Gardyloo #40

If I'm not mistaken, if you do 8 perfect faro shuffles in a row, it will bring a deck back to the same order you started in. 

I'm not a big fan of the faro shuffle. It doesn't look like the way a normal person shuffles cards (at least in the U.S.) and to make sure it's a perfect faro requires a level of concentration that I prefer my presentations not contain. So it's not a move I've put in the work to perfect.

But the other day I was sitting around thinking about automatic card shufflers and wondering if they do a perfect weave. It seemed unlikely when I first thought of it, but then I thought, "Why not? If the two sides are shooting cards out automatically at a consistent pace, is it so crazy to think that they might weave perfectly?"

My idea was I would take a deck in new deck order, send it through the machine six times before my friend showed up. Then when he showed up I'd show him the mixed up deck and say that I think my automatic card shuffle was broken. Then I'd send the deck through two more times, spread it across the table and it would be in new deck order. After that I'd say, "What a hunk of shit," pick it up, and throw it against the wall. (I found them at Walmart for $7. Destroying it seemed worth it.)

So, I got one. Separated the red cards from the black cards and sent them through.


If it's not clear, the answer is no, they don't weave perfectly. They started out perfect but then you had two cards from each side going through in a number of cases. 

Well...there goes that idea.

Some little details tying together the imagery featuring Nikki, the JAMM Muse for November in Issue #10.

On the cover she is wearing these dotted white contact lenses, giving her a milky eye.

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Then, in the image that goes along with the Word of Mouth trick, she is getting ready to eat with the bent spoon from the cover shot.


It's the little things, guys.

Does anyone know a good way for me to accidentally burn my fucking face off?

I got this in my email a few weeks ago...

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What a great idea. Nothing adds to the enjoyment of wasting your money on a terrible effect than slowly and painfully paying for it over the course of a year. 

Never mind, guys. I asked a question a couple segments above this one. But I think I've found the perfect solution

I went on a Cowsills jag after writing up yesterday's post. I watched like a dozen videos of them on youtube and then a documentary on Amazon. 

This was my favorite video. It's pretty unusual for the time because it's them performing The Rain, The Park and Other Things on a tv show, but actually singing it live. The best part is Susan Cowsill grooving on that tambourine. I love the spirit and energy of her performance. I want to absorb it and radiate it back into the world.