Secret Agenda – March 15 – The Goldin Pass

What isn’t made clear in the description of this interesting pass is the direction that the packets are turned over.

For example, in one variation, I can turn each packet over right-to-left (like a book).  Specifically, the first packet (top half) is turned over right-to-left (like a book).  Then the entire deck over right-to-left (also like a book), followed by the (new) injogged, top half right-to-left.  There’s a nice uniformity of action and efficiency in this handling.  Very crisp and clean.

But I prefer this variation – turn the first packet (the top half of the deck) over from left-to-right.  Then the whole deck from right-to-left (like a book).  Then the final packet (the new, injogged top half) from left-to-right.

This creates a more haphazard look.

Now, here’s my context.

Treat the whole pass as if it were a mistake.

You meant to turn over the entire deck (Make sure you’re not looking at the deck when you do the first packet), but upon looking down you realize only part of the deck (the top half) was turned over.  So you quickly try to recover by starting over – you turn the whole deck over (Second part. Right-to-left).  But that didn’t fix things either.  So now (a little more hesitatingly) you turn over the third packet (the injogged top half) from right-to-left.  Give a quick dribble to make sure all the cards are aligned correctly (which shows you’re not holding any breaks), give a little shrug, and you proceed.

With this approach, the justification or context that Roberto has assigned us to find is not a justification of the move.  The move was, in appearance, a mistake.  Your justification is correcting this botched attempt at turning over the deck.  Once you’ve corrected it, it becomes forgotten as a non-event, and cannot be thought of as conjurer’s procedural necessity.

I hope this makes sense.  I’ve played with it, and it fits my personality nicely.