Variation

This may give a more logical reason for going into the pocket. Count the ten cards as nine using either the Buckle Count, the Block Push Off Count or merely holding the last two cards as one.

At the count of nine you look up at the assistant and say, "For this trick I need ten cards." Reach into the pocket with the palmed cards and remove one. Continue in this manner as before, counting nine each time.

The last time when there are actually ten cards they again are counted as nine. The packet is then handed to the spectator to count. When he arrives at ten, you exclaim, "That's it." Exactly what I need, ten cards for this trick."

For those who wish to pursue this form of Counting Routine we refer the reader to the Super Count Routine in Mario in Spades in which are methods for doing the necessary false counts.

The Count Cop can also be done with a smaller packet of cards where only one card need be palmed off. An example would be where you count five cards. Steal the bottom one as the left hand takes the packet on the last count. The palmed one may be a card that will seem to have vanished from among the others.

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