Written by Steve Forte

2020
Work of Steve Forte

589 pages (Hardcover), published by Selfpublished
Illustrated with photographs.
Language: English

(427 entries)

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Steve Forte Chapter 7 - Mucks, Holding out, Coolers and More
  • Introduction
505
Steve Forte Mucks general comments
506
Steve Forte One-card Mucks - chop similar to Throw Change, Blackjack application, one of two cards stolen in thumb clip, then switched in later round, with scenarios
507
Steve Forte double-down chop
509
Steve Forte one-handed peek muck one of two cards
510
Steve Forte cowboy one of two cards
511
Steve Forte squeeze muck one of two cards
512
Steve Forte prop muck one of two cards, with item like glass on table
512
Steve Forte Macau muck - baccarat one of two cards
513
Steve Forte Two-Card Mucks for blackjack, intro
516
Steve Forte scoop muck blackjack hand
516
Steve Forte jump muck
517
Steve Forte left-right-left-right
518
Steve Forte hand-to-hand
519
Steve Forte hand-to-hand #2
520
Steve Forte cash switch with bills
520
Steve Forte super fast
521
Steve Forte Two-Bet Switches intro, two hands played by one player and cards transferred from hand to hand
522
Steve Forte slider two blackjack hands, a card switched between the hands
522
Steve Forte carry-over two blackjack hands, a card switched between the hands
523
Steve Forte matching high cards two blackjack hands, a card switched between the hands, similar to The Spread
524
Steve Forte against the ace two blackjack hands, a card switched between the hands
524
Steve Forte squeeze switch two blackjack hands, a card switched between the hands
526
Steve Forte lucky-spot switch two blackjack hands, a card switched between the hands
527
Steve Forte Holding Out intro
529
Steve Forte Break-offs definition
529
Steve Forte standard break-off from packet into left-hand gambler's flat palm
529
Steve Forte nail/thumb-slide break-off from packet into left-hand gambler's flat palm
530
Steve Forte shuffle steal from packet into right-hand gambler's flat palm
531
Steve Forte table break-off from packet into right-hand gambler's flat palm
532
Steve Forte pitch holdout from packet which is pitched onto table
534
Unknown any card - any number of cards by hustler SMK, from center packet into right-hand gambler's flat palm
535
Steve Forte Holding Out - The Process with switching and clean-up examples
536
Unknown Small Packet Palm Loewy Palm
536
Unknown Small Packet Flat Palm top card into right-hand flat palm
537
Steve Forte hold-out sequences three complete sequences
539
Steve Forte going south holding out the palmed card or storing it under table
541
Steve Forte holdout devices
541
Steve Forte Coolers intro, dealer-cooler vs. cutter-cooler
542
Unknown Cigar-Cooler while taking cigar out of jacket, topit
542
Unknown Chair Cooler adjusting chair
542
Steve Forte Slide-offs intro, one deck is slid off into lap
544
Steve Forte standard slide-off
544
Steve Forte back-cut slide-off
545
Steve Forte Left-hand-cut Cooler
547
Steve Forte Leg Padding to avoid things falling through the legs
548
Steve Forte left-hand-cut-off-the table cooler
548
Steve Forte Standard Dealer Switch
549
Steve Forte delayed dealer switch
550
Steve Forte I-cooler "illogical"
550
Steve Forte Table Cut-and-carry Coolers "Scarne cooler", intro
551
Steve Forte undercut cooler (traditional) The Sting
551
Steve Forte interlocked fingers clean-up hold-out position for palming a deck
553
Steve Forte undercut cooler (nontraditional) held by ends, shown by hustler FOF
553
Steve Forte Off-the-table Cooler during off-the-table cut
555
Steve Forte Forearm Coolers forearm cover
556
Steve Forte f-cooler forearm cover
557
Unknown JB casino coolers hustler JB
559
Steve Forte big-mitt switches comments about big hands
560
Steve Forte cash-coolers bills as cover
560
Steve Forte half deck-in-each-hand cooler
562
Steve Forte baseball-cap cooler
562
Steve Forte overhand-shuffle cooler hustler MD
563
Steve Forte one-handed cooler one-handed tabled cut
563
Steve Forte cold-deck machine
565
Steve Forte Palming
566
Steve Forte heel palm
566
Steve Forte natural palm no lifting by left fingers
567
Steve Forte left-thumb-blocker palm left thumb stays on top of deck
568
Steve Forte discards palm as hands or discards are collected
569
Steve Forte simple bottom palm
569
Steve Forte hanging get-ready bottom cards in position while deck is still in right-hand end grip
570
Steve Forte instant gamblers' palm into left hand from bottom of deck
571
Steve Forte in-the-air bottom palm
573
Steve Forte one-handed palm
574
Steve Forte Action Palms
575
Steve Forte off-the-table riffle and cascade palm
575
Steve Forte shift-palm top cards into left hand classic palm
Related to 575
Steve Forte table-riffle palm off the top during tabled riffle shuffle
Related to
  • "The Shuffle Palm" (Dan MacMillan, The Gamblers' Palm Revisited)
576
Steve Forte Thumb Clips off the deck, hold-out at table edge
577
Steve Forte Gamblers' Cop overhand shuffle cover
578
Steve Forte Replacements "capping the deck", after a spectator's shuffle, several examples for procedures
