THE CHANGE-OVER ACES

From Magical Mixture, 1943.

A forerunner to the popular "Black Widow" effect published in the Pallbearers Review by Alan Brown. This is the same plot. A red Ace is placed between two red court cards and a black Ace is placed between two black court cards. The Aces change places. (PD)

METHOD

From the pack remove two red court cards and two black court cards, the Ace of Clubs and the Ace of hearts.

Place the Ace of Hearts between the two red court cards and the Ace of Clubs between the two black court cards.

Hold the six cards in a fan and draw the spectators' attention to the arrangement of the Aces. Square up the cards and hold them face down in readiness for the Glide.

With your right hand slide out the bottom card and put it on the top. Glide back the next card (the Ace) then withdraw the next two cards, one by one, and put then on top.

Now withdraw the Ace and put it on top, glide back the next card (other Ace) then withdraw the next two cards and put them on top. Withdraw the Ace and put on the top, now withdraw one more card and put it on top.

Deal the cards in a row as follows:- First card face up, second cards face down, third card face up, fourth card face up, fifth card face down, sixth card face up. When you turn up the two face down Aces they will be seen to have changed over. The black Ace will be seen between the red court cards and the red Ace between the black court cards. A simple trick, but somehow I like it.

NOTE: Sellers makes 8 transfers in total. He could have done it with only 6 transfers as follows: FAIR - FAIR - GLIDE - FAIR - FAIR - GLIDE. (P.D.)

 

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