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Peter Duffie

Peter Duffie

(April 15, 1957 - )

Peter first became fascinated by magic at the age of eight after his uncle showed him some magic tricks using cards, coins, matches and chalk. But it was the cards that held his deepest interest, and so began a learning process that continues to the present day.

Peter’s chief mentor was, and still is, Roy Walton. Others whom he met and had a profound influence on his path include, Gordon Bruce, Andy Galloway, Tommy Frederick, Fred Robinson, Dave Campbell, Eric Mason, Ken Brooke, Peter Kane, Alex Elmsley, Pat Page, Phil Goldstein, Gene Maze, Richard Kaufman and Dai Vernon.

A past winner of the Scottish Conjuror’s Association Close-up competition and the British Ring Zina Bennett Cup, Peter considers competitions "good fun but meaningless."

His early association with Jerry Sadowitz led to a series of books, beginning with 17916 Alternative Card Magic (1982). It started with two young men - a manuscript - and no publisher. Peter is grateful that Martin Breese saw in the material what others didn't, and took the chance. All five Duffie/Sadowitz books have recently been reprinted by Martin Breese in a single collection titled Cardzones - a handsome cloth-bound tome. While the material dates back to the 1980's, Peter is proud of this collection.

The 1990's saw a new direction with the release of Imagine, a self-produced manuscript of near-self-working card tricks. This was followed by Obsession, Ulterior Motifs, and so it went on, and indeed, Peter continues to release new booklets to this day.

In the mid-90's, a chance encounter with Richard Kaufman at a Blackpool convention led to a publishing contract being signed. Duffie's Card Compulsions was published in 1995 by Kaufman and Greenberg. This was followed by Five Time Five (Scotland) and Effortless Card Magic.

Peter is currently in partnership with the clever Californian magician Robin Robertson. Together they have created over 200 new effects and recently released Card Conspiracy Vols. 1 and 2. A third book is planned.

Coauthors: Robin Robertson, Jerry Sadowitz, Cameron Francis, Aldo Colombini

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Peter Duffie & Jerry Sadowitz
Zeitgemäße und Alternative Kartenzauberei (gebraucht) by Peter Duffie & Jerry Sadowitz

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Peter Duffie
Duffie's Card Compulsions by Peter Duffie

This is an electronic facsimile of the deluxe edition of Duffie's Card Compulsions that was published by Richard Kaufman. Illustrated by Joseph K. Schmidt with an introduction by Roy Walton. Besides the wonderful card magic you will also find artful drawings of sparsely clad ladies. And let's be honest folks, this is the real reason you should buy this ebook.


  • Preliminary
    • Introduction: Roy Walton
    • Foreword: Peter Duffie
  • Routines
    • The Three Packet Shuffle
    • Mis-Read Palmistry
    • City Slickers
    • Marriage On The Rocks
    • Sherlock Never Married
    • Baker Street Branch
    • Dearly Departed
    • Exodus
    • The Lucky Ten
    • Just For Starters ...
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Peter Duffie & Jerry Sadowitz
Zeitgemäße und Alternative Kartenzauberei by Peter Duffie & Jerry Sadowitz

Als dieses Buch 1982 von Martin Breese in London herausgegeben wurde, schlug es in Fachkreisen wie eine Bombe ein. Kartenexperten hatten die Veröffentlichung auch schon seit langem erwartet, da ihnen die ungeheure Kreativität, die in den beiden Autoren steckt, bekannt war.

Bei der Übertragung der Kunststücke wurde besondere Sorgfalt angewendet, jedoch läßt es sich nicht vermeiden, die englischen Fachausdrücke für die einzelnen Kartengriffe wörtlich zu übernehmen, da sie in der Fachterminologie Allgemeingut geworden sind. Um nun dem nur deutschsprachigen Zauberkünstler eine Hilfestellung...

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Peter Duffie
Perplexities by Peter Duffie

Automatic Aces
You shuffle a deck and then give it a spectator, who now carries out a series of random actions that result in him locating all four Aces.

Your invisible helpers become visible and then find a chosen card along with all the other cards of the same colour!

You remove the four Jacks. A Card is selected and returned to the deck. The deck is cut into two halves - one remains on the table. The four Jacks are placed face up on the table half and cut into the middle. One by one the Jacks leave the tabled half and appear face up in the half in your hands....