  • card tricks
580
Steve Forte Dealer Caps - Beat the Cut
583
Steve Forte gamblers' cop
583
Steve Forte thumb-clip left-hand thumb clipped card replaced to top
583
Steve Forte scoop cap right-hand flat palm
584
Steve Forte Cutter Caps - Beat the Cut
585
Steve Forte strip cap left-hand flat palm
585
Steve Forte off-the-table left-hand thumb clipped card replaced to bottom
586
Steve Forte The Scam - Capping the Deck for draw poker
587
Steve Forte wrap-around cap left-hand flat palm to top
587
Steve Forte sweep-cap
588
Steve Forte one-handed caps
589
Steve Forte wrong-direction cap
589
Steve Forte no-palm cap transfer from small packet to deck
590
Steve Forte capping to the bottom transfer from small packet to bottom of deck, tabled
591
Steve Forte sticker-cap card sticks to thumb, transfer from small packet to deck
591
Steve Forte direct transfer cap left-hand cop or thumb clip to top of tabled deck via right-hand end grip transfer
592
Steve Forte hand-to-hand transfer left thumb clip to right classic
593
Steve Forte interlocked-fingers transfer flat to flat
594
Steve Forte Packet Switches "standard switch", The Drop
595
Steve Forte brush packet switch
596
Steve Forte slide-off palm switch lapping
596
Steve Forte shuffle packet switch
597
Steve Forte off-the-bottom packet switch
598
Steve Forte Palm-drop card ping chien
599
Steve Forte Flopping the Deck two handlings
600
Steve Forte Center Discarding
601
Steve Forte Hole-card and Player-card Switches credit information
  • direct hole-card "switch"
  • tip-over hole-card switch
Related to 602
Steve Forte Summary
605
Steve Forte (reviewer) Chapter 8 - The Erdnase Factor by S. W. Erdnase
- The Expert at the Card Table
607
Steve Forte Observations analysis and fact checks
  • title
  • title page
  • preface
  • introduction
  • gambling houses
  • advantages
  • gamblers
Related to 612
Steve Forte Card Table Artifice analysis and fact checks
  • Professional Secrets
  • holdouts
  • prepared cards
  • prepared cards (strippers)
  • faro
  • confederacy
  • two methods of shuffling
  • primary accomplishments
  • possibilities of the blind
  • uniformity of action
  • deportment
  • display of ability
  • greatest single accomplishment
  • effect of suspicion
  • acquiring the art
  • importance of details
  • Technical Terms
Related to 617
Steve Forte Erdnase System of Blind Shuffles analysis and fact checks
  • (I) To Retain Top Stock
  • (II) To Retain Top Stock and Shuffle Whole Deck
  • (III) To Retain the Bottom Stock and Shuffle Whole Deck
  • Recommenation
Related to 633
Steve Forte Erdnase System of Blind Riffles and Cuts analysis and fact checks
  • Blind Riffles
    • I. To Retain the Top Stock
    • II. To Retain the Bottom Stock
    • Recommendation
  • Blind Cuts
    • I. To Retain Bottom Stock - Top Losing One Card
    • II. To Retain the Complete Stock
    • III. To Retain Top Stock
    • IV. To Retain Bottom Stock
  • Combination Riffle and Cuts
    • V. To Retain Bottom Stock - Riffle II and Cut IV
    • Recommendation
  • Fancy Blind Cuts
    • I & II. To Retain the Complete Stock
    • One-handed Fancy True Cut
    • Annotators
    • Recommendation
Related to 635
Steve Forte To Indicate the Location for the Cut analysis and fact checks
  • Brief I (half-deck crimp)
  • Brief II (side jog)
  • Brief III (table crimp)
  • Brief IV
  • Annotators
  • Recommendation
Related to 644
Steve Forte Bottom Dealing analysis and fact checks
  • The "Erdnase Grip"
  • Top and Bottom Dealing with One Hand
  • Stud Bottom
  • Annotators
  • Recommendation
Related to 646
Steve Forte Second Dealing analysis and fact checks
  • Annotators
  • Recommendation
Related to 652
Steve Forte Ordinary Methods of Stocking, Locating and Securing analysis and fact checks, riffle stacking credit information
  • Recommendation
Related to 655
Steve Forte Stock Shuffle analysis and fact checks
  • Annotators
  • Recommendation
Related to 658
Steve Forte The Erdnase System of Stock Shuffling analysis and fact checks
  • Annotators
  • Recommendation
Related to 660
Steve Forte The Erdnase System of Cull Shuffling analysis and fact checks
  • Recommendation
Related to 664
Steve Forte The Erdnase System of Palming analysis and fact checks
  • Top Palms (first and second methods)
  • Annotators
  • Bottom Palms (first and second methods)
  • Bottom Palm When Cards Are Riffled
  • Recommendation
Related to 666
Steve Forte To Maintain the Bottom Palm While Dealing analysis and fact checks
  • Recommendation
Related to 670
Steve Forte To Hold the Location of the Cut While Dealing analysis and fact checks
  • Recommendation
Related to 672
Steve Forte Shifts analysis and fact checks
  • Annotators
  • Recommendation
Related to 673
Steve Forte To Ascertain the Top Cards while Riffling and Reserve them at Bottom analysis and fact checks
  • Recommendation
Related to 677
Steve Forte Mode of Holding the Hand analysis and fact checks
Related to 679
Steve Forte Skinning the Hand analysis and fact checks
  • Recommendation
Related to 679
Steve Forte The Player Without an Ally analysis and fact checks, cut really biggest obstacle?
