You certainly were not out of bounds. I welcomed any comments, however, Akira is correct. That is essentially where I am comming from. Just enjoying the complexities of sleight of hand for its own sake. The beauty of gambling "demonstrations" performed and practiced, for the most part, by magicians, is that we are given the liberty and freedom to explore just about every move and technique ever concocted by a card sharp. Therefore, we get to play around with some of the techniques that have less practical application when money and lives are at stake. Ultimately our job is to entertain and the more impossible the moves, sometime the more entertaining to a lay audience.
Here is the routine I was working on when I originally posted this. Keep in mind the whole purpose of this is to embellish a tall tale to my spectators. Currently there are a lot of "in-hands" false cuts and shuffles in this routine but at it's heart it is a riffle stacking routine. I come at this from several years experience in card magic but I am a relative newbie to hard core gambling moves so I welcome any thoughts. Just so you know, my first priority for improvement is to get rid of the "magiciany" cuts and replace them with more natural looking tabled cuts. Priorities two and three(in no particular order) is the smooth out the riffle stacking and work on my bottom deal. Any thoughts would be welcome.http://vimeo.com/16581895
First off, I am glad I am not out of bounds, and I do not mean to offend.
With that said, let me deal with the cut and false cut first.
IMO, the spectators/audience would be better doing the cutting. In my gambling experiences,and the very few times I played with a partner, the partner was never a sure thing to make a good cut, I would have to go to the innocent players to get the cut I want. Providing you have everything you want in the place on the deck where you want it, preferalbe the TOP, all is left is to get the cut done for it to look legit, and that is 98% of the job.
I could riffle and count at the same time, in fact too fast for someone to follow, and along with making it fast, and as sloppy as I can. After a successful run up, I proceed to sloppingly false shuffle. But, the clincher is in the crimp. I had a crimping style second to none! (smile)
First in the crimping action, I would bend the edges of the deck inwards during the riffle, that way, if someone was really looking close, they couldn't see the cull on top. After that, a couple false shuffles using inward jogs, then I would crimp both sides of the deck, one in the other out, but here comes the beauty of that move. After crimping and putting the two halves together, I squeeze them together. That way, the crimp is OUT OF SIGHT, but still there, and if one gets close to it, the crimp acts like a magnet and draws the fingers to the right spot, and the deck seperates right at the crimp.
Along with that, placement of the deck to the person doing the cutting is super important too. All little moves perfect the single move. I place the deck RIGHT UNDERNEATH THE ONE THAT IS DOING THE CUTTING.
When that is done, 99.8 times the person doing the cutting hits the invisible crimp in the deck. Case closed, all my action is on top now and ready to go.
Later I will discuss the shuffling. Hopefully, this is what you were talking about. I am an older gent now, 70 years old, and a little senility might be sneaking in, so hoping I am on target here...