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Best of Duffie 6 by Peter Duffie

This latest volume in the "Best Of" series of Peter Duffie eBooks takes a new direction. Almost 40 card routines have been extracted from Peter's past books and are included in this volume. All the routines have a common denominator: They all involve the selection of a card (or cards) and their subsequent revelation in clever/devious ways!


  • Klektors
  • By Pass
  • Hour Magic
  • Card Two Pocket
  • Saved By The Belles
  • Special Envoy
  • 37 Years Later
  • The Keepers Of Secrets
  • Miracle Or Impossible Revisited
  • Phantomesque
  • Dreamland
  • Simply Stated
  • A Twisted Tale
  • In Place
  • Catalystic Collectors ...
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Peter Duffie
Best of Duffie 1 by Peter Duffie

45 tricks from more than 20 books, 2 insane essays

The Best of Peter Duffie 1 is a perfect cross section of card magic's evolution over the years. Duffie has worked with so many legendary figures that his inspiration is a frenzy of possibilities. Each trick in this ebook was selected as the very best of Peter Duffie's extensive online library.

Duffie employs the most direct method to get from point A to point B. You'll finish the trick without one wasted move; an important characteristic of any good magic trick. A streamlined effect provides ample opportunity to develop the presentation. ...

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4 Most by Peter Duffie

Four lovely card effects put together by Peter Duffie.

4-SOME: Here's a simple and automatic, yet highly effective, way to get four of a kind using the Fulves "Gemini Twins" concept.

3-SOME: A matching effect where the spectator does all the work and finishes with Three of a Kind. Inspired by, but not using, Marty Kane's Status Quo-2 Principle.

THE HEAVY TEAM: A selected card lost in a packet is found by a randomly chosen Ace detective.

GHOST BUSTER: In effect, you show an Ace, Two, Three and Four of Spades. Each card passes from top to bottom and it is then discarded. When you reach...

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Trio by Peter Duffie

Three off beat effects which have received the praise of laymen, magicians and reviewers.

CLEAR THOUGHT uses four blank cards. A spectator is asked to think of one of the four Queens, Hearts, Clubs, Diamonds or Spades, and whilst the blank cards are in her own hands one of them changes to the mentally selected card. No questions are asked. Not to be outdone, the performer changes the other blanks into the remaining Queens.

POLYTHENE PAM is a novel version of Find The Lady. A spectator fails to find the lady which continually disappears leaving just four blank cards. At the finish all the...

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Peter Duffie
Quartet: four exclusive card effects by Peter Duffie

All the effects use simple fakes or subtleties to accomplish off-beat effects.

INTERNECINE is a novel version of the Tunnel Change and uses a small packet of cards. The cards appear to change places of their own accord. The performer demonstrates this phenomena further by causing two of the cards to change places in a very convincing manner. Finally the transposition is repeated and this time the change takes place visibly.

DICHOTOMY is a very strange prediction effect. A spectator chooses a card and tears it into two pieces. One of the pieces is destroyed and the other retained by the...

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Duet by Peter Duffie

POINT BLANK ASSEMBLY gives you the maximum effect for the minimum effort. Four Kings change places one at a time with four blank cards. The transposition is repeated only this time it occurs instantly. Finally the four Kings disappear altogether.

[You will need four blank-faced cards and four kings of which three have blank backs.]

IMPULSE starts as a transposition effect between a selected card and a blank card but ends with a finish that those who have seen it describe as 'NOT POSSIBLE'. Truly original thinking.

[You will need three blank-faced cards. One is gimmicked. The gimmick is easy to make with a pair of scissors, paper and glue.]

1st edition 1984, 1st digital edition 2013, 13 pages....

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Peter Duffie
Solo by Peter Duffie

A card routine that is a combination of Hofzinser's Royal Marriages and Peter Kane's Wild Card.

[Please note that this ebook does not come with any gimmicks or cards. You will need four ordinary Kings; two blank faced cards; and four Queens with blank backs.]

1st edition 1986, 1st digital edition 2013, 9 pages.

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Peter Duffie
Hooked on Cards by Peter Duffie

A collection of new card routines.

Card to Envelope
In the book Inspirations (published by Martin Breese in 1987) I included an effect called 'Envelope Prediction'. This is a different version which I performed as part of my close-up act at the Blackpool convention in 1979. There is no palming or copping of cards, in fact you could call this near-self-working!

Lie To Me
A card is selected and lost back into the deck. You give the spectator an old coin/medallion which they hold in their hand. This, you say, will send "truth waves" to the deck. You now ask the spectator a series of questions about his card: he...

