The Smith Shift

I’ve always loved Marlo’s Simple Shift from “The Cardician”, however it does require that the cards are inserted into the pack face-up. This is fine as you’d only use it in routines in which the cards to be controlled can be openly known. Al Smith has not only solved the problem of having the cards face-up but also eliminates the need for a key card – he calls it “The Smith Shift” and it can be found in (I believe) his first book – “Cards on Demand”. It’s a wonderful move which I’ve not seen anyone do. I always loved the fairness in the Simple Shift where you push the cards apparently flush into the pack and now with Al Smiths move this same fairness can be used to control a number of cards to the top of the pack facedown. A hat tip to Mr Smith for a great move.


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