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VOL. 15, NO. 1
ocalypse ISSUE NO. 169
• M e t e r Kane's Jazz Aces first appeared in A Card Session With Peter Kane. And way back in July of 1980, I ran Darwin Ortiz's "technical refinement" of that routine, Modern Jazz Aces. (That credit is obvious by its absence in Darwin's book , even though the write-up of the routine in the book is an obvious re-hash of ray own 1980 write-up. Someone forgot - no sweat. ) I, personally, have never used, performed, any of the Jazz Aces routines I know. None of them ever flowed for me. Peter Marshall has developed a routine that does flow for me. He employs Peter Kane's basics plus a touch or two of Ortiz's - but his routining/handling is excellent. I've added my own touch or two that (and Peter agrees) makes it flow even smoother. Now I know that some will think that this isn't that much different than existing routines. I feel that it is. And I checked it out with Darwin Ortiz personally. He agrees - thinks it's certainly worth publishing. I've been wrong before - if you think I am now, let me know. Although an Elmsley Count is used (once; plus a partial Elmsley Count) Peter does not use an Elmsley Count to "vanish" an ace at any time. Each ace "vanish" is direct and disarming. The routine will entail a bit of explaining - that is, if I really want to detail the handling, and I do. You may not agree, at first reading, that it's direct - and flows. Take my word for it - it is, and it does. The effect, basically, is a one-at-a-time ace assembly, but with this difference: An indifferent card is placed with the AS and an ace is placed with indifferent cards - each time. And each time, those two cards magically change places. It is a pure, impromptu - any time, anywhere, any deck, under most any circumstances, • 2017
The face-down packet is in left-hand dealing position. Thumb off the top card, take it with your right hand and turn both hands palm down. You'll show the AS in your right hand and a red ace in your left. (See Fig. 1.) No pause. Turn your hands back to position as they move forward to table these two aces(?). The righthand card goes to outer right as the left thumb deals the top card of its packet to outer left. Your hands move back toward you and your right hand takes the left hand's bottom card, as both hands turn palm down to flash two aces - AC in left, (same) red ace in right. Because you took the bottom card with your right hand, the red ace is not seen in the same hand twice. Important and subtle touch.
lovely piece of card magic. So work along with Peter and me. (I'll try to interject important patter at appropriate action points.) Openly remove the four aces and the black 8's and 9's from the deck - and place the deck aside; it isn't used. It's probably best to alternate the 8's and 9's but that's not crucial. The face-up aces, however, are set so that the AS is at rear; that is, at bottom of the faceup 4-card packet. The AC is next, moving upward toward face, followed by the two red aces, in any order.
Drop these two aces, face down, to innerleft and inner-right matrix positions, respectively. Do this entire layout (it takes 2 or 3 seconds) in beat — and there's absolutely no reason for your spectators not to believe these are the four aces. (They're three aces — the outer-left card is a black spot card.)
"I want to show "you something with the four aces..." Show them, square, flip face down and drop onto the table. "...And four black cards." Count/deal the four black spot cards face up onto the face-down ace packet. But, injog (half inch or less) the first one you deal. "You do not have to remember all these cards..." Pick up the tabled packet with your right hand, at the packet's right long side and flip it over onto your left palm (a red ace comes into view at top). "...Just remember the aces." Lift the aces from above with your right hand, the right thumbtip "catching" the injogged card, to enable you to lift five cards easily — without fidgeting.
"Do you remember where the ace of spades is?" Whatever the answer(s), say, "I'll give you a 'hint,'" and turn face up the outer-right AS. Leave it face up. With your left hand, pick up the tabled, face-up, black-spot-card packet. Keep it face up as your right hand takes the top (face) card and uses it as a pointer, as you say, "The idea is to make these three aces (indicate the face-down aces) join this ace of spades by magic." Casually replace the black card to beneath the left-hand packet. "I'll do it by putting one of these black cards (Elmsley Count the packet to show four black spot cards) with the ace of spades." Flip the packet face down, take its top card with your right hand and table it, face down, onto and overlapping the AS.
Immediately (as you say the last patter piece) go into the Braue Secret Addition: As your right hand lifts the face-up ace packet, your left thumb peels the face (red) ace onto the face-down left-hand cards. Flip this ace face down onto the left-hand cards using the right-hand packet. Repeat with the second (red) ace, the third ace (AC), and drop the face-up AS (double card) onto the left-hand cards. "As a matter of fact — just remember the ace of spades." Snap its outer-left corner with your left thumb to show its "singleness," then flip it face down onto the other cards.