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Aldo Colombini & Peter Duffie & Robin Robertson
Killer Koncepts (French) by Aldo Colombini & Peter Duffie & Robin Robertson

Une encyKlopédie Kollaborative Koncise Koncernant Des Kréations Kommerciales sur le Killer Kount pour Kartomanes en Klose-up Kontemporains. Plus de 30 routines de Peter Duffie, Aldo Colombini et Robin Robertson, utilisant le comptage Killer Count de Steve Beam. Le tour des Quatre As, des voyages de cartes, du mentalisme, des révélations, des effets d'épellation, des routines axées comédie, un tour fantastique avec un agenda et bien plus encore.

[Traduction et adaptation en langue française par Patrice Bernard.]

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Peter Duffie
Double Indemnity by Peter Duffie

Here are two effects that use easy-to-make gimmicks which can be added to your regular deck.

FLASHPOINT is a sensational card routine with a topological flavor. Two cards, an Ace and a King, magically change places. The performer offers to repeat the effect under more stringent conditions. The King is placed on the table and covered with the performer's wallet. The Ace is placed between two blank cards. The Ace is visible through two holes cut in the middle of the blank cards yet, at the performer's command, it instantly and visibly disappears. When the wallet is lifted from the table the...

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Peter Duffie & Aldo Colombini
That's Amore by Peter Duffie & Aldo Colombini

You give the four Kings to a spectator. You cut the deck saying that you'll now cut to one of the Queens. The spectator's task is to try to pick the King that will be the perfect mate for the Queen you cut to. Remove the top card of the deck and the spectator picks ANY King. The two cards prove to be the King and Queen of Clubs! This is successfully repeated with the remaining Kings and Queens. Then a big surprise occurs: On the back of the four Queens four hearts appear!

Requires four double-backed cards and heart stickers.

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Peter Duffie
The Card Activist by Peter Duffie

Auto Hue
Two spectators each select a card from a packet. The selection procedure happens in the hands of the spectators, you have no influence over the procedure. First, the cards separate into reds and blacks. Then the selections magically appear among the cards of opposite colour. All this happens without the performer touching the cards.

Not Wrong
You offer to demonstrate your ability to cut to certain cards with great accuracy. You give the deck a couple of cuts, placing a packet face down on the table. You turn over the top card of the tabled pile to reveal the Ace of Hearts. This...

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Peter Duffie
Subtle Miracles by Peter Duffie

Peter Duffie is one of the world's most creative cardmen and Subtle Miracles gathers together some of his most inventive work. Many of these effects were marketed as exclusive manuscripts (Solo, Duet, Trio, Quartet, Double Indemnity) and are now brought together for the first time, together with a selection of brand new routines using equally clever methods. David Britland contributed a routine called 'Red Alert' as well as added notes commenting on Peter's routines. An appendix teaches a couple of important sleights.

  • Introduction
  • Solo
    • Wildlife
    • Hamman Count Variation
  • Duet
    • Point Blank Assembly
    • Impulse: Two cards transpose under...
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Peter Duffie & Jerry Sadowitz
Card Zones by Peter Duffie & Jerry Sadowitz

For those who have been looking for the first five books that Jerry Sadowitz and Peter Duffie published through Martin Breese - there is good news. All five books have been compiled in one ebook called Card Zones. These are:

Card Zones has over 100 illustrations by David Britland and Roy Johnson.

"I received Card Zones yesterday and just wanted to tell you what a beautiful piece of work it is. You've really done proud by Peter and Jerry. I love the cover, both color and illustration. The inside layout for all the tricks is...

★★★★★ $49
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Applications (for resale)

Peter Duffie
Applications (for resale) by Peter Duffie

These are almost all effects based upon magic that can be performed without faked or gaffed cards.

1st edition 1993; original 60 pages; PDF 48 pages; illustrated

Table of Contents

  1. Contents
  2. Introduction
  3. Centre Forward
  4. Jointly Does It
  5. The Auld Curse
  6. I Give Up!
  7. Boxed - In
  8. Mind Games
  9. An Odin Sequel
  10. Women
  11. Palmed Addition Utility Sleight
  12. A Turn - Up For The Book
  13. A Curious Incident
  14. Collusion
  15. Rising Crime
  16. Audience Participation
  17. Fireside Aces
  18. The Scottish Assembly
  19. Once Again
  20. Duffie On Keyboards
  21. A Change In Mood
  22. Glasnost
  23. Guardian Angels


Close-Up to the Point (for resale)

Peter Duffie
Close-Up to the Point (for resale) by Peter Duffie

This was Peter Duffie's first solo book published on the heels of his hugely successful Alternative Card Magic and Contemporary Card Magic.

