Edward Marlo

This method is very direct and creates a good illusion of having dealt down three of the Aces. You will note that the face-up AS creates a "cover" for what would normally be a straight Bottom Deal.

Method: A 12-card packet is face-down in the left hand, after showing them to contain only indifferent cards and no other Aces. Position the packet in the Master Grip for the Bottom Deal. The Aces are face-down on the table.

The right hand picks up the tabled Aces. Turn the AS(which should be the top card of the Aces) face-up onto the other three. Fan out the Aces and hold them in your right hand. As you show the fan of Aces, take each Ace one-at-a-time off the bottom of the fan and place them onto the cards in the left hand. Name each Ace as you do this--until all three Aces are face-down on top of the deck, with the AS remaining face-up in the right hand.

The left thumb pushes over the top Ace of the left-hand packet and the right hand apparently picks this Ace so that it goes under the face-up AS. (Fig. 1) However, the left fingers execute the action of the Bottom Deal. As the right fingers take the bottom card, the left thumb pulls back the original top card. Without any hesitation, the right hand carries the face-up AS (plus its face-down card) to the table.

The right hand leaves the face-down card on the table; then, comes back with its face-up Ace to apparently take the next Ace. Needless to say, the Open Double Deal action is repeated.

Repeat for the third and final Ace. The start of the "deal action" is made smoothly if you leave the last Ace you show already projecting over the side. In this case, the right hand--with its AS--merely seems to come over and take this card under the face-up AS. You can use the Wrist Turn action of the -left hand during the deal, but the illusion is good without it and more natural when dealing with more than one card- -as in this case. Merely perform your best Bottom Deal, allowing the face-up AS and the Open Double Deal to do the rest.

Objective: To simply and quickly cull specific cards to the top or bottom of the deck.

Method: Suppose you want to cull the four Aces to the top of the deck. Spread the cards between your hands with the faces towards yourself. When you reach the first Ace, injog it plus all the preceding cards as a jogged block. (Fig. 1)

Continue to spread through the cards and injog only the three remaining Aces as you come to them. Close the spread by pushing the cards towards your left hand. Curl your left pinky against the injogged cards at their lower right side. (Fig. 2)

At this stage, the cards remain irregularly squared. Keep them in this condition and do not cleanly square-up. Once the deck is set as shown, place your right fingers against the left side of the outjogged portion (most of the deck). Pivot these cards to the right in a swiveling motion. (Fig. 3 Your left pinky holds the rest of the cards in place, namely the jogged Aces and the original covering block. The swiveled portion pivots against your left second or third finger.

Follow up by swiveling the jogged cards into your right hand, which ends up holding them at the lower right corner. These cards are replaced onto the left-hand cards. The Aces are now on the bottom of the face-up deck. Flip the deck face down and the Aces are on top. To get the culled cards to the face of the deck, injog the first Ace, but not the cards preceding it. Injog the next two Aces. When injogging the final Ace, move it and the rest of the cards downward. As you can see, the deck is now in an inverse condition.

April 20, 1970

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