Bandit Aces

The four aces are removed from the deck and dealt out in a facedown row on the table. A rubber band is snapped around the rest of the deck for safekeeping. The spectator then names any ace. The four aces are placed on top of the banded deck. On command the named ace penetrates the deck.

Method: Remove the four aces from the deck and place them in a face-down row on the table in an order known to you. Assume they are from left to right, the AA, VA, AA, ♦A.

Snap a rubber band around the middle of the deck. The rubber band should fit snugly and it should be untangled.

Have any ace called out. Say the spectator names the V A. Drop the banded deck on top of the VA, as in Figure 70. Then pick up the deck plus the VA and place them on top of another ace. Pick up the deck plus the two aces and drop them on top of another ace. Finally drop the deck plus the three aces on top of the last ace. It makes no difference in which order the aces are picked up under the banded deck so long as the named ace is picked up first.

The deck is on the table. The right hand grasps the deck from above, bears down on it and slides it to the right as in Figure 71. Three of the aces may spread a bit but the important point is that the V A will be secretly stolen under the deck.

Square the packet of three aces and place them on top of the banded deck. The audience thinks this packet still contains the four aces. Grasp the deck from above with the right hand, using the same grip depicted in Figure 71. Command the named ace to penetrate the deck. Lift the deck with the right hand. There is now a face-down card on the table. When it is turned over it proves to be the named ace.

This clever card mystery was invented by Jack Avis. As the audience sees it, a card is chosen, initialed and returned to the deck.

Fig. 70

Fig. 70

Fig. 71

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