Today is an interesting video, this is something, an idea that I’ve had of mine that I wanted to do for a long time and I wasn’t quite sure how to do it, how to go about it. But, I’m basically going to learn how to cheat at Hold ’em, so the whole idea here is to be able to shuffle a deck of cards, make it look like it’s being shuffled when actually placing the cards that you want at certain places in the deck, and then dealing them out. There are many, many magic books that exist out there. I’ve got a collection of a ton of magic books.
Some dating back to like the 1800’s. The book we’re going to focus on today is considered the Holy Bible of card, magic and card cheating even today. It was published in 1902 and it is called The Expert At The Card Table by S.W. Erdnase. (upbeat ambient music) Now this book has been in the center of a lot of controversy over the years, especially when it was published because it basically showed you how to cheat people out of their money, and you were also exposing magic in a book so two no-nos, the magic industry was definitely not quite happy with Mr. Erdnase which by the way is a pseudonym.
No one knows who this guy really was. Now these techniques are very very sleight intensive and take years to master to make them look effortless and to actually apply them in a game of Poker or playing cards. In offering this book to the public, the writer uses no sophistry as an excuse for it’s existence. The hypocritical can’t of reformed gamblers or whining, mealymouthed pretensions of piety are not foisted as a justification for imparting the knowledge it contains.
Fancy words, but it will not make the innocent vicious or transform the past-time player into a professional or make the fool wise, or curtail the annual crop of suckers, but whatever the result may be, if it sells it will accomplish the primary motive of the author, as he needs the money. All about the money. The reason he wasn’t arrested back in the day for releasing this book was because he sold it as a guide how to spot a cheater and not how to cheat at cards which is pretty tricky and also why he used the pseudonym, so he wouldn’t get caught. Really interesting, I’ll leave the link below to this book, you can check it out, there are all sorts of different paperbacks, super cheap but a lot of fun, super interesting magic history behind this. Another interesting thing is that there are a range of playing cards that were dedicated and devoted to this book, you had playing cards that literally, the back design was the book, you also had people replicate what they believed to be the actual cards that Erdnase used back in the day, which are known as the squeezers and then a friend of mine Daniel Madison released with Ellusionist one of the most creative decks I’ve ever seen, this deck actually mimics what the cards looked like in the book.
So I did want to give you a bit of history and background about this before we dive into myself learning something this difficult, I do want to show you the process of me learning and I do also want to break down how to read a magic book because they’re not easy reads, they’re very heavy and many times, because they’re so old they use all these words that we don’t use today. So hopefully, that’ll be a little bit more clear for you guys so, although this is not a tutorial because that’s not my intention is not to teach you, but I do want you to watch me learn something and then maybe that’ll help you learn something on your own. Enough talking, let’s dive in. Again, sorry for the lengthy intro but I do think it’s important that you guys know a little bit about the history of this book. OK, so what we are going to learn is Stock Shuffling, retaining Stock while shuffling.
Now I’ve never attempted to learn this, I know of all the lingo and I know technically, or I know actually theoretically how all of it’s done and not technically. So first of all, you have to know how to overhand shuffle, most people know how to shuffle this way, they’re obviously in more of the eastern countries, people shuffle like this but you will need to shuffle like so. So the In-jog is something we’re going to be using. The In-jog is a protruding card over the little finger of the left hand so when I’m here, I’m either In-jogging this card, and then shuffling off, giving me a nice Break here when I want to go and grab it and the other way to do that is to simply riff one off down here. Obviously those are pretty big In-jogs, you don’t need them that big, but for demonstration purposes that’s what an In-jog’s gonna look like which allows you to cut directly at the Break if you need to.
Out-jog is the same thing, but up here. (cards shuffling) So you’re going up here so that you may grab at the Break, OK? The Break obviously is, let’s say we In-jog, (cards shuffling) and hold at the Break, we’re going to want to hold there.
Bit of a tricky situation, and then Throw, throwing on top which basically means taking the rest of whatever’s left on your Break and throwing it on top, obviously Shuffling Off is just shuffling without design and that’s really all you need to know for this, the rest you don’t really need to know. So, you need to know Injog, Outjog, Break, and how to Shuffle Off. So what we wanna know is the Two-Card Stock. Basically, if you’re playing Texas Hold ’em, and you want to deal yourself a winning hand or deal whoever a winning hand, this is going to teach us how to do that through an overhand shuffle. Obviously, this is an old book and if you haven’t read a magic book before, things might seem super, super complicated.
The two desired cards are placed on top, undercut about half the deck, In-jog the top card, run two less than twice the number of players, Out-jog and Shuffle Off, undercut to Out-jog, forming a break at the In-jog, run one less than number of players, Throw to the Break, run the number of players, In-jog and Shuffle Off. Undercut to In-jog, and Throw on top (chuckles). Now that sounds way too complicated, but they do end up breaking it down on the next page here.
Let’s do exactly what they say and see if we can learn this. Assuming that this is a five-handed Poker game, so five people, and we’re playing Texas Hold ’em. Two kings, the desired cards which are placed on top. Alright, let’s go do that, I’ve placed both kings on top, what do I do next? I undercut about half the deck and then In-jog the top card that is, to push one of the kings slightly over with the little finger into the left-hand pack with the left hand, OK. So grab half the deck, I’m gonna In-jog this card, just that single card, it is done the instant the undercut is made and just before the right hand makes a downward motion to shuffle so, as soon as this is done I need to do this, OK. A little bit of muscle memory here.
