Casual Card

Edward Marlo

Objective: To casually show four fanned Aces, back and front, with one hand and then flip them face down onto the deck. The top four cards are now really four indifferent cards, which are dealt face down onto the table. The four Aces remain on top of the deck.

The basic idea is an old one, used with various techniques by several cardmen. The sources range from Hugard's Card Manipulation series to Greater Magic and Ibidem. This method, established with Art Altman, Bill Simon, and Jon Racherbaurner, embodies a casual, disarming approach.

Method: The top four cards of the deck must be secretly turned face up; a left pinky break is held below them. The deck is held in your left hand so that the backs of the cards do not show. In this case, it is the faces that concern us. Your right hand has four fanned Aces facing yourself, with your right thumb on the face of the fan and the four fingers at the rear of the fan.

Your right hand displays the fanned Aces, back and front, ending with the Aces facing yourself. The next action must be perfectly timed. Your right hand advances towards the deck with its fanned Aces. As the Aces on the extreme left come in contact and flush with the face-up indifferent card on top of the deck, both hands are lowered. The Aces are still fanned. (Fig. 1)

Your right first and second fingers enter the break to grasp the four face-up indifferent cards between your right thumb on the face of the Aces. Your first and second fingers are beneath the lowermost indifferent card, thus holding all eight cards. Without any hesitation, the still fanned Aces, plus the block of four indifferent cards, are moved to the right. (Fig. 2)

Your left thumb moves over to the left side of the deck as your right hand flips the fanned Aces sideways and face down onto the top of the deck. The fanned cards will automatically converge and fall flush on top of the deck. Immediately (as per Sam Horowitz in Greater Magic) thumb over the top four indifferent cards as the supposed Aces.

January - 1971

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