Mystic Aces

EFFECT:

Similar to preceding effect, but done by a different method. Four Aces are placed on the table, face up. On each Ace are placed three indifferent cards, also faces up. Then each heap is picked up. The indifferent cards are placed in one heap and the four Aces in another. Magician then deals the indifferent cards into three heaps. One heap is selected. The other two are turned over and shown to contain indifferent cards. Heap of Aces is turned over and shown to contain indifferent cards also. The selected heap is then turned over and shown to contain all four Aces.

TO PERFORM:

In this effect, only sixteen cards are used, and only THREE cards are actually placed on each Ace. Place the four Aces in a row on the table, faces up.

"I place the four Aces in a row on the table. Now on each I shall place three indifferent cards on each ace.

From bottom of deck count off one at a time, FACES UP, three cards. Place them on each Ace. Place deck aside.

Take Aces from bottom of each heap and place them on top.

Now pick up heap A and hold in right hand. Push top card out a little with fingers, Figure 39.

Push top card completely off heap in readiness for putting it down on table, Figure 40. Turn right hand over and lay top card down on table, back of card up, Figure 41.

Show next top card in same manner. Name it as you push it off heap and place it on table, on top of first card.

Push off next top card just enough to show index. Name it.

THIS TIME WHEN HAND IS TURNED OVER AND CARD IS LAID DOWN ON TABLE, THE TOP CARD IS HELD BACK BY FINGERS AND THE ACE IS PUSHED FORWARD WITH THUMB AND PLACED ON TABLE, Figure 42.

When this move is done quickly, it is not noticeable. Audience believes that you have three indifferent cards in a heap and an Ace left in your hand.

"I will place the Ace of Diamonds over here." Place the supposed Ace at the left.

Follow the same routine with the three other heaps, placing the supposedly indifferent cards in one heap and the supposed Aces in another.

Pick up the larger heap and deal the cards into three piles — A, B, C. This brings the Aces all into heap A. Transfer heap C over to the left so that Aces are in center heap.

FORCE THE CENTER HEAP BY FREE CHOICE METHOD. Spectator will usually select center heap. If not, use the discarding system of getting heap C as selected heap.

Turn over the remaining two heaps and show the cards to be indifferent. Turn over pile of supposed Aces and show it to contain indifferent cards. Turn over selected pile and show the four Aces in it.

Note -- If you perform the three Ace experiments one after the other, change position of Ace heaps. Start say with heap at Number Two from left. Then Number Three, etc.

We have discussed Rising Cards in earlier lessons, but these effects which you learn here are even more amazing than those I taught you before. Here you learn how to make cards rise up and soar into the air up into your hand. Howard Thurston made a hit in London years ago with this style of rising card effect and he still uses it in his evening performances. I give you three methods which are practical and easy to perform with or without an assistant. The effects are adapted to stage work and other work where a black thread is invisible.

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