Very well thought-out review, thank you goatears.
Could you comment on the amount of controls in the DVD, and the practicality of them? Switches and false-deals are nice, but I'd like to have enough controls to cheat whenever I'd like/need-to, not to mention peaking methods to know what cards I'm controlling...
All I need is a couple of methods to false-deal, false-shuffle, switch, and palm, but all of that is useless if I can't do them on the cards I need to.
Hopefully I'm not asking too much, I'm just extremely curious and need to be conservative with my purchases.
I do own Expert at the Card Table, so chances are I should probably just read through that, and adapt the idea of being sloppy to take off heat. I just have a lot of material I already need to read for performing and education, and sadly I'm not a tremendously fast reader, so DVDs are my preferred route for things I don't have labeled as "vital" right now.
In real-live outwitting of others when gambling, the mechanic should always strive to use the LESS tools to get the job done. Even if it takes longer, being STEALTH(out of sight) is priority one!! Plus, all moves should be "humanized".. don't know if that is in the books or not!!
By "humanized" I mean made to look normal and not suspicious. One of the reasons I was so successful was because on all the games I played, I could play the games straight up on a expert level. In other words, take all my weapons away, I am still favored to win. What that kind of skill, I just need a little edge to tilt the odds way in my favor..Just because I had a battleship full of skills I could use, using less was the goal..
Dam, I can run it.
Another skill, don't know if that is in the books, but being able to read your opponents. I could read my adversaries minds. Example, I am of small statue, cannot fight my way out a wet paper bag. However, I have been known to go in the lion's den, with lions all around the table ready to eat me alive, and I come out with all the money, and nobody has a the slightest idea of what hit them. Even if it got to the point, where somebody wants to do me harm I was on to that before they act, and have time to exit.
Sometimes I would do a move, it would be so sweet, the urge to stop, stand up make an announcement to everybody at the table, that I just did this and that.. However, I never did that...
Knowing who was suspicous and who was looking is vital information for the mechanic. Just like an aircraft carrier, you must know ALL THAT IS GOING ON AROUND YOU AT ALL TIMES.. I state these reasons, because doing high class moves, and getting caught, or told not to come back again, is the last thing in the world a successful mechanic wants to happen. I thrived on people telling me as I was leaving with my pockets full, "will you come to my game".. "we enjoyed playing with you", etc..