I assume you are trying an overhand (rather than riffle or hindu shuffle) to "loose the card," but are getting caught by your spectators. Here are a few suggestions that might be helpful:
1. Forget the pass for now. If you are having difficulty with a shuffle, a pass (which is much, much harder to execute convincingly) is even less likely to seem natural to your spectators.
2. When holding the cards in the left hand for an overhand shuffle, be certain your left little finger is extended a bit so the left inner edge of the deck (the edge nearest you) is stopped by the edge (nearest the ring finger) of the left finger. This is important in controlling the cards.
3. Your injog ideally should be about 1/4" or less, though that takes practice. A 1/2" injog shouldn't be noticed, but anything larger will be, for sure. That left little finger is crucial in getting the injog to a small jog.
4. Your right hand should make the up and down movement in the same arch, and not be moving in and out (to make the injog). Use the left hand thumb for that (more control).
5. Once you shuffel off and pick up the break, pick up the break and only about half the cards above the break -- leave the rest in your left hand, and shuffle off to the break. Leaving cards behind in the right hand is deceptive because it gives cover to your holding the break, and it gives your viewers two things to watch -- the cards in the left hand and the right hand.
6. If you are still getting nailed, you can try this. Throw a block into the left hand (selected card on top), now run 3 cards, then injog and shuffle off. Pick up the break, and shuffle off to the break. Here you have a choice. The selected card is fourth from the top. After shuffling to the break, you can run another three cards and throw the block on top, and the selected card is now on top. A better maneuver, however, is to use a little time misdirection. You shuffle off to the break, card is now 4th from the top. Make a comment (be sure to look your spectator in the eyes), move the card case, etc. Then run 3 cards and throw the block on top.
7. If all this fails, buy Volume 1 of Card College! (Get it anyway!!). It teaches in depth all about false overhand shuffels and excellent false cuts.
8. Good Luck!
Last edited by Gary on Wed Jul 02, 2003 9:20 pm, edited 1 time in total.