Okay, what is the general plot? Pinkie count is not an easy sleight, many magicians really disregard the sleight because it cannot be done without lots of tension in the deck. (I pesonally use it but rarely for more than 5 cards)
I'm not attempting to dis the move but you need to be aware of its drawbacks and understand what you are getting into with the move. It is quite possible that you could get around a monsterous pinkie count with some clever routine construction.
If you really want to learn the move practice it with a Fournier 505 or a Piatnik. It is a much harder move with these decks and will build your hand strength so that when using a USPCC card you can do it with much less tension.
I'd rather not say what the effect is, since I am still developing it, the Lee Asher's thing could help (that's why I'll probably check it out), but I still don't think so. BTW thanks for the tip about the decks to practice, I'm gonna do that.
Why does everyone find the pinky count so hard? Maybe the move is easier for me than most people? I haven't had a lot of practice, and I can count 20 in 5 seconds, and my hands don't even get tense, or any of these things. So I'm gonna keep practicing it so that it gets very good.
I'm in the same spot. I use it up to around 4 or 5 cards. Anything beyond that and I just Spread Count. Alex Elmsley had a great method for counting the cards as they're being pushed over, which lets me count as fast as I need too.
What do you mean by spread counting? The people see you spreading the cards for no reason? Isn't it unnatural? But I am pretty sure that the pinky count cannot be replaced by that in my case.
But what is the method that you mentioned that Darwin Ortiz counts 3 cards at a time?