And Kings are obvious and if you want those Wfi TitsZsttZ

were going to chose those.» Aces and Eights, "says t^^^nT^

Hand." While you speak, remove the two Jokers from the derW I h ,

Ribbon Spread the face-up deck widely from left to ririva J them aslde'

out by the spectator-the Accs and thc^ighto in his case ' ^ C"d* Called

As you remove each card, place it directly in front of the spread. Once all eight cards are out, scoop up the spread deck from left to right. During this say, "The reason I took them out is because I want to get as good a distribution as possible when I put them back in." The devious reversal of the deck occurs at this point. Your right hand reaches to the outer end of the face-up and slightly unsquared deck, thumb on the face, fingers curled around the outer end and beneath (fig.2), and turns it face down end over end, placing it into dealing position in the left hand (fig.3). Do not pay the slightest bit of attention to the deck as you're doing this. All of your attention should be on the eight face-up

Immediately lift the deck with your right hand and do a wide face-downgibbon

Spread from left to right. Say, TH try and place them d«k statement is a ruse since you are about to allow the spectator Ruffle he deck Using both hands, square the eight face-up cards >nto he table Ithen P cK

them up. Turn hem lace down into your left hand sideways ^.-l so th, <ai directly Into dealing position. It is vital, of> course that you don t turn P<acket end for end. One at a time, deal the cards mto you. right hand, ' « ^ ^ ^ ^

into the spread at a different point. It is quite easy to iook <u -

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, rhpck that it is facing opposite the balance of the deck r™outJogged-

Say, "Then, Z disturbed, then rotate it clockwise ninety degrees . The so the outjogged cards are ^ ^ ^ ^ end of the deck Very slowly ^

outjogged cards; wui t> is where 0ther magicians will become confused gingerly push toemsqpar^ is t to come.) Let the spectator shuffle the deck'

SS^S^ not turn either half end for end and so the eight cards will stlll remain the only "turned" cards in the deck.

Afterward take the deck back and say, "The game is Seven-Card Stud Poker, and I'm going to try and deal myself the winning hand—those Aces and Eights, or Four of a Kind if I get the four Aces or four Eights. So remember, it's seven hands of Seven-Card Stud. Begin dealing, sailing cards onto the table in front of you in a pile, counting aloud to seven. Look at the top of the deck as you do this, and every time that you see a "turned" card, immediately begin Second Dealing until you reach seven, at which point you genuinely deal off the top card and turn it face up, placing it off to your right. In this manner, the "turned" cards are held back each time until the number seven is reached. You need only five of the eight possible target cards in your hand at the end of the deal, and so it does not matter if one or two pass by while you are doing seconds to retain a card above them in place until the number seven is reached.

If, during the course of dealing, you do not locate a "turned" card by the time you reach the number seven (and you've been dealing off the top), do a Second Deal as you give yourself the next card. This tremendously increases the odds of locating one of the eight target cards on that deal.

follo;™g this system, the eighth hand, your hand, will contain either Four of a dcoend'in, n Z™* u the end °f the deaL The actual "end of the deal" will vary, fifthTound be™, Ane" Ei§hts turn Sometimes you can stop after the one" a Pull House. If you only have two pair, and necessarv Ace or Eight for the P dl ?P ^ * ^^ F°Und Until y°U °btam H up with a FuH Hout t>° u I H°USe" 11 1S e*tremely rare that you will not end as much ' th°Ugh F°Ur of a will impress most lay audiences nearly

Dect TOr^ne'of^ nice t? ^ ^^ Deal -hen it is applied to a One-Way is nor necessary to learn a n o ' idea as far as trvin^ to learn g°CS: particular position to feel the nn' Deal where y°ur thumb has to be m a was taught to him by Mario W he Second De£d which Steve uses, and which

Theory" Second Deal described - °f feelin§ the Punch. is "The No Touch

I960), and P.2 of Marios C^rv ",124 °f Centers, and Bottoms (Mario,

Magazine, Volume 4 (Mario. 1981)

This technical rehandling of Mario's 'Bluff Ace Assembly" Upland's 1955 Yearbook)

showcases Steve s abihty to create good magic that is easy to do. and also introduces his refinements of several little-used sleights.

Moveless Bold Substitution: Spread through the deck and remove the four Aces Turn the deck face down so it is in dealing position in the left hand. Arrange the Aces, when they are held face up, so that the Ace of Spades is at the rear. Flip the Aces face down on top of the deck. Flip the top card, the Ace of Spades, face up. letting it fall back onto the deck. This variation of Mario's Bold Substitution (Mario Magazine Vol.2, 1977) eliminates the breaks and fiddling that were earlier required. This handling is so simple that it could be done, literally, by anyone—even someone who cannot hold a break.

