In 'Abracadabra No. 1027' there appeared a Four Ace routine entitled 'Spin Pass Aces' by John Muir. This routine employed the Spin Pass flourish attributed to Nate Leipsig to produce the four aces and involved using crimps and double undercuts to achieve the effect.
I discovered that the whole procedure could be vastly simplified by making the cut a false one.
Have the four aces on the bottom of the pack which is held in the right hand, Biddle fashion, with the second finger at the outer end and the thumb at the inner end. With the left index pointing upwards bring it into contact with the inner end of the pack and with it lift up the top half of the pack and swivel it towards the left in a clockwise direction pressing inwards. This pressure on the top half keeps the outer end of this half up against the second finger which acts as a pivot as the clockwise action continues until the position shown in (1) is reached. The pressure is now relaxed allowing the top half to fall onto the left palm. So far the procedure has followed the Leipsig spin cut which would be completed if the bottom half in the right hand were to be dropped onto the original top half now on the left palm. If instead of dropping the original bottom half to complete the cut, retain it in the right hand and describe a horizontal, clockwise circle just above the half in the left hand. During this action raise the left thumb bringing it into contact with the ace at the bottom of the right hand packet causing it to side jog to the left as shown in (2). The left thumb presses upwards on this ace causing it to turn face up on top of the left hand packet (3). The right hand continues its clockwise movement until it clears the right hand side of the half in the left hand when it places the cards it holds UNDER those in the left hand. The action should 'flow' smoothly from start to finish and has the appearance of a genuine cut. The other three aces are now on the bottom of the pack ready for the move to be repeated.
I precede this production of the four aces by having them on top of the pack which I fan faces towards the audience taking care not to spread it far enough to expose the aces.
My patter then describes the various types of shuffles and cuts used by card players commencing with the overhand shuffle during which I run the four aces to the bottom of the pack, and continue with riffle and waterfall shuffles concluding with a false cut.
Eric Mason's BILLET-DOUX in the September issue Vol.4 No.l is great. To me, the principle does not seem to be used to the best advantage and I submit the following application which is definitely workable.
The effect is that a signed playing card, which has been freely selected, is found in a sealed envelope.
The envelope required differs from the one used in the original effect being a normal one, not an end opening one of the paybiil type. It is, of course, the same size as the cards used. Prepare it by sticking down the flap and slitting open the long side opposite the flap and also the right short side. See sketch in which the broken lines indicate the cut sides. This envelope should be handy in a pocket, and an open pocket knife at the ready on the table to avoid fumbling at a later stage.
Have a card freely selected and the spectator given a felt tipped pen to write his name across its face. Meanwhile the magician turns away in order not to see the face of the card and at the same time secretly adds the envelope to the bottom of the pack. When the card is returned to the fanned pack Eric Mason's chicanery is performed sliding the card into the envelope and the fan closed.
The left hand reaches into the left coat pocket to produce the envelope using the move described in the original 'Stars of Magic' series
Vol.3 entitled 'Dai Vernon's Mental Miracle'
Remember? For those not acquainted with this particular move a suitable bottom palm could be used to convey the loaded envelope from the bottom of the pack into the pocket.
The penknife is used to slit open the envelope. Actually the blade goes into an open side and the slitting is only simulated, and to facilitate a quick finish the envelope is ripped apart to show the signed card thus destroying the evidence. Hope you like it.
hans e. trixeir
PENTANGLE REVIEW Eric Mason
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