Magic download (video) by Jeremy Griffith
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Magic download (video) by Jeremy Griffith ($19.95)

An old and closely guarded technique, used by hustlers and cheats to control cards. No gaffs, preparation, or special decks. Do you have the knack? Sit down with Jeremy Griffith as he walks you through the techniques and his favorite applications for "ripping" the deck.

Also included are a strategies for controlling multiple cards during a shuffle and cut sequence, and Ron Conley, a living legend in the Gambling Protection industry, sits down with Jeremy to discuss brief work and some of the nefarious techniques professional Cardmen used at the card table in his first ever digital release for the magic community.


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  • Noah asks: Does this have to be done with a new deck or can it be one that I have a used already?

    • 1. Vanishing Inc. Magic responds: It needs to be a new deck.
  • Noah asks: So how long will I have before I can’t do it anymore if I’m practicing 4 hours a day?

    • 1. Jeremy answers: That depends on the deck. The newer the deck, the easier it is. The friction is less and the edges are more distinct, but I regularly do it with used decks after a lot of practice
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  • Noah asks: How long does it take to get down stripping out one card?

    • 1. Vanishing Inc. Magic responds: Sadly that's not really possible to answer as it depends on how much you practice is. It'll take a long time though.
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Ripping, by Jeremy Griffith, is a pretty incredible download. What is it? Basically, it is a way to exploit a property of playing cards that allow you to use a standard deck as a stripper deck. Why have you not heard about this until now? Because: 1) it is not easy--this will take a lot of practice, and; 2) it is not obvious--if it was obvious, everybody would be doing it already; 3) it should not work--you really shouldn't be able to manipulate cards this way, but--hot damn--you can.

All that said, Griffith gives you all the tools that you are going to need to learn this technique, but it will still take you a lot of time to get the 'feel' for it. Griffith is an excellent and patient instructor. Everything is explained in detail. The tutorial is about 1 hour and 15 minutes. The instruction goes above and beyond, but, even with crystal clear descriptions, it will still take you a lot of time to get the feel of the technique. I've been doing this on and off for a couple of months. I'm getting better but there is still no way I could use this in real life. It's getting there but it will take time.

The video teaches the technique, but is really just the start. Finding a lost card or cards in the deck is just the tip of the iceberg. This technique allows you to use any card in the deck as an invisible brief (jog) or a locator card. You could even rearrange cards back to original order after a single shuffle... and you can do all this nearly invisibly in front of your spectator and with an ungimmicked deck.

Griffith thoroughly covers the technique and discusses theoretical possibilities. Elliott Terral adds a short coda to the instruction, showing how you can use the ripping technique to lose the four aces in the deck and then secretly move them all to the top. Ron Conley, a gambling expert, demonstrates the power of brief work at the card table. This is a demonstration and not a tutorial, but it gives you the idea of how you could powerfully leverage card briefs (and by extension ripping).

One caveat: READ THIS FIRST if you are buying this as a way to do an antifaro, as this is NOT a pure replacement for an antifaro. If you faroed the deck yourself, you could unshuffle your faro using this technique. But if you are using antifaros, for example, as a way to get from a card stack to new deck order, this is not for you. If that's not enough, using this technique for antifaroing is sort of the ultimate difficulty level for this technique; it is a rockstar move and is far harder than finding 1-4 cards lost in the deck. (I hope to be able to do this at some point, but I am nowhere close to it at this point. It will take a lot of time and practice.)

I am certainly not proficient with this technique, so, perhaps, I should not dole out advice, but the things seem to help are as follows:
1) Use USPCC cards--Griffith advises this
2) Use new cards--newer cards will be easier to manipulate for this technique
3) A borderless design makes this easier--it will allow you to see what you are doing as you are learning the feel of the technique
4) A thicker card stock (think USPCC Bee stock) is very helpful; it will work for thinner stocks too, but I found the technique much easier on thicker cards
5) Try to lose a set of 3 or 4 cards together (lost as a group in the same part of the deck) and recover the set of four before you go for single cards. Work down to 3 and then 2 and then 1. Griffith doesn't suggest this, but it's easier to get the feel for what you are doing with a larger group of cards. Once you get the feel for it, extracting one card is much easier.



Ripping allows you to have full control over your selected cards through a very interesting move. this is very well taught and has quite a few applications and its not the hardest thing to get the hang of. Definitely a must have for anybody looking for a Challenging but extremely rewarding sleight

Ripping by Jeremy Griffith