First, the left fingertips press lightly against the right long side of the deck, beveling it to the left. This creates a sharp single-card edge at the left long side of the Ace of Spades. Second, the right hand, without any hesitation, picks off a block of cards of any small number greater than three in Biddle Grip. The minimum would be the face-up Ace of Spades and three face-down cards beneath it; the maximum should be six face-down cards. The important thing is that the right hand plucks the packet from the top of the deck without pausing for even an instant. That might create suspicion. Your right hand is supposedly holding only the Ace of Spades, and because the cards have been beveled to the left, the single-edge appearance of the Spades' left long side reinforces this nicely. The right fingers are not, incidentally, bunched together at the outer end of the packet in any odd way.

The Layout: The left hand immediately moves forward and thumbs three facedown cards off the top of the deck and onto the table in a pile. The left hand retracts and the right hand places its card(s) back on top. Both hands now move forward to the three face-down cards, the left hand turning palm down in the process. Place the right first finger on the back of the top card and slide it about six inches to the right. Place the left"first finger on the back of the second card and slide it about six inches to the left. The third card remains in the center. Note the nice motivation Steve has used here: the right hand's excuse for returning the Ace of Spades to the top of the packet is so that it can freely slide a card.

Once you have created the face-down row of three cards, turn both hands palm up and move them inward. Flip the Ace of Spades face down, letting it fall back onto the deck. Immediately deal it off, taking it with the right hand and placing it on the table mward of the row of three to create Vernon's T-formation.

Spread off the top three card-without reversing their order and take them with the right hand slightly fanned, by their inner ri^ht corners, thumb above and first and second fingertips beneath. The hand moves away with these cards in a gesture as you say, "I'll place three cards on each of the Aces." At the same time, the left thumb slides the top card of the deck inward just a bit (fig. 1). The right hand moves to the left and lowers its three cards so they can be gripped by the left thumb and fingers, which square them, elevated above the deck (fig.2). Note that even though the three cards are held above the deck, their long sides are concealed by the base of the thumb and fingertips.

The right hand immediately arch es over the packet to complete the squaring process, its fingers at the outer end of the three elevated cards, its thumb at the inner end of the injogged card on top of the deck (fig.3). As you square the ends of the three elevated cards, the thumb lifts upward on the injogged card and pulls it forward in line with the three upper cards. Once the packet is finally squared, the right hand lifts it off the deck in Biddle Grip and turns palm up to flash the indifferent card on the face. Turn the right hand palm down and place the cards on top of the Ace of Spades (the inner face-down card).

Spread off three more face-down cards and take them, as before

(fig-1), again in the right hand. This third finKcrtins to n..n tu i time« usc y°ur right second and/or displayed^* irdsfi?! lowermo»1 «id inward a bit. After the right hand has gasped clcvated aiove ^ ri r^"1' * retUrns to the deck and the three cards ;tre nmc how«'«, a tZd ^gt^™ lcft thumb and fingert.ps as before Th* nght hand arches^ Pack<1 rathcr th ,n addcd S°

*nd of the lowermost card of thfih ¿* UmC the thumb Iands °n thC

card of the three which are elevated (which should be slightly

Ace Me injogged because of the way they were fanned initially) (fig.4). As the right thumb and fingers square the elevated cards, the thumb pushes the lowermost of the three downward onto the deck. The right hand then lifts the remaining two cards squared in Biddle Grip and turns palm up to flash the indifferent card on the face 'Turn thé right hand palm down and lower this two-card packet onto the face-down card in the horizontal row that's at the extreme right.

Now, simulating the actions already used (which appear identical, but have accomplished two different secret activities), genuinely place three cards on each of the two remaining supposed Aces. Three cards are placed on the face-down card in the center of the horizontal row, and three more are placed on the card at the extreme left end of the row.

Place the deck aside. It appears as if you have now placed the four Aces on the table and then put three indifferent cards on top of each one.

The Assembly: Pick up the leader packet and flip it face up into left-hand dealing position. Thumb off the Ace of Spades from the face and take it with your right hand for a moment to gesture. This flashes the indifferent card second from the face. Replace the Spade on the face of the packet, turn it face down, and replace it on the table.

The next hand motions (or magical gestures) are going to be made each time an Ace is being made to magically cross into the leader packet. Place your palm-down right hand over the leader packet and your ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ palm-down left hand over the packet at the left end of the row. Pause for a moment, then lift your hands and turn them palm up.

Pick up the packet on the left and stud deal the cards to the table one at a time, face up, to display four indifferent cards, the Ace having apparently vanished.

Pick up the leader packet, turn it face up into left-hand dealing position, and spread off the first two cards—two Aces and an indifferent card will be seen. Square the packet, turn it face down, and return it to the leader position on the table.

Execute the magical gesture a second time, your Palm-down left hand <aver the center lace-down packet, your palm-down nght hand over ^ le^erj«^ Afterward, pick up the center packet and stud deal the cards to the tabic, face up.

reveal that the second Acc has vanished.

