If the secret police starts breaking down your door, just calmly shuffle the deck. (Don't throw it up in the air; you'd be surprised how much of the deck ordering is maintained during the game of 52-Pickup.)
Atwater's naked torso remained on the bed, her heavy breasts hanging toward each side of her chest where her armpits had been; the rest of her lay scattered around the room like a butcher's version of 52-card Pickup.
By the age of ten my favorite card game was 52 Card Pickup. I would search out an unsuspecting younger kid in the neighborhood who had never heard of the game. When he agreed to play the game, I would throw the pack of cards up in the air which scattered in a wide area and say “O.K., Pick 'em up.”
2006, Linda S. Watts, Encyclopedia of American Folklore, Infobase Publishing, ISBN 9781438129792, keyword “humor, folk”, page 206:
Another popular American prank is the game described as 52 Card Pickup. The prank player asks the victim whether he or she would like to play 52 Pickup. If the mark answers affirmatively, then the prankster throws the entire card deck on the floor and says “Okay, pick them up!” This prank is usually played on very young children who are seeking to be included in others' play, since it only works if the victim asks no questions about how the game is played.
Brian came into my room and said, “Do you want to play 52-Card Pickup?” and I said, “Sure!” because like I said, I love card games. Then Brian took the cards out of the box and threw them EVERYWHERE in the room. And then Brian said, “Okay, now pick them up.”
2010 August 24, Rebecca Herold, Managing an Information Security and Privacy Awareness and Training Program, CRC Press, ISBN 9781439815458, OL24880039M:
For example, the country song “The Gambler” and playing 52-card pickup with a selected victim used to communicate Internet gambling was popular in Northern Wisconsin training, as well as in our Virginia/West Virginia offices.
The idea that I could exonerate Harris in a week while keeping the house of cards that was my life from quickly becoming a game of 52 pickup was a tall order even for someone with my extensive creative skills.