Original Author: Bruce
Effect: Trick uses
full or almost full card deck: one ace, one king, and one
queen of any suit in ace-king-queen order at bottom of deck
(ace is bottom card). You must know how to deal from bottom of
spectator the bottom three cards (ace, king, queen). Then tilt
the deck down so spectator can't see the bottom.
2. Tell spectator that
you will take the ace, king, and queen from the bottom of the
deck. Pretend to pull the ace out from the bottom with your
right second finger, but actually slide it toward you with
your left third finger under the deck while with your right
second finger you slide out the king and lay it on the table.
Slide out the next card (apparently the king but actually the
ace) and lay it to the right of the king. Slide out the queen
and lay it to the right of the other two cards.
3. Spectator believes
that the order from left to right is ace-king-queen, but it is
really king-ace-queen. Pick up middle card (ace), put it on
the first card, and then put those two on the third card. Pick
them up so that spectator can't see the faces. Spectator
believes the ace is the second card, but it's actually the top
4. Deal the cards in a
row again from left to right. Spectator will think the order
is king-ace-queen. In fact, it is ace-king-queen.
5. As in step 3, put
the middle card on the left card, and the two cards on the
right card. Spectator believes the ace is on top; in fact, it
is in the middle.
6. Pretend to deal the
cards as before. But with the first card, do a bottom-deal:
take the bottom card from the three cards and lay it down so
spectator will think you dealt off the top when you actually
dealt off the bottom.
7. Deal the next two
cards to complete the row. Tell spectator to find the ace. If
your bottom deal deceived the spectator, he (or she) will
believe that the ace is the card at the left. If it didn't
deceive him, he will believe that the ace is in the middle.
But in fact, it's the third card (farthest to the right). The
spectator will be wrong whether your bottom deal fooled him or
suggestion: At the beginning of step 3, it might be
a good idea to ask the spectator to keep track of the ace, and
after that you should deal and pick up the cards slowly, to
make it easy for him to follow the ace. Otherwise, if he gets
confused, he'll guess at random in step 7 and may accidentally
find the ace. Also, it might be fun to ask other spectators
where they think the ace is before you turn it over. Some will
guess first card and some will guess second. --RS
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