Bottombiddle Following Orders

Karl Fulves published "Following Orders"—in interesting variation on "Follow the Leader"—in Discoverie #1. A red and a black Ace through Five were used, and not only did the cards follow the leader by color, but by value as well. Fulves used a variation of a Horowitz display to get in place, and some subtleties later. Together with Jamie Badman, we have played with various possibilities. Here's one of the results.

WORKING

1. Openly remove the Ace through Five of Hearts and Spades. Arrange them in the following order from back to face: Spades: Five-Three-Ace-Four-Two, then Hearts: Ace-Three-Five-Two-Four.

Display the cards face-up briefly, then flip them face-down.

2. Count the first five face-down onto the table, dealing: Top, Bottom, Top, Bottom and Top. Bottoms are fairly easy with such a small packet. At the end the tabled cards will consist of the AS-2H-3S-4H-5S, from top to bottom.

3. Hold the remaining five cards in Biddle grip and count as follows:

a) Pull off the top and bottom cards together into the left hand on the count of "one."

b) Count the second card fairly, keeping a break under it.

c) Count the third card fairly on top, retaining the break under the second card.

d) Exchange the right hand's remaining card for the two cards over the break (Fig.1) on the count of "four." This is the same technique as used in a Hamman Count.

e) The last two cards are counted as a single on the count of "five."

4. Turn the top cards of each pile face-up in front to show Aces. You now proceed with a normal "Follow the Leader" routine, with the addition that the cards are in rotation.

a) Transpose the leaders, then turn up the top card of each follower pile to show Twos.

b) Transpose the leaders, then turn up the top card of each follower pile to show Threes.

c) Transpose the packets, instead of the leaders, then turn up the top card of each follower pile to show Fours.

d) Now offer a final choice of leaders or packets. In either case, turn over final face-down card to show Fives.