It includes mostly card routines with a couple of coin routines sprinkled in for good measure. The effects are not difficult to do and can be classified as easy to intermediate at the most.

It is a joy if one can study the early creative output of one of the most accomplished card magician alive today.

1st edition 1984; original 30 pages; PDF 37 pages.

Table of Contents

  1. Contents
  2. Author's Introduction
  3. Ghost Hunters
  4. Collectors Item
  5. The Journey
  6. Copper, Silver, Card!
  7. Deja Vu
  8. Signus XII ...


Peter Duffie
Mind Blasters USA by Peter Duffie

A new mind-blowing collection of more than 80 mentalism routines from some of America's finest practitioners.

  • Danny Archer
    • Digital Prediction
    • Drawn Again
  • Bruce Bernstein
    • Picture Duplication Done Cold
  • Dr. Bill
    • Crosseyed!
  • Jeffrey Bloom
    • Inception
    • Twisted Brothers
    • Very Superstitious
  • Elliott Bresler
    • The Detective's Peek
  • Craig Browning
    • Spirit Calling
  • Richard Busch
    • Reversal of Fortune
  • Christopher Caldwell
    • Wallet Psychometry
  • Paul Carnazzo
    • Uncrushed
  • Ray Carlyle
    • Money in Balloon
    • No Gimmick Book Test
  • Cameron Francis
    • Back it Up
    • Pinpoint
  • Scott F. Guinn
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Embellished + Covert Assembly (bundle) by Peter Duffie

Two download videos by Peter Duffie for one low price. Both are reworked items. Embellished is a reworked Valediction, and Covert Assembly is a rework of Pocket Assembly.

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Covert Assembly by Peter Duffie
  • No Gaffs or Duplicates.
  • Impromptu
  • Use any Deck.
  • This is a reworked version of "Pocket Assembly".
★★★★ $6
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Embellished by Peter Duffie
  • Great finish to any routine.
  • This is a reworked version of "Valediction".
  • Easy one-time Preparation.

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Peter Duffie
Best of Duffie 5 by Peter Duffie

Over 40 Tricks - Fully Hyperlinked - LOW introductory Price!

This volume takes off from where the previous volume finished. Featuring more card magic based on clever principles rather than sleight of hand. 43 routines have been extracted from Peter's past books and are reprinted in this new volume.

  • THE...
★★★★★ $14.95
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Peter Duffie
Card Tricks for the Fractured Mind by Peter Duffie

Twelve new card routines - all using a regular deck.

  • K.F.C.: A card attached to a ribbon with a sticker changes into the selection.
  • Misdirection Monte: A bluff explanation of Three Card Monte ends in the revelation of a previously signed selected card.
  • Broadside: Claude Chandler’s “Sideways Changing Card” receives the Duffie treatment.
  • From Beyond the Veil: A two-card discovery with a little help from the spirit world.
  • Biddle Wed: Another look at the classic Hofzinser plot where Kings and Queens magically marry.
  • Dance Steps: More Royal shenanigans.
  • Numberville: A self-worker based...
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Peter Duffie
Best of Duffie 4 by Peter Duffie

Over 40 tricks including another Roy Walton effect. Also includes 4Most manuscript bonus.

This volume concentrates on card magic based on clever principles rather than sleight of hand. Gilbreath, Sands, Fulves, Walton, Hummer, E.G. Brown, Stebbins, Kane, and so it goes on. Over 40 routines have been extracted from Peter's books and are reprinted in this new volume. Where there were illustrations; these are also included.

Table of Contents

  • K.I.A.
★★★★★ $19.95
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Peter Duffie
Best of Duffie 3 by Peter Duffie

45 Routines including a Roy Walton effect. Plus a previously unpublished bonus.

"Just a note to tell you I have finished Best of Duffie 2 and it's terrific ... I can't wait for 3 thru 10. I made up ULTI-PRINT and that is easily worth the price of the ebook." - Charles Kleiman

Here is what was said about Volume 1.

"Peter Duffie did a good job with this book. Every trick is one of those items like you already do where you are not afraid to pull it out at any moment. Now I have about 12 card tricks I can do for anyone and they all look like pro tricks!" – Charlie1

"Great value...

