Second Variation

1. Hold the pack face up. The four aces are either at the face of the deck or to one side on the table.

2. With the left thumb pull down a large part of the deck leaving a few cards at the face of the deck and with the right hand insert the first ace about a half dozen cards down from the face. The ace is inserted for about three quarters of its length.

3. Riffle about six more cards past the first ace and insert the second Ace below the first one. Repeat with the next two Aces with the result that all four Aces are separated but they are distributed throughout the upper portion of the deck.

4. Turn the deck over lengthwise thus bringing all the cards faces down with the four aces projecting at the inner end of the deck as in Figure 20.

Figure 20

5. As the deck is turned over, end for end, the left forefinger bevels the upper end of the deck inwards with the result that the cards will be angled as in Figure 21, a side view showing also the four aces projecting at the back end. The beveling is mostly done, by the left 1st finger near the upper right corner of the deck.

Figure 21

Figure 21

Figure 22

6. With left forefinger curled down over top end, to maintain the beveled condition of the cards, the right hand comes over the deck from above. The right thumb at the back apparently pushes the cards flush, but actually the aces only go as far as the top edge of the top card.

This results in everything looking normal from the front and above but the actual condition is as in Figure 22 with aces still projecting slightly.

7. The right fingers and thumb run along the ends of the deck in a squaring motion just as if the aces were pushed flush. Also both hands can grasp the sides to squeeze them as already described.

8. The right hand now takes the deck by the inner end between second finger and thumb with the forefinger curled on top. The other right fingers lie alongside. The left hand now down riffles the front end of the deck, with the left thumb on top, fingers below, as in Figure 23 which shows position of both hands.

Note how the right thumb and second finger at the ends effectively conceal the injogged Aces. The front end riffling action adds to the illusion of having no possible control over the Aces.

9. Both hands now grasp the outside ends and place the deck face down against the table preparatory to a cut.

10. The right hand now starts to take the upper portion of the cards plus the injogged four aces as in Figure 24 which shows position of both hands.

Figure 24

11. The right hand moves forward on the table to deposit its upper portion. The right then comes back, takes the remaining half from the left hand, then places it on top of the other portion. The deck has been cut and the four Aces are together at the bottom.

12. If it is desired to bring the Aces to the top the right hand does not place its cut out portion on the table. Instead it comes back over the deck as in

Figure 25 where you will note a break is apparent between the four stripped Aces and the top balance of the cards. This break is held by the right thumb.

13. The left fingers now grasp the upper portion of cards while the right hand moves away with its four Aces as in Figure 26.

Figure 25

Figure 26

Figure 26

14. The right hand immediately throws its four Aces on top. The whole action is that of seeming to do a double cut. At times a series of cuts, thus simulating a running cut, will be found effective in cutting the Aces to the top. This last, a running cut, is most deceptive as the excuse of a small packet of cards, being dropped on top at the finish, is more plausible.

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