Second Deal

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{{See also|[[The Second Deal]] website and convention}}
 
'''Second Deal''' is a  false deal that deals the second card down from the top of the deck while apparently dealing the top.
 
'''Second Deal''' is a  false deal that deals the second card down from the top of the deck while apparently dealing the top.
  
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* [[Tricks and Illusions]] by [[Will Goldston]] (1908)
 
* [[Tricks and Illusions]] by [[Will Goldston]] (1908)
 
* [[...And a Pack of Cards]]  by [[Jack Merlin]] (1927)  
 
* [[...And a Pack of Cards]]  by [[Jack Merlin]] (1927)  
* The Tarbell Course Vol. 2 by [[Harlan Tarbell]] (1927, 1942)  
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* [[The Tarbell Course in Magic]], Vol. 2 by [[Harlan Tarbell]] (1927, 1942)  
* The Phantom of the Card Table by [[Eddie McGuire]] (1930/1976) - About Walter Scott, containing one of the earliest descriptions of the strike second deal (called the "hit" second).   
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* [[The Phantom at the Card Table]] by [[Eddie McGuire]] (1930/1976) - About Walter Scott, containing one of the earliest descriptions of the strike second deal (called the "hit" second).   
 
* [[Ten Card Problems]] (aka [[Dai Vernon]]'s $20 Manuscript) by [[Faucett Ross]] (1932) - dealing an "automatic" second using a gaff.  
 
* [[Ten Card Problems]] (aka [[Dai Vernon]]'s $20 Manuscript) by [[Faucett Ross]] (1932) - dealing an "automatic" second using a gaff.  
 
* [[The Card Expert]] by [[Lynn Searles]] (1938)
 
* [[The Card Expert]] by [[Lynn Searles]] (1938)
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* The Punch Letters by [[Ray Grismer]] (1988)
 
* The Punch Letters by [[Ray Grismer]] (1988)
 
* [[The Annotated Erdnase]] by Darwin Ortiz (1991)   
 
* [[The Annotated Erdnase]] by Darwin Ortiz (1991)   
* Modus Operandi: The Card Magic of Jack Carpenter by [[Stephen Hobbs]] (1992)   
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* [[Modus Operandi: The Card Magic of Jack Carpenter]] by [[Stephen Hobbs]] (1992)   
 
* Second to None by [[Simon Lovell]] (1993)
 
* Second to None by [[Simon Lovell]] (1993)
* [[Magic From the Soul]] by [[René Lavand]] (1993)
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* [[Magic from the Soul]] by [[René Lavand]] (1993)  
* Second to None by [[Simon Lovell]] (1993,2001) 
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* The Expert's Portfolio Vol. 1 by [[Jack Carpenter]] (1994)  
 
* The Expert's Portfolio Vol. 1 by [[Jack Carpenter]] (1994)  
 
* [[Roger's Thesaurus]] by [[Roger Crosthwaite]] & [[Justin Higham]] (1994)  
 
* [[Roger's Thesaurus]] by [[Roger Crosthwaite]] & [[Justin Higham]] (1994)  
* [[Mysteries of My Life]] by Richard Kaufman and René Lavand (1998)   
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* [[The Mysteries of My Life: Rene Lavand]] by [[Richard Kaufman]] and René Lavand (1998)   
 
* [[Drawing Room Deceptions]] by [[Guy Hollingworth]] (1999) -  contains a "gag" second deal  
 
* [[Drawing Room Deceptions]] by [[Guy Hollingworth]] (1999) -  contains a "gag" second deal  
 
* [[21st Century Card Magic]] by [[James Swain]] (1999)   
 
* [[21st Century Card Magic]] by [[James Swain]] (1999)   
* [[Phantoms of the Card Table]] by [[David Britland]] and Gazzo (2003) - An update of the McGuire manuscript which also documents Walter Scott's life  A chapter is devoted  to  descriptions of seconds, bottoms, peeks and the punch deal.  
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* [[Phantoms of the Card Table]] by [[David Britland]] and Gazzo (2003) -   A chapter is devoted  to  descriptions of seconds, bottoms, peeks and the punch deal.
 
