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The Four Ace Extravaganza

Trick Courtesy of: Stoss (hehl@execulink.com)

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 2-4 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 cards--counting the turned-up card as the FIRST--and 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

Trick Courtesy of: Stoss (Broker001@aol.com)

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 10-19, 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 1-9. 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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