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Hindu Shuffle Step-by-Step

Updated: Dec 19, 2023

Here's an essential move for magicians with playing cards that's easy to learn and can help you accomplish impossible things!

A close-up of hands holding a deck of cards and shuffling with the words "Hindu Shuffle" in the background
The Hindu Shuffle is an essential card move that all magicians should know. Let's learn it!

Many incredible tricks with a borrowed deck of cards are possible learning the Hindu Shuffle.

This sleight is a vital card move every magician should know.


Why you should learn the Hindu Shuffle

The Hindu Shuffle is a classic magic utility move that all magicians know. It's beneficial to learn and have in your magic toolkit.

You can learn the secrets of the Hindu Shuffle in minutes.

The Hindu Shuffle is a magician utility card sleight that's easy to master and useful for many great tricks and applications. The tricks can all be performed with a borrowed deck of cards. With the Hindu Shuffle, you can force a playing card, locate a spectator-selected card, and control the location within the deck.

Astonish your audience with all of those incredible tricks with just one move.

Let's learn it!


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The Hindu Shuffle: Step-by-Step

The magician shuffles a borrowed deck of cards end to end by drawing small packets of cards from one hand to the other.

Level of Difficulty: Easy

Time Required: 5 mins

What You'll Need:

  • Borrowed deck of cards

  • Practice, practice, practice

Step-by-Step Hindu Shuffle:

  • Step 1 - Hold the deck face down near the end between your right thumb and opposing fingers. This grip is called an Overhand grip.

  • Step 2 - Bring the deck towards your left hand.

  • Step 3 - Pull a small packet of cards into your left hand with your left thumb and second finger. Let them fall into your left palm; a grip called Mechanics Grip The first finger of your left-hand helps keep the cards squared up.

  • Step 4 - Repeat the shuffling action - strip away small packets from the right-hand packet of cards into the left-hand packet until only a few remain. Place the remaining stack on the left-hand packet to complete the Hindu Shuffle.


Hindu Shuffle Photos

Here are pictures of the steps. Watch the full video above.


The History of the Hindu Shuffle

The first reference of the Hindu Shuffle comes from "Card Manipulations" by Jean Hugard in 1934 because of the way many Asians hold and shuffle cards.

"I have dubbed this very useful series of moves "The Hindu Shuffle" because it was first shown to me over thirty years ago by a Hindu magician. Since then I have never seen a Hindu performer use any other kind of shuffle. Passing strange if the despised Indian juggler has given his vastly superior Western confreres another valuable legacy."

Magicians and author of many books on magic, Walter Gibson, referred to the move as "End Shuffle."

The Hindu Shuffle is a great move for magicians at all skill levels.

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