  • Dealing Without the Cut
  • Replacing the Cut as Before
  • Holding out for the Cut
  • Shifting the Cut
  • Dealing Too Many
  • Crimping for the Cut
  • Replacing Palm When Cutting
    • 1. cap to bottom during strip
    • 2. cap to bottom during cut
    • 3. hand with palmed cards cuts the deck, then caps
  • The Short Deck
  • Recommendation
Related to 681
Steve Forte Three Card Monte analysis and fact checks
  • Recommendation
Related to 689
Steve Forte The Revelations analysis and fact checks about Erdnase and his book
  • The Thought Process
  • Plagiarism
    • Early Authors on Cheating
    • Stealing Information
    • Erdnase Versus the Early Authors
  • Sub-par Gambling Moves
    • Practical Applications
    • Technical Considerations
    • Technical Perfection
    • Technical Improvement
    • Knowledge Is A Process
    • Nothing But Moves
    • The Expert's Best Gambling Moves
  • Omissions
    • Betrayed No Confidences
    • Pressure From Clubs and Cheaters
    • Maybe Erdnase Didn't Know?
    • No Omissions
    • More Omissions
  • Oddities
    • Choice of Words
    • Inventorship
    • Attention To Detail
    • Single-o
    • Pseudonyms
    • Before and After
    • Contradictions
    • Gambling Influence
    • Multiple Sources
    • Self-Incrimination
  • Did Erdnase Violate His Own Principles?
  • Magic
    • magic at the card table
    • Dai Vernon
    • A Modern Development (Joe Crist, Artanis)
689
Steve Forte Annotators discussion of annotated Erdnase books
725
Steve Forte (reviewer) Vernon - Revelations by Dai Vernon 725
Steve Forte (reviewer) Marlo - Marlo On Erdnase by Edward Marlo (written by Jon Racherbaumer) 725
Steve Forte (reviewer) Ortiz - The Annotated Erdnase by Darwin Ortiz 726
Steve Forte (reviewer) Whaley et al - The Man Who Was Erdnase by Bart Whaley (written by Jeff Busby) 728
Steve Forte (reviewer) The Giorgio Letters by Tony Giorgio 728
Steve Forte, Richard Hatch Opposing Views opinion on Erdnase and Steve Forte's view, letters
  • Hatch to England - Initial Comments
  • Hatch to England - Follow-up Comments
  • Forte to Hatch - First Response
  • Hatch to Forte - Third Response
729
Steve Forte Conclusions on Erdnase
736
Steve Forte Summary on Erdnase
740
Steve Forte Chapter 9 - Pseudo Gambling Stunts
  • Introduction
743
Steve Forte Cutting the Aces intro
746
Steve Forte A Few Basic Moves
748
Steve Forte Breaks on picking up breaks at tabled deck
748
Steve Forte scratch-break cover for pushing off and back with deck in dealing position
749
Steve Forte touch-break establishing break under top card of tabled deck
  • twist-break
749
Steve Forte riffle/square-up breaks (bottom card) tabled deck
749
Steve Forte spread-break display concealing break during in-the-hands spread display, temporary step
750
Steve Forte getting into breaks getting into a break with overhand shuffle, insertion cut with all-around square up
751
Steve Forte reintroducing the f-transfer tabled, more on the angling of the bottom card with the right third finger
Related to 751
Steve Forte display dodges showing top cards of tabled deck and using display to pick up breaks or go into transfer cuts
752
Steve Forte V-strip bottom slip cut substitute, tabled
754
Steve Forte Positioning Swing-Cuts bluff/slip swing cuts to position top cards into different parts with breaks
Inspired by 755
Steve Forte Early Ideas stringing together false cut sequences
756
Steve Forte slip-cuts tabled strip cut sequence as slip cut substitute, also face-up
757
Steve Forte progressive aces each cut seems more difficult
757
Steve Forte cover-cards showing that no Ace is on top first
758
Steve Forte dead-cuts intro, about methods for cutting off a packet from tabled deck with an Ace at its face, see following items
758
Steve Forte estimation dead-cut, cutting off a packet from tabled deck with an Ace at its face
758
Steve Forte double/triple-cuts dead-cut method
760
Steve Forte box/riffle brief dead-cut method after a riffle shuffle
760
Steve Forte bevel/riffle brief dead-cut method after a riffle shuffle
760
Steve Forte JN dead-cut sequence dead-cut method after a riffle shuffle
