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"And now, for an extra special treat, the Incredible Tap Dancing Aces. I'm doing this in honor of someone who couldn't be here tonight - my dog Pookie. You see, Pookie can't tap dance...because he only has three legs (a long painful pause to give everyone a chance to feel bad for Pookie) and the really sad thing is, every time Pookie walks by a fire hydrant, he tips over (huge laugh) and he just sort of lays there and hopes that someone will come by and show him a card trick or something. So this one's for Pookie...to give him a vicarious thrill. Maybe he'll smile or wag his tail, I don't know. .

"You use one, two, three and four Tap Dancing Aces with little cardboard shoes. They are pushed through The Organic Tunnel Of Mystery' leaving us nothing more than three cards in my hands, a song in my heart, a smile on my lips, a dwarf down my shorts - which is why I have a smile on my lips and the missing Ace embedded face up in the exact center of the face-down deck...give or take twelve or thirteen cards, and leaving three more Aces to go."

At this point, Paul holds the cards up to his face, and blows on them. He then holds them towards the face of his female helper, and waits for her to blow. After she blows, he gently says, "I didn't say blow (helper is a little weirded-out, then laughs)..."but I was hoping you'd do that (a happy moment)... so we're still buddies and I respect you even more now. The next card has left my hand, traveled across my manly chest - that wasn't a joke Miss" (spectator laughs) "I guess it was. Once again an Ace has imbedded itself in the exact center of the deck and risen up to the top, giving us Ace number two... And now for an instant replay."

(See Instant Replay, (see Index) for a description of what Paul calls the strongest 'moment' in his entire act! I've seen it stop the show when done with all the build up that surrounds this, but I've also seen it fall flat when others do it out of context or if you're half a second off on the moment. This again, emphasizes the importance of structure and timing.)

"That leaves two Aces inside the deck, two Aces inside my hand... Giving us the famous "V" formation... symbolic of the first letter of the word Venezuela. I can't afford a real joke here... I apologize. When the "V" vanishes the Ace disappears, having left my hand, traveled through the air - completely disregarding it's own personal safety - wedging itself like a stale slice of Camembert cheese between the two Aces." (Paul spreads the face-down deck to reveal a face-down card between the two faceup Aces.)

"Leaving one more Ace to go, The Tap Dancing Ace of Spades." (He scoops up the spread with the last Ace).

"It starts on the bottom, then dances around to amuse his friends." (Paul does the "card dancing along the fan" move, like in the old card-forcing gag) "Hello ... Hello... Don't be alarmed, the Ace can't really talk, my hand's a ventriloquist." (The card's is still dancing along the fan.) "It leans to the left, leans to the right, stand up - sit down, fight-fight-fight. I then grab the Ace by it's thin cardboard little body and squeeze until it becomes invisible."

Paul apparently grabs the card and squeezes it into nothing. "Yeesh, what a mess... as it leaves my hand, sprinkles down through the air like fairy dust - made from dusty fairies - once again giving us (he starts spreading out the Ace packet one card at a time) the cards that make you happy, with the feet that make you glad...The Incredible Tap Dancing Aces!" (audience wildly applauds.) "Thank you. I'll tell Pookie you said hello."

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6TLP ONE - The deck is tabled, with the four Aces face up on top. The right hand picks up the upper one-third of the deck, with the thumb at the back, fingers at the front. You are going to slide the Aces over into the left hand with the left thumb. As you do, however, you will need to secretly steal one of the Aces back onto the bottom of the upper-third of the deck. FIG. 1 shows how a break is held by the left little finger below the second Ace thumbed over. As the left hand comes back for the third Ace (FIG. 2), the right thumb and fingers steal the second Ace onto the back of the packet. The fourth Ace is peeled off by the left thumb, and the upper third of the packet is dropped on top of the tabled portion (FIG. 3).

6TELP T- Paul sometimes false-counts the three Aces as four (This depends on how late Paul was up the night before). You can do a very simple version of the Elmsley Count to accomplish this. Continue by pushing the three cards through the hand, or as Paul calls it. The Organic Tunnel Of Mystery' (FIG. 4). Place the three Aces face up onto the table to show one has vanished. (FIG. 5). Pick the three Aces back up, and hold them face down in the left hand, as the right hand spreads the deck to reveal the first Ace face up in the middle. Up-jog this Ace with the right hand (so it extends from the face-down spread) before taking the three face-down Aces back into the right hand.

6TELP TJjR.E.0. - As you scoop the spread back up, you will secretly load the bottom Ace from the right hand back on top of the deck. This is a perfectly-covered move. To prepare for it, the right hand holds the three cards from above with the thumb at the rear, fingers at the front.

By curling the right fingers onto the face of the bottom Ace, the back of the bottom card can be pulled away from the support of the thumb (FIG. 6). Using both hands, square up the spread (FIG. 7) As you do, the right hand allows it's bottom card to secretly fall on top of the deck (FIG. 8). Continuing, the left hand pulls the deck back, as the right hand pushes the up-jogged card forward (FIG. 9).

So far it looks as if you have just revealed the first Ace, but you are already ahead. False count the two cards as three (See page 244 FIGS. 10-12). Here, as mentioned in the presentation, Paul holds the two cards up to his face and blows on the cards, then holds them to the face of his female helper, and waits as she also blows on them, they say, "I didn't say blow..." He continues by dropping the two Aces to the table, showing the second Ace has vanished (FIG. 10).

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