Processional

Effect: The aces are inserted at different locations in the pack and left projecting from it. The performer pushes the first ace flush, then produces it from his right-front trousers pocket. The second ace is pushed into the pack and immediately flies to the pocket. With increasing mystery, the same occurs with the third ace and the fourth.

Method: Because this is an earlier incarnation of "En Voyage", I hesitated to include. But each time I examined it, I found its merit irresistible. Where one must admire the elegance of "En Voyage", in this less ambitious construction using the four aces, one is impressed by the economy of its cunning structure coupled with the persuasiveness of the illusion created.

Begin by openly removing the four aces from the pack and place them face-up on top. While holding the deck in left-hand dealing grip, casually fan the aces, also fanning over the three face-down cards directly beneath them. Then square the cards back onto the deck, getting a left fourth-finger break under all seven. You now perform the Braue addition, switching three of the aces for the three indifferent cards. That is, the palm-down right hand grips the seven cards above the break by the ends and the left hand carries the deck to the left. At the same time, the left thumb draws the uppermost ace onto the deck and the right hand uses its packet to flip this ace face-down on top. The left thumb then draws the next ace off the packet and it too is flipped over onto the deck; as In its turn is the third. The right hand then sets the remaining four cards—which are thought by the audience to be the final ace alone—square on the pack.

Immediately push the face-up ace to the right, take it into the right hand and turn it face-down. Insert this ace very near the bottom of the pack, and leave it outjogged for about two-thirds of its length. Take the next card from the top of the pack and, without exposing its face, insert it about ten cards above the protruding ace, leaving it similarly outjogged. Insert the next two cards in turn into the front of the pack, separated by roughly ten cards. The fourth card should lie about thirteen cards from the top.

Now spread the pack from left hand to right, displaying the separation of the four outjogged cards. These are presumed to be the aces, but only the lowermost of the four has a face to support this assumption. The other three aces rest atop the deck. As you squar e the pack back into the left hand, you must form a left fourth-linger break under them.

Bring your right hand palm-down over the pack and push the uppermost projecting card flush. As you do this, execute Mr. Elrnsley's misdirection rear palm (Volume /, pp. 128-129), stealing the top three aces into the right hand. Move the right hand to your right-front trousers pocket and bring out one of the palmed aces (see Volume 1, pp. 135-136), leaving the other two behind. After displaying it, toss the ace face-up onto the table.

Bring the right hand over the pack and push in the next outjogged card. As you move the right hand away from the pack and toward your pocket, this tune let it be seen empty. Bring the second ace from the pocket and toss it onto the table with the first.

Repeat this sequence again, pushing in the third card and producing the third ace from your pocket, You now have one card sticking from the pack. As you prepare the audience for the last migration, casually turn the left hand and let the face of the outjogged ace be seen. Then turn the left band palm-up again and push the ace home. However, in doing so, perform the Elmsley center-card rear palm [Volume I, pp. 130-133), stealing the ace from the deck and into the right hand. After completing the palm and closing the fanned deck, regrasp the pack in left-hand dealing grip and move the right hand toward your right pocket. Load the rear-palmed ace into the pocket, then bring it out at your fingertips. Toss this last ace down with the others, thus completing a brisk and magical series of transportations.

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