ODDMENT Phil Goldstein
While there have been a variety of similar routines in print, the starting point for this routine is-Karl Fulves'"A Curious Problem" (in "Packet Switches, Part One", 1973). This approach follows the plot of that effect, but the handling is rather different.
An eight-card set-up is required: the four jacks above the four aces, in any suit order. The eighth card from the top is crimped.
1) Holding the pack face down, Slip Cut the top card to the center of the deck, obtaining a left little finger break above that card. You are ready to begin. Explain that the spectator is about to select a card, and that any card may be chosen except for the four aces. Flip the block of seven cards at the crimp face up. Spread over the top three cards, displaying the four aces (with three jacks hidden behind them), stating that you will leave the aces face up on top of the pack so as to avoid having one of them chosen. Square the spread cards.
2) Tell the spectator, "You may choose any card from the balance of the pack." Run your left thumb down the corner of the pack, requesting the spectator to tell you when to stop.
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