Pick up the leader packet, turn it face up into your left• cards to display three Aces and an indifferent card. After a moment, return

part Two: Tricks

InfflS^ I Li*«* it and turn it face down. The packet remains face

Say, It happens very ^«ouaJ" ^^ ' ghow the leader packet to contain fourl traueted across, bnap . over the first card and take it with your righ-

Aces in ^e following maimer. o{f ^e packet and turn your right hand palm up J hand in Biddlc Gnp. ur vour hand palm down and place, or drop, that carcl

^Ttwice more, showing the second and thi^ Aces erne at a tip*

onto the table. Repeat twice more, showing tiie secona aim uuiu BWWff« and dropping them onto the table, on top of the first Ace. This leaves a double card I

vour left hand: an indifferent card on top of the Ace of Spades.

Say. "AH of the Aces except the Ace of Spades have traveled across. Your right hand takes the double card in Biddle Grip and turns palm up to flash the face of the Ace of Spades. Immediately say. 7 want you to place your hand over these cards ¿¿M this.' To demonstrate, your right hand rums nalm rinum and rfrons the double card on top of the other three Aces. It immediately

____r ________ ^v.., nu.o. it numeoiaieiy moves iorward to aDOUt sia I

the face-down packet on the extreme right. This demonstrative gesture gi - --excuse for placing the Ace of Spades on the table.

Move your hand away so the spectator can follow your instructions, sa> the instant I place the Ace of Spades on those cards, I want you to slam your r.ar + on top of it.* Your right hand returns to the tabled Ace packet, lifts off the to? ^

and slips it beneath the spectators hand on top of the face-down packet. -llS " will immediately drop onto the cards.

Pick up the Ace packet with vour right hand and turn it face up, placing 11 dealing position in the left hand. Here is Steve s handling of a forgotten sleig-Clayton Rawson s, made all the more wonderful through its application m . context Your left Utile finger secretly pulls down the inner nght corner ol lowermost card the Ace of Spades. Stev e turns his left hand so the" nght long sider the packet is downward, and the face of the too card is to right, when doing pulldown—this renders it invisible from all aneles'

Lower your right hand until the back of the fan of Aces virtually touches the table, and it is comfortably in front of you. Continue, "What I'm going to try and do is, while he's holding the cards, to try and get the Ace of Spades out of there." Move your left hand, held palm down, fingers loosely together, over his hand and ask him, "Can you feel anything?" When he says, "no," draw your left hand inward, keeping it low over the table. It should move in a g straight line to directly over the fan of

Aces held by the right hand (fig.7). The instant the left hand covers the fan, the right second fmger releases the Ace of Spades and the right hand draws the other Aces out from beneath the left hand leaving the Spade behind (fig.8).

Turn your right hand palm up and insert your right first fingertip into the break. The right thumb moves onto the face of the packet above the first finger, and the second finger moves beneath the pulled-down Ace of Spades (fig. 5). Gently fan the three uppermost Aces between the thumb and first finger, at the same time pulling slightly inward on the Ace of Spades. The fan will completely cover the Spade (fig.6 is an x-ray view). As you do this, say, "Somebody has the Ace of Spades, and it isn't me. I've got three Aces—he's got the Ace of Spades and three extra cards."

Pause for a beat, then lift your left hand revealing the Ace of Spades and say, "Well, you're not feeling very good today because here's the Ace of Spades. Look in your packet." He will, and find only indifferent cards. The appearance of the Ace ot Spades is not only easy to do, it's also shocking. It will elicit the kind of gasps you crave from the audience.

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Sometimes this is Aces, if you're lucky. You'll be lucky about ninety-percent of the time The other ten percent this will be lucky Sixes, or Tens, or whatever cards chance positions to your advantage in the deck, as you'll sec. Whatever their identities, the four of a kind will be produced in different ways from a borrowed, shuffled deck.

Steve sets this up while performing an earlier effect. During a sandwich trick, for example, he will secretly cull the four Aces to beneath the face card of the deck while openly removing the two black Jacks required for that trick. He also inserts an indifferent card between the first and second Aces, counting from the face. The balance of the sandwich trick will not disturb the five-card group.

When the time comes to perform this routine, hand the deck to the spectator and ask him to shuffle it. Mario observed that most people, when confronted with the need to shuffle a deck when no soft surface is available on the table, will Overhand Shuffle. Or, the spectator will attempt a poor Riffle Shuffle on the table. In both cases, the five-card group will most likely remain together, though lost somewhere in the deck after the shuffle.

Setting the Pre-Culled Aces towlrdlmfl^^i0? sPcctator spread it between your hands with the faces prechction^ cZ „ f* ^^ thc audicncc' Say that you arc- going to remove a Aces LIZrarPidly Sprcadin« thro^h deck until you locate the

The ri^hund turns ' T SCtUP ii4 at rear of the right-hand cards

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