David Britland

UNDER CONTROL Stephen Tucker

This effect has been in my notes for years and I believe that the method is probably a simplified version of something someone showed me during a session . . . somewhere. In other words I do not claim originality for the actual effect but the method is my own.

You'll need a regular deck and the Aces should be set on top in the following order . . . B, R, B, R.

Explain that you will try and locate the four Aces. Explain this as you false shuffle.

Double turnover to show a red Ace, flip the double face down and table the top card, black Ace, to your left.

Cut the top card to the bottom and repeat the double turnover etc. to show the second red Ace but you really table the other black Ace atop the other card. Cut the top card from the top to the bottom and the situation is . .. The two tabled Aces are assumed to be red but are in fact black. The red Aces are together at the face of the deck.

Act as if you have forgotten something and then realise that two spectators should have selected cards. Have two cards selected, returned and control one to the top and the other to the centre with a break held above it by your left little finger. This is much easier than it sounds . . . Have both cards removed from the deck, then take back the first card and control it to the top. You can relax at this point as you are holding no breaks etc.

Lift off the upper half of the deck with your right hand and ask the second spectator to replace his card. Once the card is atop the lower half in your left hand, simply place the upper half back in place but maintain a break between the halves with your left little finger.

You are now about to seemingly produce two cards at random from the deck via a move of Englands A1 Smith. A1 described the move in his first book 'CARDS ON DEMAND.' (If you have the book, look up 'Perpetual Ginsberg.' for a complete explanation.)

Briefly . . . With your right forefinger push some of the cards below the break forward and toward the spectator. Fig: A shows this in action.

Remove your right forefinger and release the little finger break.

Reach over the packet with your right hand and grasp the cards pushed out of the deck and pull them further forward and completely out.

Place the cards onto the rest of the deck in the left hand but maintain a little finger break between the halves as you did before.

Deal the top card to the table but to the right of the other two cards. Immediately repeat the procedure by pushing some of the cards below the break forward again etc.

Once this packet has been removed the little finger break can again be released and need not be retaken even when the packet is replaced atop the left hand cards.

Finally deal the top card onto the other tabled card at your right.

Explain that these two cards are the black Aces but don't show them!!

The two cards are in fact the selections.

You haven't actually explained what you are about to do with the Aces and the spectators should be suspicious, to say the least, of the apparent black Aces, which you have explained to be the two cards to your right.

This suspicion is mainly due to the fact that they haven't seen the black Aces!

Ask the spectators to name either the red Aces, point to the cards on your left, or the black Aces, point to the cards on your right.

Explain that whichever colour they choose, you'll show them a trick with them. You can almost guarantee that they will name the black Aces and point to the cards on your right.

Explain that you will cause the black Aces to change into the selections. Click your fingers over the cards and flip them face up to reveal that they are the selections.

Immediately flip them face down and drop them onto the assumed red Aces to your left. Before the spectators can accuse you of cheating, comment that they are probably wondering what you would have done had they chosen the red Aces.

Tell them that you would have changed the red Aces into the selections, like this . . . Flip the packet face up and quickly separate the two black Aces into your right hand and the sélections into your left hand.

It appears that you have changed the red Aces into the selections ! !

The effect is really strange and you'll have to perform it in order to see what a great reaction it gets.


You may like to try this variation. Set up is . . . King, red Ace, King, red Ace, rest of deck.

Perform the double turnovers etc and they'll assume that you've tabled the two red Aces to your left but really you've tabled two Kings. Force one of the two spectators to select one of the other two Kings still in the deck and allow the other to select any card.

Produce them as before and continue up to the point where you ask if they're wondering what you'd have done if they had named the other Aces. Explain that you would have probably panicked and shown them the four Kings trick instead. Flip the packet face up and Elmsley count to display four? Kings . . . END.


You of course placed the selections onto the assumed Aces with the forced King on top. This sets the packet in the order K, K, X, K when the packet is flipped face up.

Take a look at the illustrations below for further details.

Fig:B depicts the side view of the A1 Smith move.

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