== Riffle Force ====== ====== Riffle Force ======
  
-A Riffle Force is described in an unpublished notebook c. 1800. Will Houstoun transcribed ​the book and published ​it as //The Notebook//, 2009, p. 35. The anonymous author mentions this force was used by Philip Breslaw. (It does not, however, ​appear in //​[[http://​askalexander.org/​display/​21485/​Breslaw+s+Last+Legacy|Breslaw'​s Last Legacy]]//, 1784.) In this handling, a long card is placed above the card to be forced, and the outer end of the deck is "​ruffled"​ and the "ruffling" ​stopped at the long card. It and those cards above are raised and the top card of the lower portion offered. The author'​s phrasing suggests he may be guessing at Breslaw'​s method, in which case a break might also have been possible. However, the long card is a likely tool for the time. Were it not for the odd phrase, "​opening them like a book so as you could insert your fore finger and pull out a Card", the rest of the description,​ which repeats the phrasing "​raising and dropping the Cards" elsewhere would leave open the possibility that a [[cards:​dribble_force|Dribble Force]] is being described.+A Riffle Force is described in an unpublished notebook c. 1800. Will Houstoun transcribed, annotated ​and published ​this work as //The Notebook//, 2009, p. 35. The anonymous author mentions this force was used by Philip Breslaw. (Unsurprisingly,​ it does not appear in //​[[http://​askalexander.org/​display/​21485/​Breslaw+s+Last+Legacy|Breslaw'​s Last Legacy]]//, 1784, a hack work that recirculated previously published material.) In this handling, a long card is placed above the card to be forced. The outer end of the deck is "​ruffled"​ and the ruffling stopped at the long card. It and those cards above are raised and the top card of the lower portion offered. The author'​s phrasing suggests he may be guessing at Breslaw'​s method, in which case a break might also have been possible. However, the long card is a likely tool for the time. Were it not for the odd phrase, "​opening them like a book so as you could insert your fore finger and pull out a Card", the rest of the description,​ which repeats the phrasing "​raising and dropping the Cards" elsewhere would leave open the possibility that a [[cards:​dribble_force|Dribble Force]] is being described.
  
-In the early 1900s, ​the long card was traded in for stepped pack. A magician with the initials T.H.P.L. ​contributed ​a timed riffle force with the upper packet stepped forward a quarter of an inch to //​[[https://​askalexander.org/​display/​38599/​The+Sphinx/​8|The Sphinx]]//, Vol. 3 No. 8, Oct. 1904, p. 100. In an apparent editorial slip-up, the exact same handling was later described by E.M. Morey as "A New Card Force" in the same magazine, [[https://​askalexander.org/​display/​38525/​The+Sphinx/​3|Vol. 6 No. 6, Aug. 1907, p. 67.]]+In the early 1900s, ​one source, ​a magician with the initials T. H. P. L., replaced the long card with a stepped pack. His approach involved ​a timed riffle force with the upper packet stepped forward a quarter of an inch; see //​[[https://​askalexander.org/​display/​38599/​The+Sphinx/​8|The Sphinx]]//, Vol. 3 No. 8, Oct. 1904, p. 100. In an apparent editorial slip, the same handling was later described by E. M. Morey as "A New Card Force" in the same magazine, [[https://​askalexander.org/​display/​38525/​The+Sphinx/​3|Vol. 6 No. 6, Aug. 1907, p. 67.]]
  
-The first published explanation of the Riffle Force using a little finger break and the now popular strategy of stopping the riffling where the spectator likes before simply cutting at the break instead, seems to be in Theodore Annemann'​s //​[[http://​askalexander.org/​display/​12764/​Jinx+No+051+100/​30|The Jinx]]//, Winter Extra 1938/39, p. 369. The force is used in the context of a [[cards:​multiple_card_revelation|Multiple Location Routine]] by Annemann and he writes while referring to this force: "Out of five locations I claim only two as being out of the beaten path." This handling of the Riffle Force became more popular with the publication in Jean Hugard'​s //​[[http://​askalexander.org/​display/​14548/​More+Card+Manipulations+Number+IV/​10|More Card Manipulations,​ Series 4]]//, 1941, p. 11.+The Riffle Force in its now popular form, using a little finger break and stopping the riffling where the spectator likes before simply cutting at the break, seems first to have been described ​in Theodore Annemann'​s //​[[http://​askalexander.org/​display/​12764/​Jinx+No+051+100/​30|The Jinx]]//, Winter Extra 1938/39, p. 369. The force is used in the context of a [[cards:​multiple_card_revelation|Multiple Location Routine]] by Annemann and he writes while referring to this force: "Out of five locations I claim only two as being out of the beaten path." This handling of the Riffle Force became more popular with the publication in Jean Hugard'​s //​[[http://​askalexander.org/​display/​14548/​More+Card+Manipulations+Number+IV/​10|More Card Manipulations,​ Series 4]]//, 1941, p. 11.
  
   * [[http://​www.conjuringarchive.com/​list/​category/​1139|Category in Denis Behr's "​Conjuring Archive"​]]   * [[http://​www.conjuringarchive.com/​list/​category/​1139|Category in Denis Behr's "​Conjuring Archive"​]]
  
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