Generally, if a duplicate card is not used, there is an awkward moment in most two-card transpositions when a Top Change must be used to reach the final position. Most tricks of this type also lack a startling climax. "Acey-Deucey" avoids many of the problems associated with other routines of its kind, and is more practical than most as it occurs mostly in the hands.

The routine is quite direct: the Ace of Spades and Two of Spades change places several times while one is held in your hand and the other is on top of the deck. At the end both cards turn red. into the Ace and Deuce of Hearts.

To prepare, spread through the deck with the faces toward you and arrange the following four cards on top. in this order from the top down: Ace of Hearts. Two of Spades. Ace of Spades. Two of Hearts. Give the face-down deck a slight longitudinal convex bridge.

Part One. To perform, begin by doing Bro. John s handling of Dr. Jacob Daley's Strike or Hit Double Turnover, which is dubbed The Thumb-Hit Double Lift. Bend your left hand slightly inward at the wrist. your palm-down right hand descends over the deck, your thumb landing on the center of the top card s n9ht long side (fig.i). Your first and second fingertips rest lightly on the top card next to your thumb as shown.

then curls slightly and lifts a second edge (fig.2). By Cu_, your thumbtip lifts -he edge o< one _ ^ you wiU find yourself with your thun, your rhumb even farther, the ^ thumb. first, and second and turn yJJ

wedged beneath a doubl^ over end (fig.5). The Two of Spades will show.

vour left ,humb push. r n - - o, r r (----rr z slide the double card held by your right hand squarely beneath the Ace.

While your left thumb holds the three squared cards in place, your right hand lets go. turns palm down, and regrips them. Take the three cards at the center of their right long sides, thumb beneath and nnger* above. Turn your right hand palm up so the cards are revolved end over end and face down.

YouH now execute The Bottom Double Drop. The triple card in your right hand must be lowered so its left long side rests on the right long side of the deck, and your left fingertips support it from beneath

(fig.4). Your right thumb pulls the uppermost card of the triple slightly to the right (fig.5). Your right first and second fingertips keep the two lower cards aligned.

Raise your right hand, letting the lower two aligned cards move away from your right fingertips and flop over sideways, face up onto the deck (fig.6).

b^uL^f^tu^h"' IT len thUmb Sh0Ving over the face-up cards as one. This is easy to do Zudot lhem> and a li9hl d0wnward P^ssure on the edge of the cards at the cwdo v er ^face" dowTo n to the dT v! "V ?ut nght hand the single card it holds to flip the double top card of the deck as you sav 77/ J 1 nd immediately descends to the table and thumbs on y. in leave the Ace on the table."

Continue. "And put the Deur*

nght hand1 on ,oP of «he deck LT^s^'T SuU aCtion 10 ^d place the card that s in your

*o<ard Pushoif and turn over a h ki NVhere Ace is. and after he replies that it s on in Vour rt9h, h,„d picks UD ,h CM<110 Sh°W «* is now on ,op of the dec*.

Part Two. Your left thumb shoves over the double card so its rightjogged about an inch, enabling your right hand to place the Deuce, face up. squarely on top of it. Your left thumb now holds everything in place so your right hand can turn palm down and regrip in position for The Bottom Double Drop.

Your right grasps the triple card, turns palm up so the cards revolve end over end and their left long sides come to rest on the right long side of the deck. Pull the top card to the right, keeping the lower two cards aligned, and flip them face up onto the deck - the Deuce wiU show (all of this is shown in figures 4 5. and 6. though in this case the Deuce is seen).

Do a light Block Pushoff of the face-up double card. Your right hand places its face-down card on top of the double card, outjogged about an inch as you say. "I'm going to place the Ace on top of the Deuce " You should be grasping all three cards as in figure 7. Draw the three cards inward until the face-down card is square with the deck. Your right hand grasps the exposed inner right corner of the Deuce (double card), draws it inward, out from beneath the face-down card. Flip the double card face down onto the deck as you complete the sentence, saying, "...and the Deuce on top of the Ace."

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Deal off the top card into your right hand and ask the spectator which card he thinks you re holding. He should say the Deuce Turn the card in your right hand over to reveal the Ace. Your left thumb pushes over 'op card of the deck, and your right hand uses the Ace to flip it over to reveal the Deuce.

, Part Three. Your left thumb spreads over the top three cards of the deck so your left pinky can obtain a reak beneath them as they're pulled square again.

rn the Deuce SO your right fingertips can enter the break beneath rh ss -—aiigned-

«I that point your right hand will be holding all four cards, squared at the center of their right long sides, rh^h abZ and fingers beneath. Do the second half of The Bottom Double Drop - though here your right hand does noMurn over first. Simply drag the four cards to the right until their left long sides are along £ rioht lone, side of the deck. Your right thumb pulls the black Deuce to the right, your tingertips holding the lower three cards in place. Flip the lower three cards over, face up onto the deck. The black Ace will show.

Shove over the three face-up cards in alignment with your left thumb. Your right hand places the Deuce on the face of this triple card, jamming it beneath your left thumb. That frees your right hand so it can turn palm down and regrip the now quadruple card at the center of its right long side, thumb beneath and fingers above.

