A rL is feety selected and lost in the deck Tlie performer demónstrales different methods bv wtoch a card could be found. By using luck, mathematics and the spectator's help, he fails Eventually, relying on his newly invented concept of psycho-intuitive elimination, he sumifiilly reveals the previously chosen card As an added bonus, the four Aces make their appearance.

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You need the following little setup, from top down: Ace-Ace-six indifferent cards-Ace-Ace-halance of deck Tliis arrangement can be achieved in an almost impromptu way by fust culling the Aces to the top, either during the performance of a previous effect or in an oflbeai moment after an effect lias ended. Then casually spread the top ten cards and with two slip cuts bring the fust two Aces to the required positions ninth and tenth from the top.

Take the deck into end grip and dribble the cards into your ojx'ii lell hand as you ask a spectator to stop you at any point he pleases. Dribble through the deck once to demonstrate the procedure as ypu deliver your instructions; then start a new dribble. It is an easy matter to time die dribble so that a card from below the arranged top stock is takea

As you ask him to look at the card and show it to tlie others in the group, perform a faro slough-off (Volume 3, page 686) in the following slightly altered way: Cut off at least the top ten cards and faro them into tlie balance.

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Move your right hand inward, ¡lulling die captured cards out of the deck.

hnnses twenty-five- Deal the top twenty-five cards face fi,, saneooe iron» .he audfen* * •^ a)lin, Unfortunately this won't be the selS into a pile and tun. £ tK> the !x»tto,n card of the dedt pile. Stick die f( ir tin1 simple n . ^of |j!P deck and set this ofl" to your left. For further referencvilpit sHntewlietv into tlie„ ls n .hisoilethe-dis««"1 heap • jQ

1 „,„ dealing «uds Ls a potentially boring activity. Tb maMtain interest, perffiJ | Be aware fltfW (X)lint ^d, card out loud, slowing the pace as you reach the

111 :m ""i luM Lc during your dealing, look at different spectators with an air of w few, Tire audience «ill be fascinated by the speed of your- dealing Vour

ShS XS^on diat die last and of die count might be the selection "

Tvl the racket of twenty-five cards and clarify die situation: "Lurk is lough Bui ifhld< V ! Zl urV m, thBsecand method, which uses mathematics. What was the lumber rirtsaid*" When the spectator tells you it was twenty-five, you reply, "Good. Then u*

Z meed in add lit» W fiat»™ mm! W y°ur mmbe)' m'rs m l^fiue. That^ ahem " I^Lse ¡ind look amund the audience, as someone is sure to answer. "Seven!" Thank the nereon, immediately start dealing die top seven cards, one by one, into a face down pile—and turn o\er die last card of die count Once more this turns out to lx> die wrong card.

Place it onto the discard heap to your left.

Explain that if Kick and niatiieniatics don't work, you will go to die third method: asking for help. Offer the cards you are still holding in left-hand dealing position to a spectator and ask liini to cut off a packet. 1\im over the top card of those still held in your left hand to reveal another failure. "Well, nl least I can Name you now."Place the wrong card onto die discard heap, then take the cards die spectator lias cut off and place them also onto die discanl heap. Hie top can! of this heap is now an Ace, and the pile resting on the table, which in our example consists of six cards, lias anodier Ace on top. You are still holding a small packet, on the Ixrttom of which Ls the spectator's selection; and die remaining two Aces are second and tliird from the bottom.

Eventually ailmit that if luck, mathematics and external help fail, the oidy way out is to resort to psychoHniuilh-e elimination, a rnediod you claim to liave invented. Of course tJiis isn't true, because 1 have! Deal die cards into two facedown piles, dealing alternately from one to the other until you have only one card left. As you deal, murmur sometiiing like "Its not (his one, ilswjiihmof^ its ,,ot this one, it* not that one..." Look at the face of (he last caid without rZS" l° ^ aUf1kn°e'asyou 'Ww/rnr «ml? This is my last tope. "When ST n^nes ,he J™ are holding you can eidier turn it slowly toward them and mZt 2 rr,l'; Zf° 3 m°flUtJier by l00kinfi * card, then asking, "/Ire you sure ¡1

ihesnertfflnr^Sir HfWyou 11311,0 wy auT' but die one you are holding. Then, when feSSi!! e t00k: «« King of 1 leans, brighten up as you turn the saying.

Of fcHir ** P10«*^ leading up to die finale should form a row applaud yea Hold the u a [°rthe mdiencv to assimilate the effect, but dont let them ^'»^im^lsi.u^r? Say,if't fits >'our style, "Bui ofcowse tlw best method qf your Nirtuc^ turn „„ ,.,„«bi/ity and genial virtuosity. "Asyou extol each of jpcardofeapj, of die four packets, reveling the four Ace*

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L If you prefer to avoid the techniques fve described to arrange the Ares, you may set up the cards l^efore the perfor-ruance, then go into the presentation, which mates it almost automatic. To render the control sequence self-working as well, put a crimp in the bottom card and cut roughly lialf the deck to the table Have the spectator replace his card onto this portion, fitter which you droj > the balance of the deck on top of all You need only cut the aimped card back to the bottom to bring the necessary cards to the top, u|>on which you proceed as described above.

2. Those who like to tackle more delicate the top of those still held in your hands. As you set these cards to your left and pick up the cards you eni&ited oft use Dai VemonV* transfer mow {Volume .'jf, page 51(5) to bring the bottom card of those placed aside to die top of those you pick up. Have a spectator cut off a p&cket and place il next to die first. Deal the remaining cards into two packets, showing the List card to be the sjKtiaior's selection. Eventually show the lop card of each packet to be an Ace. If you adopt this method, use just "luck", "help" and "psychointui-tive elimination", as you don't need the "maihemaliuir phase.

sleight-of-hand can do away with most 3. As Ls often the ease in this series, I have of the arrangement and simply start by having two Aces on top and two on the Ixjttorn. Have the card selected and control it to the top. Ask the spectator for a numl>er from twenty to thirty and count the requested canls into a facedown pile As you turn over the last card and drop it face up onto the table to reveal a wrong card, use a side steal transfer (seeCheck Point 7 on |»age 7(>1 of Volume :f) to slip the lx>ttom card to opted for giving you my presentation, which fits my style, because I think it makes the method and luindling clearer. As always, I encourage you to find your own words and maybe even a different staging. but please do not sacrifice the magical quality for a Tunny presentation" There is plertly of room for good situation comedy, which of course depends upon you and your ability to interact with a group.


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