,, „,-1nflfle 1146) I mention«! the card problems posed by Johann Nen* I" J® is n iv solution to anodier of Ids fascinating problema ¡\lL muk Hofiinsen What HKMM over Uie decades, but it was an ev¿2

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Four Aces instantly and visibly chtíhge into a single card-which was previously selected by a spectator!

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1 recommend doing tliis feat after a trick in which the Aces have been produced, preferably as the climax to the effect. (Some good choices can l>e found in the next chapter. Also con-sider'"Aces Off the CuflT from Volume 2, page 265.) Failing thai, you can simply remove the Aces from the deck In either case, set them to your right in a face-down pile,

FYom the balance of the deck have a card selected and control it to the top. This should lx? a quick selection and control sequence with everything happening in your hands. (If you hand the four Aces to a spectator to hold, the trick can become a stand-up item, without need of a table, which is desirable in certain performing situations.)

7 jfaced these four amis aside to begin with became / didn't want you to take one of them. "As you are saying this, retrieve the Aces from the table, or from the hand oí the spectator if you háto chosen thai approach. As all attention follows your right liand as it moves toward the Ace packet, obtain a left little-finger break below the top two cards of the deck (the top can! being the selection). This can be accomplished either by a litileinger count (Mime page 201), or by doing a twocard pushover (Volume /, page 211) and pressing the pad of the htUe finger against die sides of the pair as the left thumb I >ulls them back squarely onto the deck

With your right liand, flip the factnlown Ace packet like the j>age of a lxx)k face tip onto the deck and, in a squaring action, use the right fingers to raise all six cards above the break immediately to the left fingertips, executing a secret addition (Volume 7, page 203). As soon as the packet lias reached this position, your left middle finger pulls down the right side of the bottom card (the added indifferent card) a fraction of an inch. This enables the right thumb to obtain and hold a break between this canl and the remaining five.


Peel off the next two Aces in the same manner, leaving each side-jogged to the left for a little bit more than the Width of the index. Leave the hist Ace in place and just mention its name.

Alternatively, you might wish to hold an ËNtaàooj*™ » , . lt ,niter right comer of tire packet^ ^ flng('r *

You are now going to show the feces of the Aces, one by one. This makes sense as you have not yet shown them to the audience. The left thumb peels off the first Ace, which is immediately replaced, still face up, below the right-hand packet in a slightly side-jogged position« Note tiiat the break is held in what looks like a sidewise V, which make« it invisible to tin* onlookers situated on your left

You will now secretly unload all the cards below the break onto the deck: Drop the right side of the deck to bring its back to an approximate right angle with the right liands cards. You now tap these spread amis square against the vertical l>ack of the deck still maintaining the thumbfc break.

Revolve the deck bee down again, below the right hand* packet, and secrvüy top ;ill the cards below the bn>ak onto the deck Immediately raise the packet to the eft fingertips and grasp it there, as you did before. Tliis leaves you with two cants, back U > back

It is important tliat you not emphasize this squaring and unloading *1ioa Say something and ZTJtl audience as you execute iL It should take no ^^^^ IS done in a relaxed, smooth fashioa ^^

the image register with the aucttenm II you üunk l*ck you wiD notice ülü the minais

• rui in this set of actions by making innocuous use of it beW

ha^manappbcaD^ ^;ofthe effect Regrip the double card (appa^Uy nûs next step pi^dcs " < , near its opposite inner cornera, between the thumb a packet of four. ^^ggSwi right hand Holding the double in this fasliion, perfoffij

When you bring the double card l^ack into view below the forearm, pause long enough for the change to register, then cany the double card to top of the deck and leave it there in an in-transit action (Volume 2, page 457). The main action is tliat of freeing your right hand, so that it can reach over and take the spectator's hand, who should be sitting nearby on your right. T\im her hand palm up and thumb the face-up selection on top of Uie deck onto her outstretched palm: 'You rcairLr And[fin is.

Tlte reversed block below the top two cards can be easily righted by double cutting the top five canls to the bottom (ytihane i, page 95) and then using a Christ twist to right the bottom throe cards (VolumeA, page 988). Another approach would be the use1 of the K. M. move(W ume 3, page 518) in a moment of relaxation, done as if you were toying with Die top card.

The method given above Ls the most visual and clean I could devise to achieve effect proposed by Hotmser. There aie, however, situations in which it is preferable to end clean, leaving no revved cants to I* righted in the deck m (kl control the selection to the Add just this single card (rather iuhl^ above)

beneath the Aœ packet as it Ls squared

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