Skull Shakers

The pack is then shuffled and the "prediction" cut to the bottom of the pack, the extra thickness making this a simple move. The white card is then slid off the bottom card and concealed in the hand to be pocketed as convenient. Obviously the cards can now be dealt to show that the chosen card has vanished.

Now how about the appearance of the chosen card between the four aces? Well, since it is a force card and you know what it is it is a simple matter to cut it to the top of the pack when looking for the four aces. Do this and then place the four aces face-up on top of the face-down pack i.e. immediately above the chosen card. The left little finger should hold a break between the chosen card and the rest of the pack so that the top five cards (the chosen card and the four aces) can be lifted off as one packet. Lift off the packet and show the four aces one at a time.

In Louis Lam's method, he simply holds the packet squared, shows the top ace and places it to the bottom of the packet. Then he shows the next ace, pushes that to the bottom, does the same with the third ace and then, without taking it off the packet, shows the face of the fourth ace at the top of the packet. He then slides one ace from the bottom back to the top and the chosen card, which is not revealed in these moves, is safely sandwiched between the four cards . . . two aces above it, two below.

I suppose I am being too, too perfect but I don't like this move because, though you have shown the faces of only four cards, you have done nothing to show that there are only four cards in the packet. I much prefer to use the sleight usually associated with the Six-Card Repeat. In other words, when I have removed the packet of five cards, I slide one Ace from the top to the bottom so that the set-up from the top of the packet is 3 Aces face-up, chosen card face-down, one Ace face-up. I then hold the packet as for the glide and pull back the bottom card (an ace). Then I count off the cards singly exposing their faces as I do so . . . pulling off the top ace, then the second ace, then removing the two next cards as one and "flicking" the remaining card (the Ace which has glided back) to show that it is a single card but without of course, mentioning the fact. This will convince them that there are only four cards and that they are all Aces. The last ace is placed on top of the packet and this leaves the chosen card in the centre of all.

I think you will appreciate that the "prediction" part of the trick strengthens it considerably because it does make the audience think that the chosen card is still in the magician's hands long after it has joined the four aces. And the first spectator will see nothing "Fishy" for the subtlety is that, to him the patter seems perfectly logical and he won't even suspect that the audience think he's seen the chosen card. It is true that he may not be so impressed as they are, but he will at least be as impressed as he would be by Louis Lam's effect because what he has witnessed IS Louis Lam's effect with a prediction thrown in for good measure.

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