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5TE-P FIVE. - Now comes a wonderfully efficient set conceived by Allan Ackerman. In one smooth move, you will confirm what has happened, while getting ready for the next phase. Those of you familiar with other methods know how complicated some of these procedures are! The right hand approaches the three cards in the left hand from above. As the right hand takes the cards, fingers at the front, thumb at the back, the left fingertips pull the bottom card to the left. This will leave the indifferent card hidden on top of the double. Don't show these cards yet, but move to the right with them as the left hand moves down to pick up the two-tabled cards. Turn both hands palm up together, showing two sets of Aces. Without missing a beat, place the right-hand cards onto the table, and turn your attention to the two cards in the left. By leaving the double side-jogged to the right, you are all ready for the next phase.

¿TE.P 6IX - Once again, execute the "Venezuela" vanish. After apparently working the card into the folds of your flesh, act as if you toss it invisibly into the air. As your eyes follow the card, the right hand approaches the left and takes the double, turning it face up as you do. Now, act as if you catch the invisible card in the left palm, and repeat the process of setting the card onto the table. The top card of the three, the one just produced, should be the indifferent card.

Retake the double card in the left hand, turning it back down as you do. Now use this to scoop up the cards on the table, approaching them from the left (FIG. 9). However, only scoop up two of the three on the table. As FIG. 10 shows, the card which was on top of the three, the indifferent card, is left on the table, as you quickly false count the four cards as three. (Right fingers take the two single cards one at a time, then take the remaining double onto the bottom of the right-hand cards.)

counted as three, onto the table in a squared stack. Take the single tabled card, and place it onto the deck in preparation for the Rub-Away Vanish. FIGS. 11-14 show the details of this vanish, which in spite of it's simplicity, is very deceptive. Begin by pushing over the top card with the left thumb, and approaching it with the right palm. Place the far right edge of the card onto the table, allowing it to be seen sticking out from the hand, as in FIG. 12. Then just as the palm goes flat onto the table, and apparently on the card, the left thumb pulls it back onto the deck.

Once again, go through the process of working it into the folds of the flesh, before lifting the hand. They'll see no card on the table, and naturally will assume the card is in the palm. Before showing the palm empty, the left hand, which has set the deck down, picks up the top card, casually showing that the Ace isn't there. (This particular timing works much better than to show the palm empty, and then, as if in sucker-effect style, show it isn't on top of the deck. By showing it gone first, you take away any possible sting, while leading them deeper into the illusion.)

6TE-P EJ(^J-lT - To conclude, show the right hand empty, and place it onto the tabled packet. If your palms are moist, you can usually cause one card to stick to the palm of the hand by pressing firmly onto the packet. Then, by lifting the card above and away from the others, you can cause a startling reappearance of the card by flexing the palm. If your palms aren't that moist, you can use a technique I printed in "Encore II," for palming a card from the mat. All you have to do is press down on the upper right corner of the card with the right little finger. This will cause the card to pop into the palm, where it can easily be palmed.

After the reappearance of the final Ace, Paul displays the four Aces in a novel way (FIGS. 15, 16, 17). By lifting one finger at a time, the Aces fall face up onto the table.

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As described by Michael Ammar.

C£?lV|ME-NT6 - This is really the Tent Vanish, but Paul uses it so much, that he wanted his personal method to reflect all the subtleties that have evolved over the years. We'll put this under a microscope, so to speak, because not only is it fundamental to several routines in Paul's act, but it is a perfect move anytime a card needs to 'vanish' from a small stock of cards.

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