Under this tide I am going to describe my handling of one of the real classics of magic. I have been performing this effect for as long as I can remember, and over the years 1 have trimmed it until it has evolved into a perfect example of conjuring for a modern audience without actually altering the basic effect.
I have found from experience in performing the "Slap Aces" that the whole impact of this trick is the slap reproduction of the four Aces. "Bam-bam-bam-bam! There they are!" So I have strived to concentrate on the slap production, and make the vanish as concise and compact as possible.
I am going to describe a very effective vanish of the Aces that I have been using which is very direct and to the point.
Remove the four Aces from the deck and place the deck on the table. Fan the Aces face up between both hands in C-H-S-D order, the Ace of Clubs on the back and the Ace of Diamonds on the face of the fan.
Hold the Aces face up in the right hand, pick up the deck face up in the left hand, insert the Aces as a block into the center of the deck, and square the deck, completciv losing the Aces in the center of it. Square the deck up.
Hold the deck face up in the left hand and start to spread the cards into the right hand. Continue to spread the cards between both hands until you reach the Aces in the center of the deck.
Note the card immediately to the right of the four Aces; let's assume that it is the Three of Clubs, and remember it as a key card for later use. Continue to spread over the Three of Clubs, the four Aces, and the card under them, which we will assume to be the Ten of Hearts. (This card need not be remembered.) Catch a left little finger break under the Ten of Hearts, and then spread a couple more cards jtist to prove that the four Aces are actually in the center of the deck.
Square up the deck, retaining the little finger break under the Ten of Hearts, and hold it face up in the left hand. The Ten of Hearts and the four Aces must now be passed to the back of the deck, but the face card of the deck must remain in place so that no change in the order of the cards is apparent. As a result, the " Top Card Cover Pass" must be performed.
In other words, a right thumb break must be obtained under the top card on the face of the deck. Now, all of the cards below the left little finger break are "passed" into the thumb break under the face card of the deck.
When the "Top Card Cover Pass" is completed, the face card of the deck has not changed, but the Ten of Hearts is now on the back of the deck with the four Aces directly above it and then the Three of Clubs. Give the end of the deck a soft riffle, and explain that the four Aces have vanished. Say, "I will show vou each and every card."
With the deck still face up, start spreading cards from the left hand into the right hand. Slow down near the center where the Aces were, but they are now gone. Continue spreading until spotting the Three of Clubs; at this point, do a block push-off of the five cards above the Ten of Hearts, hiding the four Aces under dtat Three of Clubs. Snap the Ten of Hearts in a flourish and replace it into the center of the deck. Square up the cards. The Aces have vanished!
The four Aces are now produced in exactly the same manner and in the same order as in Nate Leipzig's original handling as detailed in "Dai Vernon's Tribute to Nate Leipzig." The first three Aces are now reproduced one at a time by dircc side steal color changes-slap, slap, slap-the Ace of Clubs, Ace of Hearts, Ace of Spades. For the fourth Ace I refer to the Leipzig book: "Now we still have the Ace of Diamonds to appear, and I am going to let you bring it back yourself."
Side-slip the fourth Ace into your right palm and also take the pack, face out, into the same hand. Ask the spectator to hold out his left hand, palm upwards, and demonstrate what he is required to do by holding out your own left hand as in Photo 1.
Bring both hands close to the spectator's palm, and take the pack face up with your left hand. Now with your left fingers under the pack, pull the card from your right palm onto the face of the pack, but turn the pack face down in the process so that the new Ace is not seen, and in the same sequence of actions place the pack on the spectator's palm.
Tap the face of the deck against the spectator's hand, then slowly turn the pack to bring the face to the audience and the Ace of Diamonds will be seen to have returned. The change from the Ace of Spades to the Ace of Diamonds is most effective as there is a great contrast between these two cards.
This is a very direct and fast paced version of the "Slap Aces." I want to add one other little tip on the side steal, especially as it applies to this trick or wherever the Side Steal is used to affect a color change.
The deck is held face up in the left hand in a mechanic's grip. The right hand starts to come over the top of the deck palm down. The instant that the right hand shields the right side of the deck, the left middle and ring fingers curl under the deck. By the time the right thumb and fingers are touching the ends of the deck, the left fingers should be sliding the bottom card to the right and into the right palm.
The right hand can immediately start moving back up with the palmed card. It never really grasps the deck; the fingers just barely touch the face card and then move back up ready for the slap change. This shaves a very valuable second or so off the steal, and, as a result, the change is so startlingly fast that it is inconceivable that any kind of an action could have taken place.
Michael and Roger Klause
Michael and Roger Klause
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