"That leaves me with three black cards." Spread them and turn your left hand palm down to flash them. (Fig. 2.) This is disarming. Now turn the hand back to position, keeping the 3 cards spread. With your right hand, pick up the inner-right card. This is a red ace. Insert it to 2nd from top of the left-hand spread. You have a choice here: This is a red ace - and the face-down card on the tabled AS is the other red ace. So, you can flash the ace as you insert it. Or not. I don't. Because - your hands and their cards are being "burned" at this moment. Why take the chance of an astute spectator seeing one red ace inserted and the other red ace appearing at AS position in a moment? And - you can't flash the other aces, so why flash this one? Up to you. I don't flash it.
"First the aces..." Thumb off the top four cards and take the 4-card spread with the right hand. Your left hand turns palm down to table its squared 4-card packet. (There's a red ace at rear, so don't let the packet spread.) Now square the in-hand ace packet. And - table the aces in square (matrix) formation, using a modified and partial Olram Subtlety: 20181
Insert it, close and square the spread. "When I do this (do your magical gesture; I use only a right-hand finger snap. Something too fancy would, I feel, detract) - the ace starts to fade - it really does — see? It's faded!" The actions to fit, and this is pretty if done exactly as I'll explain, and in rhythm:
Flip the top card face up, take it with your right hand at its right long side, & while holding it, flip over the next two cards as one onto the one remaining left-hand card. This is easy because there are only three cards there. Use a bottom-card buckle (as I do) or a block pushoff. Grasp the right long side with your right fingertips (under the right-hand face-up card) and flip over the double card. (Fig. 3, in progress.) Flip the double card down again the same way. Your right hand flips its single card face down and deals it to inner-right table area. In rhythm - your left hand (not the right hand) thumbs off its top card - onto the first tabled card. Flip the two remaining lefthand cards face up (onto your left palm), with your right hand and take one with your right hand - to display two black spot cards. ("It's faded!") Turn these two cards face down onto your left palm and pick up the two tabled ones with your right hand. Drop them onto the left-hand cards, but catch a break under them. (You are ready for the upcoming double turnover.) "Because... the ace flew over here!" Turn up the face-down card that's on the AS to show the red ace. Leave it face up and overlapping the AS. "And whenever I want to do that, I just put a black spot card (double turnover to the break) with the ace of spades." Turn down the double (I don't bother with break or get-ready; I use my no-get-ready double turnover from a 4card packet - out of QUANTUM LEAPS, pg 19) and deal the packet's top card face down onto the two outer-right face-up aces, overlapping. Spread the three left-hand cards, pick up the inner-left ace, and insert it to 2nd from top, as before. Square. Magic gesture - "Again, the ace simply fades away!" Actions to fit: The
Olram Subtlety - do the first step (take the top card with your right hand), and turn your hands to flash'two black spot cards. (As seen in Figure 1, but spot cards instead of aces.) Drop two cards onto the table - the top lefthand card onto the single right-hand card. Take the top card of the remaining 2 left-hand cards with your right hand, and flash them the same way. Then sandwich the two tabled cards with them. I.e., scoop one under the tabled cards as the other is dropped onto them. Casual action, not an "important" one - your attention has already started to move to the AS packet. (I.e., don't make a "move" out of it!) "Because again, the ace flew over here." Turn up the face-down card at outer right to show another red ace. Leave it face up and overlapping the first two face-up aces. The handling for the last black spot card (and the supposed last ace) is lovely, but not easy to explain. However. . .as .you say, "That leaves me back where I started..." Flip the inhand 4-card packet face up, and start an Elmsley Count. Take the face card (mental count of "one" - I "take" with my left hand, so I will teach it that way), take the 2nd card - mental count of "two," doing the "move." And stop. You have two cards in each hand - the 2 right-hand cards are spread, but the left-hand cards are squared. "...With one, two, thr..." Sort of interrupt yourself, as if you just thought of it, and flip the squared left-hand cards face down (just put your thumb under them and push up) as the hand moves to the three tabled aces. "I'll leave one of them here." Thumb off the top card of the two - face down & overlapping the three face-up aces. (Fig. 4.) A bit of my own handling: "I'll surround this last ace." Your right hand is holding two face-up black spot cards. Move to the last outer-left ace(?), turning your hand palm down, the two cards face down. Slide one under the supposed ace (Fig. 5) then drop the other onto it — in a vertical "overlap." (Fig. 6.) Flip the remaining face-down left-hand card face up to flash it - then drop it face down onto the others. Square, magical gesture - "And the ace starts to fade!" You're really holding 4 black spot cards now, so no "move" is needed. But, I like to display them using the Olram Subtlety actions. This sort of "legitimatizes" the preceding Olram Subtlety displays. I drop them all face up and separated. Then, slowly turn up the face-down card at outer right - to display the last ace, and to end! Afterthoughts: Go over this again, & perhaps again, with cards in hand, to make sure you don't omit an action, and that all subtleties are utilized. Also that you are blending patter and actions properly. I think that one of my talents (I don't have many) is to know, recognize, a good routine when I see it. This is a good routine. Clean, direct, magical. If you don't learn it and use it - that's good... I'll fool you with it someday!
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