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The basic effect is that of the standard four ace assembly.

Requirements

1. A fake ace of diamonds/four of spades as shown in fig 1. To make this, peel the index off a genuine ace of diamonds and glue it onto a four of Spades.

2. Take an ace of clubs and, to the back of it, glue the indexes of three other cards, as shown in fig 2. These should have been peeled from other cards via the dry split method.

Set Up

The four aces are on top of the pack, face down. The ace of clubs, with the faked back (fig 2) is in third position from top. The glued on indexes are at the inner right corner.

Immediately below the aces is the faked ace of diamonds/four of spades. The fakes AD index is at the inner left corner and the card is face down.

Wo rk ing/p rese n ta tio n

Start with the pack face down in the left hand. Use the left thumb to push the top four cards over to the right, in a small spread/fan. Do not spread the cards widely, or you may risk exposing the faked back of the ace of clubs.

Take the aces into the right hand and display their faces, while the left fourth finger obtains a break below the top three cards of the pack.

Once the left fourth finger has a break, drop the four aces, face up on top of the face down pack, while the right hand makes some natural gesture, such as moving an object on the table, to make room for the cards.

Square up the aces and lift them, with the right hand, by the short ends. The hand is above

Fig 2

Fig 1

Fig 2

the cards, with the fingers at the outer end and the thumb at the inner. Lift the three cards, which are above the little finger break, along with the aces, keeping the seven cards neatly squared as four.

This is all standard procedure and, although it may fool some laymen, all of the magicians watching will know exactly what you are up to.

You now execute the standard add on move. That is to say that the left thumb draws the ace, from the face of the right hand's packet and onto the top of the pack. Simultaneously the right hand moves upwards, causing the card to flip face down (see fig 3).

This procedure is repeated with the next ace and, strange as it may seem, with the ace of clubs. You will find that, with a little practise the ace of clubs can be flipped face down, in this manner, without exposing the faked back. Timing is important. As soon as the ace begins to turn face down, drop the remainder of the right hand's cards on top of it and, immediately flip the last ace face down.

The above is a standard add on procedure, which is well known to anybody after a "few weeks in card magic. The only reason for describing it here, is so that you will realise exactly what is required. Had we simply said "use the standard add on" some confusion might have arisen, due to one of the cards having a doctored back. However, as a few trials will show, provided that the movement is kept reasonably compact, it works perfectly. Magicians of course, will not be watching too closely, anyway. They will think that they are ahead of you and will "see" the backs of all the cards.

Deal the top four cards (supposedly the aces) onto the table in a square as in fig 4. The

first card, which is an ace, goes at A. The second at D and so on, in an anti-clockwise direction, until B is reached.

The left thumb pushes off the top three cards, as a small fan, into the right hand. Do not spread the fan too wide, as the faked ace of clubs is the centre one. The doctored portion will still be at the inner right corner, provided that the cards have not been turned end over end at any point.

Obviously you cannot show the faces of these cards, as they are all aces. Simply drop them face down on the ace at A.

In a similar manner, place three cards on the supposed aces at B and C. Also, do the same with the faked ace of diamonds/four of spades, which is at D. You can show all of these cards a little more freely.

So far, most magicians will think that they know exactly what you have done. This complacency, will have served to misdirect them from the fact you have slipped in a couple of faked cards.

Pick up packet A and say, "Do you know which ace this is?" Take it into the right hand, face down. Pull out the lowermost card, turn it face up and replace it on the bottom. Fan the cards as in fig 5, exposing the backs of the cards, as much as possible, without showing the fake. In this way, show the ace.

Close the fan, then casually remark, "Perhaps you would like to remember the rest of the cards as well!" Do the Francis Carlyle turnover (as used with a business card), which for the benefit of those, who do not ¿low it, will be described at the end.

When the packet has apparently been turned over, it is seemingly fanned to display the

THE MAGICIAN'S FOUR ACES — Alf Goodwin

other three cards. In fact the packet is kept square and the top card moved aside, in three short steps. The situation will be that depicted in fig 6. The false indexes will be seen and taken for the indifferent cards. Do not hold this position too long; just long enough for the magician?, who think that they have been following you, to start getting a little agitated. After all, they were sure that the packet contained the aces (which it does). Now they are not so sure. In fact they "know" that it does not. They will be beginning to realise that they were not quite so far ahead of you as they had thought and will start to wonder if the whole business of the add on move was just a bluff. In other words, you have got them on the run, now to keep them running.

Close the "fan". Repeat the Carlyle turnover, to apparently reverse the packet. Remove the face up ace from the bottom, turn it face down, replace it and table the packet.

Pick up packet B. Spread off the top three cards and turn them face up, in a fan. Hold them in the right hand and fan the face down card, in the left. After a few moments, turn the supposed ace face up and show that it has gone.

Do exactly the same thing with packet C, vanishing the "ace" as just described.

For the fourth packet, the procedure is very subtle. Pick up the top three cards of the tabled pile, with the right hand. Hold them from above, fingers at the outer short end and thumb at the inner. Secure a break, beneath the top card, with the tip of the right thumb.

Gesture towards the face down card, on -the table. This is the one which has the fake index, ace of diamonds/four of clubs. Say, "Can you guess, which this one is?" As you focus attention onto the tabled card, so the two hands come together and you half pass or secretly reverse the two bottom cards of the packet. This move, done when attention is away from your hands, is very easy.

Pick up the tabled card and place if face down, on the bottom of the apparently face down packet. The two centre cards of the packet will in fact be face up, at this stage.

Turn the bottom card face up. Do this by sliding it very slightly to the left and taking it by the centre of the projecting long side, between the left fingers (on top) and the thumb (below). Turn it face up, rapidly, end over end as in fig 7. Finish up as shown in the picture, with the ace of diamonds index just visible to the audience.

Square up the packet and say, "Perhaps you would like to see the other cards as well." Execute the Carlyle turnover, with the whole packet. Fan the cards as in fig 8. Remove the face down, apparent ace, fan it with the other cards and turn it face up. The ace of diamonds has apparently vanished. This particular vanish is very clean and baffling.

Fig 8 Fake AD/4S
Fig 10
Fig 11

Finally, pick up the packet at A. Turn it face up and show the four aces. Hold the cards in a fan, which conceals the fakes back of the ace of clubs and show all round.

The Carlyle Turnover

This will be very briefly described for completeness' sake. Hold a packet of cards, face down, in the right hand hand, as in fig 9. They are gripped by the inner right corner, between the thumb and first finger.

The left hand comes up and grips the cards, as in fig 10. They are taken between, the second and third fingers, along the right hand and the base of the thumb, at the left. The thumb, itself, goes beneath the packet.

The right hand, relinquishes its grip. The left thumb, moves upwards causing the cards to pivot on their right long side, until they are held firmly against the second and third fingers. At exactly the same time, the left hand turns back upwards, from the wrist as in fig 11. The larger movement of the hand, masks the smaller movement of the packet. When the fig 11 position is reached, the right hand retakes the packet. The whole thing works rather like the paddle move. An optical illusion is created, of the packet being turned around, when in fact it remains the same way up.

For a more detailed description of the move, see Bruce Elliott's "Classic Secrets of Magic" chapter 4.

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