Michael austin

A variation of the Walt Lees version which appeared in Pabular for February.


To suitable cardsharping patter four blue aces are dealt face down in a row on the table, on top of each of these four red backed cards are placed, making four five card hands for poker. In turn the aces vanish from their piles to appear one at a time in the hand at the end of the row. The climax is reached when the final hand is turned over to reveal not four but five aces to the tag line 'The cardsharper made one fatal mistake he died of a disease called five aces'.


Take the four blue backed aces and the red backed ace of spades and deal with them as in the original version.

Add to the face of the red pack three blue backed spot cards. Remove the duplicates of these cards and the remaining aces and put them on top of the pack except for the ace of hearts which goes between the pack and the blue backed cards on the bottom of it. The set up of the red pack from face to back being:— three blue backed spot cards, red backed ace of hearts, the pack, the remaining aces and the duplicate spot cards.


Introduce the red pack, fan it to show the backs without exposing the blue backed cards on the bottom. Take the pack face up in the left hand and obtain a break below the ace of hearts, being careful not to expose the face of the ace. Tell the audience that you need sixteen cards. With the left thumb push off the top card and take it in the right hand, counting it as number one. Push off the next card counting two. Push off the next two cards as one counting three. Continue in this way until you reach sixteen (actually seventeen). Each card is taken below the previous one so that their order is not reversed. These cards are laid face up on the table and the pack is laid aside.

Pick up the blue pack and display the backs without flashing the red back of the ace of spades. Take the aces from the pack as in the original version. Pick up both the red backed packet of cards and the four aces, place the aces face up on the face of the red packet. With the cards in the left hand obtain a break between the blue backed spot cards and the ace of hearts. Take all the cards above the break in the right hand and turn both packets of cards over simultaneously making certain that you do not expose the face of the ace of hearts. Drop the cards from the right hand onto those in the left hand keeping a little finger break between them. The right hand now deals the top four blue backed cards in a row on the table the last one being an ace. Cut the cards above the break in the left hand to the bottom as in the original version.

Adjust the packet of seventeen cards in the left hand so that they may be taken by the right in theHamman count position because this is the count that is predominate in this version. With the left hand thumb off the top four cards and place them on the first blue backed card. Repeat this for the second and third blue backed cards. Place the remaining cards from the right hand onto the remaining blue backed card (ace).

The first ace passes;

Pick up one of the indifferent packets of cards and place the blue backed card second from bottom without showing its face. Now perform the Hamman count showing five red backed cards. Turn the packet over and fan the cards to show that the ace is missing. Pick up the ace packet in the Hamman count position thumb off the top three red backed cards then the first blue backed card leaving the other two blue backed cards in the right hand, these are then placed as one on the other cards. Square the packet and return it to the table.

The second ace passes;

Pick up the next indifferent packet and vanish the ace as before.

Pick up the ace packet in the Hamman count position and with the left hand thumb off the top three blue backed cards then the first red backed card and finally the last two red backed as one. Before replacing the cards on the table cut two blue backed cards from the bottom to the top of the packet.

The third ace passes;

The vanish is exactly as for the other two aces.

Pick up the ace packet once again in the right hand and Hamman count to show four blue backed cards with a red backed card in the middle of them.

The climax;

Square the cards, turn them over and holding them in the left hand obtain a little finger break. While reciting the tag line mentioned in the description of the effect fan the five aces, the break enabling you to hide the one indifferent card behind the second ace.

Unfortunately there is no easy way to sort the red from the blue backed cards, so I suggest that the ace packet be put in the card case with the blue pack and the other cards with the red packet.

4. Now using left third finger, buckle KD slightly and obtain a break which is held at outer right corner by right third finger. Break is held at this corner only.

5. Left thumb now peels off AS'into left hand ala Biddle move, returns and slides of AH, (AS goes under packet during this action) then AD, in smooth counting fashion.

6. Now for the crucial move. When AC is taken, three things happen at once.

(1) Three aces already in left hand go under right hand packet, in so doing, right third finger and thumb seize these cards and square them with the KD. This is facilitated by the break, making it easy.

(2) Packet is thus momentarily divided in half, separated by right third finger break. Right second finger, (right first finger is on face of packet throughout), very slightly swivels top half to the left, pivoting on right thumb at inner end.

(3) The AC and three kings with it go into left thumb crotch and the move completes itself as the two packets separate.

It must be clearly understood that above stages are blended into one smooth action — no hesitations, no stalling, no mechanical handling.

g§cUPE^TRANScPOR3XTION ianbaxter '


Four kings shown and placed on table. Four aces also are shown and placed in a pile away from kings. A king is taken from its heap and dropped on ace pile; likewise an ace is shown and placed with other three kings. On command, the kings and aces 'follow their leaders' and change places. NO faked cards are used.


From face to rear, AS, AH, AD, AC, KH, KS, KC, KD. Ace of Spades is face card and King of diamonds top card.


1. Fan eight cards face up. Split fan taking aces in right hand, kings in left. Show backs of cards, show faces again, then place into one fan and square. Keep packet face up.

2. Packet placed in dealing position in left hand.

3. Right second and third fingers at outer end, near right corner, right thumb at inner right corner.

To spectator you are simply counting off the aces with the left hand.

7. The move completed, drop right hand packet on table to your right, keeping it squared. KD is only card of 'king' packet showing.

8. Turn attention to 'ace' packet and neatly flipcards face down, dealing them one at a time onto the table to your left.

10. Now reach for the 'king' packet and repeat same process, ending by neatly flipping KD face up on top of tabled packet.

11. For the climax, pick up AC and openly slide it under the 'king' packet. Do the same with the KD, placing it with 'ace' packet. Snap your fingers or whatever and show kings and aces have transposed.

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