Original Author: Unknown
Preparation: From an ordinary deck remove the four
aces and place them in the following order: from top to bottom
the order is the Ace of clubs on top, the Ace of Hearts below
it, and below the Ace of Hearts is the Ace of Spades. Now
place the remaining ace (the Ace of Diamonds) face up on the
bottom of the deck.
Trick: With the pack held in the dealing position in
the left hand, grasp the top card of the pack (the Ace of
Clubs) between the thumb and fingers of your right hand in the
same grip as if executing the Double Lift. Do not do the
Double Lift, just pick up the Ace of clubs...showing it to the
audience. Replace the Ace on top of the pack and, without
hesitation, take it with your right fingers and place it face
down on the table, saying "I will place it on the table." Now,
secure a Little
finger break between the next two cards on top of
the pack (the Ace of Hearts and the Ace of Spades. Execute a
double lift, lifting both cards as one from the top
of the pack. Turn them over showing the face of what the
spectators believe to be the top card-the Ace of Spades. As
you display the Ace, remark, "Here is the next card, the Ace
of Spades...." Replace the two cards back on the top of the
pack and immediately take the REAL TOP CARD (the ace of
hearts) from the top of the pack and place it face down next
to the Ace of Clubs on the table. Say, "...which I will place
here next to the Ace of Clubs." Run through the pack face down
and invite the spectator to select any card. When he does,
square the pack and hold it in dealing position in the left
hand. Instruct the spectator to turn his card face up and
slide it between the two "Black Aces" on the table, thus
"sandwiching" his card between them.
Now, secure a LITTLE FINGER BREAK under only the top card
of the pack (Ace of Spades) Because the attention of the
audience is focused on what the spectator is doing, obtaining
the Little Finger Break will go completely unnoticed. Next,
pick up the three cards on the table and place them on top of
the pack-ADDING THEM TO THE ACE OF SPADES-and square all four
cards together above the break. Without hesitation, turn over
all four cards (as three) up on the pack. The two Black Aces
will be face up on top of the pack...the spectator's card will
be face down below the Aces...and below that will be the face
up Ace Of Hearts. As soon as the four cards have been turned
over, carefully take the two Black Aces with your right hand
and place them face up on the table. Remark, "your card seems
to have disappeared from between the two Black Aces. Now pick
up the deck, being careful not to expose the face up card
below the top card, and give them a single cut. All that
remains now is to ribbon spread the pack on the table. When
the spectator turns over the "sandwiched" card, he will be
amazed to see that his card has mysteriously appeared between
the two RED ACES!!!
Effect: This is a variation on The Sandwiched Aces
trick where the setup is performed in front of everyone. This
makes the results even more amazing.
This is a variation on the Sandwiched Aces trick. In that
trick, there is some setup involved in which one of the cards
starts face-up on the bottom of the deck. I personally prefer
tricks with no setup or where the setup can be performed in
front of everyone.
I usually show my tricks to kids, so I tell them that they
are going to make a "Chocolate Sandwich and NOT a Strawberry
Sandwich -- don't make a Strawberry Sandwich".
With the card faces toward you such that the audience
cannot see them, explain that you are putting all the aces at
the top of the deck -- red, black, red, black. In reality, you
put a red ace on top, the ace of clubs second, any card third,
the other red ace forth, and the ace of spades fifth.
Place the deck in your hand in dealer's position. Draw the
top card in a way that you would perform a double lift, but
take the top card off and show it. Explain "here is a
strawberry card; we DON'T want to use this because we want to
make a _chocolate_ sandwich." Put the card back on top of the
pile, then take it off and put it on the bottom, explaining
that we want to get it out of the way.
Draw the second card in the same way as the first. Explain
"here is a chocolate card; we want this." Put it back on top
of the deck and then take it off and put it on the table,
double lift. Take the next two cards off and show
the bottom card. This is the other red ace. The top card is a
dummy. Again explain that we don't want this card. Place the
two cards back on the deck, take off the top -- dummy -- card
and bury it in the deck explaining that you are getting rid of
Again perform the
double lift and show the ace of spades. Explain
that this is the other half of the chocolate sandwich and we
want this card. Put the cards back on the deck and take the
top one off and place it on the table next to and slightly
overlapping the first card on the table. This second card is
the other red ace and it is overlapping the ace of clubs. The
card on he top of the deck is the ace of spades.
Now you change hand positions into a
glide grip. Show the red ace on the bottom. Again
explain that we won't need this because we are NOT making a
strawberry sandwich. Perform a glide taking the next-to- last
card and bury it in the deck without showing that card.
The audience now thinks that both red aces are buried
randomly in the deck. There is one more step before the deck
is set up for the Sandwiched Aces. You need to flip over the
bottom card -- the red ace. To do this, fan out the cards and
have a spectator choose one, but have him/her put in on the
table without looking at it. Prepare your right hand to feel
the last card and to get a hold of it. Misdirect the spectator
by telling the spectator to flip the card over. As the card is
flipped, flip that bottom card over while you are closing the
fanned cards. With practice, this will become smooth.
Finally, tell the spectator to carefully slide the chosen
card in between the two cards, apparently completing the
The rest of the trick is the Sandwiched Aces. While the
person is sliding the chosen card to make the sandwich, secure
a little finger break under the top card -- the ace of spades.
Gather the three cards on the table and put them on the deck
in your hand (or have the spectator do it).
Pick up the four cards on the top of the deck -- the three
cards that were on the deck plus the ace of spaces above the
break -- and flip them over. I then shake the deck and
sometime have the spectator "help" me. Carefully take off the
top two cards, which are the black aces face-up. In a
sarcastic voice, say "I told you to make a chocolate sandwich.
With nothing in between, that's not much of a sandwich!".
Cut the deck, shake it again, flip the deck over, fan out
the cards, and the selected card will be face-up between two
face-down cards. Take out all three and say "You didn't!".
Turn over the face-down cards and show the two red aces -- a
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