The ar of Destiny

„. illusion stems once again from the fertile brain of my good fnend Tills vay effect« "¡P/V another premier of one of Richards ideas on die printed page Richard VWlmen ant hil ^ ^ ^^ ejrecf by Sil11on Aronson and Allan Ackemian* , ns inspiration. he teM m^ ^ ^ Rjduuti-Si IVe added a few details ofliandling and presen-

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the four Acts.

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The bad news about this amazing eíTect is that it requires the following setup from top down in tlte face down deck: Ace-X-Ace-X-Ace-se\'en X cards-Ace-balance of the deck.

The good news is that you can anive at the required setup in a totally impromptu way. Here's how. You must fust secretly gather the Aces on top of the deck. This can be done with a spread cull (Volume 1, page 187), which may be motivated by the removal of the Jokers; or you can simply spread tluough the cards while making some introductory comments. Then again, you might convey the Aces to the required position while performing a previous effect or during an offbeat moment

With the four Aces on top of the deck, casually spread the cards face down between your kinds, pick up a break below the top seven cards and slip cut the top Ace to the seventh position from the top O'oluine page 61). Tb do tiiis, with your right hand grasp the top seven cards, lifl them as your left thumb simultaneously draws the first Ace back onto the lialance of the deck in your left hand, and replace the right handis six cards.

Immediately follow this with a faro slough-off (Volume 5, page 68(5). The cards are now in tin? required positions to begin the effect All of this can be done either while delivering your prologue (see below), or the process can be detached from the effect by accomplishing it at an earlier point in your performance.

Construction, Management and Script

¡^^^f™ oflhe^ ^ this fashion: "Most people seem to have a lucky number, w. , 'I; w,l° a luck!J cardt And it can l)e a very useful thing to know goUw *m &il «""»'J « cant game, you will know that you'*

have ample time to s3 "" £t luckU ami " delivering duse lines, you to gto u* deck an ink Ii setuP-as described above. At this point I also like

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You might have accomplished die above tasks by first shifting the top two cards to the bottom with a full double ait, and then dealing the top card to the table; however, doing it as described above makes it look as if you liave placed a random card from somewhere- near the center of die deck onto the table. It is die accumulation of such details dial, in my opinion, make an ordinary trick extraordinary and artistic.

11Coming Ixwk to the subjeel of the tuehj card, my rani is the Eight of( hibs." As you say diis, ribbon spread the deck face up Tn)m left to right. The illustration shows a possible configuration of the cards, were the bottom card haptens to be the Eight of Sj jades.

Continue: But lx>joir> deteimining yourlmicy card, let mejihee onemnl aside-thr f ont oj Destiny. I wiU tell you mow alxmt it Inter. "As you say this, obtain a left liUicMingt t bn;ik beltiW die top two cards. Stan die first |>art of a double cut (Voturne /, page 95); that is using your left hand, cut a)>out lialf of die deck from boUom to top as your right thumb lakes over the break. Immediately lift off all die cards above the bn-ak with your right hand and deal the top card of die left hand's packet face down to your righi on the table. For die sake of this description, let's assume this "Card of Destiny" is the Ace of Spade*, aldiough it coul( 1 be any of the odier diree. Complete the cut by placing the left hands canis on top of the right's.

Act Overtures

„ ivtftom can! out of the comer of your eye, and asyou are convent Assoonasyouaeethe tajw««^ lMOlirt^e, .he Eight of Clubs. Remove this card ¿Z „iih the audien. v. you name j® ^ infn,n( ofthespread. Notice that this is not yet lhp thespn^dartdP^ ^ ^ ^ detemiine Uu? lucky caxd, as you will explain a

«¡nc. tn decide on two canls for two spectators. Start by asking your fin* sufcf You are now gouig , A,, * „„, asMtngMam&imur r Most U " ill, and make some reply VVhatev^ fe

^ mMm 5* * "Simply ^,JlP niale of ,he toP <*"« in r^P^SS in this case happens to 1, die Six of Diamond Take the Six of 1sp.v.1 and place it to die left of your Erght of Clubs

Proceed to find the luck}- can! of a second spectator by asking her, "Winch end of a Dvnch. frndo yon ml\fint?°Whatever she responds pretend to dunk a moment about her answer and then reply, "HW, thatisUie Jack qf Clubs, if I'm not mistaken. "Here you name Uie mate if the ami immediately to die left of the Ace resting tenth from die left of the spivad (This can lie seen in the preceding illustration.) Remove die Jack of Clubs from the spread and place it to die left of die first two lucky cants. (Should one or- more of the males come from the seven canls between die up]x>r two Aces at the left end of die spread, the following procedure will have to lie slightly altered, for which see die Final Notes.)

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