Turn your hand palm up. revolving the four cards face down end over end. keeping them as close to the deck as possible. Once the packet is parallel with the deck, lower it and push the three lower cards out from beneath the quadruple card and flush onto the deck. This is not a concealed action since you 're supposed to be putting the Deuce back on top of the deck. '

-.^¿E^KSE 1°' ^ "" A" °r " DeUCe?" ^S^ss of the answer, turn over to reveal the Two^f Hearts to'e'nd "" 'he A« t0 «* »P of the deck a,nck rshouid be pm « ^ - »

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- - PP^ed. wuh some minor differences'tT^ °f ^he Aces." This particular handling sPread through the cards with '' ? '^^ ^ Racherbaumer)"

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Your right hand lifts these five cards in Riddle Grip and your left hand places the balance of the deck aside. Turn your left hand palm up. moving its fingers beneath the packet. Slide the three lowermost cards to the left one at a time until they're spread as in figure 1. showing the Ace through Four of Spades.

Lower your left thumb onto the fan to hold everything in place, enabling your right hand to regrip the Ace at its right long side, thumb above and fingers beneath. Your fingers also support the Two of Spades Separate your hands, your left hand taking the Three and Four while your right hand retains the Ace (a double card) and the Two (fig.2). Say. "I have the Ace. Deuce. Three, and Four of Spades."

left hand, square the packet, and turn it face down. The order, from face to rear, is now: Three. Four. Ace. Four of Hearts. Two.

Do a Block Pushoff. turning the top four cards over as a group and immediately letting them fall face up onto the single face-down card remaining in your left hand. The Four of Spades will show. (I'm sure the Block Pushoff is familiar to most of you. Briefly, your left thumb moves to the outer left corner of the packet and rests on the edges of the cards. If your thumb simultaneously presses downward and to the right it will pinch/push over all except the bottom card. Your right hand immediately grasps the center of the right long side of the four-card block, thumb above and fingers beneath. Drag the block until its left long side reaches the right long side of the single card in your left hand. Your right fingers give the block a push so it flops over, face up. onto the card in your left hand.) Say. "The one card among these that is heavier than all the others is the Four. It's the heaviest because it has the most ink spots. so it'll probably take a little longer to work than the others."

Turn your left hand over and. while it's palm down, your right fingers pull the Four out from beneath the packet (fig.3). Take the card and turn it face up. Your left hand, while remaining palm down, uses the corner of the packet to indicate the four pips as you talk about the amount of ink on the card. Finally, place the Four, still face up. back beneath the packet. Turn your left hand palm up again, back to normal position.

Make a magical gesture and do an Elmsley Count to reveal the Ace face up as you say. The lightest card always turns over first." The last counted card goes on top of the packet.

Make a magical gesture and do another Elmsley Count to reveal the Two face up as you say. "If you wait a moment longer the second lightest card will turn over." This time the last card counted is placed beneath the packet.

Do a Block Pushoff. apparently turning the Two face down. Actually, of course, all the cards except the bottom card are turned over as one.

•iPd in "Brother Hammans Final Twist.1' which u , Ascanio Spread as detaiie whUe concealing the face-up Three in the sssr w- -~ ,he AS __—-

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Make a magical gesture and thumb over the top face-down card, taking it with your right i order over the second card, also face down, and take it beneath the first card, still spread to the le».• ^ of the cards is not reversed. The face-up Three is on the face of the left-hand cards now - thum take it beneath the two cards already in your right hand, spread even farther to the left (fig.4).

liter coriereotf,ehIhrK,aCK T° ^ double card in >'our W* hand, but diagonally outjogged over the o ^ andTdoubt c^d Tl M°V?0Ur hands guiding the Three above the cards in your n^ ,

Progress). Square the packet afterward, ob«

^ce-down Four of Hearts¿Sun B ddabove break as one (face-up Three lnfl m hand and nips them over, fin rfc Y°Ur leit thumb moves beneath the three card* * 36 U 9'6K Spread them so that the Ace. Two. and Four are seen the nuuiv ith

Your right hand lowers its double card onto those in your left hand and the packet is squared. Flip the packet face down and do an Elmsley Count to show four backs (here, again, you mention that since the Four is the heaviest card it is the most difficult to turn around). At the end of the count place the last card beneath the packet. Turn the cards face up.

Small-Packet Reverse Fan Display. Make a magical gesture. Thumb over the Two and take it at its outer right corner between your right thumb, above, and first finger, beneath. Thumb over the next card, which is face down, and take it in the same fashion, on top of the Two of Spades and spread slightly to the left. Now do a Block Pushoff with your left thumb, shoving over the Ace of Spades with the Four hidden beneath it. Enough of the outer right corner of the pushed-over double card will be exposed so that it can be nipped bervveen your right thumb and first finger (fig.7). That double card is taken onto the face-down card, spread to the left as shown. Finally, the Three of Spades is placed onto the double card, also spread to the left (fig.8). The benefit of showing the cards in this manner is twofold. First, the indices are rightside up for the audience and thus easier to read. Second, the end of the double card that's exposed is toward you — not the audience.

Grasp the inner end of the face-down card between your left thumb and second finger, your right first fingertip pressing against the inner edge of the double card to hold it in position (fig.9). If your first finger maintains constant pressure against the double card you'll find that you can withdraw the face-down card without disturbing anything. To end. your left hand turns the card over to reveal the Four of Hearts. Drop the Four on the face of the packet, square it. and return the cards to the deck.

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