Honest Johns Ace Assembly by J C Wagner
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EFFECT: This is an ace assembly with one important difference. The faces of the twelve indifferent cards are all openly displayed as they are placed onto the tabled "aces". The climax of four aces arriving together is considerably enhanced by this special addition of John's.
PERFORMANCE: Using the standard add-on move, switch out three of the four aces getting yourself in the position of having four face-down cards on the table. Deal these out in such a manner that the second card from your right will be an ace, the remaining three aces being face-down on top of the deck. Your audience, at this point, assumes that all four aces are on the table.
Deal twelve cards face-down onto the table in the following manner: A group of six, without reversing their order. Deal five more single cards onto this stack. Finish off by using one more card to scoop the stack off of the table. The three aces will now be 5th, 6th, and 7th from the face of the packet. Hold this packet, face-down, in your left hand.
Flip the top three cards face-up onto the face-down packet. The following actions will allow you to remove two of these cards, while it will appear to your audience that you are taking all three: Down-jog the top face card, turning the three cards face-down onto the stack. The third card from the top will now by injogged. Your right fingers apparently remove all three cards but really only take the top two by pressing down and in on the injogged card with your right thumb, enabling your fingers to grasp the two cards above it. These two squared cards are placed face-down onto the tabled card at your far left. The next three cards
are displayed in the same manner, but this time all three are fairly placed onto the tabled card second from your left.
Spread the top two cards of the packet to your right. Your left thumb should press against the backs of these two cards while your right thumb lays across the top card. Your right finger tips are down below pressing against the right edge of the unspread packet. Buckle the bottom card with your left little finger enabling the first and second fingers of your right hand to grasp the lower right corner of the four card block above the bottom card. Turn the seven cards as three face-up onto the bottom card. As the cards are being turned, make sure that the original top card (an ace) has squared itself with the other cards. An exposed ace at this point could prove embarrassing.
Push out the top two face-up cards in order to show three indifferent cards. Then turn the seven cards face-down in the same manner that you turned them face-up. The top three cards are then dealt face-down onto the tabled card second from your right. This packet will now consist of the four aces.
Turn the remaining four cards face-up in your left hand. Display the four cards as three, then drop them onto the tabled card at your far right.
The audience has seen you place three indifferent cards on each ace. The rest is all build-up. Magicians' force the ace packet. Place the remaining three packets in one stack. Deal the top three cards face-up in a column, the fourth card being placed sideways, face-down. Continue the dealing pattern so that every fourth card is face-down as in figure 1.
After some mumbo-jumbo, turn the three face—down cards up to reveal the "envanishment" of the aces. Direct a spectator to examine the selected packet where he will discover the four aces.
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