Inspired by 761
Roger Klause Bending the Break
761
Steve Forte crimps - in and out with corner crimp removal and crimping method for upper right corner of top card
762
Steve Forte off-the-table riffle and cascade with break wedge break
763
Steve Forte TCCB Aces "top, center, center, bottom", cutting deck into four piles on table, Aces revealed on top and bottom of the piles
  • getting into TCCB order
    • simultaneous top and bottom slip-cuts
    • two traditional slip-cuts
    • eliminating one slip-cut
    • eliminating both slip-cuts
    • Zarrow
    • TCCB riffle
Variations 765
Steve Forte deck setups all fours-of-a-kind together
769
Steve Forte gaffed cards some brief comments
769
Steve Forte The Stunts intro to routine chapter
771
Steve Forte Triple Cutting & Stripping to the Aces dead-cutting to the four Aces one by one
771
Steve Forte strip-dump dropping cards at break during running cut, also for off-the table Ace cutting (see p. 773)
771
Steve Forte One-Card Cut clean tabled slip-cut handling
773
Steve Forte Deeper and Deeper Aces each Ace cut from deeper position than before
Variations 774
Steve Forte Roll-over Deeper and Deeper Aces cutting to Aces one by one alternating from face-up and face-down deck
Inspired by 775
Steve Forte Lift and Drop Aces one by one from different parts of the deck
776
Steve Forte Up-The-Ladder Aces two black Aces cut to, then two indifferent cards which change to the red Aces
777
Steve Forte Ultimate Dead-Cutting Sequence
  • up-the-ladder
  • double strip
  • scrape-cuts and dead-cuts
  • JN cut
  • double riffle
778
Steve Forte Riffle Shuffle Estimation Aces advanced handling with legitimate riffle shuffles before cutting to an Ace
780
Steve Forte Two-At-A-Time Aces cutting to two Aces at once
  • two aces: v-strip
  • split, cut, carry
  • triple center-cuts
  • high-card wins
  • double dead-cuts
782
Steve Forte Four Aces - Direct one by one with three false cut, in the hands or tabled
787
Steve Forte Off-the-Table Base Cut straight cut from hand to table, from wedge break
787
Steve Forte Off-the-table Base-cut hand to table, left thumb grips over deck
788
Steve Forte The Optical Cut featuring clean spin cut at a break
789
Steve Forte Off-the-table Cut & Carry Aces single running cut from hand to table, Aces revealed during it, also with spread-cuts
790
Steve Forte The Gamblers' Safe-Cut tabled center cuts to produce Aces one by one
791
Steve Forte Four Piles - Aces On Top deck cut into four tabled piles with Aces on top
792
Steve Forte Four Piles - Aces On Bottom deck cut into four tabled piles with Aces on bottom
793
Steve Forte Outside, Inside, Somewhere in the Middle deck cut into three piles, two Aces on top of outer piles, one on bottom and in center of middle pile
796
Steve Forte I like to Sweat the Last Ace deck cut into four tabled piles with Ace on bottom of each pile
797
Steve Forte Push-Through with Break holding break during riffle shuffle, reestablishing it after push-through
797
Steve Forte The Perfect Strip four stepped piles after strip cut to produce Aces
Inspired by 800
Steve Forte Running Aces four cards jogged during in-the-hands running cuts, they are the Aces
801
Steve Forte Continuous Stripped Aces during tabled stripped cut
802
Steve Forte Continuous Stripped Aces #2 during two table strip cuts
804
Steve Forte V-Stripped Aces with four strip cuts
805
Steve Forte Smoothie Aces with four strip cuts
805
Steve Draun Draun-drag thumb keeps top card of lower half in place
Related to 806
Steve Forte Slow-Motion Stripped Aces with four strip cuts, f-strip & Erdnase strip
807
Steve Forte Super Fast Aces deck cut into four piles very fast
808
Steve Forte Speed Cuts featuring "speed-cut", fast cut with deck slightly in the air over the table
809
Steve Forte One Hand Only deck cut into four piles from left-hand dealing position
810
Unknown One-Handed Slip-Cut from dealing position to table
811
Steve Forte Sweep Aces deck in left hand dealing position, instantly cut into four piles with a sweeping movement, Aces on top
812
Steve Forte Which Ace Do You Want?
