Tap Shift



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This is one of the classic executions of the tap shift, a move used to nullify the cut. In general, a shift is a utility card cheating move that can be used in various card games, such as poker, gin, bridge, or any other game where the deck is passed for a cut, after the shuffle. The move itself it technically a reversed shift, meaning that the lower pack is swung upwards; as opposed to the upper pack being swung down, as would be the case in the standard shift. The exchange of the packs is hidden by the fingers, and the motion of the hand action is further camouflaged by the tapping action, as if the reason for any motion was to square the deck after the completion of the cut.

In this demo the deck starts in numerical order, and after the cut it remains in the same order, thanks to the shift. In a live card game the cut would be made by the sucker seated at the cheat's right, and the cheat would complete the cut (and then shift) before the sucker had time to react.