Slippery Aces

This is one of Stanley Collins' fine effects with four aces. Mr. Collins is a well known English magician. EFFECT:

Four aces are laid on the table in a row, faces up. Three indifferent cards are placed on each ace, faces up

also. The indifferent cards are then placed in one pile and the aces in another, backs up. Performer replaces indifferent cards on deck. Cards are now dealt from the deck into four heaps of four cards each. One of the heaps is selected. The other heaps are turned over and shown to be indifferent cards. The heap of aces is turned over and that, too, contains indifferent cards. Finally the selected heap is turned over and is shown to have changed to the four aces.


Place the aces in a row on the table, faces up, Figure 30.

"I place four aces on the table. Now I shall deal three indifferent cards down on each ace."

Now you pretend to deal three cards down on each ace, but in reality you deal FOUR cards down on each. You perform it in this manner:

Hold cards in left hand with fingers on outer edge and thumb on inner edge. Cards face right. Bring right

Hold cards in left hand with fingers on outer edge and thumb on inner edge. Cards face right. Bring right

hand up to deck and place fingers behind it and thumb in front, Figure 31.

Pull down the face card in right hand, then the next card, Figure 32.

Reach up with right hand to get third card and as you pull it down, also pull down the rear card. Place these two cards quickly on top of other two in right hand, Figure 33.

The effect is that you have merely counted off three cards. Finger-tips should be moist enough to pull down rear card easily. Count cards aloud — "ONE." "TWO," "THREE."

Place the FOUR cards (presumably three) on the first Ace at the left. Continue to count off apparently three cards, but really FOUR, and place them on each of the four aces, Figure 34.

Pick up left-end heap and hold in left hand, showing the face card, Figure 35.

Turn cards with backs up and remove bottom card with right hand. Place it on table, face up, Figure 36.

The bottom card now is the extra rear card which you counted off earlier in the experiment. With second and third fingers of left hand, push it back about a half inch underneath the packet.

Figure 37 is a view from below.

Now you can easily pull out second card from bottom with right hand. Place this face up on top of first card on table. Name the card.

Reach over to left hand and take the two top cards as one. Place these down as the third card on top of other two on table. Square them up, Figure 38.

The Ace is the second card of the two which you show as one. You name the first card which conceals the Ace. Thus you get the Ace down on the table without being detected.

You have one card left in hand, which is supposed to be the Ace.

"I shall lay the Ace over here."

Place the remaining card aside, FACE DOWN. Keep it in full view of audience all the time.

Go through same routine with heaps B, C, D. Put all of the supposedly indifferent cards in one heap. Put the four cards supposed to be Aces in another heap.

Pick up the larger heap, turn cards with backs up, and place them on top of rest of deck. The four supposed Aces remain on table.

Deal down top cards of deck, one at a time, into four heaps, backs of cards up. First lay down your row of four, then place a card on each until you have the heaps of four.

This brings all four Aces in heap C. Move heaps around and push C forward a little. Ask spectator to select a heap and FORCE HEAP C.

Turn over the other three heaps, spreading the cards to show that they are indifferent.

"Now over here at the left, we have a pile of the four Aces. At the right we have the heap which you selected. Watch! The Aces disappear from here. . ."

Turn over heap of supposed Aces and show to be indifferent cards. Do this with left hand.

"And they appear here!"

Turn over selected heap with right hand, spread cards and show them to be the Aces.

Figure 37 is a view from below.

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