814
Steve Forte Too Many Drops incomplete riffle shuffle condition, packets drop to table with Aces
Inspired by 815
Steve Forte Charlier Cuts deck cut on table, then packets are picked up and given one-handed Charlier cuts to reveal Aces
  • charlier cuts #2
  • charlier cuts #3
  • charlier cuts #4
817
Steve Forte One Riffle - Four Aces incomplete riffle shuffle condition, deck cut and turned over to reveal all Aces
820
Steve Forte One-handed Crimp Cut clean cutting to the last Ace after a spectator's strip cut, one-handed crimp enlargement
Inspired by 822
Steve Forte Riffled - Not Squared incomplete riffle shuffle condition, Aces cut to in different ways
823
Steve Forte Hands-Off Aces incomplete riffle shuffle condition, Aces cut to in different ways
824
Steve Forte Ribbon Spread Aces half the deck ribbon spread, all Aces produced when spread is turned over
826
Steve Forte Jagged Aces unsquared deck cut into four piles flourishy to reveal Aces
827
Unknown Inflated Side-Cut inflated half pushed into side of other half
827
Steve Forte Hunch Aces before two halves are riffle-shuffled, one is cut at an Ace, repeated with other half, two more productions, Forte favorite
829
Steve Forte Jump-Cut from Incomplete Riffle Shuffle in the air, caught with other hand
830
Steve Forte Location Unknown cutting the Aces after legitimate spectator riffle shuffle, in context of imaginary game "Aces in the Middle"
831
Unknown Swivel Cut Glimpse
832
Steve Forte Scarne Aces Ace apparently glimpsed during riffle shuffle, cards on top counted and total announced before cutting to it
834
Steve Forte Overhand Shuffle Scarne cutting the Aces and knowing the number of cut-off cards each time
836
Steve Forte Aces and Kings strategies to cut to two fours-of-a-kinds
837
Steve Forte Aces, Kings, and Queens strategy to cut to three fours-of-a-kinds
839
Steve Forte Aces, Kings, Queens, Jacks and Tens (strippers)
840
Steve Forte Aces, Kings, Queens, Jacks, and Tens producing five fours-of-a-kind
841
Steve Forte False Shuffle & Cut Demonstrations intro
843
Steve Forte False Cut Demo
844
Steve Forte Top-to-Bottom and Back "A demonstration of transfers"
844
Steve Forte Bottom-slug Demo
845
Steve Forte Riffling Down Demo
846
Steve Forte No Aces on Top top stock control demo
846
Steve Forte Multi-pile Cuts several options
847
Steve Forte More Options several slug control cuts
Inspired by 848
Steve Forte Follow The Slug top slug control demo with top card face up, several possibilities listed
850
Steve Forte Changing Colors Ace of Spades shown on top, red Ace shown after some top slug control demo, then black again, also with two Aces
851
Steve Forte Changing Places red Aces on top and black Aces on bottom, they are shown transposed after shuffle and cut, repeated
  • 1st phase
  • 2nd phase
852
Steve Forte Ace in the Middle Ace inserted into center of tabled deck is shown to be controlled, along with the other Aces
854
Steve Forte Tabled Diagonal Insertion
854
Steve Forte No Other Aces no Aces shown on top before producing more
855
Steve Forte Riffle-kill x-card riffled into Ace slug on top
855
Steve Forte Here Come the Kings about the surprise appearance of Kings in Ace control demo
856
Steve Forte Top/Bottom Transfer Demo Aces shown on top, two riffle shuffles without further cuts and they are shown on bottom, then back to top
  • top to bottom - two riffles
  • bottom to top - two riffles (Frank Thompson inspired)
  • bottom to top - one riffle
  • face-up transfer
  • psychological transfer
Inspired by 857
Steve Forte Michael Skinner Mystery cutting the bottom card to the top in a single above-table cut, ideas and posed as a problem
860
Steve Forte Slug Control Exposés clean top stock control demos
  • riffle exposé
  • exposé #2
861
Steve Forte Watch The Top Of The Deck three procedure outlines for clean top stock control demos
863
Steve Forte The 21st Card center slug control demo, card at twenty-first position is retained during riffle shuffle
864
Steve Forte Splitting To The Aces Ace appears each time the deck is split for a riffle shuffle
  • splitting to the aces - no cuts or boxes
864
Steve Forte The 7-13-3-1 Demo after convincing riffle shuffle the Aces are found at the numbers in the title one at a time with shuffles in between
866
Steve Forte Dealers' School Aces controlled during seemingly fair riffle shuffles, some shuffles with openly reversed cards on top
867
Steve Forte Up & Down Trapped Aces top and bottom cards turned face up, after a few riffle shuffles they trap the four Aces in the center
869
Steve Forte Target Practice black Aces in one half and red Aces in the other half, halves shuffled together and all Aces are together
  • 1st phase
  • 2nd phase (simplified free-cut principle and table faro)
871
Steve Forte Indicator Cards four face-up indifferent cards riffle shuffled in deck next to an Ace each
873
Steve Forte Riffle Get-Together
  • 1st phase (red Aces and Ace of Spades in different parts, together after one riffle shuffle)
  • 2nd phase (all Aces in separate parts, together after two riffle shuffles, sort of multiple shift)
874
Steve Forte Face-up Shuffling Demonstration Aces cut to one by one from face-up deck with face-up riffle shuffle in which cards change all the time
876
Steve Forte Red-Black Demonstration openly red-black divided deck stays separated despite several different shuffles
877
Steve Forte 1st phase: red-black cuts/strips strip cuts that retain a color separation or sometimes half the deck
877
Bill Malone Overhand Red-Black Shuffle in three parts that are put down on the table
878
Steve Forte 2nd phase: red-black-riffle setups methods to set up for red/black shuffle
  • the red-black riffle
878
Steve Forte 3rd phase - face-up red-black riffle shuffles
880
Daryl Martinez Six-Pile Display for red-black shuffle demonstration
881
Steve Forte Full-deck False Shuffle Demos as demonstrations, see following items
882
Steve Forte push-through with single-card strip involving a real strip cut of three single cards
882
Steve Forte Zarrow as full-deck demonstration
Related to 883
Bill Malone three piles, three strips false strip-cut
883
Steve Forte three piles (pull-out) as full-deck demonstration
884
Steve Forte Quick Three-pile Triumph strip-out shuffle
885
Steve Forte Jennings Four-Ace Triumph featuring a thumb-fan display with out-jogged cards which hide orientation of cards
Inspired by 886
Steve Forte Stacking and Culling Demonstrations intro
889
Steve Forte Standard Stacks on simple stacking demonstrations, intro
889
Steve Forte haymow getting into incremental haymow (segmented?)
