as ascertained by ed eckl
I learned the Ascanio Spread about fourth or fifth hand. It meant nothing to me until I came up with some reasons for really learning it — reasons like the patter stories to follow. The routines are nice because they're little quickies which demonstrate a certain skill or flair, which evoke some amazement and get some laughs, and which Eire always ready, one of which can be done with cards from a borrowed deck.
Both use the same setup, the same moves in the same order, and the same finish. So you can't get mixed up because of varying methods. Therefore, only one explanation need be given, because the patter stories and their relation to the moves are self-explanatory.
Holding the packet of five cards face-up, the following designations will be used. The bottom face-up card will be (A). Next to the bottom will be (B). The face-down card in the middle of the packet will be designated as (X). Second card from the face is (C), and the face card is (D). All cards are face-up except for the middle card at the start of the routines.
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