Francis Carlyle Aces

While the broad effect of this four ace trick is the same as other versions, Mr. Francis Carlyle, the clever New York Magician, has introduced several subtleties which make it, perhaps, the best of all close-up methods. The working follows:

From any deck remove the four aces and lay them on the table. Run over the faces of the cards towards the audience to show there are no other aces, turn the pack face down in your left hand and secretly slip the tip of your little finger under the two top cards. Pick up the aces and put them face down on the top of the pack, but immediately lift them off together with the two top cards, the break allowing you to do this without any hesitation. Put the pack down and take the four aces, really six cards, face down in your left hand by the sides between the second finger and the thumb, the tip of the forefinger on the back of the packet pressing the outer end down to avoid any chance exposure of the bottom card and also to prevent anyone noticing there are more than four cards in the packet.

With the right thumb on top and fingers below, draw off the first card, turn it over and have the spectator call its name, "Ace of- ". Turn it face down and push it under the packet. Remove the second in the same way and also the third ace, having each named and pushing them under the packet in turn. Take up the fourth ace, show it and have its name called and then place it back on top of the packet. By this subtle procedure you now have two indifferent cards between the first and second aces.

Drop the packet on top of the deck. Pick it up and deal four cards in a row, carelessly letting the spectator get a glimpse of the first and fourth cards, aces, but not of the second and third, which are indifferent cards. If the action so far has been made smoothly and without hesitation, the onlookers will be convinced that the aces are lying on the table, whereas there are two only, the other two being on the top of the pack.

The next step is to put three cards apparently on the first ace, but really only two. Draw the top card partly off the deck with the right hand, then another below it and a third in the same way. Grip them between the thumb and fingers by the ends and square them against the left thumb, at the same time dropping the lowest card, carrying away the two aces only and placing them on the first card you dealt on the table, that to the right of the row. In making this false count do not lift the cards from the pack, simply slide them over the side.

Immediately count off three more cards from the top of the pack, making exactly the same movements and drop the three cards on the second card in the row. Repeat this twice more and point out that you now have four packets of four cards, each with an ace at the bottom. Really the first packet consists of three aces, the second and third of four indifferent cards and the fourth has an ace at the bottom and three other cards on top of it. Touch the packets as you say this and, rather furtively, draw the first one, the three aces which should be nearest the spectator, back a little towards yourself. Invite him to touch one packet and in nine cases out of ten he will touch this one, which is what you want him to do. If, however, he touches one of the others, continue with the old "Take or leave" method, or the "Touch two, then one," interpreting the touches to suit yourself. In any ease the heap with the three aces is forced and put aside a little to your right.

Put the second and third packets on the top or bottom of tile pack, taking care not to expose the bottom cards, and the fourth packet on top of the deck. You have now to secure the fourth ace and add it secretly to the other three. Mr. Carlyle does this by taking an opportune moment to sideslip the ace, the fourth card from the top, into his right palm. With his left hand he spreads the pack with a sweep face up and puts his right hand squarely on the three aces packet, so adding the fourth ace in drawing the cards towards the edge of the table, a natural way of picking up the packet, and at once throws the aces face up on the table.

The use of the side-slip may be avoided in this manner: Having replaced the three packets on the deck as described above, so that the fourth ace is the fourth card from the top, you go over what has been done, thus "You remember each ace was put on the table so" . . , . deal a card from the top "and on each ace three cards were dealt so" . . . . deal three cards on top of it "then you choose one packet and the other three returned to the pack" pick up the four cards and replace them on the pack. Their positions have been reversed and the ace is now on top. You have simply to palm this card and finish the trick as already described.

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