## Fig

"I have placed the four aces in a row on the table. But I hear some odd suspicious murmurs that the cards may not be four aces. Pick them up, sir, and make sure that all four aces are there."

As spectator looks at cards, fan deck without looking at it and get left little finger under top three cards. Square up deck.

Palm off top three cards in right hand and immediately place rest of deck in right hand.

Figure 29.

"If I didn't have four aces, I really couldn't work this experiment. Now, I shall ask you to place the aces on top of the pack again."

Take deck in left hand and hold it out so that aces can be placed on top of it. Place right hand up in front of right hip, back to audience.

When aces are on top of deck, bring right hand up and place the three palmed cards on top of aces, at the same time taking rest of deck in right hand again. With left hand, point to table.

"I placed four aces on the table. The aces have been examined. I will just replace them in a row on the table again."

Lay down the top three cards in a row, backs up, about two or three inches apart. As you lay down fourth card, turn it up casually and show it to be an ace, say the Ace of Diamonds.

"The Ace of Diamonds can be on the end." Place Ace on table to finish row.

"Now, on each ace, I shall place three indifferent cards."

Place the top three cards from deck on the end card, the Ace of Diamonds. This brings all four aces together. Do not expose cards.

"Three cards here."

Place three more cards on next card to left and expose cards a little as you place them down to show that they are indifferent cards.

"Or you can deal indifferent cards from the bottom."

Turn cards over and place three cards on each of the two remaining cards, which are presumed by the audience to be aces. Place deck aside.

"We have an ace and three indifferent cards in each one of these heaps. I shall move the heaps around a bit."

Move heaps around so that the heap of four aces comes in third position from the left and second from the right.

FORCE THE ACE HEAP by one of the methods taught you in this lesson. Place chosen heap forward a little.

Turn over heap at left end and spread. "No aces."

Turn over heaps two and four and with each say, "No aces."

Now turn over the selected heap and spread out. "The heap you selected -- all aces!"

Slippery Aces -This is one of Stanley Collins' fine effects with four aces. Mr. Collins is a well known English magician.

EFFECT:

Four aces are laid on the table in a row, faces up. Three indifferent cards are placed on each ace, faces up also. The indifferent cards are then placed in one pile and the aces in another, backs up. Performer replaces indifferent cards on deck. Cards are now dealt from the deck into four heaps of four cards each. One of the heaps is selected. The other heaps are turned over and shown to be indifferent cards. The heap of aces is turned over and that, too, contains indifferent cards. Finally the selected heap is turned over and is shown to have changed to the four aces.

TO PERFORM:

Place the aces in a row on the table, faces up. Figure 30.

"I place four aces on the table. Now I shall deal three indifferent cards down on each ace."

Now you pretend to deal three cards down on each ace, but in reality you deal FOUR cards down on each. You perform it in this manner:

Hold cards in left hand with fingers on outer edge and thumb on inner edge. Cards face right. Bring right hand up to deck and place fingers behind it and thumb in front.

Figure 31.

Pull down the face card in right hand, then the next card.

### Figure 32.

Reach up with right hand to get third card and as you pull it down, also pull down the rear card. Place these two cards quickly on top of other two in right hand.

### Figure 33.

The effect is that you have merely counted off three cards. Finger-tips should be moist enough to pull down rear card easily. Count cards aloud — "ONE." "TWO," "THREE."

Place the FOUR cards (presumably three) on the first Ace at the left. Continue to count off apparently three cards, but really FOUR, and place them on each of the four aces.

Figure 34.

Pick up left-end heap and hold in left hand, showing the face card,

Turn cards with backs up and remove bottom card with right hand, Place it on table, face up,

### Figure 36.

The bottom card now is the extra rear card which you counted off earlier in the experiment, With second and third fingers of left hand, push it back about a half inch underneath the packet,

Figure 37 is a view from below,

Now you can easily pull out second card from bottom with right hand, Place this face up on top of first card on table, Name the card,

Reach over to left hand and take the two top cards as one, Place these down as the third card on top of other two on table. Square them up.

### Figure 38.

The Ace is the second card of the two which you show as one, You name the first card which conceals the Ace, Thus you get the Ace down on the table without being detected,

You have one card left in hand, which is supposed to be the Ace,

"I shall lay the Ace over here."

Place the remaining card aside, FACE DOWN. Keep it in full view of audience all the time,

Go through same routine with heaps B, C, D. Put all of the supposedly indifferent cards in one heap, Put the four cards supposed to be Aces in another heap,

Pick up the larger heap, turn cards with backs up, and place them on top of rest of deck, The four supposed Aces remain on table,

Deal down top cards of deck, one at a time, into four heaps, backs of cards up, First lay down your row of four, then place a card on each until you have the heaps of four,

This brings all four Aces in heap C. Move heaps around and push C forward a little, Ask spectator to select a heap and FORCE HEAP C,

Turn over the other three heaps, spreading the cards to show that they are indifferent,

"Now over here at the left, we have a pile of the four Aces. At the right we have the heap which you selected. Watch! The Aces disappear from here. . ."

Turn over heap of supposed Aces and show to be indifferent cards. Do this with left hand.

"And they appear here!"

Turn over selected heap with right hand, spread cards and show them to be the Aces.

Mystic Aces -EFFECT:

Similar to preceding effect, but done by a different method. Four Aces are placed on the table, face up. On each Ace are placed three indifferent cards, also faces up. Then each heap is picked up. The indifferent cards are placed in one heap and the four Aces in another. Magician then deals the indifferent cards into three heaps. One heap is selected. The other two are turned over and shown to contain indifferent cards. Heap of Aces is turned over and shown to contain indifferent cards also. The selected heap is then turned over and shown to contain all four Aces.

TO PERFORM:

In this effect, only sixteen cards are used, and only THREE cards are actually placed on each Ace.

Place the four Aces in a row on the table, faces up.

"I place the four Aces in a row on the table. Now on each I shall place three indifferent cards on each ace.

From bottom of deck count off one at a time, FACES UP, three cards. Place them on each Ace. Place deck aside.

Take Aces from bottom of each heap and place them on top.

Now pick up heap A and hold in right hand. Push top card out a little with fingers.

Figure 39.

Push top card completely off heap in readiness for putting it down on table.

Figure 40.

Turn right hand over and lay top card down on table, back of card up.

Show next top card in same manner. Name it as you push it off heap and place it on table, on top of first card.

Push off next top card just enough to show index. Name it.

THIS TIME WHEN HAND IS TURNED OVER AND CARD IS LAID DOWN ON TABLE, THE TOP CARD IS HELD BACK BY FINGERS AND THE ACE IS PUSHED FORWARD WITH THUMB AND PLACED ON TABLE.

Figure 42.

When this move is done quickly, it is not noticeable. Audience believes that you have three indifferent cards in a heap and an Ace left in your hand.

"I will place the Ace of Diamonds over here."

Place the supposed Ace at the left.

Follow the same routine with the three other heaps, placing the supposedly indifferent cards in one heap and the supposed Aces in another.

Pick up the larger heap and deal the cards into three piles — A, B, C. This brings the Aces all into heap A. Transfer heap C over to the left so that Aces are in center heap.

FORCE THE CENTER HEAP BY FREE CHOICE METHOD. Spectator will usually select center heap. If not, use the discarding system of getting heap C as selected heap.

Turn over the remaining two heaps and show the cards to be indifferent. Turn over pile of supposed Aces and show it to contain indifferent cards. Turn over selected pile and show the four Aces in it.

Note -- If you perform the three Ace experiments one after the other, change position of Ace heaps. Start say with heap at Number Two from left. Then Number Three, etc.

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