It was once said that Daryl had more talent, charm and personality than the entire staff of the "M.U.M" Magazine. This may only be an ugly rumor, but the fact of the matter is, Daryl does have a lot to be grateful for.

Daryl's lucky break occurred during his childhood when he was offered a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to purchase a unique deck of cards. "This deck," explained the sunburned salesman with the pointed ears, "has been specially trained to go out in the world and earn a living for you. These talented cards will bring you fame, fortune and all the women you can cram into a thumb tip." Bright-eyed little Daryl was about to break into his magic rabbit piggy bank, when the stranger continued, "To obtain this rare piece of merchandise, I merely require your signature on this document along with your heart, your soul and fifteen years of your life."

Even as a small child Daryl knew a good deal when he saw one.

ELfFLCT - A close-up fantasy where four Aces seem to appear right out of thin air. The first Ace dives out of the deck and onto the table As the deck is put aside, a second Ace appears behind the first This Ace openly splits into two more Aces As these two cards are being turned face up the fourth and final Ace visibly mate-iaiizes on the table

STLP OtfL - The four Aces are positioned at the face of the deck which is held face down m your left hand. A left little-finger break is obtained above three cards at the deck's face Grasp the deck by its ends from above with your right hand. As your right hand removes the deck, use your right forefinger to pivot the upper half of the deck into your left hand (FIG 1)

Your right thumb retains the three-card break. Position the right-hand cards directly above the left-hand cards (FIG. 2).

From the front, the deck will appear to be squared. The back end of the deck, and the three cards below the break, are still separated from the left-hand portion of the pack. You are now in position to produce the first Ace.

5TE-P T\Vi? - Casually slide the upper-half of the deck to the right. When the upper packet arrives near the right side of the lower packet (FIG. 3), allow the left side of the upper packet's face card to press against the second, third and little fingertips of the left hand (FIG. 4).

As your left fingertips come in contact with the card, press your right-hand packet straight down onto the table, causing the card against the left fingertips to quickly revolve to the right - landing face up on the table (FIGS. 5, 6, 7).

The effect should be as if you merely tabled part of the deck as an Ace instantly appears on the table. Your right fingers retain the grip on the tabled packet.

6TE-P TJJE-E-C- - Turn your left hand palm down (still holding its packet) and push the tabled Ace up and to the right with your left fingertips. As your left arm momentarily conceals the tabled packet, leave the two cards from below the right thumb break on the table, as your right hand moves the rest of its packet forward - away from the double card (FIG. 8, 9).

The misdirection of moving the first Ace forward gives you just enough cover to "produce" this second ace. After both hands have moved forward (during the natural action of moving the face-up Ace forward), bring your hands back toward yourself, directing the audience's attention to the face-down double (FIG. 10).


5TELP fO\M. - In a continuing action, side-steal the card positioned at the face of the right-hand packet into the right palm as the right-hand cards are placed square onto the

The easiest way to execute the side-steal is to allow the card to pivot off your right little fingertip (positioned at the extreme upper-right corner of the deck) as the left fingertips slide the card into your right palm. The left fingers do not move. They simply press up against the upper packet as it is moved to the right onto the lower packet. The left hand tables the deck to the left.

6TEP riN/E. - An Ace is now palmed in your right hand. A face-up Ace is on the table in front of two face-down Aces which appear as one face-down card. Cross your right hand under your left hand, the tabled-double centered between them (FIG. 13).


As you quickly uncross your hands, slide the top card of the double to the right with your right fingertips as your left fingertips slide the remaining card to the left (FIGS. 14, 15).

If the uncrossing of the hands is done with a sharp, quick action, the single card will appear to instantaneously split into two. The audience should not actually see the two cards slide apart. They should see one card, and then a moment later, two cards.

6TE-P 6IX - In a continuing action (the entire routine should be performed without pause in a "continuing action") once again cross your right hand under your left hand (FIG. 16) directly above the table top.

As the two hands cross, allow the right-hand palmed card to drop onto the table between the other two tabled cards. Without stopping, turn the two end cards over face up with your crossed hands (FIG. 17).

Uncross your hands and complete the routine by turning over the center face-down Ace face up with your right fingers (FIG. 18).

When Daniel Cros performs this routine he substitutes a top-palm for the side-steal as follows: Change the initial set-up by placing one Ace on top of the deck and three Aces at its face. In Step Four instead of replacing the right-hand packet onto the left-hand packet, place the right-hand packet below the left-hand packet, leaving an Ace on top of the deck Now you can top-palm the card as the deck is tabled.

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