USPCC NDO to Si Stebbins


If the title seems cryptic, that’s because this post is another one for the magic geeks. So if you’re not a magic fan, this post may not be that interesting to you.

One of the many pleasant contributions to magic of the esteemed card magician Darwin Ortiz  is his way of opening up a new deck of US Playing Card Company cards (Bicycles, Tallys) and rapidly shuffling them into Si Stebbins order. He described his method in a book that is long out of print and expensive to find, even on eBay.

So, some time ago, I tried to reverse engineer the Ortiz method. In so doing, I didn’t discover his method, but I did come up with my own. After finally finding out what the Ortiz method actually was, I realized just how inferior my own attempt was. But here it is, my own (clunky) method for free, just for fun. Perhaps someone can make use of it.

For USPCC NDO to Si Stebbins
1) Run 10 cards, throw deck on top.
2) Run 3 cards, throw deck on top.
3) Say “Oh I forgot about the jokers,” and turn deck face up. Cut the hearts to the top of the deck.
4) Take out the jokers. Say, “I don’t know if there are any more.” Spread the spades, cut at the 7 (that is, the 7 is now the card closest to your palm in the right hand), put the rest of the spades on top of these (without reversing them), then cut all the spades to the top of the deck.
5) Spread the diamonds, cut at the 4, put the rest of the diamonds on top of these, then cut all the diamonds to the top of the deck.
6) Reverse count the clubs into your right hand, stop at the 2 in your right hand, put the Ace under those cards, then cut all the clubs to the top of the deck.
7) Two out faros –keys are 5D and then 8S. You are now in Si Stebbins with the AC on top, JH on the bottom, in CoDfiSH order.

So now for the real value in this post. Last year I was at a magic convention where Gene Anderson slayed a large roomful of magicians with his Si Stebbins routine. He sells the manuscript describing the routine for a laughably small amount on his website.

4 thoughts on “USPCC NDO to Si Stebbins

  1. Ortiz also taught his NDO to Si Stebbins in his DVD “At the Table vol 2” and in Allan Ackerman’s Advanced card control vol. 6, it was also taught. I’m not quite sure, but the Ortiz’s Penguin live lecture seems to teach this.

    • Yes, as far as I know, those references are correct. Ortiz’s method is much more efficient than mine with the culling portion; however, compared to Ortiz’s method, I have half the number of single runs on the overhand shuffling portion of the stacking.

      When I finally saw what Ortiz had done to solve the problem, I had to slap my head; while he also faro-ed, of course, he also did something I hadn’t even considered!

      Someone mentioned a Marlo method in the Hierophant. It would be nice to know if that method differs from mine or Ortiz’s.

      • Yeah, the method is very ingenious. When I first heard that it can be done, I immediately purchased his DVD’s (since I was unable to acquire the book).

        As for Marlo’s, I didn’t know that there was a method in Hierophant!
        I’ll have a look if the method is similar. 🙂

  2. I’ve seen it now. The method was actually quite different. However, it’s too hokey for my taste 🙂 You also need to run 26 cards two times and do some culling here and there…

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