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Peter Duffie
Card Magic USA by Peter Duffie

Featuring mostly unpublished material and other rarities from some of America's Finest Creators. 49 contributors - 80 routines and moves.

My Opening Act:

Deciding to show off your ESP skill and having only a deck of cards and a rubber band, you hand your deck out to be shuffled to a nice man named Ted. After he is finished shuffling, you ask Ted to place the rubber band around the cards to make them tamper-proof. You ask Ted if he will stop you on a card as you riffle them past his eyes. To prove to Ted that all is on the up and up, you offer to stare at his girlfriend Mary...

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Stranger in a Gangsta's Paradise by Peter Duffie

No Gaffs or Duplicates. This is a reworked version of "The Case in Hand" that appeared in Duffie's Card Compulsions. You tell a story of a stranger and a gang of four in an unpleasant neighborhood. The gang needs to defend their turf but the stranger with the help of two body guards finds a clever place to hide.

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Collins Extreme by Peter Duffie

Stanley Collins on Steroids! No Gaffs or Duplicates. If you dispense with the "marked cards" climax, you can do this with any deck. But the marked cards ending is too strong to lose!

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ConFind & Spirit Level (bundle) by Peter Duffie

Receive ConFind and Spirit Level together in one download for a reduced price. (Click on the underlined product titles to read more about each individual product.)

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Spirit Level by Peter Duffie

You show five Alphabet cards which obviously spell the word L-E-V-E-L. You also show a white card with a perpendicular arrow drawn on one side, and a digonal arrow on the other. This, you say, is a home made spirit level. The way this card points can alter reality!

The cards are spread face down on the table in a straight line to represent the word "LEVEL" — as the cards are level on the table.

You now turn the spirit level so it shows a diagonal arrow. You now push the cards into a diagonal sloping line, so they are no longer LEVEL.

On turning the cards over, they now spell S-L-O-P-E! ...

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ConFind by Peter Duffie

You bring out an envelope and remove three $100 casino chips which you place on the table. Now you show three cards: two are black spot cards, and the middle card is a red Queen. Without any moves, you lay the three cards face down on the table. The spectator is invited to bet $100, however, there is a twist to this betting game. If he finds the lady you promise to pay him $100. However, if he picks a spot card, you will double the stake and promise to pay $200 if he finds the lady on a second attempt. Again, if he picks a spot card you will now give him $300 if he finds the lady. So it is in...

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Peter Duffie
Best of Duffie 2 by Peter Duffie

The Best of Peter Duffie 1 consisted of material extracted from all of Peter's ebooks prior to the year 2005. It was published by Peter has published more books since that date.

"The Best of Peter Duffie is a perfect cross section of card magic’s evolution over the years. Duffie has worked with so many legendary figures that his inspiration is a frenzy of possibilities. Each trick in this book was selected as the very best of Peter Duffie’s extensive online library." - Aron Smith

You may ask. ‘if volume one was “the best of” then what is special about Volume 2?...

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Peter Duffie
Plots & Ploys by Peter Duffie

A New Collection of Card Magic & Mentalism.

Return to Ipcress:
A handling variation for Jerry Sadowitz’s Ipcress.

Fragmented Thoughts:
You place a sealed envelope on the table or give it to someone for safe-keeping. This envelope contains your prediction. You now bring out four pieces of playing cards: one full-size card, one three-quarter card, one half card and one quarter card. These are placed in a row on the table and mixed. A spectator now picks one of the four pieces. Let’s say he chooses the three-quarter card. The envelope is opened, and the missing quarter is tipped out. Everything can...

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Peter Duffie
Utterly Wild by Peter Duffie

The ultimate ungaffed wild card - use any deck.

The original version of this routine was called Born to be Wild (from Inspirations). Peter has enjoyed performing the original over the years, for lay people AND magicians, but the fact that he couldn't show the last card always bothered him. You were left with a face-to-face double that had to be dropped onto the deck and a triple lift executed to finish. Going back to the deck for a finish is never good! But this has now changed ...

This new version changes that. You are now left with a single court card for a clean and powerful finish. There is also...

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About Moves by Peter Duffie

Here Peter Duffie talks about moves in general and how some moves can be improved. He demonstrates his main point on the side steal.

runtime: 2min 1s

★★★★★ $4
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Deck Switch by Peter Duffie

A deck switch with two different cover actions, one an overhand shuffle, the other a cut. (Also part of Move Mastery 2.)

runtime: 10min 7s

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