* [[Enchantments]] by [[Wesley James]] (2004)   
 
* [[Enchantments]] by [[Wesley James]] (2004)   
 
* Billion Dollar Bunko by Simon Lovell (2005) - The push-off and strike second deals are both covered very briefly
 
* Billion Dollar Bunko by Simon Lovell (2005) - The push-off and strike second deals are both covered very briefly
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* Poker Cheats Exposed  by Sal Piacente (2006)   
 
* Poker Cheats Exposed  by Sal Piacente (2006)   
 
* Revelations Vol. 12 by Dai Vernon (1982)   
 
* Revelations Vol. 12 by Dai Vernon (1982)   
 
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== Tricks ==
 
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== Tricks using the second deal ==
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* ''The General Card'' in [[The Art of Magic]] By T. Nelson Downs (1909)
 
* ''The General Card'' in [[The Art of Magic]] By T. Nelson Downs (1909)
 
* ''Call to the Colors'', ''Two Numbers'', ''Danbury Delusion'', ''The Middle Deal'', ''The F.B.I. Card'' and ''Four Card Location'' in [[Effective Card Magic]] by Bill Simon (1952)
 
* ''Call to the Colors'', ''Two Numbers'', ''Danbury Delusion'', ''The Middle Deal'', ''The F.B.I. Card'' and ''Four Card Location'' in [[Effective Card Magic]] by Bill Simon (1952)
 
* ''Cannibal Cards'' By Roy Walton in [[The Devil's Playthings]] (1969)
 
* ''Cannibal Cards'' By Roy Walton in [[The Devil's Playthings]] (1969)
 
 
[[Category:Card Sleights]]
 
[[Category:Card Sleights]]

Latest revision as of 15:29, 12 June 2012

See also: The Second Deal website and convention.

Second Deal is a false deal that deals the second card down from the top of the deck while apparently dealing the top.

This sleight was originally created by professional card sharps and was exposed in 1822 in the autobiography of Robert Bailey from Virginia. Bailery Robert Bailey invented a brass dealing box with a hole in the top called a Faro Box, which allowed cards to be slid out one by one in an attempt to prevent such things as the second deal.

One of the earliest known reference (although no explanation was given) appeared in a four page pamphlet in the early 16th century called "Opera Nuoua Done Facilmente Poirai Imparare Piu Giuochi di Memo el Allri Giuochi Piacenolissimi & Genlili Come si Polra Leggendo Uedere el Facilmente Imparare" by G.S. di Carlo da Pavia in Florance (circa 1520).

In English some of the earliest books were "A Manifest Detection of the Most Vile and Detestable Use of Diceplay, and Other Practices Like the Same" by G. W (1552) which includes some card-cheating methods, "A Notable Discovery of Cozenage" by Robert Green (1591) and "The Art of jugling or Ledgerdemaine" by Samuel Rids (1612).

The Second Deal was mentioned briefly in "How Gamblers Win or the Secrets of Advantage Playing" by Gerritt M. Evans (1865), but one of the first advanced description in English appeared in S.W. Erdnase's book The Expert at the Card Table in 1902.

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Basic Types

Magicians use two basic types of second dealing procedures, the "Push-off" and "Strike". The push-off, which was described by Erdnase, consists of pushing off two cards from the deck with the dealing thumb snapping the top card back into place allowing the taking hand to take the second card. The strike second deal consist of moving the top card slightly out of the way allowing the dealing hand to 'strike' the second card with its thumb to deal it out from the deck.

A related sleight is the Punch Deal in which some of the cards (usually the high values) are marked with tiny bumps which can be felt by the dealer. Cards can be dealt normally until a "punched" card is felt and then held back using "second deals" until ready to give to the hand of choice.

Books

Videos

  • Advanced Card Control Series Vol. 2 by Allan Ackerman (1999)
  • The Cheat (1991/2005) by Richard Turner
  • Cheating at Hold 'Em: The Essetials by David Malek (2005)
  • Darwin Ortiz on Card Cheating (2000)
  • Gambling Protection Series by Steve Forte (1987) - Not structured as teaching tapes, but highly praised.
  • Poker Cheats Exposed by Sal Piacente (2006)
  • Revelations Vol. 12 by Dai Vernon (1982)

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