Related to 889
Steve Forte riffle stack as a demo
Related to 890
Steve Forte faro stack on doing a simple faro stack for laypeople
890
Steve Forte laying sets as a demo, full house completed on the draw of a multi-handed game
Related to 891
Steve Forte casino slug scam memorizing a short sequence and carrying it
892
Steve Forte high-low stack alternating high-low stack, full or partial
893
Steve Forte Pick-up Double-Duke two Kings and two Queens stacked, yet then three of each are dealt in two hands
895
Steve Forte Percentage Stacking four Aces on top, two riffle shuffles, dealt in five-handed game, with second deals
896
Steve Forte Direct Stack Aces lost in deck, shuffle and cut, Aces dealt to any player with four to seven hands, with bottom deals and insertion at proper spots already into tabled deck
897
Steve Forte direct stack #2 Aces lost in deck, shuffle and cut, Aces dealt to any player with four to seven hands, with bottom deals and insertion at estimated spots in the hands with corrections
898
Steve Forte 1-4 Riffle Stacking riffle stacking demo with one Ace, then all four
Related to 899
Steve Forte The Practice Drill gradually stacking the Aces with explanation of concept, involves second dealing
900
Steve Forte Hold-Backs holding back large numbers as demo, pre-established
901
Steve Forte Random-Card Stack a selected card is riffle stacked, along with the Aces as a surprise
902
Steve Forte Hold' em Spacer-Stack any number from four to ten chosen, pair of Aces stacked to that number in clean-looking way with other Aces in flop and river
903
Steve Forte Red-Black Hold 'em clean stacking of ten-handed hold 'em game, using red-black shuffle
904
Steve Forte Riffle Down, Riffle Down two Aces on each half, two riffle shuffles and Aces dealt, using second deals
905
Steve Forte The 2-1-2-4 Faro Stack dealing the Aces after one faro for a five-handed game
906
Steve Forte Balancer Faro Stack eon shuffle and one cut to stack the four Aces for hold 'em
907
Steve Forte Cut-Stacking four Aces cut into deck one at a time without shuffling, then deal
908
Unknown Heel & Little Finger Z-Break see also end notes about holding two breaks
908
Unknown Book Break
908
Steve Forte Turn-Around Break step to break after 180 degree turn of deck
909
Steve Forte Pushoff Cut-stacking four Aces cut into deck one at a time without shuffling, then deal
910
Steve Forte Pushoff-Cut top card apparently cut into center but really positioned under a small number from top
910
Steve Forte Slip-In Placement handling for slipping bottom card of several into break near top
Related to 911
Steve Forte Cut Anytime Stacking spectator can call out "cut" anytime during deal
912
Steve Forte Insertion Stack Aces inserted into different parts, then apparent false dealing demo
913
Steve Forte Jog Placement setting several injogs at certain positions and inserting cards there
913
Steve Forte One-shuffle Stacks
  • one faro - four players - four aces
  • tap-tap stack
  • heads-up double-duke
  • dupes stack (duplicate Aces)
915
Steve Forte Overhand Shuffle Cooler Stack Aces stacked, other players get good hands as well
917
Steve Forte Legit Stripped Cooler Aces for dealer and fours-of-a-kind for other players after real strip cut
918
Steve Forte Slug, Transfer, Ace Stack, Cooler Ace control, followed by deal of good hands for everyone
919
Steve Forte Stripper Stack Aces fairly lost in table spread, dealt after single cut
920
Steve Forte Riffle-Cull Coincidence apparently riffle culling the Aces
921
Steve Forte, Salverio Piacente Sal's Cull/Stack position of Aces in face-up spread noted, then apparently stacked for seven players
Related to 922
Steve Forte Quads Cull named four-of-a-kind produced after two honest riffle shuffles by spectator, impro
923
Steve Forte One-Ace-At-A-Time Cull & Stack in-the-hands pseudo cull-stack demo
Related to 924
Steve Forte False Dealing Demonstrations intro
926
Steve Forte Real-Deal Second Deal Demonstrations
926
Steve Forte One-Card Demo second deal demo, getting a break before the second deals
927
Steve Forte Five Inches Above The Deck top card lifted cleanly and pitched forward
928
Steve Forte Face-up Second Deal Exposé Aces distributed face-up near top, punch type demo
930
Steve Forte No Punch Kings and Queens Kings and Queens face-up distributed in deck, five-handed deal, four Aces kicker in another deal
931
Steve Forte Second Deal Surprise strike seconds with protruding top card, "funky illusion"
Related to 932
Steve Forte High Cards - Low Cards four-handed game dealt after honest riffle shuffle by spectator, all low cards to target, all high cards to dealer
Related to 933
Steve Forte Gilbreath and the Perfect Bridge Deal punch type deal with full suit and one honest shuffle before the deal, faro
935
Steve Forte Go-to Bottom Deal Demonstration direct with real bottoms
936
Steve Forte Bottom Deal Demonstration combining different bottom deal methods for a demo
936
Steve Forte Any Number of Players four to seven hands, faro, filling in bottoms for pre-stacked deal
937
Steve Forte Ready Off The Bottom bottom deal announced, deck turned over and fair deal from face-up deck delivers Aces to dealer, play on words
938
