Hi David & Steve,
Alex Elmsley is a master of his routine, Fate's Datebook. This comes from constantly rehearsing and doing the trick. When the "Tahoe Sessions" were being taped, he did the routine flawlessly a number of times. The key is to give the routine a "fluid" feel.
I developed the Fortuneteller's Book of Days routine (and prop) after seeing Alex do the trick during the 70's. I, too, did not feel as if the routine "fit" my performing style. The routine supplied with the prop was designed for someone that had no real card knowledge. Personally, I do not perform it that way.
Currently, I use the "cut deeper" force after the card value has been determined. Each cut represents the past and then the future. I do a short reading off of each card. Of course this can be done in a light manner. "Shut eyes" can do this "for real". The last time I state that we have talked of the past and the future, but not the present. Let's use the first face-down card--------.
Read the fortune, reveal the card in the book, and then reveal the selected card.
You might also want to check into John Luka's presentation in his book, Luka in New Tops.
Steve, I like your approach, too. I would love to see your book!!!!
Paul Green :D :D :D