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This is quite a fooler but does require some skill in performing it. The deck could be pre-set, but I am going to describe the approach of setting up the deck right in front of the audience.

In appearance, the deck is spread between the hands with the faces towards you, and the four Aces are removed from the deck and dropped face up on the table. Actually, while the four Aces are being removed from the deck, the four Kings are culled to the back of the deck.

This is important. In order to insure that the four Kings are culled to the back of the deck, casually look through the cards and spot one of the Aces. Cut the deck, bringing that Ace to the back of the deck or near the back just be certain that there is no King above it.

Hold the deck with the faces toward you and spread dirough the cards. Upon coming to an Ace, drop it face up on the table. When a King is spotted, it is culled under the spread to the back of the deck. lust put your left thumb on the card to the right of the King and your right fingers on the back of the King. Pull the card to the right of the King to the left and pull the King to the right with the right fingers until it is free of the deck and resting on the right fingers under the spread of cards. Do this with each King until you have a packet of four Kings resting on your right fingers. Square up the deck and the Kings will go to the top. At the completion of one run through the deck, the four Aces will be face up on the table and the four Kings will be on the back of the deck.

Of course, the patter during the above culling action is along the lines that the four Aces are required for the next trick. When the four Aces are on the table, square up the deck, give it a casual Overhand Shuffle, running the first four cards, one at a time, and then shuffling off. This brings the four Kings to the face of the deck.

The deck is now set aside. Perform some other Ace effect that requires only the four Aces. I usually perform "Twisting the Aces" or "Dr. Daley's Last Trick," which are popular these days. Sometimes I deal off twelve cards from the top of the deck and perform the "Slow Motion Aces." It does not matter what trick is performed as long as the position of the four Kings on the face of the deck is not disclosed or disturbed.

After performing one or two effects with the Aces, retake the deck, face down in the left hand dealing position. With the right hand, scoop up the four face-up Aces from the table and note which Ace is on the face of the packet. Let's assume that the Ace of Hearts is on the face of the Ace packet.

Turn the Aces face down and insert them as a block near the center of the facedown deck. Square up the deck, and then dribble the cards onto the table to emphasize, without actually saying so, that there is no control over the Aces.

Pick up the deck from the table and get ready to give it a Faro shuffle. Cut near the center of the deck and thumb off cards from your right thumb looking for the Aces. (See Photo 1) When the Aces arc spotted (and this should be automatic if the Aces were placed at the center of the deck) cut the deck so that the remembered Ace, the Ace of Hearts in this case, is the face card of the upper half of the deck.

Split the deck for the Faro Shuffle so that the four Kings are on the bottom of the bottom half of the deck and the four Aces are the bottom cards of the top half. In giving the deck the Faro Shuffle, do so carefully so as to avoid exposing the Aces and Kings on the faces of the two packets.

In performing the Faro Shuffle, the deck is given an "Out Faro" from the bottom of the deck up. As a result, after the Faro Shuffle, the Kings and Aces will alternate with a King on the face of the deck with the Ace of Hearts directly above it, etc. The only reason for this Faro Shuffle is to alternate the Kings and the Aces, so only that part of the shuffle has to be perfect.

At the conclusion of the Faro Shuffle, the deck can also be given a Riffle Shuffle above the eight card stock on the face of the deck. Sometimes I do and other times 1 don't, just depending upon the flow of the performance.

At this point a block of at least eight cards is stolen from the face of the deck into a Bottom Palm in the left hand so that the rest of the cards can be handed out for spectator shuffling. I use the "Erdnase" method for the bottom palm on p. 86, "First Method," in "The Expert at the Card Table."

I know what you are thinking, "How can you hand our a deck minus eight or ten cards without it being noticed?" This is absolutely true if one spectator were to handle the entire deck, but this is not the case here. Thumb off eight or ten cards from the face of the deck (just be certain to get all of the Kings and Aces) and work them into a Bottom Palm. Now, cut off half of the remaining cards, give theni to one of the spectators, and tell him, "Please shuffle these cards." The remaining cards above the palmed ones are handed to a second spectator while saving, "And you may shuffle these." Do not mention "half the deck" just "these cards." You don't want to give them any ideas that the packets of cards seem thin.

After the two spectators have shuffled their portions of the deck, each is to slide two of the cards from their respective packets out of their packet, face down onto the table. They are to do this very carefully so that no one can see the faces of the four cards. Take back the remaining cards from the spectator on the left and restore the palmed stock to the face of this packet. Now take back the cards from the other spectator and place them on top of the cards in the left hand.

Turn to the person on die right and ask him to turn over one of the two face down cards in front of him. As he is turning the card face up, all attention will be on it. This provides excellent misdirection to Side Steal the bottom card of the deck to the top.

Let's assume that the card he turns over is a Five spot. Explain that five cards are going to be counted off the deck onto the table. Very carefully, deal the top four cards onto the table into a small packet. On the count of 'five,' bottom deal the Ace face down on top of the tabled packet. Tell the spectator to turn over his other card. As he does so, get ready for another bottom deal. Push over both the top and bottom cards. The instant that his is turning over, start dealing by taking the bottom as the first card and deal it face down onto the table, starting a second packet.

By starting the deal as he is turning the card over, the first bottom deal will be done before he is looking at the cards. If the card is a Three spot, count one. Deal the top card on top of the second King on the count of 'two.' Again bottom deal the second Ace on top of the second packet.

The same procedure is used to count two more packets onto the table, using the two cards pushed aside by the other spectator. If, for example, the first card he turns over is a Ten, the first and the tenth cards are dealt from the bottom of the deck while the eight cards dealt between diem come from the top of the deck. Repeat with the fourth card that the spectator set aside.

Now the remainder of the deck can be placed aside, and there are only the four packets 011 the table in front of you. The top card of each packet is an Ace and the bottom card of each is a King.

The patter line to complete the effect is as follows: "We have four packets of cards with a random number of cards in each, governed by the four cards that you selected. Isn't it funny that you chose a Five and a Three, and you chose a Ten and a Six.."

Turn over the top card of each packet and show the four Aces. Continue, "...But what about this!" Now turn over the four packets to reveal the Kings on the face of each.

One more thought. If the spectator turns over a picture card as his indicator card, you can count a Jack as eleven, a Queen as twelve and a King as thirteen, or count all picture cards as ten.

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