Run two less than twice the number of players, OK. Bit of math here, that which would be eight so, because we are five players, five times two is 10, two less than twice the number which is eight. So I run eight and then Out-jog so, one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight. Out-jog. Out-jog meaning, placing this one forward so we got the In-jog back here, we got the Out-jog now and Shuffle Off which means, shuffle the balance to the right-hand packet, the left hand without design.
The left little finger and the first fingers now hold the in and out jog, correct. Left little finger, first finger, got it. The next operation is to undercut to the Out-jog, forming a Break at the In-jog, OK that sounds complicated but what they mean here is I’m going to apply pressure here and I’m going to apply pressure here and I’m going to come together. Nope, you lost me.
Oh God. In-jog this one. One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight.
Out-jog, run the rest, now at the Break. Boom, so at the Break now I’ve created this other little Break by doing that. Let’s do that one more time, and so the right hand finger easily find the Out-jog and the right thumb presses up a little on the In-jog and forms and holds a space under the packet. (cards shuffling) Out-jog. Run. That right there.
I’m making that Break happen. OK, so once I have this, run one less than the number of players, so four. One, two, three, four and Throw the Break.
That is, pass the rest of the cards above the Break into one pack on the left which is done by lessening the thumb pressure somewhat and slightly accelerating the downward motion. Throw the rest on top, got it, run the number of players which is five, one, two, three, four, five, In-jog and then Shuffle Off. (cards shuffling) And then undercut at the In-jog, so that’s the In-jog, undercut, and then Throw on top. Technically if we are five players now, one, two, three, four, five.
One, two, three, four, five, I mean, that’d be a good hand too, but hey. Pocket kings baby, OK! It wasn’t that difficult I mean there is some, the difficult part I think is, is not necessarily learning all the things, you can learn all the things and do it slowly, I think the hard part is getting it up to speed and making it look normal and then also doing the math if you’re like six people or eight people or seven people or two people, I’m going to try this one more time so, we got the kings on top.
Let’s try this bit a little bit faster. (cards shuffling) (cards slapping on table) But can we do it faster? I guess there’s a light touch on it. Two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, Out-jog, run the rest. Catch the Break, catch the Break.
Run one less than the amount of players so it’s one, two, three, four, Throw on top the rest. Run the number of players, one, two, three, four, five. In-jog, run the rest, grab at the Break, Throw on top. One, two, three, four, five. One, two, three, four, five, OK. Alright, I’m gonna try this as fast as I can and then we’re gonna move on to doing it with a different amount of players and see what happens. (cards shuffling) (cards slapping on table) That one was a little bit faster.
This is after like, about 10 times of doing it. Speed is increasing, my hands and muscle memory are starting getting used to the moves and I’m stammering less, I’m not staggering as much as I was. (cards shuffling) (cards slapping on table) Alright, we’ve got that down I think. Now, let’s see if we can do it without thinking let’s try to go with, let’s go with a seven player game, break, seven players so it’s seven times two, 14 minus two, 12. (cards shuffling) Out-jog, then it should rest, boom and boom, got my Break there.
Two less than the number of players that’s five. No, one less. (cards shuffling) Six, Throw the rest on top, the number of players, one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, In-jog. (cards shuffling) Grab at the In-jog, Throw on top, let’s go, seven players. One, two, three, four, five, six, seven. (cards slapping on table) Ay-Hum!
Ooh, baby! (cards riffling) That is cool. I’m gonna probably perfect it and eventually use it. So, I’ll come back in a couple weeks after practicing this and I’ll see if I still got it.
Let’s try it one more time, let’s do a four player game. (cards shuffling) (cards slapping on table) Ooh, pocket sixes. OK, still need some polishing, but that was a lot of fun now, after a few weeks’ practice I might be ready to actually cheat at the card table with this technique. Hope you enjoyed that, I’ll leave the link below if you guys are interested in checking out Expert At The Card Table or these cards, I’ll try to leave as many links as I can so you guys can check all this out. Leave a thumbs up, thanks guys. So hard, so difficult, I will be practicing though, it’s not something that I’m gonna take lightly, it’s something that I won’t demonstrate until I master it and that’s one of the things a lot of people forget to do nowadays is practice before they show it on camera and hopefully in a year from now I can come back to this video and show you exactly how fire my skills are.
I think the hardest part, as well as magic, as well as playing guitar, is to do something else at the same time and with magic is even more interesting is that you have to make it look effortless, make it look like you’re doing nothing, where you’re actually doing something extremely difficult and you have to talk, and you have to be presentable and sociable and that is where magic is really difficult, especially Sleight of Hand card magic. In this instance, I think it’d be worth it to learn how to talk to people while you can do the mental calculations and the sleight of hand at the same time, kind of like singing and playing the guitar, most magicians just focus on a technical aspect but you do have to meld those two together and that’s where the art form comes in. Anyways guys, if you did enjoy this video and you want to see more of this, go ahead and hit the like button, leave a comment below, let me know what you thought of this video and subscribe if you’re new here, hit the notification button and all that jazz, we’ll see you on the next video. Peace, rah! Ooh, by the way, paste boards was a hit, I love paste boards, the reaction was great, I’m filming episode two this week, I will let you know soon on my Instagram who those people are going to be ’cause there are more than one, check out my Instagram below if you guys want a sneak peek at that this week, alright peace, bye!