The Four Ace Extravaganza
Original Author:
anonyomous
Preparation:
Remove the four aces from the
deck and the cards 2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9 (any suits). Put the four
aces on top of the deck. (Later they'll be found in order from
the top down.) Put the other eight cards in order from 2
through 9 and place them on top of the aces. Starting with the
top card, the deck should be 2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,A,A,A,A, then the
rest of the cards. Now you are ready!
Procedure:
1. Bet
the audience that they can find all the aces. Shuffle the
deck, making sure that the top 12 cards stay in order on the
top. (The audience won't notice, I guarantee.)
2. Ask
a member of the audience to name a number between 10 and 20
(not including 20). Count that many cards one at a time face
down onto the table.
3. Now
ask him (or her) to add the 2 digits of his number together
and state the sum. Pick up the cards on the table and count
that many cards back onto the deck.
4.
Remove the NEXT card and lay it face up on the table (it will
be the first ace). Place the remaining cards on top of the
deck without disarranging them!!!
5.
Shuffle again without disarranging the top 11 cards and repeat
steps 24 TWO more times!!
6. Now
place the deck face down in front of the person and tell him
to think of a number between 1 and 9. Have him count that many
cards face down onto the table and turn the last card dealt
face up.
7. If
he thought of 9, he'll turn up the Ace. When this happens it
makes the trick better, but it usually doesn't. If he thought
of another number, he'll turn up a 9, 8,7,6,5,4,3, or 2. Tell
him to deal off that many cardscounting the turnedup card
as the FIRSTand the last card he deals will be the fourth
ACE!
8.
It's a good trick but don't do it more than once for the same
audience.
Real 4 Aces Variation
Description:
Set up the cards as in the
original trick except that you have from the top of the deck
the values 10 through 2 and then the Aces. (Note that the
order is reversed from the original.)
1.
Follow the original trick through step 1.
2. In step 2, if the spectator's number is 1019,
follow the instructions above except that after adding the
digits and dealing the sum back onto the deck, you turn up the
LAST card dealt rather than the next card. If the spectator's
number is 20, divide it by two instead of adding its digits.
This gives you 10, so you count off 10 cards and turn up the
NEXT card.
3. Follow step 4 and 5, but with 5 you do this THREE
more times, for four aces not just three as indicated by the
original trick.
4. In step 6, have
them pick a number between 1 and 10, not 19. Try to make sure
through patter or diversion that they do not pick the number
1, since all the aces are out face down in front of them.
5. While they are deciding on a number between one and
10, quickly and secretly take a card from the bottom and put
it on top of the deck, to represent the number 1 in your
count.
6. Count down to the number they chose, leaving the
card at that number on top. After you reveal all the aces or
have them turn them over, ask what number they picked. Turn
over the top card from the deck and astonish them with the
extra bonus.
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