Steve Forte Face-up Double-duke Aces and Kings shuffled into deck face up before double-duke deal, bottom deals
939
Steve Forte TV Center Deal Aces fairly lost in the center, requiring consecutive bottoms, from "Hidden Secrets of Magic"
940
Steve Forte Red-Black Centers ten black cards placed in middle of twenty red cards, black cards deal
941
Steve Forte Breakless Center Deal dealing one from a slug of cards, estimation and block push-off
941
Steve Forte Thirds Deal or fourth, fifth..., starting with break
942
Steve Forte Center Deal Any Card Called card in center named by spectator which is then dealt out
944
Steve Forte First-Finger Corner Short Location first finger riffles upward in dealing grip
944
Steve Forte Center Dealing Technique from first-finger break
Inspired by 944
Steve Forte No Shuffle, No Cut, No-Setup Centers Aces cut into center, then dealt out
946
Steve Forte Immediate Center Deal two methods
948
Unknown Third Deal unit control
948
Steve Forte Dealing From The Middle Piles red and black Aces are cut into different parts of the deck, immediately dealt out with pseudo centers
950
Steve Forte Any Aces? order shown to be random, then four Aces dealt to dealer, bottom deals
953
Steve Forte Fast Face-up Aces five-card poker hand with one Ace put on top of deck and dealt out again, now has two Aces, repeated until it has four Aces
954
Steve Forte Playing Heavy four poker hands dealt, other players have too many card but royal flush for dealer
955
Steve Forte On Double Dealing top-top versus top-bottom
955
Steve Forte The Super Deal demo of seconds, thirds and fifths, then all Aces dealt at once
956
Steve Forte Gambling Routines
958
Steve Forte Blackjack Switch bad blackjack hand and face of two halves changes into Ace and Jack of Spades, both halves flipped over
958
Steve Forte Four Piles - Four Aces deck cut into four piles, Ace put on top of each and piles gathered, Aces found on top, using double lifts
960
Steve Forte Cop Palm-Off right first finger squeezes top card into palm
961
Steve Forte Four Card Monte three indifferent cards and an Ace tabled, the all change to Aces, face-up bottom deals
962
Steve Forte Gone! Aces shown, then thrown face-up onto deck, they change into indifferent cards
963
Steve Forte Stripped and Stripped Again deck cut into three piles, random card turned face-up, legitimate strip cuts done with each packet to produce matching cards, "on my top-ten list of favorite stunts", see also end comments on p. 970
Variations 966
Steve Forte Easy Stripped and Stripped Again getting into position with overhand shuffles
Inspired by 969
Steve Forte Face-up/Face-down Stripped and Stripped Again four piles cut, each pile strip cut face-up and face-down so indifferent cards are seen, then Aces revealed
Inspired by 969
Steve Forte Stripped and Stripped Royal Flush version that ends with Royal Flush revelation
Inspired by 970
Steve Forte Hidden Aces twenty cards counted face-up off the deck, while no Ace is seen, the Aces are dealt from the packet
971
Steve Forte Heel Break Transfer Cut from bottom to top, retaining break
971
Steve Forte Not In My Half spectator has half the deck, spectator and performer do the same shuffles and cut, performer cuts to Aces one by one, spectator to indifferent cards, halves exchanged for last Ace
973
Steve Forte Cut Any Number Of Cards any number called for cut off
974
Steve Forte the 20-30 cut performer cuts off twenty cards, then thirty cards, using red-black shuffle
975
Steve Forte You Can't Miss twenty cards cut off, if not enough are cut, palmed cards are shown, gag
976
Steve Forte Snatch The Last Ace Ace production one by one, last Ace snatched out of air
977
Steve Forte Odds and Ends
979
Steve Forte flip-over aces
Inspired by
  • "Cutting Discovery" (Neal Elias)
979
Steve Forte springing the aces springing flourish stopped right at Aces one by one
980
Steve Forte charlier revelation cutting at thumb-clipped card in center, no break
980
Steve Forte lucky-cut Aces appear reversed in deck widely separated in different positions after one cut
981
Unknown Inflated Distribution Side-Cut inflated half pushed into side of other half to distribute top cards widely
981
Steve Forte pinochle Ace revelation framed by pinochle deal
982
Steve Forte aces are easier to remember Ace revelation with a gag
982
Steve Forte cutting checks cutting off a group each of one, two, three, four and five cards, running the scale
982
Steve Forte instant-jog revelation card appears face-up out-jogged from one half
983
Steve Forte palmed-card revelation card appears face-up out-jogged from deck
984
Steve Forte ambitious aces
985
Steve Forte mates card cut to and removed, cutting to mate and other two matching values
985
Steve Forte ace catch deck tossed into right hand, Ace appears face-up from center, thumb clip
986
Steve Forte the floating cut bottom half seems to cling at upper half during tabled cut
987
Steve Forte royal flush deal second deal demonstration, becomes red royal flush production despite only showing black royal flush cards earlier
988
Steve Forte shift revelation Ace appears face-up on top during pass-cut, also as a routined four-ace revelation
989
