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Whilst reading Andrew Galloway's handling on Larry Jenning's Numerical Aces, I recalled discussing variations on this trick with Larry several years ago. The original Jenning's version was sent to me on tape and whilst I liked the countdown idea, I felt that the spectators anticipated the reappearance of the aces, and therefore changed this part of the effect. Another interesting aspect is that you count down to the values in any order nominated by the spectator. Credit for the naming of the aces as 1, 2, 3, 4 goes to John Howie and was originally published in Ibidem.

PRIOR ARRANGEMENT:

Reading from the top of the face down pack — two spot, three spot, four spot, seven spot, any card, King of Spades, Queen of Spades, Jack of Spades, any two cards, Ten of Spades, rest of the pack. Note that the four spades can be in any order.

PERFORMANCE:

Run through the face up pack looking for the Ace of Spades which you remove, turn face down, and place below the face up pack. Now look for the other three Aces and as you find them, turn them face down and place them below the pack. When removing the last Ace take the opportunity of getting a break between the four and seven spot near the top, and keep this break as you turn the pack face down. You should now have a break under the top seven cards of the pack, the uppermost four cards being the face up Aces.

Lift off the top seven cards with the right hand, thumb at inner end and fingers at the outer end, in preparation for the standard switch move i.e. draw off the top Ace with the left thumb onto the top of the main pack, slightly jogging it to the right. Flip this Ace over face down onto the pack using the cards in the right hand to do so. Repeat with the next Ace. Repeat with the next and as you flip it face down drop all the cards remaining in the right hand on top of it. Push the Ace of Spades to the right slightly with the left thumb and flip it over face down onto the pack with the assistance of the right hand.

Deal the apparent aces face down in a line onto the table, and say, "four Aces, remember one, two, three, four," as you say the last four words, turn the cards face up at the appropriate time to show Ace, two spot, three spot and four spot instead of the expected four Aces. Push the Ace of Spades towards a spectator and ask him to hold it for a moment.

Give the main pack an overhand shuffle as follows: undercut, injog the first card pulled off and then shuffle off. Undercut at the injog, run three cards and throw the balance of the pack on top of them.

Turn the top card of the pack face up (a seven spot) and place it onto the table with the two, three and four already there. Patter about testing the four cards to see if they are lucky.

Have a spectator nominate ANY one and draw it towards you with your right hand, let us say it is the four spot. Count down to the numeric position four by thumbing the cards over with the left thumb, and taking them one by one BELOW each other into the right hand. When you reach four, stop with this card ON TOP of the main pack. Move the left hand forward and thumb this fourth card off face down onto the table. As you bring the left hand back twist it so that the pack is face up, and scoop up the face up four spot below the pack. Once this card has been added turn the complete pack back face down and add the three in the right hand to the top of the pack face down.

This action can be carried out rapidly and smoothly and replaces the card removed with one of the face up numeric ones. This simple procedure allows you to count down in ANY order nominated.

Repeat the handling explained in the previous paragraphs for the remaining three face up cards. Arrange the cards counted to in a face down packet.

Say, "Let's see how lucky they were, you have the Ace of Spades, what other cards have they found?" Turn the four face down cards over to reveal the Ten, Jack, Queen and King of Spades, which, together with the Ace of Spades held by the spectator makes a Royal Flush.

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