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Described by Michael Ammar

EFFECT - Paul begins by showing a Blackjack hand made up of a Jack and Six, for a total of sixteen. Commenting on how that would never do, he offers to demonstrate a method for creating a better hand. Paul then visibly erase the face of the Six, so it's completely BLANK. He then uses the blank to create an Ace, one pip at a time. The last pip is MISPRINTED off-center and backwards. He fixes the problem and finishes with a perfect Blackjack!

- This is an amazing visual experience that would seem possible only with gimmick. Amazingly, it's all done with regular cards. Walk through with deck in hand, and you'll probably end up surprising yourself.

Paul's original handling was printed as "Bleached Blond," from Close-Up Seductions. His new approach provides more bang for your buck, with more visuals and a more user-friendly handling.

PRE-&LLACJJ - Arrange the following four-card setup, made up of the two red Aces, a black Six, and a black Jack. FIG. 1 shows the first step of the setup. The Ace of Hearts is on the face of the pack, and the Ace of Diamonds at a right angle to it. The forward long side of the Ace of Diamonds conforms to the front-narrow edge of the Ace of Hearts. Continue the setup, as in FIG. 2, by placing the Six on top of the Ace of Diamonds, but flush with the pack.

The Jack is then placed on top of all this, jogged to the side, covering the protruding Ace (FIG. 3). Hold the set-up deck in your left palm as shown in FIG.4. The position of your left thumb will be crucial for providing the cover you will soon need.

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.5TE-P ONL - The right hand straddles the deck from above, with the fingers covering the front short edge of the Jack, and the thumb at the back. You'll need to call attention to the Six, for the change about to occur. Push the Jack to the left, until it is flush with the Six on top of the deck (FIG.5). As this is done, the cupped right hand conceals the Ace protruding from the right side of the pack. In FIG. 6, the right hand has been moved to reveal the current condition of the pack. Of course, this shouldn't be done during performance.

5TLP T\VO - To create the blank, the right hand pulls the Jack back to its original position, but this time you pull back a double (the no-break double is automatic if your right fingers press down on the deck's edge as they slide the card(s) to the right). The Six is perfectly flush under the Jack in FIG.7, and since the left thumb conceals the edge of the Ace, it looks exactly like the Six has turned blank! Be careful not to move too far to the right with the double, since you don't want to reveal the center pip of the Ace. FIG. 8 is an exposed view of the actual condition underneath the left thumb.

5TE.P TJ-IE.C-C- - Now you will seem to create an Ace, one spot at a time. Begin by moving the Jack double forward half an inch. This will expose the "A" of the Ace of Hearts. Don't, however, go any further, since that would also expose the Heart, and we are actually making an Ace of Diamonds (FIG. 9). As before, the left thumb seems to be helping to hold the Jack, but it's main job is the concealment of the Ace of Diamond's edge.

6TLP fOUE. - To lead into the final moments, twist the Jack double clockwise just enough to reveal the Diamond, apparently misprinted (FIG. 10). This is a weird funny moment. Give it a moment to sink in, then...

6TLP fl\/E. - The left hand turns palm down, taking with it the deck and right-angled Ace of Diamonds. The right hand freezes, retaining the Jack double in its straddle grip (FIG. 11). FIG. 12 shows the left hand turning palm down, turning the deck as it goes, until it's at a right angle to the Jack. The Ace of Diamonds, meanwhile, is now positioned just to the left, alongside the Jack double. The right hand, holding the Jack between the middle finger and thumb, holds onto the Ace with the index finger.

FIG 13 shows the left hand's immediate following action, which is to turn the palm upwards again, placing the deck perfectl\H}lish under the double. The position of the riam hand doesn't change at all, as the index finger slides down the back of the Ace towards the thumb (FIG. 14). The Ace is turned over and displayed as in FIG. 15 to end.

The entire sequence takes less than a minute, and I know of no other routine that gets more visual special effects out of regular cards.

After pausing only an instant as shown in FIG. 10, you will flow through the cleanup shown in FIGS. 11 -15. The exact movements for the most direct cleanup possible are shown. Anything other than this specific sequence, as simple as it is, will require additional handling, so follow carefully.

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• Do this only with a borrowed deck. The effect is so extravagant that intelligent folks have to assume you used special cards, unless the deck belongs to them and even then they're not sure.

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Set the two red Aces on the face of your deck so that the Ace of Hearts is on top with the curvy "breasts" of the Heart (I really need to get out more often) pointing toward the inner end of the deck. (I now prefer using the "Heart" for the mis-print.)

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