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WHERE HAVE ALL THE ACES GONE? by A1 Smith
This is a pseudo second deal expose, designed originally to fool fellow magicians, but, though fairly straightforward, the effect, without the explanation does fool and interest laymen — particularly card players.
Remove the four aces, and drop them atop the deck. False shuffle, adding one card above the aces in the process. Follow up with two faro shuffles — one out and one in. You are now ready to demonstrate your amazing second deal.
Pose the question "Where Are The Aces?" and simply spell as follows:
If you can actually deal seconds, deal a second on the "S" in ACES to keep everything uniform.
The above is what actually happens. What follows now is the "real work" as you "explain" what you did.
Drop the aces atop the deck as before and false shuffle, but this time do not add a card. Follow up with two faro shuffles, this time, one in and one out. You are once again ready to demonstrate your amazing second. Spell as follows:
W-H-E-R-E deal tops on "W" and "H" and seconds on "E" - "R" - "E". Then turn over the top card, an ace.
A-R-E — deal continuous seconds, turn over top card, an ace. T-H-E - deal as for "ARE". A-C-E-S — deal continuous seconds and turn over the top card, the fourth ace.
Comments: Both routines work quite well, and the "expose" is actually a decent workout to keep in practice with the faro shuffle and the second deal.
The faro shuffles need not be perfect, of / course, as long as the top section of each "hal of the deck meshes one-for-one.
It is debateable whether the best course of action is to do the demonstration first and then the real thing (?), or perform as detailed above Either way, for anyone who is, or thinks he is "m the know", the whole thing is a fine exercise in kidology.
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