Steve Forte ribbon-spread selection incomplete ribbon spread is spread on the table and a card slid out apparently at random during closing it
991
Steve Forte holding out - leaking card palmed, it leaks out and is seen, then vanishes from palm, top card of deck is not it
992
Steve Forte chop transposition red and black Aces transpose
993
Unknown Ace of Diamonds Display showing Ace of Hearts as Diamonds
993
Steve Forte hearts, clubs, diamonds, and 28th from the top card found with one-handed false cut
995
Steve Forte Flourishes on Flourishes, Alexander Popov, Buck Twins
996
Steve Forte thumb-spread (table position) immediate table spread, turnover and gathering
996
Ray Goulet ray's ribbon spread double ribbon spread turned on its edge and gathered one-handed
997
Steve Forte spring-spread
998
Steve Forte one-handed split-over deck cut for riffle shuffle and both halves are flipped over with one hand
998
Steve Forte upside-down cascade after tabled shuffle
999
Steve Forte reverse strip flourish running cut
999
Steve Forte propelled spin-cut deck in riffle shuffle position, top half spins up and flips over
999
Steve Forte screwdriver-cut deck flipped face-up during tabled cut in two stages, real or false
999
Steve Forte packet spins, snaps, and twirls flourishy way to place last packet of a strip cut to the top
1000
Steve Forte one-handed back-somersault cut deck in riffle shuffle position, card from bottom tossed up and it flips back on top
1000
Steve Forte one-handed bottom slug Charlier
1001
Steve Forte three-packet flip tabled
1002
Steve Forte up-down flip tabled
1003
Steve Forte pancake cut flourish flip-over cut, tabled
1004
Steve Forte jump-deal cards jump off the deck
1004
Steve Forte, Ray Goulet wrong-direction deal card shoots out in wrong direction
1005
Steve Forte sky-high stud deal
1005
Steve Forte dealing two hands at the same time
1006
Steve Forte face-up/face-down deal
1006
Steve Forte blackjack hole-card turnover with another card
1007
Steve Forte up-down toss
1008
Steve Forte aces airborne Aces spin out of center of deck at once and are caught
1009
Steve Forte round and round single cards flip around two halves in both hands
1010
Steve Forte Fakes
1012
Steve Forte Holding Out Ace cutting fails, then Aces shown to be palmed
1012
Steve Forte holding out #2 four Aces appear
1012
Steve Forte Overhand Action Cop
1012
Steve Forte Faking the Shift
  • Vernon pass/false cut
  • slip-cut
  • multi-card tilt
1013
Steve Forte Super-fast Hop fake shift demo, one-handed
1014
Steve Forte Tilt Shift bluff spacing multiple shift
Related to 1016
Steve Forte Multi-card Shift Convincers cards in LJ Steal position in deck, dribbling and diagonal spreading, then single cut from hand to table (like Pedro Lacerda)
Related to 1017
Steve Forte Dealing The "Snake" fake demo in which high and low cards are apparently separated with snake crimp
1018
Steve Forte Master High-Low Strip/Riffle Shuffle percentage red-black shuffle, a few mistakes can happen on top, center and bottom
1018
Steve Forte The "Brush" fake demo, hand becomes better as expected during pseudo-demonstration of Brush
1019
Steve Forte Heel Break Push-Off
1019
Unknown The Count Switch
1019
Steve Forte Short-Term Memory memory system for instantly memorizing ten cards in order, combined with half a memorized deck to pseudo demo, Sal Piacente story
1021
Steve Forte Rain Man memorizing the whole deck as pseudo demo, one real shuffle, interlocking chain principle
1024
Steve Forte Blackjack Challenge Deal dealer must draw to twenty-one, stack
  • 1st phase - 7 cards - XXX5655
  • 2nd phase - 8 cards - X9X2XXXX (before the draw)
  • 3rd phase - 7 cards - 6A9X383 (switch dealer's hole-card)
  • 4th phase - 7 cards - 89XXAAA (shuffle first four cards)
  • 5th phase - 12 cards - X9X758332722 (1-3 hands)
1025
Steve Forte These Cards Are Marked! high-low separation, using one-way
1027
Steve Forte Impressions
1029
Jack Carpenter, Steve Forte Do That Again deck fanned and four Aces instantly appear face-up and out-jogged in fan
Inspired by 1029
Steve Forte Distribution Faro bottom cards of one half aired to space them out more in a single faro
1029
Lennart Green, Steve Forte The Speed of Light Ace appears (apparently jumps) in other hand in various ways
1031
Steve Forte BAM Aces! inspired by a Buck Twins production similar to reference
Inspired by 1035
Steve Forte Total Recall Scanning shuffled deck, spectator cuts off about a quarter, rest dealt through two at a time, then all missing values named, not easy
  • TRS
  • the system
1037
Steve Forte Summary gambling demos
1042
Steve Forte Chapter 10 - Closing Thoughts
  • Personal Decisions
  • Perspective
  • Conversations
  • Beginners
  • Experienced Cardmen
  • Recap
  • Volume 3?
  • Errors
  • Good Luck
1045
Steve Forte Appendix - Newspaper Articles
  • Las Vegas SUN, 1962
  • Review Journal, 1963
  • Review Journal, 1967
1055
Steve Forte Appendix - Marked Card Summary
  • 1. Foreign Substances
  • 2. Removing Part of the Printed Design
  • 3. Changing the Shape
  • 4. Other Alterations
  • 5. Touch Work
  • 6. Exploiting Manufacturing Variances
  • 7. Invisible Spectrum
  • 8. Asymmetries
  • 9. Defects
  • 10. Esoteric Systems
  • Summary
1057