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SOME little while back we mentioned the three Mario effects in " The Phoenix," the solutions of which were to be published in the early part of March. One of the plots (and in each effect only a straight pack was to be used) meant that the conjurer removed the four aces from the pack. In one bunch they were returned to the centre of the pack and then without any fiddling they were found spread throughout the pack. There seemed to be little breathtaking, however advanced the technique, for the climax meant that the spectator had to look through the whole run of cards to see what had happened. It was a good puzzle.

Jack Avis, utilising the basic procedure, has come along with an effect that gives a true climax and one that can be appreciated by a group rather than an individual.

Very deliberately the four aces are removed from the pack and placed face down upon the table. Cutting the pack into two packets the aces are placed on top of one heap and the remaining heap is placed on top to reform the pack. A muttered " Hocus Pocus " and then spreading the pack faces down the four aces are found spread through the pack face up !

The requirements. One pack of cards and a moderate amount of card sense and skill.

Preparation. See that the four aces are well spread throughout the pack.

Method. Taking the pack the conjurer gives it any effective false shuffle that will ensure that the aces remain spread throughout the pack. (Alternatively the aces can be together at the beginning, a series of riffle shuffles scattering them throughout the pack. Holding the cards face up in his left hand, the conjurer commences to run them into his right, stopping when he arrives at the first ace. The right hand remains stationery holding the cards that have been passed to it, whilst the left hand drops slightly displaying the ace at which it has stopped. The cards should be held well into the heel of the hand as shown in figure I.

Now comes a move that is described by Buckley in " Card Control."

The left hand thumb runs off the first two cards as though preparing for a double lift. Into the gap goes the left thumb as shown in Figure 2.

With the cards well gripped by the fingers, the heel of the hand releases its hold and the cards in the left hand packet are now turned face down, and in the apparent action of placing the ace face down on the table the thumb pushes off the card above it, the ace being retained on the face.

Now at this stage remember you have a face down heap in the left hand and a face up packet in the right. As the left hand packet is swung back to the right and turned face up to continue

the abstraction of the remaining aces the left hand fingers press against the ace, swivelling to the side from the pack. They do more than this, they see that the side nearest the thumb is lifted from the pack. In fact the move is in some ways comparable to the " Kelly Replacement."

Now as the left hand comes across and reaches tie right hand packet the cards in the right hand go above the bottom ace whilst at the same time the packet in the left hand is turned face up. The action is comparable to opening a book. Thus the ace that was at the bottom of the left hand packet now lies face down under the cards held in the right hand, which grips it against the packet. This process is now continued with the remaining aces so that when four cards lie face down upon the table, the four actual aces are all reversed in the pack.

The pack is now cut into two heaps. The cut should be made from the part of the pack nearest to the performer so that he can see where he is cutting. Too casual a cut might mean that one of the face up aces could be exposed.

On one half of the cut the four face down "aces" are placed, the remainder of the pack being placed on top. The muttered "Hocus Pocus" and the pack is spread showing the face up aces scattered throughout the pack. The performer should work left side to his audience whilst making the essential moves. Like this he is free from angle effect.



EFFECT : —The Performer shuffles and cuts a pack of cards. He turns the top card face up an d shows it to be an ace. Turning it face down again, he deals it face down on to the table and then undercuts a packet of about twelve cards from the pack, which he drops face down on top of the ace.

Again he shuffles and cuts the pack. Once more tiic top card proves to be an ace and is similarly dealt face down to the right of the first ace packet. Another small packet is undercut from the pack and laid face down on top of the second ace.

Repeiition of these moves results in the discovery and burial under packets of cards of the third and fourth aces. In the case of the fourth ace, the whole of the balance of the pack—some twelve or thirteen cards—is dropped on it after cutting.

The position now is that there is a row of four face down packets of cards, each with an ace as the bottom card.

Finally, the performer turns the top card of every packet face up to show that the aces have ascended to the top of their respective packets.

PREPARATION :—Very little, except to cull the four aces to the bottom of an already shuffled —and, if thought fit, borrowed—pack. The type of person to whom this effect has any appeal is unlikely to experience much difficulty here.

METHOD :—The pack is taken in the right hand in the usual position for an overhand shuffle except that k h at the ends, between thumb and second fmge. jnly and that the plane of the cards is more nearly parallel to the ground than at right angles to it. The cards are thumbed off into the left hand in the usual manner until a quarter or less remain. At this point the bottom card—one of the aces—is drawn or run by the left third finger tip on to the cards in the left hand, and is followed by one card run from the top. The next card is run and injogged and the balance thrown on top. The pack is then undercut at, and including, the injog and this undercut thrown on top.

As a result of this shuffle and cut, one of the aces has been brought to a position third from the top, whilst leaving the other three aces undisturbed.

The top card of the pack is now shown to be an ace by means of a triple lift and, after turning face down, is apparently dealt onto the table. The packet comprising roughly a quarter of the pack which is dropped on top of the ace (?) is actually cut from the top of the pack, but by the old Erdnase false cut to lose the top card only.

The above moves are repeated twice to discover and cover the second and third aces(?). For the last shuffle and cut, the ace is drawn off first, to be followed by one card run and one injogged, etc. After cutting and discovery, etc., the remaining packet of some twelve or thirteen cards is cut by undercutting all but the top card before the whole is dropped on top of the last ace (?).

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT:—The basis of this effect is to be found in " Double Rise," described on page 139 of Bill Simon's " Effective Card Magic." The remainder is an original development of that effect.

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