Saturday, October 06, 2007

Real 4 Aces Variation

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 asa indicated by the original trick.
4. Flip over this stack and set it aside.
5. Repeat steps 2-4 until 13 cannot be reached with remaining cards. Set these aside (if the count works out evenly, don't worry).
6. Have the spectator choose 3 piles. Remove all of the other piles and add them to the cards (if any) remaining from step 5.
7. Pick up the pile of cards remaining from steps 5-6, count off 10 cards and set them aside.
8. Have the spectator choose 2 of the remaining 3 piles. Turn the top cards on these 2 piles face up.
9. Add together the values of the two face-up cards, count out their sum from the cards you're holding and set them aside.
10. Have the spectator count the number of cards left in your hand.
11. Tell him or her to flip over the top card on the remaining pile. It is equal to the number of cards left in your hand.

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