How to Shuffle

September 1, 2023

Many people enjoy playing cards; there a number of different games that you can play with your friends or even just by yourself. The majority of these games require you to shuffle your cards. Although shuffling is a fairly easy skill, not many people have mastered it and therefore end up just rearranging the cards by taking some from the bottom and putting them on the top. There is nothing wrong with this technique, but you aren’t shuffling the cards that well and also it doesn’t look particularly impressive.

Therefore we’ve decided to teach you how to shuffle your playing cards like a professional, with the help of YouTube. If you are able to master just one of these shuffling techniques, you will probably look forward to shuffling the cards more than actually playing the games. Okay, maybe not, but you’ll certainly enjoy shuffling the cards much more than you currently do.

Whilst learning to shuffle properly can be time-consuming, it isn’t the same as learning to play the piano. Cards are perfectly portable which allows you to practice whenever and wherever. You could be watching television and still practising – before you know it, you will have mastered it!

The In-the-Hands Riffle-Shuffle – Shuffle Like a Magician

Although it sounds fancy, this is actually the shuffle favoured by close-up magicians in London and further afield. The reason for this is that it looks and sounds good, whilst also being quick to do. As the name suggests, the shuffle is performed in your hands, therefore you are able to execute the shuffle when you are standing up or walking around.

We’ve all seen this shuffle before. The cards are split and then rifled together. You then form a bridge with the deck of cards before the cards fall together like a waterfall into a neat pack, making a great noise. How is it done? Surprisingly, it’s easier than you might think. Here’s a video breaking it down into small, manageable steps.

Classic Table Shuffle – Shuffle Like a Pro Dealer

This shuffle is performed by professional dealers all over the world. Therefore, if you want to look like you know your way around a poker table, this is the shuffle for you.

Split the deck equally into two. Once split, the decks are rifled together at the corners before being squared into one neat pack. It’s usually a move that can be performed with increasing speed and efficiency, depending on how much you practice it. Professionals will usually perform this shuffle at least three times, which is considered the optimum amount to efficiently mix up the deck. Here’s a video breaking the shuffle down.

Creating A Waterfall

Although this next video isn’t a shuffle, it is certainly something worth learning if you want to polish up your shuffling act. This next little trick allows you to create a waterfall of cards that falls into your hands as you either prepare to shuffle or after you have shuffled.

This trick is certainly challenging and although it looks simple, you will be surprised at how long it can take you to master it, simply because creating the right-hand action and motion is hard to master. This one is hard to explain, so we’re going to let the video do the talking.

Spinning Cards

Being able to spin anything on the top of your finger is impressive, whether it’s a football or a basketball. But why not try and learn how to spin a card on your finger? It will certainly take some time to get to grips with, but once you have mastered the technique, you’ll be the coolest card player on the table.

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