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The following sequence allows a smooth lead-in to the classic Vernon effect, Twisting The Aces (More Inner Secrets of Card Magic, page 5). In effect the four aces are shown in a face-up fan. They are then alternated face-up and face-down but magically turn face-down. One of the aces is then turned face-up and it stretches to twice its length. It is returned to its normal size and turned face-down. The aces now turn face-up, one by one.

The latter part of the effect is the Twisting The Aces sequence while the former part is an impromptu version of Peter Kane's The Lady Stretches (Kabbala Volume 3, page 5) and for another version see Roy Walton's Stretching A Point at page 11 in his booklet Some Late Extra Card Tricks. The introduction is a short small packet version of the Bill Simon effect Four Packet Shuffle which can be found at page 21 of his booklet Sleightly Sensational.


Though the description above refers to the four aces being used I have found that the effect is easier for the audience to follow if the Ace, 2, 3, 4 of spades are used. However, a working with four aces is appended to this description.

Arrange the cards in the left hand in a face-up fan with the 4 on top followed by the 3 and 2 with the ace on the bottom.

With the right hand remove the "3" and "4" and put them face-down between the Ace and the "2". The order of the cards reading from the top will be — face-up two, face-down three, face-down four, face-up Ace.

Turn the packet over so that the back of the ace is uppermost followed by the four face-up, three face-up and the two face-down.

Now a simple count is used to show all cards to be face-down.

(1) Push off the top three cards as one and place it/them beneath the single card remaining.

(2) Push off the top card and place it beneath the three remaining.

(3) Push off three cards as one and place them below the single card.

Alternatively a modified Elmsley Count could be used as follows —

(1) Push off three cards as one taking this group into the right hand.

(2) As the right hand returns to take the next card secretly replace the three card group under it leaving them in the left hand as the right hand counts off the original bottom card as the second card.

(3) As the right returns to take the next card it leaves the card it holds beneath the packet in the left hand, the thumb of which pushes off the top three cards as one which is taken into the right hand.

(4) The remaining card in the left hand is merely placed or counted onto the cards in the right.

Whichever procedure is used the order of the cards at the end of the count will be — facedown two, face-down ace, face-up four and face-up three. To this point the spectators have seen the cards magically turn face-down. Now the two of spades will apparently stretch to twice its length.

Hold the packet in a squared condition in the left hand and remove the top card (the two) holding it face-up in the right hand. Place it face-up and outjogged underneath the packet in the left hand as in (Fig 1). Put the right thumb on the inner right corner indicated by the black circle in the same sketch and the tip of the right index finger immediately below it and in contact with the back of the bottom card — the three.

The bottom card is now pulled backwards towards the body by exerting a gentle pressure with the index finger and thumb, the latter covering the index of the three as shown by the dotted lines in (Fig 2) which indicates the

If the hands are moved in a slight circle as the above actions are executed the two will appear to have stretched to twice its normal length. Allow this to sink in and then square the packet being careful not to expose the index corner of the three.

Remove the two from under the packet (it will be face-up) and replace it face-down beneath the packet. The order of the cards will now be — from the top down, face-down Ace, face-up four, face-up three and face-down two.

The packet is now set for Twisting The Aces. Elmsley Count the cards into the right hand and the four will appear face-up. Elmsley Count the cards a second time, placing the last card under the packet which will show the three face-up and the rest face-down. At this point the order of the cards will be — face-up three, face-down two, face-up four and face-down Ace.

Continue by doing a triple lift and turnover and counting the cards singly reversing their order and the two will appear face-up. Remove it and place it face-up on top of the packet.

Double lift holding the two face-up with the Ace face-down hidden beneath it and flip over the other two cards dropping the 'double' as one on top of them. Turn the packet facedown.

Elmsley Count the cards to reveal the face-up Ace of Spades.

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